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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 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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Visited On Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Technically excellent food in a relaxed and informal setting. Service was informed and friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant, I hope to visit again soon.

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Visited On Thursday, 20 September 2018

This is a very special place - very different from Mr Carr's other establishment, the Seafood & Grill, at the other end of the High Street. The Olive Room was not full when we were there (it was a Thursday evening) but the atmosphere was fine, the staff very helpful and friendly. The food was superb - we had the six-course menu with the accompanying wines. We arrived at 7.30 and left at 11.30 - that is not a comment on the speed of the service but on how relaxed we felt and how welcome the staff made us feel. Hope we didn't outstay that welcome! Highly recommended.

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Nous avons pris le menu dégustation 6 plats avec les vins proposés. Tout était parfait. Un agréable moment de gastronomie. Merci

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Visited On Saturday, 15 September 2018

Fabulous 6 course tasting menu - we were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. Every course was amazing from presentation to flavour combinations to perfectly cooked dishes. Great relaxed atmosphere & Lovely staff - thanks to Rebecca for looking after us so well. Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Friday, 14 September 2018

Absolutely blown away by the quality of the food!

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Would have preferred one of our 6 courses to be a pastry or crispy thing. Just needed a little more variety. All in all was great

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Visited On Thursday, 06 September 2018

hervorragendes Essen, einfaches unkompliziertes Ambiente, Weinreise (wine flight) korrespondierte hervorragend mit den Speisen. Freundliche Bedienung und kompetente Beratung

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Visited On Friday, 07 September 2018

Fabulous dining experience with knowledgable and very friendly staff. Certainly not a cheap night out but definitely worth ticking off your bucket list.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 September 2018

Great food and service! Came for husbands 40th so was a nice treat for him! Was hoping to have the mussels again as we had them before at The Olive Room and they were amazing!! The Hake was beautiful this time as well though!

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Visited On Saturday, 01 September 2018

The 8 course taster menu with wines paired to each. Just sublime!

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Perfect food - got better with each course until the heavenly dessert. Wines were unusual and perfect pairings. Wonderful calm, friendly service.

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