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La Gendarmerie

Certificate of Excellence
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63 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED, England
01271 865984
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London, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the Gendarmerie last week, with friends who have recently moved to the area, they had already raved about this restaurant and they were so right! The food is outstanding, between six of us we tried every starter and main course, with not one of us having anything but praise for the exquisite dishes. A lovely ambience, fabulous staff,... More 

Thank Alison W
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our experience lasted less than an hour, we felt as if we were eating in a waiting room, the food was definitely average...not a great taste sensation, would not bother again, a very fast way to be relieved of nearly £100.

6 Thank Ana4711
lagendar, Owner at La Gendarmerie, responded to this review

I would just like to clarify a couple of points, your table was booked for 6.45 and you were outside the restaurant at 6.20, my wife kindly opened early for you to save you waiting outside, you were offered a choice of two tables one in the main dining room and one in the smaller room "or the waiting room... More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited for dinner on Weds 10th August and I cannot recommend highly enough. The food is an absolute taste sensation and worth every penny spent. The setting is extremely high end yet understated and the service is warm and unpretentious yet professional so you feel very looked after from the minute you arrive. If you are... More 

3 Thank Lucy K
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tucked away on the cobbled streets of North Devon is this superb eatery. A warm welcome from the hostess and co-owner got our evening off to a great start. La Gendarmerie is tastefully decorated keeping the focus on the food rather than garish art work which so many Mitchelen rated restaurants tend to do. The menu showed a great range... More 

4 Thank Jammor21
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has to be the best in Ilfracombe and for miles around for the whole experience. Food, atmosphere, wine and service could not have been better. Thank you for a lovely evening.

2 Thank Dorchester_2011
Edenbridge, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First visit to this former police station. There are only a small number of tables in this well appointed restaurant and the service was first class. Each of the four of us had different things from what looks like a constantly evolving menu. To be honest it was worth it for the home made bread with anchovy and rosemary butter... More 

2 Thank Adzten
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106 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tried to get in here last year while in the area but they were fully booked. This year we booked well in advance as we knew we would be travelling through. It's been worth the wait, the restaurant, customer service and food are outstanding, 3 course meal £35 per head and worth every penny. Starters prawns in thai spices and... More 

2 Thank philipt738
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited La Gendarmerie on Sat 25th July.... What can I say.... The food was simply stunning... There's a small well thought out menu that changes daily depending on availability There was 3 of us and I think we had most of the meals from the menu, but all three courses were outstanding It's a small place, but cosy and welcoming... More 

1 Thank Tomkat2011
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We arrived to a warm welcome and choose to sit in the small room on the right. Cosy. The menu is arranged on a daily basis with 3/4 choices per course, all looked interesting and appetising. We choose the fish cake and the crispy fried egg both of which were presented beautifully and tasted delicious. For our mains we had... More 

2 Thank anick1tc
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

After googling restaurants and reviews we settled on this restaurant, what a good choice. Not for those who love plates piled high with food. All three courses were beautiful, definitely for those that appreciate good meat and fish. Presentation and quality excellent. Very small and intimate restaurant run by husband and wife who in the view of myself and my... More 

2 Thank Christine S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
British, European
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Ilfracombe
  • Phone Number: 01271 865984

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?