Christmas on Plymouth Barbican 2019
Fall in love with the Barbican this Christmas.
Christmas is slowly, but surely getting closer and the festive-looking Plymouth Barbican is the perfect location to shop and spend time with your friends and family. With the hustle and bustle of the busy high street, the Barbican is a true oasis of calmness where you can still enjoy a great community feel and friendly advice from the local shop owners. There is a great variety of small specialist shops offering unique gifts and a fantastic choice of restaurants, cafe’s and bars perfect for a get together.
In this feature, we celebrate what makes the Barbican so special – the small, independent businesses. A vast majority of businesses on the Barbican are family run and by choosing to shop local this festive season, you’re making theirs extra special too. Here are a few of the places we think you’ll love, so next time when you’re around, do take your time to explore the Barbican as there are plenty more gems like these to be found.
A tiny chocolate shop with tons of flavour
Domea Favour has recently opened within the House That Jack Built and it has quickly became a little hot-spot for chocolate connoisseurs. The owner Nicholas has great passion for good food and after working in the Barbican Kitchen for many years, he decided to focus his attention on chocolate. From making sweet treats for friends and family to selling his creations at various markets and events, his love for chocolate-making evolved into a business that is now booming!
Chocolate teapot anyone? Domea Favour specialises in high quality, bespoke chocolate designs and quite frankly, as far as commissions are concerned, anything goes. Nick spends hours perfecting the shapes, choosing the right mouldings, flavours and colours before each line makes it to the shelf. His attention to detail, passion for innovation and love for chocolate really shine through.
With Christmas on the way, Domea Favour have a fantastic selection of gifts on offer with new items appearing daily. From secret santat to larger bespoke treats, they got you covered. Build your own quality chocolate Advent Calendar and indulge in delicate truffles and silky chocolates, with fillings including mince pie, orange Christmas pud, Bailey’s, prosecco, pistachio and so much more!
If you don’t manage to catch him during the day, Nick will be taking his horse cart to the Royal William Yard for the 4 evenings of illuminate, serving his delicious hot chocolate, chocolate popcorn and marshmallows to keep you all warm and toasty.
Domea Favour, 10 Southside St, Plymouth PL1 2LA
Tel: 07341 553988
The Classic Camera Shop now has more room to grow
The beloved classic camera shop – Soperfect Images has recently moved and found new home within 23 New Street. This much larger space means they have much more room to grow and offer even more variety. The shop now also is a home to a purpose built darkroom at the back, meaning that they can develop any film, no matter how old, in-house. The new darkroom is also be available to hire and owner Russel, hopes to host small workshops within.
Soperfect Images is a well established specialist vintage and digital camera shop offering advice, repairs, servicing and workshops. There’s a vast selection of cameras and lenses available, all of which have been professionally cleaned and checked before going on the shelf. Some of the cameras available to buy, date all the way back to the early 1900’s, all of them work perfectly fine, have been tested and can be supplied with film! The shop stocks a large selection of film including 35mm, 120 film, instant, black and white, colour and slide film.
The shop is a real photography passionate’s heaven, it has even been known to attract the attention of world famous photographer – David Bailey. People travel from far and wide to see Russel’s vintage camera collection, get a valuation and ask his advice. Take a look at Soperfect Images website to see examples of cameras they have available and see galleries images taken with what’s in store.
For those of you interested in learning how to use a vintage camera, you can book in for one of the workshops. Each is an afternoon of film photography, teaching you how to load and unload your film, showing camera settings, explaining composition, advising on use of filters and much more.
Soperfect Images , 23 New Street, Plymouth PL1 2NB
Tel: 07779 017334
From sea to plate in just a few hours
Step inside The Boathouse, an award-winning seafood café and bar. As the name suggest, this waterfront gem is situated within the beautifully renovated arches that were once fishermen’s stores. The owner’s love for fishing and sourcing the best seafood that our waters have to offer, is at heart of what they do. Over the years, The Boathouse has established itself as one of the best regarded seafood restaurants in the area. All of their fish and shellfish is caught by the restaurant’s two day boats – The Sidney Rose and the Elin D, seafood does not get fresher or more local than that!
But it’s not only seafood that is on offer here, the restaurant’s Christmas Party Menu boasts with a selection of local meats including choice of beef or turkey as your main course. Freshly caught Pollock is also on the festive menu, in tune with the restaurant’s ethos. Whatever you choose, you will be in for a treat as The Boathouse’s talented team of chefs will work their magic to ensure you have an exceptional culinary experience. Book in for a 2 course Christmas party meal for just £21.95 or 3 courses for £24.95. There’s also a great selection of festive warmers, best enjoyed after your meal by the light of their fabulous Christmas tree.
If you’re attending this year’s Illuminate Light Festival – you’ll be in for a treat as there will be not one, but two light installations by The Boathhouse. We would thoroughly recommend giving them a call to book for your dinner and enjoy the light show as you dine. Then hop on the nearby ferry and join in with the rest of Illuminate fun in the Royal William Yard.
The Boathouse, 2-4 Commercial Wharf, Plymouth, PL1 2NX
Tel: 01752 600560
Barbican’s fashion, accessories and gifts emporium
Over the years, Peardrops had grown into a real fashion haven by hand selecting beautiful clothing made in Italy, including trendy and well-made dresses, coats and cardigans. To complement your chosen look, they also have a vast selection of everyday or special occasion jewellery and accessories including scarves, hats and handbags.
And this year, their fashion efforts have even been noticed by Gok Wan’s team, as Peardrops were invited to participate in Gok’s famous “One size fits all” fashion event in Plymouth. He even bought a few items himself, ready to give to his friends. So shop like Gok, and do pop in for a browse.
Once in, you’ll soon want to tuck into exploring the vibrant clothing rails which offer an incredible variety. The selection of clothing is just superb for a shop this size and the lovely ladies – Anne and Jo, are always more than happy to help you pick a style that will suit you best. You will find lots of colourful accessories, beautiful handbags, scarves, gloves and shawls to complete your look and update your winter wardrobe.
Those of you looking for a tasteful gift for someone special this Christmas will be spoilt for choice. You can ask for help to mix and match according to favourite colour, style and budget, there are also some ready sets available which Anne selected herself and beautifully gift wrapped – almost ready to go under the tree. There’s also a wonderful selection of vintage styled gifts, tea cosies and beautiful decorations to choose from.
We would certainly recommend stopping by whether you’re looking for something in particular or just fancy a little browse.
Peardrops Jewellery, 11 Southside Street, The Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2LA
Tel: 01752 267474