10 outdoor foodie spots in Cornwall
Social distancing and these strange times don’t mean you can’t enjoy dining out in the foodie Mecca that Cornwall’s become. Here are our favourite places to tuck into a taste of Cornwall in an outdoor dining room.
Whether you’ve been surfing, walking the dog or simply basking on Watergate Bay’s two miles of golden sands, you’ll no doubt have worked up an appetite for a pit stop at Watergate Bay's brand new pop up. Drop your surfboards and beach gear, and follow the smell of food, to fill up on seasonal takeaway dishes – From gourmet hot dogs and Napoletana-style pizzas to artisan ice cream, cold beers and cocktails for sunset. From May.
Fox's Revenge, Summercourt
Clocking up huge applaud for its no fuss, flavoursome food and venue, the Fox’s Revenge has taken the changing face of dining out in its stride, with the addition of a large tipi dining area. What with Cornish weather being so unpredictable, and no one wanting to rub elbows at the dinner table these days, here you can tuck into no-fuss seasonal flavours from the barbecue and smoke shack, served with a breath of fresh air yet undercover. Genius. Booking essential.
Newquay Community Orchard & St Agnes
Since Canteen Cornwall started serving up their famous dhal, chicken dinners, cinnamon buns and delicious daily dishes at Wheal Kitty in St Agnes, their seasonal food and convivial dining ambience have lured hungry folk from far and wide. And now, with a second venue that’s just opened its doors, the same sustainable, seasonal fare will now be brought to the tables at Newquay Community Orchard. Taking the field to fork ethos even more seriously this time, much of the produce will be picked from the market garden just a pebble’s throw from your plate.
The Slope, Great Western Beach, Newquay
Lap up the beach vibes and banging Cornish food at this popular surfers’ hangout harking back to the 60s. A menu tailored for barefoot beach goers includes family-friendly share platters, loaded fries and gourmet burgers. What’s more, it’s all served alongside locally roasted coffee and Cornish beers made by Sharp’s brewery. So, peel off your wetsuit and bask on a surf-side bench, or grab a takeaway and tuck-in with your toes in sand.
Poldhu Beach Cafe, Poldhu Cove
Bang on the family Mecca of Poldhu Cove, this buzzing little beach café serves breakfast baps, finger-licking lunches and Poldhutastic hot chocolates – all with a side order of eye-popping sea views from the beachside deck. So, whether you’ve been riding the waves, hunting for beach treasure or creating sand sculptures on the beach, it’s the perfect pit stop for rumbling tums. Every Friday in summer enjoy stone-baked pizzas served with Cornish cider or a glass of bubbly, while listening to live music and the beat of the waves.
The Driftwood Spars, St Agnes
A historic inn serving its own micro-brewery ales under low-beamed ceilings, and delicious seasonal food in a contemporary dining room, The Driftwood Spars took the changing times in its stride. Now you can enjoy the same great food from local farms and fishermen, alongside the same quenching local ales, in a large outdoor dining area just footsteps from Trevaunance Cove.
The Cornish Arms, St Merryn
When foodie hero Rick Stein took the helm of this traditional country pub in 2009, The Cornish Arms turned into one of the North Coast’s foodie destinations. Within an easy hop of St Merryn’s seven bays and beaches, it really is the perfect place to fuel up after a surf, coastal stomp or even a game of golf. With a huge beer garden it’s always been popular when the sun shines, and now it boasts a huge outdoor eating area undercover, so you can enjoy Stein’s classic Cornish dishes, come rain or shine.
Prawn on the Farm, Padstow
For a little seafood bar and restaurant tucked in the cobbled streets of Padstow, Prawn on the Lawn made a very big name for itself. A pioneer of the alfresco foodie movement, it changed its location to Trerethern Farm (just outside of Padstow), tweaked its name and created an outdoor restaurant that proved a huge hit on the foodie radar. And it’s back this year with an even bigger outdoor restaurant under canvas, serving small plates and seafood platters with a focus on produce sourced directly from the day boats, all with a side order of divine countryside and estuary views.
The Mariners, Rock
What better way to spend a summer afternoon than watching the boats go by from the terrace, while sipping local ales from Sharp’s brewery, alongside Porthilly oysters (plucked from oyster beds in view), lobster, mussels and catch of the day? With Paul Ainsworth and his team heading up this local pub beside the Camel Estuary, it’s little wonder that the calibre of the food and drink matches the divine views on the doorstep. Make a day of it by arriving on the Black Tor ferry from Padstow.
Sam's on The Beach, Polkerris
Step straight off your SUP and tuck into steaming bowls of local mussels and other Cornish seafood, or enjoy a slice of artisan pizza fresh from the wood-fired oven, while casting your gaze over St Austell Bay. Once an RNLI station, at Sam’s on the Beach you can take a seat on the old slipway where boats used to be launched into the sea. A dab-hand at alfresco dining, you can now also enjoy Sam’s On the Roseland, serving award-winning burgers, gourmet hand-rolled pizzas and Bali bowls, from a freight box kitchen and bar on the Roseland.