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“Great food, great ambiance, great service...just great!”
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Basils
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Tel No. 01271 862823 email - lindsay.basils@yahoo.co.uk
Bodmin, England, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great food, great ambiance, great service...just great!”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

We arrived on a Sunday night with no booking, but were greeted by a very friendly, helpful waitress who offered us a beautifully layed up table for two. From the minute we entered the restaurant we loved the warm, cosy feel and that only increased as more and more diners arrived. The food was of a very high quality, wonderfully fresh, piping hot and very reasonably priced. The atmosphere slowly built up through the evening, but things really took off in style when a man went down on bended knee mid restaurant and popped the question to his fiance. Once the YES was confirmed it was drinks all round from the very happy couple and an already excellent evening got even better. Clearly Basils won't be able to offer that kind of entertainment on a nightly basis, but the food, atmosphere and value for money makes this little gem well worth a visit regardless.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank AdrianCrocker
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English first
Stafford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A real find for this big family!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We were in Ifracombe with our extended family, 19 of us. We had spent evenings doing the BBQ and evenings out but were never able to all go out together as most of the restuarants were too small. Our last night arrived and I was determined to find somewhere. After reading the great reviews I called Basil's. The owner and chef, Lindsay, said the restaurant was fairly small but we could take the whole place for the night! Our own private restuarant, what a treat!
Lindsay sent us the menu and we chose the night before in order to make life easier for the kitchen and us. The results were excellent. The food and atmosphere were top notch. Even the kids (mine's a fussy eater) were treated like stars. The little restuarant was a fantastic old building, one of the oldest in town. You can imagine it being a true smugglers haunt. There's even a secret passage...
If your heading into Ilfracombe we can really recommend it.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Paul M
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BasilIlfracombe, Owner at Basils, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you so much for the lovely review it was a pleasure to meet your family & we are so pleased you all enjoyed your evening at Basils, it means a lot to have comments like these, hope to see you all again.
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Full of character and delicious food. This restaurant hasn't been ruined with a modern contemporary make over - thank goodness! It's full of charm and has the most excellent food, the best lamb and sea bass cooked to perfection, We come to Ilfracombe twice a year and we always eat here, Such a friendly place with excellent service and food - what more could you want! Highly recommended.
Thanks for the food, see you all again soon

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Jan W
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Superb”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Excellent service, food was first class and the restaurant has a wonderful friendly feel about it. A great evening out all round

Visited July 2013
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England, Northampton
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Little gem”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

We visited whilst staying on a two day break. With all the choice on fore street this place could be easily overlooked, gave it a go because of the glowing reviews on here and glad we did.
Food was absolutely amazing, tasted delicious, presentation was superb and quantity just right. Highly recommend the stuffed chicken...

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Burdy555
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BasilIlfracombe, Owner at Basils, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thank you so much for your comments they are much appreciated I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to basis
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