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Foodies are spoilt for choice in North Cornwall, with restaurants, cafes and pubs at every turn. Enjoy fresh fish and seafood by the sea, cream teas and Cornish ice cream, fine dining from celebrity chefs and local ales from Sharp’s Brewery and many more besides.

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Highlights: places to eat and drink in North Cornwall

  • Rick Stein’s restaurants, Padstow – Try the celebrity chef’s flagship Seafood Restaurant for fresh fish, St Petroc’s Bistro for Mediterranean dishes, Rick Stein’s Café for light lunches or Stein’s Fish & Chips
  • Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow – Simple but modern British and Cornish food, using locally sourced seasonal ingredients. A varied wine list accompanies unpretentious fine dining and celebrated customer service
  • Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, St. Enodoc Hotel, Rock – A small and intimate 2 Michelin star restaurant famed for its delicious seafood, serving fine local and seasonal produce
  • Gusto Deli Bar, Newquay – Mediterranean lunches and snacks including freshly made falafels, salad boxes and flatbreads – one of Newquay’s most popular eateries
  • Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay – Perfect for a special occasion, Fifteen Cornwall serves Italian dishes with a Cornish twist, cooked by trainees alongside fantastic chefs
  • The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay – This famous beach-side eatery is vibrant yet relaxed, serving breakfast, lunch and dinners of steaks, burgers and shellfish with daily specials of Cornish fish
  • Jaipur Indian Cuisine, Perranporth – A traditional Indian restaurant popular with locals and visitors alike, Jaipur prides itself on its high quality fresh ingredients and authentic cooking methods
  • Perran Dairy Ice Cream Parlour, Perranporth – A short walk from the beach, Perran Dairy makes Cornish ice cream in a range of fantastically different flavours. Pop in for a coffee and ice cream, or a traditional Cornish cream tea
  • Strong Adolfo’s, Wadebridge – This roadside café with a difference serves up filling breakfasts and lunches and has an enviable specials board that changes daily – don’t miss out on the cakes for dessert
  • Hebasca, Bude – Hebasca prides itself on its perfectionist approach to the humble grill and its relaxed atmosphere. Fancy a cocktail? Pop next door to the bar for a mouth-watering range of pre- or post-dinner drinks
  • Driftwood Spars, St Agnes – Driftwood Spars serves traditional pub grub, ‘proper fish’, a range of Cornish beers (including its own micro brews), and an extensive array of world wines across its three bars and dining room
  • Lewsey Lou’s, St Agnes – Not your average chippy, Lewsey Lou’s serves freshly caught Cornish fish – battered or grilled – with a choice of chips or new potatoes and salad, accompanied by local wine or beer

Towns not to miss

  • Padstow – North Cornwall’s working fishing port is famously home to the restaurants of celebrity chef Paul Ainsworth and Rick Stein, who owns four restaurants in the seaside town. You’ll also find a whole host of welcoming traditional pubs and cafes to help you feel right at home
  • Newquay – More than just a popular party tourist destination, Newquay offers a selection of eateries and bars along the 7-mile stretch of coastline. You’ll be spoilt for choice by the wide range of cuisines all within walking distance
  • Watergate Bay – Just 4 miles along the coast from Newquay, you’ll find everything from fine dining (including Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall) and local seafood restaurants, to farm shops selling local fruits, meats, wines, ciders and more
  • Perranporth – This busy village not only boasts one of Cornwall’s most spectacular beaches but also an array of family-friendly cafes and restaurants, as well as bars and pubs
  • Bude – Amid the independent shops of Bude town centre and near the dramatic beaches, you’ll find seafood restaurants and cafes, bars and tea rooms, bistros and grills – and more
  • St Agnes – This traditional mining village is picturesque and friendly. Whatever your budget, and no matter if you fancy a quiet local ale, cooking for yourself with local produce at your cottage, or a fine meal out, you’ll find the right pub, shop or restaurant for you

Insider recommendations

We asked local residents and regular visitors to Cornwall to share their insider tips…

Miriam Bayliss says:

Roskillys ice cream parlours in Padstow, Newquay and anywhere else in Cornwall… I wish they sold Roskillys ice-cream in the rest of the UK. In fact the world. I love ice cream and I have not had any others that match Roskillys”

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