Restaurants not to be missed in Cornwall

Eating out with family or friends is one of the greatest joys whilst away on holiday, so we have compiled a list of some of the best fine dining restaurants in Cornwall. Be it a special occasion, a holiday treat or just an excuse to share time all together, why not dine in style and sample exceptional culinary fayre without having to journey far from your Cornish Seaview Cottage.

There is a veritable feast of exceptional seafood awaiting you from the Cornish coastal larder. Combine this with breath-taking scenery, picturesque harbour villages, glorious weather, and Cornwall becomes the natural choice for high-profile Chef’s.

There are some amazing restaurants dotted across the county, so have fun on your culinary journey!

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 *

This fantastic restaurant has won a Michelin Star and four AA Rosettes to date. The food itself is modern British with an emphasis on Cornish sourced produce, all created in a wonderful Georgian townhouse setting in the heart of Padstow. Paul Ainsworth has held his Michelin star since 2012 and his Padstow restaurant is known for being a really friendly place.

  • The nearest Cornish Seaview Cottages property are the Beau Vista Apartments, First Floor & Ground Floor, both sleep 10 and are just a 12 minute walk away.
  • Call Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 Middle St, Padstow PL28 8AP, to make a booking call 01841 532093 or visit their website

Outlaw’s New Road

For amazing fish cookery this restaurant is really worth a visit.

“Over the past two decades I have dedicated my craft to the pursuit of seafood excellence, uncovering original techniques and recipes whilst harnessing the nuances of classical seafood cookery. The dishes prepared at Outlaw’s New Road reflect the location and time of the ingredients gathered, even to the day; we consider the subtle changes in produce and raw components as each season evolves. Our aim is to elevate seafood.” – Nathan Outlaw

  • Our nearest Port Isaac property,  Bay View, is a few minutes walk away.

Outlaws Fish Kitchen *

This renowned fish chef has not one, but two amazing restaurants in Port Isaac and this one is the more affordable and relaxed of the two. Set within a 15th century fisherman’s cottage overlooking Port Isaac harbour the restaurant comprises just eight tables with an intimate yet lively atmosphere.

  Image by Outlaws Fish Kitchen

Driftwood *

Driftwood restaurant in Portscatho, is part of a gorgeous cliff top hotel overlooking Gerrans Bay on the stunning Roseland Peninsula. The freshest Cornish seafood and most flavoursome meat, reared from roaming cattle, are the basis of the Driftwood dishes.

  • Portscatho is 14 minutes by car from St Mawes where you will find our lovely property, Westover Cottage.

Rick Stein, Padstow

Cornwall’s best-known chef, Rick Stein has well and truly put Padstow on the foodie map. Rick Stein’s Café offers up simple fish dishes with imaginative flavours, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It’s also a great place to enjoy a tasty, freshly made breakfast.

Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant – the flagship restaurant in Padstow was opened in 1975.  The menu at The Seafood Restaurant still reflects  a celebration of great quality fish and shellfish, simply cooked. The seafood bar at the heart of the restaurant is where you’ll find people watchers and real food enthusiasts who want to find out more about everything from our team behind the bar as they shuck oysters and pour drinks. Like a relaxed chef’s table experience where you can choose the menu.

Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn

This historic maritime pub in the heart of Newlyn is an irresistible dining destination for seafood lovers, where a chalkboard menu evolves to reflect the seasonal ingredients. The kitchen is headed up by renowned Cornish chef Ben Tunnicliffe, whose ethos is to combine flavours simply and instinctively. The Tolcarne Inn is a relaxed setting in which to enjoy Cornwall’s famous food culture at its very best.


Kota, meaning ‘shellfish’ in Maori, (chef Jude is half Maori, half Chinese Malay) is set in a 300 year old building, right on the harbour front of the historic fishing village of Porthleven. Here Jude works his culinary magic on the best local Cornish produce using his signature Asian twist.

Also visit Kota Kai bar and restaurant, an extension of the well-established and highly recommended Kota restaurant, offering a relaxed and light environment to enjoy a meal with friends and family.

You will find both these restaurants on the harbour at Porthleven, only 10 minutes from Acton Castle

The St Tudy Inn, St Tudy, Bodmin

Headed by Emily Scott, director and chef, Emily creates an ever-evolving menu that combines her passion for beautiful, seasonal food with the best Cornish produce available in this wonderful village location. The inn has a warm and cosy atmosphere and a passion for simple, rustic cuisine, real ales and fine wines.

 Image by Tudy Inn

Happy feasting!!

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