Eating Out Ilfracombe

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Ilfracombe really is the food-capital of North Devon with a number of fine-dining restaurants, bistros, café bars and tea rooms, many of which have alfresco dining giving it a Continental feel.

We have an excellent selection of fine-dining restaurants and trendy café bars within just a few minutes walk from The Collingdale; serving everything from freshly caught fish and seafood, meat supplied from local farmers with traditional English dishes, Spanish tapas, Italian, Chinese or Indian and good old-fashioned Fish & Chips.

We have sampled all of these, so if you would like help choosing where to eat then do please ask.   Here is a selection of those on offer - CLICK on Name of Restaurant to check their menus

The Thatched Inn, Hillsborough Road
Tel: 01271 864450
Traditional 17th Century pub serving local ales and restaurant quality food just 100 metres from The Collingdale

The Restaurant 71, Fore Street
Tel: 01271 863632
Specialising in local fish, seafood & meat dishes
OPEN Mon  – Sat 7pm – 9 pm

Relish Bar & Bistro – Fore Street
Tel: 01271 863837
Cosy and vibrant atmosphere serving locally sourced seafood, meats, gourmet pizzas and bistro meals – booking adviseable
OPEN Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm

The Terrace Tapas and Wine Bar, Fore Street             Tel: 01271 863482
Trendy atmosphere serving traditional Spanish dishes tapas style.
OPEN Tues – Sat 6.30pm – 10pm  7 Nights during summer

Thomas Carr 1873, 63 Fore Street
Tel: 01271 867831
Thomas Carr achieved Ilfracombe’s first Michelin Star restaurant at The Olive Room and has now reopened at a new venue, a former Victorian Police Station and called it 1873  –  Offering 6-course tasting menus  – booking essential on their website

Take Thyme, Fore Street
Tel: 01271 867622
Specialising in local fish & seafood dishes
Lunchtime only Weds – Sat 12pm – 4pm

Expresso Bar & Grill, St James
Tel: 01271 855485
Specialising in fresh fish, shellfish and matured Devon meats
Open April to October Booking advisable

The Antedote St James
Tel: 01271 865339
Modern British Food awarded a Bib Gourmand by Michelin several years running

Wards Bistro    St James                                              Tel:  01271 862112                                                            Open Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday Lunches

Giovanni and Luca, Wilder Road
Tel: 01271 879394
Italian restaurant open Tuesday to Sunday 12.30 to 2pm and 6pm to late

Settantanove Pizzeria, High Street 
Tel: 01271 865982
Great Atmosphere serving freshly created Pizza, pasta and tapas dishes
OPEN Monday to Saturday from 5pm

Grassroots Vegetarian Bistro, High Street
Tel: 01271 867574
Open lunchtimes as cafe and Friday and Saturday evenings as vegetarian bistro £15 for 3 course menu BYO wine £1 corkage pp booking advisable

The Angel, Church Street
Tel: 01271 866833
Excellent home-cooked local produce in the quirky setting of an old Butchers Shop  OPEN Friday and Saturday Bookings only

The Carlton Brasserie, Runnacleave Road
Tel: 01271 862446
Fresh, locally sourced food - booking advisable

Emperor's Court  High Street                                        Tel: 01271 863896                                                      Open Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm

Tandoori Nights, High Street
Tel: 01271 866453
Open Daily 6.30pm – 11pm

Further afield if you fancy a nice lunch  whilst out and about we can definitely recommend:

The Masons Arms, Knowstone, Nr South Molton
Tel: 01398 341231
Mitchelin Star Restaurant in an 13th Century Coaching Inn on the edge of Exmoor

The Black Venus, Challacombe

Tel :  01598 763251    Traditional Country Pub in the heart of Exmoor

The Pyne Arms, East Down 

Tel: 01271 850055  - Cosy, Gastro pub a few miles from Ilfracombe

The Hunters Inn, Heddon Valley, Exmoor 

Tel: 01598 763230 - owned by the National Trust, a great place to have lunch after the Walk to Heddons Mouth



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