Raised in North Devon, Thomas is passionate about the local area and is a great advocate for the fantastic produce available in the area from both land and sea.
Now going into its 5th year of business, Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room gained it’s Michelin star in 2016, with the guide quoting – “A simple, homely restaurant set in a 19C townhouse and run by an experienced local chef. Ultra-fresh seafood is the focus, with dishes only confirmed once the day boat deliveries come in. Cooking is creative, with distinct flavours, and each dish comprises just 4 or 5 complementary ingredients”.
The restaurant itself is an intimate, cosy space with a maximum of 14 covers. The service is relaxed and unpretentious as Thomas believes that the food should be the star of the show.
Having been coined as a “seafood supremo” by Michelin, expect to see a variety of great quality, fantastic tasting fish courses on a trip to The Olive Room.
We look forward to welcoming you.
To find out more information or to book a table, simply Contact Us.
Exmoor Food Fest offer:
2 courses for £20 or 3 courses for £30
Available in February – Wednesday – Saturday lunchtimes and Tuesday – Thursday evenings (excluding the evening of 14/15/16 Feb).
Tel : +44 (0) 1271 867831
Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room, 56 Fore Street, Ilfracombe, North Devon EX34 9DJ
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, avours 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.