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Top Choice Bistro in Ilfracombe

Olive Branch & Room

Having trained under Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw, Thomas Carr has earned his own star at this Ilfracombe bistro, showcasing his skills while championing local produce and seafood. For the full experience, go…
Top Choice Pub Food in Ilfracombe


A proper old-fashioned Devonshire pub with a warm welcome, hearty food, an open fire, a raft of pub games and quality beers – try Ilfracombe's own Lundy Gold. It's in the village of Lee, 3 miles west of Ilfracombe. …
Top Choice Landmark in Ilfracombe


Pregnant, naked and holding aloft a huge spear, Damien Hirst's 20m statue Verity towers above Ilfracombe's harbour mouth. On the seaward side her skin is peeled back, revealing sinew, fat and foetus. Critics say she…
European in Ilfracombe


Ilfracombe's hippest harbourside hang-out by far is owned by artist Damien Hirst (he of the cut-in-half cows and pickled sharks). His creations line the walls, so you get to tuck into a cognac-laced lobster bisque o…
Seafood in Ilfracombe

Take Thyme

It's the specials board that draws your eye at this intimate bistro; it's full of supremely fresh, locally landed fish. Classic treatments allow the seafood to shine, whether you opt for creamy seafood chowder, plum…
Modern British in Ilfracombe

La Gendarmerie

In this dimly lit restaurant imaginative creations are served up with more than a soupçon of French flair. Expect intense flavours: roast pollock with truffle butter and champagne velouté; bouillabaisse-style sea br…
Pub in Ilfracombe

George & Dragon

Ilfracombe's oldest pub (c 1366) has flagstone floors, a beam-crossed ceiling, home-cooked crab on the menu and well-kept Exmoor ales. Food (mains from £9) is served from noon to 3pm and 6.30pm to 9pm.
Aquarium in Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe Aquarium

Recreates aquatic environments from Exmoor to the Atlantic, via estuary, rock pool and harbour.