El Cafe is a great little place on the water’s edge on the Hoe in Plymouth. I found it by mistake a couple of weeks ago when strolling along on a warm afternoon and it looked so delightful and relaxed I had to stop in.
The great thing about El Cafe is that there are no airs and graces, you can sit back on the patio in the sunshine and enjoy a selection of coffees, breakfasts or sandwiches. While the service is a little slow at times, the atmosphere is completely laid back, a great place for a quiet coffee away from the hustle and bustle of the city and perfect for that light snack when wandering around the Hoe.
I would highly recommend El Cafe if you are looking for something simple where you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine. Of course the problem is that the sun rarely shines here in Plymouth, but if you are lucky enough to catch a day of sunshine, you will not be disappointed if you pop into El Cafe.
Food Quality – 7
Food Presentation – 7
Atmosphere – 8
Service – 5
Overall Experience – 8
You can find El Cafe in Hoe Road, right on the water’s edge in Plymouth.
Since moving to the Devon area I’ve heard about this fantastic fish restaurant on the water’s edge in Plymouth, Piermasters. Of course when given the opportunity to dine there with some friends recently, I jumped at the opportunity.
I love seafood, so heading to a seafood restaurant on the water couldn’t get any better for me. I was really disappointed by what I found, I’m not sure if it was the after summer exhaustion or just the staff were completely disinterested, but the overall experience was not what I had read in the many reviews on this apparently top seafood restaurant.
When we arrived we were offered a small menu and while I am positive the fish was fresh, the quality was not what I expected from a restaurant that had glowing reports. We ate our meals desperate to get out of there as the solemn and somewhat miserable staff marched about. Maybe the entire experience was ruined by the waiting staff, a smile and polite word can go a long way.
I will go there again just to see if they have improved and will update you when I do.
Food Quality – 5
Presentation – 7
Atmosphere – 4
Service – 4
Overall Experience – 5
Piermasters is located at 33 Southside Street in Plymouth.
I had never been to Varsity in Plymouth before, I had seen it in passing and when my parents came for a visit, we decided to give it a try and were we glad we did. We arrived at the restaurant only to find it was pretty quiet, it was the calm before the evening storm I think.
We found ourselves a table and had a look through the extensive menu, but it was the burgers that really jumped out at us. As we headed over to the bar to place our order a very friendly barman gave us a big welcoming smile, what a pleasure. So different from these glum waiting staff that normally greet you.
The prices were affordable and to be honest I was expecting the worst, but was really surprised when the food arrived. The burgers are the best I’ve had in a while and believe me I love burgers. The one I had was stacked with cheese, bacon, egg and two burgers. Fair play I only ate half of it, but it was worth seeing what was included.
My folks both chose the bacon and cheese burgers and we were all delighted with our choices and left the restaurant happy and full, there wasn’t space for dessert, but I am sure from the quality of food presented to me, the dessert would not disappoint.
For the amount of food on the plate the presentation was amazing, the quality was second to none and the atmosphere was relaxed and informal. I am sure when it gets later it can get really packed, but for lunch this was the ideal spot in the heart of Plymouth that I will definitely be visiting again.
Food Quality – 8
Presentation – 7
Atmosphere – 7
Service – 9
Overall Experience – 8
You can find Varsity at 33 Derry’s Cross, they are situated on the roundabout.