A historic port city whose trade routes have spanned the globe, it’s no wonder exotic ingredients and foreign cuisines have heavily influenced and inspired Plymouth’s food scene to make it one of the most exciting in the south-west. Indian, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Greek… you’re certainly not short of choice. But our guide to the best restaurants in Plymouth is going to get the ball rolling with the British classic; fish and chips.
Restaurants in Plymouth
The Harbour Seafood Restaurant
The Harbour, Plymouth
West Hoe Fish Fryers is a cheap and cheerful chippy down in West Hoe. It might not look like much from the outside, but the place hardly needs sprucing up when the food and friendliness have made it a firm favourite with the people of Plymouth. The fish is battered to perfection – light and crisp – the chips are excellent, and it’s a bargain to boot.
If you’re in the Barbican, you can eat at an award winning chippy without breaking the bank; Harbourside Fish & Chips use sustainably sourced fish – they even tell you where it was caught on the menu – and rotate their potatoes depending on what’s in season, so the chips are always absolutely mega. Plus, they’re on a mission to make the nation’s favourite seaside food as healthy as possible, using low fat ingredients that don’t sacrifice any flavour.
Another option in the Barbican is The Harbour Seafood Restaurant. It costs (only a little bit) more, but there’s a reason why; get this, you have unlimited chips. That’s right! When you want some more, simply whack your hand in the air and you’ll find your plate restocked with golden, locally sourced potato-ey goodness in a jiffy. The fish is all caught fresh and locally, but there’s also lobster, oysters, mussels, scallop burgers, and more on the menu.
From fish and chips to fine dining, there are plenty of upmarket options for you to choose. It’s worth arguing that you’ve probably never eaten anywhere quite like The Artillery Tower. It’s a 15th century tower on the sea wall of Plymouth Sound, with lovely views of Drake Island across the water. A Michelin Guide restaurant, you know the food’s going to be as good as the setting, too. The menu is small, but it’s packed with local produce, and a delicious three-course dinner will cost you just under £50 per person, a reasonable price for something a bit special.
Back in the Barbican, Quay 33 is a lovely, relaxed little restaurant that offers top quality food, at a decent price, with complimentary views of Sutton Harbour. As you’d expect, the menu swings towards seafood – the fish stew is particularly good – but don’t dismiss the pork belly from the ‘Dave’s Classics’ section of the menu.
If you’re in the mood for more exotic cuisines, just off the Parade you’ll find Meze Grill serving up some exquisite Greek food. Try something called ‘Kleftico’ on the menu, it’s easy to pronounce it wrong, but it’s delicious.
Positano is Plymouth’s traditional Italian. It might not look like much from the outside – and to be honest, it’s a similar story inside – but people come here for the fantastic trattoria-style atmosphere and the even better authentic Italian food. The menu can be quite daunting, simply because there are so many great sounding dishes to choose from. If you need help picking, their veal has been tantalising the taste buds of locals and tourists alike for decades.
When it comes to curry, side with the spice masters of Mombay Brasserie. If you’re staying at our Lockyers Quay hotel, it’s literally over the road to your left as you leave. The curries are freshly prepared, there’s a friendly atmosphere, the portions are decent, and the prices are good – pretty much everything you want from an Indian restaurant.
This ends with some quick top tips if you want a taste of the Orient. Plymouth’s Indoor Market is home to the city’s best rated restaurant on TripAdvisor, @Kitchen. It serves up fast, fresh Vietnamese food – go for the pho (noodle soup), and see if you can resist going home without a banh mi (baguette). For sushi, you simply must try KuKu on Princess Street. Sticking with Japanese restaurants, Umami Ramen Bar is a relative newcomer to Plymouth’s food scene but has quickly made a name for itself thanks to its proper ramen broths and full-on flavours.