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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
10:00 - 20:30
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2,438 reviews
1,506 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6,532 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016

We used to come a lot and our group of friends have decided to make it a regular habit again. The bar and I think the snack option have been closed for August and the centre hours limited to 1-5pm. Usual hours are 1-8.30pm. The whole place now shuts on Sundays (as well as Monday's as always was). Snacks are... More 

Thank Jannerbloke
Walkhampton, United Kingdom
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154 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 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.

Thank Richardt1008
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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1,112 reviews
690 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3,298 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 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.

1 Thank HillyCirencester
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2,438 reviews
1,506 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6,532 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 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 

2 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 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 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 

2 Thank Girl76
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 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....

3 Thank Lilyanda
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 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 

2 Thank Veryan W
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 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 

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 

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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 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 

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 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!

Thank Oakes59

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$32
British, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 20:30
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
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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