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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 miners 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:

Famous Cornish Chefs and Restaurants

Paul Ainsworth

  • Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 1 Michelin Star 3 AA Rosettes
    6 Middle Street, Padstow PL28 8AP. À la carte and children’s menu based on good wholesome local ingredients and perhaps some unusual ones! Tel: 01841 532093
  • Rojano’s – 9 Mill Square, Padstow PL28 8AE – Paul Ainsworth’s Italian Cuisine bar and restaurant. Tel: 01841 532796

Jamie Oliver

  • Fifteen Cornwall 1 AA Rosette
    On the beach at Watergate Bay TR8 4AA – Jamie’s apprenticeship restaurant, helping employ local young people and teach good food skills. Fresh, exciting locally sourced cuisine with a rustic Italian twist. Tel: 01637 861000

Nathan Outlaw

  • Restaurant Nathan Outlaw 1 Michelin Star1 Michelin Star 4 AA Rosettes
    St Endoc Hotel, Rock PL27 6LA. Awarded 2 Michelin Stars for last 4 years Head chef Chris Simpson specialises in locally caught seafood using great Cornish produce. Tel: 01208 862737
  • Outlaw’s at St Endoc in Rock Cornwall; more informal dining.
  • Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen 1 Michelin Star 2 AA Rosettes
    1 Middle Street, Port Isaac PL29 3RH. A seaside setting for original seafood cuisine from renowned chef Paul Ripley and Head Chef James Lean. Tel: 01208 881183

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 3 AA Rosettes
    Riverside, Padstow PL28 8BY. Situated by the pretty harbour in Padstow, serving fresh seafood everyday. For lunch or dinner reservations Tel: 01841 532700
  • St Petroc’s Bistro, New Street Padstow PL28 8EA has a rustic charm and mediterranean influenced cuisine. Grill, bar and lounge as well as alfresco dining. Tel: 01841 532700
  • Rick Stein’s Cafe, Middle Street Padstow PL28 8AP. 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. Tel: 01841 532700
  • Stein’s Fish and Chips, South Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in a family friendly relaxed atmosphere. Restaurant and take away with a twist including specialist beers and mackerel breakfasts.
    Tel: 01841 532700
  • The Cornish Arms, Churchtown, St Merryn PL28 8ND. Log fires and a fantastic British pub menu. Reservations for Sunday roasts. Tel: 01841 532700
  • Rick Stein’s Fish, Falmouth, Discovery Quay, Falmouth TR11 3XA. 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.
    Tel: 01841 532700

James Strawbridge

  • Known for being an eco guru, chef and ‘The Hungry Sailors’ presenter, James runs the Posh Pasty Company with wife Holly from an eco friendly farm near St Austell. James often opens and takes part in many of the Cornish food festivals.

Ben Tunnicliffe

  • A success at The Tolcarne Inn, the Michelin starred chef’s newest venture is the The Beach Restaurant at Sennen Cove.

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Top Restaurants

Asquiths Restaurant 2 AA Rosettes 

19 North Street, Lostwithiel. Modern British food served in comfortable and elegant surroundings. Tel: 01208 871714

Austell’s 2 AA Rosettes

10 Beach Road, Carlyon Bay. À la carte, seasonal and Sunday lunch menus. Tel: 01726 813888

Beaucliffes Restaurant

A Cornish accredited restaurant situated overlooking Porth beach at our fantastic BEST WESTERN Porth Veor Manor Hotel, Porth Way, Porth TR7 3LW. Mouthwatering breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner menus. Children welcome.
Tel: 01637 873274

Bustophers Bar Bistro 1 AA Rosette

62 Lemon Street, Truro British meets Mediterranean with a signature slow roast pork-belly. Tel: 01872 279029

Driftwood 1 Michelin Star 3 AA Rosettes

Rosevine Portscatho TR2 5EW 2011 – Serving fish and shellfish dishes based on local ingredients. Tel: 01872 580644

Hooked Restaurant & Bar 1 AA Rosette

Tabernacle Street, Truro. Simple, fresh, classic dishes using the best local ingredients. Tel: 01872 274700

Tabb’s Restaurant 2 AA Rosettes

85 Kenwyn Street, Truro. Fine dining with a selection of menus including a lunchtime tapas menu. Tel: 01872 262110

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