Samphire Brasserie

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111 Mayflower St, Plymouth, England, PL1 1SD

Opened 2013 as a vegetarian restaurant and switched to all vegan in 2015. Sample dishes such as vegan king prawn sandwich, vegan breakfast, pizzas, burgers with fries, cakes. Last lunch order 2:30pm. Open Mon-Sat 5:00pm-9:00pm, Tue-Sat 12:00pm-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Pizza, Western, Fast food

34 Reviews

First Review by Kevster

My Favourite Restaurant - Edit

I live in Cornwall but visit Samphire every time I cross the Tamar. The food is just phenomenal and the staff are lovely.

Pros: Amazing food!!

Cons: It’s in Devon and not Cornwall

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Vegan comfort food! - Edit

Not my first visit to this amazing place! It never disapoints!
We enjoyed the kfc bucket for 2, so tasty!
The deserts are The BEST
you have to try the cookie dough, its the best desert ove ever tasted.
We took takeaway woopie pies (cookies) from their cabinet ehich also sells a selection of cakes, cheeses and tempeh.

Pros: All vegan, Gluten free options

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love it here! - Edit

My favourite place in the whole world!

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quick drink - Edit

Our timing was lousy as the kitchen was closed but we were still able to have a drink. The hit chocolate was delicious. We now have to try and come again tomorrow as the menu looks brilliant. Witty, varied and tasty. Seeing what the other diners had was enough to make our mouths water. The staff were charming and friendly even though they could’ve been keen to get rid of us.
Great to see they are also open in the evenings from 5.00

Pros: vegan, reasonably priced, nice atmosphere

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Unreal vegan junk food! - Edit

If you have an omni friend whose mind you want to blow with vegan junk food, THIS is the place! The chickn burger is amazing! Definitely try the special fries if you’re a fan of garlic mushrooms. And get a dessert, you will not regret it.

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Great food- but make a reservation - Edit

This place is hopping! There is a line before it opens and people begging to get in. Please call for reservations. If not, just order take away. The food will be worth it. It is vegan soul food, but it’s nice to have a treat that is comfort food. I don’t normally like vegan cheese, but theirs was good. Everything tea yummy and satisfying.

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Vegan fast food, but not junk food! - Edit

Samphire is located in what could become Plymouth's "Vegetarian Quarter", as it is just a few doors from Veggie Perrins.

Totally vegan, they offer pizzas, burgers, crepes, chips and one or more daily specials. You can have the above with their own very good home made cheese, which are some of the best cheeses I've ever had, and which are also available to buy.

For afters I had choice of cheesecake or sticky toffee pud, and the latter was fab with ice cream AND custard.

Some reviewers have called it vegan 'junk food', but I would disagree - and it's all very nicely cooked and presented.

It's a brasserie/cafe as opposed to fine dining, but you really couldn't ask for anything more in a nice vegan eaterie. Five stars from me!



Updated from previous review on 2017-12-04

Pros: Lovely, friendly knowledgeable staff, Great tasting food, Good, varied choices

Cons: Located in not the most attractive part of town, Weird decor (left over from previous incarnation?)

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Tasty, worth visiting, loses a star for serving food on roof tiles. - Edit

Clearly a product love and passion - informal service, food came reasonably promptly, and was delicious. Would recommend the bucket fried "chicken" meal - satisfying and suitably crunchy/chewy.
Begrudged paying extra for sauces, however it appeared to be home made and very tasty (BBQ).

Meal somewhat ruined as sat by the record player, which they kept playing/restarting the same side of a Michael Jackson LP. 4 times!!

Pros: Many recreations of classics (KFC, Big Mac etc)

Cons: Serves food on roof tiles (JUST GIVE US PLATES!), Same music repeatedly.

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Vegan junk food - Edit

This is a vegan junk food restaurant in the centre of Plymouth. It's a good size restaurant with a typically green, hippyish decor. There is a record player with some old scratched records, for the customers to play. I would request that the management purchase a new cartridge/needle for the record player and maybe some more records, to improve the quality of sound.

It's mainly burgers and pizzas, which are very tasty, with a wide variety to choose from. I ate here for dinner 2 years ago, which was a birthday celebration and we were disappointed with the service. Since then, I have had a few lunches over the past year. The service is still hit or miss, but the choice of food has improved.

The burgers are inventive and tasty and when the owner is in, the service can be very friendly. There are limited opening hours, so check before visiting. Well worth a visit.

Pros: Vegan junk food, big portions, Tasty food

Cons: No salads or vegetables, limited opening hours, inconsistent level of service

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Wonderful.... - Edit

Popped in for a business lunch with a non V. Great atmosphere and lovely staff. Had the Pulled Jackfruit crepes and dirty fries.... stunning!! My non V guest had the Seitan Southern Fried Chx burger and was blown away. Really enjoyed the lunch and the service, will 100% be going back again.....

Pros: Food, Service, Menu

Cons: Very busy and kitchen struggled a bit

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The Best Vegan Food I've Had! - Edit

We arrived before Samohire opened to find that most of the tables had been reserved on a Wednesday night- a sure sign that the food was going to be good.
The waitress who served us was helpful and friendly. We had the chilli prawns to start with chilli sauce. Then we had a steak with blue cheese and red wine sauce with the chunkiest chips. I had a bucket for one which was a KFC style bucket with coleslaw and beans and chips. All followed by an amazing cheesecake which we took away. The portion sizes were plenty, the service was good with an acceptable wait considering how busy it was and all for a reasonable cost. Would highly recommend, I only wish we had one closer to home!

Pros: Good vibe, Good portion sizes

Cons: None!

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Tasty, Tasty Burgers - Edit

This place is perfect if you fancy something deliciously junk foody.

We ordered a selection of dishes, including the Deep South burger (crispy chicken), double seitan patty burger, popcorn chicken and dirty fries (with jalapeños and cheese).

The food was flavourful, delicious and incredibly satisfying. Well worth the money. I'll definitely be visiting again.

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Junk food deluxe. - Edit

If you want vegan junk food, it's great. It's not the cheapest, but it was worth the visit.

Whilst eating I was eyeing off the vegan cheeses. I wasn't able to try them, but they looked amazing (and great value for the size of the massive chunks on offer).

Pros: Delicious junk food.

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Fab vegan fast food - Edit

I didn't think it was possible but this vegan fast food is amazing! Definitely visit this restaurant if you are in Plymouth!

Pros: Great options, Great prices

Cons: Only in Plymouth!

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AMAZING VEGAN JUNK FOOD!! - Edit

Don't go here expecting to get a quinoa salad. These guys do vegan junk food and boy do they do it well!!
The food is honestly delicious and my non vegan friends loved it so much we went back twice during our stay in Plymouth!

100% recommend

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Absolutely amazing food - Edit

We went to Samphire last night and being as we aren't from around here, we ordered a LOT of food. We had Buffalo Cauliflower to start which was lovely, nice and spicy and the garlic mayo was incredible! The Kruelty Free Cooking (KFC) bucket for 2 was great, you get 2 "chicken strips" and a pot of "popcorn chicken", we ordered extra which was a mistake as there were already so many! The chips were nice, home made and you could tell they were fresh. It came with baked beans and coleslaw, but we swapped that out for garlic mayo and ketchup. The pizza was a bit scary looking when it came out, as the cashew cheese looked a bit odd, but it tasted so cheesy! The mozzarella was also extremely nice and it had the same stringy texture. I got a rhubarb and custard tofu cheesecake to take away which was absolutely incredible and didn't last 5 minutes when I decided to eat it, although it did get squished in the box a bit! They had board games available to play and offered takeaway boxes for any food you couldn't manage. A starter, 3 main courses and a side with 2 drinks and a pudding came to around £50.

Pros: Homemade cheese, Board games available to play , Pay and display car park around the back

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great place !!! - Edit

The vegan pizza here was so nice was defiantly the best vegan cheese I've ever tasted. Will be coming back to this restaurant when I'm next in Plymouth

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Yummy - Edit

The place is small and it was a bit cold, but it got better during the evening. The waiter was quite hectic but friendly nevertheless. The food was great. Their own vegan cheese is amazing and their vegan garlic mayo... yum. The french fries were very good, too, very crispy, the small as well as the big ones (they have different shapes of fries). We did not manage to eat any dessert, but they had quite a selection of cakes, too. If we ever go back to Plymouth, we will eat here again. Reserve a table to avoid disappointment.

Pros: Yummy, you can fool every meat-eater in this place

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Anything you can eat, I can eat better! - Edit

Amazing junk food, I was the only vegan in our party but everyone raved about how delicious it was. I had the 'dirty stop out' and it didn't disappoint at all, in fact it surpassed my expectations easily. The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly, the service is attentive, helpful and affable. I bought some pepperjack and feta style cheeses to take home and they're scrumptious, nothing like awful supermarket cheese alternatives! The pricing was very fair and we were left with only positive things to say about the evening, we've made plans to return to try out the steaks!

Pros: Very friendly staff, Outstanding food, Great value for money

Cons: Waiting times can be long

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Wow - The Bigger Mocs! - Edit

My fiancé and I had the bigger Mocs yesterday and absolutely loved them! So similar to what I remember the Big Mac tasting like! The seitan is so juicy and tasty and the portions were massive.. I had to take a doggy bag home! Friendly service I would definitely recommend!

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Two words: Epic burgers! - Edit

I love this place so so much, sometimes I feel a tear in my eye that I am no longer living near enough to eat here! The burgers are epic in portion and taste, and their homemade vegan mozzarella is the best I have ever tasted. The decor is a little on the off side, but the food far outweighs the appearances.

Pros: Great prices, Best vegan cheese

Cons: Lacking atmosphere

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Hail Seitan! - Edit

The best seitan burgers this side of L.A! I'm already having withdrawal symptoms as the Bigger Moc burgers here are seriously good, they are the stuff vegans dream of, 2 housemade patties with tomatoes, lettuce, gherkins and 'special' sauce. The fries were twice cooked and were perfect. The Lotus biscuit cookie dough dessert is incredible. We cant wait to go back. With a really friendly server and a lovely, cosy ambience, this all vegan joint is so worth a visit. On the Lunch menu they make vegan riffs of traditional fast food, we saw the Kruelty Free Cooking Bucket and fabulous pizza being served to our fellow diners and we cant wait to go back in the evening to try their seitan steak!

Pros: all vegan menu, fantastic flavours, homemade seitan

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A Load of Junk - Edit

Steak and chips, fried chicken bucket, Chinese takeaway. Is that what you crave? I suggest a trip to the Samphire Brasserie would be a suitable remedy without any animal entanglements. I had the V Bone steak. What a great name. Served with chunky fries, topped with caramelised onion and vegan blue cheese and a side of crispy kale, it was pretty sensational. My dining colleagues had a southern state style "mixed grill" of seitan and tempeh and a Chinese takeaway style burger. Absolutely exceptional from all angles. Bring your own booze, no corkage. Bob's your uncle. Main courses are in the region of £9-£11 for imaginative 100% vegan cuisine. This place is quite inspirational. An absolute must in Plymouth. "Green army".

Pros: amazing food, bring your own booze , ethical

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Yum! - Edit

Nice looking restaurant, kind staff, great food!

Pros: 100% vegan, raw options, nice variety

Cons: not cheap, but for the quality it's worth it (imo)

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Wide variety of food in a 100% vegan restaurant - Edit

Samphire made the change from vegetarian to vegan early in 2015.

I have eaten at Samphire many times and always find something interesting to eat from the varied menu.

I'd like to see the addition of a couple of new raw dishes... I miss the Raw Lasagna!

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Good for meat and dairy substitutes - Edit

I find Samphire Brasserie an interesting place. The atmosphere is calm and the staff very enthusiastic about the food. It's great to have a 100% vegan restaurant fairly close by!

I do feel it is lacking some more healthy options, as it is very much based on meat and dairy substitutes (much of it homemade). You have to bear this in mind when visiting; I think it's more of a place to go for a treat than a healthy meal, although they do offer a raw spaghetti option which is full of veg!

I have visited twice so far, both times with meat eaters, and they and I enjoyed the meals equally. The dessert options are very tempting, although it's hard to fit them in after the large main meals!

The service is great, but the food takes a little while to arrive, so be prepared to spend some time here.

Pros: 100% vegan, Relaxed atmosphere, Lovely staff

Cons: Slow, Lack of healthy options

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Loved it! - Edit

Absolutely amazing place, went there few times and wished, I would have been longer in Plymouth in order to taste each dish from the menu!
First of all, they have a record player! Isn't that alone amazing enough? As a guest you can even choose a LP yourself and play it.
Samphire provides a very nice ambience; some art-stuff from local artists is hanging around (not only pictures) which you can purchase. Frankly, most of it wasn't my taste, yet it still is a ripper.
The food was delicious! Especially the seitan steak was excellent. Another time I tried a burger which turned out to be pretty good. And once I had a four cheese pizza which still was decent, albeit not outstanding. The different fake-cheeses were quite alright, yet not compelling. They produce them themselves though and you can buy some to take home. The blue one was probably the best of their range, at least in my opinion.
Don't miss the desserts, if you still have capacities for it.
The prices are rather high, but apart from this it's not likely at all you will be disappointed. The staff is engaging and attentive. I also really liked them being vocal about veganism, that's a good attitude.
Sitting inside it's a great diversion to count all the empty bottles standing on the wall projection.

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