Cornwall’s dramatic and picturesque coastline makes it one of the UK’s most popular destinations for holidaymakers and those seeking a slice of escapism by the sea. Its foodie scene is booming and it has become famed for its incredible seafood. An added bonus is that many of Cornwall’s restaurants afford visitors panoramic sea views.
To make your dining decisions that little bit easier, we’ve pulled together a list of some of our very favourite restaurants in Cornwall, where you’re guaranteed a taste of stunning local seafood.
Alongside two other fantastic venues in Porthleven and Fistral, popular food personality and chef Rick Stein offers some of his favourite dishes in Falmouth. After appreciating the great views over the bay, you might enjoy the convivial starter sharing board of seared yellowﬁn tuna, Thai ﬁshcakes, salt and pepper prawns, crisp smoked mackerel, green mango salad and brandade de morue. Follow with a European favourite such as crab linguine or fruits de mer, or with an Indian-inﬂuenced dish like the Amritsari sea bream in chickpea batter. Classic ﬁsh and chips are available, while more unusual takeaway options include grilled whole prawns and battered oysters.
Rick’s restaurant at Fistral Beach, one of the best surf beaches in Europe, with a long, sandy stretch perfect for families and dogs, boasts a slightly different offering. Alongside classic ﬁsh and chips, you’ll find ﬁsh chilli burgers and a great range of curries and other dishes inspired by Rick’s travels to India and the Far East.
The à la carte menu at the Porthleven restaurant includes Far-Eastern-inspired dishes, such as Indonesian seafood curry and Singapore chilli crab, as well as new recipes from Rick Stein’s latest book, Rick Stein’s Long Weekends.
Sand between your toes in a sheltered Cornish cove, the sound of rolling waves and the aroma of superb food – no, this isn’t a dream; it’s a lazy afternoon at Lusty Glaze Beach. Conveniently located in the centre of Newquay, yet secluded from the bustle of the town, this is the perfect place to escape from it all, whatever the weather. Menus at Lusty Glaze Beach are updated seasonally, and feature the likes of smoked mackerel, and exquisite seafood linguine, as well as the team’s famous lava rock steaks.
Throughout the year, there are weekly live music sessions to delight visitors. To gaze upon the sensational view of a sparkling sunset with a glass of wine in hand, a plate full of delicious food and some excellent company, while also being gently serenaded by the best local talent, is an unforgettable experience.
The Cracking Crab, part of the Winking Prawn group, offers one of the best views around. Situated on the coast in Polzeath, looking straight out over the surf, it’s a laid-back beach café by day, serving great buffet breakfasts and light lunches such as crab baguette and scallop salad.
In the evening the venue is a haven for seafood-lovers, with starters of scallops and king prawns, and main courses of whole cracked crab and fruits de mer, and West Country rib-eye and ﬁllet steaks for meat eaters. Sip a glass of house wine from the extensive list or sample their own wine while gazing at the panoramic sea views.
The Mote lies on the harbour front of the historical fishing village of Port Isaac– home of Doc Martin and The Fisherman’s Friends. The 15th-century building, one of the very oldest in the village, is lovingly decorated and offers a warm welcome by day and an enchanting ambience by night. Rest assured that all ingredients are fresh, regional and seasonal, including local specialities of crab and lobster. If you’re up early, you can watch the daily catch being landed on the doorstep.
The most recent introduction to the team is talented new head chef Shayne Pretorius who will lead the kitchen brigade in conjuring up delectable seasonal dishes from Cornish goodies. A visit to The Mote comes highly recommended.
Dune Restaurant at Fistral Beach Hotel is a foodie’s haven with world-class surf right on the doorstep. The views are second to none. The menu changes with the seasons, as does the wine list, meaning diners are assured of the very best local fruit, seafood and vegetables. The squid ink tagliarini with squid, samphire, fennel, parsley and lemon is sure to be a winning choice.
Serving everything from a hearty Sunday lunch to gourmet burgers, and from succulent steaks to the best of the bay, the head chef’s passion shines through each thoughtfully prepared dish. At the heart of the hotel, Dune Restaurant is a relaxed dining space perfect for business entertaining, family get-togethers and simple friendly catch-ups.
Craving a delicious fish supper? For more outstanding restaurants, check out the Cornwall Food & Drink Guide below. The guide has a handy seafood section to help you whittle down your options.