I've already given the Prince of Wales a good write-up here as a pub - Prince of Wales and now that I've eaten here I'm happily adding it as a restaurant too.
This is proper pub food, all home-made, with friendly, swift service, and very reasonable prices. The menu has a snack section with sandwiches, jacket potatoes and baguettes and for those looking for something more substantial pub classics such as pies, fish 'n chips, lasagne and etc. with plenty of choices.
Favorite Dish: I was just in for a light lunch and opted for the "Steak Baguette" - this was spot-on. Juicy, tender strips of flash-fried steak came loaded with mushrooms and onions smothered in melted cheese. A veritable feast for about a fiver!
The Royal Britannia has a lovely pub as well, as old as the hotel is, here you can enjoy a pint of very good beer or cider, and if you are hungry then order some dishes from the menu, you will be not disappointed. The meals has a singular home made elaboration, and, as in North Devon should be, all ingredients are from the region. The cast is very attentive and easy going, concerned because you have a comfy stay. But there are more, like always. This is a lively pub, where locals use to go in the evening to enjoy a chat with friends drinking a black thick Guinness, or to hear some music, or to watch on TV one of those very important soccer match. At last, I couldn't find out too many tourists from abroad, on the opposite, my impression was that the tourism is mostly from their own country, british. Never the less, I felt my self like if I were a friend of them from long time ago, so warm they are.
Favorite Dish: Dressed LOCAL crab bread butter & trimmings.
I must describe this specialty as pretty sophisticated, very well prepared with fresh crabs from their beaches. The presentation of the plate is attractive as well, provoking in your stomach the need to eat it immediately!
The Smugglers is a classical North Devon restaurant, profusely decorated with marine and exotic swords hanging from walls and ceilings, the place is small and intimate, attended by young girls smiling all the time. The cuisine is typical in their recipes, tasty, filling, large portions, very careful with hygiene and aesthetics.
Favorite Dish: Local lamb stuffed with herbs, conveniently irrigated with red wine (here you can be surprised with some good red wines from Rioja, Spain) The lamb meat taste and texture from Devon is delicious, reminds me strongly to our patagonian lamb.
Needing a pick-me-up in Ilfracombe we spotted this place. My friend had a cheese scone with chili jam and an Americano and I had a cappucino, normal scone with raspberry jam and clotted cream, when in Devon! This all came to about £6.
The standard was two scones but we saw the size of them and went for one each. They were delicious warmed up and the jam that came with mine was lovely.
There was a mixture of high seats along the window to look out at the passers by, low sofas and coffee tables and normal tables and chairs, there was also a garden. There were also local photography for sale on display and a corner with childrens toys to keep them occupied.
If we were staying later we would definitely have gone for the £10 offer of three courses! Plus it's bring you own bottle too (£1 corkage).
It's all vegitarian using local produce where possible and very reasonably priced.
Mon - Fri : 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sat : 10.30am - 4.30pm
I had intended to have a proper sit-down lunch here but the restaurant that I'd fancied turned out to be closed on Mondays. The sun was out and the harbour was inviting and so I decided on the much cheaper al fresco option.
Lynbay Fish and Chips is just that - a proper traditional chippie with its offerings of various battered fish, pies, burgers and of course chips - all good healthy stuff! As well as the take-away option the restaurant also has indoor seating, at faux-wood formica-topped tables (as to be expected), and seems to be very family-friendly offering high-chairs and children's DVD's. Service is Devon-friendly and fairly swift when it's busy but at quieter times everything will be cooked (or reheated) to order. On ordering I was told that it would take 5 minutes to cook but if I wanted to sit out on the quay they'd give me a shout when it was ready - no problems!
Favorite Dish: Well it just had to be the Fish and Chips! Nice piece of fresh, flaky, locally-landed cod in a crispy light batter, good chips, not too greasy. Take-away of course and much enjoyed sitting on the quayside wall with a scavenging seagull looking for leftovers - the bird got NOTHING!
For four and a half quid perhaps not the cheapest in the country but certainly value for money and the scenery is free!