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The Mad Merchant Coffee House

37 New Street | The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NA, England
+44 1752 214091
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“carrot cake” (4 reviews)
“cakes” (7 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
37 New Street | The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NA, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unexpectedly came across this quirky little place on Sunday. We didn't know it existed but we will definitely be back. We had coffee and cake which was really well priced and delicious. Others around us were tucking in to some gorgeous looking lunches. We are...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JoCas8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely selection of baked cakes, friendly staff and fair prices. Seating is limited but adequate for the size of the premises. Lovely garden too!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Mirela M
Reviewed 26 October 2018

We almost passed by and so pleased we didn’t. It’s a gem, to be found just off the main Barbican area of Plymouth. The coffee was lovely and as it was a warm autumn day we enjoyed a light lunch in the outdoor seating area,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Vealygood
Reviewed 16 October 2018

I heard about this place via Facebook,so when I came across it while walking around Plymouth’s Barbican, I had to give it a try. You can either sit inside or they have lovely seating areas outside that you can walk through to. It has waitress...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Suz33w00zie
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We visited the Mad Merchant several months ago only to discover it was closed. I understand the coffee house has now changed hands and is linked to the Turkish restaurant across the street. This time we were able to take advantage of the mild autumn...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank stamjh
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

A lovely hidden gem in the barbican area with a secluded garden which gives a feeling of tranquillity in the middle of a city Food and service excellent - will be back soon

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Angie H
Reviewed 18 September 2018

We chanced upon this establishment tucked away in The Barbican, Plymouth while looking for another place recommended by TripAdvisor. The menu was interesting and we were drawn in by promise of all-day breakfast with sourdough toast and pots of tea. All three of us ordered...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Mabel M
Reviewed 12 September 2018

I visited this coffee house with my husband 2 days ago. It was lovely to be able to sit in the garden, which does need some attention to the grass area and flower beds. The decking and undercover areas, however, were lovely. The cream tea...More

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank Marcia B
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Regular coffee meetings with a friend has seen us try out different venues in Plymouth. I picked this after reading good reviews and being interested about its decor. It has both inside and outside seating the outside could benefit from some heating for when the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank sharuss
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

One of the best breakfasts I have had and i've been to some great breakfast places, like Delaunay's in london. Great little touches like Sourdough toast, tomatoes in olive oil, good quality bacon and sausage. Nice to sit out in the little peaceful garden area...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank keith3270
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1 August 2018|
Response from Chris S | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, first of all Im not the proprietor of this establishment, just a customer and secondly I have no idea what secondhand hookah smoke is.sorry I couldnt help.
20 April 2018|
Response from Chris S | Reviewed this property |
sorry I dont know I am not the proprietor, just a customer
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$3 - US$13
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 New Street | The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Plymouth
  • Phone Number: +44 1752 214091
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Fabulous Coffee House in Plymouth's historic Barbican area, a 16th century merchants house makes a great setting to enjoy our delicious coffee, made on our new San Remo Racer, we also serve delicious homemade cakes. And on rainy day you can take a look at our fantastic book selection in our reading room. We also have a beautiful garden to enjoy the sun and relax in a tranquil setting.
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