Jayne Freer
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Dining out

June 13, 2017

Diners at Plymouth’s newest seafood restaurant can sample the work of one of Devon’s most talented artists thanks to a fresh collaboration.

The Harbour Seafood Restaurant, located in The Barbican, has joined forces with award-winning textile artist Jackie Gale to add a dash of colour to its walls.

The exclusive collection includes a mix of original textiles and prints, all of which showcase Jackie’s creative eye in recycling vintage materials and textiles into decorative seascapes, florals and quirky beach scenes.

Phil Thompson, owner of The Harbour Seafood Restaurant which opened in February 2017, said: “The walls were very bare and I thought it was a great opportunity to display some of the amazing talent that we have here in Devon, and Jackie’s work just fitted the bill perfectly.

“Not only is her art quirky and colourful, but many of her pieces capture iconic local landmarks and sea views and celebrate what is great about living and working in this part of the country.

“Since we’ve had Jackie’s work in situ, we’ve had many customers commenting on them, so it’s worked out really well.”

Jackie, who has a workshop in Ermington, said: “It’s fantastic to work with Phil and his team. The Harbour Seafood Restaurant is in a beautiful waterfront setting and a lot of my pictures are seascapes, so it really is the perfect partnership.”

Phil, who used to own a fish and chip shop, had been looking for the perfect location to open a restaurant for some years. He had his eye on the Glassblowing House after it went under in 2013 and finally managed to snap up the iconic building last year.

The Harbour’s menu includes a mouth-watering variety of dishes using freshly caught seafood, most of which was landed just yards away at Plymouth fish market in Sutton Harbour.

The restaurant, which employs 16 people, also includes an adjoining chip shop-style takeaway for those wanting to sample head chef Ovidiu Aneculaesei’s delights at home.

All of Jackie’s work displayed is for sale and more can be found on her website.

Written on behalf of Jackie Gale and Harbour Seafood Restaurant

Textile artist Jackie Gale and owner of The Harbour Seafood Restaurant in Plymouth