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“BEST GRAVY EVER!”
Review of Combe Cottage Restaurant - CLOSED

Combe Cottage Restaurant
Price range: $8 - $26
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: At Combe Cottage Restaurant and Cafe the emphasis is on home cooked meals using fresh local ingredients. We are proud to support our local producers and suppliers.Full of character and charm our restaurant is ideally situated on the bustling Ilfracombe High Street. We would like to extend a warm welcome to all.
Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is just the sort of thing I want to find outside of london!!! a lovely intimate place where the food has been thought about. The chef a warm friendly lady with whom I had a great discussion on the importance of good gravy and was given some good tips, clearly has a deep love for flavours and a wide knowladge of food. Everything down to the presentation was spot on and had been carefully prepared with love and skill! The venue is welcoming and intimate and the service was so genuine. Allot of care has been put into insuring that people really enjoy their food here... which I absolutly did!

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2  Thank Imo O
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paulw09, Owner at Combe Cottage Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Many thanks for your lovely comments which really made me smile! I do remember our conversation about gravy. It was lovely to meet you guys and I am thrilled that you had such an enjoyable evening. I never get bored of swopping recipes & helpful tips if I get the chance, I only hope they came in useful when you next prepared lamb. Hope we get to meet you again next time you manage to escape from London!

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

This Restaurant really is a little gem and worthy of its star rating.

Nothing was too much trouble, including opening on a Monday when usually closed to accomadate our family celebration on 23rd December 2013.

The food was excellent and all freshly prepared, a good wine selection, the Proseco is particularly recommended.

The Restuarant is small which provided a warm family feel to the ocassion with attentive but not intrusive service, particularly from the young waiter whoes name I have forgoten, apologies.

My thanks to Kate and Paul, you have a lovely restaurant and we look forward to dining with you again.

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2  Thank Mark J
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paulw09, Owner at Combe Cottage Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Many thanks for your lovely review it was great to meet both you and your family. We were of course flattered that you chose Combe Cottage for your special evening and didn't mind at all opening on a Monday. Such a lovely bunch of people we look forward to seeing you again should you ever return to Ilfracombe. Ps We passed on your comments to our young waiter Dan!

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Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

Great quality food in a straight forward honest restaurant. Friendly, good value and good sized portions. Good service at a sensible speed, rather than feeling rushed through a meal.

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2  Thank Lee H
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paulw09, Owner at Combe Cottage Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2013

'Straight forward, honest restaurant' what a lovely (and I like to think accurate) description of Combe Cottage, thank you so much.

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Reviewed November 21, 2013

We were wandering around Ilfracombe looking for somewhere to eat and initially walked past the Cottage, as it seemed to have only one vegetarian choice. As we walked past it again, we noticed the specials board with other options. There was only one other table being used to start but we were early. This changed and it soon filled up and seemed very popular. The food was well presented and of a good quality. Good portions with nicely cooked vegetables. The service was very pleasant and helpful.

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Thank Stuart T
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paulw09, Owner at Combe Cottage Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2013

Many thanks for your review. So glad you didn't walk past! Good quality food, well presented, both very important to us and we are really pleased you both enjoyed your meal. Thanks also for highlighting the ever popular specials boards which change each evening.

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Reviewed November 12, 2013

We had a family meal at Combe Cottage at the end of October. Paul and Kate were very welcoming and it felt like they gave a very personal touch to our evening out.
The food was tasty and plentiful (and we eat like horses) and plenty of time was given to allow us to choose, no pressure. My son recommends the shoulder of lamb!

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Thank Kar0n13
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paulw09, Owner at Combe Cottage Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2013

Many thanks for your lovely review 'tasty and plentiful' with a personal touch - sounds like we are doing something right! Hope to see you guys again next time you are in the area.

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