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Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room

56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe, United Kingdom, EX34 9DJ
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Dinner Service Only.
Tuesday - Saturday: 6.30pm - 9pm

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About Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room

“A simple, homely restaurant beneath a B&B, run by an experienced local chef who trained under Nathan Outlaw. Ultra-fresh seafood is the focus, with dishes only confirmed once the day boat deliveries come in. Cooking is skilled” - MICHELIN guide inspectors

Recently awarded a Michelin star for the 2017 Michelin Guide, here at Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room in Ilfracombe, quality and comfort are paramount. We believe that fine dining is best enjoyed in a relaxed and unpretentious environment.
We are incredibly lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area. To take full advantage of our location, we source the very best in local, seasonal ingredients, making the most of the abundance North Devon has to offer.
We hope to welcome you soon.

Cuisine: Fine Dining
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

This was our first visit to The Olive Room and we were not disappointed. The restaurant is small and minimalist in decor which I appreciate. The reception upon arrival was warm and welcoming and continued like that through our meal. Very informative around each course of our three course meal. My wife and I tried all of the options and we both enjoyed each plate. We will definitely be back and would recommend The OliveRoom to anyone who appreciates good food and good customer service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Great service and gorgeous food, lovely treat for me and the wife 😁

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

Honestly the best meal we’ve both ever had! Thank you

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Visited On Thursday, 24 January 2019

Just keep on doing what you're doing, Tom. Your culinary skills are now finely honed.

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Visited On Saturday, 26 January 2019

Went for the three course lunch set menu and as always, not disappointed. The food is sublime, the atmosphere very un-pretentious and relaxed and the service friendly and efficient. Michelin starred dining made affordable - what's not to love? Excellent and have booked to come again.

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Visited On Friday, 25 January 2019

The restaurant was quiet for our lunch but we were made to feel welcome and valued. Front of house was professional friendly and knowledgeable the food as it always seems to be was beautiful in both presentation and flavour. We booked to return as we ate! Perfect. Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 18 January 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening here. We thought the food was perfect. Japanese wine -who knew (probably everyone).

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

Fantastic food,relaxed environment and efficient and easy going staff. Can’t wait to return.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 January 2019

Everything was excellent.

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Visited On Thursday, 03 January 2019

The food was outstanding. We had the 6-course taster meal and we enjoyed every single one. One that pops up in my mind was beetroot and salmon. So delicious. From the food to the presentation to crockery - a lovely way to spend the evening. Yes, it was pricey but it was really worth every penny - outstanding. Thank you

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

A little gem in North Devon. Food is sublime 5 stars! The latest 6 course tasting menu was the best Thomas has produced. Front of house treat everyone as the most special customer. Cannot recommend this restaurant enough

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Visited On Saturday, 10 November 2018

loved it

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 November 2018

Thank you Thomas and Colleagues for another outstanding meal and comfortable stay at the Olive Room. The six course taster menu was delicious with so much work and detail in every bite. Thank you to Rebecca for her warm welcome and top service front of house. Congratulations on receiving your Michelin star again for 2019 - you truly deserve it!

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Visited On Saturday, 27 October 2018

Fantastic food and service. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the restaurant.

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Visited On Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Beautiful food well presented and excellent service. A must if you are looking for somewhere special to dine when in Ilfracombe or N Devon

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Visited On Thursday, 01 November 2018

Lovely helpful staff, quiet and intimate surroundings, and loved every course from the six meal tasting menu (our favourite - that took ages to agree on just one - was the brill with cauliflower crunch). But genuinely couldn’t fault anything, definitely an experience we will not forget.

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Visited On Friday, 26 October 2018

Great customer service, relaxed atmosphere, fine food and very good wine list. Attention to detail in the food preparation and presentation and great taste! Well worth a visit!

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Visited On Thursday, 25 October 2018

Superb food and friendly service. The taster menu was excellent and a very nice treat!

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Visited On Saturday, 27 October 2018

Brilliant food - we have eaten at a great deal of fine dining and Michelin restaurants and this tasting menu was one of the best. Was hard to choose a favourite course - we loved it all. Wine flight was good value - don’t think price was shown anywhere? £75 for 6 course taster about par. Service was ok. Not a great deal to choose from for aperitif - limited vodka and gin choice. Also didn’t look like much in the way of brandy or whisky either. Appreciate front of house is going to do a wine course but it is always good to know about the wines and why they’ve been chosen etc. A wine flight is often an opportunity to try more unusual wines and pairings and a Japanese wine certainly fitted the bill! Atmosphere - funky little place - may be needed slightly funkier background music! Art work a bit tame too.

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Visited On Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Service friendly and helpful without being intrusive. Food very tasty in small portions - as expected in this kind of restaurant. The only criticism is that, as is apparently common with high-end cuisine these days, vegetables were almost completely absent (except of course in the veg-only dishes not on the basic menu we chose). I know this is the way it's done now, but one tiny smear of carrot puree and a single slice of leek?

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Enjoyed every course. The salmon, venison and chocolate were simply stunning Thank you for a lovely evening.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

We have eaten at several Michelin Star Restaurants and The Olive Room’s very relaxed, intimate surroundings is equal and even better than some. We were greeted by really friendly staff who enthusiastically explained the evening taster menu and wine pairing. Each course was presented like a piece of art, delicately placed on the plate. They were all visually exciting, exceeding the verbal description, fresh tasting and divine, an intense combination of amazing flavours. Opting for the “Matching Wine Fights” we were not disappointed as each glass was matched exquisitely and we will certainly be buying some of the wines. The staff were very knowledgable in their explanation of each wine. A great experience that we highly recommend. The staff were really attentive and service was at a perfect pace. We will definitely be returning.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Fantastic night will definitely be back :)

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

My brother and I spent the loveliest of evenings with you. Honestly the ONLY dining experience where a tasting menu has hit 100% home.... (and I have had a few through the years)....every single dish was on point and delicious beyond words. Seasoning was perfection as well. The service was perfectly attentive and the space was Scandi minimalistic (as I am a Swede it was appreciated ;)) Would go back in a heartbeat when next in the area. Worth every penny and great value for money.... loved, loved, LOVED it!! 😊

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 September 2018

It would be nice to have a small choice menu as well as the taster menu.

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