1 Michelin Star Chefs: Thomas Carr, Chef Owner, Thomas Carr at The Olive Room

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Thomas Carr is chef owner of the one Michelin starred, Thomas Carr at The Olive Room in Devon.

Thomas opened The Olive Room in spring 2014 and it was awarded its first Michelin star in 2016. He prides himself on fresh, ingredient-led food in an intimate setting.

The Olive Room

54 Fore Street, Ilfracombe, EX34 9DJ

Telephone: 01271 867831
[email protected]


Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday 6.30pm-9pm
Lunch available (booking essential) Fri+Sat

Chef Owner: Thomas Carr

Head Chef: John Cairns

Front of House: Ellie Denyer

Facebook: Thomas Carr at The Olive Room

Twitter: @ThomasCarrChef

Instagram: @thomascarrchef


Thomas Carr started his culinary career in 2002 as head chef at Beachcomber Café in his home town of Woolacombe, Devon. He later moved to Watersmeet Hotel where he was chef de partie from 2004 to 2009.

Thomas Carr at The Olive Room
Thomas Carr

He then moved to Nathan Outlaw's Seafood and Grill restaurant at The St Enodoc Hotel in Cornwall, where he started as a sous chef. When Nathan opened the new ‘Restaurant Nathan Outlaw’ in February 2010, Thomas was promoted to head chef there. During Thomas' time there, the restaurant gained two Michelin stars within the first year of opening.

Alongside working at the restaurant, Thomas took part in outside events including a pop up in London and several food festivals. When Thomas returned to North Devon in 2013, he took up the position of executive chef at The Coach House, Kentisbury Grange.

Working with renowned chef Michael Caines MBE, Thomas built up a team from scratch, and the restaurant was a success. The Coach House received 2 AA Rosettes during the first 6 months of opening and a full entry into the 2014 Trencherman’s Guide: a comprehensive list of the top restaurants in the South West of England.

What the guides say:

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Thomas Carr at The Olive Room

Thomas finally got the chance to fulfil the lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant in the spring of 2014. The Olive Room in Ilfracombe, North Devon is a relaxed and intimate restaurant. A lot of the food is homemade on site including bread and ice cream. Fresh seafood comes off the boats everyday, and it is only then that dishes for that day are confirmed. The A La Carte menu is available from £50 per person.


Thomas Carr at The Olive Room was awarded its first Michelin star in September 2016 and it has retained this accolade since. In the same year, the restaurant also celebrated becoming the only one in North Devon to hold three AA Rosettes. In order to achieve three rosettes, the restaurant must combine high quality ingredients, local produce and skills whilst consistently timing the seasons and judgement of flavour.

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Editor 27th November 2017

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Thomas Carr, Chef Owner, Thomas Carr at The Olive Room