There are two things that Cornwall boasts in abundance: spectacular scenery and top notch grub. Combine the two for a fabulous feast for all the senses as you explore Cornwall’s culinary scene along with some equally as luscious locales.
Speaking from experience, I can testify that nothing recalls a memory of a treasured holiday quite like the potent combination of taste and place.
I’ve personally indulged on all sorts during my travels – from roti on a palm-fringed Sri Lankan beach to Weaver ants in an Australian jungle (yes, really – they’re lovely and tangy)…though it’s always my time here at home in Cornwall eating, drinking and gallivanting in general that nourishes both belly and soul the sweetest.
Because, believe it or not, there’s more to eating in Cornwall than frenziedly dodging seagulls in a futile attempt to prevent them pilfering your pasty on the beach.
Whether you fancy a spot of Michelin starred food, a decent pub meal with the family or some sunset drinks in a beautiful beer garden – Cornwall presents a multitude of scenarios and spaces to suit.
I’ve scoured the Duchy for some of the best pubs and restaurants offering alfresco dining and/or to-die-for views. Simply roll up, chill out and enjoy!
The Watering Hole, Perranporth
Just around the corner from St Agnes and boasting status as the UK’s only bar on the beach, The Watering Hole guarantees a brilliant sand-between-your-toes experience.
Stake a table outside for a barbecue, burger or burrito along with a pint of real ale, lager, cider or glass of fine wine as you savour the seascapes and super relaxed vibe.
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Ship Inn, Mousehole
Perched just above Mousehole’s famous harbour means that a meal at the Ship Inn is served with a spellbinding side of unparalleled views. Expect fresh-from-the-ocean seafood specials, basket meals and traditional mains all sourced as freshly and locally as possible.
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The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor
A scenic stop-off for those walking or driving between St Just and St Ives, The Gurnard’s Head overlooks one of west Cornwall’s most strikingly beautiful headlands.
Using locally sourced ingredients for a delicious, lovingly cooked and seasonal menu packed with flavour, the dog friendly pub also prides itself on stocking Cornish ales, bottled beers and ciders – but of course it’s the awe-inspired meeting of countryside and ocean that truly captivates those with an appetite for the breathtaking.
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The Godolphin Arms, Marazion
Offering cool and contemporary coastal interiors that reflect its position mirroring St Michael’s Mount, The Godolphin Arms sits at the other end of the causeway overlooking both ocean and island.
Literally a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, you can dine in the light and airy glass and zinc extension whose doors open during the summer, or on the beach terrace. Tuck into a variety of fresh, local and seasonal foodstuffs.
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The Sloop Inn, St Ives
One of St Ives’ best-positioned venues for people watching, The Sloop is not only chock-full with character, but sits smack in the centre of the seaside town right next to the harbour.
Settle onto the upper deck between noon and sundown (weather-permitting) or sit outside by the cobble streets supping on your favourite tipple or sampling some seafood, shellfish, steak or sweets as you soak up the seaside spoils.
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Smuggler’s Den Inn, Cubert
Situated near Newquay, this hidden gem of a 16th century thatched inn is impossibly quaint, presenting traditional British pub classics with a delicious Cornish twist served in the real pièce de résistance – the pub’s gorgeous garden that will spoil you with sprawling panoramas of both lush countryside and distant sea in all picturesque directions.
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Also worth a visit:
Fisherman’s Arms in Golant (near Fowey)
Kota Restaurant in Porthleven
The Chain Locker or Seaview Inn in Falmouth
The Tinner’s Arms in Zennor
If none of these take your fancy, check out our blog on The best beach-front cafes in West Cornwall >
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