Cornwall’s natural beauty is unbridled and varied. Dramatic cliffs on the north coast, battered by the Atlantic, and pretty fishing villages dotting the calmer south coast characterise the miles of coast in this region. Head inland to find sites of ancient history amidst the wild moorland and miles of stunning, untouched scenery. Thanks to the cornucopia of produce on its doorstep, Cornwall’s dining scene is, unsurprisingly, booming. Though it seems a pastoral idyll, Cornwall’s cuisine is leading the way for many in the Big Smoke and other large cities. If you’re heading down to the English Riviera, make sure to check out these top picks:
An elegant restaurant overlooking the fairway out to Constantine Bay and Booby’s Bay, Constantine Restaurant utilises top-quality Cornish ingredients in exciting, fine dishes. Located within Trevose Golf and Country Club, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome whether you’re popping in after a round on the green or just relaxing with friends over a glass of bubbly. With head chef Dan Clark at the helm, the kitchen team produces some mouth-watering creations such as Cornish plaice with mussels, buttered spinach, new potatoes and parsley sauce. This first-rate food is available all day long so you needn’t worry about missing out whenever you visit.
Trevathan Farm is the perfect escape from the rat-race. Family-run, and proudly so, this establishment offers the best in Cornish hospitality, whether you’re staying for a holiday in one of the charming self-catering cottages or taking the family out for Sunday lunch. Treat yourself to a hearty cooked breakfast, or stop by for lunch on the way to Port Isaac village. Coffee and a sweet treat is a must here. Top tip: the cake slices are very generous and utterly moreish! A farm shop onsite means you can pick up some top-notch local produce and gifts and the pick-your-own-farm is only a tractor ride away. Keep your little ones entertained with the pets corner and lovely play area.
Black Rock Beach Café & Bistro
From morning until evening, this little gem of a café will serve you well. Sat, quite literally, a stone’s throw from the waves, it offers beautiful vistas at any time of year. Tuck into some exciting Latin-inspired cuisine here as the breakers roll in. Whatever the time of day, you’re in for a gastronomic treat; the breakfasts are brilliant, the lunches are luscious and the afternoon tea is excellent. Soak up the rays on the large terrace overlooking the beach with an ice cream in the summer, and when the weather turns retreat indoors to indulge in a silky hot chocolate with churros. With all that being said, it’s evident this is not your average bistro.
The Plough, Duloe
An award-winning pub serving up simple, honest, good food in attractive surroundings. Awarded gold by the Taste of the West in 2013, 2015 and again in 2016 it’s evident the team here are doing something right. Relax by the wood burner with a glass of wine from the carefully chosen selection, or complement your meal with a real ale. All the produce used in the kitchen is selected specially – even the sausages are award-winning. Whilst here make sure you sample the handmade local cider and black treacle bread. Attention to detail here is key, and the team is clearly dedicated to providing a dining experience that’s a little bit special.
Picture yourself sitting on the banks of a Cornish canal, warm rays of sunshine beating down and a plate of fine local food in front of you, and you’ve just placed yourself at the Olive Tree; a must-visit for al fresco dining in Cornwall. Locally sourced produce and a dedicated team of chefs are key to the Olive Tree’s success. Walkers along the canal can stop for a bite to eat, and friends can catch up over a smooth coffee and slice of cake. This charming bistro has a trick up its sleeve; not just a café for the daytime, come the evening it transforms into an atmospheric restaurant. Cosy up with a glass of good wine and unwind to the sound of soft background music. Low mood lighting throughout inspires utter relaxation too. Make your trip to Bude special with a trip to this gem.
Lusty Glaze Beach
There’s nothing quite like a meal out at Lusty Glaze to put a smile on your face. Nestled in a private cove on the Newquay coast, the restaurant offers simply beautiful views out onto golden sands and rolling waves. Friendly staff provide a warm welcome to guests and the atmosphere is entirely relaxing, with fairy lights strung around the coastal-inspired interior. Friendly staff ensure everyone is well-catered for; pictures for colouring can be brought out for little ones, and four-legged friends are more than welcome. Head chef Nat Tallents is, well, talented and demonstrates this in an innovative and delicious menu that changes regularly. Top tip: book ahead to experience her supper clubs, but hurry – they fill up quickly!
Fresh from the Sea
What do you get when you pair a talented chef with his own boat and a charming location like Port Isaac? Your answer is Fresh from the Sea. Owned by Calum and Tracey Greenhalgh, the little shop and café at the top of the hill is the place to go for some of the best seafood you’re likely to find in the UK. Passionate about his work, Calum heads out every morning on his boat, Mary D., to bring in the daily catch. The lobsters and crabs are then brought up the hill to be cooked within a matter of hours. Try the crab sandwiches and the lobster salad. Sit outdoors on a sunny day and watch the world go by with a plate of oysters and a glass of wine. Simplicity and quality are the key words here and everything is sourced as ethically as possible. Nathan Outlaw is a fan of this artisan gem, and you will be too.
Trevaskis Farm combines the best of Cornish scenery, produce and cuisine in one beautiful location. There’s something for everyone, young and old, at this charming countryside farm. A wonderful day out is guaranteed, whether you fancy strawberry picking on the farm, lunch, a relaxed evening dinner or a trip to the farmer’s market. The Farmhouse Kitchen Restaurant at Trevaskis is a must-visit for foodies; the team here are passionate about producing the freshest, healthiest dishes. You’ll certainly not go hungry here thanks to the very generous portions! Trevaskis Market is the place to go to pick up some of the best Cornish produce. Their butchery counter stocks a first-class selection of homemade sausages, hog’s pudding and home-cured bacon from their rare-breed British Lop pigs, as well as free-range poultry and lamb. Fans of fish dishes and seafood will be impressed with the fish counter, whilst the deli offers you the chance to pick up some amazing produce, from homemade pork pies to local cheeses.
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