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.
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.