Plymouth’s best kept secret for Sunday lunch

I have a secret to share with you all. Quite possibly, one of the best kept secrets if you live in, or are visiting, Plymouth. Promise to keep this a secret just between us, ok?

Are you ready? (And for the record, I haven’t been asked or paid to write this!).

If you’re after a really special, yet incredibly reasonably price place to go for Sunday lunch, get yourself down to St Elizabeth’s hotel. Hidden away in Plympton St Maurice, not far from the A38, this little gem of a hotel and restaurant was the perfect location for celebrating my parent’s 30th wedding anniversary.

We arrived Sunday lunchtime, a little before the time our table was booked for, and decided to enjoy a drink on the terrace. The inside of the bar area is gorgeous, with a fantastic selection of drinks. We sat on the terrace enjoying the sunshine whilst debating our food choices.

The menu selection for Sunday lunch was spot on. And can you believe, you can have three courses for just £16.95!! I know, it’s incredible value.

For starters we had a mix of Mediterranean dips, chicken liver parfait and scallops. I chose scallops but stole a bit of James’ parfait, and it was probably the best parfait I’ve ever had. Three weeks later and I’m honestly still thinking about it.

Sunday lunch at St Elizabeths

For our main course, despite the great selection on the menu, we all chose a roast. Dad and I had roast lamb, and the others enjoyed roast beef. Again, all the food was delicious and I loved the fact they broke with tradition and still gave me a yorkshire pud with my lamb.

By this point, I was so full I passed on a pud, but that didn’t stop the rest of my family. Creme brulee, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate sponge, and (I think) bread and butter pudding, were enjoyed by all. I’m pretty sure we all left full and happy. Plus I got to have a little nap in the car too!

Can I also just mention the service? Staff were attentive without being intrusive. The service felt like being in a really posh restaurant (it is posh, but think The Ivy), from the way they served the wine and waited on us.

In all, 10 out of 10! If you’re in the area, make sure you go. You won’t regret it. But don’t tell everyone, ok?


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