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Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

27th May 2020

Updated 8th July 2020

To support the fantastic range of businesses that call Sutton Harbour their home, we are using our blog and social media channels to update you weekly about the businesses still operating, how you can support them, and how you can still enjoy Sutton Harbour whilst adhering to social distancing rules.

Our update this week includes information on the reopening of businesses along the harbour from Saturday 4th July, plus an update from Sutton Harbour Marina regarding visitors to the marina and berth holders staying overnight on their vessels.

We’re fortunate in Sutton Harbour and indeed in Plymouth to have some of the most stunning and historic places and spaces around us which have helped sustain us all during the coronavirus pandemic.

The challenge for us all now is to continue to use these responsibly, safely and in line with the Government’s latest advice, while at the same time supporting our local businesses who have continued to trade innovatively during the lockdown and are preparing to reopen.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

Visitors on the harbour enjoying their takeaway food.

Many of these popular, independent businesses have had to alter their operations in order to continue to offer local customers their goods and services.

The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday 23rd June that restaurants pubs and cafes can reopen from Saturday 4th July with social distancing measures in place. Businesses in Sutton Harbour have been preparing to safely reopen their doors to customers.

Open for business

A range of businesses in Sutton Harbour reopened after Saturday 4th July with new systems and social distancing measures in place. We encourage anyone looking to visit the businesses along the harbour to check their websites and social feeds for the latest information on their operations.

Here is a breakdown of the businesses who reopened after July 4:

  • Rockfish – now open with a new alfresco deck and new ordering system. Rockfish is open 12noon-3:30pm and 4pm-9pm with indoor and outdoor seating available – booking is advised for dining in the restaurant.
  • Suphas Street Food Emporium – now open on a booking-only basis. Suphas is offering their fantastic Asian-inspired menu with new dishes to try, open 12noon-9pm Tuesdays and Sundays and 12noon-10pm Wednesday-Saturday.
  • The Ship – now open with a new booking system and table service offering a simplified menu.
  • National Marine Aquarium – now open to visitors. Book your ticket online, selecting the date you would like to visit and your three hour time slot. There is a one-way system in place with sanitising stations distributed throughout the building.
  • Miller & Carter Steakhouse – now open encouraging guests to pre-book, with a maximum table capacity of six people. The restaurant has implemented changes to meet with Government guidance and ensure the safety of staff and customers.
  • The Stable – the restaurant will reopen however a date has not yet been announced. Keep an eye on its social feeds for updates.

Businesses currently offering takeaways will also be able to invite customers back, including:

  • Boston Tea Party (4th July)
  • Daisy’s Tea Rooms and Coffee Shop (4th July)
  • Rakuda Kitchen and Cocktails (4th July)
  • The Harbour Seafood Restaurant (4th July)
  • Good Times Bar and Kitchen (5th July)
  • HonkyTonk Wine Library (w/c 13th July)

Takeaways and collections are still available from a range of eateries along the harbour.

We’re always keen to hear from businesses who would like to be included in our updates, by contacting us on

Food & drink takeaways and deliveries

HonkyTonk Wine Library is offering home deliveries and a click and collect service for those living in PL1-PL9. Collections are available on Fridays and Saturdays from 12noon until 2:30pm, while home deliveries are available from 2:30pm until 5pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Free delivery is available in PL1-PL6 for orders over £50 and a minimum of six bottles per order for those living in PL7-PL9. Orders can be made from their new online shop which has the full list of their wine and cheese on offer.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

HonkyTonk Wine Library is offering deliveries and collections.

The Good Time’s Bar and Kitchen is new to the harbour and has been working hard to provide an extensive menu for locals during these unprecedented times, as well as delivering free meals to the NHS and key workers. Offering Sunday roast deliveries weekly from 12noon until 6pm for pre-orders as well as dessert boxes and a variety of boxed meals for collection. Visit their Facebook page for their full menu and updates on collection days and times.

Popular Italian-style café, Alfresco, is open for takeaways from 10am – 3pm. Alfresco offers a variety of hot and soft drinks as well as lunchtime and snack foods, a perfect pit stop on your walk around the harbourside.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19


Capn’ Jaspers is one of the most popular and well-known eateries in the city and has been trading since 1978. Recently reopened, Capn’ Jaspers is offering takeaways on their food and drink options from 9am – 9pm, seven days a week. Please note, their seating area remains closed.

Offering a range of breakfast wraps, lunch foods and sides, The Greek is open for food and drink takeaways. Located near the Mayflower Steps, locals can enjoy the stunning view of the marina and Plymouth Sound whilst tucking into their delicious Greek dish.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

The Greek.

With a new, limited menu including homemade burgers, seafood dishes and chicken options, The Harbour Seafood Restaurant is offering takeaways from 12pm-9pm. You can also get your food from The Harbour delivered to your door via Deliveroo and Just Eat. Visit their website for the full menu and contact details.

Situated on the edge of the quay, al fresco eatery Louise’s Coffee and Donuts is open for takeaway foods, drinks and tasty treats.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

Louise’s Coffee and Donuts

Rakuda Kitchen and Cocktails is open for takeaways and collections Wednesday – Sunday, 1pm-10pm offering a 10% off for click and collect directly with the bar and 25% off for NHS workers. Home delivery is also available through Deliveroo. Take a look at their Facebook page for their menu and updates.

Daisy’s Tea Rooms and Coffee Shop is open six days a week for takeaway and collections. The café is offering a range of tasty foods from afternoon tea and homemade cakes to paninis and Sunday roasts. Takeaways and collections are available Tuesday-Sunday from 11:30am until 3pm. Pre-order via their Facebook page or over the phone.

Boston Tea Party Plymouth is back – open for takeaways and click and collect. Browse their online menu and select the Plymouth café to make your order, then head down to Sutton Harbour at your allotted pickup time. Alternatively, just pop to the store to make your order then and there. Boston Tea Party is also offering contactless coffee where customers bring their own reusable cup for their desired coffee fix. For click and collect, to look at their menu and for more information, visit the Boston Tea Party website.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

Boston Tea Party

Other nearby businesses along the Barbican are also trading with deliveries and collections available, including Mombay Brasserie, The Boathouse Café – open Saturdays and Sundays for collections between 11:30am and 4pm – and Rocket and Rascals who are open Wednesdays-Sunday for takeaway coffee.

Merchant units located at Plymouth Fisheries are also offering deliveries and collections, including Moby Nicks and RG Seafoods. Locals can get seafood deliveries from these suppliers as well as many others through the Call4Fish initiative which has been set up to help support the local fishing industry. Visit their website to find out more.

As well as this, Shop4Plymouth has been set up by Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth City Council, with support from Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, in a bid reconnect the public with its local retails as well as supporting local businesses across the city. Shops, cafes and restaurants in Sutton Harbour and Barbican area are featured on the site with information on offerings and contact details.

Reopening of non-essential retailers

Non-essential retailers in England are now able to open their doors to customers, providing they have implemented social distancing measures and follow Government guidance. Many shops across the city have now reopened including high street shops and the Drake Circus Shopping Centre.

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has reopened in Sutton Harbour offering a range of clothing, homeware and gift items. The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has implemented changes throughout the store to adhere to social distancing measures such as allowing a limited number of customers in the shop at one time, sanitising stations at the entrance and exit, space markers to encourage two metre distance and advising contactless payments. Customers should note that the fitting rooms are closed and their click and collect service is currently unavailable.

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The Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Other retailers around the harbour are also opening from Monday 15th June, with more information available on the Barbican Waterfront website, which has collated a handy list.

Exercising along the harbour

The Sutton Harbour and Barbican area is one of the most loved destinations in Plymouth, thanks to its stunning views paired with decades of history. Now that lockdown rules are easing, more people living in and around Plymouth are able to visit Sutton Harbour for a walk, run or cycle and enjoy the businesses that are currently operating – ensure social distancing rules are being adhered to.

Members of the public can take a walk through history on the Harbour Heritage Trail, a one-mile circuit route around the harbour, learning more about Plymouth’s maritime history and visiting some of its most famous waterfront landmarks.

For those looking to drive to Sutton Harbour, Lambhay Car Park reopened to the public on Saturday 23rd May and the Harbour Car Park reopened on Wednesday 24th June.

The public toilets along the harbour are open, although please note some are currently out of order for maintenance. For more information or queries on public toilets please see the Plymouth City Council website.

We encourage anyone visiting the harbour to ensure they are following Government guidelines on social distancing.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

Exercising around Sutton Harbour.

Virtual events

The Mayflower Muskie Madness Virtual 10k Run has been launched as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations. The original event was due to have 400 runners taking on the one route however, due to the coronavirus, the race has now become a virtual event allowing participants to run their own race at their own pace. The first 400 people to enter will receive a limited edition Spirit of Mayflower medal. All proceeds from the entry fees will go to St Luke’s Hospice.

Reopening of Sutton Harbour Marina

On 13th May the Government confirmed that; “all forms of water sports practised on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed.

This was welcomed by British Marine, which has published further information and guidance for boat owners at:

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

Sutton Harbour Marina

Sutton Harbour Marina is now open to boat owners who wish to start using their vessel again, subject to the strict compliance to social distancing and hygiene guidelines. As of 16th May, the office team returned to working at the marina after operating from home and are available from 8am – 6pm.

The marina office is now open to guests. We ask that only members from one household enter the office at any one time following social distancing and hygiene guidelines. We will be operating a one in, one out policy, therefore if we are assisting a guest in the office we ask the next visitor queue outside until we are able to assist.

Enjoying Sutton Harbour safely during Covid-19

Sutton Harbour Marina.

The toilet facilities on the Jetty are open for berth holders to use as well as a limited number of showers. The amenity block at North Quay is now open, including the laundry facilities, with social distancing measures in place.

The fuel berth at the marina is also open. Fuel is being offered on a pre-booked appointment basis only, we ask berth holders to contact the marina office on 01752 204702 to book an available slot. We will ask for an indication as to how many litres of diesel is required so we can allocate appointments accordingly and also allow us time to sterilise equipment between each customer.

Following the PM’s announcement on Tuesday 23rd June, we can advise that our berth holders are now able to stay overnight on their boats.

We can now also welcome visiting vessels to the marina. Those looking to visit Sutton Harbour need to make a reservation in advance by contacting our offices on 01752 204702 or or using our online booking form.

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