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Shirley Valentine's Taverna

12 New Street | The Barbican, Plymouth, England
01752 669686
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Ranked #42 of 504 Restaurants in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
UK
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

When visiting Plymouth solo a few years ago, I stumbled upon this little restaurant down a pretty little side street and vowed to return with company, which I did a fortnight ago. We were escorted upstairs by the friendly waiting staff, who, although busy, were attentive all evening. Our starters arrived quickly; I enjoyed the humous, though I think I... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Must be our 6th visit and again we enjoyed our lunch. A good quirky atmosphere. Obliging and helpful staff. Food was good and enjoyably, just a bit different.. We will visit again

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

It's a very cute little restaurant with very lovely, friendly staff. Lovely food, well presented, very tasty. Who ever the member of staff was who made the Irish coffee ought to be taught to make them correctly though. He didn't realise you need to mix the sugar with the whiskey first as appose to bringing me the sugar so I... More

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London, England
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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We turned up on spec on the Saturday night but the place was full, having seen the positive reviews we made a reservation for Sunday evening. It was quieter on Sunday. Food was food. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. We had the Meze special and that gave us a taster of the specialialities. We enjoyed it.

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Wales
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Had to wait a long time for our food to be served and needed to prompt the waitress as we were left waiting a long time. The vegetarian moussaka was poor, dry and very bland, the Turkish lamb mince dish (can't remember it's proper name) however was lovely. The experience wasn't one to make us return, disappointed as the aromas... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We ate here on Sunday, as it was one of the few restaurants open early evening. Friendly staff and a pleasant upstairs seating area. We shared mixed dips to start and these were really nice. However, my main course of pork skewer and rice was very chewy. My wife's mixed mezze was a little over cooked. The house wine was... More

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Plymouth
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My wife and I had lunch here for the second time. Once again we were not disappointed. All of the food was fresh, cooked to order and very tasty. For 45 pounds we had a selection of dips and bread, a starter to share, 2 main courses, a glass of orange juice and a bottle of wine. I chose the... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

This was a great surprise and well worth going to. What a superb place to eat and enjoy the atmosphere. My first time eating Greek and wow it was just great. I was unsure as to what to order so took pot luck. For starter it was menemen ( if that's how you spell it ) I must admit the... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Spontaneous decision to eat here after seeing the sign on the Barbican, we were not disappointed. Services was excellent, food was amazing and was just busy enough for a good atmosphere. We had a selection of the Meze and they were all very tasty and clearly homemade. Good veggie choices as well. Will go back next time we are visiting... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We had dinner there on Friday night in August! We were 4 of us and my friend had only booked for 2 initially and they manage to give us a table for 4! It was busy though but not noisy! The food was delicious! We had the prawns and dips as starters. Tasty! And generous portions. For mains, I had... More

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