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.
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.
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.