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Playwrights Cafe Bar & Bistro (Coventry)

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Ground Floor 4-6 Hay Lane, Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 5RF. Tel:024 7623 1441

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      05.10.2009 13:57
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      If you like fine dining and fish...visit!

      When it comes to eating out in Coventry we're not exactly overflowing with gastro cuisine. We have pubs and a couple of Chinese restaurants and of course plenty of Indians but to find a restaurant with simply a nice menu and nice surroundings is very hard work.

      Playwrights however is a classy little establishment tucked away up a cobbled street in a quiet area. It's city central and literally about 3 minutes from the local shops and pubs however like I say it's tucked away and if you've never been to Coventry we're a hefty mixture of old meets new and this is very in keeping with the older style of the town totally.

      Playwrights is a very open and bright bistro/restaurant with lots of white small window pains and large doors to get through. Outside (in nice weather) silver patio chairs and tables are outside and overall when you see it, it simply looks nice with glass encased menus outside and no peeling paint anywhere in sight! Basically it looks clean and tidy. The layout inside is also very nice. In recent months Playwrights have really started to cater for the needs of the people and tried to loose it's totally posh persona.

      As far as I'm aware this used to present itself only as a high class eaterie. Now however standards haven't dropped but they now offer breakfasts and more reasonable priced lunches, they open the doors in the day to try get you to go in and have installed a couch and around the bar area,stools. It looks friendly now and if your on your own and fancy a coffee and a pastry it isn't intimidating to go in.

      So as you walk in you are met with very light floors and neutral coloured walls and on the left there is bar area as I mentioned, extensively well stocked with wine, beers and different coffees etc. Chalk boards with meal offers and specials are around the place and of course there is a dark black comfy sofa and about 6 orange stools around the bar. To the left of the restaurant there are a few square tables and chairs not too close together and it's easy to move about, remembering this is a wheelchair friendly place! Its all very open, all very clean and greenery is scattered thoughout giving the place a really nice relaxed feel.

      The staff here wear smart black uniforms and are knowledgeable, inform you of specials and once again which is very important to me look clean and well presented as after all these people are handling my food.

      Now I have eaten here a few times and really, well it isn't cheap (well it never has been for me) but it is worth it!

      The restaurant opens everyday.... Mon - Thu 09:00 to 23:00 | Fri - Sat 09:00 to 23:59 | Sun 10:00 to 22:30 and serves up until half an hour of the closing time. So in the mornings expect coffees served (all types really at all different prices depending on type and size but I have a latte and it's about £2.20) and breakfasts are served till lunchtimes which are about a fiver each and include traditional and continental. Lunchtimes are about light bites and they do a lot of salads and that type of thing with the odd home made pie and mash thrown in and again price wise your looking at about 5-9 quid a plate and then evening meals include specialities of fish (my fav is the sea bass) and again the meals are anywhere between 9-16 quid a head and of course there are starters and desserts to pick from too.

      I personally have never eaten here in the day but it does a good trade and the food always looks very well presented and to be fair to Playwrights it isn't about fast food (expect to wait if need be) and it isn't about hefty portion sizes either, it's very much about the appearance of food here and the menu is always extensive with attention paid to Vegetarians too.

      I have eaten here on a few occasions at night. There is plenty of lighting so you can actually read the menu and you do need to get up and look at chalk boards. There are no cheap options, no meal deals or anything else though! Staff are as I said earlier helpful and your not rushed.
      Me and my now ex always struggled to make choices and I actually feel for a woman like me there is too much choice! Fish features heavily on the menu, there are duck dishes, fancy wrapped chicken and things broiled and dipped in balsamic vinegar...you get the picture!

      My ex liked the same as me so we always went down the fish route and he'd have prawns the size of a man's hand and I'd have seabass served with creamy potatoes. We always missed the starters but they were sardines or soups and things priced at about £6.00 each (at least). we never had to wait too long.

      The food always came out hot and of course, again as I mentioned earlier not too much came out. It was always lovely to look at and tasted top notch and the staff do come and check your ok, if you have wine on the table they come and pour it for you.

      The desserts here are lovely and again I usually had my favourite of a Baileys cheesecake and my ex loved the strawberry parfait. We tried alot of the desserts with an after dinner coffee and all were superb, with a feeling that they were home made (like everything else).

      The toilets are nothing special but again are very clean and there is a disabled loo.

      The ambience in here is serene. It isn't a rowdy restaurant and I've never seen kids in here. They are allowed in of course but I think (you need to check) that children have to eat full price. The music is a mixture but always quiet and sort of classical to keep the mood calm and there is never any milling about and your not rushed.

      overall:

      A really great located cafe bar/bistro in the heart of Coventry situated 1 mile from our train station, there is ample parking nearby and all the bus routes are virtually on it's doorstep along with a taxi rank. This place has got fine dining pegged and the prices reflect it and it has been up for a lot of awards. It's a comfortable place to visit whether for a quick coffee or a nice evening meal but for two people if having a bottle of wine expect to pay about 50 quid for two main courses and a dessert each. The bar I think is slightly overpriced but as I previously mentioned it is very well stocked just don't expect an alco pop lol.

      Nice, classy food!

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