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La Gendarmerie

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63 Fore St, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED, England
01271 865984
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 6
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  • 3
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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wow!!! Service was better than anywhere else in Devon and food delicious and interesting without being overly fussy

This place has been recommended by several of my friends and now I wonder why it took me so long to go, the service from walking in the door was attentive, polite and nice, and the food was amazing, tasty and one of the best meals of my life so far. It was different without being fussy or shocking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
RebelEl
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This place has been recommended by several of my friends and now I wonder why it took me so long to go, the service from walking in the door was attentive, polite and nice, and the food was amazing, tasty and one of the best meals of my life so far. It was different without being fussy or shocking, all... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had a very enjoyable evening with excellent food and service. There is a limited menu but the choice is interesting and everything was delicious and well presented. Would recommend you book as weirdly the staff were turning people away at the door despite there being tables available. This meant the restaurant was not full and we seemed to be... More 

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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I went to la gendarmerie on the recommendation of a friend and was not disappointed! The food was absolutely exquisite and the service and decor complimented it perfectly. This was my first experience of food of this high calibre and hopefully won't be the last!

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Went here having looked at reviews on Tripadvisor. It's in a nice location in the older part of the town and the interior has been well decorated but the lighting was, perhaps, a little too subdued. I have no quibbles with having a limited menu but it was disappointing, to say the least, that 2 of the 3 main courses... More 

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lagendar, Owner at La Gendarmerie, responded to this review

Dear vgb361 We are sorry that on the evening you dined with us you were slightly disappointed, and that two of the menu items had changed, if i remember correctly i think the sea bream dish had changed to Hake and the 28 day aged sirloin had changed to beef fillet albeit with the same garnishes, we remember your visit... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I have been here twice now. The first time was not long after it opened and I thought the food and service was good. This time it was amazing. They kindly opened on Sunday after out friends who live in ilfracombe tried to book us a table for our anniversary but were told they don't usually open. The food was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This was our second visit to La Gendarmerie and it was even better than the first! Fine dining at it's best complimented by excellent service.

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Surrey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is a high quality fine dining restaurant. The food and the service were faultless. We are planning on going back next week and taking friends, so we can show off our find! This is the best restaurant for miles around. You definitely won't be disappointed!

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London and Gower Peninsula, Wales
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Visited as party of four. The restaurant has a choice of three dishes for each course. Between us we ate them all. Everyone was thought good. Limited reasonably priced wine list and good aperitif cocktails. V good value, especially if you're used to London prices. Good service.

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Siem Riep
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Had a wonderful pre-birthday meal. Beautifully presented food, well balanced plates. Great fish dish with a chorizo mousse. Desert served in a delightful screwed jar. Will come again.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 via mobile

We visited La Gendamerie on Fri 3rd July 2015. After reading reviews we decided that this was 1st on our restaurant list for our 2 night stay in Ilfracombe. Restaurant is spotlessly clean, staff are knowledgeable, polite, service is sublime. This is Fine Dining, so flavours, attention to detail are superb. Spanish breakfast, Fillet Steak, Chocolate Parve, all 3 courses... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 63 Fore St, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Ilfracombe
  • Phone Number: 01271 865984

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business

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