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Plymouth Arts Centre Cafe Bar

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British, Contemporary
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38 Looe Street, Plymouth PL4 0EB, England
+44 1752 206114
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating
Good for: Local cuisine
Description: Our award-winning restaurant is run by Josh Peel. Josh and his team create...
Our award-winning restaurant is run by Josh Peel. Josh and his team create utterly delicious, affordable food with fresh, seasonal and sustainable ingredients sourced from local suppliers.Plymouth Arts Centre restaurant is the Barbican's hidden gem - enjoy Art, Film and Food in a contemporary setting with character. We serve food and drink through the day, to eat in the restaurant, take away, or even take into the cinema. As one customer commented, "How civilized is it that I can get a cocktail and watch a film!"In 2012 the restaurant at Plymouth Arts Centre was awarded 'Best Restaurant' award by the Plymouth Food Awards.
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  • 23
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    Very good
  • 8
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  • 7
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  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Limited catering provided by Blue Bear deli

The Art Centre pulled out of running their own restaurant or allowing new franchise arrangements. They still have a low key arrangement for film goers and bar users provided by the Blue Bear deli in nearby Bilbury St. Look at the Art Centre website for the very limited snacks menu.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
HillyCirencester
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Walkhampton, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We found this to be a perfect complement to the arts centre cinema. It offers a range of drinks to suit most tastes. We didn't try the food other than pre-packed film-goers' snacks. Beer was good, mulled wine was a nice touch.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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1,115 reviews
687 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The Art Centre pulled out of running their own restaurant or allowing new franchise arrangements. They still have a low key arrangement for film goers and bar users provided by the Blue Bear deli in nearby Bilbury St. Look at the Art Centre website for the very limited snacks menu.

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1 Thank HillyCirencester
Devon
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1,590 reviews
987 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5,994 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Came last evening hoping to eat before the film, only to find that the restaurant has been closed, permanently, entirely without warning, apparently as a result of a substantial cut in the Centre's grant funding. We have enjoyed the food facilty over many decades, mostly the vegetarian cafe run by this indomitable women, followed by Sam Lowndes excellent little bistro.... More 

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1 Thank Jannerbloke
Kate F, Public Relations Manager at Plymouth Arts Centre Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Following a 27% reduction in funding from Arts Council England, The Council of Management of Plymouth Arts Centre made the decision to close the restaurant from 10 March. Whilst we recognise that the restaurant was popular with many of our cinema audience, unfortunately it consistently made a loss over a number of years and was therefore unsustainable for the Charity... More 

Devon
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

Stopped for a quick snack after baby cinema (watching a regular film with baby (which was fantastic!)). Although the food was part of the deal and therefore they'd know how many paninis were needed.... They'd run out and the guy was a little rude.... think he was probably just busy but...! We got the food after a wait though and... More 

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2 Thank Girl76
Plymouth
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Popped in today hoping for a light bite lunch. Only offerings were soup or paninis. Had a quick coffee and went elsewhere. We were amused to see on the special Christmas menu that one of the choices was a turkey rissole. There's a first time for everything, but a rissole as a festive meal....

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3 Thank Lilyanda
Dartmoor
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The restaurant has changed from how it was with upmarket food and good atmosphere upstairs to a far more casual and relaxed cafe style, predominantly downstairs by the bar. The change has come about, I believe due to a change in the funding, making the arts centre, which is a charity have to cut its coat to suit its cloth.... More 

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2 Thank Veryan W
plymouth
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

Unfortunate as it is, the chef Sam Lounds no longer works here, and in his absence it appears that they really have cut down on what they're offering. The bar/restaurant is manned by the young chef that accompanied Sam, and his friend Charlie on the bar. While their work is great, you can't help but wonder if they are being... More 

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2 Thank RealistonePlymouth
Kate F, Public Relations Manager at Plymouth Arts Centre Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. The food we serve at PAC Food, and the way it is served, has changed in the last few months. We feel our offer is now more suitable for our predominately cinema-going audience, rather than a full restaurant-style experience which is not why people come to Plymouth Arts Centre. As a charity, our resources are... More 

London
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97 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This used to be a great place with good art, delicious food and an easy atmosphere. What has happened. Downstairs is a coffee bar with no customers and a barman/barista so condescending that we chose to leave without sampling his fare (which appeared to be limited to brownies and salad rolls in the fridge wrapped in cling film). The convivial... More 

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2 Thank Englishmanonbusiness
Kate F, Public Relations Manager at Plymouth Arts Centre Cafe Bar, responded to this review

Sorry you had a bad experience on your recent visit. I hope you are able to come again and see some more of the work and artefacts from the Walk On exhibition which are displayed on the walls and in a glass case in the cafe and in the restaurant. More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

First time visit today for a girlie cup of coffee whilst the kids were at school. Bright and fresh, great americano and pot of tea served with tasty piece of cake. Will defo visit again to try the hot food choices and the cocktails!

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Thank Oakes59
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Came in for a pre-film supper a couple of weeks ago and found that it seemed to be all change. Will be disappointed if the place is in free fall. We had a brief snack and ended up eating again later at the Noodle Lounge. Does anyone know what's afoot?

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1 Thank 777hettiew
Kate F, Public Relations Manager at Plymouth Arts Centre Cafe Bar, responded to this review

We've had some recent changes here, one of which has been that orders are now taken at the bar, rather than at the table but we still have Cinema Suppers and daily Specials. Sammy decided that the time was right for him to move on and his ambition is to set up his own business and we wish him luck... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 38 Looe Street, Plymouth PL4 0EB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Plymouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1752 206114

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 36
  • Cuisine: British, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Our award-winning restaurant is run by Josh Peel. Josh and his team create utterly delicious, affordable food with fresh, seasonal and sustainable ingredients sourced from local suppliers.Plymouth Arts Centre restaurant is the Barbican's hidden gem - enjoy Art, Film and Food in a contemporary setting with character. We serve food and drink through the day, to eat in the restaurant, take away, or even take into the cinema. As one customer commented, "How civilized is it that I can get a cocktail and watch a film!"In 2012 the restaurant at Plymouth Arts Centre was awarded 'Best Restaurant' award by the Plymouth Food Awards.
Open Hours
Tuesday
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 8:30 pm

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