Back to the Future !
When we arrived in Plymouth, you could have been forgiven for thinking you’d just had a ride in a Delorean and travelled back to 1975! Plymouth isnt what we expected. Its a very 70s looking town architecture wise, and not really that appealing to the eye. During the 16th century Plymouth was the home Sir Francis Drake, who according to legend, insisted on completing his game of bowls on the Hoe before engaging the Spanish Armada in 1588. In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World from Plymouth, establishing Plymouth Colony – the second English colony in what is now the United States of America.
In 2012, we stayed at the Holiday Inn and insisted on finishing our cream tea before climbing the 93 steps to the top of Smeatons tower. Unfortuately the weather probably wasnt as clear as the day the Pilgrim Fathers set sail, but at least we could see the ground from the top of the lighthouse )
However our main reason for coming here was to dine at the fabulous Tanners Resturant. http://tannersrestaurant.com/ . Tanners is set in Prysten house which is the oldest surviving house in Plymouth (built 1498). We had a fabulous evening there munching our way through their tasting menu with wines.
We got back to the hotel about 10:30pm only to find we had to leave in an emergency because the fire alarm started to sound at 10:45pm. Although we were out and down the stairs from the forth floor pretty quick, it was amazing to see people still in their rooms looking out at the crowd gathered below 15 mins after the alarm.and even with the fire engine with its flashing blue lights parked outside. Idiots!!