Explore Cornwall'sFoodie Hotspots
This beautiful County is so much more than its dramatic coastline and sub-tropical vegetation, particularly when it comes to fish. The sheer number and variety of great places to eat is impressive. Here are our favourite restaurants in Cornwall right now.
The Mariners – Rock
The Mariners boasts one of the best water views in North Cornwall on the waterfront of the Camel Estuary . It has been recently taken over from Nathan Outlaw by fellow Cornwall-based chef, Paul Ainsworth who has opened it in collaboration with Cornish Brewery, Sharp’s. The interior is cosy, relaxed and modern, and the food is some of the most delicious ‘pub grub’ we have ever had.
The menus, designed by Paul and head chef Joe Rozier, focus on British classics while championing the best of local produce.The Mariners offers classic food done exceptionally well and with Ainsworth at the helm, you wouldn’t be surprised that the food is incredible.
If you need a recommendation, the ‘Dogs Pollock’ is amazing and the Cornish Rarebit is something else!
Address: Slipway, Rock, PL27 6LD
Phone: 01841 532093
Porthminster Cafe – St Ives
Porthminster Cafe has stunning coastal views of the white sandy beaches and turquoise seas that surround St Ives. Head Chef Michael Smith is the man behind the mains, and he was one of the first chefs in Cornwall to introduce foraged produce into his menus.
Unsurprisingly, fish is the name of the game at Porthminster, and you can tuck into some of the finest bounty that the Cornish waters have to offer. Cornish crab linguine, whole grilled lobster and monkfish curry are just some of the dishes that have graced the menu with seafood sourced locally from St Ives, Newlyn, Looe and Mevagissey. Vegetables, herbs and salad are taken from the Café’s on-site Porthminster garden.
There is a generous selection of Cornish wines on the wine list, including bottles of Global Award Winning sparkling wine from Polgoon and crisp whites from Camel Valley.
Address: Porthminster Beach, Carbis Bay, St. Ives, TR26 2EB
Phone: 01736 795352
Prawn On The Lawn – Padstow
‘Toogood’ is a great surname for a restaurateur, and Rick and his wife Katie have been doing their best to live up to it since 2013, when they opened The Prawn On The Lawn in London. Since they were sourcing their superb fish from Cornwall, opening in Padstow was a must, so now they also have a frequently changing menu there that includes both small plates of local fish pepped up with international influences such as n’duja, Szechuan pepper or Thai basil and whole fish, crab or lobster for the table.
They also have an outstanding wine list that ranges from Cornwall to Australia and includes Padstow produced Trevibban Mill ‘Black Ewe’ Sparkling Pink Brut which is tear-inducingly good with prawns.
Address: 11 Duke Street, Padstow, PL28 8AB
Phone: 01841 532 223
Kota – Porthleven
Jude Kereama, chef-patron of this sweet harbourside restaurant, is half Maori, half Chinese Malay, and so the dishes are characterised by Asian and New Zealan influences that are a little unusual for the Cornish coast. There’s Wasabi tartare and curry spiced monkfish, shimeji mushrooms with Cornish venison and dashi broth with Atlantic shellfish, all rustled up in a 300-year-old pub, as Cornish as they come, overlooking Porthleven Harbour.
But it’s not all fish here, there is also a delicious beef feather blade with miso-braised tempura short rib. Kereama has been recognised with a plethora awards, and as you eat a Porthleven crab while looking out at its erstwhile home, or sip an apple-sake consommé that perfectly marries Eastern and Western influences, it isn’t hard to see why.
Address: Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston, TR13 9JA
Telephone: 01326 562407
Rojano’s In The Square – Padstow
A beloved local trattoria, Rojano’s was taken over by Paul Ainsworth (who has a Michelin star nearby at No.6) in 2010. Although he has revamped the interiors and added a outside terrace, Ainsworth hasn’t messed with the true identity: this is still a classic, reasonably priced Italian, with mouth-watering pizzas topped with only the best quality ingredients.
There are pizzas with Parma ham, mushrooms and gorgonzola, or goat’s cheese, peppers and spinach, and they also serve a great pasta carbonara. Mackerel on toast is combined with fresh flavours of coriander and basil, and the roasted sea bream is served with chorizo.
The presentation and attention to detail are second to none, and the terrific ingredients are mostly from local suppliers; The fish comes off Cornish boats, the meats are local or supplied by Italian artisans, and the vegetables are from Paul’s own allotment, that even the Italians would approve of.
Address: 9 Mill Square, Padstow, PL28 8AE
Telephone: 01841 532 796
The Gurnards Head – Zennor
A drive along the West Cornwall Coast Road, one of the most scenic stretches in the UK, will have you ooh-ing and aah-ing as it winds around the remote coastline, and has the added bonus of leading to the yellow beacon that is the Gurnard’s Head – a ‘proper’ pub done right, with a menu brimming with local goodies.
Top notch beers and ales sit alongside an award-winning wine list, wittily written and clearly put together with love.
The menu is short but very sweet, featuring seasonally-rotating plates of regional meat, fish and greenery. Highlights include the local gurnard with tomato, anchovy, olive and samphire, as well as a perfectly-cooked rump of beef and pork belly with fennel kimchi.
Address: The Gurnards Head, Near Zennor, TR26 3DE
Telephone: 01736 796928
Fitzroy of Fowey – Fowey
You will find the Award Winning Fitzroy restaurant in a former bank in the pretty town of Fowey, right near the water. Oozing with style in matt rose and cream decor, with clay walls and hand-built oak furniture, the dreamy atmosphere compliments the artfully combined sharing plates and natural wines.
Daily changing menus feature Fowey mussels and other Cornish fish, alongside locally grown or foraged vegetables and meat.
Fowey is used to London visitors; the late author Daphne du Maurier lived here for a while, but it’s safe to say this little gem is a welcome addition to the town
Address: 2 Fore Street, Fowey, PL23 1AQ
Telephone: 01726 932 934
The Hidden Hut – Rosevine
To many people, this is Cornwall’s best kept foodie secret. The Hidden Hut is found tucked away along the coast path near Portscatho on the remote Roseland Peninsula.
In the day, fresh seasonal lunches are served from the outdoor beach kitchen. On summer evenings, the hut hosts open-air feast nights right on the beach. Past events have included seafood paellas, mackerel grills, lobster week, spider crab boat landings. Everyone sits around long trestle tables, and like a big family picnic, you bring all the cutlery and drinks, whilst they provide the food and fire.
No need to book, just turn up and order. All items can be packed to takeaway onto the beach, this really is Cornwall personified. No deep-fat fryers, just a simple outdoor stove and indoor bakery oven. The menu is always sourced from the best pick of local ingredients and made fresh each morning by their chefs.
The Cove – Falmouth
Nestled on the shoreline of Maenporth Beach, The Cove offers uninterrupted views across Falmouth Bay serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Cove is an oasis of taste and visual beauty, to enjoy the real flavour of Cornish produce.
A sanctuary from the bustle of reality, where you can enjoy tea and croissants on the terrace or wind down the day with the full dining experience.
Dining at The Cove is a wonderful, leisurely affair in all seasons. Whether you are looking to enjoy a meal Al Fresco in the sunshine, or seated inside, with gales and rain lashing against the glass-front, you can always be assured of a very warm welcome, and a well stocked selection of delicious tipples.
Address: Maenporth, Beach, Falmouth TR11 5HN
Telephone: 01326 251136
The Seafood Restaurant – Padstow
Opened by Rick Stein and Jill Stein in 1975, this is where it all began for the couple. Boasting an international reputation for serving the freshest fish and shellfish, Head Chef Pete Murt, and the team celebrates Cornish produce, with ingredients sourced locally to create simple seafood dishes and classic flavours.
The heart of the restaurant is a seafood bar where the chefs assemble platters of oysters, langoustines and sashimi.
Upstairs, the terrace offers the ideal place to soak up the summer sun, whilst gazing across the scenic Camel Estuary.
There are dishes from all over the Stein repertoire: Spain, India and Mexico, but also simple options, perfectly executed: Shellfish in a delicate olive-oil and mild chilli sauce, John Dory with asparagus and wild garlic in a shellfish reduction. The Singapore crab is delicious (and the size of a small trawler), and the wine list is brilliant… In fact the wall of empty bottles as you walk in is the hint!
Address: Riverside, Padstow, PL28 8BY
Telephone: 01841 532700
Nathan Outlaw – Port Isaac
It must be said that this is certainly one of the most scenic restaurants in Cornwall, perched on the Atlantic coast a half-hour drive from Padstow.
The views of the open waters and the craggy Cornish coastline from the understatedly smart dining room are spectacular
The seafood tasting menu is even better than the views, combining beautifully fresh fish with unlikely ingredients: you don’t see salt cod paired with cuttlefish, red wine and red pepper very often.
And it’s this skill that has won Nathan Outlaw his two Michelin stars – A ‘must-visit’ location for foodies alike.
Address: 6 New Road, Port Isaac, Cornwall PL29 3SB
Telephone: 01208 880 896