Where better to dine alfresco than along Plymouth’s stunning waterfront in historic Sutton Harbour? With the easing of restrictions on the roadmap out of lockdown, many businesses and sectors can now reopen in a limited capacity. This includes hospitality venues being able to serve customers outdoors.
So from Monday 12th April, restaurants, cafes and eateries can dust off their decking chairs, fire up their cookers and welcome the return of happy customers to their outside seating areas. Locals can once again enjoy eating out along Plymouth’s historic harbour, home to a range of excellent food and drink venues, serving a selection of delicious dishes and cuisines.
Many eateries in Sutton Harbour have been offering takeaways and collections during the UK’s third national lockdown, while others have been closed since the start of the year. Restaurants are set to be able to reopen fully from Monday 17th May.
Here is a breakdown of the venues along the harbour open for outdoor service from 12th April:
Food & drink outdoors
Brunch is back with the return of Boston Tea Party. Famous for its delicious range of breakfast foods and vegan/vegetarian dishes, Boston Tea Party is serving customers at their outside patio, which has a fantastic view of the harbour. Takeaways and collections are also starting again via their website and Deliveroo.
Grab a slice of the action at The Plymouth Stable from Monday 12th April. Serving up mouth-watering pizzas with sourdough bases, homemade tomato sauce and locally sourced toppings on their terrace and balcony overlooking the marina. Plus, the restaurant has over 50 varieties of cider on offer, with a new drinks menu and a stunning view. No need to book, just turn up and grab a spot. Find out more on their website.
Rockfish is welcoming customers back to their large outside deck which now includes a new Salcombe Brewery bar. Open seven days a week, 12pm-7pm, Rockfish is serving up a delicious Deck Menu of locally caught seafood which you can order easily through their app, plus regular live music will also be making a return. There’s no need to book, just turn up on the day and they’ll find you a table. You can learn more on their website.
Sit right along the harbour’s edge on the eastern side of Sutton Harbour and enjoy dishes from Supha’s Street Food Emporium – open from Tuesday 13th April. Book online via the Supha’s website and explore their extensive menu of street food-style dishes with Asian influences.
From Wednesday 14th April, you can enjoy food with a view at HonkyTonk Wine Library. The wine lounge has been working hard to transform the outside seating area, ready for you to enjoy their extensive selection of drinks and deli food whilst overlooking Sutton Harbour Marina. They even have a new menu on offer. Visit their website to book your table.
Are you a fan of seafood? Order from The Harbour Seafood Restaurant’s delicious takeaway menu with a range of dishes on offer. You can enjoy your food on the tables outside along the harbourside or get your order delivered to your door via Deliveroo. Visit the website for the full menu and contact details.
The Ship is opening its outside seating area along the harbour from Thursday 29th April. Enjoy a range of traditional pub food whilst taking in the stunning view of the marina. Visit their website for more information.
Don’t forget – the alfresco eateries dotted around the harbourside remain open for takeaway food and drink, including Cap’n Jaspers, The Greek, Louise’s Coffee and Donuts and Alfresco.
Shop local online
You can continue to shop from local businesses online from the Call4Fish and Shop4Plymouth websites.
Locals can get seafood deliveries from city-based suppliers through the Call4Fish initiative which has been set up to help support the local fishing industry. Merchant units located at Plymouth Fisheries are offering deliveries and collections through the site. Click here to find out more.
Shop4Plymouth has been set up by Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth City Council, with support from Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, in a bid to reconnect the public with its local retailers, as well as supporting local businesses across the city. Shops, cafes and restaurants in the Sutton Harbour and Barbican area are featured on the site with information on offerings and contact details.
Supporting local businesses from home
Although their doors remain closed for now, you can still explore the UK’s largest aquarium. Say hi to over 4,000 sea creatures from your sofa and discover the NMA’s exciting exhibits on their virtual aquarium tour. There will be opportunities to ask the aquarium staff your burning questions about the ocean and the creatures who live there. You can even explore with aquarium with another household; more information can be found on the NMA website.
Many local businesses along the harbour are hosting virtual events, from wine tastings to conversations with special guests. Keep an eye on our social feeds for information and updates.
You can also support local businesses without spending a penny. Share the love on social media by engaging with your favourite waterfront businesses on their posts and share their content with your friends.
You can also #ShareaSmile to help do this. The Share a Smile campaign launched by our tenant PKF-Francis Clark aims to support tourism and leisure businesses and attractions across the South West by encouraging people to recommend their favourites on social media using #ShareaSmile. You can get involved by telling us your favourite places to visit along the harbour in just a few easy steps:
- Post your recommendation on Twitter or Instagram using #ShareaSmileSW
- Tag in the business name
- If you think particular friends or family would enjoy it, then tag them too
Enjoying the harbour responsibly
We’re fortunate in Sutton Harbour and indeed in Plymouth to have some of the most stunning and historic places around us which have helped to sustain us all during the Coronavirus pandemic. We must continue to use these responsibly, safely and in line with the Government’s latest advice, while at the same time supporting our local businesses who are continuing to trade.
Members of the public can take a walk through history on the Harbour Heritage Trail, a one-mile circuit route around Sutton Harbour, learning more about Plymouth’s maritime history and visiting some of its most famous waterfront landmarks. You can find the Heritage Trail on the Plymouth Trails app, available to download on the App Store or Google Play.
We encourage anyone visiting the harbour to ensure they are following Government guidelines on social distancing.
Sutton Harbour Marina
Sutton Harbour Marina remains open, and the Marina berthing teams are here should berth holders need help to keep their boats safe and secure.
Our office is open daily between 8am and 6pm and you can contact our teams by phone on 01752 204702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berthing assistants are available seven days a week, and will be undertaking regular boat checks. They can also help with any specific concerns such as turning off an electrical appliance, removing any perishable goods left aboard or any other issues you may have.