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Olive Tree Restaurant

Bystock Terrace, Exeter EX4 4HY, England
+44 (0)1392 272709
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Ranked #67 of 418 Restaurants in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $78
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Olive Tree Restaurant of Exeter���s Queen���s Court Hotel serves inventive British cuisine in a classically styled setting. This city centre dining room and terrace on a leafy Georgian square has an air of sophistication in its choice of soft chandelier lighting, elegant place settings, trademark Venetian masks and always fresh flowers, an understated accompaniment to the fine two AA Rosette food of chef Darren Knockton. Working with The Olive Tree for over five years now, Knockton has ensured the restaurant garners consistently good reviews, providing an exceptional experience every visit. His menu turns tradition on its head, drawing inspiration from around the world to ensure that every dish is a fusion of flavours with a uniquely British twist. At The Olive Tree you���ll be treated and surprised by ���the man behind the masks��� and his skilled team.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Olive Tree Restaurant of Exeter���s Queen���s Court Hotel serves inventive British cuisine in a classically styled setting. This city centre dining room and terrace on a leafy Georgian square has an air of sophistication in its choice of soft chandelier lighting, elegant place settings, trademark Venetian masks and always fresh flowers, an understated accompaniment to the fine two AA Rosette food of chef Darren Knockton. Working with The Olive Tree for over five years now, Knockton has ensured the restaurant garners consistently good reviews, providing an exceptional experience every visit. His menu turns tradition on its head, drawing inspiration from around the world to ensure that every dish is a fusion of flavours with a uniquely British twist. At The Olive Tree you���ll be treated and surprised by ���the man behind the masks��� and his skilled team.
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English first
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I booked a table for my family last Saturday at the Olive Tree after having read all the good reviews on Trip Adviser and regret to say that our experience was a disaster. Our starter, the Brixham hand caught scallops were so small and overcooked which was a precursor for main course. My wife and myself had Seafood Laksa which... More

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

returned yet again and this restaurant is well worth a visit if you are in Exeter as does not disappoint and menu is excellent and taster menu is superb - well done chef and all your staff - you have got it right and it is a pleasure to return for a pleasant evening as the ambience is just right... More

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London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I have been here twice for dinner and it is definitely my favourite place in Exeter. The ambience is spot on, beautifully set tables and just enough quirkiness to the decor to give it some personality and make it stand out. The service is excellent, very tentative and friendly but not in your face all of the time. The food... More

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london
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This is the second time I have eaten at this restaurant. The food was lovely. Small portions but beautifully presented and extremely tasty. Compliments to the chef.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The taster menu was excellent, great presentation, excellent food, professional and friendly service. Definitely would recommend

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Absolutely wonderful food, beautifully presented and just fabulous. Reasonably priced for what you get!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We were travelling to Devon and stopped off for the evening in Exeter, staying at the Hotel which had The Olive Tree as its restaurant. It was a wonderful evening and consisted of 6 courses beautifully presented, fabulous detail and each course had its own distinguished flavour. Attentive staff, particular reference to Lauren who was friendly, helpful and professional. Well... More

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Leicester
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Try the taster menu. Wonderfully presented, tasty food with generous portions prepared by a chef who appreciates good food.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Booked for the six course "taster dinner" with friends from Plymouth. The food was excellent and the service by the waiters very friendly and professional. Head waiter, Alfie, was friendly and made sure that our evening was memorable. We shall be returning to this stylish and comfortable restaurant.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A very pleasantly decorated restaurant, with good friendly service, we were also on the Travelzoo taster menu and had a very enjoyable six course meal, although we would have preferred a slightly larger main course, but the taste probably made up for the size.

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