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Hoe Road, Plymouth, England
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Little Gem

I noticed this place a while ago and finally decided to pay it a visit. It's in a great little spot with views in to the Plymouth Sound. A perfect location on a sunny day. We ordered two coffee and a flapjack, of which all were really great. The coffee was really nice and was all a reasonable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Joel R
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I noticed this place a while ago and finally decided to pay it a visit. It's in a great little spot with views in to the Plymouth Sound. A perfect location on a sunny day. We ordered two coffee and a flapjack, of which all were really great. The coffee was really nice and was all a reasonable price, I... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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117 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Visited this place for a couple years now and it simply has one if the best views in the city, the coffee is good and value is much the same as most coffee places. Constantly updating the small cafe, first with the canopy and now with improved decking. Visit in nice weather its great!

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We visited this place on Sunday morning for a late breakfast. Ok we were 8 people but we waited over 60 mins for our food, but we all only had bacon sandwiches or toast so hardly rocket science. How on earth does it take that long. We spent over £40 for the drinks and food which was expensive for what... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Poor service with no flexibility. Cleanliness was a little bit dodgy eg dirty crockery and the cook handled money then preparing food without washing his hands. We waited for food for a long time whilst new customers were served drinks which obviously takes president over food at this establishment. We will not return and would not recommend it. It is... More 

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PLYMOUTH DEVON
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Been here before and the Coffee is excellent and the food is nice. The Staff could be happier they all seem do serious wish they would be less intense. Service was very quick.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Having discovered this little gem, I'm not sure if I want to add a review to let all know how wonderful it is and then not be able to get a table at weekends! We go most weekends now and grab a coffee / hot chocolate or maybe two... Louise who seems to be one of the most regular ladies... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

stop here almost ever weekend for a coffee and a hot choc, fantastic staff that will take the time to have a joke with you

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Cheshire, UK
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53 reviews 53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Stopped here for a coffee and sandwich on a showery lunchtime. Tasty sandwich and good coffee served promptly. The cafe is sited on the sea wall and has covered areas to protect from the the rain and sea whilst still giving great views. Everywhere was clean, the service polite and friendly. We will definitely return.

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Paris, France
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131 reviews 131 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Slow service, people queuing quite a while to place orders. The staff were miserable but working hard and as there were only two of them it took a very long time. The general upkeep of the place could be improved as it is tired and grubby. The prices are far too high for what you get, £3.50 for a very... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I think some of the reviews on here are spot on. There are a range of positives and negatives about this place. Good points are the view, the quality of food, but the negatives are the general upkeep, friendliness of the staff, price and the lack of table service. But as the name suggests, it is just a cafe... It... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Hoe Road, Plymouth, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Plymouth

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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