Cornwall Tourism Guide

5 of the best places to eat out in Cornwall

There are many things that make Cornwall one of the most popular destinations for holidays in the UK. One of those things is the fantastic food which rivals the food served anywhere in the UK.

Thanks to the beautiful local produce on offer, the restaurants of Cornwall are able to produce some spectacular dishes. Add to this the stunning scenery which offsets many of these restaurants and it’s clear to why Cornwall’s eateries are so highly regarded.

Here, we look at 5 of the best places to visit when dining out in Cornwall:

Porthmeor Café

Located in St Ives, the Porthmeor Café is open between the hours of 9am and 9:30pm, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Having being refurbished in the last couple of years, the café is a trendy eatery with one very special feature.

The views from the café are some of the finest in Cornwall and only add to what is already a great eating experience.

The café is very popular in the morning with many people choosing to have their breakfast there.

There are a variety of options available on the breakfast menu including ‘Potato and Thyme Rosti with Smoked Salmon, Poached Egg, Spinach and Dukkah’ and ‘Buttermilk Banana Pancakes with Maple Syrup, Crème Fraiche and Berries’.

The café is also a popular place to visit later on in the day. Serving tapas during the lunchtime and evening service, locals and tourists alike flock to Porthmeor Café to sample the beautiful tapas on offer.

There’s also an ‘a la carte’ menu available for those not wanting tapas, making the café the perfect place to dine at whilst taking in Cornwall’s stunning scenery.

Life’s a Beach Café

Located right next to the Summerleaze beach, the Life’s a beach café is the perfect place for beach-goers to refuel during the day.

Based on the rugged cliffs in Bude, the café is another of Cornwall’s eateries which offers the combination of great food and great views.

During the day, the café serves snacks including fresh baguettes and burgers. Visitors have the choice of eating-in or taking their food away with them, making the Life’s a Beach café a convenient place to stop off and grab a bite to eat.

At night, the venue is transformed into a restaurant which serves local produce cooked to a very high standard. Seafood is the restaurants speciality but there is something for everyone on the menu which is changed on a weekly basis.

As the menu does change weekly, it isn’t possible to mention current dishes on the menu but previous dishes served include ‘Cornish Sirloin Steak with marinated char grilled vegetables, watercress & potato wedges with either black pepper sauce or béarnaise sauce’ and Roasted Tronçon of Cornish Turbot on sautéed sliced beans, tomato & thyme with Cornish new potatoes & anchovy butter’.

Thanks to the quality food on offer, the views and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the Life’s a Beach Café is a stand out venue to visit for food in Cornwall.

Bucket of Blood Pub

Whilst the name of the pub may not be the most appealing, the generous portions of classic British pub-grub served at the Bucket of Blood Pub are.

Situated in Hayle, the pub is packed with character including low beams which may require you to duck whilst making your way around the pub.

There’s an extremely friendly atmosphere within the pub which for a large part is thanks to landlord and staff who always seem to have a smile on their face.

There is a nice patio area outside of the pub which is the perfect suntrap during summer months.

The food on offer at the Bucket of Blood pub is traditional pub food including things such as ‘Gammon, Egg and Chips’ and ‘Steak and Ale Pie’. There’s also a range of local ales available which always go down well with visitors to the pub.

One thing to be aware of is that the pub can get busy so it may be worth booking a table in advance to avoid disappointment.

Austell’s Restaurant

Rated as Cornwall’s best restaurant according to TripAdvisor reviews, Austell’s in St Austell is a restaurant which is definitely going places.

Owner and head chef Brett Camborne-Paynter saw Austell’s awarded 2 AA rosettes within 6 months of opening and the restaurant is currently listed in the Michelin Guide for good food.

Tipped for a Michelin Star in the future, the restaurant uses quality seasonal produce to offer fantastic dishes with a strong British influence.

A nice feature of the restaurant is that the dining area is raised, meaning diners in the restaurant are able to see the chefs at work in the kitchen.

Popular dishes on the menu include ‘Baked fillet of local Pollack served with smoked tomato and olive crushed potato, green beans and a preserved lemon sauce’ and the well-liked desert ‘Warm almond, prune and Armagnac cake with vanilla bean ice cream and Earl Grey syrup’.

The restaurant also hosts a ‘Pie Club’ every Tuesday which has proven to be extremely popular. Offering 2 courses for a set price of £14.95, diners get a starter and a choice between 3 different pies for their main course.

Paul Ainsworth at No.6 Restaurant

Based in Padstow, the Paul Ainsworth at No.6 Restaurant has managed to establish itself as one of Cornwall’s finest restaurants since opening back in 2008.

Located in an 18th century town house which was completely renovated prior to opening, the building maintains many of its original features whilst now having a fresh modern décor.

Using modern cooking techniques to cook quality local seasonal produce, the food is always flavoursome and well presented.

The seafood served at the restaurant is particularly beautiful and is somewhat of a restaurant speciality. Favourite seafood dishes include ‘Day Boat Pollock with mussels, prawns, lemongrass and a basil broth’ and ‘Cornish Line Caught Mackerel with beetroot, Serrano ham and white grapes’.

Those planning a group visit to the restaurant are sure to be well catered for. The restaurant has a couple of private dining rooms; the Prideaux Room which holds up to 24 people and the Library Room which holds up to 10 people. For bigger groups again, there is the option to book the whole restaurant out which allows you to have up to 60 diners

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