Category: Food and drink

Where to eat and drink by the sea

The teams at the National Lobster Hatchery and EW Wines share their recommendations for venues offering great food and drink in great coastline locations…

Across Cornwall, the list of places to enjoy the finest food and drink is eclectic and increasingly sustainable. We asked some Cornish residents working in the wider industry – with their own produce and drink credentials – to reveal recommended venues.

The National Lobster Hatchery (NLH) is a standout organisation in Cornwall’s dynamic seafood scene. Founded in 1998, the charity’s focus is education, research and conservation. Its key conservation project is a pioneering programme to enhance the Cornish lobster population, working closely with the local fishing community.

Image credit: National Lobster Hatchery

The NLH expert team rears lobster babies through their most vulnerable life stages, to improve survival chances by approximately 1000% above survival rates in the wild. This supports a healthy and sustainable lobster stock, and the local fishing communities, both now and in the future.

“Another champion of the seafood scene on the South Coast is the beautiful Hooked on the Rocks. Located overlooking Swanpool beach near Falmouth, this restaurant is perfect for a long lazy lunch overlooking a spectacular vista.”

Chief Operating Officer Nicola O’Donnell says: “For an up-close look at marine conservation in Cornwall, including a peek at our lobster maternity ward and nursery, you can join us in Padstow at our main hatchery site. A centre for all ages to learn more about marine biology, sustainability and, of course, lobsters.”

Seafood with sea views

Nicola recommends The Lobster Shed at Harlyn Bay for great, sustainable seafood by the sea. The lobster served at The Lobster Shed is caught off the coast of Padstow by local fishing boats, and the whole menu is sourced within a 25-mile radius.

“The Lobster Shed are one of our incredible fundraising partners and run our scheme Buy one set one free’ – a great way for organisations and their diners to support sustainability.”

Image credit: The Lobster Shed

Keeping it local but with the sound of something more exotic, the restaurant’s Lobster & Camel pairs Cornish lobster with a Pinot Noir Rosé Brut from the Camel Valley.

“Another champion of the seafood scene on the south coast is the beautiful Hooked on the Rocks. Located overlooking Swanpool beach near Falmouth, this restaurant is perfect for a long lazy lunch overlooking a spectacular vista,” says Nicola.

Bar on the beach

Molly Gardiner, Communications and Admin Officer at the NLH, says the Blue Bar in Porthtowan is a great seaside spot any time; a café by day, with a bar and live music for the evening. “Grab a coffee or a pint and sit back, right by the beach. Siting there recently I saw about 50 dolphins out in the Atlantic. It’s a perfect stop off on a coast path walk or post-surf,” says Molly.

The team also recommend the Cornish Cream Teams available at Berryfield Tea Room, on the road down to Porthcothan Beach.

And to drink?

EW Wines, based at Indian Queens near Newquay was voted the best regional wine shop in the South West last year by wine magazine Decanter. One reason for the accolade is probably that it offers more than a quality selection of fine vintages.

The company is on the journey to becoming a B Corp – a certification scheme for more sustainable business. And as well as special tasting events, you can call in for free wine tasting from a selection of 16 wines, with Jim Bass – EW Wines’ WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Diploma qualified lead educator – offering a guide to the wines in store too.

“For a picnic lunch, we’ll call in to Da Bara bakery for provisions and I’ll take along some of our new range of premium canned wine. We’ve got a dry Muscadet that is absolutely delicious.”

For anyone staying by the sea this summer, they’ve curated a coastal wine box which can be delivered to your door on arrival.

Image credit: EW Wines

When it comes to finding a great spot for a glass of wine with a view, Jim recommends packing a picnic and adding some cans of wine to the hamper.

Favourite spots for picnic lunch or dinner include Porth Island and Whipsiderry Beach, both north along the coast from Newquay. “We had a takeout dinner up on Porth Island recently and watched the setting sun, one of the best views I’ve had with dinner for a long time.”

“For a picnic lunch, we’ll call in to Da Bara bakery for provisions and I’ll take along some of our new range of premium canned wine,” says Jim. “We’ve got a dry Muscadet that is absolutely delicious; it’s the same quality as a bottle – light and crisp, with a little texture. And the canned Fleurie we stock is the first Beaujolais in a can I’ve tasted that I would recommend.”

For takeaway dinner, Jim recommends the filled homemade flatbreads and fried beignet potato sides served at Babu, tucked away on the Treloggan Industrial Estate in Newquay. For dinner out, The Secret Garden in the town isn’t to be missed, serving artisan pizza paired with organic and biodynamic wines. “You wouldn’t know it from the outside; the terrace is really cool and has an amazing view,” adds Jim.

Found a favourite place by the sea for food and drink? Share your recommendation with us on social media, using @beachretreats and #bigreveal.

Huddle-up in a place for two, a walk from north Cornwall’s renowned beaches and eateries, or make the most of being together this summer, footsteps from picturesque picnic stop-offs. Where will you stay?

The best surf cafes in Cornwall

No matter where you’ve jumped in the sea in Cornwall, you’ll find a laid-back joint to refuel and tell tales of the waves you caught afterwards. Here are our top five surf cafes in Cornwall. After all, you’ve earned it.

Surf Beach Bar, Sennen Cove

This family friendly, informal beachside eatery has all the laid-back vibes that we love, while the focus on food is on quality, local produce and seafood.

Blue Bar, Porthtowan

Few beat Porthtowan for punchy surfing waves and spectacular sunsets – and the Blue Bar has great views for both nestled on the edge of the beach’s sand dunes. Make sure you nab a window booth seat for the best in the house, but if the sun’s out you’ll want to be outside on the patio enjoying Blue Bar favourites; nachos and the blue burger with fries.

The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

One of Cornwall’s original and favourite beachside hangouts overlooks the beach at Watergate Bay – perfect for checking the surf or warming up afterwards. While classics like burgers and moules frites are always winners, you’ll find apres-surf mac and cheese, loaded nachos and warming chana masala.

Porthmeor Beach Café in St Ives

Porthmeor Beach Café is the place to come for something special after your surf. For breakfast you’ll find homemade Cornish saffron bread and buttermilk pancakes, then come lunchtime its tapas with a twist. The heated outside booths, built into the old Victorian changing booths in the sea wall, are the perfect place to watch the surf and sunset.

Waterfront Bar and Grill, Polzeath

With panoramic views of Polzeath Beach and Pentire Point, The Waterfront’s restaurant, bar and terrace are the best places to enjoy a lazy lunch with a chilled glass of wine or dinner while the sun sets. On Sundays they do a traditional roast dinner (roast beef, Yorkshires and roasties of course). They are open all year round and have a variety of events and specials to keep you coming back.               

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Dine at your self-catered retreat with Lobster Box

Enjoy all the flavours of fine dining in the comfort of your retreat, without the hassle of food prep and cooking. Lobster Box does all the hard work for you and makes delicious dining easy. 

Lobster Box is a small local company set up by Cam, who chefs up delicious hand-prepared seafood meals.

Lobster Box has an ethos of small batch, hand flavoured, fresh, tasty and super easy to enjoy food. The unique selling point is that the food is already prepped, requiring minimal fuss. The fish is locally caught and Cam’s main supplier works out of Padstow.

Cam’s Seafood Adventures started at the age of 19 on a Deep Sea Trawler in New Zealand. Having grown up in Cornwall as an avid waterman, Cam left his home turf to seek experiences and found himself working at sea. Being around the freshest fish caused him to develop a passion for cooking, and his chef style draws on inspiration from his travels. From curry making tips and secret ingredients used in Sri Lanka, to rustic Boat tucca in Australia, working as a head chef at multiple locations at home and abroad, Cam has a wealth of invaluable experience. In 2016 – 2019 he put his heart and soul into his own restaurant on the Isles of Scilly, somewhat closer to his home of Cornwall.

Lobster Box recipes follow this journey, reflecting Cam’s love of cooking seafood with spice and fruit. Boxes come either ready to eat or ready to finish off at home, with hand flavoured sides and sauces, making them ideal if you don’t want to cook or want to take something out to the beach with you for some sundowners. The ethos is minimum effort, without compromising on texture and flavour.

Cam says “I do believe that it is possible to eat fine seafood without compromising on flavour, as easily as possible, from anywhere.”

And that’s why we love Lobster Box. Fuss free, full flavour food, ready to eat wherever.

Order your Lobster Box to your self-catered retreat and enjoy the best of Cornish cuisine at your leisure.

Cam from Lobster Box is now also running Kooked, a holiday arrival ready meal service. Beach Retreats guests get exclusive Kooked delivery from Thursday – Sunday, and can pre-order a delicious, exclusive fish pie, alongside other tasty options, to be waiting for you in your retreat on your arrival day.

Post-surf food

Time in the waves is a sure-fire appetite builder. But where and what to eat?

As far as surfing in the UK goes, it doesn’t get much better than Cornwall. With Atlantic low pressure systems on 400 miles of coastline that provide a whole range of breaks, it’s no wonder people call it the UK’s surf Mecca.

Whether you’re paddling out for the first time or hunting for powerful barrelling waves, one thing’s certain – you’ll be hungry afterwards.

With that in mind, we spoke with three local chefs to find out their top spots for post-surf food. And if you’d rather get back to your beach retreat to prep something yourself, they’ve also shared some tasty – but easy to make – recipes.



“If you’re looking for the best food after a surf on the north coast, look no further than Porthmeor beach in St Ives,” says Jude Kereama, chef-owner of Kota in Porthleven – a Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded restaurant that serves Asian-inspired food using the freshest local produce.

“St Ives is full of brilliant eateries, and there always seems to be a wave at Porthmeor, with its north-facing beach and offshore winds. On the beach itself, I really enjoy Porthmeor Beach Cafe, Fish Shed and the West Beach Bakery.” And if you’re heading into town? Jude recommends a visit to Porthgwidden Beach Cafe, Porthminster Kitchen and Porthminster Beach Cafe.

Image credit: James Ram

If you’re after delicious post-surf food that not only tastes good but helps with physical recovery, Jude’s go-to is a Hawaiian poke bowl. “You can put whatever you fancy in it,” he says. “Raw fish, cooked meats, any vegetables and a mixture of rices. You can also change the dressings to be as spicy as you like.”

Jude’s Poke Bowl Recipe


1 cup cooked rice (brown/sushi mix is the best)

1/2 diced avocado

1/4 cup diced cucumber

1/4 cup edamame beans

1/4 cup diced mango

1/4 cup julienne of carrot

1/4 cup of shredded red and green cabbage

Sliced red chilli

Sliced radishes

Diced sashimi grade mackerel or any other fish that’s super fresh. You could also do it with cooked meats if you like.

For the dressing

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tsp honey

Mix all together and add to the mackerel


Sriracha chilli sauce

Japanese mayo

Furikake spice

Toasted julienne nori

Toasted mixed sesame seeds

Diced spring onions


Place the rice in the bottom of a bowl.

Add each ingredient in a clockwork pattern.

Garnish with a squiggle of Sriracha sauce, a squiggle of Japanese mayo, and a sprinkle of Furikake spice, nori, sesame seeds and spring onion.

For surfing in St Ives, stay here.



Learning on gentle rollers or expertly taking on The Cribbar big wave, Fistral has it all. Looking out over the beach is The Fish House – a Michelin Plate-awarded bistro serving the freshest seafood landed in Newquay harbour.

For Paul Harwood, chef-owner of The Fish House and an avid surfer himself, there’s only one place to go after a surf at Fistral: The Fish House. “I’m being a bit biased here for obvious reasons!” he says. “Our fish finger sandwich is a firm favourite with the lifeguards – home-made bread and tartar sauce with succulent cod fingers coated in a crisp panko crumb. It’s a real tasty post-surf filler.”

Image credit: Alix Donnelly

For food other than his own, there’s Sea Spray on South Fistral. “It’s a great breakfast spot after dawn patrol. The breakfast burrito really hits the spot, with great produce all wrapped up.

“Further up the coast you could surf Constantine or Harlyn, both high quality surf breaks,” he continues. “Head to Paul Ainsworth’s Caffe Rojano (in Padstow) – there’s a very well-delivered menu with an Italian twist.”

Paul’s Prawn Taco Recipe


6 tiger prawns, peeled and de-veined

2 tacos

For the salsa

1 large tomato

1/2 red onion

Pinch coriander

Pinch flake chilli

Juice from 1 lime

1 baby gem salad


For the Piri-piri mayonnaise

1 red chilli

1 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Juice from 1/2 lime




Prepare the salsa by thinly chopping all the ingredients, mixing in a bowl.

Slice the lettuce but keep separate.

For the Piri-piri mayonnaise, blend all the ingredients before mixing with two tablespoons of mayonnaise.

To serve

Pan-fry the prawns in olive oil for 2 minutes each side.

Dress the tacos with lettuce topped with salsa.

Add the mayonnaise before topping with the prawns.

For surfing in Fistral, browse our retreats. For Harlyn and Constantine, stay here.



Some of the best surf in Cornwall can be found along the three miles of Gwithian beach in Hayle, and west of the harbour in Porthleven. (Porthleven boasts Cornwall’s best reef break, with short, shallow right-hander barrels for experts only.)

Image credit: J.Ph Baudey

With a restaurant in each location, chef Sam Sheffield-Dunstan is no stranger to satiating the appetite of a hungry surfer. “The ultimate surf hangout is our shack LULA, overlooking Hayle beach just yards from the surf,” she says. “Enjoy a creamy chowder washed down with a pint of Offshore, followed by one of our legendary LULA Sundaes.”

If you’re looking for some post-surf food in Porthleven, she recommends LULA’s sister restaurant, Amélie, for pizza and a glass of red. Elsewhere, “Nauti But Ice do an amazing breakfast,” she says. “Enjoy sitting and watching the waves as they crash in the harbour.” And if you’re willing to venture a little further, she recommends The Hidden Hut on the Roseland Peninsula, for its “amazing views and memorable Cornish dining”.

Image credit: J.Ph Baudey

LULA’S Lobster Mac and Cheese Recipe


75g cooked lobster meat, roughly chopped into chunks

300g macaroni pasta

500ml milk

50g butter

30g plain flour

1 bay leaf

2 cloves

1 tsp Dijon mustard

100g grated mozzarella

100g grated parmesan

50g grated mature cheddar

50g panko breadcrumbs

Pinch dried thyme

Sea Salt

Ground white pepper

Glug of olive oil


Preheat oven to 220c / 200c fan or light grill on medium setting.

Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water for about two minutes less than you would usually. Reserve a ladle-full of the cooking water.

In a pan, heat the olive oil over a medium heat then add the dried thyme and panko breadcrumbs, stirring constantly until golden brown, for about five minutes. Leave to cool then add 25g of parmesan and mix well (save the rest for the sauce, below).

Place milk, bay and cloves in a pan over a gentle heat until steaming – be careful not to boil.

At the same time, melt the butter in a pan (big enough to hold the amount of pasta once cooked with room to stir!) and cook until a light golden colour. Sprinkle the flour in and mix into a paste that should thicken as the flour cooks out. Add the milk very slowly, bit by bit, and incorporate fully in between each addition to avoid a lumpy sauce, warming the milk beforehand makes this step much easier. The bay and cloves can be discarded at this point.

Once all the milk has been added, mix in the Dijon mustard and all the cheese. Mix until cheese has melted then remove from the heat, season with salt and ground white pepper.

Tip the pasta into the cheese sauce with about a tablespoon of the reserved cooking water and 50g of the lobster meat, mix well. Split into two ovenproof bowls and sprinkle the panko mixture over the top, then the remaining lobster meat. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, or under the grill for three – until golden and bubbly.

For surfing in Porthleven, stay here. For Gwithian and Hayle, stay here.

Dog friendly places to eat and drink in Cornwall

After a long day of running across beaches, frolicking in the sand and wagging tails, your pup deserves to join you at a laid-back dinner spot by the sea. Enjoy the taste of Cornwall with your four-legged friends at these dog-friendly pubs, restaurants and cafes…

Pizza Jockeys, Newquay

Wet dogs on their way back from frolicking in the waves are welcome in this quirky dog-friendly pizzeria close to Fistral beach. Your fluffy friends can chill out while you wait for some of the finest freshly cooked pizza in Newquay, washed down with a frozen margarita. Eat in if there’s a table free, or take away to Fistral to eat with your toes in the sand.

The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

Perfectly positioned on the golden sands of Watergate Bay, visitors will be treated with delicious food, mouth-watering cocktails and jaw-dropping views. Pets are welcome at all times throughout the day making this a great hang out for wagging tails after a long walk on the beach. Dine in the evening and you could catch one of the bays famous fiery sunsets. The extensive menu includes Crab Spaghetti,  Prawn and Fish Burger and the popular Beach Hut Burger.

Beach Hut

The Driftwood Spars, St Agnes

Take a breath-taking stroll along the coastal path from Perranporth to Trevaunance Cove, to be greeted by real ales, water bowls and doggie chews served in a snug, historic inn just footsteps from the beach. Gourmet food, a micro brewery and a warm doggie welcome make The Driftwood Spars one of Cornwall’s top hound hangouts, and the perfect spot to sample local ales brewed just across the road. As well as three bars, there is a contemporary restaurant serving the finest seasonal produce from local farms, artisans and fisherman.

Driftwood Spars in St Agnes

The Cornish Arms, St Merryn

A traditional country pub that’s now part of Rick Stein’s stable, The Cornish Arms is the perfect start and end point for a dog walk to Constantine and Booby’s Bay, following the coast path around Trevose lighthouse to Mother Ivey’s Bay and winding back along footpaths and country lanes. In summer bask in the huge beer garden and refuel with wood-fired pizza, and in winter get cosy by the log fire and tuck into one of the best Sunday roasts in the county.

cornish arms

The Port William, Trebarwith Strand

Dogs will love a low-tide meander around the sea caves and sugary sands of Trebarwith Strand. Splash in the rock pools, jump in the waves and ramble east to Hole Beach (only accessible at the lowest stage of the tide), then head to The Port William to sip real ales overlooking the waves, or curl up by the fire and tuck into a legendary Sunday roast and classic pub grub. If it’s high tide and the beach is inaccessible, stretch your legs over the cliffs to Tintagel, and you’ll be rewarded with colourful scenery including sea-lashed castle ruins and historic quarries.


The Devonport Inn, Kingsand

Situated in a historic, traffic-free village, and yards from the beach, this cosy local pub welcomes dogs and is an ideal resting point after a leg-stretch around the wild Rame Peninsula. Watch boats come and go from Plymouth Sound and enjoy delicious dishes, from ploughmans to Rame Head lobster, served alongside well-kept local ales and a decent selection of wines. The restaurant also provides doggy blankets and treats to ensure your pup gets the five star experience, too.


Gurnards Head, Nr Zennor

Minutes’ walk from one of the wildest stretches of Cornwall’s coastline, kick off your walking boots, chill out with the dog at your feet and sample Cornish ales, fine wines and a menu packed with produce plucked from the coast and countryside. When you’re fuelled up and ready to hit the coast path again, follow the narrow promontory to find the remains of an Iron Age cliff castle (keep dogs on leads), and then wander alongside the crystal waters of Pendour and Porthglaze coves, searching for a legendary mermaid on your way to quench your thirst in another dog-friendly boozer, The Tinners Arms in Zennor.


If you need any more temptation to bring your pup to Cornwall, read our top five reasons to bring your dog on holiday. To find a beachside retreat at your favourite dog friendly beach, browse our locations and keep an eye on our special offers page for the latest deals and discounts.

The Best Vegan & Vegetarian Food in Cornwall

We take a dive into some of the sustainable, zero-waste and plant-based cafes and restaurants paving the way for an eco-friendlier food scene here in Cornwall.

More and more of us are trying to live a bit more sustainably, and an increasingly popular method is through a sustainable diet, achieved by opting for plant-based alternatives over meat. With the effects of animal agriculture on climate change becoming apparent, there’s more of an incentive to cut down on personal consumption. And it’s catching – with oat milk now as common as dairy in coffee shops, challenges such as ‘Veganuary’ on the rise, and supermarket shelves full of innovative vegan products, there’s never been more opportunity to make some simple swaps towards an eco-friendlier diet.

Although famous for its excellent seafood, Cornwall’s largely rural and lush landscape means there is plenty of space for veggie produce. This is being utilised across many forward-thinking Cornish plant-based cafes, which are paving the way for more sustainable eating around the county. Since Covid, holidaying locally has also been on the rise, and this has incidentally become a great way of cutting air miles and reducing carbon footprints. So why not take your sustainable stay even further, and sample some of the great plant-based produce Cornwall has to offer?

Here’s our top picks of vegan and veggie eats by the coast.

Quick bites

Fal Falafel Van, Falmouth

Fal Falafel Van are a Falmouth based street food vendor, serving fresh, authentic and award winning Middle Eastern street food. Their menu largely celebrates all things falafel and hummus, homemade to their own unique recipes and served in pittas or salad boxes with pickles, chillies, herbs and sauces. Grab lunch here on the go during a day out in this vibrant seaside town.

Snail’s Pace Café & Bike Hire, Bodmin

For rolling moorland, secluded cycle trails and organic produce, head inland to this unique ‘off grid’ space, set in a beautiful valley at Wenfordbridge near Bodmin Moor. Combining quick vegan and veggie eats with homemade cakes and bakes, Snail’s Pace Café is your refuel station during a day amongst the dynamic landscape of Bodmin Moor. The option for bike hire also encourages you to leave the car behind and explore the many cycle paths in this area, including the iconic Camel Trail.

Be Kind the Vegan Coffee Caravan, Hayle

This down-to-earth, grab-and-go caravan is parked up in South Quay, Hayle, and serves delicious vegan cakes and coffees with one message at its core – be kind, to yourself, others, and the planet. And this is does, with its fully plant-based menu offering an eco-friendly snack option on your beach walk. Try their kebab wraps and bagels, enjoyed with a sea view.

Eco Dining

Ugly Butterly, Carbis Bay

Adam Handling is one of the chefs pioneering the sustainable food scene here in Cornwall. His new restaurant, Ugly Butterly, is a gem of food innovation and marks a new way of dining in a county so well known for its traditional fast food. Situated on the shores of Carbis Bay, the site of the 2021 G7 summit, Ugly Butterly is a zero-waste restaurant. Any trims or offcuts from its beautiful and locally sourced dishes are transformed into delicious bar snacks and drinks, proving Adam’s ethos that as there is no such thing as an ugly butterly, there is also no such thing as food waste. Although not entirely vegan, the restaurant offers a full, separate vegan menu, including a plant-based tasting menu.

New Yard, Helston

New Yard is situated in a historic stable yard at Trelowarren in Cornwall, which has been owned by the same family for over 600 years. Its sustainable approach to dining may seem futuristic, but nods to traditional methods of self-sustaining households where everything eaten is grown at home and on site. Each night, their beautiful menu changes and is entirely composed of produce foraged from the estate, grown in their walled garden or ethically sourced from the local area. In 2021 they were awarded a Michelin Green Star, which recognizes gastronomy and sustainable practices. They do serve dishes featuring meat and dairy produce, all locally and ethically sourced, but they also run a vegetable-led menu which is entirely vegan and showcases a delicious variety of seasonal vegetables.

The Bean Inn, Carbis Bay

For a more relaxed dining experience, try Carbis Bay’s only fully vegan and vegetarian restaurant. Their ethos is simple – nourishing plant-based food, a relaxed and intimate setting, and takeaway options with plant-based compostable packaging. Not just delicious, their dishes are beautifully presented and packed with colour and flavour. Taste their globally inspired plates and leave feeling satisfied and enriched.

To sample the best vegan and vegetarian food in Cornwall, browse our locations to find a retreat in the right place for you. Be sure to keep an eye on our special offers page, too, for the latest deals. 

The best places to eat and drink in Bude

Made up of rugged coastline, salty sea air and panoramic scenery, Bude is an underrated gem on the North Cornish coast. Yet beyond its sandy shores lies a colourful seaside town, harnessing its own unique culture and atmosphere with a range of highly esteemed places to grab a bite or enjoy a sundowner after a day on the beach. We have come up with a list of our top places to eat and drink in Bude, ready for you to tuck in during your stay.


Temple sits in the heart of Bude and merges fine dining with a fresh, simple outlook which focusses on the idea of healing. Using local, seasonal ingredients, their food mirrors the simple joy of living harmoniously within beautiful surroundings, with the aim to heal the landscape we live in. Here you will find perfectly portioned dishes of braised fennel, BBQ’d mushrooms, daily fresh fish and porchetta with courgettes and picked shallots. For unique, nourishing cuisine, look no further than this roof terrace restaurant.

The Bank at Bude Tapas bar

Set alongside the peaceful ripples of the River Neet, The Bank is Bude’s resident tapas bar, serving an array of authentic small plates designed to be shared with friends. Tapas is inspired by interaction, conversation and sharing, and the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of the restaurant mirrors this. Situated just a short walk from the main stretch of town and beaches, the serene riverside location sets the tone for an inviting evening of good company and delicious food.

The Deck

The essence of The Deck is based on the relationship between food and travel, combining the best flavours from around the world to create mouth watering dishes. Situated just minutes from Summerleaze beach, their menu is inspired by street traders in Asia, seafood from Europe and chargrilled flare from down under, and contains a selection of skewers, fresh fish and grilled goodness, all served in laid back, beachside interiors. Described by the team as ‘flip flop dining’, head straight from the beach to this eatery for dinner, seaside style.

2 Belle Vue Avenue

This small, relaxed and friendly bistro is hidden in the heart of Bude, offering a variety of mezze, antipasti and tapas dishes from its local produce and Mediterranean inspired menu. Start with butternut arancini or crispy croquettes before tucking into pan seared seabass, washed down with a glass of chilled wine.

The Olive Tree 

Enjoy alfresco dining and delicious flavours at The Olive Tree, a bistro in Bude’s town centre. With a colourful menu, plenty of vegetarian and vegan options and a preference for fresh, local produce, this is a perfect spot for a lazy lunch after a morning spent in the surf.

Starboard Bistro and Rosie’s Kitchen

Take your pick of two mouth-watering restaurants in one spectacular location. Refuel after a day of watersports at these two outlets situated beside Crooklet’s beach. Starboard Bistro, Bude’s first wood fired bistro, is your go-to for sizzling pizzas fresh from the Eucalyptus wood fired oven. Or head to Rosie’s Kitchen by the beach, for a quick ice cream or refreshing beer.

The Beach at Bude Hotel bar and Elements Restaurant

The Beach at Bude is your go to spot for sundowners the colour of the evening sky. Feel the aura of sophistication at this chic seafront cocktail bar which overlooks Summerleaze beach. Part of The Beach at Bude hotel, this spot is perfect for an evening of winding down after a day in the sun. The laid-back interiors, decadent drinks and bar nibbles all make the visit worthwhile.

The hotel is now also home to Elements Restaurant, serving up an Italian-inspired menu adorned with local seafood and sharing platters.

The Best Food Takeaways & Deliveries in Cornwall

We’ve collected some of Cornwall’s best pop ups, takeaways and delivery services to help you enjoy your stay in Cornwall this summer.

Planning your trip?  Rather than a supermarket delivery, order some of Cornwall’s finest produce to your holiday home:

And for more ideas, Barefoot Cornwall have an exhaustive list here.

Our Long List

Location: Bude
Name: Temple
What is it: Food takeaway
Opening hours: Weekend only
How to find out more:
Description: Modern. Cornish. Seasonal food available for takeaway from the restaurant

Location: Bude
Name: Cornish Coast Farm Shop
What is it: Farm shop and pizza delivery
Opening hours: Weekend deliveries, check FB for opening times
How to find out more:
Description: Cornish Coasts, near Bude, has a well-stocked shop, with fresh fruit and veg, and storecupboard essentials. They are also delivery pizzas locally on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Location: Boscastle
Name: Noco
What is it: Food takeaway
Opening hours: Couple of days a week TBC
How to find out more:
Description: London food collective in Boscastle harbour

Location: Carbis Bay
Name: Bin Two
What is it: Wine delivery
Opening hours: Orders must be received by 8am Monday
How to find out more:
Description: Independent wine merchant based in St Ives

Location: Carbis Bay
Name: Porthminster Café
What is it: Seafood takeaway
Opening hours: Fri & Sat only
How to find out more:
Description: Seafood resturant

Location: St Ives
Name: Bens Cornish Kitchen
What is it: Food delivery
Opening hours: Sat & Sunday
How to find out more
Description: 2 course dinners for 2 people, heat up and serve at home

Location: Charlestown
Name: Appletons
What is it: Food, wine takeaway
Opening hours: Thurs, Fri & Sat eve
How to find out more:
Description: Italian style restaurant serving dine-away fresh pasta, take away wine and pre-bottled Negronis.

Location: Newquay
Name: Pavillion
What is it: Produce led deli
Opening hours:
How to find out more:
Description: Local food heros, supplying fruit and veg from local suppliers, fresh pasta, dine-away dishes, takeaway coffee, housemade sourdough & pastries

Location: Newquay
Name: Good Lyfe
What is it: Re-fill shop
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday
How to find out more:
Description: Plastic free, local refill supermarket. Store cupboard essentials, personal care and gifts. Fresh baked goods at the weekend.

Location: Newquay
Name: Basket
What is it: Coffee & cake takeaway + celebration cakes to pre-order
Opening hours: Monday – Sat 8am – 1pm
How to find out more:
Description: Beautiful handmade cakes for takeaway or pre-order celebration cakes, coffee and savoury lunches to takeaway

Location: Newquay
Name: Sprout
What is it: Healthfoods supermarket
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm
How to find out more:
Description: Wholefood, organic local deli produce. Deliveries or collection

Location: Newquay
Name: Real Food Box
What is it: Veg boxes as well as meat, dairy and fish
Opening hours: 7 days a week
How to find out more:
Description: Trevilley Farm shop offering deliveries across Cornwall

Location: Newquay
Name: Hayley Scott Blooms
What is it: Fresh flower deliveries
Opening hours:
How to find out more:
Description: Flower deliveries to Newquay and surrounding areas. Combine delivery with sweet treats from Basket, Jam Jar & Choukette french patisserie

Location: Newquay
Name: Box and Barber
What is it: Coffee and brunch to pre-order and collect
Opening hours: Daily 8am – 3pm
How to find out more:
Description: Origin coffee, acai bowls, avocado toasties and pastries from Da Bara to pre order and collect

Location: Newquay
Name: Adam Banks
What is it: Food delivery
Opening hours: Friday and Saturday only
How to find out more:
Description: Fresh pasta dishes delivered within the Newquay area.

Location: Mawgan Porth
Name: El Huichol
What is it: Mexican taco delivery
Opening hours:7
How to find out more:
Description: Authentic Mexican Street food delivered to your door

Location: Mousehole
Name: Lovetts (Newlyn)
What is it: Wine/off licence store, takeout and coffee + home delivery
Opening hours: Fri & Sat 9am – midday
How to find out more:
Description: Organic wines, craft beer and local coffee (with the occasional doughnut). These guys also do their own pre-bottled espresson martini

Location: Mousehole
Name: Mackerel Sky Sea Food Bar
What is it: Takeaway seafood restaurant + wine
Opening hours: Thursday -Sunday
How to find out more:
Description: Small seasonal seafood bar serving fresh seafood and small plates from the local area

Location: Perranporth
Name: El Huichol
What is it: Mexican taco delivery
Opening hours: Sunday delviery in Perranporth
How to find out more:
Description: Authentic Mexican Street food

Location: Portreath
Name: Portreath Bakery
What is it: Food delivery
Opening hours: home delivery
How to find out more:
Description: Portreath Bakery is delivering bread, pasties, cakes, flour and yeast for your new baking habit

Location: Porth Beach
Name: El Huichol
What is it: Mexican taco delivery
Opening hours: Saturday delivery in Porth
How to find out more:
Description: Authentic Mexican Street food

Location: Porthcothan
Name: Padstow Kitchen Garden
What is it: Farm shop near Padstow
Opening hours:
How to find out more:
Description: Tretheran Farm Shop with seasonal veggies all grown on site. Local delivery available to some surrounding areas.

Location: Port Isaac
Name: Nicky B’s Pasty Shop
What is it: Nicky B’s pasties and sausage rolls are available to buy frozen, with local home delivery available.
Opening hours:
How to find out more: 01208 880498
Description: Pasties, Sausage rolls available to buy from frozen. Delivery available.

Location: Porthlevan
Name: The Mussel Shoal
What is it: Takeaway and delivery laidback seafood dining.
Opening hours: Best to follow their social media to keep up to date
How to find out more:
Description: Expect fresh fish finger sandwiches, clam chowder, squid & chips. Often doing pop ups in St Ives, as well as delivery and collection from their usual spot on the harbour.

Location: Portreath
Name: The Flour Power Pizza Parlour
What is it: Mobile Artisan Pizza
Opening hours: Check out the website for locations and times
How to find out more:

Location: Portreath
Name: The Hub
What is it: Takeaway
Opening hours: 10am to 4pm daily and 7pm Friday and Saturday
How to find out more:
Description: Check out their grab and go menus

Location: Rock
Name: Blue Tomato Café
What is it: Takeaway and delivery to local St Minver Parish
Opening hours: Thursday and Saturday
How to find out more:
Description: Anything from salads, curries to salt and pepper squid and fish & chips.

Location: Rock
Name: Pityme Inn
What is it: Food takeaway
Opening hours:
How to find out more:
Description: Pub classics to takeaway. Local delivery also available

Location: Roseland
Name: Philleigh Way
What is it: Meal delivery
Opening hours:
How to find out more:
Description: Pre cooked meal boxes, including Sunday roasts as well as ingredients

Location: St Agnes
Name: Canteen + Schooners
What is it: Food takeaway
Opening hours: Fridays, annouced on instagram
How to find out more:
Description: Wood fired, casual dining. Usually last minute annoucements made on instagram of flash feeds and take-outs + takeout taco kits from Tom Vase of Schooners to be collected

Location: St Agnes
Name: J Earl Shellfish
What is it: Local fish delivery
Opening hours: Announced on Facebook
How to find out more:
Description: Locallay caught fish, delivery available throught central Cornwall

Location: St Agnes
Name: Genki
What is it: Food delivery
Opening hours: Home deliveries
How to find out more:
Description: Breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas. Speciality – Acai bowls

Location: Watergate Bay
Name: Emily Scott Food
What is it: Pop up restaurant
Opening hours: 12 midday to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 9.30pm, close Sunday and Monday
How to find out more:
Description: No faffing, no fussing just beautiful seasonal food in the former home of Fifteen Cornwall..

Location: Whitsand
Name: The View
What is it: Resturaunt with outside dining at a safe distance
Opening hours: Fridays, Saturdays & Sunday
How to find out more:
Description: Simple food, cooked precisely. Fine dining in a casual and relaxed atmosphere

Location: Whitsand Bay
Name: Pengelleys, Looe
What is it: Fresh fish sales
Opening hours:
How to find out more: 07531 429541
Description: Fresh seafood sold from the hatch, also offering deliveries

Location: Widemouth/Bude
Name: Black Rock Café
What is it: Tea & Coffee takeway
Opening hours: Follow their facebook page for annouced opening times
How to find out more:
Description: Tea, coffee and cake to take away. Bring your own blanket to sit on the beach and enjoy.

The Best Seafood Restaurants in Cornwall

The Fish House, Fistral, Newquay overlooks the beach

Hailed as one of the UK’s top foodie destinations, Cornwall is home to an abundance of restaurants serving fresh fish flipped straight from rod to pan.

Here are our top ten places to dine on the ocean’s bounty:

The Fish House, Fistral Beach, Newquay

Nudging the waves on the surfing mecca of Fistral beach, The Fish House is the sort of restaurant that’s putting Newquay on the foodie map. Owner and chef Paul Harwood cut his teeth under the tutelage of Rick Stein, and the success of The Fish House is testament to his passion for seafood and surf trips around the globe. Expect the freshest fish and shellfish landed a pebble’s throw away in Newquay harbour, served in simple, rustic dishes beside the sea.

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Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac

Helming two of Cornwall’s finest seafood restaurants in the fishing village of Port Isaac, Outlaw has made a name for himself as one of Cornwall’s most eminent chefs. Take a seat in a 15th century fisherman’s cottage and sample a selection of seafood plates at Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, or tuck into a set seafood menu and peer out to the Cornish coastline from Restaurant Nathan Outlaw. Whichever you choose, the menu is dictated by local fishermen and highlights the most delicious and sustainable seafood caught from the ocean in view

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Prawn on The Lawn, Padstow

In Cornwall’s number one foodie town, it’s difficult to rise to fame against the likes of Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth. But for a little seafood bar and restaurant tucked in the cobbled streets of Padstow, Prawn on the Lawn has made a very big name for itself. Focusing on produce sourced directly from the day boats, and offering a mix of small plates and seafood platters, this is the perfect venue to share finger-licking fruits de mer with friends and family.

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The Mariners, Rock

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. What better way to spend a summer afternoon than watching the boats go by from the waterside 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? Make a day of it by arriving on the Black Tor ferry from Padstow.

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The Longstore, Charlestown

The historic harbour of Charlestown is arguably Cornwall’s most famous film location, and well known for its starring role in the BBC’s recent adaptation of Poldark. Upstairs in The Longstore you can peer out at the tall ships (and at times spot the Poldark cast in action) while dining on succulent steaks and seafood locally sourced from land and sea. From simple crab and avocado to seafood bowls and pan fried fillets of the finest fish, the menu and the venue cater for the whole family.

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The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

Big on burgers, steak, fish and shellfish and perfectly positioned on the golden sands of Watergate Bay, visitors will be treated with mouth-watering mussels, smoked mackerel, breaded fish and chips along with their famous crab spaghetti. Wash it down with a showstopping cocktail and a side view of a crashing waves and a fiery sunset and you won’t be disappointed. The Beach Hut is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pets welcome.

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Porthminster Cafe, Porthminster, St Ives

Bang on the beautiful white sands of St Ives, and with buckets full of accolades to its name, the Porthminster hardly needs an introduction. Dine on ingredients plucked from the ocean in view and the café’s kitchen garden, cooked with an Asian or Mediterranean twist. On a sunny afternoon take a seat on the heated terrace and soak up the stunning views of St Ives Bay. Whatever the weather, it’s prudent to book ahead for a table at this popular seaside foodie gem.

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Rick Stein, Porthleven

Known for his extraordinary seafood repertoire and a nose for the next foodie destination, it’s little wonder that Stein expanded his stable to include a restaurant beside Porthleven harbour. Whether you want a warming Goan cod curry or classic fish and chips, rest assured that the menu flaunts the best local and seasonal produce, in dishes inspired by a combination of Cornwall and Stein’s travels.

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Hooked on The Rocks, Falmouth

Built into a rocky ledge overhanging Swanpool Beach this is the sort of venue where it’s hard to take your eyes off the view, even when a whole Cornish lobster is brought to your table. However, the menu is also inspired by the surrounding coastline, with the likes of Falmouth Bay scallops, wild mussels, Newlyn haddock and day boat Cornish catch dominating the menu. Whether you fancy tapas or a slap-up seafood feast, there are few better places to dine on seafood plucked from the ocean backdrop.

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Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, Newlyn

An authentic seafood ‘bar’ where no bookings are taken, here fresh fish dishes are served in a casual atmosphere at the heart of the fishing village of Newlyn. Enjoy a range of classic dishes from moules mariniere and mackerel, to crab tacos and scallops, all reasonably priced and freshly flipped from the local fishing boats to the pan and your plate.

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7 Places for Food and Drink in Perranporth

Sleep well, surf well and eat well…

Cornish ice cream, locally caught seafood and showstopping cocktails, Perranporth has a fantastic choice of restaurants for those staying in this buzzing surf town. Whether it’s a large beachside cafe with breathtaking views, or an intimate restaurant set back from the beach, we give you your Beach Retreats guide to places to eat and drink in Perranporth.

Summer House, Perranporth

Brand new in 2018, the Summer House is located directly next door to The Dunes self-catering apartments in Perranporth, overlooking the golden sands and Atlantic Ocean. The restaurant offers alfresco dining as well as tables inside with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, making the most of the breathtaking views.

Open for lunch and dinner, expect a menu full of locally sourced produce including grilled hake, mussels, duck and crab linguine.

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Pavilion, Perranporth

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Especially when it’s from the Pavilion in Perranporth. This delicious ice cream parlour offers every flavour imaginable including Jaffa cake, malteaser, Cornish Fudge, bubblegum, honeycomb and banoffee. It doesn’t stop there, you’ll be spoilt with several waffle cone choices, a Pavilion stamped wafer and the choice of a Cadbury Flake stick or Cornish fudge.

Find your favourite flavour.

The Watering Hole, Perranporth

Labelled the UK’s only bar on the beach, The Watering Hole is Perranporth’s go to place for live music and events all year round. It’s unique position on a three mile stretch of golden sand attracts visitors far and wide along with its local ales and wide range of food. The bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with food including ciabattas, salads, burgers, chilli and local fish curries. If you have little ones in tow, then a kids menu is also available.

See what’s on at The Watering Hole.

Alcatraz, Perranporth

If you follow Alcatraz on Instagram, then you’ll know that they have the best seats in Perranporth for catching a Cornish sunset. This quirky and one of a kind bar and cafe sits on the cliff and is split into two levels. Downstairs caters to the beach-goer with surfboard hire, buckets and spades, snacks, ice-creams and summer vibes. Meanwhile, on their upper level, you’ll find the bar and cafe serving delicious food and even better cocktails.

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The Seiners Arms, Perranporth

A family run restaurant and bar located on the seafront, The Seiners Arms is a friendly and traditional Cornish pub serving locally sourced and freshly prepared food. With an emphasis on seafood, its ever changing menu includes crab linguine, mussels, surf and turf, baked hake and traditional fish and chips. If you want to check the weather first then you can do that too, with their live webcam. You feeling hungry yet?

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Browns Fish and Chip Shop, Perranporth

If you’re after a quick bite to eat or you fancy dining on the beach, then Browns Fish and Chip Shop is an excellent choice. With 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, customers describe it as ‘absolutely delicious’, ‘always great quality’ and ‘good, honest food’. Dine in, head to the beach or if you’re staying with us at The Dunes, relax on your balcony and watch the world go by. Watch out for seagulls!

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Del Mar Italian, Perranporth

With fresh bread baked daily and Italian chefs serving up a wide selection of authentic pizzas and pastas, it’s no surprise Del mar Italian is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. This restaurant has live Italian music at the weekends and an open kitchen where you can see the chefs hard at work; this mixed with great food and wine creates a fantastic atmosphere.

Tuck into pizza at Del Mar

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