Food & Drink in Ilfracombe
Food fans will love visiting Ilfracombe as it is quickly becoming the gastronomic hub of North Devon and boasts several highly rated restaurants and eateries catering for a wide range of cuisines and dietary needs.
Restaurants in Ilfracombe take advantage of the abundance of good quality local produce with fresh fish and live seafood coming directly from the harbour and meat being sourced from neighbouring Exmoor. The complementing vegetables and fruits are also sourced in the region, many of them coming from the surrounding farmlands and of course, Devon is famous for the quality of its dairy products and you’ll be able to sample everything from unique cheeses to crumbly fudge and the very best in ice cream, custard and cream, perfect for those of you stopping by for an afternoon tea.
Fine dining with fine views
Ilfracombe has some incredible views, particularly in the harbour regions and towards the coast, which makes it the perfect place to experience some exquisite fine dining. Compliment the view with some of the best dishes in North Devon.
Fore Street is the place to go for anyone with a love of good quality food. Many of the fine dining establishments can be found here, including Michelin-starred restaurants as Thomas Carr has an establishment along there. The street is known locally as being the ‘Foodie’ hub due to the amount of eateries that can be found there. Whether you go for an award-winning restaurant or not, you can guarantee that all the establishments along Fore Street will have high quality menus featuring great choice and seasonal local produce. You don’t have to limit yourself to Fore Street, the Harbour also features lots of great places to grab a bite to eat but really, anywhere you go in Ilfracombe will guarantee you a hearty meal. The harbour is steeped in history and is one of the most popular fishing points in the north of the county. This is reflected in the quality of the seafood menus on offer around Ilfracombe, especially in the harbour, where you can sit and watch the day’s catch come in ready to be served later in the day.
Not a fan of seafood? Don’t worry, Ilfracombe has a wide range of culinary delights, so you will have lots to choose from and with the growing popularity of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets, you’ll find plenty of choice, whatever you’re in the mood for.
Family friendly options
Ilfracombe has long been a family favourite, so you’ll find family friendly places to eat all over the town, whether it is in your hotel dining room or at one of the independent establishments or high street chains, you’ll find menus that cater to children. If you’re travelling without the kids or just want a quiet meal somewhere tranquil and secluded, don’t worry, there are plenty of places for you too. Whatever establishment suits you taste and budget, you’ll be well catered for in Ilfracombe.