There’s one thing that Cornwall is famous for besides it’s beautiful surroundings and that is food. It is becoming a go to for Michelin starred restaurants, great pubs and pop-up food festivals. There is definitely something for everyone’s taste buds and budget from fish and chips to five star fine dinning. You could eat out at every meal during your holiday and still have more to come back to!
For recommendations we have to start with the traditional and of course the pasty and Cornish cream tea. If it’s a pasty with a view you’re after go to Marazion for a Philps pasty whilst enjoying the views over to St Michael’s Mount or if you need to pick up a few for your day out visit Brian Etheringtons in Scorrier a wonderful butchers and farm shop with delicious pasties available hot or frozen to take home with you.
If you’re after something sweeter sample Cornwall’s saffron buns, a traditional recipe with fruit and saffron and lovely with butter and a cup if tea or treat yourself to a Cornish cream tea. Visit the Pandora Inn for wonderful scones or the Waymarker in Constantine, or for something more upmarket indulge in The Headland Hotel‘s (Newquay) afternoon tea. Visit many of the National Trust properties and gardens for a good cake fix – Trelisick Gardens flapjacks are exceptionally good or find the quaint village of Porthleven and visit The Twisted Current for a wonderful selection.
After your fill of cake and all things Cornish where next to turn to but to seafood and fish; another of Cornwall’s gems. Eat at Hooked (In The City in Truro or On The Rocks at Swanpool, Falmouth) Rick Steins for fine dining or fish and chips at Falmouth, Porthleven and Padstow or find the amazing Wheelhouse down a cobbled Street in Falmouth where daily seafood and bread is on the menu along with a 3 month waiting list to dine!
If it’s more upmarket Michelin food you’re after save some pennies by opting to visit Paul Ainsworth, Rick Steins or Nathan Outlaw at lunch time where their set menus are top notch and half the price than an evening meal or alternatively eat at their sister restaurants and pubs where the atmosphere is laid back, the food is great and the prices are reasonable. Highly recommended is Rojanos in Padstow, Paul Ainsworth’s Italian inspired eatery serving pizza, Italian dishes and Rock’n’Fries – the most delicious French Fries with truffle and parmesan!
If burger and chips are more your style then eat at the Hubbox at Truro or St Ives – an award winning burger joint with belly filling food, delicious pickles and dining into the night! For fish and chips to take to the beach try the award winning Harbour Lights in Falmouth or The Golden Fry in Threemilestone and for fun whilst you eat visit Gilmores in Newquay for tacos, cocktails and pitch and putt!
And for pudding the only answer is icecream! Walk to Swanpool beach for clotted cream covered icecream cones, find Angelatos in Truro for Italian gelato icecream, visit Planet Ice in Perranporth for every flavour under the sun – including dog friendly ones too! Or go to Callestick Farm to see how their icecream is made from cow to cone and sample a few flavours too!
The list is endless for places to eat in Cornwall but when you’re tired of eating out why not visit the many festivals on during the year. These include Padstow Christmas Food Festival, Jamie Oliver Fifteen artisan food festivals, Food Jam at Enys Gardens Penryn, St Ives food festivals and Falmouth Street food to name a few. For up to date news and information about the festivals, food pop ups and places to eat we recommend signing up to Barefoot foodie newsletter, a monthly email packed with everything you need to make you feel hungry!