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Best restaurants and bars in Cornwall

Published: August 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Cornwall is renowned as a culinary hotspot as you're never too far from a sandy beach. From The Fish House to Hooked on the Rocks, The Hidden Hut, The Bottle and Sandbar here are five of Cornwall's best cafes and restaurants

Looking for the best places to eat in Cornwall? Want to try the best of Cornish seafood on the coast? We’ve rounded up the best foodie spots in Cornwall, from French-inspired wine bars to rustic outdoor beach cafes, as well as restaurants offering the best views of Cornwall…


Looking for a place to stay? Check out our round up of the best places to stay in Cornwall.

The Bottle, Newquay

Tucked away in a quiet street in Newquay is The Bottle, a French-inspired wine bar and deli run by locals Rob and Toyah. Inside, the cosy ambience reflects its seaside surroundings, with hanging plants, blues and pastel pinks. We enjoyed a cluster of carefully designed small plates, including a creamy burrata with homemade tangerine dust, sliced heritage tomatoes enriched with a boozy armagnac butter, and Spanish pickled white anchovy fillets.

There’s an option to build your own cheese and charcuterie board, with a wide selection of cheeses from small British producers and European staples; fans of Stilton should try the Cropwell Bishop, a hand-ladled cheese boasting a smooth, creamy texture with a buttery and complex flavour. Vegans are not forgotten, with a speciality vegan cheeseboard and vegan wines. If you’re in town for longer than an evening, attend one of the events hosted by the owners, such as the introduction to orange wine. thebottlenqy.co.uk

Tapas sharing board on the menu at The Bottle, Newquay

Hooked on the Rocks, Falmouth

Perched proudly on Swanpool Beach, Falmouth’s Hooked on the Rocks hogs an enviable location. Offering sensationally Cornish seafood, from lobster and crab to oysters, it offers a relaxed, inspirational dining experience (don’t miss the signature seafood platter). What we love most about Hooked on the Rocks is its versatility. Whether you’re in search of morning coffee in the sunshine, a long and lazy al fresco lunch or an end-of-the-day blowout it works. Our favourite dish? The Cajun spiced monkfish and prawn skewers. hookedontherocksfalmouth.com

The Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick Beach

A small rustic outdoor beach cafe located just outside Portscatho, on the Roseland Peninsula, The Hidden Hut is a welcoming, friendly place run by local couple, Simon Stallard and Jemma Glass, and their team.

It’s a great place to eat and unwind in a beach atmosphere (you can take your four- legged friend along too) and is the epitome of outdoor living, offering pop-up feast nights in the summer months. Similar in style to a catered picnic, you bring along your own plates, cutlery and alcoholic drinks and enjoy a meal made by Simon and his team. If you’re in Cornwall, these are unmissable! hiddenhut.co.uk

Sandbar, Praa Sands

A hybrid of Mediterranean-influenced food and Cornish culinary creations, SandBar at Praa Sands serves up stone-baked pizzas, gourmet burgers and pot-roast chicken and chorizo alongside seafood favourites such as crab, crayfish and spinach linguine, dressed Cornish crab salad and crab bisque.

To add to the venue’s pulling power there’s a seriously good schedule of live music, and a rota of themed food events, from Monday’s fish and chips evenings to Friday’s steak nights and Sunday’s ‘Roasts on the Coast’. sandbarpraasands.co.uk

The Fish House, Newquay

Overlooking the waves on Fistral beach, the kitchen at The Fish House is headed up by surfer chef Paul Harwood. Having spent a decade under the tutelage of Rick Stein he’s now put his skills to good use in his own restaurant, serving elegant, rustic dishes that are influenced by his surf trips around the globe.


Ingredients may be local and seasonal dishes but there’s a strong Asian influence; don’t miss the Indian fish curries and Malaysian-style local crab. What better way to finish a day on the beach than by watching the sunset while eating the bounty of the waves below it? thefishhousefistral.com

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