The Barbican

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The Barbican
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Jannerbloke
Devon, UK12,009 contributions
Mar 2022
We’ve seen this speciality of top quality all you can eat roast beef in a huge variety of cours and flavours, in other cities but we don’t think it’s a chain. Opened mid February. We came to Lost in Rio in Bretonside this weekend and it was great. Booked on line for early evening and it was bustling and packed with all ages and types. Amply equipped with a large enthusiastic staff and operating a first rate fixed price all you can eat system. You load your plates with salas, rice and all the sides and then a stream of servers come. Your table with large spits from which they cut as much or many slices as you want. And throughout they offer well constructed and mixed predominantly Brazilian style cocktails. Partway through our stay a live band arrived. We had a very tasty hearty and lubricated couple of hours. A welcome innovation and boon to the Barbican area.
Written March 6, 2022
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Keith
Plymouth, UK5 contributions
Jun 2022
A must-visit for everyone in Plymouth, beautiful sites and lots of small local shops selling food, jewellery, artistry and much more. There are several boats that can take you to the nearby islands too. Very refreshing to be by the seaside and escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Written June 24, 2022
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Paul Tucker
Plympton, UK232 contributions
Aug 2020
This is my home town, I visit the Barbican probably every other day and I worked on the Barbican for over 8 yrs, so do have a bit of local knowledge, today saw a return to its old self, I was going for a meal but too many souls, put us off, but not in a bad way my dads 90 Yrs, so I have to be careful, New toilets have arrived at the center of the Barbican 20p entry £100 fine for doing it on the street, there is an array of different food selling enterprises. The Harbour is absolutely full of boats, parking is not easy with wardens patrolling up to 19:30; tip after 6 pm its £2 until 8 am in the morning if you like to play the waiting game. You do need to explore as there are places hidden below the sea front walkway including the Barbican Landing stage where you can get the ferry to Mount Batten and there is a host of different boat excursions, History is the key word, its all around you. There is also an extensive night life if you like the traditional pub crawl, jut dont fall into the Harbour. If you are into motor bikes; well this is a favorite local meeting place, check out Captain Jasper's food stall, that`s a review for another day. During the year there are often special events, see the local diary for road shows, food extravaganzas etc, if i dont stop now i`ll be writing all night, it a must see folks.............
Written August 20, 2020
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Jannerbloke
Devon, UK12,009 contributions
Sep 2020
16 September. The city had been building up to this anniversary for years. Lots, maybe tens of thousands and more Americans were expected. There was to be a wide range of events. But on Wednesday, despite Southside St being closed for a few hours, there were few more people about than on any bright warm day. A few in period dress, a small group of Trump supporters with a banner and some other uneasy messages on placards, stood by the wall near the Steps portico. Surprisingly easy parking. A row of media satellite vans on Madeira Rd but not many people to watch the rather nominal ceremonies. Easy to find a place on the wall or rail, never more than one deep. An unusual research type vessel arrived with a few unrecognisable VIPs, a smallish marine band in full regalia marched down onto Commercial Wharf and it was later confirmed that an old man (the US ambassador?) had poured the contents of a gin bottle onto the body of a futuristic trimaran.

We walked around a bit afterwards. The general view seemed to be ‘Was that it?’. Interesting to see the ‘No New World’s’ installation on Mount Batten breakwater, which at least encouraged some people to consider the context of the historical context. There were no representatives of the Wampaoag community. Some people talking seemed to think that the ‘Pilgrims’ and their ships were from Plymouth and the West Country and the venture brought nothing but good. More interesting and encouraging was the chip shop manager who was being interviewed by a Guardian journalist and perceptively said ‘I don’t think many people grasped the trickiness of the Mayflower Story. I hope this sort of day will make people think about it’.
Written September 17, 2020
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suegreen2009
Accrington, UK5 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
As we were tourists in Plymouth I read up on places and things to see and do.
The Barbican area is great as it has lots of small independent shops, many selling art and crafts.
There are some excellent restaurants and bars and is the home of Plymouth Gin.
At the bottom you come out onto the marina with it's small boats and a few large yachts.
A must visit area of the city.
Written September 15, 2021
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LauraDaveJames
Solihull, UK3,547 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We last visited Plymouth a number of years ago when this area was quite rundown. It has now been completely transformed and is full of cafés, interesting shops, bars and restaurants. These are all set in the wonderful historic buildings which survived the bombing raids of WW2.
Written March 26, 2022
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K & D
Bognor Regis, UK71 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Rowdy outside bars with lots of teenagers having a hectic afternoon and early evening.
Seagulls we’re almost as loud!!!
Well kept marina and lock.
Quite a few of the pub bins desperately needed an air freshener.
At the Eastern end we found respite...
The “Boathouse “ cafe gave a warm welcome with a peaceful view of the harbour with superb respect to the Covid rules.
Written July 29, 2020
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Mr T
3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
After several visits to the Navy I will not be returning. The land lady seems very friendly at first but was soon told by one of her regulars to stop swearing at the customers. I was watching a singing act sat near the stage and I was swiftly told to move, making me feel like I couldn’t enjoy the entertainment. The toilets are always rotten, with obvious drug use in and out. I had a bowl of cheesy chips and I had to stop eating after seeing the chef’s whites and terrible hygiene. Can not reiterate enough the land lady’s rudeness, not public facing friendly at all.
Written January 15, 2020
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK19,621 contributions
Mar 2020
For me the Barbican is perhaps the highlight of Plymouth - many of the city’s Top Attractions are situated right here, the National Marine Aquarium – home to the biggest fish tank in Europe, the famous Plymouth Gin Distillery and family friendly Barbican Leisure Park, the historic Mayflower Steps, the Marina etc. There are old winding streets, with history and heritage, interesting architecture and of course a wealth of many great places to eat, drink and be entertained as well as vast array of independent shops and art galleries. In the summer this is the ideal spot to meet with friends or take the family. Simply a must do when in town.
Written March 26, 2020
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Sep 2020 • Business
There are a few seagulls who will ask you for a chip or two. The Barbican is a lovely place to visit if you like seeing old cobble stones and old buildings as it remains one of only a few places left in England where such things exist. Be careful at night because it can get a bit rowdy due to drinking but in the daytime it is lovely and full of pleasant people. There are some vegan options from restaurants and vendors. Be sure to keep an eye out for one legged Jack the ghost pirate who haunts the streets. He can be recognised by his hearty laugh and rattling chains. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Written October 26, 2020
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