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Shirley Valentine's

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European, Turkish, Greek
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12 New Street | The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NA, England
+44 1752 669686
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Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Welcome and Merhaba to Shirley Valentine's! Our aim is to offer you, our...
Welcome and Merhaba to Shirley Valentine's! Our aim is to offer you, our valued customers, a taste of some of the best cuisine Turkey and the Mediterranean has to offer. Turkish cuisine, originating from the blending of the Asian, European, Middle Eastern and African cultures and evolved under the influence of the Seljuk and Ottoman Cuisines over the centuries, offers thousands of delicious dishes and delicacies. With a wealth of traditional recipes on our menu we combine a variety of meats, fish and vegetarian dishes that promise to satisfy and surprise. All of our dishes are completely homemade by our Turkish chefs using, where possible, only the finest locally sourced ingredients. We hope to provide our diners with a true taste of the best Mediterranean food in Plymouth, in a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere all encased in an atmospheric restored 16th century building.
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  • 89
    Very good
  • 44
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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A lovely little gem

Let's keep this one simple - excellent food (ate my body weight in halloumi and the 'dips & bread' to start were spot on...), nice friendly staff, lovely hidden location, good atmosphere, have already recommended to friends and would definitely go back! It did get rather busy so I'd suggest booking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
JUtah1991
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  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Let's keep this one simple - excellent food (ate my body weight in halloumi and the 'dips & bread' to start were spot on...), nice friendly staff, lovely hidden location, good atmosphere, have already recommended to friends and would definitely go back! It did get rather busy so I'd suggest booking in advance.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We visited Shirley Valentines during the British Firework Championships. After a few holidays to Turkey and enjoying the food, it was a pleasant surprise to find a Turkish restaurant tucked away in Plymouth. The welcome was warm. Staff were knowledgable and happy to recommend dishes. The food is excellent, full of flavour and a good portion size. I'd make sure... More 

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Booked a table, so glad I did so as place rapidly filled up ! Really nice to find a good independent restaurant away from the chain brands boil or microwave in the bag tepid menus. Really excellent service,looks like only one waitress that night,but she was a real star advising on menu and suggesting a good wine she was really... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Nice menu and have been on many occasions as the food is always good and the staff very welcoming. The belly dancer on a Saturday night is a little intrusive while you are eating and a wee bit off putting as she is rather too close for comfort!

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Bideford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Had the Ottoman dip selection which was huge for the price, ouzo chicken and souvlaki. Well let's just say the team excelled themselves yet again. The chicken was perfectly cooked and the pork tenderloin was as tender as a baby piglet running around the farm. Flavours unmatched. This is our third visit and each time the food has been better... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Shirley Valentine's has a very small frontage up a small cobbled road on The Barbican. The atmosphere is very cosy and comfortable, added to by the Eastern lighting. From the moment we arrived we were given a really warm welcome and our waitress was delightful. We asked for her recommendations on their wines, and popular food on the menu. She... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Very good service. We were the only customers which is always a bit disconcerting. Waitress was really great and put us at ease. The portions were enormous. The food was simple but very good and the price was competitive.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Shirley's was really busy on a Fri night, always a good sign and we'd chosen to eat there as some of our party had had lovely experience previously. The meze meals were pretty special, which we'd used as our starters. The mains were ok - swordfish kebab was amazing, veg mousaka not great, and a couple of other dishes a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We popped in at the last minute and asked if they could fit us in. There was one table left so we sat down. How lucky were we? The food and service is brilliant. We'll be back again in the near future. Thanks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

You will not leave here hungry! The portions are very generous and the food is very high quality. This is the second time we have eaten here. The first time was about a year ago and we shared one of the set meals. There were lots of courses and it all tasted great. The second time we had the Moussaka... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12 New Street | The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Plymouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1752 669686

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 to 38
  • Cuisine: European, Turkish, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Welcome and Merhaba to Shirley Valentine's! Our aim is to offer you, our valued customers, a taste of some of the best cuisine Turkey and the Mediterranean has to offer. Turkish cuisine, originating from the blending of the Asian, European, Middle Eastern and African cultures and evolved under the influence of the Seljuk and Ottoman Cuisines over the centuries, offers thousands of delicious dishes and delicacies. With a wealth of traditional recipes on our menu we combine a variety of meats, fish and vegetarian dishes that promise to satisfy and surprise. All of our dishes are completely homemade by our Turkish chefs using, where possible, only the finest locally sourced ingredients. We hope to provide our diners with a true taste of the best Mediterranean food in Plymouth, in a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere all encased in an atmospheric restored 16th century building.

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