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Plymouth’s waterfront houses sit within array of food and drink destinations


Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour is rich with heritage and renowned for its time-honoured buildings and cobbled streets. Cited as the birthplace of modern-day Plymouth, the site attracts a large number of tourists every year.

The latest development from Sutton Harbour Group involves several stylish waterfront houses offered for sale. Harbour Arch Quay will house 14 luxury apartments in Plymouth with views out to the sea, and all the conveniences of the city on your doorstep. 

Atop the cobbles surrounding Harbour Arch Quay sit an array of eateries and drink destinations with enough variety to suit every palate. So, if you’re on a quest to find the heartiest roast dinner, or the freshest fish in town, Sutton Harbour is the place to be. 

Here are our top picks of the great food and drink places within easy reach of Harbour Arch Quay for every occasion. 

Coffee with a view

Whether you’re somebody who likes to eat a hearty breakfast or you prefer simply a hot cup of coffee to kickstart your day, the eastern side of Plymouth offers plenty of options. 

If you like your coffee with a view, then head to Alfresco. The clue is in the name; this converted tram sits right on the harbour, opposite the Mayflower Steps and the marina. The Italian-style café sells great coffee, snacks and light bites. Have a seat and take in the marina as you shake off sleep or just enjoy a pit stop in your busy day. 

Less than a minute away on Southside Street sits Britain’s oldest commercial bakery. Operating on and off since as long ago at the 16th century, the award-winning Jacka Bakery has an interesting history. In the modern day, you can find a selection of homemade fresh bread, delicious pastries and coffee to go. 

Should you be looking to indulge in somewhere a little more contemporary, both Minerva and Rockets and Rascals have something to offer. As well as serving both hearty food and hot coffee, Minerva stocks a range of clothing and accessories from iconic streetwear brands so you can browse after breakfast. Similarly, if you’re a keen cyclist, Rockets and Rascals café also doubles up as a bicycle workshop and a bike hiring centre. 

You won’t need to walk far at all from your waterside property to fuel yourself for the day. 

Brunch, anyone?

If you love lie ins, you’re a late grazer or you’re just looking to spend some quality time with friends and family, Sutton Harbour and the surrounding area have plenty of brunch spots (bottomless or otherwise). 

The Barcode is home to a variety of well-known eateries and it is situated just next to Sutton Harbour. Fancy a Mexican twist at Las Iguanas? Perhaps you’d rather keep it traditional with the Cosy Club? Or head just out of the Barcode and across the road for some Caribbean cuisine at Turtle Bay. You’ll be spoilt for choice here when it comes to brunch.

Are you vegan, vegetarian or gluten free? For fresh food, bespoke cocktails and bottomless brunch on the Barbican, Bonne Santé has got you covered. Their world fusion cuisine rolls all the delights of meals from Britain, Italy, Thailand and more into one abundant menu. 

Alfresco dining or on-the-go

Lunchtime rolls around and your stomach begins to rumble but you’re still trying to make the most of what Plymouth has to offer. Thankfully, the Barbican and Sutton Harbour are home to a mixture of fish merchants, outdoor cafes and takeaways to grab a quick bite or pick up some fresh fish to cook yourself at home.

Plymouth Fisheries is viewed as one of the most important fishery hubs in the UK. Crucial to the economy in the Southwest of England, Plymouth Fisheries alone sells more than 6,000 tonnes of fish and sustains over 600 jobs. 

If you’re looking to do some of your own cooking to impress friends and family alike, you won’t get fish any fresher than here. Grab a catch to take home with you from Cracking Crab Company or Sole of Discretion. You will have an ocean of fresh fish and shellfish to choose from with only minutes to get back to your kitchen and get cooking. 

Want to leave the cooking to somebody else? It’s understandable. Both The Harbour and Harbourside Fish and Chips have a traditional offering of the British classic. Got dietary requirements? The Harbourside offer a gluten free menu, whilst The Harbour offers vegan scampi, vegetarian burgers and even vegan fish made from banana blossom. 

Plymouth is known as the Gateway to Devon if you’re coming up from the neighbouring county of Cornwall. And while Cornwall is known for its traditional Cornish pasties, you don’t have to go without just because you’re in Devon. 

Barbican Pasty Company’s pasties are made in Bodmin, Cornwall and freshly baked on site making them real, Cornish pasties. They offer a range of flavours from Steak and Stilton to Lamb and Mint and even Chicken Balti.  The story goes that the miners would discard the crusts after tucking into a pasty because it would be covered in the dirt from their hands. Don’t worry, you won’t have to discard any part of these tasty baked pastries. 

If you want to go slightly further afield, Barbican Bao serves pan-Asian street food from a truck conveniently placed on the Sutton Harbour waterfront in Quay Square. Offering a selection of sweet and savoury buns, you can even have the choice of a vegan option. Take them with you or take a seat at their dining area. 

Bring the family: pub grub, pizzas and world food

You just need to look up when walking around Sutton Harbour and the Barbican to capture a little bit of history. Boston Tea Party is a café located in a historic Grade II Listed building with a unique character. If you want breakfast for dinner, a tasty toastie or a classic burger, be sure to bring the family as there are options for everyone.

Head just around the corner to The Stable if you’ve got pizza in mind. Locally sourced toppings, a sourdough base and homemade tomato sauce really makes it a slice of Plymouth. Be sure to ask for a table outside if you’d like to enjoy your pint with a view over the Barbican and the waterfront. If you’re a cider fan, The Stable’s Cider Master can help you to discover your next favourite beverage. 

Across the water you may be able to see The Ship pub. With both a main menu and a children’s menu you can expect all the favourite pub classics. Stay warm inside with a steak and some fries or sit outside with some Cornish ice cream and sorbet. 

The authentic Grecian Meze Grill or Indian/ Nepalese fusion Himalayan Spice can satiate that world food craving you’re having. Both have a great atmosphere and a hearty menu that’s perfect for the family or visiting friends to browse. 

What would Plymouth be if it didn’t have a few hotspots for a succulent Sunday roast? The Fishermans Arms boasts an ‘infamous’ roast dinner.  With a selection of freshly cooked meats with all the trimmings you’re sure to get your fill. If you’re trying to cut down on your meat consumption this year, Cosmic Kitchen’s family-run vegan bistro hosts a Roast Club every Sunday from 12pm. Offering one or two courses, it’s best to book a space in advance for this popular roast. 

Dinner for two

When looking to relax with a partner or impress a date, Sutton Harbour and the surrounding area has an abundance of ambient restaurants perfect for a romantic dinner. 

Housed in the Plymouth Gin Distillery, the Michelin Star Barbican Kitchen is sure to make an impression. If the conversation is flowing, why not go to the Refectory Bar for a few cocktails afterwards?

Plymouth’s sustainable seafood restaurant Rockfish is the perfect place to eat if you and your fellow company are seafood lovers. Enjoy the relaxing sounds of the sea as you look out onto Plymouth Sound at sunset and enjoy the day’s freshest catch. 

If seafood doesn’t quite reel you in then you need to try Miller & Carter’s award-winning British and Irish steak. Open until 11pm, it gives you plenty of time to spend the evening together. 

For dinner and a show, the Pier Master’s House sits on the water of the historic pier and has great views of the ocean. As well as offering a jam-packed food menu and an extensive drinks menu, be sure to check out their events page too as musicians often bring their musical stylings to the restaurant/bar. 

Luxury Apartments in Plymouth

If you have been looking at waterside property for sale near Plymouth, Sutton Harbour sits at the heart of the city and is surrounded by a plethora of eateries and bars, pubs and clubs.

Most are only a few minutes’ walk away meaning if you’re looking to dine out for any occasion there is plenty of choice to head out with ease. 

Our latest addition to Plymouth’s luxury homes sits on the waterfront of Sutton Harbour. Harbour Arch Quay is luxury, local living on the Devonshire coast. Another prominent development to Plymouth’s eastern side will be Sugar Quay coming soon, and offering 170 apartments crafted with high quality workmanship and meticulous furnishing which will make this, as well as Harbour Arch Quay, a distinctive waterside property. 


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