The Fig Tree @ 36 came to life in September 2017 as a family-run bistro.
Nothing is too much trouble for us, please ask us anything. We endeavour to do all we can to make sure each diner has the utmost enjoyable experience.
We only source locally where possible and utilise every ingredient.
For those who are Gluten-Free, 95% of our menu is already gluten-free. We are proud to be noticed by the coeliac society. Please let us know when booking your dietary need.
If you are a vegetarian, please note that our menu is only small so there will be only 1 or 2 options available. However, do not fear if those options aren’t to your taste. Have a chat with the team and our chefs will be able to offer off-menu options, should they be required to do so.
Any of our vegetarian dishes can be adapted and made vegan if they aren’t already. Vegans, please do let us know when you book, as we will make sure there is a vegan dessert option for you.
Do not worry, we can talk you through menu options on the evening. Please do let us know when you book, as we can make sure there are more options for you to choose from. Especially when it comes to dessert.
We have been known to hold nut-free dining services. So always ask for severe allergies. We like to think we can make anything happen for those who fear to dine out because of allergies. As always, we do ask that any allergies you have, you do make us aware upon booking. If you forget (it can happen), we will do all we can accommodate you on the evening. Just please remember choices will be limited. The more notice we have, the more menu choice there will be for you. We cannot stress enough that any dish can be adapted to suit dietary needs, after all everything is cooked fresh and to order.
As all our dishes are made and cooked to order. We all know that 1 person who only eats plain food, fear not we are the place for you. When we say nothing is too much trouble, NOTHING really is. Off menu dishes can be created, but they must be pre-ordered on booking. On the night we can create any dish, it just has to be ingredients we have in house. T&C apply*
Yes of cause we have a children’s menu. It changes as much as the adult menu, so just ask on the day what we have. Children of all ages are welcome. We are a family run bistro, we have 3 children ourselves so children are always welcome.
There really is no dress code, as long as you have clothes on. Come on in.
We are a dog friendly restaurant. As we are a small bistro, we can only allow 1 table at a time with a well behaved dog. So, if you would like to bring your fury friend, please always keep them on a lead and respect other diners. We do ask that they keep their humans under control. You must make us aware when booking that you have a dog with you or we may refuse entry to the dog. During peak busy times (Friday and Saturday evening) we are likely to say no to dogs, this is because it can get too hot and too busy for them.
As we change our menus change daily if you have that one dish of ours you absolutely love, just ask in advance and it will be on the menu when you dine (providing we have enough notice and can get hold of the ingredients).
The bistro leapt into success entering not just one but three highly reputable food guides. Michelin, AA and Trenchermans. Since winning awards with Taste of the West – Gold 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, Food and Drink Devon Awarded them with Best Restaurant 2018, followed by runner-up 2019 and gold awards 2020 and 2021, they have been eager to carry on the momentum. Michelin have given The Fig Tree @ 36 a nod of support, awarding them with a plate and a place in their food guide. Most recently the restaurant was awarded with one AA Rosette of culinary excellence and continued to maintain it for three consecutive years.
Ryan and Tanya are the couple behind the Fig Tree @ 36. They are a team in their personal life, working together running a successful business. Behind the scenes, they also manage to maintain a family home as mummy and daddy. They did not anticipate living and working together would be as natural as it has been, their children get involved where possible, keeping their business true to their beliefs. The Fig Tree @ 36 is a true family business. Not only are the children involved but they make sure team fig are not just staff but part of the family also. You may even notice Prince the cat making an appearance from time to time.
Whilst dining you will get a very warm welcome from the team. Often you will see Tanya working in the restaurant as well as behind the scenes. Ryan lives and breathes cooking, but you may catch a natter with him on the phone if you book early morning or late afternoon.
Ryan’s passion of cooking has derived from 30 years of experience working in Yorkshire, London and eventually settling down in Plymouth. In Plymouth, Ryan has been the head chef of several well-known eateries. Ryan’s journey in Plymouth started at Bistro Bene, where he achieved an AA rosette, he then opened the White Hart in Modbury, followed by overseeing Morgan’s Italian, The Mission, Steve’s Brasserie and the New Continental Hotel as the executive head chef, and Ryan’s last job before becoming chef-patron was spent as Quay 33’s head chef under owner Dave Morgan. Ryan’s passion for food shines through on each plate created and served by him and his kitchen team.
Tanya has a strong history in the hospitality business with almost 20 years experience. Holding an MSc in Learning for Sustainability; Tanya has driven The Fig Tree @ 36’s sustainable notion. She has waitressed throughout all her studies. During this time studying her master’s degree is where Tanya and Ryan began discussing how to make their dream bistro a reality.
The Fig Tree @ 36 is a business who actively helps support the local economy, environment and community. Tanya’s passion and love for food has helped drive the business through their success. Whilst Ryan cooks and Tanya supports the foundations, they find the perfect balance between family and professional life as husband and wife.
Any further information required about the restaurant please contact us via email or give us a call. Nothing is too much trouble for us. We love what we do, and we hope you do too. Thank you for taking the time to read all about us.