Food, Restaurants And Pubs To Visit In Cornwall

Food, Restaurants And Pubs To Visit In Cornwall

Posted on August 8, 2016 by

Facts about pasties

While we have concentrated on the culture, history and attractions Cornwall has to offer so far, it has occurred to us that we have neglected an incredibly important part of any holiday – the food!

Obviously enough, we all need food to survive, but it’s so much more than a basic need. Eating out can be a great way to bond with your holiday companions, enjoy an intimate evening away from the hustle and bustle of an action-packed family holiday, or discover some new favourite dishes.

We all know about Cornish pasties, scrumpy cider and fish fresh from the sea, but there’s a whole lot more to the Cornish dining scene.

Today’s article focuses on the best places to eat in Cornwall, and some fantastic pubs for afterwards.

As always, do leave a comment and share your own favourites if you’ve any to add to our list.

Where to eat in Cornwall

Fish & Chips

What’s a trip to the seaside without some fish and chips? Cornwall does have spectacular coastlines and breath-taking views, so it’s fitting that you would want to partner that with some particularly delicious food.

We have it on good authority that Rick Stein’s restaurants are the place to go for fish and chips, with The Cornish Arms being particularly good if you will be dining with fish-refusers.

Catch in Looe won a Best Newcomer award at the 2016 National Fish and Chip Awards.

Other fish and chip restaurants which come highly recommended include:

Beach Cafés

Porthminster Beach

Porthminster Beach

If you’re enjoying a fantastic day by the sea, there’s no need to leave the beach area to get some great food. Given the popularity of Cornwall’s coast, it should come as no surprise to find that beach cafes are very much in favour, serving high-quality food in a convenient location for swimmers, fishers, surfers and sunbathers.

A personal favourite which has been recommended to us is Trevone Beach Café, although dog owners may wish to note that their furry friends are, sadly, not welcome on this particular beach.

If that’s a bit far from your planned holiday destination, have a look at one of these instead:

Where to buy your Cornish pasties

They may not be haute cuisine, but a good Cornish pasty can be a thing of beauty. Of course, when you’re in Cornwall, they’re all exceedingly good Cornish pasties!

If you’re after a dose of pastry, beef, swede and onion during a busy day, here’s where to go to get your fill. But first, some fun facts about Cornish pasties…

  • A good pasty is considered to be one which could survive being dropped down a mineshaft to a hungry miner
  • A giant Cornish pasty is raised over the bar before a major game involving the Cornish rugby team
  • It is bad luck to take a pasty on board a ship – something to bear in mind when planning your coastal activities
  • Legend has it that the devil will never enter Cornwall as he’s too afraid of being made into a pasty. That’s certainly a different twist on the traditional recipe!
  • Approximately 120 million Cornish pasties are produced each year
  • Pasties account for 20% of the entire Cornish food and drink industry, or around £300 million annually
  • The ditty “oggy, oggy, oggy, oi oi oi” is said to have started with bakers and miner’s wives announcing the readiness of a fresh batch of pasties. “Oggy” comes from the traditional Cornish word for pasty, hoggan
  • Sealing a pasty is known as crimping, and some master crimpers can manage as many as 7 pasties a minute. Pasties crimped by a right-hander are known as hen pasties, while cock pasties are crimped with the left hand
  • The most recent Cornish Pasty World Championships were held in the Eden Project on 5th March 2016. Fittingly, this date is also the national day of St Piran, Cornwall’s patron saint

Starting off our list of where to buy your Cornish pasties is the bakery that won those World Championships, The Chough Bakery in Padstow.

Other outstanding producers include:

Fancy some ice cream?

Selection of ice creamWho doesn’t!

We’re sure we don’t need to say too much about the delights of ice cream – it’s right up there with fish and chips as a must on a seaside holiday. Cornish ice cream is particularly delicious, thanks to the rather decadent addition of clotted cream.

Enough about the ingredients; here’s where to treat yourself on a hot summer’s day (or a wet winter’s day – we don’t discriminate when it comes to ice cream!).

Child-friendly dining in Cornwall

Those of us with children know just how fussy the little cherubs can be, and how much your little darlings can limit the dining options available to you. Eating out with the kids, no matter how fussy, doesn’t mean you have to stick to fast food and bland options – these child-friendly eateries will ensure your Cornish trip is filled with mouth-watering fare.

View over towards Fowey


Fine dining in Cornwall

Fancy something a little more special? You’re on holiday, so why not push the boat out and treat yourself to some truly exquisite dishes?

Cornwall isn’t all pasties, ice cream and fish and chips – there’s a plethora of fine dining establishments to choose from too. Whether it’s a special occasion or you just feel like treating yourself while taking a break from the stresses of everyday life, you can’t go wrong by booking a table at one of these Cornish greats.

PInt of beer on tableSome of the best breweries in Cornwall

Now that you’ve had your fill of delicious food, you may be ready for a nice cold pint. Cornwall is home to a number of fantastic breweries, meaning beer drinkers will never go without a very satisfying drink. Here’s where to try some of the best local beers in Cornwall, and what you should try while you’re there.

Where to enjoy history with your drink

Exploring the culture and history of a new area doesn’t necessarily involve traipsing around numerous sites all day. What if we said you could take in some of Cornwall’s history while sitting with friends enjoying a drink or two? Well, you can.

All you need to do is choose one of these historic pubs for your holiday get-together.