Guidebook for Devon

Stephanie
Guidebook for Devon

Food Scene

Ilfracombe offers some amazing food in its small town. Ranging from the highly acclaimed J D Wetherspoon (The Admiral Coliingwood) offering amazing views of the sun set to independent bistros and vegetarian cafes.
Excellent food and atmosphere
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Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room
54 Fore St
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Excellent food and atmosphere
Authentic italian restaurant offering wide range of pizzas and a great menu. Staff hugely accommodating and friendly.
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Giovanni & Luca
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Authentic italian restaurant offering wide range of pizzas and a great menu. Staff hugely accommodating and friendly.
Great value for money with BYO bottle charged at £1 corkage! Sara offers a great menu of home cooked food...3 courses for £15.
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Grassroots Vegetarian Cafe
97 High St
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Great value for money with BYO bottle charged at £1 corkage! Sara offers a great menu of home cooked food...3 courses for £15.
Built on the site of the old Collingwood Hotel, this purpose-built Wetherspoon pub was awarded the best new build award at the National Pub Design Awards in 2015. Situated on Ilfracombe's seafront, there are stunning views from the roof terrace, which is open from March to October. Since opening its doors it has earned a well-deserved reputation for its range of well-kept ales, many of which are brewed locally
Wetherspoon Free House
Built on the site of the old Collingwood Hotel, this purpose-built Wetherspoon pub was awarded the best new build award at the National Pub Design Awards in 2015. Situated on Ilfracombe's seafront, there are stunning views from the roof terrace, which is open from March to October. Since opening its doors it has earned a well-deserved reputation for its range of well-kept ales, many of which are brewed locally
Seafood bar and grill-restaurant serving coffees, light lunches, all-day grazing meals and dinner. Offering locally caught crab and lobster off Ilfracombe’s coast and award winning butcher who uses the finest Devon beef from local farmers.
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Espresso Seafood Bar and Grill
1 St James Pl
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Seafood bar and grill-restaurant serving coffees, light lunches, all-day grazing meals and dinner. Offering locally caught crab and lobster off Ilfracombe’s coast and award winning butcher who uses the finest Devon beef from local farmers.
Relish Bar & Bistro opened in 2012 and is located in the heart of Ilfracombe's oldest street, set in a character heritage building, only 2 minutes from Ilfracombe harbour on Fore Street. Specialising in quality fresh seafood meals including our Seafood Platter featuring whole Lundy lobster, dressed crab, crevettes, mussels, and crayfish tails. Also available is a range of local meats and game from the South West, gourmet pizzas and some very tasty wines to complement.
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Relish Bar & Bistro
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Relish Bar & Bistro opened in 2012 and is located in the heart of Ilfracombe's oldest street, set in a character heritage building, only 2 minutes from Ilfracombe harbour on Fore Street. Specialising in quality fresh seafood meals including our Seafood Platter featuring whole Lundy lobster, dressed crab, crevettes, mussels, and crayfish tails. Also available is a range of local meats and game from the South West, gourmet pizzas and some very tasty wines to complement.
Take Thyme Fish Restaurant is located within 50 yards of Ilfracombe harbour. We specialises in locally caught fish, seafood, and Exmoor reared steaks. Wherever possible fresh local produce is used and the emphasis is on letting the simple, clean flavours of the West Country shine through onto the plate. With its relaxed and informal atmosphere Take Thyme Fish Restaurant is popular with with both visitors and Ilfracombe locals alike and is the perfect place for dinner for two or for small group bookings.
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Take Thyme Fish Restaurant
1 Fore St
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Take Thyme Fish Restaurant is located within 50 yards of Ilfracombe harbour. We specialises in locally caught fish, seafood, and Exmoor reared steaks. Wherever possible fresh local produce is used and the emphasis is on letting the simple, clean flavours of the West Country shine through onto the plate. With its relaxed and informal atmosphere Take Thyme Fish Restaurant is popular with with both visitors and Ilfracombe locals alike and is the perfect place for dinner for two or for small group bookings.
Nestled in Ilfracombe's historic Fore Street and only 100 yards from one of the prettiest harbours on Devon's north coast, Seventy One has built an enviable reputation for consistently good food. Modern furnishings with a continental feel, original artwork and decor combined with an attention to detail have all contributed to the success. Using the best of Devon's fresh produce makes sure that the food takes centre stage with some excellent fish dishes featured during the summer months. We are a great place to eat in Ilfracombe!
Seventy One
71 Fore St
Nestled in Ilfracombe's historic Fore Street and only 100 yards from one of the prettiest harbours on Devon's north coast, Seventy One has built an enviable reputation for consistently good food. Modern furnishings with a continental feel, original artwork and decor combined with an attention to detail have all contributed to the success. Using the best of Devon's fresh produce makes sure that the food takes centre stage with some excellent fish dishes featured during the summer months. We are a great place to eat in Ilfracombe!

Entertainment & Activities

Ilfracombe has lots of enterainment offerings, ranging for the eclectic local cinema, to the iconic Landmark Theatre on the promenade.
Independent cinema showing latest releases and alternative films, with waiter service in one screen.
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Embassy Ilfracombe Cinema
134 High Street
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Independent cinema showing latest releases and alternative films, with waiter service in one screen.
The Landmark Theatre is an award-winning theatre in the North Devon coastal town of Ilfracombe. Of unusual double conical design, it is locally referred to as Madonna's Bra, a reference to its shape and that of an iconic bra worn by the singer Madonna.
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The Landmark
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The Landmark Theatre is an award-winning theatre in the North Devon coastal town of Ilfracombe. Of unusual double conical design, it is locally referred to as Madonna's Bra, a reference to its shape and that of an iconic bra worn by the singer Madonna.
Quaint aquarium offering local fish exhibits & feeding demonstrations along with a gift shop & cafe
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The Ilfracombe Aquarium
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Quaint aquarium offering local fish exhibits & feeding demonstrations along with a gift shop & cafe
One of the West Country’s premier Family Tourist Attractions where you can enjoy, a Victorian Castle full of eclectic treasures, nostalgic displays and curios, a theme park including rides and play areas, and beautiful landscaped gardens. In this stunning location overlooking the picturesque Watermouth Cove, Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle offers a unique and magical experience with entertainment for all ages. With a host of attractions there is always something to capture the imagination so come and see for yourselves!
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Watermouth Castle
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One of the West Country’s premier Family Tourist Attractions where you can enjoy, a Victorian Castle full of eclectic treasures, nostalgic displays and curios, a theme park including rides and play areas, and beautiful landscaped gardens. In this stunning location overlooking the picturesque Watermouth Cove, Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle offers a unique and magical experience with entertainment for all ages. With a host of attractions there is always something to capture the imagination so come and see for yourselves!

Arts & Culture

There's lots of arts and culture in and around Ilfracombe.
A 66 foot bronze-clad sculpture named Verity created by world famous artist Damien Hirst located at the Harbour - a must see!
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Verity
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A 66 foot bronze-clad sculpture named Verity created by world famous artist Damien Hirst located at the Harbour - a must see!
Broomhill is a short drive from Ilfracombe. It offers an amazing tapas menu and full a la carte too, at very reasonable prices. If you don't want to eat there, it's worth a visit just to walk around the amazing grounds and see the sculptures and huge pond. Tickets to the gardens are included when you book a table to eat.
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Broomhill Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden
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Broomhill is a short drive from Ilfracombe. It offers an amazing tapas menu and full a la carte too, at very reasonable prices. If you don't want to eat there, it's worth a visit just to walk around the amazing grounds and see the sculptures and huge pond. Tickets to the gardens are included when you book a table to eat.
Intimate live music venue and cultural hub also featuring an art gallery, a cinema and a cafe.
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The Plough Arts Centre
9-11 Fore St
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Intimate live music venue and cultural hub also featuring an art gallery, a cinema and a cafe.

Sightseeing

Ilfracombe is the largest harbour on the North Devon coast and has been in existence as a port for several centuries. It is an ideal centre from which to explore the many attractions that North Devon has to offer, along with being at a strategic location to reach destinations such as Lundy Island and other harbours along the North Cornwall and Bristol Channel coasts.
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Ilfracombe Harbour
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Neighborhoods

There’s loads to keep you busy in Ilfracombe and even more to see and do slightly further afield. In fact, it’s the perfect base for visiting a variety of north Devon attractions. From boat trips and harbours to contemporary art, curious coastal charm and stunning coastal walks check out my top things to do in Ilfracombe and the surrounding area.
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Ilfracombe
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There’s loads to keep you busy in Ilfracombe and even more to see and do slightly further afield. In fact, it’s the perfect base for visiting a variety of north Devon attractions. From boat trips and harbours to contemporary art, curious coastal charm and stunning coastal walks check out my top things to do in Ilfracombe and the surrounding area.