FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are some frequently asked questions that we receive.

Hopefully you will find the answers to any questions you may have, but please do drop us an email on info@thomascarrdining.co.uk should you not find the answer to your questions here.

What style of food do you offer at 1873?

Thomas specialises in fish and seafood so you can expect a fish-heavy taster menu when you visit 1873. He uses the best of local, fresh ingredients to create a delicious dish which showcases the fantastic local produce we have available from both land and sea in North Devon.
We currently offer a 6 course taster menu consisting of 4 fish courses, 1 meat course and a dessert (we can offer a great vegetarian taster menu too!).
Please note that we don’t offer an a la carte option.

Are children welcome at 1873?

As most of our guests are joining us for a special occasion or an evening away from their own children, we tend to say that for our evening services it is only for guests aged 16 years and older.
We have had tables arrive in the past without informing us that some of the party were children, and as much as we love seeing them they can quickly become bored and distract other diners. The menu takes around 2.5-3 hours to complete and from experience, this is is a long time to hold a younger person’s attention span.
We are happy to make exceptions if you have teenagers who you know will be happy to enjoy the experience of the taster menu, so please email us on info@thomascarrdining.co.uk if you believe this is the case but please do not arrive on the evening without having spoken to us first as we may choose to turn you away if you arrive without giving us prior notice.
There are also some fantastic, local babysitters who are well qualified to look after your children so you can have a quiet meal as a couple. We recommend Amy Capner Childcare. You can find more about her services by clicking HERE

Do you cater for vegans or dairy-free diners?

In short, no. With a very small kitchen team, it would be a huge amount of work to create a vegan menu, or a menu without dairy elements, to a standard that Thomas and the team would feel is the quality expected from 1873

Do you cater for vegetarians?

Yes! We have a delicious 6 course taster menu available for our vegetarian diners. We do need 48 hours notice so please ensure that you mention this when booking online

I can’t eat certain foods, would we be able to dine with you still?

We take allergies seriously and will always do everything we can to produce a great dining experience. We are very conscious of cross-contamination but do need to say that we have a very small kitchen where nuts, shellfish and gluten based products are used regularly so would suggest that if you have a severe allergy we can not 100% guarantee that allergens won’t be present in the kitchen.

With regards to food intolerances/personal tastes we do try and do what we can, but if we have a diner who can’t eat fish, molluscs, dairy, cheese etc. it’s becomes very difficult to offer a menu which we are happy with. This is especially relevant if a diner is vegetarian but doesn’t eat eggs, cheese, certain vegetables etc. Our chefs have spent months developing the dishes, creating a rounded menu; so when multiple elements from these dishes are removed, the diner isn’t receiving the experience which has been devised by the kitchen and we may suggest that on this occasion, 1873 isn’t going to your best option for a restaurant that caters to your specific needs.

Are dogs allowed?

Unfortunately we have a very small dining room and for the comfort of our other diners, we only allow registered guide dogs

Is 1873 wheelchair accessible?

Due to the age and layout of the building, unfortunately not. There is a single step at the entrance and several steps down to our toilets.

How long can we expect to spend with you?

Dependent on how busy the restaurant is, and how many courses you are having we would usually say 1.5hours for lunch and between 2 and 3.5 hours for dinner service. We like our diners to have a chance to relax and not feel rushed between courses.

Is there a dress code?

We would usually suggest a smart-casual dress code as we like our diners to be comfortable when visiting us. We’d recommend a change of outfit if you’re coming straight from the beach, but we also wouldn’t expect you to turn up in a tux!