Lilicos Mediterranean Bistro and Bar

Lilicos Mediterranean Bistro and Bar

British

0.5 miles
Bridge Buildings, The Square, Barnstaple, EX32 8LS
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It is almost impossible to do justice to the instant charm and natural Mediterranean beauty of Lilicos on The Square in Barnstaple. Proprietors Chris and Wanda were truly inspired when they laid down their designs for the artistic creation of this unique and captivating bistro.

Set over two floors and now with a new lounge bar, Lilicos is like a hidden gem serendipitously discovered while idly beachcombing in The Med. Olive trees gracing elegant earthenware pots greet you at the door, while citrus trees abound - their plump fruits hanging amply from the branches. This enchanting setting is only the first of many delights awaiting the discerning diner. Chris and Wanda's exacting standards of excellence are evident, not only in the impeccable decor, but also from a simple glance at the menu. Generous slices of locally baked onion bread served with garlic mayonnaise, oil and balsamic vinegar are not merely a humble morsel to whet the appetite, but rather a subtle and exciting overture to the sensational flavours that follow in every dish. The homemade meatballs of beef and pork are exceptional, brimming with succulent flavours that surprise and delight with each mouthful.

Lilicos' mini paella is superbly presented, and the varied textures and aromas it offers are plainly created to delight the palate. The chorizo cooked with roasted peppers and house tomato sauce, topped with melted cheese, must also be sampled. The chicken livers cooked in garlic cream and sherry, served on olive oil bread and sprinkled with fresh parsley are exceptional, and underline the immense expertise of the chefs as well as their dedication to fine food, which characterises every aspect of this truly wonderful establishment. The new lounge bar only adds to your experience, serving coffees and cake during the day and featuring live music during the week. I urge you to make Lilicos your own happy and fortuitous discovery. Bravo indeed, Chris and Wanda.
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Open: Lounge Bar: Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-1am (tapas and traditional fare served Mon-Sat lunchtime & tapas served Mon-Thurs evenings); Restaurant: Mon-Sat 5.30pm-9.30pm

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