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The Miners Arms Hemerdon Ltd

Hemerdon, Plymouth, PL7 5BU

Fish2fork Rating
1.5 Red Fish

Last rated: 07/09/2012

What we say

Although The Miners Arms were perfectly willing to answer ourqueries, their lack of detailed knowledge about supplies and sourcing isreflected in the low rating. Fish is one of the most popular items on the menu,so it seems a missed opportunity (from our perspective) for them not to be morepro-active in terms of offering customers information and in their buyingpolicy. Even simple steps like saying the mussels are from the Exe would help. We have concerns about the tiger prawns on themenu because unless from an organic farm they can be the cause of overfishingfor their feed, and about the red snapper which are vulnerable to overfishing.

What they say

All our food is made fresh to order, we try our best to source allof our ingredients locally from the South West's top suppliers.

About The Miners Arms Hemerdon Ltd

The restaurant – which will be closed until the end of October 2012while being refurbished following a fire -  has fine views over the beautiful garden, downthe valley and towards Plymouth Sound. It’s a good starting and finishing pointfor walks on Dartmoor, with plenty of parking and no hang-ups about dirty bootsand dogs.

The cooking is in the robust Modern British gastropub style withgenerous portions and well-crafted presentations. The sample online menu alsoshows some intriguing ideas and combinations: pan-seared hogs pudding withtomato salsa, beetroot concassé and crispy seaweed (£5.50), for example,pan-fried mackerel with a Nicoise salad and poached egg or five spiced duckbreast, sweet potato mash, braised red cabbage and honey roasted veg (£16.95).

There are plenty of family favourites, however, such as pan-friedpork sausages with bubble and squeak and onion gravy or steak and mushroom piewith roasted new potatoes and market vegetables. Fish choices may include seabream with sauteed chorizo and potatoes and a lemon caper butter (£13.50) orseafood linguini with mussels, king prawns and crayfish an a garlic creamsauce. Fish is deep-fried in Bass Pale Ale, a firm favourite amongst locals(even if it is brewed in Burton-upon-Trent).

Desserts are no-nonsense choices such as cheesecake of the day,home-made apple crumble with custard or an ice-cream trio (look out for retroraspberry ripple!). There are two set menus (£15.95 for two courses, £19.95 forthree) plus a children’s menu with all choices, from mini steak burger withfries to cheesy pasta, priced at £4.50.

And, we have to give special mention to a brilliant innovation: TheMiserable Sods Hour is The Miners Arms answer to happy hour. Every day from5.29 for one hour only, there is discounted ale, lager and cider “for all ofthose who need respite after a hard day at work or play.” Cheers!