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As some of you who have read my reviews before, you may have noticed I like to eat out alot. Well Bombay Basserie is a fairly new Indian restuarant that I felt I just had to try, so here are my thoughts on the place.
Location - Centrally located, the restaurant is sitauted close to town, within a twenty minute walk. Closer than that is the National Marine Aquarium, which is about two minutes away. If you look for signs to the Barbican Leisure Park you will be sure to see this, as it is about a five minute walk away from here. What makes this even better is after you have had your meal you can stroll over to the historical Barbican, as it is within walking distance, here there are numerous bars and clubs.
Prices - I found the prices to be very reasonable, I have visited here on a Sunday for the Eat as much as you can, which was really good, for £8.95. I find that was a good time to taste various dishes, without risking trying something you may not like! Their Special Curry is really nice as well, this was lamb and prawns together, cooked in a clay oven, with cheese, butter, almonds and fresh cream! This was only £9.95 and worth every penny! My friend has told me they also do a set menu for one, six courses, for £15.95, but I am not sure what that consists of might have to try that!
Facility Access - This was really important to me, as I was visiting with a friend of mine who was in a wheelchair. The Bombay restaurant is brilliant, it is spacious and suitable for a wheelchair, and has disabled toilets as well, which makes both me and my friend feel at ease more. What I also noticed was that there was a baby's changing room, and had high chairs for children. This is an interesting area of discussion because alot of the Indian restaurants that I have been to, do not cater for children, so this would be a real bonus if you are a family visiting this place. The toilets were clean and tidy and I always feel this is a good indicator of standards throughout the place.
Opening Times - it is open seven days a week. Lunchtimes it is open between 12 - 2pm, evenings it is open between 6pm - midnight. If you are feeling particularly hungry you can try the eat as much as you can on a Sunday between 12pm - 4pm!
Overal opinion - this is a really nice place to go if you want to go somewhere with an atmosphere, the staff are so friendly, compared to some other Indian restaurants I have been to. The place has this buzzling feeling, yet you are made to feel really relaxed. The place can cater for 150 people, so at busy times I can imagine it being really really busy! Parking is also really good here, as there is a car park next door to it, which means you do not have to walk very far at all.
Come here if you like.............good quality, reasonably priced indian food with a great atmosphere
Don't come here if you don't like............Indian food!
Situated on the Barbican in Plymouth, the Mayflower Steps are both historical and interesting. They are stooped with historical background that will intrigue you, and make you feel really interested in Plymouth as a whole.
What are the Mayflower Steps?
Well, the Mayflower Steps are really famous, and a landmark in Plymouth. They are the very steps which the Pilgrim Fathers left England from in 1620. The "Mayflower" has originally set sail from Southampton, however, due to bad weather conditions it had to come into Plymouth Harbour, and that is where the name of the steps come from. This stop over in Plymouth marked an important time for the Pilgrim Fathers, as they had to carry out important essential work before they set out on their journey across the Atlantic Ocean to North America. Plymouth sees alot of visitors from America that are particularly excited about visiting here, and this is why they are so interested. From the Mayflower Steps, visitors can go on ferry trips around Plymouth Sound at a small price, this is particulaly popular in the summer when the weather is better. Around the Steps, various plagues commerate the Pilgrim Fathers, explaining the epic journey that the Fathers had to face.
Overall - the Mayflower Steps are just a tiny part of Plymouth's history - but a very important one. It is free to visit the steps, so it is worth taking the time to visit and read the inspiring stories on the plaques, it really is interesting how big this journey was, because this of course was before the wide spread use of travel.
Having lived most of my life in Plymouth, I felt that it was only right and normal, to review and discuss the delights of Plymouth Hoe.
So what is Plymouth Hoe?
Well, Plymouth Hoe is a massive open public space that covers a large area of the seafront of Plymouth. Closeby is the cliffs of limestone that span along the harbour and sea around Plymouth. The views are just amazing, both on sunny days and not so sunny days, although on sunnier days it is ALOT more busier. Whether it is a walk along the seafront or a visit to Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth Hoe is a landmark and one not to be missed!
Plymouth Hoe's main attraction, that it is most famous for, is Smeaton's Tower lighthouse. The lighthouse is so famous there was a famous photograph taken with the Beatles in the background sitting by it! The Tower has recently completed a long period of restoration, and it is now back to it's former glory in it's entirity. The Tower is distinctive with red and white stripes, a small metal door marks the entrance, not particularly good if you are very very tall. Members of the public can visit here and venture right to the top of the tower, where spectacular breath taking views can be seen. What interested me most, was when I was ascending up the stairs, you would now and again briefly see little rooms off the stairwell, these were rooms which the lighthouse keeper(s) used to stay in, and you get the real feeling that you are part of that era. Once at the very top, you are close enough to touch the lantern and walking around the tower, as said before, is just breath taking! The price of the tower last time I went was a couple of pounds, but well worth the money!
Royal Citadel - this is another key attraction close to Plymouth Hoe, it is a World re-nowned Marine Biological Laboratory. The Citadel is home to many members of the Army and reguarly hosts events, such as the Music of the Night ceremonies that are held in July/August, which are again, well worth it if you are around at that time, but you may need to book quickly as they soon get sold out!
Tinside Pool - just below Plymouth Hoe is the restored 1930s original outside lido pool. It is large and separated by the sea by just one wall. The water is natural sea water, so even in the summer this can be quite cool! The whole feeling of being in a naturally restored 1930s pool which has this art deco feel, is really nice. The pool is only open in the summer, and prices are reasonable, around £5 for the whole day.
War Memories - on the other side of Smeaton's Tower lighthouse there are War Memories from the two World Wars. It is free to walk around, and you can feel really humble and content with life as you walk around this, it makes you feel really proud and glad to be alive. The main memorial by Robert Lorimer has been there since 1924, whereas the garden that is sunken around it was added later by Edward Maufe in 1954.
Overall view of Plymouth Hoe -
One of those places that is so well signposted in Plymouth, you cannot visit Plymouth without visiting here. The breath taking views out over Plymouth Sound and into Cornwall will just delight you, and although it sounds a little odd, you feel very free here. The spacious surroundings help this I think. The cliffs that surround the Hoe often play host to tombstonning young teenagers in the Summer (jumping off the cliffs into the sea), yet it is definitely something I wouldnt recommend trying! Overall the place is magical, steeped in history, breath taking and simply unmissable. Having lived here almost twenty three years, I come here every week, sometimes to escape from pressures of work etc, but sometimes just to have an ice cream!
Come here if....you like history, fresh air, ice creams, nice walks along the sea with spectacular views!
Don't come here if....you don't like any of the above
Morwellham Quay in Devon is a very famous South West Museum set in over 200 acres, and has won awards for it's efforts to keep the past alive! The attraction is an evocative Museum teamed with a visitor centre, which is set in the recently designated World Heritage Site. This is also in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is situated only four miles from Tavistock, which is a small place situated about half an hour from Plymouth. Tavistock was the famous historical port, which had mine workings and a whole estate with it, with the lovely river Tamar running alongside it.The scenery will capture your heart, along with cliffs there are rolling hillsides, and on a good sunny day this place will make you feel really humble and happy inside! It is easy to get to and is well signposted, just follow the brown signs, and take the A390 towards Liskerad, take a left after two miles and then it is two miles after Gunnislake Bridge.
The attraction itself is a restored port, you are greeted by people dressed up in period costumes, and this instantly puts a smile on your face! You are instantly taken back to the 1860s, you can explore the miner's cottages, walk along the original quayside, and explore the assay's office. There is even a chance for you to dress up yourself into period costumes, so you can really get into the feel of the place!
What I remember coming here as a child, was finding out what life was really like at the time, what it was like being a servant in an upper class household, and what the miner's life was really like. I think it is a great place for children and adults alike,very historical but intersting at the same time, so children don't get bored!
The best pat of this place is the mini train ride into the copper mine, you really get the feeling you really are here! And the who place is amazing, it really highlights just how tough it was in those working conditions. What helps is there is an expert on the train that tells you all about what is happening there and what they would of had to put up with. You can then go and see what life was like on a typical Victorian farm, which is quite a contrast to the miner's way of life. Here you get to see natural wildlife which is really lovely.
Of course all this site seeing makes you hungry, so you can stop by the Ship Inn, which has some lovely food, i particualrly liked my cream tea and scone! Prices are very reasonable as well, and the atmosphere is lovely and friendly, I also believe there is a new tea room opening soon as well.
Parking is £2 for the day, which I thought was very reasonable, and the admission for the actual site is free!! The attraction is open from 10am to 5pm daily. You can buy day passport tickets which give you access to the following:
Riverside Railway & Underground Guided Tour of the Copper Mine;
Morwellham Victorian School Room Experience;
Copper dressing on the Ore Floor;
Ropemaking on the Quay;
The cost of these are Adults £8.50, Children £6.00, Senior Citizens £7.50 and students £5.00, so a definite bargin that will not break the bank!
Overall experience of the place is just magical! I thought the price I paid was a really great price, and most of it goes to a really good cause!If you are thinking of going in December I know there is a really good event called Victorian Christmas, this is being held on Saturday 20th December, 1pm - 7pm where you can see the Christmas fare, children can see Santa and there are traditional Christmas games. Would highly reccommend this place, it really nice something to treasure!
I have been a member of Cannons Health and Fitness club since July 2008. It is about two minutes walk from my house so it is ideally situated for me!
Cannons is situated on the Barbican Leisure Park, this is a complex that includes a Vue cinema, Megabowl, Nando's, a nightclub called Oceana and Pizza Hut! So your every need will be catered for! It is on the edges of the city centre, and is about twenty minutes walk from the city centre. It is fairly easy to find, due to the size of it. It is situated in Cattedown, and there are signs for "Barbican Leisure Park" so look out for this. Failing that, ask someone, because they are bound to know where it is.
Price of the Gym membership/Types of membership -
I pay £43 per month for my membership, which entitles me to use the facilities any time during the opening times, and this is the main membership that they offer. Another type of membership they offer is Off Peak Membership - this allows the individual to use the club but only with restricted hours. It varys from club to club, but at the Plymouth branch the off peak hours are during the day on the weekday and i am not hundred percent sure of the weekend - however one silly thing about this membership. There is NO price difference, so you might as well not restrict yourself and just get a full membership - it sounds silly really to me. You can also get Family memberships which are available for 2 adults and two children, children are considered up to the age of 11 years old. The adults have full use of the facilities of the gym, both off peak and peak hours, but children's hours vary. I am not sure about my Cannons gym for Plymouth because they are currently reviewing all of these details.
Opening times of the place -
Monday to Friday the club is open from 06.30 - 10pm
Saturday & Sunday the club is open from 08.00 - 08.00pm, and this is also the same for Bank holidays.
I think the only time the place is not open is Christmas Day and New Year's day, so that's really good.
20 metre length pool - the pool is my favourite thing in the whole place, it is relaxing, and the deep end is not too deep so I can stand up in it, which is good, I don't like too deep water! The pool usually hosts Aqua Aerobics, which is really fun, they have one class on a weekday and one over the weekend. Usually there is one swimming lane for the avid swimmers and then the rest of the pool is free of lanes so leisurely swimming. What I like about the pool is that after 6pm they are meant to turn the lights lower, and then it definitely is more relaxing, it makes it feel really relaxing! The pool can get a little busy at weekends, and Monday is definitely the worse, but fortunately I finish work at 3.45pm so miss the mad rush after 5pm. This is especially so on a Monday, that is their busiest day. Also next to the pool is a Jacquzzi, Sauna and Steam room, these are lovely but at times one of them will break and there is often a few hours where you cannot use it, which is a little annoying.
Gym - the gym is one of those places that doesn't appeal to everyone, and can be a little daunting to start with. I was like this at first, but now I enjoy coming here. Monday evening is the busiest and probably bst avoided. They have weights, which I often see men doing, but hardly ever any women! Then they have about three rowing machines, and alot of tredmills! I particualrly like the cross trainers, which reminds me of running but without the bounce! There are cycle bikes as well, which are also really good. One thing I like about the machines is most have a box on them that allow you to plug headphones into them to listen to a range of channels on their big screens ahead of you. There is anything from the news, to music, to general television programmes.
Dance Studio - The dance studio is next to the gym on the first floor. It has mirrors which make the room look really big. There are a host of classes held here, from Body Combat, which is really good, i enjoy this one, it is very tiring though and involves alot of punching into the air and boxing moves. Another class I particularly enjoy is Dance class, this is really fun, and everyone generally has a good time, as the songs are generally easy to pick up and everyone just seems to have a good time. The instructors are really friendly, and make you feel really at ease, especially if you are new! The studio can hold approximately 30 - 40 people I would say.
The Retreat - this is situated on the first floor next to the gym. It is a place you can go and have various beauty treatments. I have never used anything here because it has always seemed pricey to me personally. They do facials, hair removal, massages, and exotic wraps and masks! I think looking back the massage of a full body was about £60 and I couldn't afford it personally.
Cafe - they have a cafe that is open most of the working hours of the gym - here you obviously have to pay, but it is somewhere you can chill out and wait for people or just read the paper!
Nursery - the nursery is situated next to the cafe and is really good for parents that want to use the facilities, I think at present the nursery is only open in the mornings, but I think they are reviewing this arrangement at present.
Overall opinion of the place -
The staff are really friendly, will help you anyway they can, and they always say hello and goodbye to you. I pay by direct debit and never had any problems, if for some reason you miss it, you can always go and pay by cash, that is not a problem, I found this when I changed bank accounts and they were really good about it. The only thing I would say is that if you go about 8pm at night, the cleaniless of the changing rooms is not as I would want it, it's a little off putting, but I have raised this with them so hopefully this will change. Overall a nice little gym , good free parking around if you need it, although probably have to be careful of this when it is Orange Wednesdays as the cinema gets very busy, therefore the parking gets taken quickly!
First thing to mention is that Union Rooms is part of the Weatherspoons chain of pubs. The Union Rooms is offically a Lloyds Number 1 bar. A few years ago, it converted and extended it's late licence to stay open longer and add music, as this is the main difference between Weatherspoons and Lloyds Number 1 bar's. The pub originally opening on 21st December 1999!
Location - situated on Union Street on the corner, this massive looking establishment cannot really be missed. If you are driving, oppostive there is a massive Toys R Us and there is ample car parking there. If you are getting a taxi the establishment is very accessible, as it is along the main road. Alot of people, both younger and older come here before heading on to other places on a night out, as it is so close to other venues in Plymouth.
Atmosphere - this is a little strange to answer, because at times, it is really packed, you can hardly move and it is full of unpleasant or polite people. Other times it is quite quiet, and the beer garden is quite relaxing in the summer. Overall though, I would say it isn't a place for a shrinking violet, sometimes there are some really rude people in here.
Music - the music is ok. It plays main stream dance and pop chart hits that are current and modern. They also play classics such as Kylio Minogue and Madonna's older hits. I think they try to have an all round balanced approach.
Drinks - Years ago, I remember a Reef was £0.99! Weatherspoons were always well known for their cheaper drink prices, however over the course of a few years, what with the binge drinking problem in Britain growing, the prices are less noticeably cheap. I think they still are marginly cheaper, but not by much. For example, you can get a glass of wine for about £2.50, and a coke is about £1.50. They also do special evenings where the drinks are cheaper, such as Monday nights and Wednesdays.
Opening Tmes -
Mon-Thu = 9am-midnight
Fri = 9am-1am
Sat = 9am-2am
Sun = 9am-11pm
Staff/food - it is a bit hit and miss, sometimes you get some really nice staff and food - other times, both are just awful! I think sometimes the staff are very stressed due to the sheer size and busyness of the pub - but this really does come across in their manners and customer service! I have had a few nice meals, and you do get what you pay for - but generally, if you want a healthy, good quality meal - it's probably best to avoid this place.
Overall opinion - I have to say I have mixed views on this place. This specific Weatherspoon is known to be the roughest branch in Plymouth, and there are four in Plymouth. I find this pub ok in the summer when you are outside in the Beer garden, the garden is nice and relaxing and you forget you are in the middle of town. But the feel of the place is not a positive one. The toilets are often smelly and dirty and the overally cleaniless leaves little to be desired.
Good if you.....are on a budget and want somewhere to eat/drink for reasonably cheap. Also at the moment alot of weatherspoons have vouchers which make it even cheaper! It is ok if you go first thing in the morning for breakfast as well, as it is clean then!
Bad if you....want a posh, or reasponably upmarket place to go out socalising, definitely not somewhere you tend to go if you are single looking for a nice future partner!
The Ganges Indian Restuarant in Plymouth is situated in the city centre of Plymouth. If you head for the Barbican you will get to this resturant on your way. I would say that the majority of people living in Plymouth would know where this place is, it was famous of offering 50% of their food bill, however sadly, that has now stopped. The building is situated next to "The Plaza Snooker hall" and is along the main road, it is close by to a few other indian resturants but I have found that The Ganges is the cheapest of the three. It is about a five to ten minute walk away from the famous Barbican. There is a small car park nearby, although it is pay and display and it is known to have quite a few attendants around, so be careful, and unfortunately charging is throughout the night.
I think what makes this good is that the situation it is in, and there are a vast array of resturants, bars and places to relax around here, with only a short walk to each one.
Food - as said before, they used to have 50% your food bill, which was really good, and I could have two courses for maybe £10! Nowadays, sadly they have caught on, and it is back to "normal" prices. I still think the prices are very fair and you can get a curry on it's own with rice for less than £10. They have a vast selection, and the staff are very knowledgable so feel free to ask them questions. I find the portions are just adequate - so you probably will find you eat most of it. One thing I don't like is having too much and feeling like you have to eat what is there.
Staff - the Manager here, is a lady with blonde ish hair, she is really helpful and greets you when you come into the resturant - she is very approachable and always seems to have a hands on approach, which I think is quite good.
Toilets - situated at the back of the resturant - these are always very clean and tidy inside - they aren't very modern but overall I have never thought badly of them.
Overall I find the Ganges a cheap and cheerful kind of place. The staff are always warm and friendly, the place is quite big and there is a good friendly atmosphere here. I once went here with my friend who is in a wheelchair and he found the place really good, with access available, and it was good because it is all on one level.
Come here if you want reasonable prices, friendly staff and an all round nice time.
Don't come here if you don't like Indian cuisine!
Where can I start about this place!
History - Walkabout in Plymouth has been open since July 2003. It has seen good times and bad times, and is still quite popular with students of Plymouth.
Location - the Walkabout bar/pub whatever they are calling themselves at the moment, is situated on "the strip." Plymouth's main nightclubbing street known as "Union Street." It is situated along the main road so it is easily accessible by car, bus, taxi, and is also about twenty minutes walk from the train station (although I think this is a little bit too far to walk, especially at night). Parking is ideal, with a car park to be found behind the actual venue.
Cleaniless - the cleaniless of this place is debateable. At times, during busy days when the rugby is on, or football and they are rammed full, the cleaniless is not good, and the toilets are dirty. But generally on the whole, if you avoid these times then the toilets are pretty good. The floor is all round very clean, even saturday nights!
Staff - the staff I find, are more helpful than other staff I have found in other clubs/bars. They are very knowledgable about the drinks offers they have on, and seem to know alot about describing what the drinks are like.
Opening times - I think this place opens around midday, and open until 2am from Monday to Saturday and 12.30am on a Sunday. They also serve Australian type food, up till an hour before closing, seven days a week.
Other Bits and Bobs - The atmosphere in here when it is not busy is this vast open space, you never feel there is a lack of space in here, or cramped.There is an 18 foot high big screen which shows big sporting matches, as well as 42 televisions which are all around showing sporting moments and matches. The place hosts live bands on Sunday nights and Thursday nights. What makes this good is around that area of town, that is the only place that does this, so it can be quite popular. There is also a DJ present, seven days a week and there is a raise seating area on comfortable seat that can be closed off for functions and hired seperately, this caters for approximately seventy staff. The drink prices vary on night, but generally they are pretty average. But I think some nights it is £1.50 a drink, this is mainly on bottled beer, pints, vodka and malibu.
Go here if you.....like big massive space, friendly staff, not afraid of sports fans!
Don't go here if you....hate being reminded of sport, especially football.
Overall, I would say if you thinking of going out in Plymouth on a night out, you would probably come here before moving on elsewhere, worth coming to to pop in, would not pay to get in though. The food is quite tasty though if you are in the area around lunchtime!
This Indian Resturant is one of the best in Plymouth I would say....although be warned, the food, when it says it is hot IT IS HOT!!
History of the resturant - it is the oldest Indian resturant in Plymouth, with a history of 21 years! It caters for Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine.
Opening times -
Sunday to Thursday 6pm - 12pm
Friday and Saturday 6pm - 2am
Lunchtime: bookings only
Location - The Eastern Eye resturant is situated along one of the main roads nearby the famous Barbican. In terms of parking you would need to park in the nearby car parks dotted around the city centre and walk there. If you are parking and asking someone for directions I would say that you are looking for Notte Street and looking for the entrance of the Barbican, as it is just across the road from here. You can easily walk past this place, so be careful you don't and keep your eyes peeled. The outside of the resturant looking in, it looks cosy and warm looking.
Prices - I would say as an average - the prices are pretty good, and about average. You can get a chicken tikka for £4.95, and startes are about £3.50.When I come here I quite like the Green Bean Sasthra £12.95 which is Beef in spinach & green peas in a spicy fairly hot sauce. This is very hot, and I would say the majority of the dishes are a little more hotter than other places. My advice is, if you don't like it too hot emphasis this when ordering, to ensure you don't waste your money! Drinks are about average, with a large lemonade at £1.95 and bottled beer about £2.70 a bottle.
Overall Opinion of the place - The food itself is lovely, it is on the hot side, but once you tell the staff your food preferences, i.e. not too hot, they are most helpful, and will help you decide what might suit you if you are not sure what some of the dishes are. When you first go into the place, there are two tables opposite the bar - these are used if you are waiting for a table, and booking is advisable for a friday or saturday night. Once you are shown your table, I found it was quite private in your own booth, but there were some tables in the middle of the room as well. The noise level was raised alittle, because the place was small, but that didn't detract from the nice food and great atmosphere. The staff were really friendly and helpful and the toilets were clean and tidy.
Go here if you.....love indian food, want a great atmosphere, and reasonably priced food.
Don't go here if you....need wheelchair acess - as it is not suitable. Don't go here either if you do not get on well with indian food.
The Notebook DVD (2004) is said to be "The Most Romantic Movie since Titanic, Heat-wrenchingly romantic" (Empire). The film has two main characters, Noah who is played by Ryan Gosling and Allie, who is played by Rachel McAdams. They are two young teenagers who have a whirlwind courtship, which then develops into captivating intimacy. The two teenagers come from two different social classes, Allie comes from quite an upper class background, whereas Noah is more working class.
Sadly circumstances mean that the couple are quickly separated, just as the couple are getting very close, spending hardly any time apart. Allie's upper class parents see Noah as not good enough for their Allie and move away from the area. Allie is heart broken, yet Noah writes to her everyday for a whole year. Her parents keep the letters, in order for her to focus on her career and forget Noah. Many years pass, until one day, when they are reunited, the romance is rekindled once again, and Allie is forced to choose between her soul mate and her first love.
The story is told by an older man, James Garner, who reguarly sits with an aging companion, Gena Rowlands. This makes it have a real homely and content feeling about the film.
The presentation of the film is brilliant, and as a young woman myself I found myself moved by this film, the cast of the film and the storyline is just fantastic! The film is rated at a 15 age, which I thought was quite appropriate, with mild references to sex. There is no doubt this is a classic tear-jerker and think it would hard not to cry over this film! But it was good tears - god, I am a typical girl!
Watch this if you like......romantic films, love stories.
Don't watch this if you....don't like romance in any way.
I am now going to ask for this best selling novel for Christmas!
This has to be the best place to visit in Plymouth for grab on the go! You cannot visit Plymouth without having a Captain Jaspers and it is even world famous!
Location - it is situated in a gorgeous part of Plymouth, that is the world famous Barbican - called the Whitehouse Pier. It is situated behind the Glassworks right on the edge of the water by the boats - and of course seagulls! Prime location if you fancy something different to the famous Plymouth fish and chips! This place is a small work from the main barbican mainstreet and about twenty minutes walk from the city centre. The barbican is easily found on many road signs, but you may have to ask for directions for Captain Jaspers as it is not signposted.....well only in word of mouth!
History behind the place -
It was in 1978 that a John Dudley wanted to raise money for charity at the famous Barbican Regatta - one thing came to mind and that was a few charcoal Dabs. He then applied for planning permission, but accidently only applied for a hut no bigger than 12'x6'. Back then rent was £10 and electricity £1 a week! This was so popular over the years that it was rebuilt to 20' x 12'. Then came the trouble where they had to move because the glassworks were going to built. Over the years since, alot of the business was based on good fortune, it wasn't until 1997 that the place earnt long term ownership which would secure it's future. What is nice about it, is that all the gadgets you see when ordering food/drink were designed and made by The Cap'n himself!This gives a real homeyl sense about it. In June 2001 the man himself sadly passed away but is now run by his daughter Georgie, involved since its birth in 1978.
Food/Drink - the food here is one thing you won't forget about this place - it has so much to offer, from a Jasperiser - which is a Quarter Pounder Bacon Burger atop a Quarter Pounder Cheese Burger finished with Fried Onions. To half a yard of Hot Dog! Yes that's right, and at £3.85 I find this a bargin! Eat it if you dare! It is yummy though! When I was younger, about 14 my mum said I wouldn't be able to eat that, oh was she wrong! They also do garlic bread for a bargin £1.25! Best of all this is it is cooked to order! They also do tea, coffeee, hot drinks and you have to pay a 20p deposit on all mugs - which I think adds to the homely touch.
Once you have ordered your food, you get a number and you get called up, you then can have whatever sauces you want on your burger or food, then you can sit bck down overlooking the beautiful harbour. If you want a token to keep to remind you of this place they also sell Tee shirts, key rings and mugs!
Go here if....you like honest, good quality, reliable food. With friendly staff you can't go far wrong!
Don't go here here if.....you don't like the cold, and aren't prepared to eat outside.
I have to say, before Vue cinema came to Plymouth many years ago I had never even heard of Vue! It is one of two cinemas in Plymouth at present, the other one is small and traditional. Vue in Plymouth offers the audience a chance to experience modern day comfort and amazing graphics.
Location - it is situated in the inner city centre called the Barbican Leisure Park, and reachable by the main road and is about twenty minute walk from the city centre and about ten minutes walk from the famous historical barbican. This makes it ideal for tourists and people living here alike. I have to say, it is not very well sign posted so it is probably best to get someone to direct you, most people living in Plymouth would probably know where it is. This is because it is situated on a complex of Cannons gym, Megabowl, Frankie and Bennies resturant, Oceana nightclub and Old Orleans. Also just across the massive car park is a Pizza Hut. This means it is ideal for all other attractions - and you will never go hungry while here!
Prices - This has been a growing debate with friends of mine and probably other people have the same problem in other cinema's across the country with the credit crunch and price rises! I remember about two years ago for an adult it used to be £4.95 to go here and watch a film, it is now £6.90 monday to thursday after 5pm, or £7.65 on saturday or sunday. If you happen to not work during the day on a weekday it is £5.75 for an adult, this is again Monday to Thursday. If you have children it is based in the same way and varies from £4.30 - £5.75.
Facilities - when the cinema first opened I remember it seeming massive, but sadly we all grow up and things seem less "massive." The cinema is a 15 screen multiplex cinema, housing 3328 seats! When you walk in there is so much leg room, you won't get bad squashed legs no matter how tall or short you are! Each screen hosts huge floor to ceiling walls, that combine Dolby Digitial Surround Sound with with a really open and free feeling. This really is a key feature of the cinema - roomy and very dramatic sounds. This is especially good for those big movies, such as James Bond, Pirates of The Carribbean etc.
Orange Wednesdays - the 2 for 1 deal with orange every wednesday is very good value for money, it means that you can go to the cinema for half the price! If you are going to use this offer it is probably best to attend the Plymouth Vue in the daytime, because during the evening time you cannot get a car parking space, and often the showings of most films are few/sold out - which is most annoying/disappointing. This is particularly bad when it is raining and people have no where else to go. Best to be avoided really.
Staff - the staff are mostly always friendly, and often they are very young, some look like they haven't even left school! There has been one time when I was approached by a very rude person working there that was taking my ticket - but this was an isolated occasion.
Food/Drink - these can be quite pricey - so I usually take my own! I have never been "caught" as it were, and I am pretty sure alot of the staff are aware this happens. They have a selection of pick and mix, popcorn, drinks, malteasers, ice cream and slush puppies called Ice Blasts! Oh and they also do these nachoes which are quite expensive with the large being nearly £4.50 but they are lovely - quite cheap tasting but something nice about them!
Toilets - these are generally very clean, modern looking and nice smelling. Do not even venture into them around 7pm or after on a wednesday evening, because they are just terrible - no loo paper and some on the fall and busy with lots of people - best to be avoided these times!
The overall cinema is excellent, the sound system is amazing, and the quality of the viewing is always very good. A little pricey but you get what you pay for alot of the time.
Go here if you.....like great quality movies with amazing top quality state of the art sound systems, modern and airy feeling
Don't go here....on wednesdays!
Firstly I have to say I have never been a great fan of Museum's - I always thought they were for "clever people" and not me hehehe. But thin museum has changed my ways of thinking for good.
Location - Plymouth city Museum is located right opposite the University of Plymouth, which is on the main road into the city centre. It is about five minute walk to the main shopping centre and ten minutes from Mutley Plain, which is a strip of cafe's, shops, and bars. It is easily accessible for buses, cars, and taxis. It is also only about fifteen minute walk from the train station. Which means it is very central to most of Plymouth's key shops.
Museum - the Museum itself is a little dingy outside looking in, and you could easily walk past it on your way down to the shopping centre - however if you look up outside it, you will see how tall it seems to be! You walk in and you are in a small ish square room - there is a security guard sat in a carm the gift shop, a money collection place and the main stairway for you to walk up. You walk up the stairs and there are many different rooms you can walk into. There are six galleries available to the public and one that is constant is the art galleries - these are particularly good as I once went in there and one of the artists was actually there answering questions. In bigger cities such as London, this may be quite common, but it is pretty good especially as it is Plymouth. Alot of people living down this way want to try and put Plymouth on the map in the south west of the country!
It has recently been re-opened after a period of refurbishment. I find the museum very good, not only is it educational but it is interesting as well! All too many times these places seem a little boring at first, but i tell you this - they are not! I once went to an Egyptian exhibition here in the museum and it was so interesting and they had the timeline in the form of a story - that you walked around and it was so interesting. In fact Ancient Egypt is the next exhibition coming back to Plymouth, on November 29th, so I am very excited about that. They also have Beryl Cook exhibition coming at the end of November. Sadly she has now died but is a very famous artist from Plymouth, so also very excited about that.
Improvements for 2009 - As well as the six main galleries the Museum is extending and developing four new gallerieson the ground floor refurbishment scheme.
The only thing I am not keen on is that you have to walk through the gift shop before you can get to the exit - but i think this is a common trait of alot of attractions.
Opening times -
Tuesday to Friday - 10am to 5.30pm
Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays - 10am to 5pm
Overall the Museum is easy to get to, and if you are unsure most people in Plymouth seem to know where the Museum is. If travelling in transport to the Museum it is on the roadside so taxis,buses and cars are all ok. Parking would have to be by the nearby Drake Circus complex, which is about £1.10 per hour, or 2 hours for £2.20.
I think a final note to say about this place is that it is FREE, which is good - we all love a bargin! It is important to say that the Museum is funded by Reniassance in the regions - and owned and operated by Plymouth City council - so they rely alot on donations.
Good if you......like somewhere free to go, educational, historical, relaxing, interesting.
Don't come here if you....aren't intersted in history.
This salon is recently opened Plymouth hair and beauty salon, so thought it was a great idea to let people know what it was like. My mum and I were looking for a new hairdresser as the old one had moved out of the city, so choosing a hairdresser is quite a big decision to a lady!
Morgans is located on an industrial estate about ten to fifteen minute drive from the city centre of Plymouth. I have lived in Plymouth for a long time, so knew where it was, but it isn't easily sign posted and it is tucked away out of the view of the public. It is above a gym - which is fine and means there is ample room for parking. Another thing to point out, is across the road, there is a place called "Jump" which is a play house for children - I thought this would be a good thing to point out, as parent(s) might want to jump the children off before having their hair/beauty treatments.
I parked my car, quite easily, and this was a saturday afternoon. It was a little confusing where the entrace was, but we went through a door and asked the girl at the entrace to the gym. She was nice and showed us upstairs. The salon was a square modern looking room, green and white colour scheme as in the picture. The room was nice and warm, which was nice because it was freezing cold outside! We were showed a comfy seat and asked if we would like tea or coffee. Then my mum and I had our hair washed and cut individually.
I walked down and had my hair washed by a very young looking girl - she made a few efforts to make conversation, and was very gentle washing my hair. I then had a different girl cut my hair - she also was very young,and at times I think it was difficult to talk to her. The hair cut was okay, nothing overly spectacular, but it wasn't too bad.
The other staff were friendly, and smiled but they were not very talkative - I think alot of this was that were young and maybe not "established." The price was quite reasonably, an introductory offer of a wash and cut was £15. An example of usual prices are very reasonably; £17 for a woman's dry cut, childrens cut under 7, £5. The also did an introductory offer for £45 of a manicure/false nails, free beauty product, cut, wash and consulation, which i thought was a bargain! When my mum inquired about it for the saturday she would only be able to have the hair cut and not the beauty treatments, which was a shame.
I think the overall establishment is modern, funky feeling and upbeat. The main thing was the place was very clean and sparkling. But I think the major thing that lets this place down is the location - it isn't the easiest place to get too. It was good for the introductory offer, but I wouldn't choose to go there, even if we lived closer.
Go there for the reasonable prices, introductory offer and don't mind trying to find the new place
Don't go there if you are rubbish with directions, or want a very talkative hairdresser.
This camera has been with me for a few years now, it has gone from being a "treasured" camera not to be taken out to some places to now, a camera that is taken everywhere. I think what I would say with this camera like with alot of technology - when it first gets released, it is brilliant - but I think now it is not very "advanced." Never the less this camera is quite a good little thing.
Features of the camera:
4.0 million pixels
3x optical zoom
Super Macro mode
4.6cm sunshine LCD
Movie function with sound
Eight scene programmes
1/2.5 inch CCD solid-state image pickup with 4.23 million pixels.
Removable xD-Picture Card (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB and 1GB).
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery LI-12B (4.8V).
Dimensions - 99.5 x 58 x 35.5mm.
Weight - 160g
What you get for your money - Strap, 16MB xD-Picture Card, USB cable, audio/video cable, rechargeable battery, charger, OLYMPUS Master 1.0.
Overall I would firstly like to comment that when i first bought this camera I thought it was brilliant. Although I am going to comment on how it is now, in the present day to use.
Ease of Use - the camera once on, is fairly easy to use, the functions are simple and easy to navigate. I think the weight of it is quite heavy, well heavier than others i have recently been looking at. I think the camera would be ok if you wanted a cheaper one that you wouldn't mind taking to most places. I now take this camera out with me on the town - but I never used to take it out with me in case I got it scratched or dropped.
Price - I think I bought this for about £60, it originally was released in October 2004 for £220! Nowadays you can pick it for under £50. I think this would be a fair price to pay for it at present.
Standard of Prints - this varies considerably. I have some lovely pictures and the colours are really good - but then others I have taken have been poor and some not even to print.
At the time when I bought the camera it was cutting edge, but I think now if you want something simple, easy to use, ok but not the best then this is the camera for you.
Overall I think you get what you pay for - this little camera I now find heavy compared to my newer one, it has its good and bad moments, and sometimes I get the most amazing photos. If you want something reliable all the time then I don't think this camera is for you. Although I cannot fault the features on this camera - there are so many, I especially like the black and white option - this is very slimming girls!