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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: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 151
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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When you work in the place is amazing, we were offered a choice of 2 tables and choose the one for 4 in the bay window overlooking the street. Everything was well spaced and the table was beautifully laid. The menu was small but it was still difficult to decide but we coped. The food when it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
wanttogoback
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Midlands - UK
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Midlands - UK
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

When you work in the place is amazing, we were offered a choice of 2 tables and choose the one for 4 in the bay window overlooking the street. Everything was well spaced and the table was beautifully laid. The menu was small but it was still difficult to decide but we coped. The food when it arrived was presented... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Went here to celebrate our second anniversary - highly recommend. Great food ,wonderful ambiance our third visit ❤️❤️

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Haslemere
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Booked Thursday eve dinner, and was exceedingly impressed with the personal service and beautifully prepared meal heading toward Michelin standard. The building is impressive too - a refurbished Victorian Police Station creates an elegant atmosphere (hence the name). Tried the cocktail list, excellent! I'm returning to Woolacombe next week and will visit La Gendarmerie again - well worth the cab... More 

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

In the words of gunnery sergeant Hartman from full metal jacket " out-f'ing-standing!!" My girlfriend and I dined here on a Friday night, I had booked the table for us to have a rather late valentines dinner, and I couldn't have picked a better place to go. We've not been in ilfracombe long and from talking to friends we had... More 

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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice food but the slowest place we have ever been to and I think besides us 4,there were 2 other couples. Take a pack of cards or dominoes for tge exceedingly long wait.

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lagendar, Manager at La Gendarmerie, responded to this review

Kathryn c Seems like you dont like many places in ilfracombe, nice food but a terrible rating mmm seems a bit suspect to me, i dont think by your photograph we can ever remember you dining with us, but then again maybe there is a hidden agenda here, you say the service was slow, but there were only four tables... More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

As soon as we walked into this restaurant it was clear to see that they had the Wow factor! The building itself was beautiful, with it's dark walls, ambient lighting and interesting art work. The tables were set up so that no one would impose on another. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They offered to give guidance on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Picked this restaurant for Valentines meal with the wife after reading reviews on Tripadvisor. It did not disappoint! From start to finish the whole experience was excellent. Having eaten in Michelin starred restaurants, I can say the food here is easily up to that standard. Try it, it is brilliant!

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

What a wonderful restaurant this is. We went with some friends who are locals and were in the small room at the side of the restaurant. Quality of food, service and presentation absolutely top class. Nouveau cuisine so you don't feel crammed full of food and everything cooked to perfection. Highly recommended and will definitely return when next in Ilfracombe.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

It looked like it may not be open, but a message left on the answer machine and we were called back shortly afterwards by the owner who assured us they were open and we could book a table. Arriving slightly late the staff could not have been more welcoming and we decided on the tasting menu, receiving help in selecting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Lovely staff, very friendly! Food was absolutely amazing. The setting was lovely and not many tables so you don't feel crammed in. Would def recommend!

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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: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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