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Olive Tree Restaurant

Bystock Terrace, Exeter EX4 4HY, England
+44 (0)1392 272709
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Ranked #70 of 412 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
Taunton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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
41 helpful votes 41 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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Callington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Fantastic meal! Used a Travelzoo deal for a six course taster meal. The food was delicious and the set menu had a good variety of different foods. Every course was presented flawlessly and tasted really good. An excellent chef and an excellent waiter. We'll eat there again.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

It is actually the Queens Court restaurant but a very good one. Great value for money and not in any way a compromise

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Chard, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

An excellent meal. This chef deserves a wider clientele. Only 5 covers the night we were there, not I would have thought commercially viable. I hope he/she does not up sticks and go elsewhere

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Poole, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Fantastic meal! Used a travelzoo deal for a six course taster meal. The food was delicious and the set menu had a good variety of different foods. Every course was presented flawlessly and tasted great! One of the best meals I've ever had.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful taster menu, with friendly helpful staff. I really don't like pork, which was the main course, and it was no trouble to change to the mist delicious salmon. A lovely evening. Well worth the money.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have already written a review on the restaurant based on a meal there some months ago, but some friends told us about a meal deal voucher for two to try the taster menu (6 courses and a glass of Prosseco) for £45.00 so we attended with the other couple. We all enjoyed the experience and the courses were all... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The tasting menu lacked style and imagination, I am by no means a connoisseur of fine food but I do know that this wasn't the real deal. It was all perfectly edible but as other reviewers have said, there was a sense of a let down after the meal. The hotel itself is dated and rather tired

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Went there for my birthday and we ordered the tasting menu - 5 courses - which was first class! Highly recommended.

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