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The best seafood restaurants Plymouth, Devon

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My last visit to Plymouth was more than thirty years ago. I silently dismissed it as a post-war navy town with shoddy architecture. The sailors are gone, there are new developments everywhere, and there is a sense of confidence that has been missing.

The best part is that you can walk the Plymouth Hoe grassy headland and take in stunning views of busy marinas full of boats. As trawlers return with their catch, a statue of Francis Drake watches over the ocean.

Plymouth is called Britain’s Ocean City. There should be great seafood restaurants, but they are hard to find.

Although many fish restaurants are called that, a quick glance at the menus will reveal that they offer battered fish and chips, or, at best, farmed fish bass. English people have always been wary of products from the ocean, preferring to eat meat over fish. The 17 th century saw the fishing industry in decline so Edward VI made a law requiring that fish be eaten on Fridays.

Plymouth’s good people are busy promoting their catch at their annual Seafood and Harbour Festival, which takes place in September. A few restaurants have also adopted the flag. The National Marine Aquarium is just across the footbridge from Sutton Harbour. It will give you a glimpse of the variety on offer. The Atlantic Reef Tank, which is located just a few steps from Sutton Harbour, showcases the diversity of the oceans.

The Catch

The Catch, the 2022 success story, is just around the corner from Southside Street’s aquarium. It’s part fishmongers, part cooking school, and part restaurant that serves the freshest fish. Lee Holland, Rick Stein-trained head chef and manager, is passionate about all things sea.

He shows me how to open oysters, which he believes are the best in the UK. They are sweet and tender and bursting with flavor. He teaches me Ceviche and we move on to scallops, which are served from the restaurant’s own boats. We cut them with a sharp filet knife. Next, we add lime zest, juice, fresh chilli, and seasoning.

While I wait for the crab meat to heal, he shows me how to make his crab bombs. The coronation mixture of white and brown crab meats, mango and coriander are piped into a poppadum sphere the size of a golf ball. It is a delicious combination of flavours in one bite. Finally, I got to try his Ceviche. It was delicious. It’s fresh and tangy.

Ocean View from The Dome

The Dome, a bubble-shaped structure with an interior inspired by art deco, is located at the Hoe’s edge. It is a great place to eat seafood, as it allows you to see and smell the ocean. It’s a nice spot. I am informed that Plaice is the day’s catch. Local mussels are my first choice. They come in a creamy sauce and a slice of sourdough to dip. These are small and delicious, perfect for curbing my hunger pangs.

Plaice fillets are served on new potatoes with a ratatouille made of sweet and sour bell peppers. Although it’s delicious, the mild Jalfrezi sauce is too strong for the delicate Plaice. I prefer to eat the sauce alone and just have a lemon squeeze.

The Box Kitchen and Bar

Matt Dell is the chef of this all-day cafe that serves the Box museum and art gallery in the town’s centre. It’s bright and airy, and Matt says he is passionate about showing the best the South West has. He’s not averse to fish and chips, but he wants me to try his Plymouth Gin Cure chalk stream trout with housepickles, lemon, and dill. This dish is a reflection of Scandinavian influences, and it’s not bad for it.

Other sharing plates are tapa-sized. I love his homemade falafel with mint and yogurt and crispy chickpeas outside. It is worth remembering a piece of his pork and an apple sausage roll with brown sauce. His roasted cauliflower tacos are the star of the show. The slightly charred vegetables sit on top of guacamole and soured cream, while pickles and pickles surround them. PS15 offers three sharing plates at a very reasonable price.

The Hub Box

Royal William Victualling Yard includes a bakery, a cooperage, bakery and even a slaughterhouse. From the 19 th century up to the 1990’s, they supplied Royal Navy ships. It’s been converted into apartments, galleries, bars, and restaurants. One of these is The Hub, which offers a wide range of delicious burgers in its historic interior.

You have two options: Big Fish or a panko-encrusted piece halibut. I prefer the Mack Daddy. A slice of grilled mackerel, horseradish mayo and pickled beetroot on a sourdough bread. This is a great combination. I also order fries and a delicious Hub salad with croutons and charred pepper, capers, garlic, and capers.

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