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The Olive Room

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56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9DJ, England
+44 1271 867831
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 191
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Lovely food and wine nicely presented with good service

Really good way to try some local seafood in unusual and creative dishes. 3 of the 4 dishes we had were very good being well balanced and offering plenty of depth as well as subtle and immediate flavours. The plaice and mussell dish was a little less impressive than the others but still visually... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
MattEnright
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Really good way to try some local seafood in unusual and creative dishes. 3 of the 4 dishes we had were very good being well balanced and offering plenty of depth as well as subtle and immediate flavours. The plaice and mussell dish was a little less impressive than the others but still visually lovely and very well cooked. The... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Best restuaurant experience in a while. We were lucky to get a table on a Friday night and were warmly greeted. The food was beautifully served, first course one of us had the pork belly the other had the cod and mussels - both were absolutely delicious. For mains one of us had the beef fillet the other the Hake... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A really varied menu, three of us each had something different from each course, and enjoyed every dish very much. Friendly and informative service, and reasonably priced wine. Maybe the best food in North Devon.

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Saint-Julien, Rhone-Alpes, France
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My girlfriend and I had a great meal, the food was lovely and very nicely presented. The restaurant wasn't the cheapest but the price was real good value knowing the quality of the food. Booking is strongly advised because it is quite a small place. the only two less positive things I could say regarding the food would be the... More 

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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Four of us visited this restaurant last evening and had the most amazing time. The food and the service was second to none. We have all visited many Michelin rated restaurants and ate delicious food, but have to say that this was one of the best tasting menus we have ever had the pleasure to experience, each course had the... More 

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Leintwardine
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We had the most delicious meal in this understated restaurant. The service was brilliant, the atmosphere was really friendly & very relaxed. The food was probably the best I have EVER had. Every mouthful was a delight on the taste buds. What a gem this restaurant is.

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I found the interior of this restaurant a bit soulless, perhaps not helped by the few people dining the night we went. The pork belly starter was an interesting mix of flavours and the fillet of beef was very tender but lacked something. The service was attentive but, based on this visit, I would not hurry back.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This restaurant is a modern European style with a strong emphasis on fish although still some stunning meat dishes too. We had dinner at this small restaurant with friends. It is a bright airy restaurant but only small and without pretension but with great aspirations - and boy did it inspire us! We all tried different dishes and were really... More 

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Stayed at the Olive Branch b&b and booked here for the first night, because of the good reviews. The meal was so good we booked again for our last night. I have never had beef so beautifully cooked and the pork starter was so good my husband had it both times. Topped off with excellent service it was just perfect.

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chester, england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Booked this for a special meal for my mother's 80th birthday and loved it. Although the menu is short all were happy with their choices. The chef was very accommodating with gluten free adaptations including fab gluten-free breads. The food was imaginative and beautifully presented and staff friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Fine-dining quality at mid-range prices

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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 - 55
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?