At Go Plymouth we reckon the abundance of waterfront restaurants right on our doorstep are among the city’s greatest assets.
Take your pick of harbourside, seafront or riverside eateries and watering holes ranging from cheap cafes to upmarket restaurants offering fine dining. And they’re all within easy walking distance of the city centre.

Royal William Yard

Taking you on a journey from the west of the city to the east, we’ll start with the glorious Royal William Yard. Once used to stock the naval fleet with rum, beer and essential foodstuffs, these imposing Grade 1 listed buildings now cater to the more discerning needs of locals and tourists who drop anchor here from breakfast time until after dark. The Royal William Bakery is a popular place for breakfast with its freshly baked bread, cakes and croissants. Regulars gather for a chat round wooden trestle tables or relax with a book or the morning papers and a big mug of freshly brewed coffee.The Seco Lounge bar and restaurant at Plymouth's Royal William Yard

Just around the corner, in a fabulous waterfront spot overlooking the River Tamar and Cornish countryside, you’ll find Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen and Deli. Sited in the old Brewhouse, this is the place to go for fresh, seasonal, local produce – prices are above average for Plymouth but then you’re paying for quality, style and location. Opposite the Bakery, there’s the bustling Seco Lounge which offers tasty tapas, cocktails, comfy sofas and plenty of board and other games to keep the kids amused. It’s the best place in town to catch the last rays of the sun on a summer evening. Nextdoor there’s a Prezzo restaurant (part of the Italian chain) which, like the Seco Lounge, has an outdoor seating area overlooking the marina where you can take a ferry to The Barbican in the summer months.

Seafront / Hoe Foreshore

A short walk from the Royal William Yard, you’ll find the Artillery Tower – it’s among Plymouth’s best restaurants, housed within a 15th century tower set on the sea wall overlooking Firestone Bay. Heading back towards the city centre, there’s a rather charming little bar and bistro called Jolly Jacks, overlooking Mayflower Marina. It’s tucked away down at the end of Richmond Walk so newcomers to the city rarely stumble across it unless a local points them in the right direction.

Follow the South West coastal path past Millbay Docks and along to The Hoe foreshore where the Waterfront Restaurant occupies one of the city’s most enviable locations. Not surprisingly, the large outdoor seating area gets packed out on sunny days and warm summer evening evenings. Nearby is one of the oldest (and we think one of the best) Chinese restaurants in Plymouth – the Wet Wok where the windows of the main restaurant area get lashed by the waves during stormy weather.The Terrace Cafe on The Hoe foreshore

Along the Hoe foreshore you can take your pick of a couple of coffee bars or the Maritimo tapas restaurant with its outside area built against the rockface. A little further along, past Tinside Lido, there’s the delightful Terrace Café (also nestling against the rockface) which is a favourite place to watch the annual National Fireworks Championships.

Heading along the seafront towards The Barbican you’ll pass the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club. It’s usually open to non-residents and has a gorgeous outdoor terrace with fabulous views of Plymouth Sound (though the place does have a rather old school “clubby” feel about it!). Nearby, at the base of the mighty Royal Citadel (as the seafront road sweeps left down towards the Barbican) there’s a charming little café bar called Duttons which is a great pit stop for snacks, light lunches and cream teas.

The Barbican / Sutton Harbour

The Barbican and Sutton Harbour are awash with waterfront bars, cafes and restaurants overlooking the marina where working fishing boats ply their trade among swanky yachts and motor cruisers.  With the fish market based on the other side of the harbour, it’s not surprising that The Barbican boasts more than its fair share of seafood restaurants, many of them located right on the waterfront. Platters (whose famous guests have included Andrew Lloyd-Webber) and Piermasters are among the longest established.  Tucking into a whole, freshly cooked lobster (brought live to your table for approval first) has got to rank as one of life's great pleasures! Besides a wealth of fish and chip takeaways, The Barbican also boasts the most famous burger joint in town – quirky Cap’n Jaspers, where bikers from far and wide congregate on the cobbles to tuck into some of the tastiest (and biggest) burgers you could wish for.

The Three Crowns pub is a great place to sit and watch the world go by on a summer’s day with plenty of outdoor seating right by the harbour. Opposite the Three Crowns there’s a row of waterside bars restaurants and bars with canopied outdoor areas which are packed in the summer months. Unlike the Three Crowns they don’t benefit from the afternoon sun, so lovers of a sundowner head west to the

for early evening cocktails. Head round the corner from The Three Crowns, keeping the harbour on your right, and you’ll find the stylish Meze Grill which is a must if you’re a fan of Greek food.  On the other side of the harbour there’s the China House which has an extensive menu and an outdoor deck which is a great place to sit and watch the boats go by. Nextdoor there’s Rocco y Lola – good for Spanish tapas – and Asia Chic, both part of Edmond Davari’s Plymouth restaurant empire.
Head down to the Barbican ferry pontoon where there’s a hidden gem in the form of the little Boat House café – it might not be much to look at from the The Boat House Cafe on The Barbicanoutside but there’s a cosy interior and the fresh fish comes straight off the owners’ own boat. They’ll even arrange a fishing trip for you and cook your catch for you afterwards.

Mount Batten

From the pontoon you can take a ferry back to the Royal William Yard (summer only) or pop across the water to the Mount Batten peninsula where there’s a marina and water sports centre. Places to eat here include the stylish Bridge Restaurant and Bar and the Mount Batten Hotel which has a family friendly bar with standard pub fare including carveries.

Queen Anne’s Battery

Use the lock gates to cross over the harbour and head for Queen Anne’s Battery Marina where there’s a good “yachties’ bistro” called Chandler’s.  Book a table (well in advance) for the National Fireworks Championships because you’ll get one of the best views in town from here.

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