Little Plates Bar & Eatery
Perfect for the indecisive (like myself) and the greedy who want everything on the menu (me again), Little Plates is the place for digging in and trying the lot. Just make sure you take a friend to help you out.
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Diplomatic sharing or digging in with friends
01208 816 377
Of course, this is just how I do things. Little Plates serve exactly that – little plates of delicious dishes to share, like mezze or tapas, so of course there’s no need to go overboard if you don’t fancy waddling home afterward.
Greeted by owner Rupert Wilson, Wadebridge resident for ten years now, he gave me a little background. Emphasising that the town is far more than “just a car park for the Camel Trail”, Rupert and his wife Sarah, from the town herself, spotted a gap in the local market for a relaxed and informal setting for laid back fodder. Much of the furnishings have been sourced from Wadebridge suppliers and antique shops, and Sarah’s design of the restaurant’s trendy interior has included Farrow and Ball colours, distressed, industrial furniture and an open kitchen. With former Stein’s chefs cooking up a Mediterranean-inspired storm in said kitchen and a locally sourced menu that changes every six weeks or so, Little Plates have found themselves very warmly welcomed indeed.
Wisely advised by the bright and friendly front of house team to go for five dishes between the pair of us, plus bread to mop up, it wasn’t long until our table began to fill. Plump piri piri prawns were devoured in moments and mozzarella-filled arancini dipped in their spicy sauce for good measure. The abondegas (meatballs to you and me) arrived in a welcome excess of rich tomato sauce, and the grilled hake with lentils and pancetta was simply scrumptious. The favourite of all, however, had to be the pork. I am the kind of picky individual who pulls the fat off bacon, winces at gristle and shudders at the wibbly-wobbliness of excessive soft fat of any kind. Imagine my delight then, at finding the perfect piece of crisp belly pork on a bed of rice vermicelli in deliciously salty soy. I ate more than my share of this one.
Firmly part of a supportive, cooperative community of independently run businesses, you’ll often find that Little Plates are in cahoots with somewhere nearby. Be it the Regal Cinema, handily round the corner, or the recently opened River Spa (as if you needed an excuse to treat yourself to a “Little Spa Day”). Also the ideal setting for a casual drink or two, it’s the perfect spot to pop in for a cool glass of something lovely and go from there.