For a decade and more the Copthorne at the north end of Armada Way has looked drab, outdated and run down. The restaurant was dull, functional and unattractive. If you had a friend or colleague staying you would badly want to take them to an outside place to eat. About a year ago the hotel exterior was cleaned and smartened up, there has been work on the communal areas and many of the bedrooms brought up to date. A significant effort has now been made with the restaurant.
We have tried it at lunchtime. It looks upgraded but I’m not sure that it has hit the mark. If it is looking to appease large coach tour groups who don’t want to venture out or want a bar that also does fizzy wine and cocktails or who want slightly more formal food alongside a tilt at fringe finer dining then I suppose it’s here. From our point of view it lacks character and doesn’t feel like a welcoming place to eat with friends. It still overlooks Sainsbury’s busy car park. It feels a bit regimented. It is a long oblong furnished a bit like the S & L booze and a bit of food chain. Credit to the menu planners. It is wide ranging and there’ll be a meal for vary many tastes. The prices are a little bit more than the Plymouth eating out average. But it still feels very much like a functional 3 to 4 star in-house functional hotel bar. Out lunch was not bad but unmemorable and we probably won’t come back - different maybe if we get an invite from an acquaintance who insists on paying.
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