With the sun beginning to come out and the weather improving, one thing me and my partner love to do is eat out and try new restaurants.
Since the opening of Bill’s restaurant in Plymouth back in 2017, I have heard so many great things about it and it was on my list of places I wanted to try. When Bill’s contacted me after finding my blog, they invited me and my partner to come in complementary to try their new menu that has just launched. I had wanted to try Bill’s for so long so I was very happy they had contacted me for this opportunity.
Before arriving at Bill’s, we had both browsed the menu to get an idea of what kind of food we would order. With the restaurant being located just in the city centre by Drake Circus, it wasn’t far for us to come. If anyone is visiting, it is very easy to find.
When we arrived, the restaurant had a few customers in but it wasn’t too busy which was nice as we could really get a feel for the place. The staff were incredibly polite and showed us to our choice of table. The whole decor of the place was so homely and comforting especially with the dim lights and comfy seats. I also loved how the bar was portrayed at the front of the restaurant with all the alcohol bottles lined up nicely. Along by the entrance they also have shelves of a huge range of products that could be purchased. They had items such as jams, sauces, teas, coffees, vinegar, hot sauces and cookies.
Once seated, we took a quick look at the menu then we ordered our food. For my starter, I chose the pea & watercress soup with hummus, olives and focaccia bread for the table. My partner decided to pick the garlic bread for his starter. The focaccia that was among most of the starters was absolutely delicious. The bread was just incredibly light and moreish. I could’ve eaten so much of the bread but I really wanted to try a bit of everything. The bread and hummus was so light and creamy with a hint of lemon with the perfect consistency. (You can never go wrong with warm bread and hummus). The olives that came along with the bread were lovely and the perfect portion size too. Moving on to my starter, the pea & watercress soup, I had no words for. It was something I had never tasted before but it was just so tasty and light; perfect as a starter. My partner tried the garlic bread which he said was nice but just a tad too salty. Without the amount of salt, it would have been perfect.
Moving on to our main course, we were both very excited to try what we had chosen. But before we go into that, lets just say how the service was absolutely incredible. We hardly had to wait long but when we did, we were sipping on our cocktails. For my main I decided to try the vegan Bill’s wellington which consisted of a vegetable filled pastry with a side of tender stem broccoli, homemade mashed potato and vegetable gravy. I hadn’t tried a veggie wellington before and I wasn’t disappointed at all. The flavours were intense but just utterly delicious. It was lovey that the mash was underneath the wellington as it looked very appetizing and the mash was the perfect consistency.
My partner being a meat eater, he had chosen the ribs with a side of homemade slaw and fries. He said the ribs were so good! They were sticky, soft and tender with a hint of spice which he loved. They were so ‘fall off the bone’ and easy to manage. The chips that accompanied the meal were really tasty with the skin left on. They were crispy, full of flavour and well seasoned. We found that the portion sizes for the mains were the perfect size. Even though, my vegan wellington looked small on the plate, it was the perfect size as it was pretty filling so I probably couldn’t have managed much more. Moving onto the presentation of the dishes, they were very well thought through. All of the food looked very appetizing with the plates being filled up and they looked very presentable. Being so full, we didn’t stop until our plates were empty. The food was so good we just wanted to carry on despite our stomachs literally bursting.
Moving onto our last course.. dessert (My favourite). I love to have something sweet and light after having savory food so I chose the vegan coconut ice cream, mango coulis, toasted almonds with fresh mint leaves. This was the perfect dessert to have after a filling meal. It was so refreshing but not too filling. The dessert my partner chose was the lemon meringue pudding. Again it was so nice soft and fluffy but unfortunately it was a bit too filling for him after a few courses but the flavours were just amazing, so next time we will have to save more room for dessert!
And that is a wrap for food. The food was absolutely lovely and we could hardly fault anything. The flavours, textures and presentation were incredible and I cannot wait to try some more dishes from Bill’s again.
Moving onto drinks, Bill’s offer such a good selection of drinks and cocktails at the bar. Throughout the evening we tried three cocktails each. These were the three we tried which were are so refreshing, fruity and went so well with our meals.
1. HEDGEROW FIZZ
Wild Sussex elderflower cordial, frozen blackberry, topped with Prosecco
2. RASPBERRY AND ROSEHIP COLLINS
Beefeater London dry gin, raspberry & rosehip infusion, pink grapefruit cordial, Bill’s Pink Lemonade, raspberries
3. SOUTHSIDE 47
Monkey 47, elderflower cordial, mint, lemon juice, soda
Towards the end of the evening we finished up our drinks whilst sat in the biggest food coma ever; the bloating was unreal! But we didn’t regret it at all. Getting our things together, we got to know the manager a little bit who gave us a better insight of the restaurant whilst we shared our thoughts on the meals we just had.
We just wanted to thank Bill’s again for inviting us along and providing us with some delicious meals and drinks. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
Bill’s was originally founded by Bill Collison in 2000 as a fresh produce store and cafe in east Sussex. There are 21 restaurants in London and 81 around the UK. It began as greengrocers but has followed by an expansion of restaurants around the UK. As mentioned above, The Plymouth store open in 2017 and locates just in the city centre which can seat 180 people at one time.
* This post is in collaboration with Bill’s Plymouth to sample their new menu. All our opinions are our own.