Ilfracombe, foodie destination
We’re in a seaside town but it’s not just fish and chips that you’ll find in Ilfracombe! Visitors to North Devon are often really surprised to discover that this is a foodie destination for the whole area. All the locals know that Ilfracombe is the place to go for exceptional and unique dining out experiences.
For starters we have one of Devon’s five Michelin-starred restaurants – Thomas Carr at the Olive Room. Since being given a star two years ago, Thomas has opened another restaurant in town serving both a la carte and a grill menu.
The street for food
Fore Street, a pretty and historic street which leads from the shopping centre to the harbour, is packed with restaurants – and they’re all independent. Just off the top of our heads, there’s La Gendarmerie for modern, French influenced cuisine; tapas and wines at The Terrace; seafood at Relish Bar & Bistro; the contemporary Seventy One and Take Thyme seafood restaurant. And Fore Street is not a very big street!
Quality and passion
The quality and passion behind these dining spots gives the town a real buzz – like Giovanni and Luca, where you’ll find genuine Italian food using family recipes and there’s places like Grassroots vegetarian café in the High Street where you can pick up great lunchtime treats. And one of our most famous restaurants has to be The Quay, Damien Hirst’s place – which is filled with his artwork (even the wallpaper!).
A foodie break at The Carlton
All these places are within walking distance of The Carlton, which makes us perfectly placed for a foodie themed break! We also take huge pride in our own menus, crafted by Eliot and using the best produce from the surrounding land and sea. With so many great places to choose from in Ilfracombe, we’re really chuffed to know that so many locals choose to eat with us. We’d love everyone to eat with us every day – but it would be a shame to miss out on all that Ilfracombe has to offer.