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October 30, 2018 Visit Europe No Comments Email Email

If you are planning to head to Britain’s Ocean City for a seasonal sojourn, then an overnight stay to enjoy the UK’s best bonfire night on Monday 5th November is the perfect occasion to visit Plymouth.

With over 25,000 visitors expected to watch the spectacle, the mega bonfire night celebrations will take place on Plymouth Hoe, in front of Smeaton’s Tower, overlooking the spectacular waterfront. The evening celebrations will begin at 4pm when fairground rides and pop up food stalls open. The presenters of Radio Plymouth will keep visitors entertained with an exciting music programme from 6.30pm on the stage, which will be located on the grassed area near the Royal Citadel.

The Plymouth bonfire is lit at 7.30pm and a fantastic firework display is set to illuminate the Waterfront with a glittering assortment of rockets, fountains and firecrackers lighting up the Royal Citadel at 8pm. Key landmarks on Plymouth Hoe will also be illuminated during the evening including Smeaton’s Tower and the Royal Citadel.

Marco Pierre White – Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Crowne Plaza Hotel Plymouth, offers the perfect view for the bonfire and fireworks

Gastronomic gems in Britain’s Ocean City

Plymouth is building a well-earned reputation for its impressive range of award-winning restaurants and eateries. Foodie fans planning to visit the city can experience some seriously tasty dishes in an array of tempting venues:

  • For those wishing to watch the 5th November bonfire and fireworks display Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grillat the Crowne Plaza Hotel is perfectly situated to host first rate dining whilst enjoying breath-taking views of Plymouth Hoe and Sound. Marco’s Steakhouse is a contemporary and glamorous restaurant where you can enjoy a great menu, amazing steaks and fantastic service all in a superb setting.                                                                                                                
  • Housed in the world famous Plymouth Gin Distillery is the eclectic Barbican Kitchen, established in 2006 by the Tanner Brothers, Chris and James. The Barbican Kitchen takes full advantage of the superb Westcountry larder and its menu showcases stunning local meats, vegetables and top quality fish. At the Barbican Kitchen children under 5 eat for free, ideal for visiting families.
  • If you’re looking for an independent, intimate and multiple award winning restaurant The Fig Tree @36 based near Plymouth’s Royal William Yard offers a fresh, seasonal and deliciously varied menu. The family run establishment is a recent winner of Food and Drink Devon’s Best Restaurant 2018 and is listed in the Michelin guide for 2019.
  • The double AA rosette winning restaurant The Greedy Goose is set in Plymouth’s oldest building, the Grade 1 listed Prysten House. With its own fine water well, a private first floor dining room and a stunning courtyard, the Greedy Goose offers a unique dining experience with a delicious menu, expertly curated by its skilled team.
  • Fish fans can enjoy fresh, ethically sourced and sustainable fish at Chef Mitch Tonks popular, harbour-side restaurantRockfish. Based at Sutton Harbour, the restaurant is a firm favourite for a relaxed lunch or dinner and is perfect for families and groups. The restaurant is right next-door to the National Marine Aquarium and just feet from the famous Plymouth fish market.

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Experience the UK’s oldest gin distillery and a brand new gin tasting boutique in Plymouth

 The newly opened Barbican Botanics Gin Room has 98 gins to sample and enjoy

Plymouth is renowned for its famous gin, the aptly named Plymouth Gin and for having the UK’s oldest working distillery. Based in the historic Barbican area of Plymouth, the building dates back to the early 1400s, with the most intact part of the distillery, the Refectory Room – a medieval hall with a fine hull-shaped timber roof built in 1431, being one of the oldest buildings in Plymouth.

The distillery building is steeped in history with the Mayflower Pilgrims famously spending their last night in England here in 1620. It was from the distillery they made the short walk down to the harbour to set sail on the Mayflower on their epic voyage to start a new life in America, where they founded a new Plymouth. The Mayflower ship forms Plymouth Gin’s trademark label today.

Visitors keen for a double shot of history and their favourite beverage can book 40 minute tours of the distillery, by booking ahead

Plymouth also has its first dedicated gin joint, The Barbican Botanics Gin Room, which is proving to be just the tonic for lovers of what is fast becoming the nation’s favourite spirit. The Barbican Botanics Gin Room is an artisan gin shop and boutique gin bar which has recently opened in a Grade II listed building in New Street, Plymouth, close to the Ocean Waterfront.

Barbican Botanics has luxurious seating downstairs and a chill-out room on the first floor, where people can take their drink and relax It also has a ‘tasting room’ that can hold 40 people at any one time and offers around 98 different gins, which people can experience by popping into the charming gin room and enjoying a sample. Bottles of gin are also available to buy in the shop and online.

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Dates for the diary

Plymouth is brimming with events year-round and our winter diary is looking dazzling! Here’s a list of the impressive events we’re looking forward to hosting in the coming months:

5 November – Bonfire Night

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15 November – Christmas Lights Switch-On

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22-25 November – Illuminate 2018

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 29 November – 16 December  – Plymouth Christmas Market

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Where to stay: Crowne Plaza

With its impressive location overlooking Plymouth Hoe, the hotel boasts 211 newly refurbished bedrooms, meeting and event rooms that can hold up to 425 guests, plus a leisure club and a penthouse floor Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill with panoramic views. All of this space ensures the guests experience the best in wellness, relaxation and productivity whenever they stay or visit.

This hotel is perfect for both business and leisure. It has stunning views over Plymouth Sound and is just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, nearby to the picturesque Barbican with its trendy bars, boutiques and cafes. This is all easily reached from Plymouth Railway Station.

The hotel offers 6 high-tech conference and meeting rooms, including the magnificent ballroom, which can hold from 2 to 425 guests. You can also relax in a modern health and leisure club which boasts extensive facilities including a 17metre indoor pool, sauna & steam room.

Guest Rooms:

The hotels 211 spacious bedrooms make it easy to work or relax with tea and coffee making facilities, desks, satellite TV and free WiFi. The executive rooms are very popular with visitors with some offering fantastic sea-views. Executive rooms also offer a safe, robe and slippers, mini-bar and complimentary mineral water and chocolate bar upon arrival. Kids stay and eat for free in this family-friendly hotel.

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