When you’re in need of a fun, family-friendly place to eat with plenty of delicious things to choose from for both adult and child tastes, step this way. Here are our favourite places to grab a bite to eat within easy striking distance of Bedruthan.
The Stable, Newquay
The Stable is a fun new place to eat pizza or pie and drink cider in Newquay. Ceiling-to-floor windows offer breath-taking views over the famous Fistral Beach. Watch the surfers from the balcony in Summer, or in Winter nestle indoors by the fire while the weather rages outside.
Food is served on long trestle tables, adding to the bustling, sociable feel of the place. Make sure your try one of their cider tasting boards and discover you’re favourite apple-based tipple. There’s a kids menu and the usual colouring paper and pencils on the tables to keep small people happy.
For more information, see their website: The Stable
The Fern Pit Café, Newquay
Newquay’s best hidden gem, the Fern Pit Café opened in a quiet back road in 1910 and has retained much of its early 20th century charm. It perches on the steep bank of the River Gannel between Pentire Headland and Crantock. It’s lovely to sit in the terraced gardens and take in the stunning views of the river, beach and sea while you tuck into a crab sandwich or a cream tea.
Follow the steep and picturesque path that leads from the café down to the boathouse. From here you can take the ferry over to Crantock beach (10am to 6pm in Summer), or use the free footbridge when the tide’s out.
Once on Crantock Beach, there’s an ice cream kiosk selling drinks and snacks, an ice cream truck and Crantock Surf Hire offering the hire of surfboards, wetsuits, windbreaks, deckchairs, parasols, sunbeds and beach shoes.
For more information, see their website: The Fern Pit Cafe
Lakeside is a smart eaterie that overlooks Trenance Boating Lake – one of Newquay’s most picturesque areas. It serves up good coffee and breakfasts, afternoon cups of tea, contemporary Cornish dishes and fine wines. Even the ducks gadding about on the lake are catered for here – you can buy 50p bags of seeds to feed them with.
The place is usually busy with locals tucking into crab cakes, pork belly and the local catch on the daily-changing menu. Pop in for a cuppa or a three-course meal – the choice is yours.
For more information, see their website: Lakeside Cafe
Fistral Surf Diner, Newquay
Tucked away above the endless line-up of surf shops that edge the streets of Newquay is the Fistral Surf Diner on Cliff Road.
It’s a fun, American-style diner decked out with a juke box, pop art pictures on the walls and Grease-style booths – and all served with a hefty side order of sea view.
Tuck into waffles, pancakes and bagels for breakfast, or try the Dawn Patrol Burger stacked with sausage meat, a free-range egg, streaky bacon and Cornish yarg cheese. Later in the day, there’s more classic American fare.
The atmosphere is warm with families and groups of friends tucking into sharing platters of whitebait, fiery chicken and nachos, served alongside classic steaks and burgers.
For children, there’s a Little Dudes menu and milkshakes, Knickerbocker glories and banana splits to choose from.
For more information, see their website: Fistral Surf Diner
Carn Brea Castle Restaurant
A meal at Carn Brea Castle is an adventure. Just getting there is an exciting enterprise. From the village of Carnkie, it’s a 700ft climb – either by car or on foot – up to the twin-towered stone fortress. Follow Carn Lane as it turns into a dirt track and then forks, making sure you take the left fork. You’ll find parking in front of the restaurant.
The mini castle was built as a hunting lodge by the Bassett family in 1379 inside the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort. Once inside the front door, the combination of the historic building, the music and the mouth-watering aromas from the kitchen make for a unique fusion of Middle Eastern and Old English culture and a culinary adventure you’re not likely to forget.
You must reserve your table in advance and it’s a good idea to pre-order a mezze for your whole table while you’re at it. This way, you’ll be greeted on your arrival by a table laden with every kind of Middle Eastern delicacy. Choose from kebabs, steaks, pilafs and lots of nibbles. Veggies are well-catered for and many of the dishes are meat free.
Payment is by cheque or cash only.
Carn Brea Castle: 01209 218358 to book