The Tolcarne Inn, Ben Tunnicliffe’s down-to-earth pub, has an enviable reputation for serving the freshest seafood in Cornwall. The setting is unpretentious, but those in the know flock here to enjoy Ben’s simple, flavoursome cooking, which is inspired by the finest seasonal ingredients. The friendly team of staff includes Ben’s mum Anne as host, giving The Tolcarne a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Nestled next to the sea wall in Newlyn, one of the UK’s most important fishing ports, The Tolcarne has a 300-year history of attracting miners, seafarers, artists and, more recently, food-lovers. Ben’s chalkboard-style menu reads like an ode to the sea. Mackerel, cod, brill, bream, scallops, crab, mussels, bass, and John Dory and more feature according to the seasons.
The catch of the day is complemented by fresh produce sourced from small local growers; the harvest from land and sea is combined instinctively and with lightness of touch, allowing the ingredients to speak for themselves. Ben’s masterful take on Cornish seafood has won him a loyal following and national acclaim; The Tolcarne has held its Michelin Bib Gourmand status since 2013.
The Tolcarne also boasts a succinct wine list specifically designed to complement seafood, a well-kept selection of ales and ciders, and desserts worth leaving room for.