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Cuisine safari: unearthing the best local places for dinner

Cornwall is a foodie hotspot, and we encourage you to experience this first hand. Here are our dinner plan recommendations, from fine dining to simple sea air and crispy chips on the beach…

Tip from the team: Cornwall is the top destination for many this summer – with this in mind we wouldn’t leave making dinner reservations until you arrive. Please book tables as early as possible to avoid disappointment, and tingle your taste buds.

To write home about


Barnaby’s pride themselves on bold flavours and a ‘round a friend’s house for dinner’ vibe. The baked cheesecake on their Instagram looks amazing, and you’ll be hard pushed to decide on which small plates to sample.

Emily Scott at Watergate

Beautiful décor and spectacular food - one to really look forward to. We hear on the grapevine that the roasted turbot to share is something special. If you’re looking for a table in August, you’ll need to book very soon.


Marvel at the chefs as they work, enjoy the great atmosphere and delight in Michelin star dishes.

Casual dining

Catch Seafood Bar and Grill

For seafood lovers, with other options from the grill too. Locally-sourced, imaginative, dog-friendly and cocktails.

Woodfire at the Mill

Seemingly always a hit. Rustic, very cool, fresh, and cooked by fire. Expect to find stonebaked pizzas this summer and slow cooked, smokey dishes where flavour is key, the rest of the time. They’re popular and you need to book on Sunday for the coming week, from 12 noon.

Merrymoor Inn

Local ales and simple, seasonal food with a view. Enjoy a casual vibe, light bites for the perfect post-walk pick me up, and alfresco dining.

Jam Jar Kitchen

The place for pizza paired with an Aperol. A beautiful alfresco setting in the pretty village of Crantock. You'll find the usual favourites and more unusual flavourings such as fig, honey and brie. Walk in only - the team advises that you head their early evening and finish with a walk across the beach.

The Cornish Arms

Nestled in the pretty village of St Merryn, Rick Stein’s ‘simple British pub’ boasts an impressive wine list, and a familiar menu of pleasing classics. This gastro offers many fish dishes such as scallops, prawns, grilled sardines and lemon sole, but there are curries, salads and other options too.

The Falcon Inn

Their motto: good food, good atmosphere, good atmosphere. If a wholesome Cornish pub is what you’re searching for, head to this picturesque spot. Walk-in only.


Mexican food served in an understated setting. Tacos, burritos, nachos and really good margaritas. Oh, and you can enjoy a round of mini golf too. Currently running an Indian pop up on Wednesdays. Walk in only.

Blue Fish Bar, Mawgan Porth

If all other options fail, or you’re craving traditional fish and chips, this is your place. They’re fried in beef dripping for extra flavour (something for vegetarians/vegans to be mindful of). Is there anything better than the feeling of unwrapping vinegary paper whilst sat on soft sand, and breathing it all in?

Best for last

Café Rojano

Impressive Mediterranean cuisine in Padstow – currently closed until August 3rd and bookings are looking busy so do book as soon as possible. Simply look at their gallery online and you’ll be compelled to try. Michelin quote: 'There’s always a lively buzz at this smart brasserie.'


We've already mentioned our local fish and chips stop, but whilst wandering through the village you'll also find a noodle bar serving on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and pizzas too. Cornish Fresh has a great selection of produce if you'd like to build your very own picnic to enjoy on our meadow gardens, or you could purchase a readymade grazing platter from The Cornish Grazing Co. Traveller's Rest at the top of the hill serve woodfired pizzas, and in the other direction at St Eval, you'll find posh kebabs from Molinos. If you go a little further to Padstow, there are different options each evening at the Padstow Touring Park, and of course plenty in the centre of the town.