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Thomas Carr at The Olive Room

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56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9DJ, England
+44 1271 867831
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a special evening, ten years she has put up with me and she married me ! Lucky me... But really lucky me! To celebrate we were going to Paris to eat at Monsieur Bleu on the terrace to watch the fireworks, but life got in the way as it so often does. So the Olive room it was,... More 

Thank Bobbydanger
Bideford, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just enjoyed the 6 course summer tasting menu and feel quite sated. The three fish courses were delicately flavoured and build to the rich intensity of dish three: mackerel with lobster in bisque (our favourite dish). Lamb cooked to perfection led to a fresh tasting strawberry dessert and we closed with yummy jaffa chocolate. The flavours are cleverly balanced, ingredients... More 

Thank hjt0101
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am do not have fancy words to describe this incredible meal but I know food and this is food worthy of a star or two. A wonderful experience.

Thank Christopher K
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was absolutely fabulous. We had the taster menu and all dishes were extremely tasty, perfectly cooked and very well presented. We had good pauses between all the servings and service was very nice and friendly. Only reason we do not give top points is because of 1) wine list is not up to the very high standard of... More 

Thank Peter Bo F
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding flavours, presentation and just an absolute joy to eat there, my favourite restaurant by far, I have had at least 6 meals here and not once have i ever been disappointed, the food it's just divine, always have a few fussy ones and nothing's ever too much trouble thomas Carr always whips something just amazing up! I want to... More 

Thank Mica1409
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I both ordered the Tasting Menu and thoroughly enjoyed every bite. The chef brought out an extra little plate to start the evening and accommodated my partner by bringing a cheese plate instead of dessert. I was absolutely impressed and if I had to complain, it would only be to say they could have decreased the portion... More 

Thank Kimberly G
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Service, the small room and food were all fantastic. I had the sea bream with crab to start and it was without doubt the best I have ever had. My wife said the same about her pork starter cooked 3 ways. Duck main course again cooked 3 ways and I can't speak highly enough about the deserts. My wife has... More 

Thank Daviesgd
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

Visited last week with a friend and had the 6 course taster menu. Without a doubt the most incredible, magical and beautiful tastes throughout each and every dish. The standard didn't drop at all over the 6 courses. Such inventive and stunning plates of food! Would highly recommend to anybody! Took photos of my favourite bits.

Thank Olivia P
Kings Langley, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

This is a small low profile restaurant. Very subdued welcome masks what is come. Very interesting menu and the attention to flavour detail is astounding, lovely flavour combinations. We loved it. Good service without fuss (or excitement it must be said) and an excellent reasonably priced wine list. Our best dining experience in Ilfracombe.

Thank TonyPKL
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Well what can I say? The staff and front of house were amazing and attentive in every possible manner. Professional and friendly and joined in with our relaxed banter and humour. This was followed by the most incredible meal I have ever eaten by some distance, everything from the presentation, taste and generous portions was spot on. This restaurant provided... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$17 - $48
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?