Whether you’re holidaying in Cornwall or live here all year round, it’s only right that you sample the local cuisine! And what’s even better is a delicious dining experience with a view. We asked our social media followers to let us know their favourite coastal restaurants and we’ve had some fantastic suggestions. Keep reading to discover and book your table…
Sams on the Beach, Porthmeor
You cannot help but be swept up into the warm and friendly ambiance that has been lovingly created at Sam’s on the Beach. This once RNLI lifeboat station began as old boat house and slip way all of 150 years ago and although they don’t do anything as dramatic as save lives anymore, they can certainly still put smiles on people’s faces with Sam’s tried and tested formula of great food, great staff and great atmosphere. With its custom-built wood burning pizza oven churning out artisan slices of heaven, combined with the traditionally exceptional seafood that has become so familiar at Sam’s, The Beach is truly a Combers’ paradise.
Porthmeor Beach Café, Porthmeor
Located in St Ives just below the Tate, Porthmeor Beach Café is a truly magical place. With a buzzing atmosphere, alfresco dining and imaginative cocktails they serve breakfast, lunch and tapas through to evening dining. Their friendly staff will greet you with a choice of inside, on the terrace, or tucked away in their cosy heated booths. They boast the best sunset in the west, perfect for people watching, checking the surf, and even the occasional dolphin show. They don’t reserve for breakfast or lunch, feel free to just come along. Reservations are taken for dinner only.
Dirftwood Hotel, Portscatho
Driftwood are open for dinner on every evening and and offer private lunches for a minimum of six persons. On warm evenings you may like to enjoy an aperitif on the deck – softly lit by hurricane lamps to add to the ambience. Returning for post-dinner coffee and perhaps a pleasingly smooth Cognac! They are not pretentious in any way and make no lavish claims about their food. Their aim is simply to awaken your taste buds with delicious flavours and textures obtained through the hard work of their dedicated team, and incorporating only the freshest seafood and finest, west country meats.
Hidden Hut, Portscatho
During the day, the hut serves a small menu of simple freshly-made refreshments. No need to book, just turn up and order. All items can be packed to takeaway onto the beach. No deep-fat fryers, just a simple outdoor stove and indoor bakery oven. The menu is always sourced from the best pick of local ingredients and made fresh each morning by their chefs. They also run feast nights which, like a big family picnic, you bring the plates, cutlery and wine, they provide the food and fire. It’s all outdoors so you’ll need to dress for the weather – we go ahead whatever the forecast says!
Located in the Falmouth Marina, UpperDeck is a restaurant and bar serving fantastic food and fine wine within beautiful surroundings. Under new ownership since 2016, UpperDeck is the perfect venue to dine with a view, enjoy a drink or simply meet for a coffee and a cake overlooking the river. They specialise in steaks from the very best suppliers in the country, locally caught seafood and handmade pizzas. With plenty of options for vegetarians and a menu for little angels too, there really is something for everyone. They pride themselves on cooking good quality, fresh food on the premises, sourced from only the very best suppliers.
The Bowgie Inn, Newquay
The Bowgie Inn is a recent winner of a Taste of the West Silver Award and they strive to build on their reputation for excellent food and drink. They’re not only a must-visit pub for their unbeatable views, but also for offering a fantastic menu which supports and showcases Cornwall wherever possible, alongside all the familiar favourites. If you’re looking for traditional, excellent pub grub, look no further.
Sands Resort, Newquay
Picture the scene, you’re watching the sunset from their Restaurant, cool drink in hand as your mouth watering three-course candle light dinner is prepared. Where are the kids? Well, they are safe and sound as their childcare, their listen in services, takes the strain – after all it’s your holiday too. The Beachcomber Restaurant has been specially designed to offer the best of both worlds. Early evening family-friendly dining blends seamlessly into the perfect evening venue to meet Cornish friends, dine or indulge in a romantic meal.
Sandbar, Praa Sands
Sandbar is located in an idyllic location overlooking Prass Sands beach with panoramic views of the ocean. Relax and enjoy fabulous home cooked food with a Mediterranean twist either in their stylish restaurant, bar on their amazing terrace. The informal atmosphere makes this an ideal place for a drink or two as well as coffees or a tasty bite to eat.
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Newquay
Overlooking the beach with exceptional views across Watergate Bay, this restaurant offers a unique blend of exceptional Italian influenced food, knowledgeable, friendly service and an inspiring commitment to making a difference in young people’s lives. Head Chef Adam Banks works closely with trusted local suppliers whose passion and dedication to growing and rearing high quality produce is celebrated in the innovative dishes he creates. Since his arrival in May 2017, Adam’s considered approach to cooking and nose to tail ethos has been inspiring chefs to make the most of this produce.
Surf Beach Bar, Sennen
Their beach-side surf bar is a must for any visitor to West Penwith & Sennen, including dogs! Thanks to the stunning location, and you have a real haven. Seasonal, local produce is selected from their trusted suppliers for their hearty, family friendly beachside favourites including burgers, pizzas and pastas. During the summer months their outside Surf Den bar offers music and outdoor dining right on the beach creating a thriving food destination in West Cornwall.
A family friendly restaurant with stunning views and quality food, where else would you want to be!