Best restaurants in Plymouth

Plymouth combines a breath-taking coastal location with a long naval history. From Tudor Southside Street to Victorian Royal William Yard, you can’t fail to find fabulous food in spectacular settings. Dive into our pick of the best restaurants in Plymouth

plate of highland wagyu beef with turnips at Àclèaf, Boringdon Hall Hotel

Àclèaf, Boringdon Hill

Awarded a prestigious Michelin star in 2023, Àclèaf is an intimate experience within the Grade II‑listed Boringdon Hall. Head chef Scott Paton is committed to creating innovative, immaculately presented dishes that put provenance under the microscope.

A four‑course evening menu might include Devon crab, Dartmoor lamb and Highland wagyu. Extend your stay by booking a treatment at the state‑of‑the‑art Gaia Spa.

City restaurants, Barbican Kitchen in Plymouth

Barbican Kitchen, Southside Street

Experience Plymouth’s rich history in the very building the Mayflower Pilgrims spent their last night before setting sail for the New World – now home to one of the region’s most loved and longstanding restaurants.

Brothers Chris and James Tanner have been whipping up a culinary storm in the city for a quarter-century, 17 years of which have been spent at Barbican Kitchen. The duo utilise hyper‑fresh local ingredients – fish landed by Looe dayboats, meat from Philip Warren Butchers in Launceston and veg plucked from the Devon countryside – to craft crowd-pleasing dishes such as smoked haddock and parsley arancini and slow-cooked ox cheek with fondant potato and pancetta crumb.


Salumi Bar & Eatery, Millbay Road

Chefs Dave Jenkins and Jake Hardington have built a stellar reputation at Salumi for super-friendly service and fusion food for all occasions. The duo describe their dishes as modern British with an Asian twist, meaning you’ll find barbecue king-oyster-mushroom bao buns alongside slow-braised short-rib cottage pie. The Sunday roasts are extremely popular, so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

The Fig Tree @ 36

The Fig Tree @ 36, Admiralty Street

Dubbed Plymouth’s little slice of Paris, The Fig Tree @ 36 takes its name from the fig tree in its garden – in fine weather, you can sit under its branches and enjoy French-inspired dishes such as fish stew served with aioli and warm bread. Those who decide to dine inside will be enamoured by the restaurant’s bistro charm and convivial vibe.

Its deli serves takeaway treats including hot pork‑belly sandwiches and Fowey mussels. Why not take your pick to Royal William Yard? Once the Royal Navy’s victualling depot, it’s now a vibrant hotbed of restaurants, bars, galleries, events and gorgeous waterfront viewpoints.


Fletcher’s Restaurant, Princess Street

Fletcher Andrews’ eponymous restaurant delivers refined dining in a relaxed yet intimate setting, complete with the warm glow of fairy lights. The seven-course taster menu is the best way to sample the ambitious chef’s vibrant flavours, from quail breast through pan-fried halibut to chamomile mousse and yuzu ganache.

Fletcher’s is a popular choice for pre-theatre grub; be warned – tables book up fast.

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