Alfresco Dining Guide: The Barbican and Sutton Harbour
At the heart of Plymouth’s sensational waterfront is Sutton Harbour. With its magnificent marina, it is just a stone’s throw from the historic Barbican, and a short walk to the Hoe where you can witness the spectacular views across the Sound and embrace the cities well earned monica as Britains ‘Ocean City’. The Barbican, with its narrow lanes and historic cobbled streets are home to more than 200 Listed Buildings and offer a stunning backdrop to the diverse range of first-class restaurants, cafes and bars.
With a plethora of eateries to chose from, we highlight some that are bound to tempt you as well as ask some specially selected venues to give you some more ideas of what they have to offer this Summer.
3 Cox Side, Rope Walk, Sutton Harbour
Tel: 01752 255974
Overlooking the ocean and beside the National Marine Aquarium, Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish restaurant and takeaway at Sutton Harbour commands stunning views of fi shing boats, yachts and water sports with a backdrop of the Barbican. With a menu of freshly fried or grilled sustainable and local fish and a cornucopia of seafood pleasures from cracked crab to grilled lobster. The entire menu is also available glutenfree! There is a large outdoor eating area for the restaurant with seating for nearly 100.
Behind the theatre and chic styling at Rockfish is an ethos firmly grounded in sustainability and understanding the importance of safe-guarding fish for future generations with an optional £1 donation per table going to their neighbour the National Marine Aquarium to help with the research. The kid’s packs are uniquely designed and unrivalled, offering entertainment and education plus a bag to do your own beach clean.
But this is ultimately a place to relax and have a lot of fun – if there is space at the end of your fish then the must-do dessert of the house has to be the Knickerbocker Glory with seasonal fruit, soft whip ice cream & strawberry sauce and general yumminess.
If it’s a takeaway you’re after, it’s hard to beat the views and feel closer to the sea, plus they do a special offer on local fish every Friday with takeaway fi sh & chips for just £3 from 5pm.
Fish & chips tastes better by the water, come down to what we call England’s seafood coast and see for yourself.
Getting to Rockfish – you can now arrive by boat! take the silverline ferry from the Barbican, if you’re eating in the restaurant we’ll refund your ferry ticket; walk round the Heritage Trail past Plymouth’s fi sh market or drive round and park up at Lockyer’s Quay car park (which we’ll also give you a discount for whilst the swing bridge is shut!).
18 The Barbican
Tel: 01752 262444
Established in 1978 by John Dudley (“The Cap’n”), when asked to help raise money for charity at The Barbican Regatta, Cap’n Jaspers has become world famous for its tea, coffee, hot rolls, takeaway burgers and infamous half a yard of hot dog. Cap’n Jaspers continues to be run by The Cap’ns daughter, Georgie, who has been involved with the business since it opened in 1978.
21 Sutton Harbour, The Barbican
Tel: 01752 228556
Located in Sutton Harbour, perched right on the quay front. The building is better known as The Glassblowing House.
We specialise in fresh locally-caught fish and organic Devonshire steaks. We’re proud to support the local trade and as a result you get to taste the freshest and tastiest fi sh and meat Devon has to offer.
It’s not just the unbelievable taste which draws people back, it’s also the beautiful location. Our tables are just metres from the water’s edge nestled in the hustle and bustle of one of the Southwest’s most historic harbours.
Diners can look out over the Barbican’s cobbles, colourful fishing boats and famous Mayflower steps whilst enjoying their meal. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening for two or a family friendly meal for 10 our restaurant is the perfect location for everyone.
We also have a takeaway which means you can enjoy our delicious menu at home or in the sunshine. We’ve also teamed up with Deliveroo which makes it even easier for you! Dogs are welcome in the restaurant until 7 pm every day.
The Boathouse Cafe
2-5 Commercial Wharf, The Barbican
Tel: 01752 600560
The Boathouse Cafe is an award winning seafood cafe and restaurant, set in a unique location in the fi sherman’s arches on the Mayfl ower Steps, just a stone’s throw from Plymouth’s historic Barbican.
Specialising in fresh fish and shellfish,sustainably caught by The Boathouse Cafe’s own day boat, The Southern Star – along with a changing menu of meat and vegetarian dishes, made using locally sourced, seasonal produce. A little nipper’s menu is also available for younger salty sea dogs!
Built into the boatman’s stores on Commercial Wharf, The Boathouse Cafe is perfect for cosy coffees and delicious dining from daytime through to evening. There’s plenty of covered and heated outside space for dining alfresco, with fantastic views of Sutton Harbour on the left, Mount Batten and the mouth of the River Plym on the right.
East Quay House, Sutton Harbour
Tel: 01752 228513
At Supha’s we offer something totally new for Plymouth in a very untraditional format with a bright, colourful dining area, and an open kitchen so diners can talk to the chef directly and explain how they’d like their meal to be cooked.
The emphasis is very much on serving up seasonal produce and sharing fresh food with street-food style cooking and strong Asian infl uences including Thai cuisine as well as dishes from Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. There is an extensive vegetarian selection and lots of our dishes are naturally gluten free too.
Customers can enjoy them alongside one of the best views that any food establishment in Plymouth can offer, right on the city’s stunning waterfront where they can watch the sun set over the harbour.
Little Vauxhall St, The Barbican
Tel: 01752 228069
This Stable is situated on Plymouth’s bustling Barbican waterfront.
They have the usual tasty offering of over 80 varieties of cider and sourdough base pizza with homemade tomato sauce and delicious locally sourced toppings.
Try The Blazing Saddle; slow roasted pulled beef, smoked bacon, caramelised onion, grilled red pepper and mozzarella topped with sour cream and jalapeño chillies. Phew! Upstairs, the sun terrace has the best waterside views in Plymouth. Pull up a chair, grab yourself a pint of the good stuff and enjoy the view!
Lunchtime menu is unavailable during school holidays and bank holidays and group bookings are for eight or more people. There is plenty of space for parties and events, big or small.
12 The Barbican
Tel: 01752 227262
Platters Restaurant Plymouth is the most fabulous seafood restaurant, located on Plymouth’s historic Barbican.
For 30 years, Platters have sourced their fish from the Plymouth Fish Market, which originally was directly opposite the restaurant and has now moved 200 yards across the quay.
Diners come from all over the UK for the fresh local seafood and the warm welcome from this family owned restaurant. Platters is frequented by family and friends and you are always given the warmest welcome by the owners and the terrific staff.
The dishes are cooked by talented chefs, specialising in seafood, and famous visitors have included Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber who declared that his meal at Platters was “the finest fish I have tasted”
Enjoy the electric atmosphere, fine food and great hospitality. If you love seafood it does not get any better than this.
35 Southside St, The Barbican
Tel: 01752 603183
Quality fish and chips and fresh, sustainable seafood have always been important with Harbourside.This unique restaurant and takeaway has always been a favourite of local residents and tourists alike.
Harbourside has achieved Top 5 Chip Shop of the Year Award 2013, after achieving Top 3 Chip Shop in the South West last year. It already boasts a 5 Star hygiene rating and has become a blue fish restaurant with fish2fork for its sustainability efforts (the second highest rating for restaurants in Plymouth).