Review on The Quay Restaurant
Originally the White Hart pub, this handsome brick and stone building on the Ilfracombe Quay development gained fame when it was bought by the godfather of Brit-Art, Damien Hirst (in conjunction with Simon Bousquet-Browne).
Upstairs is the main restaurant (the Atlantic Room), which has fine views over the bay from its floor-to-ceiling windows and outside balcony. The kitchen has seen some changes of personnel, but the current team is delivering vibrant modern cooking along the lines of crab tart with avocado ice cream and lemon sauce, whole roast sea bass with lemon grass and salmon roe sauce and seared skate wing with spring onion confit and chervil salad. Meat also gets an airing the shape of –say – Devon beef fillet with dauphinoise potatoes, fine beans and pepper sauce.
The White Hart Bar and Harbourside Room on the ground floor are open right through the day for coffee, alcoholic drinks and a substantial selection of food ranging from nibbles (pickled anchovies, hummus etc) to fishcakes with tzatziki, seared chicken Caesar salad and lemon posset. France is the main contender on the short, well-spread wine list.
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Tom Frost and Henry Sowden
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express