Best Cornish Restaurants

2nd February 2016

Fusing fabulous settings with first-rate service and fantastic food, you can find some of the best restaurants in Cornwall.  It is fast becoming something of a dining destination. Harvesting its natural surrounds by fishing and farming the freshest produce while hosting an array of restaurants, pop ups and festivals means that the county’s cuisine is celebrated in supreme, lip-smacking style.

Offering everything from fine dining to family (and dog) friendly, Cornwall is home to some seriously special spots that make dining out a deliciously coveted pastime…

The Porthmeor and Porthminster Beach Cafés, St Ives
St Ives’ surf beach café on Porthmeor serves top taste bud-tickling tapas from Australian chef Cameron Jennings, whose distinctive flavours find mouth-watering form in the likes of crispy fried monkfish and chili pineapple caramel, chorizo meatballs and lemon pepper calamari. The magnificent menu boasts extensive breakfast, lunch and supper options alongside a world wine list and Juice Bar.

Presenting sprawling seascapes from sheltered sands, The Porthminster Beach Café is an award winning seafood restaurant that specialises in Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. The innovative menu caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner (also serving coffees and patisserie), all with a beautiful side of prime, Blue-Flagged beach.

Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn
After a decade of delivering high-end, exclusive fine dining, Ben Tunnicliffe’s desire to share his Michelin starred cuisine and love of good food with West Cornwall heralds a new movement in eating out.

Sourcing fish and seafood from neighbouring Newlyn Harbour, Ben combines the best produce with award-winning flair to create delectable (and affordable) dishes served in a wonderfully inviting and dog-friendly pub setting.

The Tolcarne Inn in Cornwall is one of the best restaurants in Cornwall.

The Tolcarne Inn

Ben’s Cornish Kitchen, Marazion
Head Chef Ben Prior certainly steps up to the plate. Locally sourced fresh ingredients feature on a daily changing menu built on fuss free, flavoursome and unforgettably good food.

Minimalist interiors portray cool coastal style where clean lines and a muted palette perfectly juxtapose the elegant complexity of the dishes, providing a palatable taste sensation.

Gaining a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor in 2013, as well as appearing on The Times’ 30 Best Restaurants By The Sea list, Ben’s Cornish Kitchen is well and deservedly on the map.

Kota Restaurant, Porthleven
Kota (Maori for shellfish) presents Pacific cooking by way of inspired creations from chef virtuoso, Jude Kereama. Its organic fish and meat menu is crammed with formidable flavours such as their Japanese plate of edamame and miso risotto, tempura sweet potato with dipping sauce and buckwheat noodle and seaweed salad.

Located at Porthleven’s historic harbour head near sister café Kota Kai, the restaurant boasts multiple appeal: a wonderfully scenic backdrop, laudable food and sweetly inviting staff and surrounds. Fast gaining wide repute as one of the South West’s best restaurants, it is just one of five throughout Cornwall to be awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand 2014.

Nathan Outlaw
St Enodoc Hotel in Rock is home to the eponymous restaurant from one of Cornwall’s most prominent chefs. Nathan Outlaw’s two Michelin starred a la carte gem presides over Cornwall’s Camel estuary, where the stunning scenery is an apt prelude to the fabulous feast in store.

Expect modern British seafood (and meat dishes) such as Porthilly oysters and fish fresh from the market such as brill on the bone, baked cod and lemon sole locally caught by Cornish fisherman certified by the Responsible Fishing Scheme.

Other dining hotspots in Cornwall can be found at Jamie Oliver’s flagship Fifteen Cornwall at Newquay’s Watergate Bay; Fowey’s fabulous Sam’s on the Beach and The Old Quay House’s Q Restaurant; and Mustard & Rye in Truro, which brings big American flavours from a retro diner-style restaurant complete with Speakeasy bar upstairs.

Carbis Bay Holidays has a wide range of self-catering properties that allow visitors to stay in West Cornwall while exploring its brilliant range of restaurants and culinary events. So whether you’re looking for a foodie’s weekend of frolics or family holiday, you’ll find something spectacular to suit.

By: Amanda O'Toole On:2nd February 2016
Categories:Food and Drink,Holiday Ideas

When it’s cold outside, where better to hunker down than by the roaring fire in a traditional inn? These are some of our favourite cosy pubs in Cornwall with a log fire, where you can enjoy a glass of champers or pint of real ale together with fine Cornish cuisine:

The Queen’s Hotel, St Ives

Warm your cockles in a bar decked out in Cornish art, vintage furniture and comfy sofas. At The Queen’s Hotel you can sink cask ales or fine wines, and order dishes from a blackboard chalked daily with flavours sourced from Cornwall’s farms and fishermen. Kids and dogs are welcome too.

The Queens Hotel, is a one of the best cosy pubs in Cornwall with a log fire. It boasts a lovely restaurant and is in central St Ives.

The Queen’s Hotel, St Ives.

The Halsetown Inn, St Ives

On the western flanks of town, The Halsetown Inn is helmed by the crew behind St Ives’ award-winning Blas Burgerworks. In a relaxed and sophisticated setting – with squeaky-green eco-credentials, no less – enjoy a good selection of ales and wines served alongside an original, ethically sourced menu (seafood curry to pulled pork). It’s little wonder that this gem has already swept up Gold in the Taste of the West Awards.

The Watermill, Lelant Downs, nr St Ives

Once a corn mill – and still with a working waterwheel – The Watermill boasts sprawling gardens outside while log fires warm its traditional interior. Dogs and children are welcome in the bar, where you can slouch into a sofa with the newspaper or sit up and dine on decent pub grub. Upstairs, under the beams of the old mill loft, you can dine in the ambience of a more formal restaurant.

Cosy Fire at The Watermill.

Roaring fire at The Windmill.

Gurnard’s Head, Treen

Stomp straight off the coast path, bring the family and the dog, or dress-up for an occasion dinner at this friendly inn on the cliffs of West Cornwall. Whether you pull up a pew by the fire or take a seat in the eccentric dining room of the Gurnard’s Head, expect Cornish ales, unusual wines and an upmarket menu packed with Cornish fish, game and produce plucked from the surrounding coast and countryside.

The Old Success Inn, Sennen

Nudging the pearly sands of Sennen Cove, with its roaring log fire and low rafters The Old Success exudes all the charm you’d expect of a traditional inn. Sepia prints and nautical memorabilia adorn the walls, harking back to the 17th century when the pub was a thatched cottage where fishermen shared their profits. These days it’s coast path hikers, beach goers, dog walkers and surfers that huddle around the bar, fuelling up on hearty pub food and St Austell Brewery beers.

Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn

With Cornish foodie superstar Ben Tunnicliffe now running the Tolcarne Inn, the quality of the seafood (landed footsteps away by Newlyn’s fisherman) needs no introduction. But as well as serving a concise menu of delectable fish, Tunnicliffe has managed to retain the ambience of a traditional village boozer, with live jazz on Sundays, real ales and Cornish ciders on tap, and a log fire.

The Tolcarne Inn in Cornwall is one of the best restaurants in Cornwall.

The Tolcarne Inn run by chef Ben Tunnicliffe.

Come home to your own cosy lodgings with a log fire when you stay in one of our luxury holiday cottages in St Ives or Carbis Bay. Checkout our range of self-catering properties where you can snuggle up by the log-burner, minutes from the coast and award-winning beaches.

By: Tony Townsend On:29th October 2015
Categories:Food and Drink

With its cracking beaches, scrub-topped headlands and rugged hills, there are plenty of spectacular places for the perfect picnic in St Ives. Fill your basket with delicious local foodstuffs in St Ives, and spread out your picnic blanket in one of our favourite local picnic spots.

Where to fill your picnic basket

With its fast-growing reputation on the culinary scene, it comes as no surprise that St Ives has plenty of shops selling the county’s finest local produce.

Pop into The Allotment Deli and get your hands on home-baked treats and Cornish produce, from fresh artisan bread to goats’ cheese tarts. Fill your hamper with Scotch eggs, olives, cheese and chutneys, not forgetting a hunk of carrot cake, caramel slice or a rock bun for afterwards.

The Allotment Deli, St Ives is the perfect place to stock up on fresh local produce for all your self catering needs.

The Allotment Deli

Another of St Ives’ finest delis is The Digey Food Room, where you can stuff a hessian bag full of local and international goodies to graze on. Think savoury tarts, crumbly cheeses and Cornish cider, as well as Spanish and Italian delicacies such as chorizo, Serrano ham and antipasto ingredients.


If you’re planning a romantic picnic, pop the cork on an unusual vintage from Scarlet Wines. Friendly staff will help you choose the finest wine for your alfresco feast, plus there’s a selection of foodie delights from the legendary Baker Tom’s bread to local preserves.

Scarlet Wines offers a wealth of local and sparkling wines for any special occasion during your stay in St Ives.

Scarlet Wines

For an easy-peasy picnic, grab a warm pasty from one of St Ives’ bakeries and whisk it straight to the beach to eat it. We love the award-winning pasties from the Cornish Bakehouse, or – if you’re a real connoisseur – head to Hayle for a famous Philp’s Cornish pasty.

Where to lay your picnic blanket

From headlands to hilltops, these are a few of our favourite picnic spots:

With a string of pearly beaches to choose from in St Ives, you don’t have to carry your hamper far from a local deli to be sat on the sand, stuffing fine food with a jaw-dropping sea view. However, for a more exclusive patch of sand, hop on the train to Lelant Saltings (or cover the 4 miles on foot) and descend onto Porthkidney Sands. Tucked into the nook of St Ives Bay, here you can hunker in the dunes or sprawl out on the beach, savouring your picnic along with views to Godrevy Lighthouse and the bay’s golden beaches.


Striking out west along the South West Coast Path from St Ives, Clodgy Point is a prime picnic spot lashed by the wild Atlantic and topped by wildflowers. From here you can spot seabirds (and even passing pods of dolphins), while peering back towards Porthmeor or west along the craggy coastline stretching to Lands End. Nudging the lighthouse in the distance, at the other end of St Ives Bay is Godrevy Head, where the grassy National Trust car park – perched above a sandy swimming cove and a short walk from a seal colony – is a popular, more accessible picnic location.


The highest hill in West Cornwall, Trencrom is just a couple of miles south of St Ives. It’s a fairly easy climb up to this ancient hill fort steeped in history and legend, yet from up here you can enjoy your picnic with views of Godrevy and Hayle Estuary to the east, and Mounts Bay to the south.


Hidden Cove
There are few places for which folk pack a picnic with such gusto as the Minack Theatre. Hampers stuffed with Champagne and chocolate strawberries are a common sight before performances start at this amphitheatre overlooking Porthcurno. However, we prefer to take a pre-show excursion over the cliff-tops, to picnic on the Caribbean-white sands of the more private Porthchapel Beach.

Wherever you choose to picnic, Carbis Bay Holidays offers the perfect self-catering accommodation to come back to – from romantic retreats to family villas.

By: Tony Townsend On:15th July 2015
Categories:Food and Drink,Local Area

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