Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room: Open for bookings!

 

 

Here at the Olive Room, quality and comfort are paramount. We believe that excellent food is enjoyed most, in a relaxed and unpretentious environment.

We are incredibly lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area, and we take full advantage of our location! Sourcing the very best in local, seasonal ingredients, and making the most of the abundance North Devon has to offer.

All our food is homemade here on the premises, from the bread, to the ice creams and sorbets. A combination of the very best local produce, and skilled craftsmanship in the kitchen results in a thoughtfully prepared, contemporary British Menu. With strong North Devonian influences, we present  mouth-watering dishes that are as pleasing on the palette as they are on the eye.

We have a fantastic, comprehensive wine list, offering an excellent variety at great value. Our feature wines change with the seasons, accompanying our menu to perfection.

Friendly, attentive service, complements our warm, intimate, environment. So if you’re looking for somewhere to dine with friends, a romantic dinner for two, or perhaps a family celebration, look no further.

We look forward to welcoming you.

“A simple, homely restaurant beneath a B&B, run by an experienced local chef who trained under Nathan Outlaw. Ultra-fresh seafood is the focus, with dishes only confirmed once the day boat deliveries come in. Cooking is skilled” – MICHELIN guide inspectors.

Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room was first awarded a Michelin star for the 2017/18 Michelin Guide, and our team here understand that quality and comfort are paramount. We believe that fine dining is best enjoyed in a relaxed and unpretentious environment.

We are incredibly lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area. To take full advantage of our location, we source the very best in local, seasonal ingredients, making the most of the abundance North Devon has to offer.

We do operate a cancellation policy which you can view HERE

Exmoor Food Fest offer: 
3 courses for £30.00
Lunch:        Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Dinner:       Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Tel : +44 (0) 1271 867831
Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room, 56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 9DJ

Twitter:          @The_Olive_Room
Facebook:       /pages/Thomas-Carr-at-The-Olive-Room
Email:               info@thomascarrdining.co.uk
Website:         www.thomascarrdining.co.uk

About Thomas Carr

Thomas Carr prides himself on producing food of a consistently high standard, establishing a passionate, dynamic and creative dining/kitchen environment. Always experimenting with ingredients, flavours and techniques to push the boundaries of food and exceed the expectations of each customer.

Thomas has always been driven by a fundamental love of cooking and food, always seeking to learn and grow as a chef.

His journey started when he was employed as head chef in 2002 at the Beachcomber Café in Woolacombe, Devon – his hometown. From here Thomas moved to the Watersmeet Hotel, again in Woolacombe, where he was Chef De Partie for 5 years between 2004 and 2009.

In March 2009 Thomas went to work under renowned chef Nathan Outlaw at his Seafood and Grill Restaurant @ The St Enodoc Hotel in Cornwall. Originally taken on by Nathan Outlaw as a Sous chef, Thomas’ potential was quickly noticed and in February 2010 he was appointed as Head Chef at the brand new ‘Restaurant Nathan Outlaw’. Under Thomas the restaurant received two Michelin stars within a year of opening, along with numerous other accolades and awards within the hospitality industry. As well as the day to day running of the restaurant, Thomas also participated in outside events linked to the restaurant and Nathan Outlaw; including a ‘pop up’ restaurant in London and several food festivals/events.

In 2013 Thomas returned to North Devon to take up a role as executive chef at The Coach House, Kentisbury Grange, allowing him another opportunity to work with a renowned chef in Michael Caines MBE. Thomas built a full team from scratch and achieved 2 AA Rosettes within 6 months of opening as well as a full entry into the 2014 Trencherman’s Guide.

In the spring of 2014 Thomas was presented with an opportunity to fulfil a lifetime dream of owning his own restaurant in the harbour town of Ilfracombe, North Devon. The mixture of a bustling, up and coming area and fresh line caught fish delivered to restaurant on an almost daily basis has made for a hugely successful start in business.

And it was at the end of September in 2016, that Thomas received a call so many chefs can only dream of. A call from the Editor of the Michelin Guide, asking him to attend the first ever live presentation of the guide on October 3rd.

The Rising Sun Inn at West Bagborough is open for bookings!

 

A Warm West Country welcome awaits you at this award winning county Inn.

We are thrilled to be showing off some of the best of what Somerset produce has to offer:  we aim to source our ingredients from local farmers and producers, including venison and vegetables from within 1 mile of the Inn and our own home grown seasonal produce whenever possible.

We  hope to tempt both new and returning customers alike with our two or three course lunch menu or why not treat yourself to one of our two fine dining evenings.

Please call us on 01823 432575 or follow the link to book your table

Exmoor Food Fest offer:

Two Courses for   £15.00
Three courses for £18.50  throughout February (not including 14th of February)
Monday – Friday lunch times 

Gourmet evenings 25.00 (includes a glass of wine)

Dates tba
WEST BAGBOROUGH, TAUNTON TA4 3EF
Tel 01823 432575

Somerset Pork and Black pudding Scotch Egg with a bloody Mary ketchup

Homegrown Jerusalem artichoke soup, burnt pear and walnut

River Exe Mussels steamed in Sheppy’s cider, leek and chorizo

Braised Stoneage Organic Lamb Shoulder with mustard mash and petit pois a la francais

Pan Fried Sea bass with Bombay potatoes, crispy seaweed and a saffron cream sauce

Heritage Beetroot Tart Tatin, toasted pine nuts, & basil oil served with a garden salad

Iced Banana Parfait, peanut brittle, salted caramel sauce

Somerset Pear Frangipane tart with Lovington’s honeycomb ice cream

“Chef’s Collation,” delicious flavors and textures of chocolate, coffee and hazelnut

Two Courses 15.00

Three Courses 18.50

The Coach House by Michael Caines is open for bookings!

 

 

The Coach House by Michael Caines is a culinary experience that will change the way you think about restaurant dining.

Kentisbury Grange is a luxury country hotel on the edge of Exmoor National Park. This stylish, boutique manor house is the ultimate chic retreat, romantic getaway and country escape all rolled into one.

Halfway between the historic market town of Barnstaple and the glorious beaches of Woolacombe and Saunton, Kentisbury Grange Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the region.

This exquisite Victorian manor house has been sympathetically refurbished by renowned interior designer Karen Gray to create a luxurious and contemporary ambiance whilst retaining the building’s character and architectural charm. What Karen has created is a real celebration of Kentisbury’s heritage – a combination of tasteful décor, sumptuous fabrics, antique artworks and handmade artisan furniture.

The landscaped grounds at Kentisbury Grange Hotel reflect the splendour and beauty of the surrounding Devon countryside and the grandeur of the hotel building itself. The sweeping drive opens up to the stunning vistas of the estate, with manicured lawns and picturesque ponds fed by gentle springs. These natural springs originate high on Exmoor before meandering underground, bringing their crystal clear waters to the majestic gardens. The well-tended gardens complement the surrounding landscape and are the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy nature.

Award winning restaurant, The Coach House by Michael Caines, is located in the hotel’s stunning grounds and surrounded by rolling Devon countryside. The restaurant specialises in fine dining and offers exquisite seasonal menus created by Michelin starred chef Michael Caines MBE and Head Chef James Checkley.

This 17th century former coaching house, incorporates a stunning walnut and marble bar with an oak staircase, handmade artisan furniture and stylish décor to create a glamorous yet intimate dining space. From the restaurant you will enjoy views of the chefs at work through the kitchen window, lending an element of gastro-theatre to the proceedings. Everything is created from scratch by our talented kitchen team.

Situated in the grounds of Kentisbury Grange Hotel and surrounded by gently rolling fields, the restaurant is in a truly remarkable location and open all year round for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Afternoon Tea.

2 courses for £17.50/ 3 courses for £22.00:

Monday – Thursday lunch

Tel: +44 (0) 1271 882 295

Kentisbury, Barnstaple. North Devon, EX31 4NL

Twitter:              @KGCoachHouse Facebook:         /KentisburyGrange Email:                 reception@kentisburygrange.com Website:             www.kentisburygrange.co.uk

The Brasserie at The Carlton in Ilfracombe is open for bookings!

 

 

The Brasserie at The Carlton

Proud to be in the Food Fest for this our first year. Our in-house informal restaurant offers simple dishes, well executed with the emphasis firmly on superb local ingredients, freshly prepared.

Sourcing and provenance is close to our heart. Picking produce that is fished, farmed or reared within the region. West Country meats include our beef, lamb and Exmoor pork. Fish is landed at Appledore off Ilfracombe’s very own day boat vessels. Plump tidal mussels from the Torridge are always available. Staple vegetables are picked from the Great Field in Braunton all year round and feature liberally throughout our menu.

Exmoor Food Fest deal:

20% off of all starters, mains and desserts (1)

£17.50 – two course fixed price dinner menu – available Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Address

Brasserie at The Carlton
Runnacleave Road
Ilfracombe
EX34 8AR

01271 862446

dine@ilfracombecarlton.co.uk

(1) terms & conditions apply

Also check out the Accommodation Deal!

The Harbour Gallery & Cafe at Porlock Weir is open for bookings!


 

We are very excited to be participating in the Exmoor Food Fest for the very first time.  The Harbour Gallery and Café, opened in 2014, overlooks the picturesque harbour at Porlock Weir. We offer fresh, simple, homemade food using, wherever possible, locally sourced ingredients.

We will be focusing mainly on fish during the Exmoor Food Fest but will also be offering something special for non fish eaters.  Our menu will be based on favourite, classic dishes.

 Whilst visiting the Cafe take time out to visit our Gallery, which showcases work from local artists and craftspeople, inspired by the beautiful West Country landscape. A variety of art is on display from Painting and Ceramics to Jewellery and Crafts.

Do visit us and revitalise yourself in the tranquillity and natural beauty of this very special place.

Reservations: janet_middleton@outlook.com

2 courses £12.50, Tuesday to Saturday lunchtimes
Choose from our special Exmoor Food Festival menu

 3 courses £15.00, Tuesday to Saturday lunchtimes
Choose from our special Exmoor Food Festival menu

 

Pre-booked reservations only

Address:

Harbour Gallery and Café
3 The Harbour
Porlock Weir
Somerset TA24 8PD

Tel: 01643 863514 or  01643 862015

Email:  janet_middleton@outlook.com

Website:   www.harbourgalleryandcafe.co.uk

 Twitter:  @HarbourGallPW

 Facebook:  www.facebook.com/harbourgalleryandcafe 

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/harbourgalleryandcafe

The Hartnoll Hotel is open for bookings!

Welcome to the Hartnoll Hotel

The award-winning Hartnoll Hotel is nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park in the delightful Exe Valley in Devon. With stunning decor, sumptuous fabrics, plenty of space to relax, eat and drink and exemplary customer service, it is the perfect place to relax with friends and family or meet with colleagues.

The Hotel is set in beautiful landscaped gardens surrounded by glorious Devon countryside, only minutes from Junction 27 of the M5 – perfectly located for exploring the West Country, Somerset, Devon and Exmoor.

The Hartnoll Hotel’s owner, Claire Carter, has painstakingly restored and refurbished this beautiful country house hotel, transforming it into a luxury, boutique-style hotel offering both elegance and comfort. The attention to detail has been key to the successful transformation from the stunning décor with sumptuous fabrics to a wonderful open log fire.

Exmoor Food Fest Deal

Lunchtimes:
2 course – £15.00
3 course – £17.50

Evenings:
2 course – £20.00
3 course – £25.00 (gourmet)

Click here for lunch menu and here for dinner menu.

Website:                www.hartnollhotel.co.uk

Facebook:             www.facebook.com/hartnollhotel

Bolham
Tiverton, Devon
EX16 7RA

Telephone:     01884 252777

 

La Petite Bouchée: Meet the Chef

We’re delighted to welcome back La Petite Bouchée to the Exmoor Food Fest for the third time, and after another busy year wowing customers and winning the odd award we’ve got Anita-Clare Field, Chef/Patron here in the hot seat to answer questions about food, the festival and what her guilty pleasures are.

Tell us about La Petite Bouchée and where we can find you?

We’re located in Witheridge which is equidistant between South Molton and Tiverton, on the very edge of Exmoor. We certainly get moors weather here !

Our arrival here in Devon is well documented across the Devon press, so I’ll try hard here not to be repetitive. La Petite Bouchée is our 22 cover brasserie, built into the back of our property. We opened here in May 2017 after two very successful years in London with our beloved HY Citroen Camper Van and  a lot of life under canvas. The dining room has a warm and friendly ambience, the decor is unpretentious and the food, typical brasserie food cooked with Devon’s finest ingredients, most of which is homegrown or sourced locally within a 15 mile radius. Caroline, my wife who is an award-winning author and I jointly own La Petite Bouchée. Caroline has an extensive knowledge of wine and is actually a trained pastry chef. She entrusts our future to me, and I run La Petite Bouchée on a day to day basis. Fate, luck or what you will blew Mr and Mrs Linzi and Nigel walker our way one freezing March afternoon in 2017 and with their extensive knowledge and huge experience in hospitality we are team La Petite Bouchée. I just worked from day one. Here we are entering our third year here with a lot to look forward to this year.

You’ve won a few awards since you’ve been here?

Yes, I guess we have. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to La Petite Bouchée. We’re very proud of our achievements. It’s very much a team here, a well oiled machine, Linzi, our incredible FOH often describes it as one brain. Which is good because mine is addled most of the time ! We’ve got our third Taste of The West Gold Award this year and we were also finalist this year in the Best Restaurant in the West Country Category, we were delighted to be in such illustrious company, and to lose to such a worthy winner in Jamie Rodgers at Twenty-Seven was not a hardship. We also won the LUX-Life Best International Restaurant, Devon award for the second year running and shortly before Christmas we were finalists in the Devon Tourism Awards for Best Restaurant/Bistro award and we won a Bronze which we were ecstatic about. We were up against The Burgh Island Hotel,  Harry’s Restaurant, Exeter and The Angel A Taste of Devon in Dartmouth. Imagine that, Little old us, in Witheridge, open two evenings a week, just mind boggling ! We’ve also won awards previously with Food and Drink Devon and Devon Life.

So you’re back at the Exmoor Food Fest for the third year running, what is it you like about the festival?

When we first arrived in Witheridge, we looked around at all the various festivals and events across Devon and we were immediately drawn to Exmoor Food Fest because of the locality. Sourcing local ingredients and supporting local business is so important to us as well as being able to offer our community and surrounding areas the opportunity to enjoy La Petite Bouchée at the festival prices. We’ve met some really fantastic people in the last three years both guests, fellow chefs and restauranteurs. Everyone taking  part supports and promotes each other’s offerings, well we do at least.

Tell us about your food  this year?

The food we serve at La Petite Bouchée is French brasserie style. No frills, locally sourced ingredients with big flavours. For me less is always more !  The menu for the festival this year really sings that out loudly. We’ve got classics like French Onion Soup, Chicken liver Parfait, Moules Frites, Steak Frites.

We’ve also got snails on the menu this year served traditionally with garlic butter, and our meaty ham hock terrine, made with only natural ingredients and “soft like butter with the most beautiful flavour” – that’s actually a comment from a customer last year. We’re introducing a Côtelette of Pork this year which will be served with peas and baby onions. Our seasonal fish dish is pollack with in a seafood sauce, made with homemade shellfish stock.

For our vegetarian and vegan customers we have in addition to the soup, a Vegetable Pâté which is served with french toast, Roasted Confit Tomato Galette and a Winter Vegetable Coulibiac served with a light wild mushroom sauce.

The desserts this year are a traditional Tarte with walnuts and a salted caramel glaze and a Tarte Flambée topped with apples and cinnamon. So hopefully something for everyone !

Who are your culinary influences ?

The person who fuelled my passion for food and cooking was our amazing Mama, she was a fabulous cook and she always served the most amazing food. She taught me about tasting and using my instincts, to experiment with flavours rather than always following a recipe. I really wish she was here to see what we’ve done in the last 5 years, she’d be stunned and I hope proud.

Other culinary influences are of course Raymond Blanc, self taught and very much influenced by his own Mama, and Michel Roux Jnr.   Female chefs who blow me away are the amazing Sophie-Anne Pic and Dominique Crenn.  I seriously admire Claire Smith and I love Daniel Galmiche and Stéphane Reynaud, and I can’t wait to go and try Little French in Bristol owned by Freddie Bird, who I appeared with on Channel 4’s Hidden Restaurants with Michel Roux Jnr.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Simple, a seriously wicked ‘dirty kebab’ with lashings of chilli sauce. My idea of heaven. It’s a rare treat these day as I have to drive 12 miles to get one !

Future Plans

We evolve our menus, customer experience and vision all the time, nothing is cast in stone. We have a very tight environmental policy which encompasses carbon free dining, zero waste and only supporting local business, I can see that developing a lot more in the future. Who knows, these ideas always seem so pop into my head at 3am in the morning, I mean, look what happened the last time !

An Evening at Foxes Hotel in Minehead

Foxes Hotel is a very special place. Nestled between the hills of Exmoor and the sea we are delightfully situated on the seafront of the beautiful seaside town of Minehead. We are proud to be the UK’s only training hotel for young people with learning disabilities.

Lovingly produced meals are prepared using fresh, locally sourced produce by our professional Chefs supported by the students, all of whom go on to work in the hospitality industry.

To celebrate the Exmoor Food Fest we are tempting you with 3 courses that use the finest produce to delight your senses. We hope you will be inspired by our menu which will be served at a special evening on Saturday 22nd February costing £17.50 per person for 3 courses. (All dietary requirements can be catered for).

https://foxeshotel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Exmoor-Food-Festival-Menu.pdf

Exmoor Food Festival Evening Sat 22nd Feb, 3 courses for £17.50 (booking essential).

Contact us –

Tel: 01643 704450

Email: reception@foxeshotel.co.uk

Foxes Hotel, The Esplanade, Minehead, TA24 5QP

 

The Anchor Inn is open for bookings!

 

 

The charming Anchor Inn dates back to 1738 and the family owners have just celebrated their 13th year at this historic inn.

Recently the Anchor have won a number of awards, including Somerset Pub of the year, Taste of the West Gold and not to mention Exmoor Food Fest Finalists in the Taste Exmoor Awards 2018.

Everything on their menu is made in-house at the Anchor, with a focus on sourcing locally from the fabulous West Country produce provided on their doorstep.

They are renowned for their ‘Famous Anchor Pies’, homemade short-crust pastry, filled with local meats and delicious vegetarian combinations. Their Pie board offers at least 3 to choose from, including a meat-free option.

The Anchor will be running 3 menus during ExFF20 throughout February.
They will also be hosting a ‘Best of Game’ fine dining menu on February 27
th, tickets can be purchased via the link below. Or contact the Anchor directly Tel. 01283 461334

Book Tickets for “Best of Game” event

Our Exmoor Food Fest offer:

2 courses £12.50 Monday-Saturday lunchtimes
Choose from our light lunch menu and homemade dessert board.

2 courses £15.00 Monday-Saturday lunchtimes & Monday – Thursday Evenings
Choose from our famous pies and pub classics menu, plus homemade dessert board.

2 courses £17.50 Monday-Thursday Evenings
Choose from our Winter mains menu and selected specials, plus homemade dessert board.

To enjoy this offer, please call to book your table quoting ExFF20

The EXFF20 offer will not be available on the evening of February 14th or 27th

For more information visit The Anchor’s website