We had been looking forward to visiting Samphire in Plymouth for some time, so our first visit was eagerly anticipated.
It came as a bit of a surprise when, on arrival, the only waiter acknowledged our presence and then left us standing at the open doorway for five minutes while he worked out a seemingly-complicated credit card payment. We eventually sat ourselves at a table only to be told we had to move to another table as that one was booked. We took the one next to it which seemed identical, but.. whatever.
We ordered drinks but apparently the one I chose, despite being on the menu, isn't carried any more. OK. The first (and only) round was only 275ml bottles and didn't last long. We were never asked if we would like more drinks.
We were going to order a shared starter which the waiter said they only had one left and told the waiter we'd have it if it was still available, but we never got it.
Our main dishes of V Bone Steak and the Bucket for One were both well-prepared, well-presented, plentiful and very tasty, They took a long time to arrive though, during which time other diners arrived, ordered and received their food.
We tried the cheesecake and chocolate brownie for dessert. Again, very enjoyable even though the brownie was a bit stodgy. You know how sometimes in a brownie you get the squidgy bit in the middle? Well, the whole brownie was like that. The sauce and ice cream were lovely and the lemon curd topping on the cheesecake made it very refreshing.
I'm neither vegan nor veggie, but I'm always happy to try veggie or vegan restaurants. Samphire was somewhere I'd happily return to for the quality of the food. The service didn't match the same standards. The restaurant wasn't even half-full but the waiter was struggling to cope on his own.
The decor is what I would like to describe as shabby-chic with it tending towards the shabby side. Also, make sure you check the opening times, as they are not necessarily what you might expect. You can view the times and all the menus on their website.