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The Olive Room

56 Fore Street, ILFRACOMBE, EX34 9DJ

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One of the most encouraging aspects of the contemporary dining scene is that a cutting-edge kitchen might as easily be found on the tranquil north Devon coast, not far from where the ferries depart for Lundy island, as in the metropolitan heartlands. So it is with Thomas Carr's thrilling modern repertoire at The Olive Room, which at one glance is just the dining room of a local guest house, but at another is so much more. Cream walls and engaging staff set a relaxing tone, but the cooking will have you sitting up and taking notice. A bowl of fish bisque incorporating stone bass, crab and langoustine also contains fennel, grapefruit and ginger to add layers of depth to a starter full of aromatic appeal. That could be followed by a robust serving of tender venison with an oxtail fritter and a little red onion tart, alongside pickled mushrooms and mash, for a dish that also achieves great resonance. For dessert, carrot cake is reimagined into a luscious cheesecake, served with burnt orange purée and cinnamon ice cream, as well as a garnish of caramelised walnuts. Breads and nibbles are in keeping with the ambitious pace, and there is a compact list of well-chosen wines to accompany.

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Tel: 01271 867831
& 879005
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Open all year.
Days closed: Sun-Mon
Days closed for lunch: Tue

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Thomas Carr, John Cairns
Number of seats: 18
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £18.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

The Olive Room, Ilfracombe


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A361 into Ilfracombe, through lights into High St. At end fork left into Fore St, continue straight down, pass no entry signs, on left hand side
Nearest station: Barnstaple

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