Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

To support the fantastic range of businesses that call Sutton Harbour their home, we are using our blog and social media channels to update you weekly about the businesses still operating, how you can support them, and how you can still enjoy Sutton Harbour whilst adhering to social distancing rules.

Our update this week includes details of the businesses along the harbour taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and an updated from the aquarium regarding face coverings.

New this week

Many restaurants, cafes and eateries along the harbour are participating in the new Government Eat Out to Help Out scheme. When you dine in at a participating establishment, you can enjoy 50% off food or non-alcoholic drinks (up to a maximum of £10 discount per person) every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout August.

The restaurants in Sutton Harbour taking part in the scheme include:

  • Boston Tea Party
  • The Stable
  • Rockfish
  • The Harbour Seafood Restaurant
  • The Ship
  • Rakuda Kitchen and Cocktails
  • The Marina Bar
  • Fuel Catering

Businesses throughout the Barbican are also participating including:

  • Rockets and Rascals
  • Harbourside Fish & Chips
  • The Boathouse Café
  • B-Bar

The Barbican Waterfront Partnership has also produced a handy list which you can see here.

From Saturday 8th August, all visitors to the National Marine Aquarium will be required to wear a mask or face covering when indoors, in line with new Government guidance. Those who do not need to wear face coverings when at the aquarium include children under the age of 11 and adults with health conditions exempting them from wearing masks. Masks are available to purchase at the aquarium if you forget to bring yours.


Open for business

A range of businesses in Sutton Harbour reopened after Saturday 4th July with new systems and social distancing measures in place. We encourage anyone looking to visit the businesses along the harbour to check their websites and social feeds for the latest information on their operations.

Here is a breakdown of the businesses who reopened after July 4:

  • Rockfish – now open with a new alfresco deck and new ordering system. Rockfish is open 12noon-3:30pm and 4pm-9pm with indoor and outdoor seating available – booking is advised for dining in the restaurant.
  • Suphas Street Food Emporium – now open on a booking-only basis. Suphas is offering their fantastic Asian-inspired menu with new dishes to try, open 12noon-9pm Tuesdays and Sundays and 12noon-10pm Wednesday-Saturday.
  • The Ship – now open with a new booking system and table service offering a simplified menu.
  • National Marine Aquarium – now open to visitors. Book your ticket online, selecting the date you would like to visit and your three hour time slot. There is a one-way system in place with sanitising stations distributed throughout the building.
  • Miller & Carter Steakhouse – now open encouraging guests to pre-book, with a maximum table capacity of six people. The restaurant has implemented changes to meet with Government guidance and ensure the safety of staff and customers.
  • The Stable – the restaurant is now open serving its popular range of pizzas, sides and, of course, cider. The Stable has social distancing measures in place and is open from midday to 10pm, seven days a week.

The Tourist Information Centre is now open along the harbour, located opposite the Mayflower Steps, from 9am – 5pm.

Businesses currently offering takeaways are also inviting customers back, including:

  • Boston Tea Party
  • Daisy’s Tea Rooms and Coffee Shop
  • Rakuda Kitchen and Cocktails
  • The Harbour Seafood Restaurant
  • Good Times Bar and Kitchen
  • HonkyTonk Wine Library

Takeaways and collections are still available from a range of eateries along the harbour.


The National Marine Aquarium is offering the chance for visitors to enjoy an exclusive after hours dining experience in front of world class exhibits. The NMA’s Dine at the Aquarium event includes a glass of prosecco upon arrival, the chance to view the exhibit areas and a delicious four-course al a carte dinner. Due to popular demand, the original date is already sold out and three new dates have been added. The Dine at the Aquarium events will run on every Friday in August with social distancing measures in place. Take a look at their website for more information: https://www.national-aquarium.co.uk/events/dine-at-the-aquarium/

HonkyTonk Wine Library has announced the return of its Sunday Jazz and Roast event. The wine lounge is well-known for its range of themed nights and exciting events and has started to plan its new events calendar, ensuring social distancing measures are in place. The first Sunday Jazz and Roast event is taking place on Sunday 23rd August with live music from Martin Dale Quartet Saxophone, Bass and Piano. Check out their Facebook page for more info and updates: https://www.facebook.com/HonkyTonkWines/ 

The Mayflower Muskie Madness Virtual 10k Run has been launched as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations. The original event was due to have 400 runners taking on the one route however, due to the coronavirus, the race has now become a virtual event allowing participants to run their own race at their own pace. The first 400 people to enter will receive a limited edition Spirit of Mayflower medal. All proceeds from the entry fees will go to St Luke’s Hospice.

This year’s Plymouth Seafood Festival will be an online virtual event with more information coming soon.

Unfortunately, the British Firework Championships and the Ocean City Blues & Jazz Festival have both been cancelled due to Covid-19 and will return in 2021.


Food & drink takeaways and deliveries

HonkyTonk Wine Library has stopped its delivery and click & collect service while the team focus on the newly reopened wine lounge. In a few weeks’ time HonkyTonk will restart its home deliveries and a click and collect service for those living in PL1-PL9. Collections will be available on Fridays and Saturdays from 12noon until 2:30pm, while home deliveries will be available from 2:30pm until 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Free delivery will be available in PL1-PL6 for orders over £50 and a minimum of six bottles per order for those living in PL7-PL9. Orders can be made from their new online shop which has the full list of their wine and cheese on offer.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

Popular Italian-style café, Alfresco, is open for takeaways from 8:30am – 7:30pm. Alfresco offers a variety of hot and soft drinks as well as lunchtime and snack foods, a perfect pit stop on your walk around the harbourside.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19


Capn’ Jaspers is one of the most popular and well-known eateries in the city and has been trading since 1978.  Capn’ Jaspers is offering takeaways on their food and drink options from 8am – midnight, seven days a week. Their seating area is now open with screens separating the tables, creating a booth for customers to enjoy their food while still enjoying the view of the marina.

Offering a range of breakfast wraps, lunch foods and sides, The Greek is open for food and drink takeaways. Located near the Mayflower Steps, locals can enjoy the stunning view of the marina and Plymouth Sound whilst tucking into their delicious Greek dish.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

The Greek.

With a new, limited menu including homemade burgers, seafood dishes and chicken options, The Harbour Seafood Restaurant is now open for those who list to eat in. You can also get your food from The Harbour delivered to your door via Deliveroo and Just Eat. Visit their website for the full menu and contact details.

Situated on the edge of the quay, al fresco eatery Louise’s Coffee and Donuts is open for takeaway foods, drinks and tasty treats.

Louise’s Coffee and Donuts

Rakuda Kitchen and Cocktails is open for takeaways and collections Wednesday, 1pm-10pm offering a 10% off for click and collect directly with the bar and 25% off for NHS workers. Home delivery is also available through Deliveroo. The bar and restaurant is also now open with indoor and outdoor seating available. Take a look at their Facebook page for their menu and updates.

Daisy’s Tea Rooms and Coffee Shop is open six days a week for takeaway, collections and eating in. The café is offering a range of tasty foods from afternoon tea and homemade cakes to paninis and Sunday roasts. Takeaways and collections are available Tuesday-Sunday from 11:30am until 3pm. Pre-order via their Facebook page or over the phone.

Boston Tea Party Plymouth is back. For takeaway and click & collect; browse their online menu and select the Plymouth café to make your order, then head down to Sutton Harbour at your allotted pickup time. Alternatively, just pop to the store to make your order then and there and enjoying eating in the restaurant or in their outdoor seating area. Boston Tea Party is also offering contactless coffee where customers bring their own reusable cup for their desired coffee fix. For click and collect, to look at their menu and for more information, visit the Boston Tea Party website.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

Boston Tea Party

Merchant units located at Plymouth Fisheries are also offering deliveries and collections, including Moby Nicks and RG Seafoods. Locals can get seafood deliveries from these suppliers as well as many others through the Call4Fish initiative which has been set up to help support the local fishing industry. Visit their website to find out more.

As well as this, Shop4Plymouth has been set up by Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth City Council, with support from Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, in a bid reconnect the public with its local retails as well as supporting local businesses across the city. Shops, cafes and restaurants in Sutton Harbour and Barbican area are featured on the site with information on offerings and contact details.

Reopening of non-essential retailers

Non-essential retailers in England are now able to open their doors to customers, providing they have implemented social distancing measures and follow Government guidance. Many shops across the city have now reopened including high street shops and the Drake Circus Shopping Centre. As of Friday 24th July, customers must wear masks or face coverings when visiting shops.

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has reopened in Sutton Harbour offering a range of clothing, homeware and gift items. The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has implemented changes throughout the store to adhere to social distancing measures such as allowing a limited number of customers in the shop at one time, sanitising stations are the entrance and exit, space markers to encourage two metre distance and advising contactless payments. Customers should note that the fitting rooms are closed and their click and collect service is currently unavailable.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Other retailers around the harbour are also opening from Monday 15th June, with more information available on the Barbican Waterfront website, which has collated a handy list.

Enjoying the harbour responsibly

We’re fortunate in Sutton Harbour and indeed in Plymouth to have some of the most stunning and historic places and spaces around us which have helped sustain us all during the coronavirus pandemic.

The challenge for us all is to 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 have continued to trade innovatively during the lockdown and are preparing to reopen.

Members of the public can take a walk through history on the Harbour Heritage Trail, a one-mile circuit route around the 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.

For those looking to drive to Sutton Harbour, Lambhay Car Park reopened to the public on Saturday 23rd May and the Harbour Car Park reopened on Wednesday 24th June.

The public toilets along the harbour are open, although please note some are currently out of order for maintenance. For more information or queries on public toilets please see the Plymouth City Council website.

We encourage anyone visiting the harbour to ensure they are following Government guidelines on social distancing. 

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

Reopening of Sutton Harbour Marina

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

Sutton Harbour Marina is now fully open and operational, subject to the strict compliance to social distancing and hygiene guidelines. As of 16th May, the office team returned to working at the marina after operating from home and are available from 8am – 6pm.

The marina office is now open to guests. We ask that only members from one household enter the office at any one time following social distancing and hygiene guidelines. We will be operating a one in, one out policy, therefore if we are assisting a guest in the office we ask the next visitor to queue outside until we are able to assist.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

Sutton Harbour Marina.

The toilet facilities on the Jetty are open for berth holders to use as well as a limited number of showers. The amenity block at North Quay is now open, including the laundry facilities, with social distancing measures in place.

The fuel berth at the marina is also open. Fuel is being offered on a pre-booked appointment basis only, we ask berth holders to contact the marina office on 01752 204702 to book an available slot. We will ask for an indication as to how many litres of diesel is required so we can allocate appointments accordingly and also allow us time to sterilise equipment between each customer.

Following the PM’s announcement on Tuesday 23rd June, we can advise that our berth holders are now able to stay overnight on their boats.

We can now also welcome visiting vessels to the marina. Those looking to visit Sutton Harbour need to make a reservation in advance by contacting our offices on 01752 204702 or marina@sutton-harbour.co.uk or using our online booking form.

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