Plymouth, the waterfront city that shaped the lives of Drake, The Pilgrim Fathers, Darwin, Cook and many more who set sail from her harbour. Start your own voyage of by visiting the spectacular Plymouth Hoe, where Drake played his famous game of bowls. Climb Smeaton's Tower and enjoy the most breathtaking view over Plymouth Sound. If its entertainment you're looking for, Plymouth is the home of one of the best theatres in the country, The Theatre Royal, with top class programmes from drama to musicals. The Pavilions is the major regional venue for both pop and classical concerts, top comedians and sporting events.
Traine Farm Cottages, Wembury, Plymouth Tel: 01752 862264
Tanners, Prysten House, Finewell Street. Tel. 01752 252001.
Christopher and James Tanner have become something of a hot item in recent years due to their regular TV appearances. Happily, their reputation is verified by the quality of the French-inspired cuisine at their eponymous restaurant. Situated in one of Plymouth's oldest buildings, it's chic, stylish dining and sensibly priced. The brothers have recently added a covering to the medieval courtyard at Tanners - not that it makes booking any easier; ring well in advance.
Canadian Muffin Co., 172 Armada Way. Tel. 01752 226776.
For your trans-Atlantic fix, visit the Canadian Muffin Co; natural ingredients, not overly sweet, and serving good coffee.
Artillery Tower, Firestone Bay. Tel. 01752 257610.
Peter and Debbie Constable are loud and proud with regards to their suppliers - take a look at the menu to see producers such as Cullompton’s Ark Chicken, Mr and Mrs Swaby’s Holberton organic beef and lamb, and Langage Farm’s clotted cream all name checked. It’s a formal restaurant offering high quality food in the unique setting of one of Plymouth’s oldest military buildings, facing out to sea.
Pilgrims Café, Gibbon Street. Tel. 01752 233466.
Run by Plymouth University, Pilgrims Café gives students on the hospitality management course a chance to show off their skills in a realistic working environment and endure the slings and arrows of a hungry public - and at only £6.50 for a three-course meal you can guarantee there are few complaints.
Kitley House Hotel, Kitley Estate, Yealmpton. Tel. 01752 881555
Just outside Plymouth, Kitley House Hotel is a haven of tranquility away from the bustle of the city. Located in 600 acres of unspoiled pasture it's a delightful place to drink in the ambience. Kitley was recently voted Breakfast Champion by Taste Of The West; here, breakfast truly is a marvel to behold. Dinner too has much to recommend it.
Chloe’s, Gill Akaster House, Princess Street. Tel. 01752 201523
Created by French chef Didier Franchet and his fiancé Jo Hocking, Chloe's is a delightful slice of Gallic chic in Plymouth's business area. The slick, light interiors, formal table settings and tinkling ivories (there's a pianist every night) give the restaurant an upmarket atmosphere. Didier claims Pierre Gagnaire and Alain Ducasse as inspirations with a seasonally inspired menu and local produce very much to the fore.
Plymouth Gin Distillery, 60 Southside Street. Tel. 01752 604448
In collaboration with Plymouth Gin, the Tanners recently opened their second restaurant. This fresh, funky brasserie won an AA rosette recently having been open just four months, and is designed for more every day eating. There's no starters list - instead there are ‘little dishes’ such as an ‘old school’ prawn cocktail or fish cake with cucumber salsa. Mains are suitably robust - smoked haddock and poached egg, calf’s liver and bacon with mash, or steaks from the grill.
Yukisan, 51 Notte Street. Tel. 01752 250240
The words ‘Japanese restaurant’ and ‘Devon’ are rarely seen in the same sentence together - however, there is a rather decent eatery in Plymouth that is definitely worth visiting for a sushi fix. It's a massive restaurant with three dining sections. The sushi and sashimi are freshly prepared and other traditional dishes such as tempura, yakitori and various noodles are all present and correct.
Bistro One, 68 Ebrington Street. Tel. 01752 313315
Run by wine writer Stephen Barrett, Bistro One is a small, colourful city centre eaterie. The menu is a short, accessible list of globally inspired dishes - grilled goats cheese and pear salad to start perhaps, then fragrant rare beef with noodles and chilli oil as a main, plus tapas. As you would expect the wine list is a highlight and serious but not intimidating.
KW Foods, 5-7 Brunswick Road, Cattedown. Tel. 01752 262688
Need some Chinese seegwa? Run out of Sichuan peppercorns? Or perhaps you need some industrial sized tins of coconut milk for a skin-cleansing bath? KW Foods is the best place in the county for oriental supplies of both dry and fresh produce. Let's face it, you're not going to find fresh durian turmeric or galangal in Sainsbury’s, are you?
Vineyards of Bordeaux, 6 Frontfield Crescent, Tel. 01752 796128
An independent, family-run business with a commitment to sourcing local wines, such as Pebblebed, Yearlstone and Sharpham as well as a range of beverages from around the globe. There’re over 50 wines always in stock and 500 on the list - that’ll keep you busy.
Lawson’s, New Victoria House, Weston Park Road. Tel. 01752 825699
With branches in Totnes, Tavistock, Ivybridge and Plymouth as well as an extensive online business, Lawson’s is a good choice for cookware, with a large selection of items for home-baking, yoghurt-making, cocktail shaking or cappuccino frothing - whatever your culinary predilection you'll find the equipment to satisfy it here.
Interior Heaven, 18 Southside Street, The Barbican. Tel. 01752 672664
Of course, cooking isn't just about great ingredients - every aspirant Gordon Ramsay needs an environment in which his or her genius can develop. Thus, Interior Heaven, another addition to the improved Barbican area, provides some stupendously lavish accessories for cooking and dining including seriously chic placemats, Alessi citrus juicers or Jacob Jensen kitchen scales.
Dartington Crystal, Old Fishmarket, Barbican. Tel. 01752 224777
Just as no kitchen would be complete without an Alessi egg timer, no table setting would be worth its salt without some decent glassware. Dartington Crystal makes top quality crystal tableware and has a worldwide reputation to match. From decanters to wine glasses there is enough crystal in the Barbican store to satisfy even the most demanding sommelier - and to send shivers down the spine of any parent with a child under three.
City Centre Farmer's Market, Armada Way. Tel. 01752 304904
This lively, bustling market situated by the sundial in the heart of the city centre lets shoppers source produce that has been reared, grown or made by local farmers. Expect to find locally reared ostrich meat, pork, beef, lamb; locally grown strawberries and vegetables; plus locally produced cheeses, chutney, pies and pasties. The market takes place twice a month on the second and fourth Saturdays between 9am and 4pm.
Forsyth & Brown, 58 Southside St, The Barbican Tel. 01752 256655
Do you really need an excuse to visit a brand new chocolatier at the Barbican? Well how about their range of hand-made Belgian chocolates and fresh cream truffles? Or the contemporary onsite café with a delicious choice of proper hot chocolates - a velvety dark chocolate or an el Diablo with its subtle hit of chilli, for example? Stock up on the range of bars from renowned chocolate brands Valrhona, Amedai and Michel Cluizel. Enough said.
La Patisserie Franzaise, 31 Mutley Plain. Tel. 01752 664848
Mutley Plain is probably the last place you'd expect to find exquisite edible delicacies but look closely and you'll find La Patisserie Franzaise, as delectable a slice of gourmandeering as you'd find anywhere on this side of the Channel. Named (sort of) after its chef patron Franz McFarlane, a pastry chef with a serious pedigree, it's without a doubt the place to go for exquisite cakes, pastries and savouries in the city
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