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“Cheap and cheerful”
Review of Cecil Arms

Cecil Arms
Ranked #28 of 43 Restaurants in Saltash
Restaurant details
Downderry, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Cheap and cheerful”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

This is one of those pubs that feels like it's in a village rather than in the town. It's situated right beside the church in St Stephens, which is on the western edge of the town of Saltash, and the surrounding houses right next to the pub have more of a village feel about them. Yet it's just a mile from the town centre, but is quiet because it's not on the road to anywhere. The pub is pleasant enough.....it stands by itself and looks more like a small hotel. This is the feel too inside. It isn't pretending to be anything other than what it is. There are two bars, one each side of the main door, and the main bar (to the right) is spacious and with high ceilings. Decor is neutral, without being old or modern. The staff are friendly, as are the locals - it seems to some extent very much a locals pub. Tables are set along one wall of the bar, but there is also a pleasant beer garden where you could also choose to eat, and this I think is so positioned as to get the sun all day. Food is available every lunchtime and evening other than Sunday evening.
The food doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is - cheap and cheerful, good honest pub food. The menu is simple, but with something for everyone. Meals are straightforward and are available with chips, rice or salad. Basic yes, but having said that, really well cooked. This isn't just a pub just trying to push out basic food cheaply.....they really do try hard to get it right, and to be honest you really can't fault them for that. All meals are great value for money, all are tasty, and all are well cooked. Most meals are around the £6.25 mark or less, but I think there's always a special on offer for under a fiver. We often eat here, sometimes two or three times a week, because the quality's good and the prices are very reasonable. For less than £20, two people could get a meal and a drink each.
For this visit, I had garlic butter chicken, with chips and a little salad. I counted seven large strips of tasty chicken fillet, and I would guess all together this would have used all of two fillets. The chicken was beautifully cooked with lots of flavour, and the chips as always were perfect. My partner had scampi, about a dozen pieces, again tasty and cooked to perfection. Both meals cost £6.25 and they do not skimp either on quality or quantity. OK, they're not pretending to offer restaurant quality food all prettied up, or a restaurant menu, but what you get is well prepared and there's plenty of it, and represents exceptional value for money.
Desserts are reasonable too. I always have a good portion of ice cream and I get change from £2, and I think all the prepared desserts are still under £3.
If it's good, honest pub food you want, cheap and cheerful and great value for money, you'd struggle to find better at these prices.

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