There’s no better county in the UK to spend a nice summer’s day sipping on cider and sampling the country’s very best seafood than Cornwall. Whether you’re hitting one of Cornwall’s many historical sites, castles, or ancient ruins, taking a scenic stroll along the stunning cliffsides and coasts, or just being a good tourist and hitting up the seaside stores with your family and friends, you’ll want a mouth-watering meal to match your magnificent day out.
We understand that you’ll want to make the most of the few days of summer we get in this country and won’t want to spend all day searching the busy streets in the heat, looking for a place where the entire family will be happy. That’s why, here at Fed Up & Drunk, we’ve made your life easier with our rundown of five of the very best places to eat in Cornwall this summer.
Sitting just a short distance away from golden sands and sparkling waves, The Harlyn Inn is a true Cornish coastal establishment. With two bars and restaurants, this family-friendly inn caters for all. Head chef Lee Cudmore and his talented team take great care and enjoyment in compiling the frequently changing menu that’s inspired by the seasons. Combining heart-warming pub favourites with daily specials further afield, there’s always a comprehensive choice of mouth-watering cuisine for you here.
The main menu offers classics such as steak and ale pie, authentic sourdough pizza, flavoursome fish pie and their succulent own-recipe sausages. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, there are also Indian and Thai curries, a charcoal grill menu, and a fantastic seafood selection including their celebrated paella.
Just a short stroll along the harbour you’ll find the Four Teas Café. Owned by the team behind the popular Langmans Restaurant in Callington, this brand new 1940s-inspired café boasts a superb range of coffee, speciality teas, Fever-Tree soft drinks and freshly prepared food.
You’ll be charmed by its warm and inviting atmosphere, complete with 1940s memorabilia and posters. Dogs are more than welcome at this family-friendly café where you can enjoy a Cornish cream tea, cake or afternoon tea set to a ‘40s soundtrack.
Whether you’re craving a Cornish pasty, a local cheese ploughman’s or a seasonal special such as Newlyn crab soup, there’s something to suit all tastes. Everything is made fresh on the day and the team is also more than happy to cater to vegetarian and gluten-free diets.
Set in the heart of a quaint Cornish village, Trelowarren Arms is a quintessentially Cornish pub. The food offering is beautifully simple and emphasises fresh, seasonal produce, home-cooked pub classics and a few popular dishes such as Ben’s Thai fishcakes and flavoursome chicken wings.
The team prides itself on supporting local, environmentally aware suppliers. The majority of the items on the menu are either gluten-free, vegetarian or both, although there are plenty of dishes that take advantage of fresh meat and fish. In fact, the pub is famous for its fantastic Sunday Roast which is not to be missed.
Combining delectable British fare with stunning panoramas of Camel Estuary and Padstow Harbour from the elevated decking, The Rock Inn is the perfect place to spend the day. With its beautiful indoor dining area and extensive menu including an à la carte menu featuring tempting options such as fresh Porthilly muscles, pork belly braised in Cornish cider paired with mashed potato and French beans, and spicy tomato and roasted pepper linguine, a meal here promises to be an experience you’ll want to repeat again and again.
The drinks menu complements the food offering perfectly and showcases a selection of locally sourced ale and a choice of wine from around the globe. The bar also serves four varieties of Cornish cider from Healey’s Cider Farm and Pimm’s on draught.
Perched on Falmouth’s historic waterfront, The Greenbank Hotel enjoys panoramic views of glistening blue water in one of the UK’s most stunning locations. Sit back and relax in this serene seaside setting and watch the yachts sail past as you’re made to feel right at home by the friendly and attentive staff.
The hotel’s restaurant, The Water’s Edge, offers a truly delightful dining experience. Whether it’s a morning coffee, a spot of brunch, a decadent afternoon tea or an evening meal, take in the romance of this serene seaside gem in its light, airy, and stylish eating areas. With two AA rosettes to its name, the restaurant is all about bringing local produce to life with imagination and spirit. Placing emphasis on fresh, local seafood, the menu has something for everyone.
For an extensive list of the best places to eat in Cornwall, pick up your free copy of our Cornwall Food and Drink Guide here.