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Our Guide to the Michelin Star Restaurants in Cornwall

Find out everything you need to know about the restaurants, their menus, the dining experiences and their chefs in our guide below.


Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, St. Enodoc Hotel, Rock

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At a glance

  • Nathan Outlaw’s signature seafood restaurant at The St Enodoc Hotel, Rock, North Cornwall
  • Cornwall’s only two Michelin Star restaurant
  • Serves one seafood tasting menu
  • Optional accompanying wine flight also available

The restaurant

A small and intimate dining room, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw has had its two Michelin Stars since 2011. As part of The St Enodoc Hotel in Rock, the restaurant is situated right on the edge of the Camel Estuary, offering views across the water to Padstow and the surrounding countryside.

The menu, atmosphere and service are applauded by food critics and the public alike, and the restaurant has been placed fourth in the UK Good Food Guide 2015.

The menu

There’s only one menu available at the restaurant: the seafood tasting menu (a vegetarian menu can be prepared if requested in advance). Featuring the freshest sustainable seafood caught off the Cornish coast, the menu is designed to showcase the best of what the area has to offer in an inventive way.

Sample dishes include:

  • Raw Queenie scallops, celeriac, chilli and coriander
  • Lobster, smoked tomato and sea purslane
  • Turbot on the bone, seaweed and lobster sauce
  • Blueberry and almond sponge

The tasting menu is also accompanied by an optional wine flight – a hand-picked selection of delicious wines designed to match and complement the flavours of each course.

The chef

Having worked with Nathan Outlaw for a number of years in various different restaurants, including The Black Pig in Rock and the Marina Hotel in Fowey, head chef Chris Simpson’s influence on the Restaurant Nathan Outlaw menu is distinctive.

The wine list comes courtesy of sommelier Damon Little – again, someone who has worked by Nathan’s side for a number of years, with a passion for wine and extensive knowledge about all beverages.

Restaurant details

Address: St Enodoc Hotel, Rock, North Cornwall, PL27 6LA
Opening times: Tues – Sat 7pm-9pm
Reservations: 01208 862 737
Website: www.nathan-outlaw.com


Driftwood Restaurant, near Portscatho

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At a glance

  • Michelin Star restaurant since 2012
  • Seasonal menu of local produce prepared by head chef Chris Eden
  • Part of the Driftwood Hotel in Rosevine, near Portscatho
  • Enjoy sea views of the South Cornish coast from inside the restaurant itself or the surrounding decking

The restaurant

Situated at Rosevine, near Portscatho, on the Cornish south coast, the Driftwood Restaurant offers unparalleled views of the gorgeous coastline, thanks to its cliff-top location overlooking Gerrans Bay. The location, the view – and of course the carefully prepared food – make the Driftwood Restaurant particularly popular for special romantic occasions.

Part of the Driftwood Hotel, the restaurant continues the ethos of dedicated and attentive service, without being intrusive. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting, without pretentiousness.

The menu

The menu is focused on providing the best flavours and textures from the freshest seafood and other local Cornish produce. It offers a fairly extensive choice too, with a selection of starters, mains and desserts all prepared in a modern British and European style.

Sample dishes include:

  • Sautéed John Dory, cauliflower, vanilla, lime and curry to start
  • Loin and glazed shoulder of lamb, saladaise potato, courgette, basil, feta and black olive for main
  • Driftwood chocolate cake, salted peanut, dulce de leche and milk sorbet

Although young children are not allowed in the restaurant in the evening, early children’s suppers can be created to order. Plus, if you’re planning a picnic on the beach, make it extra special by asking the Driftwood chefs to create a hamper for you.

The chef

The kitchen is run by talented Cornish head chef Chris Eden. As you’d expect, Chris places the finest local ingredients and produce at the forefront of his cooking. Cornwall through-and-through, Chris trained at the St Austell Catering College and gained experience at Pennypots – Cornwall’s first Michelin starred restaurant.

Restaurant details

Address: Rosevine, Portscatho, South Cornwall, TR2 5EW
Reservations: 01872 580 644
Website: www.driftwoodhotel.co.uk


Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow

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At a glance

  • Great British Menu winner Paul Ainsworth’s flagship restaurant in Padstow, North Cornwall
  • Simple and modern Cornish and British menu
  • Michelin Star since 2013
  • Entirely homemade dishes
  • Friendly and welcoming atmosphere

The restaurant

Accessibility and enjoyment are at the heart of Number 6, from the sizeable portions of uncomplicated dishes to the relaxed and friendly staff.

Paul Ainsworth and business partner Derek Mapp took sole occupancy of Number 6 in 2008. A renovated 18th Century town house in the heart of Padstow, the restaurant itself features many original features of the building, coupled with modern decoration, making for a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The menu

As you’d expect, seasonal and fresh ingredients are at the heart of the menu of Number 6. The menu of British and Cornish dishes is simple and unpretentious, letting the delicious flavours of the local produce shine through.

Sample dishes include:

  • Crisp Porthilly oysters served with cured pork, green apple and fennel to start
  • Day boat cod served with grilled leeks, Port Isaac crab mayonnaise and fenugreek for main
  • A Trip to the Fairground – as featured in The Great British Menu 2011 – for dessert

The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list designed to complement the menu perfectly. You’ll find both classic and contemporary flavours from wine merchants including Walter Hicks St Austell and Enotria London.

The chef

Paul, who shaped the menu of Number 6, learnt his trade under the likes of Gary Rhodes and Gordon Ramsay. Equally as influential on the menu is talented head chef, John Walton. Head chef at Number 6 since June 2008, John grew up in Padstow and began his career with Rick Stein at another of Padstow’s famous eateries – The Seafood Restaurant.

Restaurant details

Address: 6 Middle Street, Padstow, North Cornwall, PL28 8AP
Opening times: Tues – Sat lunch 12pm-2.30pm; dinner 6pm-10pm
Reservations: 01841 532 093
Website: www.number6inpadstow.co.uk


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