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“Disappointing”
Review of The Galley Restaurant - CLOSED

The Galley Restaurant
Price range: US$32 - US$65
Cuisines: Seafood, British
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Good for: Groups, View, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Galley is Salcombe's longest established restaurant, having first opened in 1962, and has the most wonderful view from its dining room.Where possible we use traceable fresh local produce and have an extensive menu including Salcombe Lobster and Crab, and a great selection of fish which is all from day-boats landing in Plymouth and Brixham. We also serve Westcountry steaks and chicken, and 'Gressingham' duck, and we also serve a selection of vegetarian dishes.We look forward to welcoming you.
Reviewed 26 October 2010

Our experience at the Galley was OK - just that. On the Friday night we ate there, having booked inadvance, the restaurant was nearly empty. The room is an awkward shape, long and narrow, but lining all the tables up and placing them too close together made it feel uncomfortable. We were seated so close to another couple we could have as easily eaten from their table as ours. We ordered scallops and smoked salmon rolls for starters and both had duck for mains. Both starters tasted quite bland and we thought the scallops had been frozen. The generous portions of duck were well cooked and were served on parsnip puree with a few green beens and a piece of calabrese . We both chose pommes dauphinoise over chips or new potatoes; this was bland and a bit watery. We then decided to share a cheese plate and on equiring which cheeses were served we were told, "cheddar, brie, goats and blue"! Further enquiry about which specific cheeses were offered elicited the information that, "they're probably all local". Does this restaurant, in Devon where local cheeses are many, varied and truly wonderful, really think this is good enough? When the plate arrived the cheddar at least demonstrated it's origins, having clear indentations from a vacuum pack. The others were - again - OK, if still unidentified. With a pleasant but overpriced bottle of Chilean merlot and two additional glasses of wine this little lot cost us £80. (Last year we paid the same amount for a meal at No6 in Padstow, where we had utterly superb food) What we had here was basically pub food and if we had paid nearer £60 we would have thought it better value, but then we wouldn't have chosen a pub to celebrate an annniversary. We would not visit again. Service was polite but overall the experience left us feeling rather 'flat'. Our advice - sack the wholesaler, buy it all locally and employ a chef who prioritises flavour.

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Thank Sooobie
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95 - 99 of 103 reviews

Reviewed 21 July 2010

Good food. Attentive service. Nice location. Mid between Dick & Wills and Boatswain Brassiere.

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Thank ck991
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Reviewed 15 June 2010

Visited the Galley on 14 June, a quiet Monday night but stiil came away totally satisfied.. Impeccable service from smiley well trained staff and super food again. Cood value house wine.The scallops were fantastic. So much better than the pubs in Salcombe which are still serving pub food at Galley prices. Try it - you won't be dissapointed.

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Thank yamdrachir
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Reviewed 4 June 2010

This is not cool & hip, & no good for sitting outside. It is a good old fashioned fresh food resturant. Local day boat fish is on the menu of course, along with a good look in from all other food groups, scouced locally + serving of vegetables is included with mains. Service was informal, happy & efficient.
Price for a relaxed three courses including wine and posh water £35.00. Just the ticket.

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Thank nickfowler
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Reviewed 2 October 2009

Salcombe is a brilliant setting but a pity there are not restaurants to match - at least one! We thought the Galley ticked all the boxes, the ambiance was good, the location was perfect and the service very good but the standard of food was disappointing. It was almost as if they were nearly there but did not have that touch of finesse to make the leap. All the dishes were ok, but that's all, with the exception of the lobster which I should have sent back because it was overcooked, rubbery and no flavor. I am so annoyed I didn't!

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