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The Olive Room

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British, Greek, English, Contemporary
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56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9DJ, England
+44 1271 867831
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Welcome to Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room Here at the Olive Room, quality...
Welcome to Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room Here at the Olive Room, quality and comfort are paramount. We believe that excellent food is enjoyed most, in a relaxed and unpretentious environment. We are incredibly lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area, and we take full advantage of our location! Sourcing the very best in local, seasonal ingredients, and making the most of the abundance North Devon has to offer. All our food is homemade here on the premises, from the bread, to the ice creams and sorbets. A combination of the very best local produce, and skilled craftsmanship in the kitchen results in a thoughtfully prepared, contemporary British Menu. With strong North Devonian influences, we present mouth-watering dishes that are as pleasing on the palette as they are on the eye. We have a fantastic, comprehensive wine list, offering an excellent variety at great value. Our feature wines change with the seasons, accompanying our menu to perfection. Friendly, attentive service, complements our warm, intimate, environment. So if you're looking for somewhere to dine with friends, a romantic dinner for two, or perhaps a family celebration, look no further. We look forward to welcoming you
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  • 167
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Very Pleasant and Relaxing Evening

First time at this restaurant and there to celebrate a wedding anniversary with friends. We chose the tasting menu at £55pp at which price, we were expecting some exceptional food and we were not to be disappointed. There were interesting and varied food combinations with unusual and adventurous... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Lancerlot
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

First time at this restaurant and there to celebrate a wedding anniversary with friends. We chose the tasting menu at £55pp at which price, we were expecting some exceptional food and we were not to be disappointed. There were interesting and varied food combinations with unusual and adventurous flavours. Presentation of every dish was excellent. The wine list is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is truly a fine dining experience. The food delicious... not the place to be if you are in a rush... slowly savour every mouthful. The freshest foods, full of flavour. The presentation was excellent & the food completely lived up to my expectations. When it came time for dessert my husband chose one with an almond cake base... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Restaurant was full but they offered to accommodate us after some diners were leaving. What a treat we had in store, simply the best starter I have ever had (sorry all of you michelin star guys) and the dessert equalled the best I've had, there is a big future for this chef. Minor criticism is the size of the venue,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I had a wonderful 6 course taster menu at Thomas Carr @ the Olive Room, Ilfracombe. Really fresh and tasty food and excellent value. Highly recommended - will definitely go again.

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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I recently went to the Olive Room with a group of friends as we wanted to see what all the ‘fuss’ was about after hearing so much about it. All the reviews we’d heard were excellent and wow we were not disappointed. Thomas Carr is one talented chef. We had the taster menu and I have never tasted food as... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I have eaten in many Michelin starred restaurants and this is up there with the best of them on the food front without the formality which can sometimes spoil the pleasure of the food. I would recommend this place 100 %. Hubby and I had the taster menu and every course was a taste sensation. beautiful presentation and flavours which... More 

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

A real treat, a full on gourmet dining experience, not to be missed. The food here is excellent, and you get plenty of it too, no complaints, would like to have gone back to try everything else on the menu :-) the chocolate mousse is to die for... Great service too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

Me and my wife had dinner here last week and the food was like nothing I've ever tasted before. Each course packed flavour and was visually stunning. The serivce was fantastic with friendly staff. Will defenetly be returning soon !!!!!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

On visiting the local area for a hen do weekend, we booked this restaurant in advance following recommendations. As a party of 17 hens, we werent disappointed. The food was amazing and great value for money with the set menu. Apart from one other table, we were the only party in the restaurant and that met a great atmosphere for... More 

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Frome, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I'd been looking orwad. Taking my girlfriend here for quite some time having read the reviews previously posted and I was not to be left disappointed. The food was an absolute treat...creative, beautifully constructed and a taste sensation. The whole experience is one we will savour until we are able to return again sometime in the future. A real gem!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9DJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Ilfracombe
  • Phone Number: +44 1271 867831

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 56
  • Cuisine: British, Greek, English, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Welcome to Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room Here at the Olive Room, quality and comfort are paramount. We believe that excellent food is enjoyed most, in a relaxed and unpretentious environment. We are incredibly lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area, and we take full advantage of our location! Sourcing the very best in local, seasonal ingredients, and making the most of the abundance North Devon has to offer. All our food is homemade here on the premises, from the bread, to the ice creams and sorbets. A combination of the very best local produce, and skilled craftsmanship in the kitchen results in a thoughtfully prepared, contemporary British Menu. With strong North Devonian influences, we present mouth-watering dishes that are as pleasing on the palette as they are on the eye. We have a fantastic, comprehensive wine list, offering an excellent variety at great value. Our feature wines change with the seasons, accompanying our menu to perfection. Friendly, attentive service, complements our warm, intimate, environment. So if you're looking for somewhere to dine with friends, a romantic dinner for two, or perhaps a family celebration, look no further. We look forward to welcoming you

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