Our guide to the best restaurants in Newquay
The Cornish Coast has transformed Newquay's culinary landscape, with a number of restaurants taking inspiration from the town's fishing and surf heritage. To help you decide where to eat in Newquay, here's our guide to five of the town's best restaurants.
The Beach Hut
What’s to love: Helmed by head chef Neil Haydock, The Beach Hut offers bold, classic meals just steps from the surf of Watergate Bay. As you’d expect from a beachfront eatery, the vibe is relaxed and chatty, with a breezy, coastal-themed interior that helps punters stay connected to the shore. Raised in Lancashire, Haydock specialises in robust, flavoursome dishes, made simply from locally soured Cornish produce. Be sure to book during peak periods.
Cuisine: Contemporary English, Seafood
Price: Light bites from £3.00 – £4.00; Starters from £6.00 – £9.00; Mains from £10.00 – £19.50
Opening times: Brunch 8.30am – 11.00am; Lunch & Dinner 12.00pm – 9.00pm
Address: On The Beach, Watergate Bay, Cornwall TR8 4AA
Contact: 01637 860877; www.watergatebay.co.uk/food-and-drink/the-beach-hut/
The Boat House
What’s to love: From fish net to table, The Boat House serves arguably the freshest seafood on Cornwall’s North Coast. The restaurant began life as a pop-up eatery serving just-caught fish direct from the deck of fishing boats, before its popularity led to the creation of a permanent restaurant. The Boat House serves simple seafood within a stone’s throw of Newquay harbour, and even has its own salt water lobster lagoon – perfect for couples looking for a fun yet romantic dining experience.
Price: Mains from £9.95 – £17.50; Seafood platters £35 – £50
Opening times: Lunch 12.00pm – 4.30pm; dinner 5.00pm – Late
Address: South Quay Hill, Newquay Harbour, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1HT
Contact: 01637 874062
The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant
What’s to love: New to town and out to find the true taste of Cornwall? The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant ought to be your first port of call. Reputed to be Newquay’s oldest restaurant, The Dolphin has done a good job of keeping up with the town’s changing culinary landscape over the years, and today serves an eclectic mix of line-caught seafood and meat dishes fresh from local farms. If you normally approach traditional restaurants with trepidation, don’t – The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant can still hold its own against Newquay’s young guns, and it has the five-star Tripadvisor ratings to prove it.
Cuisine: Contemporary English, Seafood
Price: Starters from £3.95 – £8.65; Mains from £11.95 – £18.95
Opening times: Mon (Bar only) 7.00pm – Midnight; Fri & Sat 6.00pm – Midnight; Sun 12pm – Midnight
Address: The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant,39-41 Fore Street,Newquay,Cornwall,TR7 1HD
Contact: 01637 620975; www.dolphinnewquay.co.uk
What’s to love: Experience the diversity of Newquay’s cuisine with a meal at the fun and charming Mexican Cantina. This authentic Mexican restaurant specialises in cooking colourful, vibrant dishes from scratch using locally sourced produce from some of the region’s top food producers. Sizzling fajitas, succulent rib racks, Cilantro Chicken and spicy Burritos are just a few of the dishes on offer at the Mexican Cantina, each served as hot or mild as you’d like. Their tequila-based cocktails are also particularly good, and the restaurant’s bar is a nice place to relax after your meal.
Price: Starters from £4.50 – £12.95; Mains from £8.95 – £16.95
Opening times: Restaurant & Salsa Bar 5.30pm – Late, Mon – Sun
Address: Mexican Cantina Restaurant & Salsa Bar, 38 Cliff Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2ND
Contact: 01637 851700; www.mexican-cantina.co.uk
What’s to love: Although there are several Stable eateries operating across the West Country, the Fistral Beach version is the brand’s crown jewel. Set above Fistral Beach, The Stable offers top-notch food accompanied by some of the best views on the North Cornish coast. The restaurant was founded by an ordinary bloke called Rich, who took his passionate and respect for local produce and created The Stable chain. The menu is a mix of pizza and pie with a creative, West Country twist, as well as some of the region’s freshest, most scrumptious cider – be sure to book.
Cuisine: Pizza and pie
Price: Pizza from £8.50 – £13.00; Pies £9.50; Breakfast menu available
Opening times: Breakfast from 10.00am – 11.30am; Main menu from 12.00pm – 10.00pm; Mon – Sun
Address: Fistral Beach, Headland Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1HY
Contact: 01637 878311; www.stablepizza.com
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