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The Brasserie

Welcome to The Brasserie! The Carlton’s in-house restaurant and bar offers daily breakfast, lunch and dinner menu options. Freshly prepared dishes, complemented by a well stocked bar and wine list. 

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Best Rated Restaurant in Ilfracombe

Fresh food, locally sourced

The Brasserie at The Carlton is the perfect setting to enjoy a meal, freshly prepared in our kitchen using some of the best local produce around. We are open to hotel guests and non-residents (please see our covid guidelines below). Brasserie is a French term referring to an establishment where the food is good, but simple and served in a relaxed setting, which typifies the ambience of our in-house restaurant.

We serve an informal dinner menu seven days a week, with a lighter all day and lounge menu to complement our dinner offer.

With provenance

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! then 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 we are unable to accept guests without a reservation.  Please be aware you will be asked to give us complete contact details, a requirement of eating and drinking out as part of the government’s Track & Trace regime.

Sunday lunch

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. 

Father’s day lunch

Table reservations are open for Father’s Day Sunday Lunch on June 20th. This year we know it’s not just for Dad’s though, we know all the family have been struggling during lockdown, so come along and treat yourselves! Our usual Sunday menu is on offer, superb West Country roasts, and local Appledore fish from Devon & Cornwall Fish company LTD. Our full menu is here, call us on 01271 862446 or Facebook message us to book your place in our Brasserie.

Opening times

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.


Safe dining at The Carlton

In the current pandemic emergency we are following Government advice and regulation. This means you will see some sensible changes to our food and drink service at The Carlton. You can find out more about our general Covid-19 Stay Safe policies and procedure here. 

In line with government guidelines, when you dine with us we’ll require your contact details. This helps us comply with the NHS Test & Trace scheme. You’re required to pre-book your table/space so we can ensure that we can accommodate you and have the resources on hand to look after you safely.

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: At breakfast, all food is plated (the majority of our meals always have been) including fruit, cereal & yoghurt We’ve revised our Brasserie dinner menu, retaining firm favourites whilst introducing some seasonal options. This allows for safer working in the kitchen.

In The Brasserie as before we’ll only offer table service – to pre-booked guests. There is no at bar counter service. Drinks can be ordered at seat in the lounges. You’ll be directed to your dining table, and you can only dine together according to the current distancing rules. You’ll be able to order from laminate menus or our new phone app*. The team will deliver food and drinks to your side or on trays avoiding hand contact as much as is possible.

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.

Wine Offer

Enjoy a free bottle of house wine when you stay at The Carlton, book direct and pre-book your dinner inclusive with us.

Cream Tea Offer

Enjoy a free Devonshire Cream Tea delivered to your room or enjoy in our lounge when you stay and book direct.

Cocktail Offer

Enjoy a half price cocktail in our Bar and Brasserie when you stay and book direct. Voucher redeemable during your stay.

Brasserie Summer Menu

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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

Contact Info

(01271) 862446

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