Long gone are the days when food in Cornwall was limited to parcels of fish and chips and Cornish pasties (although, after a brisk walk on a windy cliff top, there isn’t much better). The South West is now well renowned for it’s exciting and ground-breaking food offerings. Along with annual food and drink festivals, artisan producers, pop-ups, feast nights and foodie clubs, there are several award-winning restaurants dotted around the county offering outstanding dining experiences.
Here is our guide to our favourite fine dining restaurants in Cornwall:
Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay
Closest to the Scarlet is Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, offering unbroken views of the bay, Italian-inspired menus, freshly made pasta and local seafood. It’s an excellent place for breakfast or, if you’re just dropping in, you can enjoy antipasti and cocktails at the bar. It also holds an extensive wine list with a dedicated wine team and head Sommelier, Elly Owen.
Trevibban Mill: Appleton’s at the vineyard, Near Padstow
The restaurant at Trevibban Mill is the new venture of Andy Appleton’s: former head chef of Fifteen Cornwall. It’s a really exciting place set within stunning Trevibban vineyard with its own vegetable garden and lamb rearing. There is plenty of Andy’s signature rustic Italian-Cornish dishes on the menu using the very best local, seasonal ingredients. Whilst there guests can admire the beautiful views, taste the wine and even take a tour of the vineyard and winery.
Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow
Set back from the high street in Padstow in an elegant Georgian townhouse is No. 6 – Ainsworth’s Michelin star restaurant. Expect the best of modern Cornish food which really sets your taste buds alive. Head chef John Walton serves the best local produce from Porthilly oysters and scallops, lamb from the Tamar valley and duck from Grampound Road.
Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
You’re really spoilt for choice for food in Padstow, and even spoilt with Rick Stein’s offerings, with a bistro, cafe, seafood bar and fish and chip shop. But the original Seafood Restaurant opening by Rick and Jill Stein in 1975 is a must for seafood lovers. The menu is extensive – offering examples of the finest British fish and shellfish, from Scottish Langoustines and Padstow Lobster to Turbot cooked on the bone. There is also a seafood bar in the middle of the restaurant where you can watch chefs assembling impressive seafood platters.
The Dining Room, Rock
On the other side of the estuary is the Dining Room in Rock run by couple Fred, the head chef, and Donna, front of house. The couple pride themselves on their attention to detail, from the service to the homemade freshly baked bread and clotted cream butter.
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac
Further up the coast in tiny Port Isaac is Outlaw’s superb two-star Michelin restaurant. Offering intimate dining experiences, they daringly offer a single lunch and dinner tasting menu, showcasing – as you’d expect – the finest Cornish seafood. This simple, parred-down approach means they can give all their attention to their produce, creating unforgettable eating experiences.
The Driftwood, Porthscatho
The Driftwood is both a hotel and Michelin star restaurant run by chef, Chris Eden. Set in a beautiful, tranquil location on the edge of the Roseland, you cannot help but feel relaxed as you enter the building, especially with its coastal decor and driftwood sculptures. The food offered is simply exquisite, with a real depth of flavour, each dish offers surprising little taste explosions. The desserts such as Thunder and Lightning tart and the Driftwood Chocolate Bar, are particular menu highlights.