Being run by a Spanish couple gives this place an authentic identity. Service is laid back, food is good and using local musicians adds a bit of Devon to the whole.
Favorite Dish: Only been in for nibbles and wine but everything looks good and the atmosphere is great.
During the day this is a continental-style cafe bar where you can just drop in for a coffee, a beer, a light bite or whatever and at that it suceeds very well, By night it transforms itself into an intimate little local bistro-style restaurant with absolutely superb food.
With its 40 or so seats split between the two rooms the restaurant in the evening manages to combine informality with classiness and the food and general service reflect both aspects of this.
Unfortunately the male half of the ownership is a pillock who seems to have a permanent sneer and total disdain for his customers.
Favorite Dish: But it is the food that matters ultimately and not only can't I fault it but I can't praise it high enough.
A starter of belly pork with scallops was a perfect match. Crispily crackled yet mouth meltingly meaty the pork was delish in its own right and the perfectly seared plump juicy scallops were a perfect foil. Then the sea bass with cherry tomatoes and capers exploded with Mediterranean flavours and once again superbly executed.
A glass of good wine (I can't recall exactly what) to accompany the food and an espresso with bite made the bill up to about 25 quid which for this standard of cuisine was pennies and so a round of drinks for the staff had to be added and then a tip on top.
UPDATE MAY 2011 - Unfortunately the tip below no longer applies - the Crown has changed hands and the present food offering is pretty naff :(
Whether staying at The Crown or just out for a meal the hotel offers several dining options: from a formal 3-course restaurant meal - drinks in the lounge at 7, sit-down 7.30, followed by coffee back in the lounge with liquers etc if so desired; a more casual bistro menu served in the Whip and Collar Restaurant, the bar or the patio and even more casually just have a sandwich and a beer at the bar.
No matter which option the same standards of hospitality apply and the food is always excellent.
Favorite Dish: This is where I have difficulty in deciding, having eaten here on many occasions and never had the same thing twice.
For the moment I'll opt for the excellent smoked fish pie pictured, great smoked haddock and brocolli in a rich creamy sauce topped with mashed potato and served with a side dish of fresh vegetables - at GBP 7.95 this is a tasty, filling and relatively healthy dinner (about as healthy bas it gets for me!).
A close second however has to be the bacon sandwich and a mug of coffee served in lieu of breakfast the time that I overslept it by about 5 hours - it was the sea air, that's my excuse, and certainly not the double figures quantity of beer drunk until the small hours the night before!
UPDATE May 2011 - Unfortunately Uncle's is now closed (due to hygiene problems - not that I had any) but there is a replacement on the same street - tip to follow.
When it gets to that time of night and either the pub is throwing you out, or you have had your quota, then this little place is the first port of call before the descent down the hill to Lynmouth. Nice simple menu, kebabs, pizza and burgers, friendly service at whatever time in the morning - has to be done!
Favorite Dish: Donner kebab with chilli sauce and salad, just greasy enough to qualify as the best in town, well there is only one!
This little cafe (and it is a cafe rather than a restaurant) at the head of the Cliff Railway is one of my regular stopping off points when I have to go up to Lynton to catch a bus into Barnstaple.
I usually only have a coffee, but on occassion I'll have a sandwich or toastie if I've missed breakfast.
I've always found the staff friendly, the service swift and even though it is a tad on the expensive side if the sun's out, and I can take advantage of the terrace, the view over the bay is priceless.
Favorite Dish: The BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) sandwich for brunch is a hefty wedge of thick cut bread amply filled. Not too sure about all the fruity stuff on the garnish but I suppose it makes it look pretty. Not cheap (about 9 quid for a sandwich and a coffee) but as I said above - the view is priceless.
***BISTRO NOT OPEN DURING OUR VISIT - SEPT 2010. RING TO CHECK. ***
This bistro is part of The Castle Hill House Hotel and the food served there was fantastic. There are not too many tables in the restaurant and they are well spaced out which gives a feeling of space and avoids that crammed in feeling that you sometimes get.
The interior had a classy, quality feel to it and was spotlessly clean. Service was very professional, but friendly, throughout. Some of our fellow diners were not there for the first time and I can understand why.
Favorite Dish: Every dish sampled was very tasty and well presented. The starters were both excellent then I chose spanish chicken with chorizo & peppers while Chris went for the sea bass from the specials board. Although pretty full we couldn't resist the home made deserts.
The menu is not huge, as the emphasis seems to be on quality rather than quantity, but there is enough variety to please most people. I would suggest booking to avoid disappointment.
We have been back a couple of times since our first visit and will definitely go back next time we are in Lynton.
Tricky Dicky's rating 9 / 10
UPDATED SEPTEMBER, 2010.
The Tanmoye is not the world's most appealing restaurant from the outside, or inside come to that, but this is made up for by the quality of the food served there.
The interior has undergone refurbishments recently which have improved things considerably. The place seemed much busier inside and was also doing brisk trade with take-aways, which is usually a good sign.
Favorite Dish: The menu is quite varied and in addition to all the normal offerings had some unusual dishes that I haven't seen before. I tried a dish that had been cooked with Sambuca. On my most recent visit I had a Shanta chicken which was yummy. This dish is madras hot and made with slices of potato, tomato & peas in a spicy sauce. It was similar to a vindaloo, with plenty of sauce, but not quite as hot and without the slightly bitter taste that a vindaloo can sometimes have. I'll definitely be having this again on my next visit.
The wine list is adequate and very reasonably priced compared to your average restaurant. Our Chillean Sauvignon Blanc was good and served well chilled. ( All 3 of them ) Service was fine and not rushed. Worth a visit.
Tricky Dicky's rating 7.5 / 10
**** UPDATE 2010 - NO LONGER A THAI RESTAURANT.***
The restaurant is situated in the Waterloo House Hotel. Our visit was to celebrate our wedding anniversary and was most enjoyable.The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. The owner, Alan, welcomes you and provides excellent service throughout the meal. His sense of humour was almost as dry as the Muscadet.
Favorite Dish: We have sampled Thai dishes in many different locations, but this has to be one of the best. The menu is authentic and some ingredients are even imported from Thailand. I had a delicious soup to start made with lemongrass, chicken and coconut. Both our main courses were lovely. I chose the red snapper in chilli. We would highly recommend the Thai-Lyn to anybody.
We have been back a few times since our first visit and are never disappointed.
Tricky Dicky's rating 9 / 10
My friend took me to the Sir Newnes Tea Rooms for Devonshire tea because she had been there several times in the past and because the have the best. Well, certainly in 2006 and 2007 they got the Tea Guild's Award of Excellence.
The scone and the clotted cream were absolutely excellent.
Summer: Tuesday-Sunday 9 am - 5 pm
Winter: Wednesday-Sunday 10 am - 4 pm