Living a stones throw away from the yard for the last 4 years, I have probably spent a good proportion of it down in the Royal William Yard. In my opinion it is one of the best places to visit in Plymouth. On a sunny day when you’re sat with a glass of the cold stuff by the harbour, it honestly does feel like being on holiday. Definitely a feeling that has been better than ever, considering we’ve not been able to travel abroad for close to 2 years *cries*.
Royal William Yard has quickly become a hotspot for after work drinks, staycations and everything in between. It’s home to not only restaurants, my fave hair salon Yoke, a chocolate shop and so much more.
Whether you’re local or visiting, make sure you add Royal Willian Yard to your list, here’s everywhere to eat in the Royal William Yard – you’ll be spoilt for choice! (I have linked all restaurants so you can book AND download the menu PDF before you go, come on, we all do that right?).
The Seco Lounge
Part of the Loungers group, Seco Lounge is pretty much my local, I spend SO much time there. Whether it’s for a hot chocolate, lunch or after work drinks in the sun. It’s easy going, you don’t need to book in advance and it’s just good vibes.
They have a great menu which caters for vegan and gluten free diets too. Their breakfast is a must have, it makes for a great start to the weekend, but their brunch menu is available all day too.
Everything can be ordered straight from your table with a QR code which is pretty much my fave thing that has come out of the pandemic. No more queueing for your food or drinks, everything comes straight to you, letting you enjoy the views and atmosphere for longer. P.S. It’s a great spot to sit in to watch the sunset too!
For the wine lovers, look no further. Le Vignoble is a great little place to head for after work drinks or an afternoon on a sunny day. They’ve got both outdoor and indoor seating and it’s a great place for wine tasting in Plymouth, there are up to 64 different wines that you can taste – wow. They also do cheese and charcuterie platters which are the perfect accompaniment to a few glasses of wine.
If you’re not that much into your wine, they do beer and ciders that you can choose from too. For a civilised evening, I couldn’t recommend this place enough. Perfect for heading to for some drinks after dinner in the yard too.
Clubhouse only joined the Royal William Yard after lockdown this year, with only one other in the chain in Liverpool. Previously Las Iguanas, it had big boots to fill, but I think Clubhouse has easily become my new fave! Omg, this place is wonderful. They are renown for their ‘posh kebabs’. When I say completely forget about the misconception of greasy kebabs on nights out because these are next level. Their hanging kebabs are available in a few different meats and a vegetarian option amongst other classics on the menu if you’re not swung by their kebabs.
The atmosphere and setting inside is gorgeous, it has a Hamptons coastal style interior (a cross between the luxe of the Hamptons and a casual, coastal style) which I love! They’ve also got outdoor seating so it’s perfect for grabbing drinks and nibbles too. I mean just look at the below guys!
Well, we all love a Wagas, right? Not much to say about this one in the yard, because it’s just a total classic. They do takeaway as well if you fancy sitting outside by the sea.
This photo was taken from drinks outside Wagas, a great place to watch the sunset from.
For French style cuisine you have Bistrot Pierre in the yard, just opposite their boutique hotel (it looks INSANE inside). If you’re staying in their rooms you get the pleasure of a few seconds walk across to the restaurant for breakfast in the morning, but if not you can book in for breakfast which is a must have. They do unlimited tea and coffee which is a major plus. Bottomless brunch, what? I’m all for the unlimited hot drinks.
Heading into the evening, the place comes alive and makes for a wonderful place for date night, Birthday’s or for those ‘just because’ occasions.
The Hook & Line
If you’re fancying fish, The Hook & Line is your place. Showcasing the very best of local fresh seafood and specialty rums, it’s the perfect place to eat, drink and socialise. They do takeaway too and I ADORE their fish and chips, so perfectly seasoned and yummy. As you walk in the yard take the first right and walk past Wildwood to get to it.
I’ve lost count of the amount of times that I’ve been to Wildwood or had takeaway pizzas and sat in the yard with them. The interior is incredible and such a large space that’s perfect for big gatherings and small get-togethers. They’ve got plenty of different Italian style food options on the menu as well as classic burgers and steaks. It really is such a versatile menu that’s perfect for the fussiest eaters.
Keeping along the Italian theme, Prezzo is a great little place for pizza and some drinks. They’ve got plenty of inside and outdoor seating, but booking is strongly recommended, especially during a weekend as they are always at full capacity.
Like everywhere in the yard, all of their restaurants have maintained the fabric of the original buildings which gives them a really industrial and stylish interior to eat, and drink in.
The Hutong Cafe
And a place you do NOT want to miss out on is Hutong. Not only are the family who run this place incredible, the food, coffee and community that they have created is amazing. It has become the GO to place for bagels outside of Bricklane and a place that is the only location to shiver to after a sea swim.
I’ve been going to the Hutong since the very beginning for hot chocolates and cakes, and I can confirm that their bagels really are something special. Bagels are all cooked fresh ON SITE, how good is that? Hutong is just on the left outside when approaching the entrance of Royal William Yard. Whether it’s a morning coffee, or a spot of breakfast please make sure you add this one to your list during your stay. But if you are from Plymouth and not yet visited, get yourself down there!
You can expect this below and much much MORE.
If you’re in Plymouth and enjoyed this blog, you might also like reading 10 of the best independent coffee shops in Plymouth and 10 of the best places for breakfast in Plymouth. If you have any other suggestions or questions about Plymouth and places to visit then please do let me know in the comments below. Enjoy <3