For centuries mariners have been setting sail from Sutton Harbour at the heart of historic Plymouth to fish, to explore, to go to war and above all to trade. It would be no exaggeration to say that those small ships and their crews shaped the world as we know it today; in Drake’s day Plymouth WAS Sutton Harbour!
Nowadays Sutton Harbour and the Barbican are branded as ‘Plymouth’s Historic Quarter’ but having explored with our feet, our cameras and our taste buds we thought we could think of other names; ‘Foodie Quarter’ or ‘Arty Quarter’ or even ‘Prettiest Quarter’. It’s a tough one – but one thing we do know is that a day is simply not long enough to wander this cobbled little slice of Britain’s Ocean City. Exciting Events Calendar
If you are not local and planning to come to Sutton Harbour as part of your holiday, consider combining it with one of their big events. These include The Plymout to La Rochelle Revival Race when the harbour will host classic french vessels in the marina – some of which can be boarded by visitors. Or head to the Seafood Festival, the Classic Mini Rallies and the occasional tall ship that comes to visit.
Naughty But Nice
There many delicious places to eat and drink in Sutton Harbour, but on a sunny day you really can’t beat the view from the balcony of Stable Pizza overlooking fancy yachts and fishing boats across to the ancient cobbles of the Barbican. Even better, you can wash their delicious artisan pizzas down with 80 different varieties of cider which can come in handy taster selections for the indecisive!
We love…… the amazing range of pizza toppings! The Mayflower Pilgrim with dry cured smoked bacon and local field mushrooms, The Sir Francis Drake with Ticklemore Devon blue cheese and roasted Spanish onions The Barbican Blaster topped with Naga chillies!
On the Tiles
For evening entertainment you are spoiled for choice. The Barbican and Sutton Harbour are packed with live music venues, outdoor bar areas with heated lamps for cooler evenings, al fresco dining including wood-fired pizza ovens, crepe stands and take-aways. We recommend the Blues Bar and Grill for some choice local music with a feel-good vibe, Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque for live bands and cheesy disco, The B-Bar for top notch comedy acts or live music and Barbican Theatre for dance and drama galore.
We love….their Free Cuba nights! Latin tunes and cocktails with the resident DJ playing the best in salsa, merengue, bachata, son and more http://theb-bar.blogspot.co.uk/
Follow in the Footsteps of History
Everyone wants to be a time traveller, and here that is exactly what everyone can be. The Sutton Harbour Heritage Trail is a 500 year, one-mile circular route linked to the South West Coast Path. It is easily accessible for walkers, wheelchair users and pushchairs. Families will enjoy the brass rubbing plaques around the trail, which explain the story of that particular spot (bring your own paper and crayons). Set your course by the printable and downloadable guide.
A Taste of Summer
Keep your eyes peeled for a tricycle selling hand-made artisan ice cream which will be found somewhere on the harbour’s cobbled quaysides. The Cowlick Creamery sells indulgent hand-made ice creams and sorbets from their specially designed tricycle. There’s everything from Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip to Raspberry and Prosecco. The only problem is making the final decision.
Deli with a Difference
For a little retail therapy, coffee, lunch or just a general nosey The Hidden Olive Kitchen and Delicatessen on the far side of Sutton Harbour is a real gem. They stock some of the very best local produce and have even started up deliveries by tall ships travelling from from France with produce direct to the kitchen every month over the summer. All of the produce that is transported under sail is identifiable with a quality label “Transporté à la voile” marking the carbon savings. Wines and ciders are all organic-certified and additive-free. We look forward to trying the chocolate and other European treats due in the next few months.
We love…the Mezze Board. A selection of cured local meats and pickles – all washed down with a cold glass of wine.