Situated in the historic Barbican area this restaurant is apparently a bit of a Plymouth institution?..
in the days before the Tanner Brothers and the newly arrived Gary Rhodes @ The Dome maybe as it had no competition, but on my visit I found nothing that would draw me back of my own accord.
There appears to be an extensive Seafood menu but it is only because most of the dishes use a variation of the same ingredients....prawns, Scallops, Sole, . This gave me the impression that the either the Chef loves these ingredients or that they are not brought in fresh everyday.
There was only 1 seafood special, an overpriced version of school dinner Fish 'n' Mash.
Unfortunately the ambience and staff attitude could not counter-balance the averageness of the food.
The female Waitress was friendly and efficient though I found the man who I assume was the owner who brought our Main course to be brusque. My Partner who recently returned to meat after 25 years of Vegetarianism had wanted to try the much vaunted Sirloin steak, and chose it Medium. However on it's arrival it was too pink inside to be medium with a result that the VERY red juices ran into the accompanying Stilton sauce (which looked 'split' ). My Partner asked if she could have it cooked slightly more as she realised she should have asked for "on the well done side of medium". The owners attitude was " well you should have asked for that, and the Chef will be annoyed". The plate was taken away and returned with the steak "plonked" on to the original sauce followed by the Owner bringing the original potatoes from the plate back to my Partner on a saucer!.........but on the plus side the steak was of high quality.
We are both polite, experienced restaurant go-ers and do not seek and relish faults but Unfortunately because of his attitude I probably will not give The Village a second visit.
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