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The Greedy Goose

The Greedy Goose is tucked away in a quaint little spot behind Plymouth's  impressive St Andrew's Church, which amazingly survived the heavy bombing of Plymouth during WWII. Situated on the ground floor of 15th Century Grade 1 Listed Building, now known as Prysten House. It was previously known as Yogge's House for the simple reason that it was built for and lived in by an influential Plymouth merchant called Thomas Yogge around 1498. This historic building even boasts it's own private water well. Now owned by Ben and Francesca the restaurant offers an ambient dining experience with an amazing seasonal menu.


The Treasury

Just a stones throw from The Greedy Goose is a bar, cafe and restaurant called The Treasury. It is in a Grade 2 Listed building on the East end of Plymouth's famous Guildhall. With history dating back to 1615, the setting is full of original features. The Treasury being bombed in WW11, as it was part of the Guildhall was one of the few buildings to be restored rather than demolished after the war. The Treasury was used as part of the Plymouth Police HQ from 1873 to 1935 and you can still see an original police lamp above the door in Catherine Street. In 1935 the City Council took over the building and it became used as the City Treasury, where some locals would go to pay their rates! The great walk in strong room still remains in the premises.

The Treasury is now a relaxed place to dine and has a well stocked bar offering a range of 35 cocktails and 150+ gins. 


Plymouth Gin

Head down from The Treasury to the Historic Barbican area of Plymouth, about a 4 -5 minute walk. At the entrance to the Barbican and just on the left hand side of Southside Street, you can't fail to miss the distinctive and chracterful building that is The Plymouth Gin Distillery. It has been in operation since 1793 and used to be known as Black Friars Distillery.This is because the buildings were once a monastery belonging to the Black Friars.Many tours are available on a daily basis,of the building and the making of the very special Plymouth Gin, starting at £10 for a 40 minute tour. 

Once you have done this you could then head upstairs to the lovely restaurant that is housed inside called The Barbican Kitchen. It was established in 2006 by the award winning Tanner Brothers, the menu includes fantastic local produce which also includes a set menu of 1, 2 or 3 courses from the A La Carte menu.


Cosmic Kitchen

Situated in Sir John Hawkins Square a characterful little cobbled area just behind the Magistrates Court and only a couple of minutes from the historic Prysten House is another restaurant called Cosmic Kitchen. The square itself is named after a Naval Commander, Privateer, and Ship Builder who was born in Plymouth in 1532. He was almost certainly involved in the Slave Trade along with others of his time, Drake, Raleigh and Frobisher. The Cosmic Kitchen building itself was built in 1865 and used as a Seaman's Mission and then a studio by famous local artist Robert Lenkiewicz. 

It is a red brick building chapel with typical Victorian character, now used a Vegetarian and Vegan restaurant, family run with an interesting menu offering delicious and affordable ,the interior is just as quirky as the outside. 


The Chancel

Just around the corner from Cosmic Kitchen is The Chancel a stylish Wine Bar and Bistro. Situated on St Andrews Street and just opposite the East end of the impressive Plymouth Church of St Andrew. The name of the restaurant comes from the church itself with a 'Chancel' being the area of a church near the altar and usually reserved for the clergy and choir and separated from the nave by steps or a screen. 

The building itself offers a pleasant view of the East wing of the church and is Grade 2 Listed. Built in the mid 19th century originally as a shop with 2 floors of residential accommodation above and an attic. It retains many of it's original features. The varied menu offers everything from lunch, Tapas, Afternoon Tea to Pre Theatre Dining and has been open since 2011.

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