Everyman Cinema Plymouth – is it worth going?

We tried out the new Everyman Cinema Plymouth for Rich’s birthday last week and – spoiler alert – I have to say it was a complete hit! Okay so it’s a little bit more expensive than going to one of the larger cinema chains. We could have got tickets to see Dune: Part Two at the Vue but I’m not sure that I could have managed almost three hours in one of their seats, even if it was one of the reclining ones!

We left our little Mabel safely tucked up at Anchor Cottage and then drove to the Royal William Yard in Plymouth. It takes about 20-25 minutes from Noss Mayo and is a really easy drive. I really like crossing the Plym into Britain’s Ocean City, especially at night, I love the reflection of the city lights on the water.

Royal William Yard

If you haven’t been to Royal William Yard in Plymouth you should. It’s those clever chaps from Urban Splash who have renovated the Grade I Napoleonic Barracks on the waterfront opposite Mount Edgecombe. It was constructed in 1825 and named after King William IV, it’s purpose was to keep the naval fleet supplied and afloat. A Naval victualling yard with each building named after it’s use – Brewhouse, Slaughterhouse…it’s a really iconic space and now has a mix of shops, restaurants, living accomodation and entertainment.

We managed to find a packing spot very easily, the pay & display is a bit of a faff actually but I have emailed them my feedback. And headed straight to Wagamama’s. We had two of our three boys with us who are Vegatsu/Katsu Curry fans and it’s always worth keeping the troops happy! But Wagamama’s isn’t your only choice for food. There’s a decent range of eateries including Pho, Bistrot Pierre & a Le Vignoble but the next place I want to try is  The Hook & Line. Ben Squire & Steve Page have created a place to eat & drink and use their own boats – Sidney Rose, Elin D & Barbican Rose – to catch the shellfish & white fish, using other local suppliers for other fishy items on the menu.

Cinema experience at The Everyman

Shu’s shiok chicken devoured, my choice, we headed straight to the Melville building where the new Everyman cinema is located. It’s very impressive and you’ll climb the original granite steps up to the second floor. You’re greeted in the very plush bar and then escorted to the screen by a host. If you’ve not been to an Everyman before they’re fabulous, comfy sofas rather than chairs and you can order drinks and food directly to your seat.

Once everyone had got their drinks the lights dimmed and the epic sequel began. The screen is a good size, I’m not a huge fan of the really big screens as I find myself craning my neck to try and see the whole show. The Everyman screen was just the perfect size, the sound was incredible and the sofa was very forgiving. Almost full marks from the family, they only dropped a point for the size of the sweetie tub which was ‘way too small for £4’ according to our twins!

Back to Anchor Cottage

We were back in our PJs by 10.30, just time for a birthday nightcap whilst discussing the merits of the latest in the Dune Trilogy. It’s hard to believe that there’s a world class city only a short drive from the tranquil setting of Anchor Cottage. We opened the balcony doors in the master bedroom and all you could hear was the gentle lapping of Noss Creek. The perfect combination. And there was one very happy birthday boy!

What’s On at The Royal William Yard

There’s always loads of good stuff going on in Plymouth and the Royal William Yard is no exception. There’s comedy nights, printmaking workshops as well at the monthly food and craft market which is always worth a trip.

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