What’s interesting about Ilfracombe: Food

What’s interesting about Ilfracombe: Food

North Devon is a region known for the most delicious food in the country. From local food to seafood, sophisticated dishes to traditional ones, fancy restaurants and fast-foods – North Devon has a lot to offer for every taste. Ilfracombe is the best ambassador of food in North Devon!

The city is known for a large number of restaurants and for preparing the most delicious local dishes around North Devon. The food culture in Ilfracombe is as old as the city itself [see the history of Ilfracombe] but what stands out is how they ‘intertwine tradition with modern’ creating an experience to remember for all.

Local Food

If you are staying at Ilfracombe or have decided to visit it then these are the most famous local foods you should definitely try:

Devonshire Split – Devonshire split is a traditional British sweet bun originating from Devon, hence the name. The buns are usually made with a combination of flour, salt, sugar, yeast, butter, and milk or cream.

Hog’s Pudding – Hog’s pudding is a traditional sausage-like meat product from Devon and Cornwall. The sausage is typically prepared with pork meat or offal, pork fat, bread, suet, and either pearl barley or oatmeal. The combination of those ingredients is usually stuffed into an ox gut casing, and the sausage is traditionally fried in a pan or baked in an oven

Cider – Known as Cyder or ‘Scrumpy’ is a local drink worth trying.

Ilfracombe is well-known for cream and cheese products which can be found all around the city. From Curworthy, to award-winning Sharpham, Harbourne Blue, Beenleigh Blue, to Ticklemore – Ilfracombe is the place for cheese lovers. Cheese can be found in both restaurants served as a dish but also at farmer markets and supermarkets.

Beside cheese, Ilfracombe is known also for great restaurants that are home to famous country chefs during holiday season. There are excellent choices for vegans, meat-lovers, sea-food apasionantes, and fast-food.

Pay a visit to ‘Monkey Puzzle Bar & Restaurant’?

In our holiday park, we have a great restaurant called Monkey Puzzle Bar & Restaurant offering mouth-watering dishes that will make you come back many times. In Monkey Puzzle you can find a qualitative and relaxing restaurant that is run by a passionate Chef with tons of experience in both traditional and modern cuisine. At our restaurant, you can find dishes for every taste.

Dinner Plate served in Monkey Puzzle Resaturant

What is the secret of Ilfracombe’s Culinary success?

The city is located in a well-preserved natural landscape, which offers adequate weather and great soil, a haven for farmers. Most of the food is locally produced and restaurants benefit a lot from it. Vegetables, dairy products, meat, or sea food found in restaurants are usually supplied by local farmers. They are the secret ingredients that make our restaurants well-known. Some of the restaurants in Ilfracombe even won awards at regional level from renowned food experts, and some of them received Michelin stars for the high quality of service and preparation of unique dishes.

Food is important in Ilfracombe! There are several events and festivals of food organized in the city, and we are proud to host some of them in our park [see our experiences for more].

Based on Tripadvisor, locals, and tourists, other most popular restaurants are:

  1. Thomas Carr 1873
  2. The Antidote Restaurant
  3. Relish Bar & Bistro
  4. Nelly Mays Parlour
  5. Giovanni’s & Luca’s
  6. The Manor House Cafe
  7. The Terrace Tapas & Wine Bar

Popular pubs:

  1. The Thatched Inn
  2. The Old Mill Pub
  3. The Wellington Arms
  4. Hip & Pistol
  5. George & Dragon
  6. Depot Eatery
  7. Ship & Pilot

Ilfracombe has many other things to offer, so stay tuned for more relevant articles coming next.

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