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Where to Eat in Plymouth - Seaside Dining of every Variety

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With boats hauling in fresh fish daily, and local farmlands and rolling hills providing top-notch produce and meats, it’s no wonder Plymouth is increasingly regarded as one of Britain's dining hot spots. The city offers a variety of tempting, tasty foods from around the globe, but the real emphasis is on fresh, regionally sourced ingredients.

Typical dishes


Fish and chips from local shops, or “chippies,” are a must. Also try a Cornish pasty - a meat pie in puff pastry. In the afternoon, sample a Devonshire cream tea: a scone, topped with clotted cream and jam.

The Barbican


Whether you're in the mood for international or local, upscale or casual, you’ll find it in the Barbican. Among the favorites is Barbican Kitchen, inside Plymouth Gin’s distillery on Southside Street, where celebrity chefs Chris and James Tanner present a gourmet menu with locally sourced ingredients. For a completely different but equally high-quality experience, try Catch 22. Rated by many as the best restaurant in Plymouth, this little spot is so small you can only order food here, then sit next door to eat it.


  • Barbican Kitchen, 60 Southside Street, Plymouth PL1 2LQ; Tel: +44 1752 604448; Website: Barbican Kitchen

  • Catch 22, 6 Quay Road, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2JZ; Tel: +44 7557 476530; Website: Catch 22


Sutton Harbour


Adjacent to the Barbican’s shops and historical landmarks, Sutton Harbour has the waterfront - plus plenty of great places in which to sit and enjoy it. One of most popular is Dolphin House Brazzerie. Built in a former warehouse, it offers a contemporary take on British cuisine with seafood centre stage. Another favorite spot is Rockfish. Close to one of Britain's finest fish markets, Rockfish offers only sustainable fish. Great for simple fish and chips or a complete seafood adventure, Rockfish also serves all-you-can-eat fries.


  • Dolphin House Brazzerie, Sutton Harbour, The Barbican, Plymouth PL4 0DW; Tel: +44 1752 254879; Website: Dolphin House Brazzerie

  • Rockfish, 3 Rope Walk, Plymouth PL4 0LB; Tel: +44 1752 255974; Website: Rockfish


City centre dining


Chloes in the Gill Akaster House on Princess Street offers first-rate French dining complete with a grand piano. For international tastes, try Afro Caribbean Pot for its jerk chicken, or Il Capriccio, which offers vegan and vegetarian choices on top of the regular Italian menu. For a different experience, enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner amid a collection of art from local, national, and international artists at ArtFrame Gallery & Caffé Galleríe.


  • Chloes, Gill Akaster House, 27 Princess Street, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2EX; Tel: +44 1752 201523; Website: Chloes

  • Art Frame Gallery & Caffé Galleríe, 61 Cornwall Street, Plymouth PL1 1NS; Tel: +44 1752 227127; Website: Art Frame Gallery & Caffé Galleríe


Royal William Yard


Even if Royal William Yard wasn’t steeped in rich naval history, its architectural majesty would be enough to draw you in. On arrival, you’ll find one of Plymouth’s premier drinking and dining spots. For breakfast, it’s the Royal William Bakery in the Slaughter House. For wine and conversation, you can’t beat Le Vignoble in the New Cooperage. Or treat yourself to a full dining experience at River Cottage Canteen & Deli in the Brewhouse. If you simply can’t eat enough of the locally sourced menu, fear not - you can pick up something to take away from the deli.


  • Royal William Bakery, The Slaughter House, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3RP; Tel: +44 1752 265448; Website: Royal William Bakery

  • The River Cottage Canteen & Deli, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ; Tel: +44 1752 252702; Website: The River Cottage Canteen & Deli