As one of the UK’s most picturesque counties, if you’re not lucky enough to call Cornwall your home, chances are you’re planning a trip to the Cornish coast this summer to make the most of the few months of sunshine we get. Fortunately for you, as well as being one of the UK’s most beautiful destinations for sightseers, it’s also one of the UK’s greatest culinary destinations for foodies too, home to a whole host of stunning restaurants boasting breathtaking sea views.
But with so much choice, picking the perfect restaurant to spend your summer evenings at can start to feel like a chore. That’s why here at Fed Up & Drunk, we’ve picked some of our favourite restaurants in the region we think more than deserve your consideration.
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With a reputation for quality dining and excellent service, The Tintagel Arms, situated on Fore Street in the centre of the historic village of Tintagel, is hugely popular with locals and for good reason. Sourcing most of its exceptional quality produce locally, head chef Michael Moore’s mouth-watering menu simply must not be missed, featuring an appealing daily specials menu made up of plenty of tempting meat and fish dishes.
‘Arrive hungry, leave happy’ is the restaurant’s motto, and that’s exactly how you’ll feel after tucking into the delicious dishes just waiting to be devoured. From Provençal seafood stew and creamy homemade fish pie to juicy fillet steak with Stilton sauce and gin and blood orange duck, you’ll be salivating as soon as you set your eyes on the restaurant’s stunning menu.
Sit in the dining room beneath the ceiling decked in twinkling fairly lights and you’ll quickly understand why this is one of the most popular venues in the county.
Home to the exceptional two-AA-rosette Quarterdeck restaurant, The Nare is one of Cornwall’s most comfortable hotels known for its stunning sea views, beautifully decorated bedrooms, and world-class dining options. Whether you’re craving afternoon tea in an idyllic Cornish setting or you’re dreaming of taking a romantic walk along a sandy beach before savouring a scrumptious evening meal in one of the county’s finest venues, The Nare is the place for you.
Featuring a truly charming and classic yachting décor, Quarterdeck restaurant is less formal than The Nare’s other restaurant, The Dining Room, but is one of the region’s best places to enjoy a light lunch, afternoon tea, or à la carte dining. Choose from favourites such as the seafood oyster boat, crabcakes or full afternoon Cornish cream tea as you take in the restaurant’s stunning sea views. The sea views across the bay are even more breathtaking from the restaurant’s outside terrace, which makes the perfect location for enjoying a delicious breakfast in the summertime.
Just a stone’s throw from the legendary village of Tintagel and a short drive from the picturesque coastal fishing village of Port Isaac, the 18th-century pub The Masons Arms, set in the town of Camelford, is a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike.
Known for its outstanding service, delicious food, and lovely location, step inside The Masons Arms and you’ll instantly be charmed by the restaurant’s cosy ambience, stone walls, and attractive display of antique paraphernalia which emphasise the amazing history of the building. A warm and welcoming place to enjoy hearty British food, choose from tempting dishes such as scrumptious fish pie with haddock, cod, prawns and salmon, gooey vegetable lasagne, and chilli con carne. With a regularly changing selection of specials, exquisite Sunday roasts that draw guests in from far and wide, a charming beer garden that backs onto the River Camel, and a children’s menu that is sure to delight younger diners, this family-and-dog-friendly pub makes the perfect spot to bring the family this summer holiday.
With direct access to Carbis Bay beach, one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches, the stunning Cornish haven which is The Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate is one of the region’s finest places to dine, drink, and stay. Home to the bright and beautifully decorated Beach Club restaurant, you’ll love the must-try and mouth-watering Mediterranean menu, boasting a scrumptious selection of seafood, pasta, and homemade pizzas.
Enjoy a romantic, barefoot stroll along the golden sands of Carbis Bay beach’s water’s edge as the sun sets on the horizon and then head back to the restaurant to savour a refreshing cocktail or gin and tonic before digging into a grazing board for two comprising meat or fish or even Lebanese shoulder of lamb, served alongside toasted focaccia with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping.
Situated within Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate, enjoy panoramic views of the Blue-Flag-rated Carbis Bay beach while savouring a dish off the restaurant’s light menu at the elegant and award-winning Sands Restaurant. With a clear focus on fresh local produce, choose from delicious dishes such as pan-seared St Ives Bay mackerel fillets, Carbis Bay crab fritter and grilled fillet steak salad while you relax in the stunning surroundings of the coastal spa or the quirky, heated pavilion with jaw-droppingly dramatic sea views.
Showcasing the very best ingredients the local area has to offer, this two-AA-rosette-awarded restaurant guarantees a memorable dining experience and is sure to delight every diner with its beautifully presented dishes like roulade of crab, seared loin of venison, and fillet of brill with smoked haddock, saffron Parmentier potato and pea chowder.
With the hotel’s luxurious spa, incredible dining options and exceptional range of stylish accommodation packages including 45 comfortable rooms, beach lodges and suites, coastal beach houses and valley cottages and apartments, Carbis Bay hotel truly makes for the perfect Cornish retreat.
Just a mile from the picturesque harbour town of St Ives and a short walk from the award-winning Blue Flag beach at Cardis Bay, The Gannett Inn is one of Cornwall’s most popular destinations with tourists looking for a restful and comfortable stay or locals seeking out a relaxed dining experience.
Step inside The Gannett Inn and you’ll immediately fall in love with the venue’s quirky and stylish interiors and welcoming and warm ambience. Take a seat and peruse the pub’s menu full of tempting British classics presented with a modern flair. If you’re visiting in the morning, you’ll be delighted by the selection available to you, including homemade granola and the popular Gannet Breakfast made up of bacon, local sausages, eggs, tomato, hog’s pudding, mushrooms and apples.
In the evening, relax in the restaurant and enjoy a delicious cocktail before digging into the likes of pan-roasted hake fillet wrapped in Parma ham with langoustine, smoked haddock, pancetta and vegetable chowder. Other tempting dishes on the pub’s menu include all your favourite classics such as chicken Kiev and beef, Guinness and orange pie. Every dish on the menu is presented with finesse and perfectly demonstrates the award-winning chef’s culinary skills in the kitchen and passion for delectable local, seasonal produce.
With unspoilt sea views and a menu that showcases the finest seasonal produce from the local area, foodies from near and far will simply love dining out at the Polurrian Bay Hotel in Mullion, a contemporary Cornish retreat situated in a simply spectacular clifftop setting.
Whether you crave a platter from the restaurant’s wood-fired oven or a juicy steak from the local butcher, the Mediterranean-inspired menu full of vibrant, fresh and tasty dishes will never fail to impress. Why not take a seat in the relaxed restaurant or sit out on the terrace in the summertime and watch the waves while you enjoy a laid-back afternoon tea!? Always mindful of origin and quality, most of the produce used in Polurrian Bay Hotel’s restaurant is sourced from a 20-mile radius, so you can rest easy knowing your delicious seafood dish has been caught locally and is quality to the core. For a relaxed tipple, visit the Vista Lounge and choose your favourite tipple from their wide range of local and artisan rums and inventive cocktail menu.
Voted Best Foodie Pub in the South West 2016 by Food Magazine and runner up for Best Sunday Roast in The Observer’s Food Monthly Awards, Star & Garter has only been open for a few years but has already made its mark on Cornwall’s competitive foodie scene as one of the area’s must-visit gastropubs.
Boasting truly breathtaking views thanks to its idyllic location on the water’s edge of Falmouth harbour, there are few finer spots in the country to enjoy delicious oysters and fresh fish than at the Star & Garter. Following a nose-to-tail philosophy, the seafood is sourced fresh from the water just metres away, the meat and game is sourced from a local farm, and all of Star & Garter’s meat is butchered, cured, and smoked in-house. The bar also boasts a world-class selection of whisky, rum, and wine, making it even easier for you to sit back and relax and enjoy the panoramic views of Falmouth harbour.