Living in Plymouth, you’re never at a shortage of restaurants. Whether it’s in the city centre, on the Barbican, on the Hoe, or literally anywhere else for that matter, you’re sure to find somewhere to eat close by. I hadn’t actually heard of Jolly Jacks before, so when my boyfriend told me he’d take me out for dinner on Friday night, my colleagues were VERY enthusiastic about the place.
“It’s lovely, you can sit outside and watch the sun set over Royal William Yard. It’ll be really nice!”
I decided to navigate away from my usual pick of either Seco Lounge / Kapadokya, and gave it a try. Although it was dark by the time I got ready, I did not look back.
First of all, the interior is really lovely and the staff are incredibly warm and welcoming. Situated in Mayflower Marina, I love that they’ve taken the nautical theme and run with it. With framed prints of ships, wooden accents, fresh flowers, and a bright blue wall, it feels fresh and has character.
For my starter, I selected the wild mushroom on toast, with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce (£8.50). To say this offered a complete taste concoction wouldn’t be enough to compliment the dish. The egg was cooked to perfection, with a gorgeous orange, runny yolk pairing wonderfully with the hollandaise. It may sound silly, but I really appreciate that JJ haven’t chosen to use popular button mushrooms – they’ve made an effort give this dish an extra edge with the wild variety, and I loved the taste and texture this offered.
Next up was my main, the wild mushroom tagliatelle served with garlic bread (£12.50). I did take a sizeable risk going for double mushroom, and I was nervous, but I didn’t regret it for a second. Creamy, warming, and flavoursome, this dish outshone its humble title and packed a serious flavour-punch. I always suffer with creamy sauces, but this left me feeling high and happy and I couldn’t believe how good it was.
I’d also like to note that the combination of my starter and main didn’t leave me feeling over-stodged, bloated, and heavy. I felt comfortably full and deliriously happy from the experience. Honestly, it truly was that good.
As I was sufficiently stuffed after what was a divine meal, I opted for a coffee to finish. Made from freshly ground organic roast beans and paired with a shortbread biscuit, my mocha made a well needed dessert replacement. Sadly, though, it may have been slightly too bitter for me. This was the only downfall.
I’m so impressed with Jolly Jack’s, I’ve felt fully compelled (for the first time) to write a restaurant review about it. Their produce and ingredients are all sourced locally from Devon and Cornish suppliers within just a few miles of the restaurant, something I find really important when investing in a meal out. I also find myself inspired by the origins of the restaurant; “it all began when two old friends crossed paths after many years of going their way.” Founded by Sally and Sue, originally from Leicestershire and Wiltshire, this restaurant has a great story and a delicious way of telling it.
Make sure you visit them, and tell them I sent you!
Location: Mayflower Marina, Plymouth, PL14LS
Phone number: 01752 500008