Eating out in Hayle
Hayle is a treat for the eyes, with its landscape of photo‑worthy vistas, riverfront wildlife, three‑mile long beach and yawning estuary.
Yet beyond the glorious scenery is a generous handful of beachfront takeaways, laid back cafes and fine dining restaurants where you can tuck into freshly caught seafood, pub classics and everything in between. Here are some of our favourites….
Converted from an old horse trailer, this café on wheels is parked down at Gwithian Beach and open daily to serve delicious al fresco meals and snacks, ready to be devoured right there amongst the elements. Forget the Cornish pasty‑ how about sampling the rich spices of their famous red lentil dahl with coconut, spinach and sweet potato? Or, tuck into their mouth‑watering whipped lemon and tahini hummus, with toasted flat breads and truffle oil. A taste sensation served with a view.
Looking for some post‑surf grub to re fuel you for the rest of the day? Look no further than Sunset Surf Café, cooking up filling breakfasts, heart‑warming lunches and refreshing drinks that really hit the spot. This café overlooks the sand dunes of Gwithian beach that lead down onto the huge expanse of sand below, the perfect scenery to accompany your meal.
Seasonal and sustainable Cornish seafood and ribs, with daily specials of crab and lobster straight from the fishing boats. It doesn’t get better than Lula’s, where the fish is so fresh that you can still taste the salty twang of the ocean within these delicately cooked dishes. Perched right on the edge of the beach overlooking the Hayle Estuary, Lula’s is the go to place for Cornish dining with a view.
A trip to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without a proper Cornish pasty – it’s a holiday essential. Years of expertise in the pasty trade makes Philps the best in their business, and they cook up fresh batches of the stuffed, flaky pastries daily at their riverside takeaway. You can never go wrong with a classic steak or cheese and onion, but they offer a range of options to satisfy all pasty‑lovers’ appetites!
Another Cornish classic is the fish and chips. Light, flaky cod coated in crispy batter, served with a generous handful of chips and adorned with plenty of salt, vinegar and mushy peas. Can it get any better? Sanders know how to do fish and chips right, and have them ready to eat in or takeaway, allowing you to tuck in in front of the sunset.
Just moments from the sea at the lighthouse end of the beach sits The Rockpool Beach Café. Its laid‑back atmosphere and sand dune surroundings makes this boho café a go to lunch spot, serving up fresh seafood, pizzas and beach bites that you can eat in or take to the beach. They also have a sandy back garden, and host live music and open‑air cinema events throughout the year.
A social hub in the centre of Hayle, Salt is the place to go after a day on the beach. Rock up with sandy toes straight from the sea into this laid back, friendly diner, where you can tuck into modern continental food with a Cornish twist. Sample monkfish and tiger prawn skewers, an antipasti sharing platter or simply a cold beer as you soak up the beach life aura.
New to the area? Check out our blog on 10 reasons to stay in Hayle to find out more, or browse our Hayle retreats below.