Best Restaurants in Cornwall

Discover the best places to eat around Cornwall

Posted on 03-05-24, updated on 05-07-24By: Claire S. | 6 minute read

Blue Hour over Padstow Harbour, with reflections of boats and lights

Padstow Harbour

Discover the Culinary Delights of Cornwall: A Foodies Guide to the Best Restaurants

Cornwall, with its stunning coastline and picturesque villages, is not only a popular holiday destination but also a foodie paradise. With an abundance of fresh seafood, locally sourced produce, and talented chefs, Cornwall boasts some of the best restaurants in the UK. From Michelin-starred establishments to cosy local eateries, there is something for every palate. In this blog post, we will explore the top restaurants in Cornwall that you simply must visit for an unforgettable dining experience. Let's dig in and discover the culinary delights that Cornwall has to offer.

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The Cornish Arms, Padstow

The Cornish Arms, Padstow, © Cheetwode Ram Assoc.

Family-friendly establishments

Cornwall boasts a myriad of family-friendly establishments where you can enjoy a meal out with your loved ones. From cosy restaurants with delicious children's menus to lively cafes with play areas for the little ones, Cornwall caters to families seeking a memorable dining experience. These establishments provide a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, making them perfect for relaxed meals or special celebrations with your family.

The Cornish Arms, St. Merryn, Padstow

This charming pub, owned by celebrity chef Rick Stein, offers hearty, comforting meals made with locally sourced ingredients. From traditional Cornish pasties to gourmet burgers, there's something on the menu for everyone to enjoy.

The Stable (Various locations)

With several locations across Cornwall, The Stable is known for its delicious pizzas, pies, and cider selection. Guests can expect a laid-back atmosphere, friendly service, and a diverse menu featuring creative toppings and flavour combinations.

Sam's On The Beach, The Old Lifeboat Station, 14 Polkerris, Par

Situated right on the beach in Polkerris, Sam's offers stunning views of the coastline alongside a menu of fresh seafood, burgers, and salads. Diners can enjoy casual dining indoors or alfresco on the terrace while soaking up the seaside ambience.

The Hub Box, Truro, St Ives, Pentewan 

This trendy eatery specialises in gourmet burgers, loaded fries, and indulgent milkshakes. With its retro-inspired decor and vibrant atmosphere, The Hub Box is the perfect spot for a casual meal with friends or family.

The Cornish Barn, 20 Chapel Street, Penzance

Housed in a beautifully restored barn, this cosy restaurant serves up hearty British classics with a modern twist. From fish and chips to steak and ale pie, the menu features comforting dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.


Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant

Local favourites for seafood

Cornwall's coastal location makes it a prime destination for seafood aficionados. Delight your taste buds with the freshest catches of the day at renowned seafood eateries scattered across the region. From traditional fish and chips joints with a modern twist to upscale seafood restaurants offering innovative dishes, Cornwall's seafood scene is not to be missed. Indulge in succulent lobster, tender crab, and perfectly grilled fish while soaking in breathtaking ocean views.

Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant (Michelin recommended), Riverside Padstow

Owned by celebrity chef Rick Stein, this restaurant is a must-visit for seafood enthusiasts. With a focus on locally caught fish and shellfish, the menu features dishes like grilled sea bass, lobster thermidor, and seafood linguine, showcasing the best of Cornish seafood.

Prawn On The Lawn (Michelin recommended), 11 Duke Street, Padstow

This intimate seafood bar and fishmonger in Padstow is beloved for its innovative small plates and relaxed atmosphere. Diners can enjoy an ever-changing menu of fresh seafood dishes, including ceviche, fish tacos, and grilled prawns, all served in a cosy, rustic setting.

The Fish House (Michelin recommended), Unit 5 International Surf Centre, Fistral Beach, Headland Road, Newquay

Nestled on the edge of Fistral Beach, The Fish House is a popular spot for seafood lovers seeking oceanfront dining. The menu features locally sourced seafood cooked to perfection, from classic fish and chips to more adventurous dishes like seafood linguine and grilled lobster.

Gyllyngvase Beach Falmouth

Gylly Beach Café at Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth

Vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants

While Cornwall is known for its fresh seafood, it also boasts a vibrant scene of vegetarian and vegan-friendly eateries that cater to those with plant-based preferences. Embrace a diverse array of flavours and innovative dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients at these top establishments. From cosy cafes serving up hearty vegan meals to upscale restaurants offering creative, meat-free options, Cornwall's vegetarian and vegan-friendly scene is sure to impress even the most discerning palates.

Wild Vibes Café, Stithians Watersports Centre, Redruth 

This cosy café near Newquay specialises in wholesome, plant-based cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. From Buddha bowls to vegan burgers and smoothie bowls, their menu offers a diverse range of vegan and vegetarian dishes to suit every taste.

The Cornish Vegan, 15 Kenwyn Street, Truro

As Cornwall's first fully vegan restaurant, The Cornish Vegan is a haven for plant-based foodies. Their menu features creative dishes crafted from scratch, including vegan burgers, jackfruit tacos, and creamy cashew-based pasta, all served in a welcoming and eco-conscious atmosphere.

Gylly Beach Café, On Gyllyngvase Beach, Cliff Road,Falmouth

With stunning views overlooking Gyllyngvase Beach, this café offers a range of vegetarian and vegan options alongside its omnivorous menu. Diners can enjoy dishes such as vegan mezze boards, plant-based burgers, and hearty salads, all made with locally sourced ingredients and served in a relaxed beachside setting.

The Bean Inn, St.Ives Road, Carbis Bay

Tucked away in the picturesque town of St. Ives, The Bean Inn is a vegetarian restaurant that has been delighting diners for over 30 years. Their menu features an array of creative and flavorful vegetarian and vegan dishes, from homemade soups and curries to tofu stir-fries and vegan cheesecakes.

Port Isaac

Port Isaac, home of Nathan Outlaws, New Road & Fish Kitchen Restaurants

Michelin Star Restaurants in Cornwall – the ultimate experience.

From Bude to Zennor Cornwall has over 45 Michelin-recommended restaurants. Immerse yourself in the region's rich gastronomic heritage and prepare to be delighted by the skilful culinary creations and impeccable service that define the top dining establishments in Cornwall.

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, 6 New Road, Port Isaac

Renowned chef Nathan Outlaw's eponymous restaurant in Port Isaac holds two Michelin stars and is celebrated for its exquisite seafood dishes. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients and impeccable culinary techniques, it offers a dining experience that is both refined and memorable.

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, 6 Middle Street, Padstow

Located in the picturesque town of Padstow, Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 boasts one Michelin star and offers modern British cuisine with a creative flair. Chef Paul Ainsworth's inventive dishes showcase the best of Cornish produce and are served in an elegant and welcoming setting.

Outlaw's Fish Kitchen, 1 Middle Street, Port Isaac

Another culinary gem from chef Nathan Outlaw, Outlaw's Fish Kitchen is a one Michelin-starred restaurant located in Port Isaac. Known for its intimate atmosphere and innovative seafood dishes, it offers a unique dining experience that celebrates the flavours of the sea.

Crocadon, St Mellion

Chef-owner Dan Cox realised that to cook the best, he needed to first grow the best, so he spent five years establishing the 120-acre farm on which this beautifully restored barn is set. This is the epitome of ‘field to fork’, with the farm – which is run on regenerative principles – delivering much of the produce, and the rest sourced from similarly minded local suppliers.

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Cornwall is a food lover's paradise, with a diverse range of fantastic restaurants to explore and enjoy. Whether you're looking for Michelin-starred establishments or quaint cafes serving local delicacies, there is something to suit every palate in this culinary haven. To truly immerse yourself in the Cornwall experience, why not book a stay in one of our charming Cornwall cottages? Browse our collection today and start planning your perfect getaway filled with delicious food and unforgettable memories.

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