The Morley Bar & Eatery: alfresco drinking and dining in the heart of Plymouth
Nestled at the Laira Bridge’s eastern end, The Morley Bar & Eatery has an enviable central-Plymouth location on the banks of the River Plym. As you sit back with a drink in the newly landscaped garden – big enough to seat over 100 – you can watch the nautical comings and goings on the water.
In its previous incarnation, The Morley was a much-loved institution among Plymouth pubs. When the building was threatened with conversion into offices, ambitious new owners Chris Wakeham and Scott Jeffrey pulled it back from the brink and reinvigorated the business.
Inside, there’s a polished rustic-chic vibe. While the newly refurbed interiors draw on modern Moroccan inspiration, The Morley is at heart a traditional family pub – warmly welcoming kids, dogs and everyone in between. The roomy bar is relaxed and informal, with an open fire and plenty of places to perch with a pint or tuck in to a hearty meal. If you’re looking for a more intimate spot, head to the snug.
Chef Lewis Craig’s menu successfully balances pub classics with smart restaurant fare. By sourcing ingredients locally and cooking them creatively, Lewis demonstrates that pub food can be both accessible and top quality. Ale-battered haddock and honey-roast gammon rub shoulders with slow-roasted pork belly and zingy salads of mozzarella and melon on the lengthy line-up.
To maximise The Morley’s location, head outdoors, breath in the briny air and get stuck in to a seafood platter by the river.
Chef: Lewis Craig
Owners: Chris Wakeham & Scott Jeffery
- Kids welcome
- Dogs welcome
- Disabled access
- Parking available
- Private dining available
- Gluten free options
- Online booking
Butternut veloute, curried chickpeas, pitta bread, £6
Loin of venison, venison cottage pie, parsnip puree, savoy cabbage, pancetta, red wine jus, £20
Poached peaches, cherry bakewell ice cream , roasted almonds, praline, £7
With gin running through Plymouth’s veins, The Morley has dedicated its stylish garden bar to the spirit. The extensive gin list is laid out by flavour profile to make the drinks decision a little easier.