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Places to eat in Wadebridge

Along with its enviable position straddling the Camel River near the rugged northern coastline, Wadebridge is conveniently situated to soak up everything else on offer throughout this particularly enchanting part of Cornwall.

Views across the estuary along the Camel Trail near Wadebridge

From cycling the uber scenic Camel Trail to exploring the Camel Estuary and its surrounding beaches in all their beautiful glory, and day-tripping to nearby destinations such as Padstow, Port Isaac and Daymer Bay, Wadebridge offers a fabulous mix of things to see and do in and around the town – including dining and drinking. Attend an event such as the Royal Cornwall Show or a celebrated food festival, or take a tour of the bounty of restaurants, cafés and pubs scattered throughout this popular part of the county.

With many eateries creating menus using local produce, visitors can taste Cornwall in a plethora of dishes, whether it’s a traditional pasty, fish and chips, Sunday roast or freshly landed seafood that tickles your taste buds. And with provenance also a key part of Cornwall’s home produced tipples, expect to be dazzled by the offerings from local breweries, vineyards, and distilleries as you embark upon a taste journey of Cornwall. No wonder why Wadebridge and its surrounding areas are fast becoming part of Cornwall’s must-visit foodie destinations.

Here are some of the best places to eat and drink in Wadebridge...

Nice Baps

The much-loved wooden hut exterior of Nice Baps, one of the best places to eat in Wadebridge

Best for: Breakfast baps

Three Holes Cross Layby PL27 6EL

Unassuming in every way (apart from its name!), this roadside wooden café and takeaway is packed with edible delights, from their award winning pasties to locally sourced burgers and a full Cornish breakfast box; meaning that whatever time of day you’re passing, you’ll find something delicious to devour. Tuck into a freshly made classic breakfast bap, sausage roll (including vegan), cheese melt, hotdog, or cold bap with various fillings, and wash the five-star floured bap down with a hot or cold drink. Call in en route to or from Wadebridge and grab some grub on the go, or pull up a chair in the outdoor seating area and undercover veranda as you savour your dish of choice and watch the world go by.

The Old Tea House

A lavish afternoon tea at The Old Tea House in Wadebridge

Best for: A punchy lunch and sweet treat

6 Polmorla Road PL27 7ND

This wonderfully cosy and family-run café sits in the centre of town, presenting a lip-smacking variety of foodstuffs for a first-rate belly fill. Their breakfast and lunch menus are brimming with local deliciousness, from toasties and quiche to salads, soups, sandwiches, cakes and Cornish cream teas, along with an array of vegan, gluten and dairy free options. Meanwhile, thirst quenchers include coffee, milkshakes, iced teas and a variety of loose leaf teas served in beautiful vintage china. A warm welcome greets you from the outset, and is followed by attentive service and top-notch food for an all-round people-pleasing experience. Dog friendly and with both indoor and outdoor seating, The Old Teahouse accommodates all appetites, dietary requirements and visitors with proper Cornish hospitality and home sourced food that will leave you pining to return.

Strong Aldolfo's

A delicious burger from Strong Adolfo's in Wadebridge

Best for: Coffee and trendy interiors

Hawksfield A39 PL27 7LR

Much more than a roadside café, Strong Adolfo's serves freshly ground coffee and freshly cooked breakfasts and lunches with a global influence that packs a huge taste punch. The award-winning eatery infuses a passion for art, surf and motorcycle subculture into its offerings for a respite as mouth-watering as it is personality-packed. Smoothies and milkshakes can be found alongside breakfasts including full English, full vegan, Mexicano brioche, American pancakes, kimchi mushroom toast and banana porridge; while the coffee/tea drinks list features everything from flat whites to chai lattes, Yorkshire tea, and iced peach and black tea. Lunch consists of a mix of burgers, tacos, Buddha bowls, toasted sandwiches, wraps, salads and sides (and kids menu), which can be scoffed with a cold drink or alcoholic beverage including wines, cocktails, Tarquin’s gin and tonic, Cornish Orchards Heritage Cider and Skinner’s Porthleven Pale Ale. For local flavours with a world twist, Strong Adolfo's is a must-stop.

The Stepping Stone

A sleek sign hanging outside of The Stepping Stone in Wadebridge

Best for: Local produce

Polmorla Road PL27 7ND

Situated in the beating heart of Wadebridge, The Stepping Stone can be found nestled in a quiet side street of the town for a slightly away-from-it-all feel. Producing an eclectic British menu using seasonal Cornish produce, expect the freshest fish, meat and vegetarian dishes as well as a top-notch service to boot. Lunch typically comprises the likes of pan seared Cornish scallops, hand picked Cornish crab, Cornish sirloin steak, mushroom risotto, sandwiches and sides; while the evening menu ranges from market fish to pot roasted shoulder of Cornish pork. You can also enjoy a three-course Sunday roast with all the trimmings as you lavish in the laidback atmosphere, attentive staff and flavoursome food.

Mad Hatters

A table full of food and drink at Mad Hatters coffee shop in Wadebridge

Best for: A gluten-free cream tea

The Platt PL27 7AE

Situated smack bang in the centre of Wadebridge, Mad Hatters offers an enticing selection of Cornish tea and coffee, homemade cakes, lunch and snacks. Their gluten-free scones are regularly raved about, while the service, relaxed atmosphere and facilities are also highly appraised. Sip on a smoothie or deluxe thickshake, or opt for a lager, ale, wine or cider while deliberating what to sink your teeth into. Specials such as Cornish rarebit, charcuterie platter, quiche of the day, Ploughman’s lunch, salads, and smoked mackerel pâté sit alongside a menu of breakfast, paninis, soups, sandwiches, cakes and Cornish cream teas to ensure all fancies are deliciously catered for. Sit in, sit out, or take away. They’re also dog friendly, and have disabled access and baby changing facilities too.

Le Snack

The white exterior of Le Snack in Wadebridge

Best for: Flavour-packed sandwiches

4 Foundry Street PL27 7NW

The small sandwich shop can be found in the centre of Wadebridge, and for anyone with a penchant for filled bread will delight in the sheer variety available. Elevating the humble sandwich with the freshest seasonal ingredients whenever possible, Le Snack’s dizzying list of offerings will leave you deliberating between salmon with basil pesto, tuna mayo and chilli jam, Cornish ham with mature Davidstow cheese, prawns with marie rose sauce, BLT, hummus and tomatoes, chicken breast with salsa, Italian spicy salami, roasted veg with pesto and hummus, and many more. Pick from granary or white bread, or opt for a baguette, Italian flatbread, panini, wrap, soup, salad, pasta pot or jacket potato made to your exact requirements. Complete your feast with a cake for a packed lunch with a tailor-made difference.

The Quarryman Inn

The traditional stone exterior of The Quarryman Inn in Wadebridge

Best for: Hearty homemade food

Edmonton PL27 7JA

The traditional Cornish free house can be found in a historic quarrying community on the outskirts of Wadebridge, combining a quaint country setting with a classic British pub menu. Eat outside in the pretty slate courtyard or cosy up in the winter months by the roaring fire as you sample the many homemade delights on offer. Choose from pie of the day, sirloin steak, freshly battered fish of the day, grilled salmon fillet, and ricotta and spinach lasagne (as well as Sunday roasts) before polishing off a dessert of apple pie, treacle tart or chocolate torte. Then there’s the drinks menu. From local ales and ciders to wines and spirits from around the globe, you’re bound to find your favourite tipple here. Bring the dog, family, or cosy up in a corner just the two of you as you sink into the relaxing ambience of this wonderfully welcoming inn.

Warne’s Bar & Restaurant

The cobbled courtyard at Warne's Bar and Restaurant in Wadebridge

Best for: A glass of wine

1-3 Polmorla Road PL27 7LZ

For casual dining in the centre of Wadebridge, Warne’s is just the ticket. Ideal for lunches, coffees, dinner and late night drinks, the best local produce is used to create a British menu with an international twist. Whether you sit down or take away, tuck into everything from toasted sandwiches and burgers to light bites for lunch (think crispy calamari, sharing platters, baked camembert, and curried sweet potato samosas) - or book a table for a tasty supper of Cornish fillet steak, butternut squash and chickpea masala, battered fillet of hake and chilli and garlic tiger prawn spaghetti. Complete your fill with a sweet endnote such as warm sticky toffee pudding, mixed berry Eton Mess or lemon posset; and sink a glass of sparkling, white, red, rosé, dessert or fortified wine from their extensive world list. There are also gluten-free options and children’s menus. Dogs aren’t allowed inside, but can cosy up under your feet in the outdoor decking area, which offers an ambient courtyard-style space for a spot of alfresco dining.

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