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La Gendarmerie

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63 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED, England
+44 1271 865984
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Spending time in the area house hunting, we decided to take time out and explore Ilfracombes restaurants. New to the area, we spent a few hours walking around and discovered Fore Street. All of the restaurants were closed so we made our choice simply by reading the wall mounted menus and peering through the windows. La Gendarmerie didn't disappoint. A... More 

Thank Karen H
Ashford, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What can I say but the food and service is second to none - if you visit ilfracombe well worth a visit .......... hope to return x

Thank Colleen T
Surrey, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a gorgeous place, really tastefully done in the restaurant area (Fore St) of Ilfracombe. We were greeted by Sarah, her husband Paul is the chef and made welcome. It is a small restaurAnt and they manage bookings to give everyone good time, so worth booking and arriving on time. The menu was 4 course (fixed price £39) with 2... More 

Thank BWS123
Devon, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Booked the restaurant on the basis of recommendation by work colleague who eats there regularly and had high expectations. We had wanted to go to the Olive Room but sadly it was booked fully. Upon arrival (raining) was greeted and offered a choice of tables in the side room. Coats & umbrella were taken. Menu was relatively limited but perhaps... More 

2 Thank N5321BFjustins
lagendar, Owner at La Gendarmerie, responded to this review

I am sorry you felt dissatisfied with your meal, we have to accept not every customer is going to enjoy what we do, and even though you describe the food as excellent, you were unhappy with the portion size, that's fair enough, and we accept your opinion, although we feel we offer decent size portions and good value for money... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely family meal here, wonderful service complimented beautifully cooked food, an absolute highlight being the stone bass with brown shrimp, seaweed butter & oyster mayo , can't wait to return.

1 Thank talliho1457
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

As city folk we were very impressed to find such modernity in ilfracombe, similar to how foods evolving in london at the moment, modish plates of food with understated styling, but flavour packed, we dined as a table of three, all tried something different and was truly impressed, the sea trout, beef main and banana dessert were all highlights pricing... More 

1 Thank bucky1234579
London, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is not actually a review for the food; we didn't get that far, as the restaurant gave away our table with the excuse they had tried to contact me by phone when we were a bit late; an entirely useless excuse in signal - less Ilfracombe. This was supposed to be a special birthday celebration which had been prebooked... More 

3 Thank johnclewes2016
Ashford, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

This was our 2nd visit 1st one being 4 years ago, food is absolutely stunning service is amazing, staff made us feel so welcome great value - can't wait to return x

1 Thank Colleen T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We have visited many Michelin star restaurants and this is as good as any and better than some . Top quality produce , excellent cooking and presentation and wonderful service. We visit La Gendarmerie several times a year and have never been disappointed. Last week was excellent, as usual, and we are returning tonight. Well done Sarah and Paul !

1 Thank Linda W
lagendar, Owner at La Gendarmerie, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review, it's been a pleasure serving you all these years and appreciate the effort it takes coming from so far away on such a regular basis, kind regards Paul & Sarah More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Once again a fantastic meal at La Gendarmerie this time for my birthday. As always the food was cooked to perfection and the service from front of house staff impeccable. We visit friends who live in ilfracombe a couple of times a year and always without exception book a table here. The menu is limited to 3 choices per course... More 

1 Thank Kerry S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9ED, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Ilfracombe
  • Phone Number: +44 1271 865984

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?