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The Olive Room

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British, English, Contemporary
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56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9DJ, England
+44 1271 867831
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Special occasions

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  • 160
    Excellent
  • 36
    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
Fantastic night out for Hen do party

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Lauren H
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
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English first
Leeds, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I treated my wife to a special treat at The Olive Room. I had received glowing reports regarding the cuisine. We arrived, shown our table and given water, then had a 20 minute wait before receiving our drinks. It became apparent that we would have to restrict our choice of food because of time constraints. We agreed to have main... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I can't remember the last time I tasted a meal like the one I had here. The food was absolutely fantastic! My partner and I had a wonderful evening, the food was very creative & the flavours were amazing. The restaurant had a great ambiance, very relaxing & a wonderful wine selection to. I would certainly have no hesitation in... More 

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We know Ilfracombe quite well, but this was our first visit to The Olive Room - a birthday dinner for my mother in law. We were offered 7pm or 9pm and took the earlier time. Fore Street is a one way street and it was a bit of a palava to get my mother in law delivered outside (she'd recently... More 

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devon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We visited The Olive Room last week and loved it so much that we returned a week later with friends. The restaurant is small and simply decorated, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. The food is carefully and imaginatively prepared, my fish was beautifully cooked and presented. The wine list has interesting as well as traditional choices on offer.... More 

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Watchet, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This has to be one of the best experiences I have had in a restaurant! The food was absolutely fantastic, presentation, flavour and service were all out of this world. Thank you Thomas Carr we will be back!

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Ilfracombe, 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 22, 2015

We looked at going here for a while but always finished up going somewhere else, however we took our Granddaughters as a treat. The welcome was warm, the food out of this world, the service excellent and the atmosphere relaxing without any pressure

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Hope Valley, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is a great little restaurant; an intimate atmosphere; friendly, relaxed service; and, above all superb food. I went with my wife and four friends and chose from the midweek set price menu; three choices for each course for just £19.00. I chose the novel duck egg starter, smoked duck breast with an egg on a little stack of chips;... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

When it comes to food, Ilfracombe punches way above it's weight, and Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room is the reigning champion. My partner and I are total foodies, and this is our current favourite restaurant. Whenever we know we'll be down here the first thing we do is book a table. If we're here for the weekend, sometimes we'll... More 

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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 - 54
  • Cuisine: British, English, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions

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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