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“Relaxing setting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Plantation Tea Rooms

The Plantation Tea Rooms
The Coomes, Polperro, England
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Ranked #10 of 23 Restaurants in Polperro
Cuisines: British
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Harlow, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Relaxing setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

After the hustle and bustle of Polperro, it was good to relax in the garden at the tearooms. We visited Sunday lunchtime so opted for the roast dinner. We were a little early but happy to chill out with our drinks while we waited. We didn't wait long - the service was very efficient and the food was good quality and good value. I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in Polperro, particularly on a sunny day!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A nice surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Anyone who has spent some time in Polperro will have found that every restaurant has a different closing day. Trying to work out which one to visit on a particular day
can be a problem.
We found the Plantation opened every day and a meal inside or outside in their own garden was a pleasure. With good food all round no matter what time.

To make the visit even more pleasurable was the waitress Izzy who was very informative and gave good information on the area.

One slight negative note, the funny notice that "Free battered seagulls and chips"
are available may put off some people.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Torbay
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“Great place to relax....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My wife and I visited Polperro as part of a short break to Cornwall and having walked up and down the (cars banned) twisting alley ways of the village for an hour or so were glad of a place to sit and relax.
You are spoilt for choice in Polperro, there seeems to be cafes, pubs, tea rooms etc at every turn. We looked at each in turn before settling on the Plantation tea rooms.
I can see why some reviewers have queried the term 'tea rooms' as its not strictly text book in that regards, but so what, the garden is splendid with plants abounding and the colours and smells form the various plants is simply delicious. The principal brook which ultimaltey flows into the village harbour runs along the back of the garden so as well as the peace and quite, plant bouquets etc you have the gently babbling of the brook as well to elicit a feeling of peace and relaxation.
We found the service to be very good and very customer focussed.
The choice of food was good without being extensive and the prices were very much value for money (not so for many other similar places in the village!).
In short just wahat the doctor ordwered for a quick lunch break before continuing the visit!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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“Cream teas have been better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We were ticking things off our to do list during our week long stay in Polperro, this day was cream tea day and we chose the Plantation Tea rooms as it was the most authentic looking place and the cakes in the window display looked pretty damn good. All I can say is it was OK, the 'heart' of a cream tea has to be the scone and these were 'average'. The other food coming out did look very nice, not much more to say.

Visited July 2014
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“Terrible Food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Eating in this restaurant is like a trip back in time... to the 1970s. Dreadful food, overpriced and slack service. At £8 my crab sandwich was severely disappointing - one round of dry pre-sliced supermarket bread a handful of crisps and a wilting salad garnish. My partner's Cornish pasty was equally horrific - it looked suspiciously like a microwaved Ginsters, greasy and flabby. The kid's sausage and chips were as predicted - deep fried cheap sausages (pig lips in a synthetic skin, yum!). I also witnessed the rather frugal cream tea on another table and it looked suspiciously like a single Tesco value scone with a very small helping of jam and cream.

The service was also severely lacking, which is ironic as you have to do most of it yourself anyway - get your own cutlery, napkins, sauces and bill. But working at The Plantation Tea Rooms must be very stressful as in the short time we were there both the waitress and the cook (can't use the word chef, sorry) both stood outside the window next to us and had a fag - always nice to see when you're eating!

This restaurant is perfectly located to catch tourists, which is I think why they can get away with such dreadful and overpriced food. If they served decent food - proper pasties, nice fresh bread, butcher's sausages and homemade scones it would be a little gem, such a shame.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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