The Seacliff Restaurant at the Sandy Cove Hotel

“Local seafood a specialty here” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

ILFRACOMBE, DEVON

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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Open
Our COVID-19 measures:
Online training for all staff using CPL Learning. One way systems in place throughout the restaurant. QR codes set up using an online ordering system using our free WiFi to create a completely contact free ordering system. Face visors worn by all front of house staff during shifts.

Our Inspector's view

Perched on a clifftop with uninterrupted views across the Bristol Channel and Exmoor, Sandy Cove Hotel enjoys a truly spectacular position. After a swim in the hotel pool, a trip to the beach or one of the many excellent walks, a drink on the spacious terrace makes for the perfect setting before a meal in The Cove restaurant, where local fish and shellfish have a starring role on the menu. Perfectly cooked Lundy lobster paired with a Devon crab cake, lobster mayonnaise, braised fennel and bouillabaisse is an intelligent combination of flavours and textures. Or maybe you are tempted by a precisely timed piece of cod with fennel velouté, roasted cauliflower and brown shrimp beurre blanc. If a more traditional meal is what you’re looking for, start with the pork and beef meatballs in tomato sauce with mozzarella and toasted sourdough and then move on to steaks cooked on the grill or one of the wood-fired pizzas. End with an intensely chocolatey rocky road with a full-flavoured cherry sorbet or a light and fragrant mango and passionfruit Eton mess. As a popular family-friendly hotel, the restaurant offers something for everyone throughout the day. Until 4pm, there are freshly made sandwiches including Devon crab with apple, crème fraîche, lemon and dill or minute steaks with caramelised onion chutney and garlic mayo. There are also hotel restaurant staples, from Devon beef burgers and fries to fish and chips. Of course, like any Devon hotel worth its salt, there are cream teas served until 5pm and these include the standard version and the full afternoon tea comprising scones with clotted cream and jam, home-made cakes, sandwiches and a choice of tea and coffee. For those guests really pushing the boat out, there are additional Champagne or Prosecco options available.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
The Seacliff Restaurant at the Sandy Cove Hotel
Old Coast Road,Combe Martin Bay,Berrynarbor,ILFRACOMBE,EX34 9SR
Phone : 01271 882243

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 150
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Closed: 24–26 December, 30–31 December, 1 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 29
  • Wines over £30: 4
  • Wines by the glass: 9
  • Cuisine style: Modern British

About the area

Discover Devon

With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.

Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them. 

Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.

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