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It’s all about the taste! Cornwall’s food scene has become almost as famous as our stunning coastline. There’s first class cuisine everywhere, with many fantastic cafés, pubs and restaurants just waiting to be discovered.
Rick Stein was the first celebrity chef in Cornwall with his Seafood restaurant in Padstow. He now has several food establishments across Cornwall. Jamie Oliver followed with one of his Fifteen restaurants at Watergate Bay, placing Cornwall firmly on the foodie map.
The status of Cornish food is well and truly growing with many chefs with Cornish connections gaining Michelin stars. Paul Ainsworth, recently seen on BBC’s Saturday Morning Kitchen and MasterChef has his restaurants ‘Number 6’ and the Italian ‘Rojano’s’ in Padstow. Nathan Outlaw worked with Rick Stein before opening his own Michelin starred restaurants in Port Isaac – ‘Restaurant Nathan Outlaw’ and his ‘Fish Kitchen’ both in Port Isaac. He also has restaurants in London and Dubai and made a recent appearance as a judge on this year’s BBC’s Great British Menu.
Cornwall’s has over 400 miles of coast so, combined with the lush farming land this gives the perfect conditions for harvesting delicious produce. It is no wonder that chefs are drawn to Cornwall’s unique landscape and it’s hard not to find a town bustling with restaurants. Most Cornish restaurants source locally whenever possible including freshly caught seafood, meat, milk, cream and butter from Cornish farms. A huge variety of beer, cider, wine and specialist spirits and liqueurs are also produced in Cornwall!
Cornwall must be on every foodie’s bucket list – there is just so much to taste!
Number 6, Padstow – Paul Ainsworth’s Number 6 does great food, with a Michelin star.
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac – with two Michelin stars, this is a must for food connoisseurs.
Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, Padstow – Cornwall’s first celebrity chef, renowned for seafood, definitely deserves a mention in our food directory.
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Watergate – Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen is inspired by Italian cuisine with a Cornish twist – a more relaxed approach to fine dining and it is family friendly.
Ben Tunnicliffe, Sennen Cove – another relaxed family friendly restaurant which focuses on local seafood, and fun, with its brilliant location on Sennen Cove.
Restaurants, cafes and Pubs:
Fox’s Revenge, Summercourt – This fantastic new addition to Cornwall is perfect for laid-back dining, whatever the season. It serves good hearty pub food. The Foxes Revenge also does an afternoon tea, and gorgeous roast dinners.
Bush Pepper, Newquay – an Australian influenced restaurant fits in perfectly in surfy Newquay. There are meats and fish to choose from, including Kangaroo.
Sam’s on the Beach, Fowey – get cosy amongst the kitsch pink and green décor and get ready to experience some top-notch food. They specialise in fish, but there is plenty of choice for those who aren’t feeling fishy. Cocktail lovers will be in heaven, with heaps to choose from.
Porthmeor Beach Café, St Ives – located overlooking St Ives famous Porthmeor Beach. There is a fab atmosphere, food and an extensive cocktail menu to work through. Try the Porthmeor Breeze, vodka, cointreau, rosemary syrup, lime, topped with grapefruit.
Victoria Inn, near Penzance – one of the oldest Inns in Cornwall has a great beer garden in the summer and a roaring fire in the winter, and with food to match the seasons – expect hearty food with amazing flavours.
Granny Wobbly’s Fudge, in Tintagel, Bude, and Wadebridge, cooks traditional fudge on site in Vanilla, Maple and Walnut, Rum and Raisin, Butterscotch and Chocolate.
Camel Valley Wines, produces world-class award-winning wines such as Cornwall Brut and Pinot Noir Rose Brut.
Tarquin’s Gin, produced by Southwestern Distillery, is handcrafted by a traditional method. Tarquin’s Cornish Navy Seadog Gin has recently been awarded Best Gin at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Dynamite Valley Brewing Company, Ponsonooth, microbrewery with a Beer Café on Saturday’s.
Cornish Food Box, Truro, bringing together Cornish products, which can be picked up or delivered.
Cornish Food Box – Bringing together lots of Cornish products, which can be delivered to your door or you can go to the shop in Truro. Here you can purchase meat and vegetable boxes, dairy products, local wines and beers and there are foodie gifts to choose from too, so everyone can have a taste of Cornwall.