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    Riks Takeaway: Fast Food The Fun Way!

    by johngayton Written Jul 9, 2014
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    Riks is a new addition (opened April 2014) to the harbour area's range of restaurants, and a very welcome one it is too.

    This is an "American-themed" takeaway offering such delights as Pulled Pork, Burgers, Hot Dogs and much more. It is though a serious step up from the usual takeaway junk. All their ingredients are locally-sourced with a an emphasis on quality rather than cheapness.

    The offerings are zingy and modern and the guys running it are friendly and enthusiastic. Although primarily a take-away it does have a little indoor table which comes in handy when the weather isn't playing the game.

    Winter opening hours are 5pm to 10pm weekdays and 12 noon to 10pm weekends, closed on Mondays. In summer 12 noon to 10pm every day.

    Favorite Dish: I've only eaten here once, so far, and followed the guys' recommendation for the Chilli Dog. Delish it was too - a good bratwurst topped with a reasonably-spiced meaty chilli, served in a bun with a side of crispy fries. This was an evening when the indoor table came in handy. I had intended to take it down to the harbour but the heavens opened up just as I took my first bite and so I soon retreated and was more than welcomed when I did so.

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    The Harbour Lights: Ah! The Fish Pie!

    by johngayton Written Jul 9, 2014
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    Apart from breakfast it's not often I eat in the hotel where I'm staying but here at the Harbour Lights the restaurant is an informal, characterful, bistro facing out onto the lively side street leading to the harbour.

    The in-room info pack offered a free starter for residents eating before 7 pm and with its seafood emphasis the menu proved irresistible.

    As with the hotel the restaurant is welcoming, decoratively furnished in its suitably nautical theme, and prices very reasonable. Eating early most of my fellow diners were also residents taking them up on the free starter offer and the dining room had a pleasant touristy buzz. Service was excellent, as was the food, and even if you're not a resident I'd wholeheartedly recommend it.

    Favorite Dish: With the sea air wafting through the door it just had to be something fishy. A Crab Fishcake to start proved definitely crabby with its sweet chilli dip an ideal accompaniment. My main course Fish Pie was full of the requisite bits bound in a creamy sauce and topped with fluffy mashed potato. A fresh, zingingly-dressed, side salad completed my meal.

    Along with a glass of crisp white wine my bill for the two courses was under £18 and so rounding up to £20 was totally painless.

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  • Larkstone cafe - bar - restaurant: Great Food , Great views !

    by theadds Written Jan 15, 2014

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    The Larkstone Cafe and Restaurant is a firm family favourite. The great value food here keeps everybody happy and the leisure park provides a fun space for the kids to run free. Extensive menus offer great choice with light lunches, sharing platters, burgers, cream teas and superb Sunday lunches.

    Fully licensed with a selection and good wines and beers and stunning views across the Bristol channel and Ilfracombe harbour it is the best seat in town for simply stunning sunset dining!

    There is a purpose built Play Area with climbing frame and a large assortment of toys for all ages at Larkstone.

    Larkstone was built as a tennis club in the 1920's, of the original Tennis Courts, one remains, whilst four of the others have been turned into greens where you can play Lawn Tennis, Bowls, Putting, Croquet, Table tennis and Archery.

    Dogs and walkers very welcome

    Favorite Dish: The sharing platters are great for all day grazing and enjoying on a glorious evening as the sun sets over the sea.

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    The Prince of Wales: Already well-recommended as a pub!

    by johngayton Written Sep 22, 2013

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    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!

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    BRITANNIA LOUNGE BAR: SUITABLE, TASTY, MORE THAN SIMPLE

    by Orkaena Updated May 19, 2013

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    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!

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    SMUGGLERS: A NORTH DEVON CLASSIC CUISINE

    by Orkaena Updated May 19, 2013

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    Few steps beyond the blue car, the entrance

    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.

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    Grassroots Cafe: Vegi Cafe

    by northeast80 Updated Aug 7, 2010

    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.

    Opening Times;
    Mon - Fri : 10.00am - 4.00pm
    Sat : 10.30am - 4.30pm
    Closed Sundays

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    Lynbay Fish and Chips: Fast Food The Slow Way!

    by johngayton Written Jun 29, 2009

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    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!

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