Plymouth is a lively port city located in Devon, on the southwest coast of England. It is famous for its maritime history and historic Barbican centre, with winding, cobbled lanes. Visit the National Marine Aquarium at Sutton Harbour to see exotic fish and marine life up close and wander along the harbour's marinas and busy fish market. Why not also take a walking tour from the Mayflower Steps and learn about the dangerous voyage that the Pilgrim Fathers took as they sailed away to the New World in the 17th century? The Plymouth Gin Distillery is another must-visit for a taste of the city's best-known export, while kids will love climbing to the top balcony of Smeaton's Tower Lighthouse for expansive views of the city. In the midst of all the sightseeing, don't forget to allow enough time to check out some of Plymouth's finest restaurants.
Plymouth's restaurants are of such high-quality that Conde Nast Traveller magazine has awarded the city the title of Britain's 'New Gourmet Hotspot'. The city's excellent location, between the sea and rich agricultural land, means that the restaurants in Plymouth have access to a fantastic array of local, fresh and specialist ingredients. Unsurprisingly, seafood is highly popular at the restaurants in Plymouth, and chefs get their supplies directly from the docks. Plymouth’s restaurants are understandably proud of their well-deserved reputation, and we can’t agree more.
If you have a sweet tooth, then the Devonshire classic cream tea is a must. Enjoy crumbly, buttery scones served with a generous bowl of whipped cream and a pot of homemade strawberry jam. They usually come with a pot of tea as an essential accompaniment and the only question is: do you spread the cream first and the jam second... or vice versa? Plymouth also holds the honour of being the first city to create the pasty, with a recipe dating back to 1510. They don't have the much sought-after Protected Destination of Origin, but arguments over the humble pasty are a great source of local rivalry between the county and neighbouring Cornwall. Make sure you seek one out at one of Plymouth's restaurants for a hearty snack.
Plymouth's restaurants range from the classic English pub through to French bistros, Italian trattorias and American steakhouse diners. That’s not all; you'll also find a wide selection of Indian, Chinese and South Asian restaurants – to name a few. Don't forget to sample the local fish 'n chips, perfect served up with thick slices of buttered bread, or seek out dessert cheese boards which feature local specialities such as Devonshire Curworthy, Vulscombe and Sharpham cheeses. The traditional drink of Devon is cider and there are also local white wines from the county's own vineyards to enjoy. If you aren't sure of where to dine, then check out the reviews of restaurants in Plymouth on our website or app for inspiration. From homely vegetarian cafes to high-end diners with a star-studded clientele to tapas bars that welcome one and all, Plymouth’s restaurants suit all budgets and you can easily book them with Quandoo.
Plymouth is now such an important dining destination that a number of top celebrity chefs have opened their own restaurants in the city. Visit the Steakhouse Bar & Grill in the Crowne Plaza which is managed by Marco Pierre White; or the Barbican Kitchen restaurant, owned by local residents, James and Chris Tanner. Enjoy lavish tasting menus at the finest restaurants in Plymouth, which dish out multiple courses cooked in exciting, groundbreaking ways, and speak to your waiter to learn about the provenance, inspiration and techniques behind each dish. After your meal, leave a review on our website to score Loyalty Points, which you can use in the future to offset the cost of your meal at any of our partner restaurants.