Ocean View at The Dome Review

When we moved to Plymouth in June I fell in love with Plymouth Hoe the views of the Sea are spectacular and I always feel so relaxed and at home here.

http://www.oceanviewplymouth.co.uk

I remember walking past “The Dome” and saying to Harriet what is that I found it so intriguing. I was amazed it wasn’t getting used, its location and style of the building looked like it could be a great venue.

So when I heard it was getting a makeover and turned into a bar and restaurant I was ecstatic.

We heard it was opening on the 1st of November so we headed along to catch a glimpse and try out their coffee and cakes. As soon as you walk into the venue your eyes are drawn to the dome and blue skies then quickly drawn to the stunning Ocean views unless you are Thea who was drawn to delicious-looking cakes at the entrance.

On arrival, we were greeted straight away and shown to a table overlooking the sea, very spectacular. Not only outside is spectacular but inside is as well. The venue has been styled very well, they did a great job and it reminded me of several classic restaurants in Glasgow. The how art decor style and colors fit perfectly for being by the sea and giving an air of sophistication.

So onto what we got. We opted for the £5 coffee and cake deal an absolute bargain. The coffee was of a high standard and the cakes portion are very generous and moreish. The service for being the 1st day was very attentive too.

So my review does not end there we went back on Sunday for lunch in the restaurant.

The restaurant is in a separate part of the dome but it has the same stunning views through the floor-to-ceiling windows it’s stunning but can be quite hot with the sun’s glare.

The restaurant itself is very stylish with a bar in the middle where drinks are made and brought to your table and an open view kitchen situated behind it. You can tell there has been a lot of thought put into the whole layout of the venue. It’s chic, stylish, and sophisticated but not over the top. We had our four-year-old with us and didn’t feel out of place but I cant wait to return with friends and try out the delicious-looking cocktail menu.

We started with some nibbles to start with pigs in blankets, hummus, and sourdough bread, and garlic butter all tasted great and perfect if you’re with family to share.

On to the main courses the child’s pasta is a great portion size and very tasty.

The adults well it being a Sunday we went for the Sunday Roast. I have had a few since moving down to Plymouth but this has been the best so far lamb was cooked perfectly. The roast potatoes are so crispy perfect with some gravy and an epic Yorkshire pudding while writing this I am already planning my next visit!.

The service and atmosphere in the restaurant for a Sunday was spot on a very nice playlist my wife kept saying that’s on my playlist! And we were looked after well and gave lots of information regarding the food and drinks menu.

So to round it up Ocean View at The Dome has something for everyone whether you are popping in for a coffee and cake after a walk along the front, cocktails with friends, or celebrating in their restaurant.

Dockyard Social

With Lockdown easing we have more opportunities to catch up with friends, get out and enjoy some good food.

The Dock Yard Social

But not everybody is confident about this.I have learnt talking to parents that they feel anxious .So this blog will be short to the point hopefully and talk about our visit to The Dockyard Social which will hopefully help other parents and anybody really just feel confident to get back to some normally.

I think it’s best to start at the beginning what is DockYard Social?

A converted warehouse based in Glasgow’s coolest area Finnieston .

Inside it you will find 10 street vendors (reduced vendors at the moment)that rotate every 2 weeks. The great thing is the street vendors are all different your taste buds really do get to travel around the world .

I had been several times before lockdown to events and drinks with friends and really enjoyed all my visits. This made me eager to see what changes would be in place

We checked on their web page and I was surprised we could book tickets for the Saturday for free!.

On arriving we noticed straight away more space the bus was gone I was delighted Thea was not ( Thea use to love running up and down the bus having a rammy ) but this frees up areas as does the fact there is less vendors less maybe but still plenty to keep two families going.

Also a very clear one way system to help you understand the layout.

There are signs for social distancing clearly set up around the venue. We were taken to our table which was a massive picnic bench. We had plenty of room away from all other visitors and somebody comes to take your drinks (in mask )order leaving us to settle the toddlers, baby and dog in.

That meant it was time for the daddies to go round the vendors and start ordering as always our eyes were bigger than our stomachs but you can’t blame us the smells of different flavours of cooking away beside you is immense.

Choices choices choices

I always find at Dockyard Social they have something for everyone all the times I have been there with family and friends no one goes away hungry.

Food glorious food

I have missed seeing my friends and having nice food it’s been a stressful few months so I was so grateful to have a stress free afternoon as a family with friends

So we stayed the an hour and a half we talked, we laughed, we ate it felt normal, it felt good and most importantly it felt safe.

A couple of points I want to highlight for you

Family friendly- Dockyard Social has a reputation for being family friendly and wow it still is we had 3 under 3 so you know they are there everyone was brilliant with them. I often get anxious but they were awesome at making us all feel welcome

Dog friendly,dogs are welcome which I love Thea loves dogs and they keep her entertained the more the better.

Atmosphere it was great no music no problem the venue is great when you walk through that door it’s like another world with all the vendors.The artwork is great and just adds to the chilled laid back atmosphere. Coming from someone who is generally very anxious that’s some achievement.

The food where to begin ,you have burgers, kebabs , curry’s , brownies, churros , sweet potato fries so good, name a few a brilliant mixture for all. Including fantastic vegan options those fries omg!!.

So overall if you want to try different foods and catch up with friends (as long as the FM says it’s okay) and feel safe Dockyard Social is the perfect choice for you.

Our visit was on a Saturday in August 2020

Open Friday/Saturday/Sunday

https://www.dockyardsocial.com

Family friendly perfect for a play date

Going to the Pub after Lockdown

I like a pub worked in enough of them over the years. I love the atmosphere and I treat it like a treat. Generally I don’t drink in the house never have but I do like a social drink down the local with family and friends. You know nice food and a couple of drinks.

So I have missed that time out from home life not having to cook, do the dishes just that chill time or quality time with your family round a table.

When bars and pubs reopened I wasn’t shocked I was excited. I feel we all have to be responsible for our own safety and others . If an establishment has set rules or guidelines we should follow them no argument it’s to keep us safe and others.

Saying that living in Glasgow I’m surrounded by bars. Before deciding where I wanted to go with my family I checked them out walking past. Thankfully most bars looked happy and there was lots of social distancing unfortunately one or two looked like they had an old firm on before lockdown .

I decided after walking past one of fave locals and Thea shouting I want to go to the pub to book a table the next day for nibbles and drinks

So the next day off we went to Stravaigin at lunch time. At this point it was outside tables only. About 5 or 6 all distanced apart and no one behind us (see pic). It was perfect we felt safe straight away. We did the usual leave our contact details as well.

Nobody behind us so it felt extra safe

Onto ordering you scan the menu and it comes up on your phone. I have heard people moan about this around the UK but it worked perfectly for us and we quickly ordered our nibbles and drinks which arrived super quick.

As always great service
Scan your menu

Toilets next another hot topic one in one out. We had no issues with this there was a queuing system but as you were outside you know if there was a que I never saw one.

Experience overall it was great Stravaigin have obviously followed all the guidelines and trained staff on new procedures. This helped with the experience I was at ease through out and it was a great a family experience.

This is how I know we had a good time check that face

Will I go back of course maybe today for a quick one. It’s lovely having Stravaigin back and Thea adores it there,they make her feel at home what more can a parent want.

Restaurant Review: The Hebridean

It was mid October and mid -week and the wife and myself had a rare night off from Thea. Off we set to Ashton Lane and off to the warmth of The Ubiquitous Chip . After a couple of pints of Furstenberg and standing beside the fire hunger kicked in …

I was pretty adamant that the only place I wanted to try was The Herbridean you see I have been to 111 by Nico and it was great. I had heard mixed reviews on line from The Herbridean and was determined to try it for myself.

Once arriving one can only describe the atmosphere as electric , you see it was MOD week (Scotland’s Premier Gaelic festival don’t you know ). This meant we had a delightful Gaelic Trad band keeping us entertained throughout .

So I’m going to break this review down let’s start with the food

Nibbles : Sourdough bread an goose fat butter and olives

The bread and butter was to die for and the Olives just salty enough for you to keep going back for more

Starters : Arbroath Smoky croquette and

Charlie Barley Black Pudding and Crispy pigs head terraine

I had the croquette fishy and smokey but not too much . The best part the crispy ness of the croquettes

The terraine well that packed a punch and it’s hearty . I honestly didn’t know what to expect

But it was lovely crispy but nice and soft with the black pudding.

Mains : Venison Wellington from the specials menu no picture of this it didn’t last long . So much can go wrong with this dish soggy over done to name a couple . But not this one pastry flaky and venison cooked to perfection and lovely and tender.

Haggis Nepps and tatties

Perfect after a heavy starter according to Harriet it is soft , creamy , peppery and just perfect with The Molinillo Malbec we decided to shsre

Service

We arrived about 8.30pm it was busy and noisy but not that you would notice that by the service. I was really impressed and I can be picky after working in the hospitality industry . I can’t fault it attentive but not over bearing , no rush , and generally very nice which can be rare now adays . One little thing we had a small table by the wall and myself being 6ft 1 I was slightly closer to the gentleman behind me than I would like but as I said very small issue and we hadn’t booked a table .

Value

We had 2 coffees and a bottle of wine on top of the food. I read a newspaper review which said about the price we paid just shy of £100 including tip £50 each but I wasn’t watching the pennies I could of ate and drank cheaper from the menu . I was stuffed at the end so in my eyes worth while . I feel as if you pay for an experience not just the food it’s the location , vibes, atmosphere and service your paying for now. No doubt I will be back soon when I can get a baby sitter