So I’ve never done a restaurant review before on this blog or just in general so I thought it would be fun to do one! I hope that it will help you if you are in Plymouth or if you are interested in reading restaurant reviews! (There is quite a lot of vegan restaurants where I live but I thought it would be nice to do a review on one that I’ve only ever been once and as a “tourist”) So last week I went to Plymouth to visit my best friend (as that is where she currently lives) and whilst I was there we visited a Vegan Restaurant called Samphire. (I pronounced it Sam-Fire but I’m not entirely sure if this is correct.) Obviously I am vegan but I don’t regularly go to vegan only food restaurants so I was quite excited to visit!
So I’ll insert a link to >Samphire’s Website< and I know they also have a Facebook and Instagram. So go and check out those websites if you want to know more about what is on there menu or images of the food! So according to the website, opening hours are: Monday – CLOSED, Tuesday – 12-3pm, Wednesday-Saturday 12-3pm and 5-9pm and Sunday- CLOSED. Samphire say that their food is 100% Vegan Junk Food so I’d not recommend going there if you want to be completely healthy!
I visited on Thursday (9th of February) at around 6.30pm and altogether there was 3 of us who went, so not a massive group. The restaurant was about a quarter full when we arrived and consisted of only one room. It was quite large though with about 10 tables and a bakery at the end next to the till. We were greeted right away and was given a choice of where to sit down. There was one woman working but she was really friendly and a quick server. On the website you can book a table in advance but we didn’t as I was told by my friends that it wouldn’t be full as they had both been before.
I really loved the style of Samphires! We sat next to the Record player and there was a stack of vinyls (there was a sign saying you could choose what to put on). Here is an image (taken from tripadvisor so this image is not mine!) of the layout:
There was a lots of art on the wall which was available to buy and I felt Samphire’s had a pop art theme as they also had pop art on the wall and the business card had pop art on it too. The paintings on the wall were absolutely beautiful and I would have bought one (if I had the money and space in my little studio flat). So a huge shout out to the artist as unfortunately I don’t know who painted them. Here are some images! These are mine so if you do want to use them please ask permission first.
and now on to the most important thing…
So this was taken off Samphire’s actual website and it’s an example of the menu, this will just give you a general idea of the sort of food they serve:
I ordered “The Bigger Moc” as you can see above in the example menu. As described above: “two homemade seitan burgers, sharp cheddar, shredded ice berg lettuce, ‘secret sauce’, gherkins and red onion served with chips.” I also ordered myself a latte with soya milk and one of my friends asked for water for the table so we also had a jug of water. The latte was really nice, I was tempted to order a hot chocolate instead but I didn’t think that it would go well with my “burger”. 😜
So above is an image of what my food actually looked like. The burger was so nice and really filling too! I was given a huge amount of chips too and although I finished them, they were incredibly salty! I know they are twice fried chips but I’ve had those chips in the past and they’ve never been that salty before! It didn’t put me off the food though at all but it’s just something you should be aware of it you are going to visit.
There was also a huge selection of deserts too so I bought one to take home as I was so full. I got a chocolate and mint cookie sandwich but my friend got the Peanut Butter cheesecake which was really nice (as I had a little bit.) The deserts were on a menu but there was also some in the fridge next to the till which is where the cookie was.
Here is a photo of me eating my mint chocolate cookie on the train home the next morning!
So my burger cost me £10.50, the cookie was £3.50 and I think the latte was about £3 (although I’m not 100% sure). So for a student on a budget it was expensive BUT I think it’s affordable if you go there now and again and not every week. They also do a takeaway menu (sandwiches etc) which is probably cheaper. So overall the price was okay!
⭐⭐⭐⭐/ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 stars
I would definitely visit again but it wouldn’t be a regular occurrence due to the price and next time I might not order any chips but just go for a coffee and a dessert. 💓
Leave me a comment below and let me know if you’ve visited Samphire or any cool vegan restaurants you’ve visited!