The Harbour Fish and Grill
Situated along a curved hill overlooking Newquay’s Harbour, this venue is a suntrap serving terrific takes on all things fresh. Having opened in 2015, The Harbour Fish and Grill is already making a superb name for itself. Saturday evenings play host to DJs, meaning guests can enjoy fresh food and cocktails while listening to mellow tunes and looking out across the harbour. As the day draws to a close, take to the balcony for prime views of the stunning seascape highlighted by the golden glow of the setting sun.
With a simple ethos of serving quality food, fresh fish and prime grills, The Harbour Fish and Grill ticks all the boxes. Aware of Newquay’s great mix of locals, expats and holidaymakers, executive chef Aaron Janes serves up a fantastic array of dishes to suit the wide-ranging clientele. Freshly battered classics are served throughout the day, and tapas lunches transform the venue into a relaxed fine dining destination for summer afternoons.
To start, we opted for a pot of melted Camembert with garlic and rosemary, complemented by the crunch of crisp croutons and delicately sweet peppadews. To follow, the locally landed breaded squid was quickly devoured, deliciously light with a little heat from the curry-infused side dip. For the momentous main event we enjoyed a thick fillet of fresh haddock upon a bed of buttery mash, served alongside creamy shellfish fricassee. The 16oz côte de boeuf sirloin, distinguished by a perfectly braised exterior and hot from the griddle, melted in the mouth. The succulent joint was enhanced by homemade peppercorn sauce and skin-on fries. Our dishes were complemented by a cool, crisp pinot grigio and local beer from Harbour Brewing Company.
The dessert menu left us spoilt for choice, though we quickly spotted and opted for the intriguing Piña Colada-inspired panna cotta. Creamy and soft, this treat came with juicy chunks of pineapple and passion fruit jus, served across lime sponge squares and dusted with toasted coconut. The warm chocolate brownie was equally impressive. Crispy with a soft middle, it came with a warm banana fritter and salted caramel ice cream, and lashings of hot candied sauce brought the dish to a satisfying close.