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“Lovely relaxing lunch”
Review of The Grampus Inn

The Grampus Inn
Ranked #54 of 121 Restaurants in Ilfracombe
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed April 24, 2014

This is a charming pub in a beautiful location. My family and I ( including our 2 Labradors ) were made to feel very welcome at The Grampus. We have visited this pub several times over the last couple of years whilst on holiday near by. We ordered paninis which come with a salad garnish and coleslaw - we also ordered a side dish of chunky chips. Our lunch was lovely, the service was excellent and the staff were very friendly. This pub is a very relaxed dining experience - chill out and enjoy! Can't wait to visit next time in Lee Bay :)

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1  Thank 03LouiseH
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

Have visited the grampus inn many times before as we love the torrs walk to Lee, and in the years the Grampus has slowly become the only pub to get any food or refreshments. Visited on the Monday for lunch with my Mum and sister. Ordered garlic mushrooms and pate. Mushrooms came out cold and uncooked, so exchanged for pate no problems, even though the man who I believe to be the owner was less than pleased. Decided to give the Grampus another chance the next day after walking from Ilfracombe with 8 members of the family. This time we were all highly disappointed. Owner and waitress were far from helpful. Food was missing most of the vegetables it stated to come with on the menu, when asked if we could have some more toast for the pate which came with two measly thin slices, we were charged £1 for it which when it came out was cold bread, (no butter) we also ordered larger and lime, which came out cloudy, flat and chemically. From working in a bar for many years, I knew the taste was line cleaner. When asked the owner to change more than politely, he abruptly stated the larger was fine and that it was how it should be. There for he did not exchange. So disappointed with the staff and lack of helpfulness. Would avoid totally.

1  Thank Gabby_prent
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Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

Dog friendly quaint Ye Oldde pub with fantastic atmosphere. Pub menu with a difference so if you have a limited palate (chips and steak) this isn't for you.

Large beer garden is a sun trap and there are plenty of places to sit inside.

Car parking limited, double parking happens so careful if you're in a hurry.

Staff (chef & landlady) were excellent

1  Thank Andy R
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Opens all year round. Food is wholesome and good value. Real ales are superb. The place is rustic, no flash whatsoever. This pub is that good that I don't want too many people to learn it's secret. Just smashing.

1  Thank tom w
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

After walking from Ilfracombe to meet some friends there for a Sunday lunch yesterday we were all extremely disappointed with their poor excuse for a roast. Only one option was offered - chicken which was greasy, mostly dark meat with gristle and certainly not nearly enough of it to remotely satisfy any of our party. The accompanying "vegetables" were the cheapest that could be provided, a bit of red cabbage, miniscule potato & parsnip "chips" and an onion type couscous that was fairly inedible. All of this was sitting in a watery gloop which turned out, after asking the owner (who was not with it at all), to be, of all things, gravy? I have never seen gravy to be....grey but they managed it.
Please please please do not bother eating here - there are better places locally that will serve you juicy meat, green fresh vegetables, thick brown meaty gravy, better service, for less money and in a better environment. The pub itself is quite quaint and allows dogs in, so perfect for walkers looking for a beer after a trek over the Torrs but seriously, bring a packed lunch!!!!
It is well known locally that the owner does not employ his chefs, instead he provides free board & lodging for travellers/foreign students & expects them to work & cook hard for free. Maybe this is the reason for poor quality food & shocking service, we went there last Summer for an evening drink & waited over 2 hours (yes really) for 3 bowls of chips.
Such a shame as the location is quite sweet & given alternative ownership or management, could be a goldmine. Alcohol there is generally ok, though they have substituted popular drinks like Guinness & J20 for cheaper alternatives. Are times really that bad?

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