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Take Thyme Fish Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED, England
+44 1271 867622
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant is a real gem, and a must visit place if you are in Ilfracombe. The fish is absolutely excellent and will satisfy the most discerning of palates. Do go and support this seafood restaurant where the food is so fresh and absolutely delicious.

Thank johnclewes2016
Helsinki, Finland
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always enjoyed first class delicious food here and have yet to be disappointed. Tara wasn’t working on Saturday due to illness but her staff looked after us just as well. I had the specials of mussels to start and fish stew for main; both were absolutely excellent. The mussels were lovely and plump and there was a selection of fish... More 

1 Thank Georgey48
New Milton, United Kingdom
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217 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A first class place for a fish bonanza! I enjoyed sardines and mussels, both of which were delicious. All four of us really enjoyed our meals and cocktails too! The service was low key, friendly and delightful. I'd recommend this place highly and would also recommend booking in advance, especially in high season. It's only small and the first time... More 

1 Thank splashcat
Warrington, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I both ate exactly the same and both thoroughly enjoyed everything that we had. We began our evening with fresh, warm bread and dipping oils followed by scallops beautifully presented in a shell and coated in chilli, lime, garlic and coriander served with a lovely side salad. For our mains we had the whole John Dory with... More 

1 Thank Charlotte061287
Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

We visited Take Thyme five year ago and it was the best fish meal I have ever had ... We returned to Illfracombe this week for the first time since ..... I knew without a doubt that I wanted to eat there again ..... I just hoped it would be as good .... It was not .... It was even... More 

1 Thank dmwcoventry
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Fantastic fish restaurant with lovely friendly owners and staff. Fish was exceptionally good, beautifully served and the restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere. It will be the first place we go back to when visiting the area.

1 Thank davidbelll
Durham, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Had to book in advance but worth the effort. Tasty, fresh and well presented seafood. My wife had Crab claw starter and I scallops, both delicious. Main dishes of Lemon Sole and Brill were perfectly cooked, with plenty fresh vegetables to accompany. With a craft beer and bottle of wine bill was less than £70,although we didn't have desserts as... More 

Thank thomas_hopper
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Take Thyme was recommended to us by locals as the best seafood restaurant in Ilfracombe. I think it would have to fight with Relish and 71 Bistro for the title, but it certainly offered very fresh, perfectly cooked fish and other seafood. Clearly popular with locals as well as tourists. Just at the bottom of Fore Street next to the... More 

Thank Martin D
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

We had a lovely evening at this restaurant. Great food and very homely atmosphere. On our visit both waitresses had to go home sick, but the hostess was very honest and said if we didn't mind a couple of delays everything would continue as normal... and we're very glad we stayed. The food was lovely, breaded mushrooms followed by a... More 

Thank Ianwollaton
Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful dinner in this great seafood restaurant cannot fault it very fresh food an excellent service. Had crab claws and the scallops and the then saffron sole and mussels was totally yum

1 Thank fetchamskiers

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $22
Seafood, British, Healthy
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Ilfracombe
  • Phone Number: +44 1271 867622
Located not 50 yards from Ilfracombe Harbour,
Take Thyme Restaurant provides fresh local fish,
Exmoor steak and home-made dishes. We also have vegetarian and gluten free options.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?