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Glass Blowing House Restaurant

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
Read. Write. Run.
Published December 10th 2013
Fine dining by the sea
The Barbican in Plymouth city centre, is just one of the tourist pulls; full of a mix of modern, historic, and one-of-a-kind restaurants, and eateries, it really attracts the discerning eater.

All of the restaurants in The Barbican are a mere stones throw from the harbour, if not on the harbour, one of which I visited with a friend. Glass Blowing House, with it's unusual architecture and stunning interior features was just lovely. A blown glass bauble chandelier hung from the ceiling, which really was impressive.

Glass Blowing House, restaurant, The Barbican
Glass-blown chandelier

We waited at reception to be seated and because we'd booked a table online, we were seated immediately. From where we were sitting we could see the whole restaurant, and it was lovely to take it in.

As a restaurant it's more of a very large square with a few raised platforms to separate the seating. The whole of it was floor to ceiling windows and it let a lot of light in. During the evening, it was shrouded in a mysterious air.

We were presented with two menus; one was a set Christmas menu, another a la carte. I ordered a main of salmon, which was tasty enough, but not impressive. We also ordered a side salad, which unfortunately consisted of few salad leaves, topped with a simple dressing - nothing to write home about.

I wouldn't bring anyone there who was hard of hearing to the glass blowing house because it can get quite loud. I had hoped for a relatively quiet evening with my friend because I don't get to see her too often, but two groups of tables seemed to be having their Christmas party, and at times, it was hard to hear each other. Nonetheless, it was atmospheric, and lively, which I liked.

Whilst I wasn't won over by the food, and it was a little loud at times, the lighting was perfect for an intimate evening. To ensure you get a seat, book a table online,
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Why? For beautiful surroundings and good food
When: 12-midnight
Phone: 01725 228 556
Where: 20 South Harbour, The Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2LS
Cost: 15-20.00 per meal
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