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“not welcoming”

The Royal Britannia Restaurant
Ranked #85 of 118 Restaurants in Ilfracombe
Cuisines: Bar, British, Chinese
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television
Bideford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“not welcoming”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We have not stayed here but had lunch only, so can only comment on this. While the location is good we found the attention to detail appalling. We found the hotel dark and dingy as we walked through to the terrace which had a lovely harbour view but was so uninviting with no flowers anywhere and litter under some tables. Although our lunch was acceptable, the service was slow and plates on other tables were not cleared away so seagulls quickly became a nuisance. The WCs were disgusting, smelly, dirty and needed a complete overhaul. One had the lock missing and one broken and there were only 3! With such a good location but no attention to detail this seems like an opportunity thrown away.

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Thank Wendy C
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“OK if you are hungry”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

We ate here on Friday evening after an exhaustive search of the eating places of Ilfracombe for somewhere where we felt we wanted to part with our hard-earned money, and which was still serving by the time we ended our search about 8pm.

Prices are reasonable and we were served quickly and in a courteous manner. The food (beef lasagne and vegetable lasagne) was hot and plentiful but not particularly tasty. Even though I was really hungry, I just couldn't stomach finishing what was a poor quality lasagne. When we got back to our hotel, we both said that we wanted to wash our hands - we both got the impression that the place was not as clean as it might be.

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Thank Elizabeth L
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Midlands UK
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Pub Review”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

Although this listing is in the hotel section, we recently visited the pub for dinner and thought it would be worth a review of our experience in the pub.

We visited on a Sunday afternoon at about 16:00. Many of the pubs in the area had stopped serving and so we were happy to find the Britannia still serving food. The pub is quite traditional inside and the barman was friendly and helpful.

The menus do not do the food justice, they are quite cramped and hard to read, however there is a massive choice and it states on the menu that all food is cooked to order.

I went for the 16oz steak cooked rare and my wife went for the chicken tikka masala. We also visited with our 9 month old daughter and they were very accommodating when we asked if they could do us a small salad for her.

We didn't have to wait too long for the food and when it came it was obvious that it had been freshly cooked. My steak was cooked as I had asked and was very good. My wife's curry was also spot on. Portion size was good as well.

The staff who brought the food out were also really friendly and helpful.

All in all we were really impressed with the Britannia and would defiantly recommend it to anyone looking for a good value, traditional pub in Ilfracombe serving good quality food.

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“nice spot for a light lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2012

visited on a sunny Tuesday and sat outside overlooking the beach and harbour which is lovely.Had two rounds of prawn sandwiches that were bursting with prawns,served with watercress and tortilla chips,really fresh and scrummy,large glass of red wine,that was a large glass,not half full like some places.Friendly bar staff,and good prices.An hour well spent.

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Thank bettybetty54
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73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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“Service/food terrible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2012

We used this place for a hot lunch on a Saturday there was 4 adults we ordered at bar 1 meal arrived then 10 mins later a wrong meal arrived beef burger not chicken as ordered this then came out another 15mins later then at least another 20 mins later the other 2 meals arrived the food was terrible salad was only lettuce. The sauces were of the cheapest brand they tasted yuck. Please do not use this ever. Toilets were very dirty you couldn't wash your hands the water didn't come out and the sink was filthy.

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1 Thank holidaypairWiltshire
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