In a large glass-fronted building on Derrys Cross roundabout, in the west end of the city centre, is a magical tearoom and restaurant run by a badger named Peregrine, where afternoon tea delights, exquisite baked goods and a beautiful menu of locally sourced suppers are on offer at tasty prices.
Transformed from an abandoned bank into a restaurant, tea room, contemporary art gallery, work space and community hub in 2014, RumpusCosy, Radiant Gallery and the charity behind all of it, Effervescent, offer a unique dining and gallery experience for all ages.
Treat yourself to a high tea sat in squashy sofas, surrounded by art, antique furniture and gold leaf covering the walls, where you can indulge in finger sandwiches, a selection of teas and of course, some sweet treats. If that’s not your cup of tea (pun intended), you can satisfy your hunger with colourful seasonal menus featuring produce gathered from Devon and Cornwall’s loveliest forests, gardens and rivers. Either way, allow yourself to be spoilt by the friendly and accommodating staff, who maintain a high standard of food, comfort and presentation, from the flourishes of the food to the quality of service you’ll receive on any given day.
With such a beautiful space means you’ll often find people enjoying the exhibitions, poetry readings, film showings, performances, live music, talks and lectures, making the most of the high warehouse ceilings, the serene environment and fantastic central location.
Not to be missed too are the exhibitions in the Radiant Gallery, showing rotating exhibitions with support from Plymouth University, BBC Children in Need, BIG Lottery, Arts Council England and Barnados. The Cold Truth, a chilling exhibition of work featuring a display of children’s shoes made out of glass and ice, was, like all of the exhibitions, co-designed and curated with groups of young people, in this instance a group that had had lived experience of sexual exploitation. Running until April 29th, you can witness this powerful and chilling production allowing the subject of child sexual exploitation to become a matter of public discussion. The gallery is free for anyone to come along and have a look around, so don’t miss the opportunity to attend this heartfelt display of artistic expression.
With all of the profits created by RumpusCosy going to Effervescent, they hope to be able to continue supporting young people and raising awareness of real life issues that affect vulnerable children and teenagers. Through Radiant Gallery, they get to explore and present themes that have real importance for them, engaging audiences in what it is to be human, now.
So if you’re having a stroll around town and are peckish for some finger sandwiches or in need of a cup of tea, head down to the West End of the city centre for an unparalleled tea room experience. Revel in the antique furniture and china tea cups, gorge yourself on sweet treats and fine dining and finally, explore the artwork that has become such an important outlet for the young and vulnerable people of this city. Not only is RumpusCosy and Radiant Gallery a snug for consumers, it also holds its arms open to those looking for support, and I think that’s what makes the place so truly spectacular.
Find out more about RumpusCosy online at www.radiantspace.org.uk/rumpus-cosy or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RumpusCosy or on Twitter @RumpusCosy