With a crisp winter chill in the air, sitting in the sun enjoying a cheeky G&T has (sadly) become a distant memory. But the good news is that the time for wrapping up warm and indulging in tasty treats with a frothy coffee, or a marshmallow-topped rich hot chocolate, has begun.
Sutton Harbour is full of welcoming cafes to warm the heart and fill the belly, and there are even more in the adjacent Barbican. Here are eight of the area’s most tempting venues to get you started.
One of the newest additions to the harbour, Daisy’s Tearooms and Café is a family-run business, named after their beloved pup, and is already proving a popular draw. The menu includes an array of stunning homemade cakes, pastries and scones, plus teas and warm drinks perfect for colder days. If you’re lucky, Daisy herself might be there to welcome you to her café, which is based on Pinnacle Quay. This café is open Tuesday-Sunday (10am-4pm) and serves a traditional Sunday roast every weekend.
Situated opposite the Mayflower Steps, Alfresco offers Italian-style food and drinks for outside dining (hence the name). A unique establishment, the café is a converted tram serving up tasty treats and warm drinks to enjoy from tables and chairs on the cobbled harbourside, whilst enjoying the view of the harbour and Plymouth Fisheries across the water. Hailed by many of its returning customers as one of the best places in Plymouth for a hot drink, this eatery is one of the most recognised places along the harbour.
Open Tuesday through to Sunday (10.30am-4.30pm), Chocaccino is a mother and daughter run café based in the Barbican Quarter of Sutton Harbour full of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Homemade cakes, cream teas and sundaes are just a few of the scrumptious items on offer, but if you don’t have much of a sweet tooth then not to worry, Chocaccino also offers a lunch menu that’s chocolate free. This café is a chocoholics dream and they even make special celebration cakes, including birthdays, christening and wedding cakes.
On a crisp, dry winter’s day, Coffee on the Quay is a great place to warm up in the cold winter air. It is located on Quay Square with one of the best settings in the city, looking out across the cobbled harbourside to the marina and just behind the Barbican Quarter. With an array of hot drink, cakes and paninis, the al fresco style eatery opens between 8am and 5pm (weather permitting).
If you love hot chocolate then this is the place to go. The Flower Café serves a magic-filled unicorn hot chocolate, plus an Oreo version for anyone obsessed with the treat. For those opting out of the sweet treats, they have a range of sandwiches, toasties and snacks including gluten free options. Situated on Southside Street, the Flower Café is open Tuesday- Saturday 9:30am-5pm and Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm.
Open seven days a week from 9am-5pm, Monty’s Café serves all-day breakfasts, gourmet coffee and prides itself on sourcing fresh, local food, including seafood from Plymouth Fisheries located right across the marina. A great stop for a winter walk along the harbour, dogs are also welcome and the café is bright purple so you can’t miss it.
Specialising in fish, The Boathouse Café offers a changing menu for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Built into the boatman stores on Commercial Wharf, the café offers a range of hot drinks along with outside heating, so it’s a perfect place to sit outside and stay warm. Its doors are open every day, from 8am until late.
Situated on one of the oldest streets in Plymouth in the historic Barbican Quarter, the Tudor Rose Tearooms offers breakfast, afternoon tea and Sunday roasts. Their drinks include a range of coffee, loose leaf teas and milkshakes. They don’t just welcome humans but dogs as well so there’s no reason why you and your four-legged friend can’t stop for a bite to eat.