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Cornwall - Where to Eat

Wendy Ashworth

Eating out well in Cornwall is no longer tricky! There have been major improvements in recent years and I listed a few restaurants known personally to us.

North Coast

Rick Stein, Padstow
Most famous is Rick Stein's fish restaurant in Padstow. It is very popular, quite expensive and early booking is recommended. The website gives more information about his cafe, bistro and cookery courses etc. Cornish pasties are available from the shop and they are highly recommended.

Food Note: Pasties were originally made for Miners to take with them to work, the idea being that the pastry was very thick at either end so that was discarded, as it had to be eaten with dirty hands! A good pasty has chuck steak, potatoes and, sometimes other vegetables, but there are many regional variations including sweet ones!

The Malsters Arms, Chapel Amble, tel:01208 812473
Offers a good selection of grills and fish with an excellent wine list.

The Smugglers Den Inn, Cubert, tel:01637-830209
A 400 year old pub that serves fresh fish, succulent steaks with an excellent lunchtime menu of salads, sandwiches and pasta.


Viners Bar and Restaurant, Carvynick, Summercourt, tel: 01872-510544
Offers very good food at modest prices with the emphasis on locally sourced produce. Fish is a house specialty and all reports are excellent. The proprietor is Kevin Viner who has come up with a winning formula getting his inspiration from bars in California who also offered excellent food. He is quite famous throughout the county of Cornwall for previous projects.

South Coast

The Pandora Inn Restronguet Creek, Mylor Bridge
This restaurant provides a good selection of salads, fish and meat at both lunch and dinnertime. Recently refurbished and offering a good selection of ales.

HMS Ganges Restaurant, Mylor, tel:01326 374320
Also in Mylor, HMS Ganges Restaurant provides good seafood.

Ocean Grill, St Ives
The ocean grill on the harbor offers a good selection of fish, pasta, pizzas and meats.

The Sloop Inn, St Ives
Try The Sloop Inn, slightly further around the harbor, for good lunchtime sandwiches and salads.

The Cornish Range, 6 Chapel St., Mousehole, tel:01736 331501
An excellent fish restaurant with 3 rooms available in an adjoining cottage for B&B.

The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole
This lovely new Brasserie has won much acclaim for it's fresh local produce presented in traditional and modern ways with a vegetarian selection. Choose from fish, of course, meat, pasta, and risottos with lobster available at 12 hours notice. The recent refurbishment has made the interior light and sunny but may be a surprise to people expecting a traditional interior. The garden is charming with good views out to sea and some sunshine until about 8 pm in July. Children welcome when accompanied by adults in both the lounge and garden if you just want drinks.

The Smugglers Restaurant, 14 Fore Street, Newlyn, tel:01736 363446
A new venture for a couple from London offering fresh seasonal produce of very high quality in waterfront premises. We ate very well here for approximately 30 per head including wine and three excellent courses. Stephen and Barbara Turner are chef and host. Stephen was executive Chef at The Royal Opera House before moving to Cornwall. The house specialty is fish and shellfish but local meat and poultry also feature along with a good vegetarian option.

Megram, Newlyn
We ate at Megram and we declared it perfect! The atmosphere was informal and helpful with a charming staff team. The room we dined in is a very difficult shape, much as you would expect for an old smuggling cottage, so I recommend you ask for a window seat. Book well ahead as the word is out and was very busy with locals and tourists when we dined there on a Thursday evening.

The Pizza Patio, 4 Newlyn Road, Newlyn, tel:01736 363446
The Pizza Patio has an excellent range of pizzas all freshly prepared and pasta too. Fish dishes are also available, as you would expect in Newlyn! Jazz is played through the sound system and the courtyard is the place to sit weather permitting but be aware that the premises are very close to the roadside.

Wendy Ashworth lives in Surrey, England about 30 miles from London. She has a passion for Italy and Cornwall particularly as both have some of the most wonderful gardens in Europe. She works part time in Hampshire running a daytime information centre for young people. Thanks to Ricardo for the photographs.

© Wendy Ashworth, 2004

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