Celebrity chef restaurants in Plymouth

Devon’s always been known for its fabulous food. Its farms and coast produce some of the best fresh produce in the country, and it boasts wonderful tea rooms, great foodie pubs, and one of the top-rated fine-dining restaurants in the UK (Michael Caines’ Gidleigh Park, see below).

And Devon now has another big foodie draw: Plymouth. This up-and-coming coastal city has become a celebrity chef restaurant hotspot, with diners able to choose from Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall, James and Chris Tanner, Gary Rhodes, Mitch Tonks and Anton Piotrowski.

Thinking of choosing Devon as your foodie holiday destination? Read our guide to celebrity chefs in Plymouth – and elsewhere in Devon too.

Where do the top chefs eat out in Devon? Read our interviews with Mitch Tonks and Simon Hulstone
Read about this year’s Devon food festivals, our expert guide to Devon wine and vineyards, and the latest on Devon food, chefs and food events
Read more about food and restaurants around Devon

Plymouth restaurants with celebrity chefs

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Mitch Tonks: Rockfish Seafood & Chips

Mitch TonksRockfish Seafood & Chips from seafood expert, writer and chef Mitch Tonks opened at Sutton Harbour in June 2013, making it the newest celebrity chef restaurant in Plymouth.

Overlooking the water and with Plymouth’s fish market and The National Marine Aquarium as neighbours, the produce at Rockfish is spankingly-fresh. It pleases laid-back diners and families as much as serious foodies with dishes from fish and chips to oysters, crab sandwiches to whole soft-shell crab.

Official Devon tip: Mitch also has two great restaurants in Dartmouth: the original Rockfish (voted best fish & chip restaurant in the UK in 2013) and The Seahorse (Best UK Restaurant in the Observer Food Magazine Awards in 2012 and Best Seafood Restaurant in the Good Food Guide 2013), which regularly hosts night with Mitch’s celebrity friends.

Gary Rhodes: Rhodes Kitchen

Gary RhodesRhodes Kitchen, part of Rhodes @ The Dome, opened at the Plymouth Dome site on the Hoe early in 2013, adding to Gary Rhodes’ career spanning more than 25 years as one of Britain’s original and best-known celebrity chefs.

With stunning views overlooking the waters of Plymouth Sound, the décor at Rhodes Kitchen is upmarket (though mains start at £11), and dishes centre around lots of local produce served as Gary’s trademake classic British dishes, including Red Ruby Devon beef steaks.

 

Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall

Hugh-Fearnley-WhittingstallWhen Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall opened his River Cottage Canteen & Deli at Royal William Yard at the end of 2011 he accelerated Plymouth’s celebrity chef boom.

Situated on the water’s edge in a huge listed building with a fantastic alfresco terrace, Hugh’s ‘canteen’ (it’s laid-back but pretty cool) builds on his hugely popular TV programmes and books. It’s all about fresh, seasonal produce and sustainable fishing, as shown in dishes such as whole grilled mackerel with beetroot and horseradish.

Official Devon tip: Hugh’s original River Cottage HQ (as seen on TV) is near Axminster in East Devon. It’s a fantastic foodie hub, with a cookery school, events and restaurant, plus there’s a Canteen restaurant in Axminster itself.

Chris and James Tanner: The Barbican Kitchen and Tanners Restaurant

TannersFor a long time, the Tanner brothers were the celebrity chefs in Plymouth. They opened Tanners Restaurant in 1999, just before becoming regulars on cookery programmes such as Ready Steady Cook, and more recently, Saturday Kitchen.

Since then, Tanners Restaurant has built a reputation as one of the best special occasion restaurants in the city. Set in a beautiful listed building, it offers fine-dining dishes made using top local ingredients, plus a tasting menu and wine flight, but is careful to keep prices accessible. The brother’s Barbican Kitchen is more laid-back than the restaurant, with a young vibe (think whitewashed stone walls, wooden floors and funky tunes) and brasserie-style food.

Official Devon tip: The Barbican Kitchen is in the same building as the Plymouth Gin Distillery, which offers tours, tasters, and the chance to blend your own gin.

Anton Piotrowsk: The Treby Arms in Sparkwell

Anton PiotrowskiAfter being named (joint) winner of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2012 Anton Piotrowsk returned to cooking at his pub-restaurant The Treby Arms, in the village of Sparkwell near Plymouth.

And he’s shown that his victory was well-deserved. Within the atmosphere of a traditional village pub with wooden beams Anton serves local, seasonal produce in classic dishes with imaginative touches.

Celebrity chefs Devon-wide

Michael Caines: Gidleigh Park and Abode Exeter

The hugely accomplished Michael Caines, is at the helm of both the two-Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park in Chagford and ABode Exeter, which has a restaurant, café and tavern next door. Stay at fabulously luxurious Gidleigh, or nearby Devon country house B&B and wedding venue Coombe Trenchard or Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel.

Peter Gorton: Gorton’s Restaurant

Master Chef of Great Britain Peter Gorton made his name at Michelin-starred restaurants around the world before basing himself in the Westcountry, and is one of the region’s best-known chefs. He’s now chef-proprietor at Gorton’s Restaurant in Tavistock.

Simon Hulstone: The Elephant

Award-winning chef Simon Hulstone regularly represents Great Britain in international cheffing competitions, returning to show off his skills at his Michelin-starred Torquay restaurant, The Elephant

Find out more

Where do the top chefs eat out in Devon? Read our interviews with Mitch Tonks and Simon Hulstone
Read about this year’s Devon food festivals, our expert guide to Devon wine and vineyards, and the latest on Devon food, chefs and food events
Read more about food and restaurants around Devon