Being Britain’s Ocean City, it’s no surprise that Plymouth is home to some of the best seafood restaurants in the UK. The city has a long fishing history and Sutton Harbour has continued to be a major fishing port for the South West region, with the UK’s second largest fish market, Plymouth Fisheries, located at Fish Quay.
Seafood restaurants in Sutton Harbour and the Barbican Quarter benefit from easy access to fresh local produce landed at Plymouth Fisheries, with a number of independent fish merchant businesses located at the fish market supplying them. The harbour is also incredibly popular among locals and visitors alike for its stunning views and top-notch restaurants.
Here are five of our favourite eat-in seafood restaurants located along the waterfront.
Neighbouring the National Marine Aquarium, Rockfish offers a variety of local seafood choices on an extensive menu, including gluten free options. The popular restaurant is open daily from 12pm-9.30pm and offers indoor and outdoor seating. Rockfish boasts a superb view of the marina and the fish quay, as well as looking out to Plymouth Sound, and visitors can enjoy watching the boats sail through the lock gates while tucking into a delicious fish dish.
There are a number of other Rockfish restaurants across Devon including in Exeter, Torquay and Weymouth, all owned by celebrity chef Mitch Tonks. Rockfish offers a Fish Friday deal – every third Friday of the month locals can enjoy a classic fish and chip takeaway for only £3.
Located at East Quay House with enviable views across the Marina, Supha’s serves up fabulous seasonal and fresh cuisine with a street-food style. The food has strong Asian influences with dishes from Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam on the menu. Supha’s offers a variety of choices with many vegan, vegetation and gluten free options, and fish is well represented with freshly caught seafood landed just along the harbourside featuring heavily on the menu.
The seafood restaurant works with local seafood supplier Moby Nicks, located at Plymouth Fisheries- just a minute’s walk from Supha’s Street-Food Emporium, to stock its fresh fish counter and ensure changing specials feature the catch of the day. Open six days a week, Tuesday 12pm-9pm, Wednesday-Saturday 12pm-10pm and Sunday 12pm-9pm.
Platter’s Seafood Restaurant has called the Barbican its home since it first opened in 1980 and is one of Plymouth’s oldest seafood restaurants. Platter’s receives daily deliveries of fresh seafood, locally caught and landed at Plymouth Fisheries. The restaurant offers a large variety of seafood dishes as well as alternative options, including veggie substitutes.
Located in the fisherman’s arches on Commercial Wharf, The Boathouse Café is an award-winning seafood café open from eight until late. The Boathouse Café specialises in fresh fish and shellfish, which they catch themselves using their boat The Southern Star. The café offers a range of menu choices including meat and vegetation options. The Boathouse Café is also available for hire for parties and functions.
The Village Restaurant is another of Plymouth’s oldest seafood restaurants. Open seven days a week, 11.30am-2.00pm & 5.30pm-10.15pm Monday to Friday and 11.30am-10.15pm Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant is located on Southside Street and serves an extensive menu of fish and seafood dishes as well as locally sourced meat and poultry with a Greek twist.
For more information on places to eat and drink in and around Sutton Harbour, visit our Food & Drink page.
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