A True American Diner Experience at Route 38

I’ve driven past Route 38 so many times when entering and leaving Cornwall on my way to and from Plymouth, but when you see a diner on the side of the road, you wonder how good the food is.

We decided to stop in recently and I knew we’d made the right choice the minute we arrived at the door and ended up standing in a queue. No one is going to stand in a queue for bad food.

Now as you know by now I love burgers, I could eat them every day so of course a burger was a logical choice for me. The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was a buzz of excitement, it is such a busy restaurant and yet we were seated quickly.

The service was attentive, they were there checking on us even though the staff were running around clearing plates and taking orders. The food didn’t take long to come out which was pretty amazing seeing they were so busy and it was worth every penny I spent.

The burgers were true American burgers, they were hearty, real meat and delicious. We also both had a chocolate milkshake, now be careful when ordering a milkshake. If you order just a milkshake, you get milk and flavoured milk, you need to tell them to add the ice cream and then you get the real deal.

All I can say is that Route 38 I will be back for more!


Well I headed back to Route 38 this week and all I can say is what a disappointment. From the fantastic experience the last time, this time was everything but. I had the burger again and my friend had the Philly cheese steak sub.

The first thing we noticed is that my burger was burned and I mean black on the one side, inedible. But when my friend tried to eat their sub that was a whole other story. The sub was more like a burned baggette, it was so black that it fell apart with a knife. The steak was so tough that barely any of it could be eaten and to top that off the cheese wasn’t even melted.

While I could not fault the potato skin starter or the delicious chocolate milkshakes, the main meals were much to be desired.

So I’m sorry folks, but anyone wanting to visit Route 38 be aware it could go either way. Maybe they have a new chef or maybe we just came on a really bad day, there was a commotion at the petrol station next door but well before we even received our starters, so can’t see how this could have affected what I was hoping would be a superb meal.

Food Quality – 5

Food Presentation – 7

Atmosphere – 10

Service – 10

Overall Experience6

You can find the Route 38 Diner on the A38 from Tamar Bridge heading towards Liskeard.


Piermasters Not What I Expected

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.

Hello There

If there is one thing we have no shortage of here down south it’s restaurants, from the pubs to the fine dining establishments and from the funky and trendy restaurants to the great and relaxed seafood restaurants.

With such a big selection and my love for food, I thought my reviews would help people make a decision on where to visit when planning a night out, whether you are planning a romantic night out for two or a fun night out with friends or family.

Each of my restaurant reviews will be rated with one being the worst possible experience to ten, the best experience you could hope for.

I travel often, so keep an eye out for restaurants from around the country. Also having been in the industry for many years I always look for quality, fresh produce and exceptional service. Some may find I am too critical, but when you go out for a meal you want an overall enjoyable experience and I will be filling you in on where you can find these fantastic dining experiences.

This blog will be updated regularly and I’ll put in some photographs of the food as and when I can. Bear in mind that I am an average person and this is my personal views on the restaurants I have visited. I am not a food critic, just a person who has years of hospitality knowledge and knows what to look for.