Cornwall has a lot to offer, in terms of coastline activities and breathtaking views, but it also has no shortages of places to eat out with something for everyone, whether looking for fine dining and cocktails, or a relaxing evening sitting fireside with a pint of Cornish bitter. Here in Cornwall there are producers a plenty, from beer, chocolate and cheese, to meat, curry and bread, and wherever you are in the county, your proximity to the coastline means that whichever restaurant, café or bistro you choose to dine in, the seafood will also be the freshest available. We’ve jotted down some of our favourite places to dine, with a mix of specialities to suit everyone’s palate.
Paul Ainsworth’s No. 6, Padstow, thirty minutes drive from Polzeath
This Michelin Star restaurant is located in a beautiful Georgian townhouse right in the heart of Padstow, a thirty minute drive just across the estuary from Polzeath. No. 6 serves modern British food, with an emphasis on the amazing produce that Cornwall has to offer, with seafood featuring regularly on the menu. They are open Tuesday to Saturday excluding bank holidays, and lunch is served from 12 until 2.30pm, with dinner from 6 until 10pm.
No. 6’s Website
Call: 01841 532093
St Tudy Inn
Only a twenty five minute drive from Polzeath, the St Tudy Inn has earned its stamp on the Cornish food map, being named One To Watch in Top 50 Gastropub’s Awards earlier this year. Owned by Emily Scott, the St Tudy Inn is a popular pub with a cosy atmosphere and a passion for simple, rustic cuisine, real ales and fine wines, celebrating the finest seasonal produce from the surrounding land and sea. Dogs are welcome in the bar area but not the restaurant, so let them know if you’re bringing your four-legged friend when making a reservation.
The St Tudy Inn Website
Call: 01208 850 656
Chapter 1, Newquay, a forty minute drive from Polzeath
This restaurant in the heart of Newquay is in its first few months of opening, and considering its infancy, the restaurant has already gained a great reputation and positive reviews from locals and visitors alike, bringing a high quality restaurant to the seaside town. Headed by chef Tom Mackins, the restaurant’s menu features classic dishes with exotic twists, such as torched mackerel with beetroot, pickled ginger, acorns and saki dressing, or roasted grouse with beetroots, heritage carrots, figs and hazelnuts.
Chapter 1 Website
Call: 01637 499263.
The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay, forty minutes drive from Polzeath
Located on Watergate Bay, below Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and the Watergate Bay hotel, the Beach hut is a place to relax, with superb views from the restaurant, and a great place to eat or drink whatever the weather or time of day. If the weather isn’t great then an Extreme hot chocolate is a must, towering with whipped cream and marshmallows, and our favourite dishes on the menu are the creole spiced squid with cajun mayo, and the grilled fish masala with sag aloo, fenugreek curry and cucumber raita. There is also a regularly changing selection of specials on too. From Friday 18 March to Saturday 29 October, the Beach Hut is open seven days a week, with breakfast being served from 9am until 11.30am, and lunch and dinner from midday until 9pm.
The Beach Hut Website
Call: 01637 860877
St Petroc’s Bistro, Padstow, thirty minutes drive from Polzeath
Nestled in a quiet street, the St Petroc’s Bistro is one of Rick and Jill Stein’s many restaurants in Cornwall, with Nick Evans heading the kitchen. The Bistro offers a snug bar, lounge and garden courtyard to dine in when the weather’s fair, and open fires to sit beside when it’s not. Dogs are also welcome inside and outside of the bar. Lunch is served from 12noon to 2pm, and dinner from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
St Petroc’s Bistro Website
Call: 01841 532700
The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow, thirty minutes drive from Polzeath
Another of Rick and Jill Stein’s spots, they opened the restaurant in 1975, which is famous for the very freshest fish and shellfish, often landed on the doorstep with the harbour so close. Head chef Stephane Delourme and his team create simple seafood dishes with classic flavours using Rick’s recipes. There is a seafood bar right in the middle of the restaurant, where you can watch chefs assembling platters of oysters, langoustines and sashimi. No reservations are required for the bar and you can order anything from the a la carte menu. From the 14th of March, lunch is served from midday until 2:45pm, and dinner from 6.30pm until 10pm.
The Seafood Restaurant Website
Call: 01841 532700.
The Olive Tree, St Merryn, thirty minutes drive from Polzeath
With the menu largely being influenced by the Italian cuisine, whilst making the most of what the Cornish larder has to offer, The Olive Tree in St Merryn serves simple but delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere with daily specials – and always a selection of freshly caught local fish. The restaurant doesn’t operate multiple bookings each night, so if you book a table, its yours for the night to really relax and enjoy the Mediterranean dining experience. The Olive Tree is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 6:30pm, and on the occasional bank holidays.
The Olive Tree Website
Call: 01841 521560
The Globe, Fowey, fifty minutes drive from Polzeath
Only having opened in 2015, The Globe has established itself as a firm favourite amongst locals and tourists alike, using the finest Cornish ingredients and suppliers as much as possible, including their coffee beans, ketchup and gin. The 8 Course Tasting Menu is the choice to go for if you can’t decide on a meal from the delicious menu. From Monday to Saturday, the lunch is served from 12pm until 5pm, with dinner following shortly from 5.30 to 9.30 which always has nightly specials to pick from too. On Sundays, roast dinners run from 12pm until 8pm.
The Globe Website
Call: 01726 337076
The Beach at Bude, Bude, forty five minutes drive from Polzeath
A little bit of a drive (or taxi journey), but worth it for the 2 for 1 deal at happy hour which includes cocktails, of which there are many on their drinks menu. Trained under Sam Moody at Michelin Star Restaurant, The Priory, Head Chef Joe Simmonds has crafted a beautiful seasonal menu that will make anyone’s mouth water, from breakfast and brunch to classic dinners and Sunday lunch. Have a drink and some nibbles in the bar or terrace overlooking Summerleaze beach, or make your way through a three course meal in the restaurant.
The Beach at Bude’s Website
Call: 01288 389800