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La Gendarmerie

63 Fore St, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED, England
01271 865984
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Ranked #6 of 90 Restaurants in Ilfracombe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: British
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Worthing, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Had been recommended this restaurant by friends but was unable to book on a previous visit as they were closed for a time. Managed to book this trip and had a very pleasant evening, Atmosphere rather unusual with all the walls being dark but a pleasant change all the same. Service excellent which I always like - why do so... More

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lagendar, Owner at La Gendarmerie, responded to this review

Dear nicky boy1 thank you for your review, glad you enjoyed the food and found the decor "different" we have tried to stand apart in terms of what we do here, we do offer a small menu as you mentioned, but we do change it daily, so for example the night you came in maybe the creedy carver duck was... More

Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We first wrote a review of La Gendarmerie in July 2011. Since then we have back many times on our own and with friends . On every single occasion we have had outstanding food and great service. In our experience it is very rare for a restaurant to get it right every time - Paul and Sarah at La Gendarmerie... More

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Newbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I cannot recommend this place highly enough. The food, service and ambience was perfect. If visiting Ilfracombe in the future we will certainly be back!

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Bath, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Had a meal here with friends and it was absolutely excellent. The menu is small - which I so prefer to a huge list of obviously microwaveable standards- and the cooking was exceptional. The open kitchen allowed us to see what was going on and it was a very professional team turning out really great food - lobster bisque with... More

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Surrey
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My husband and I had dinner at La Gendarmerie whilst on holiday. The food was unexpectedly outstanding. A beautiful fine dining restaurant, tucked away in Ilfracombe. A short walk from the harbour. We walked into the restaurant and were welcomed with a warm smile. We don't normally eat 3 courses but the food was so good, we couldn't resist! We... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Amazing place, food was fantastic and just on our door step. Will go again again and again! We could only manage two courses as food was so delicious and rich we couldn't manage to eat anymore especially after a bottle of lovely prosecco!

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York, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was our 2nd visit to La Gendarmerie and it was every bit as good as the first. The service is excellent and the food must be soon on it's way to a Michelin Star. First courses ordered were cured sea trout with cucumber (the fish fell apart into beautiful flakes but still with a crispy skin, the pickled cucumber... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

La Gendarmerie is a nice looking restaurant, well lit and a good choice for a special meal. However, there were no veggie choices at all, so the chef had to prepare my cauliflower velouté starter without chorizo and then had to completely go off piste to make me a risotto. Quite tasty given the circumstances, and therefore deserving of a... More

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Shipton under Wychwood, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We ate here for our anniversary after reading the reviews on here. The decor is modern with a sophisticated feel, very much fine dining. The Menu changes daily I think, so there is only a set menu with 3 choices for each course. I had pigs on toast to start which was good without being amazing, maybe needed something sweet... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We decided to visit here on a recommendation from friends who are local, what a terrific suprise, started with a great gingerbread manhattan cocktail "very clever" and had 3 excellent courses for a very reasonable £29 90, at this level of cooking that for me is tremendous value, two truly standout dishes were a great ravioli starter of chicken &... More

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