Finding myself in Plymouth yesterday (and feeling suitably proud after driving myself there for the first time since the big test pass last summer), I decided to stop off at Royal William Yard and enjoy a walk somewhere different. And it was one of those whims that turned out to be fantastic.
Thanks to the impressive stone walls that loom high either side of the cobbled entrance to the development, there’s even a sense of occasion as you drive your way in. Home to what were once Royal Naval victualling buildings, warehouses, and its own harbour, Royal William Yard is now one of Plymouth’s most chic spots. The cobbled pathways guide you between buildings that you just know have a thousand stories to tell, and as the sun was out in full force I wandered past al fresco diners enjoying the views as I passed the restaurants and cafes that lure foodies all year round.
We all love pizza, but have you ever eaten pizza in one of the oldest industrial buildings in Plymouth? I thought not. There’s also a River Cottage Canteen and Deli, the Royal William Bakery, Seco Lounge (great for cocktails if you go of an evening), Le Bistrot Pierre and lots more to choose from when it comes to that feast with a view.
Anyway, I digress… it was one of those days where the sun’s making such a show of itself that it seems a shame to step inside, so I picked a pew beside the water and settled down to see what I could see for a while. The complex has the feeling of being a world away from the city, and with the boats gliding their way by and the occasional passenger waving their hand in greeting, I thought I’d found the perfect spot to take some time out…and then I made my discovery.
Heading back to my car in the new car park at the back of the yard, I caught sight of a tunnel, complete with cobbled alleyway, leading out to the sea. Feeling very Famous Five about it all, I made my way through the tunnel and was rewarded with the sight of the Tamar estuary in all its shimmery glory. With panoramic views across the water and nothing but the sound of the water lapping the shore for company, this is the perfect place to come on a sunny day and enjoy an hour or two with a book…I can’t wait.
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