In recent years, the sparkling waters of Plymouth’s River Tamar have attracted numerous celebrity chefs from around the UK. Located on the south coast of Devon, England, Plymouth is the perfect place to find fresh fish and chips and enjoy the sunny views of Sutton Harbour. Here’s our guide to 10 of the best restaurants this area has to offer.
Self-described as ‘the most unique’ place in Plymouth to eat, drink, and relax, The Mission is a cafe, bar and restaurant located in a refurbished, 19th-century chapel complete with high, vaulted ceilings, gorgeous stained glass and wooden floors. The decor gives the restaurant a warm ambience, and there is additional seating outside. The restaurant serves a lunch and dinner menu: at lunch, try the house burger, either with cheddar and bacon or mozzarella and chorizo, topped with Cajun slaw and served on a brioche bun with skinny fries. For dinner, try the Cornish pork shoulder or Brixham mussels.
The Mission, Sir John Hawkins Square, Palace Street, Plymouth, UK, +44 1752 229955
This small chain restaurant is located in a Grade-1 listed, early 19th-century naval depot on the edge of the River Tamar. Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall puts an emphasis on using fresh produce in every dish, and the menu changes regularly to accommodate seasonal ingredients. Enjoy an affordable dinner of smoked mackerel pate served with toast, fennel and piccalilli or a south coast fish and shellfish stew made with whiting, pollock and mussels served with bread. The restaurant faces the waters of the Plymouth Sound and Cornwall.
Quay 33 is the place to go for home-cooked fresh food served in a bright and friendly atmosphere. Located on the Plymouth Barbican facing out to Sutton Harbour, Quay 33 is open for lunch and dinner and serves an extensive menu. Chef Dave Morgan, formerly of Chambers and Morgans, has created a killer menu using seasonal and local ingredients. Relax with a light lunch, like the free-range chicken and chestnut mushroom risotto, or enjoy one of Dave’s classics, like Dave’s chunky beef steak chilli. For dinner, splurge on a rack of Welsh lamb made with honey and rosemary glaze and served with redcurrant and port sauce, or the Quay 33 fish stew made with mussels, scallops and tiger prawns in a creamy broth.
Quay 33, 33 Southside Street, Barbican, Plymouth, UK, +44 1752 229345
Eat at one of the most scenic restaurants in Plymouth, The Dome which serves speciality cocktails along with afternoon tea, light lunches, and elegant dinners. There are plenty of afternoon tea options, including a Devon cream tea (two warm scones, clotted cream, homemade strawberry preserves and a pot of tea), and full afternoon tea (the same as the previous but with the addition of finger sandwiches and homemade cakes). For dinner, enjoy modern British favourites, including a Sunday roast.
The Dome, The Dome, Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, UK, +44 1752 266600