- Go see the sea, blow away the cobwebs on the Plymouth seafront. Obvious, right, and it’s bound to be cold in winter but there is nothing like a nice blowout of the fresh air variety before you follow the rest of this list – and Plymouth has its own section of remarkable Devon coastline and views, just steps from the cobbled goodness of its centre with myriad restaurants, bars and shops.
2. Visit the Christmas market. These are not the biggest markets you’ve ever seen but have everything you need very close to the main shopping centres. Around 60 log cabins and seasonal stalls complete with twinkly lights and a live music programme. More HERE
3. Eat at the Greedy Goose. This gem of a restaurant is in an ancient, atmospheric, thick stone building and even boasts its own well. Not cheap and you’ll need to book in advance but expect quality contemporary dining with fresh, locally sourced, ingredients, a fantastic wine selection and incredibly friendly and professional young staff. Owned and run by Ben and Francesca Palmer – Ben was a quarter finalist in Masterchef – The professionals in 2011. Look it up HERE
4. Visit the Plymouth Gin; Black Friars Distillery for a tour with tasting, a quick gin and tonic or to buy a bottle of one of Plymouth’s finest. The distillery is right in the city centre in the Barbican and has been in operation since 1793. Look it up HERE
5. Enjoy a tipple at The Treasury. This lively bar and restaurant is in (as the name suggests) a Grade 2-listed former courts and treasury building that dates back to the 19th century (no, I don’t know how they got planning permission either) Nonetheless this is a buzzing, atmospheric, venue for a few drinks, if only to see the slightly 80s DJ stashed away high above the bar and peruse the 150-plus gin selection. Visit the website HERE
6. Visit the marina and watch the boats on the calm-glass like water with a takeout coffee. Highly Instagrammable and good for the soul -plus you can dream about living with water view like this.
7. Enjoy a hearty breakfast by the water. Visit Boston Tea Party , located on Sutton Harbour, a stone built and funky cafe which can service all your avocado on toast needs with a great selection of smoothies and juices plus of course, multiple varieties of a full English and plenty of vegetarian options. Get your own cosy booth. Check website HERE
8. Get a good view of Plymouth. There are plenty of ways to get a view of Plymouth city of sea, including a glut of restaurants, cafes and bars with roof terraces – although some admittedly are closed in winter or inclement weather. But The Bridge on Shaw Way in Mountbatten in one option along with The Dock at King Point Marina in Brunel Way. Of course a walk along Plymouth Hoe will give you views to die for.
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