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Alfresco Dining

Do you prefer to dine under the stars and enjoy the surroundings of a nice courtyard or garden? Well if the answer is yes (and why wouldn't it) then in Plymouth there is an embarrassment of riches for you to experience. Whether your inclinations are for those late summer evenings or lazy afternoons, it's easy to find a picturesque location at the back of a reputable restaurant or bistro to satisfy your every whim.

The relaxing feel and eclectic mix of The Waterfront, Barbican and Plymouth Hoe areas of the City offer food lovers a plethora of excellent restaurants with their piazzas and waterside locations they are ideal for any rendezvous both day or night. The aptly named Waterfront Restaurant and Bar is a stones throw from the waters edge and offers everything from fine dining, a la carte menus as well as a bar food that can cater for a romantic evening for two through to those celebrating in larger groups. With the waterfront being one of many of Plymouth's great attributes there are plenty of options when it comes to taking in a meal as well as the sea air.

The Watering Hole on Quay Road, offers extensive al fresco dining renowned for its high standards of food and service The Watering Hole also has an impressive new heated outdoor terrace to take advantage of the fantastic Harbour side. Just a few steps further down Quay Road is Bacaro. a continental Venetian Tapas Bar opening from early morning until Midnight and with a fantastic Mediterranean atmosphere. No talk of outside dining and particu larly, The Barbican would be complete without Cap n'Jaspers quite simply, the best place to eat!

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Alfresco dining is not exclusively kept to the harbour side venues, there are certainly restaurants in the City centre that offer just as much if not more for those dining out in Plymouth. The Steak & Omelette is an institution in Plymouth and after 40 years of business the restaurant is still going strong. Possibly the finest restaurant in Plymouth, Chloe's Restaurant in Princess Street is designed for the discerning diner and has built a reputation on providing excellent, locally sourced food with a modern French twist. Continuing our look at the City centre, Heaven Bar Restaurant Gallery in Exeter Street has a superb sun deck where you can sample the Mediterranean food whether at lunchtime or evening. Run by brothers Chris and James Tanner and situated in the oldest surviving domestic building in Plymouth, Tanners Restaurant with its unique covered inner courtyard will give you a very intimate dining experience.

Alfresco dining is not exclusively kept to the harbour side venues, there are certainly restaurants in the City centre that offer just as much if not more for those dining out in Plymouth.


As far as the chains are concerned Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge & La Tasca have also tapped into the Alfresco way by giving both choice and a family focus. If you want to take a trip a little further afield then Kitley House Hotel and Restaurant, The Restaurant at The Arundell Arms Hotel in Lifton, Langdon Court Restaurant at Down Thomas and The View at Millbrook are all guaranteed to add atmosphere, picturesque settings and all round quality to your culinary experience. Whatever your preference, as long as the sun is shining, our guide to Alfresco dining in the City will give you plenty of ideas of how to make use of those long hot summer nights.

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