Where to eat & Drink Cornwall

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Cafe Culture



Arts Café, 25 River Street, Truro TR1 2SJ

Set to the right of the Royal Cornwall Museum where in summer the pleasure can be eating al fresco, for the food is wholesome and the ambience lends itself to combing the daily papers and the art books on sale. In winter, a log burner warms your cockles, and a hot drink and toasted panini will soothe your weary brow. 

01872 240567   truroartscompany.co.uk   Photography: Supplied By Subject


Beach Hut, Watergate Bay TR8 4AA

Fresh, simply cooked food in a sensational location. What more could you ask for? Fish and burgers feature strongly. Daily Specials. Open from 8.30 till late. All set against one of Cornwall's finest beaches where you can watch the surfers at play.

01637 860877    the-beach-hut.co.uk     Photography: Supplied By Subject


Cornish Vegan, 15 Kenwyn Street, Truro TR1 3BU

A popular lunch venue; homemade buddha bowls, jackfruit sandwiches, burgers, vegan fish & chips, 'chickin' and sausages, cream teas and cakes to die for. Pretty Mediterranean garden. Dogs welcome. Indeed, it is also where carnivores can be surprised, learn and be nourished that there are alternatives to their daily diet.   Open Tu-Sa 10-4.

 01872 271540   thecornishvegan.com     Photography: Supplied By Subject

Digey Food Room, 6 The Digey, St Ives TR26 1HR

St Ives can be an exhausting place to visit; the crowds, the sea air, the mediterranean light, all bring on a thirst and an appetite and a need to sit down and rest with a cuppa. Herewith, a classy cafe/deli (and luxury food store) that serves all-day breakfast, soups, light lunches and a Cornish Cream Tea. Vegan/gluten food is an option, too. Open M-Sa 9-5. 

01736 799600   digeyfoodroom.co.uk   Photography: Supplied By Subject



Godrevy Beach Café, Godrevy Towans TR27 5ED

Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner. Choose from organic cakes, take-aways and barbeques. Great views of sunsets from the decking area on stilts. Open from 10, seven days a week. 

01736 757999  fb  Photography: Supplied By Subject


Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick Beach TR2 5EW

Its amazing that a small, rustic, outdoor beach café with access via the coast path should host Feast Nights - that are now over-subscribed with 30,000 on their email list for a mere 150 covers to fill. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and tea in the season. Cash only.  Connected to: Tatams Stonebaked. These converted loos provide fresh coffee, pastries, pizzas and fine views of Portscatho’s beach. Open daily in season. 

01872 581894   tatams.co.uk   hiddenhut.co.uk     Photography: Supplied By Subject

Honey Pot, 5 Parade Street, Penzance TR18 4BU

A café has been in this Art-Deco build for 100-years. Daily specials, exceptional soups, sarnis, panninis, coffee and cakes, all with a flourish. You just can’t go wrong here. Open M-Sa 10-6, lunch 12-late.

01736 368686      Photography: Supplied By Subject


Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay TR8 4AA

One of Cornwall’s most desired ‘foodie’ experiences, to bag. Launched with the ‘Jamie Oliver’ flavour
- they call it modern, Italian, influenced food. Profits go to the Cornwall Foundation of Promise - assisting young people from difficult backgrounds. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8.30 am. 

01637 861000   fifteencornwall.co.uk    Photography: Supplied By Subject


Life’s A Beach, Summerleaze Beach, Bude EX23 8HN

Bistro restaurant offers all types of food from locally caught sea bass, to burgers, and pizzas. A great place to watch the sunset, and to relax after a day in the surf. Open daily in season. 

01285 355222   lifesabeach.info

Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, New Road, Newlyn TR18 5PZ

As you walk, trawl, the streets of Newlyn, perhaps visiting various art galleries, or admiring the trawlers beside the docks,  you will amass a mighty appetite for seafood (unless you are a Vegan) and there is no better place to drop into than this roadside cafe. On the menu is fresh seafood: scallops, mussels, lobster bake, fish and chips for lunch and dinner. Open daily March to October (inclusive) 12-3, 5.30-9. No bookings. 

mackerelskycafe.co.uk      Photography Supplied By Subject

Mowhay Café & Restaurant, Trebetherick PL27 6SE

Great place to stop for coffee, lunch or evening meal. Always interesting arts and crafts for sale. Open daily in season. 

01208 863660    Photography: Supplied By Subject

Muddy Beach Café, Penryn Harbour TR10 8FG

Opens at 9.30 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A family business specialising in Little Plates (tapas) and Beach Boards (shared courses), al fresco with a fabulous view overlooking the muddy (sometimes crystalline) estuary.

01326 374424   muddybeach.com    Photography: Supplied By Subject

Nauti But Ice, Harbourside, Porthleven TR13 9JE

Café serving amazing breakfasts, homemade cakes, baps, pastries and Cornish coffee. You can sit al fresco and admire the passersby, or just relax and enjoy the day. Open daily. Next door, Takeaway Pizzas.  

01326 573747    nautibutice.co.uk            Photography: Supplied By Subject


Pinky Murphy’s Café, Ferry Road, Fowey PL23 1DB

 A blaze of colour greets you, as do images of Elvis, Marilyn and surfing. Veggie. Comfy, snoozing chairs, upstairs. Dog/child friendly. Wifi. 

01726 832512   pinkymurphys.com    Photography: Supplied By Subject

Potager Garden & Glasshouse, Constantine TR11 5RF

This is a “Find” that emerged from a bramble-filled wilderness. Only the finest ingredients are cooked with, and it tastes so, so good. Vegetarian/Vegan dishes. Craft studios. Open Th, F, W/ Es & BHs 10-12 B/fast, 12-3 lunch. Tea/cakes all day. After a fine repast you can wander in the garden and sit beneath a tree. What bliss!

01326 341258   potagergarden.org      Photography: Supplied By Subject


Provedore, 43 Trelawney Rd., Falmouth TR11 4RE

Its small, rustic and always ahead of the game. A basic café that started as a deli, and through acute demand evolved into this modest café in the mornings turning into a restaurant serving South Asian/Pacific food in the evenings.. Open Tu-Sa 8.30-3.30, (& Th- Sa) 6.30-10. No bookings. 

01326 314888   provedore.co.uk     Photography: Supplied By Subject

Sea Spray, Fistral Beach, Newquay TR7 1AQ

Set on the rocks of Fistral Beach with a fine view of the surf and breaks breakfast lunch and dinner is served. All day codffees and teas. 01637 850793   seasprayfistral.co.uk       Photography: Supplied By Subject

Scarlet Wines  (Cafe/Deli/Wine Shop), The Old Forge, Griggs Quay, Hayle TR27 6JG

Exhausted after belting down the A30? Stop off here for some nourishment and ogle at their gins, wines and cheeses. Perhaps, a strong cuppa to revive you. Feast Nights. Open daily from 9 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kids menu. Opposite the entrance to the Railway Station

01736 753696     scarlet-wines.co.uk     Photography: Supplied By Subject


Stargazy Cafe, 24 Lower Market Street, Penryn TR10 8BG

Your chef/hostess, Ruth Cicale, has hospitality and good food running in her veins. She cooks for YOU, and so your satisfaction to her is personal. Dishes from England, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, and for Vegans, too. Open Tu-Sa 9-3pm, Sunday from 10-3pm. 

07870 979587      Photography: Supplied By Subject


Stones Bakery, Old High Street, Falmouth TR11 2AF

The town's finest bakery and coffee shop serving artisan bread, homemade cakes, pizzas and savoury tarts baked on the premises. Open M-Sa from 8.30. 

07791 003183   stonesbakery.co.uk     Photography: Copyright ©Flora Fricker & Supplied By Subject

Strong Adolfos, Hawksfield, Atlantic Highway, A39  PL27 7LR

This cafe is a great destination for lovers of a supreme English Breakfast, Scandinavian cakes and various coffees/hot chocs. All served with a smile. Biker’s Night on Wednesday for a burger or two. Next door, the Natural Store at The Arc, Circle Contemporary Art Gallery, Finisterre Clothing and Goose Shed (bric-a-brac galore), and lots more.  Open daily.

01208 816899    strongadolfos.com  hawksfieldcornwall.com      Photography: Supplied By Subject

Sunset Surf (Surfer’s Café/ Bar), Gwithian Towans TR27 5BT

A fun family-friendly hang-out, great food and facilities. Surf school and hire. Open daily from 10 for breakfast.

 01736 752575     sunset-surf.com    Photography: Supplied By Subject


Surf Beach Bar,  Sennen Cove TR19 7BT

A view of sand, sea and surf, to die for, and an eclectic décor of wood, glass, massive artworks and retro racing cars with black slate floors, plus freshly prepared burgers, pizzas and ciabattas. All day food from the bar.  

01736 871191   surfbeachbar.co.uk    Photography: Supplied By Subject

Temple Cornwall, Granville Terrace, Bude EX23 8JZ

An obsession with design and the delicacies of life are what drives this new eatery and clothes emporium. It has to be organic and there will a choice of vegan/vegetarian, as well as brunch, chicken and meat dishes. Opens at 10 for brunch. Open evenings, too.

01288 354739    templecornwall.com



The Kitchen, Old Brewery Yard, Falmouth TR11 2BY

Brunch and lunch is a real treat and very good value. You will be sure to return. Now dinner is a serious option, indeed  a feast of 8-12 sample courses that will make holes in your wallet. Memorable. This has to be one of Falmouth's (West Country's) top eateries. You can sit al fresco in the warm glow of an evening and watch the passersby enter the Han Bar opposite. Personally, I have never tasted better venison - my god it was succulent,  melted in one's mouth.  One's experiences of dining can differ with the changing winds but one thing is certain. We seek more than the  nuance our taste buds provide. Think back to Albert Finney's sensual repast in Tom Jones?  Grace Dent in The Guardian likens this table "At times orgasmic and at others deeply unpleasant, like a good marriage."  It divides oppinion. Try it before it is ruined by a Michelin Star and all the ghastly hangers-on that that entails. Open M-Sa  09.30-4.30 pm, dinner Th-Sa 6.30-11pm.  

07543 703973   thekitchenfalmouth.co.uk       Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

View Restaurant, Trenninow Cliff Road, Rame Peninsula PL10 1JY

 Fabulous position. Food is classic French with English ingredients. Can’t better that. Child and Veggie friendly, and a cool place to relax and admire the view.  Perhaps, more serious restaurant than Cafe. However, worth stoping for the view, Darling! 

01752 822345   theview-restaurant.co.uk     Photography: Supplied By Subject

Watering Hole, The Beach, Perranporth TR6 0BH

Its actually situated on the sand, backed by dunes and fronted by the sea. A great view if you can see past the hoards on sunny days. It just may be the nearest you get to a slice of Oz. Weekend music events. Surf School and board hire. 

01872 672054   thewateringhole.co.uk      Photography: Supplied By Subject

Waterfront Sandbar Café/Deli, Polzeath  PL27 6SP

Overlooks the beach in enviable position. Opens for late breakfast/brunch at 10. Al fresco lunches and evening meals. Style more bistro, than restaurant. Proudly serves local produce where possible. Open daily in season. 

01208 862333   waterfrontpolzeath.co.uk     Photography: Supplied By Subject

Woods Café, Cardinham Woods, Bodmin PL30 4AL

Treat yourself to daily baked cakes and savouries, delectable home-made food before or after your walk/cycle ride.  Log fires in winter, Al fesco in summer, child and dog friendly. Open daily 10-4.30. Holiday Flat to let. 

01208 78111   woodscafecornwall.co.uk     Photography: Supplied By Subject