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11 the Quay, Ilfracombe, Devon

11 The Quay
Ilfracombe , Devon
Tel: 44 1271 868 090's insider take:

One reason we know North Devon is the place to be is that art-world superstar Damien Hirst opened a restaurant here in 2004. A handsome Victorian harborside house is split into various sections: Downstairs is a relaxed bar-café called the White Hart after the inn this used to be; then there's a classic oak-floor, white-tablecloth upstairs dining room (air-conditioned!) called the Harbourside Room; and next to that, the Atlantic Room—a sculptural space that looks like an upturned boat hull decorated with Hirst works. The food is serious and contemporary stuff: a whole roast trout or guinea fowl, or perhaps haddock Wellington. And, this being England, trifle for dessert.

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