Loads of new food and leisure venues are opening in Plymouth

What an incredibly tough past 12 months this has been for the food and leisure industries. Plymouth business owners have had to persevere and negotiate extremely rocky terrain just to survive.

Sadly, not all businesses have weathered the storm and Plymouth has keenly felt their loss.

But it’s not all doom and gloom – there are a whole host of new venues opening in the city ready for the end of lockdown when we can go out and about and enjoy normal life with our friends and family once more.

Here are just some of the exciting new openings Plymouth can look forward to – bring on the summer!

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Welcome to The Depo

Union Street is not the strip it once was – but now it’s reinventing itself. The Depo is just one of many exciting openings in the historic uniting strip and owners are pledging to save Plymouth’s waning music scene.

The duo behind Plymouth music brand Casa are well under way with the transformation of their new permanent venue and the pair have been completely renovating the building to turn it into a 750-capacity nightclub.

The Depo will open in the former Crash Manor club and is on schedule to open on June 21 in line with the government roadmap.

When completed, previous punters of Crash Manor will notice some major differences, including the expansion of the downstairs dance floor and a new set of stairs forming a horse shoe shape at the back of the room.

Casa Duo Ryan Platts and Ben Gill-Carey are bringing The Depo to Union Street
Casa Duo Ryan Platts and Ben Gill-Carey are bringing The Depo to Union Street
(Image: Erin Black/Plymouth Live)

Plans also include a stage for performers, new bars upstairs and downstairs, a VIP area, a new entrance and multi-level smoking area.

You can read the full story here.

The old Millennium club

Talking of exciting things happening in Union Street, talks between investors and potential commercial tenants are now under way as plans take shape for a £4 million transformation of Plymouth’s former Millennium nightclub and cinema building into a major music venue.

Work has already begun to shore up and revamp the massive pile, in the city’s famous Union Street, after it was acquired by Nudge Community Builders in late 2020.

Nudge, set up and run by people in the local Stonehouse community, has fixed the gigantic derelict building’s leaky roof and carried out other repairs.

It is aiming to have some events take place inside the block, at one time earmarked for a GOD TV studio, in mid-2021 – coronavirus restrictions permitting.

Read the full story here.

Axe-throwing arena

An incredible indoor axe-throwing and escape rooms complex is set to open in Plymouth city centre this summer.

Founder of Escape Plymouth in Colin Campbell Court, Plymouth man Lee Broad has taken on a huge venture and is set to transform the former Halifax bank unit at Derry’s Cross into a family-friendly entertainment centre with five lanes of axe-throwing, two mini escape rooms, two full-size escape rooms, an arcade and a cafe.

The premises, which more recently housed Rumpus Cosy cafe until its closure in 2019, has been empty for some time – but is set to have a complete make-over in the coming weeks as Lee and his team move forward with their plans for the venue.

Read the full story here.

The Dome is being transformed

The businessmen who have been running Plymouth bar The Waterfront are to take over the closed and derelict The Dome on the Hoe and refurbish it to look like a 1930s ocean liner.

Inns of Cornwall and Devon, run by John Milan and Steve Bellman, has entered into an agreement with Plymouth City Council for the 125-year lease and intends to repurpose and refurbish the two-storey building as a restaurant and bar.

Contracts have now formally been exchanged and behind the scenes the company has been looking at decoration ideas, based on an art deco/1930s ocean liner theme

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The company was selected by Plymouth City Council following a bidding process carried out by independent property consultants JLL.

The partnership has considerable experience in the hospitality industry running award-winning venues, including the nearby Waterfront, at West Hoe, which won gold in the 2019 Devon Tourism Awards Pub of the Year and silver in this year’s awards.

The company also runs the Three Crowns, in Chagford, which has just won gold in the same category, and four other pubs including Exeter’s The Mill on the Exe and Headweir House, and Cornwall’s famous historic Pandora Inn at Mylor Bridge, and Tricky’s at the Tolgus Inn, Redruth.

Read the full story here.

The Club House

A plush new staycation-inspired bar and restaurant is set to open in Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard.

The Club House, which already has a venue in Liverpool, will take the empty unit which previously housed Latin American restaurant Las Iguanas.

The Liverpool site has been operating for five years and operator The New World Trading Company has chosen Plymouth as its newest location.

The Liverpool branch of The Club House, which is coming to Royal William Yard
The Liverpool branch of The Club House, which is coming to Royal William Yard
(Image: The Club House)

The Club House is set to open this spring and will serve dishes such as hanging kebabs and graze boards, as well as having a signature gin list and a collection of bottled beers and ciders.

Adam Wilde, senior operations manager for The Club House, said: “We’re delighted to bring our unique brand to a historic location like Plymouth. Joining NWTC offers the chance to develop on a personal and professional level; with unrivalled development opportunities to grow within our large family of brands.”

Read the full story here.

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Nook – a shop dedicated to plants

An online houseplant business that was launched less than a year ago has been so successful that its founders are set to open a physical shop on one of Plymouth’s most popular shopping streets.

Becca Langsford and Nieve Perry, who live in St Judes and Peverell, have been friends and “house plant enthusiasts” for several years and decided to take the plunge and set up their own business Nook Houseplants during the first lockdown last year.

At the time, Becca said she and Nieve had “always dreamed” of running their own business and wanted to combine this with their love of houseplants, partially grown from the understanding that having plants in the home can have a huge positive impact on an individual, particularly on their physical and mental health.

After launching the business online, Nook Houseplants launched the first of its ‘pop up’ shops in an independent cafe in Plymouth City Centre last July and continued to add plants, pots and handy tips to its website over the following months.

Since then, Nook Houseplants has grown from strength to strength and has become a household name across the city. So much so, that Becca and Nieve have been able to expand their business into a shop on the Barbican, in Plymouth’s retro retail arcade, The House That Jack Built.

Read the full story here.

OMG

Plymouth’s OMG bar on the Barbican is packing up and moving to a brand new location in what will become Plymouth’s ‘Gay Village’.

Owners of OMG Plymouth are chuffed to bits as the signs have officially come down at the waterfront venue as they prepare to move into what was Hanging Gardens in Bretonside.

Plymouth's OMG bar on the Barbican is packing up and moving to a brand new location in what will become Plymouth's 'Gay Village'
Plymouth’s OMG bar on the Barbican is packing up and moving to a brand new location in what will become Plymouth’s ‘Gay Village’
(Image: OMG)

And they’re not wasting time – the new, bright pink OMG sign has already been put up in pride of place at the new venue, a stone’s throw from Gossip and The Swallow.

Mathew Causon, owner of the OMG chain of LGBT+ bars, said they have teamed up with Peter Brown, former owner of The Quay Club “to bring it back to life in its old home”.

Read the full story here.

And here are some that have already opened…

Pickle Deli

A Plymouth mum is opening a vibrant and funky deli and food market in Mutley Plain despite the coronavirus lockdown.

Hannah Soley, 29, used to work in adult care but has always wanted to run her own business – so when an empty unit became available in Mutley Plain last March, she jumped at the chance to take it over.

Unfortunately, due to lockdown restrictions, it took weeks for Hannah to be able to convert the shop, which used to be McColls minimarket, into a deli and spruce it up to her liking.

But after months of hard work, Pickle Deli and Market is finally open, bringing Plymouth people a perfect combination of authentic produce from abroad and high-quality local foods.

Read the full story here.

Bethany’s Bakes

A talented baker turned business boss has launched a beautiful new bakery in Plymouth – at the age of just 17.

Bethany Cole, who lives in Milehouse, began baking cakes and cupcakes for friends and family back in 2019, but started to expand her offerings during the lockdown last year.

Bethany's business really took off during the lockdown last year - and now she's been able to open her own bakery shop
Bethany’s business really took off during the lockdown last year – and now she’s been able to open her own bakery shop
(Image: Erin Black/Plymouth Live)

After a post on social media showing her home-made sweet treats quickly went viral, more and more people across the city began showing an interest in Bethany’s baking; leading her to decide to dedicate more of her time to her new business venture while revising for her exams.

Later in the year, when GCSE exams were cancelled due to the pandemic, Bethany completely threw herself into her business and soon saw hundreds of commissions roll in from people across the city desperate to get their hands on delicious homemade birthday cakes, cupcakes, brownies and sweet treats.

It wasn’t long before Bethany’s cakes and cupcake commissions “began to take over the whole house,” so together with her mum, they soon began looking at units available to rent in Plymouth, with an aim to take on a bakery in the next couple of years.

Read the full story here.

Mamma Mia

Finally, we can’t wait to try Plymouth’s new Italian restaurant Mamma Mia, which has many surprises in store inside – and out.

Owner Ebrahim Shahim took over the unit, formerly the Ganges and Gurkha, last year and can’t wait to officially open its doors.

Mr Shahim, a mechanical engineer by profession, decided to open Mamma Mia (the restaurant) so he had something to occupy himself with in semi-retirement.

Mamma Mia owner Ebrahim Shahim stood outside the restaurant
(Image: Erin Black/Plymouth Live)

Mamma Mia is not his first foray into the food industry however, Ebrahim ran the famous Pink Elephant in Mutley Plain not long after first coming to Plymouth 49 years ago.

Read the full story here.

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