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Your guide to the best restaurants in Cornwall

Tickle your taste buds and visit Cornwall
for a little piece of foodie heaven!

Food and drink is something of a celebration in Cornwall and not just for the success of the traditional miner’s pasty! Naturally seafood is a Cornish food speciality but it is complimented by Cornish cream, ice cream, cheese, meat produce, traditional baking and home grown Cornish drinks such as beer, cider, wine, mead, and even tea production to list just a few of the superb offerings from large scale companies through to small artisan providers.

It would be quite possible to spend a fortnights holiday restaurant, bistro and café hopping interspersed with visits to farmers markets, food shops and foodie festivals. Unsurprisingly, as a result, Cornwall has attracted some famous chefs. We take a look at some of the best restaurants in Cornwall in order to to whet your appetite.

crowd at food fair

Famous Cornish Chefs and Restaurants

one michelin star = Michelin Star michelin plate = Michelin Plate one AA rosette = AA Rosette

Paul Ainsworth

  • Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 one michelin star four AA rosettes
    À la carte and children’s menu based on good wholesome local ingredients and perhaps some unusual ones! Padstow.
  • Rojano’s one AA rosette
    Paul Ainsworth’s Italian Cuisine bar and restaurant. Padstow.

Nathan Outlaw

  • Restaurant Nathan Outlaw four AA rosettes
    Modern British with Seafood Speciality. Port Isaac.
  • Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen two AA rosettes
    Modern British, Seafood. Port Isaac.

Rick Stein

Unsurprisingly this famous sea food chef was attracted to the beautiful north Cornish coast, and has several businesses situated around the fisheries accessible from Padstow. Passionate about his role as a Cornish businessman and promoter of fresh simply cooked seafood, Rick can often be caught presenting programmes from the area, whilst running cookery schools and his selection of eateries. Visit:

  • The Seafood Restaurant michelin platethree AA rosettes
    Situated by the pretty harbour in Padstow, serving fresh seafood everyday.
  • St Petroc’s Bistro michelin plate one AA rosette
    Rustic charm and Mediterranean influenced cuisine. Grill, bar and lounge as well as al fresco dining. New Street, Padstow.
  • Rick Stein’s Café Michelin bib gourmand award logo
    Family friendly, serving a range of breakfast items from 8am-10:30am followed by coffee and homemade cakes until 12pm, a lunch menu from 12-2:30pm. In the evening dinner reservations can be booked from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Middle Street Padstow.
  • Stein’s Fish and Chips
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in a family friendly relaxed atmosphere. Restaurant and take away with a twist including specialist beers and mackerel breakfasts.
    South Quay, Padstow.
  • The Cornish Arms
    Log fires and a fantastic British pub menu. Reservations for Sunday roasts. Churchtown, St Merryn.
  • Rick Stein’s Fish michelin plate
    Classic fish and chip restaurant and takeaway. Private bookable dining room for parties of over 14 people. ‘Vintage lunches’ for the over 60’s every Tuesday. Falmouth.
  • Rick Stein Porthleven michelin plate
    Fresh fish and seafood. Porthleven.

the seafood restaurant exterior

dish at the seafood restaurant

Rick Stein

Top Restaurants

Driftwood one michelin star three AA rosettes

Serving fish and shellfish dishes based on local ingredients. Portscatho.

Oliver’s michelin plate two AA rosettes

Modern, traditional British cuisine favouring fresh, local ingredients. Falmouth.

Tabbs michelin plate two AA rosettes

Fine dining with a selection of menus including a lunchtime tapas menu. Truro.

Watch House michelin plate

European menu and daily fish specials. St Mawes.

Cove michelin plate

Modern British with À la Carte and Prix Fixte menus. Maenporth.

Restaurant Tresanton michelin plate three AA rosettes

Fresh locally caught seafood and traditional British. St Mawes.

Samphire michelin platetwo AA rosettes

Modern British cuisine. Fistral Beach.

Fowey Hall two AA rosettes

Traditional Cornish menu with local fresh ingredients including seafood. Fowey.

Asquiths michelin plate two AA rosettes

Modern British food served in comfortable and elegant surroundings. Lostwithiel.

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