Eat In Or Delivery
Delicious Locally Sourced Food
When it comes to food we are passionate about the ingredients, preparation, cooking, delivery and service. We buy local ingredients, as the season allows, and prepare our dishes fresh and to order.
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Dine In or have it delivered
The Carlton has a reputation for producing tasty food with ingredients sourced locally, as the season allows, from what we like to call our North Devon larder. In our in-house Brasserie, we have eat-in menus for hotel guests and we also take reservations from non-guests.
Our menus encompass a range of daily eating occasions, from fresh cooked breakfast to Brasserie lunches (including our popular Sunday lunches) and dinner. We also provide a delivery service with our Deli boxes freshly prepared and ready for you to serve at home.
A stay away is an occasion to indulge and if that occasion demands more than three square meals a day, guests at The Carlton can extend the taste experience, by calling up for room service or enjoying morning coffee and afternoon tea, served with cakes, scones and pastries.
Safe dining at The Carlton
In the current pandemic emergency, we are following Government advice and regulations. This means you will see some sensible changes to our food and drink service at The Carlton. You can find out more about our Covid-19 Stay Safe Policies & Procedures here.
Top rated food & drink in Ilfracombe
Fresh food, locally sourced
Food is our passion and The Carlton Brasserie provides the background to let it shine. Carlton menu dishes are uncomplicated by design and flowing with flavour – rather than invest in dressing up the plate, we prefer to let the ingredients do the talking!
Our passion runs through every stage of the food process, from buying fresh local ingredients, in season, to the rituals of preparation and cooking a dish. Once finished we take pride in delivery and service and take great pleasure in seeing our food enjoyed in the pleasant surroundings of the Brasserie. We serve an informal dinner menu seven days a week, with a lighter all day and lounge menu to complement our dinner offer.
We love to find new suppliers, whether they’re Devon families who’ve been growing, rearing or selling produce for generations or new, artisan makers of craft food and drink products – of which there are many in the county. We were thrilled to discover Justin of the Madrigal Brewery over in Lynmouth and his bespoke craft beers; Tony the Butcher, who works out of Muddiford for consistent West Country meat; Farmer Bob from Barnstaple, and seasonal local vegetables from Broadlands Farm Braunton.
North Devon’s larder
Naturally, fish and seafood are key ingredients in our larder. You are guaranteed to enjoy some of the best fresh fish from the market at Appledore. Why? Simply because this is where our fishmonger goes each day, and in turn returns to our kitchen with quality produce landed off local day boats. Add to that, mussels that are picked at low tide in Westward Ho! and cleaned in Instow. All in all a great basket of local and seasonal ingredients that are truly sustainable.
Menus adapt to the seasons, so there’s always something new to try whatever time of year you arrive!
Open to non-residents
We are open to locals and visitors, with prior reservation. At the moment walk-in guests will be refused. Also be aware you will be asked to give us complete contact details, a requirement of eating and drinking out as part of HMG Test & Trace regime.
Sunday lunch is a weekly Carlton highlight, leaving you ready for a countryside walk, or armchair snooze, and the well-stocked bar is always available for a chilled-out drink or to sample something from our carefully curated wine list. Our Sunday Lunch menu always includes a classic roast (usually West Country sirloin and one other) plus fish, vegetarian and vegan options.
Breakfast is served daily from 7.30am (8am at weekends), room service options exist. Dinner is served from 6.30pm, and our kitchen opens even earlier during the summer months. An all-day menu is available, and also room service.
Yours and our safety
We are passionate about safety. The safety of you and our team. So behind the scenes (and in front) you’ll be comforted to know we are cleaning touch points, high traffic areas and frequently disinfecting your dining area to combat the virus better. Our procedures in working safely are assured by Visit England and the AA and reflected in our 5* food and hygiene safety rating from the local authority.
Our key changes include: Dining in our Brasserie will feel a little different with a revised menu, suited to working in a new way, but retaining our guest favourites of course. Service will be limited to booked guests only, we won’t be able to seat you without a reservation. Reservations can be made ahead of arrival or at front desk, via email, phone or during your stay.
Please make use of our online and digital app*. This is designed to remove paper information and menus, and to avoid leaving your seat to place an order. You can order food to be delivered in to your bedroom if you prefer and if is possible to serve this to you. We also offer breakfast boxes and take-away dining boxed meals that can be delivered to your door.
Our staff training has been augmented, and the team may be wearing face coverings whilst helping you and other guests. At entry and exit points to the building, and at entry to the lift, we have installed sanitiser dispensers. Please use these.
All dining options are plated, no buffet service is offered. We have spacious seating in our Stage and Brasserie rooms to permit distancing. Menu’s are either laminated or online or we’ll tell you what we can offer. There is still the personal touch to be enjoyed at The Carlton.
Be reassured we are doing this for everyone’s safety. We are offering in room dining where this is feasible to our overnight guests. Our Deli boxes are ideal for breakfast, lunch and dinner and can be ordered to enjoy in your room or take away outside.
Save 20% on your drinks all year round
This year Carlton Club members can enjoy a 20% saving on drinks at The Carlton in our Bar & Brasserie. In return we’d like to keep in touch with you and you’ll receive a monthly email newsletter which keeps you updated on our news and offers. We are accepting non-residents for dining or lounge table service if booking has been made ahead of arrival. Call us on 01271 862446 to guarantee your reservation, we look forward to seeing you.
A Treat For Your Tastebuds
Our new seasonal menu uses the freshest local produce from North Devon’s natural larder. Menus adapt to the seasons, so there’s always something new to excite your tastebuds!
A Taste Of North Devon
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The Carlton Hotel
Runnacleave Road, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8AR
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