5 of the Best Restaurants in West Cornwall

Looking for places to eat in West Cornwall? Check out our guide to 5 of the best restaurants in the region, covering all budgets, tastes and cuisines.

Ben’s Cornish Kitchen, Marazion

Ben's Cornish Kitchen

Ben's Cornish Kitchen

What’s to love: Head chef Ben Prior’s passion for fine food and local ingredients is at the heart of this small, stylish and extremely popular restaurant. One of the most highly-rated in the area, Ben’s Cornish Kitchen has five stars on TripAdvisor and also features in the Michelin Guide 2014. The menu may be small but it has a knack for catering for most tastes, featuring seasonal local produce that is always at its best. Booking in advance is a must.

Cuisine: Contemporary British

Price: Three course lunch for £18; evening main course £12-£23

Opening times: Tues – Sat 12pm-2pm; 7pm-8.30pm

Address: West End, Marazion, TR17 0EL

Contact: 01736 179200; benscornishkitchen.com

Porthmeor Café, St Ives

Porthmeor Cafe, St Ives©Porthmeor-beach.co.uk/cafe

What’s to love: ‘Home-grown’ chef Nathan J Madden took over the Porthmeor Beach Café in 2013, bringing innovative creativity to the café’s famous tapas menu. Enjoy gorgeous, un-fussy food, an expansive wine list and a selection of fresh juices in a beautiful location. If you’re visiting in the evening and the weather is kind, be sure to sit outside and witness the beautiful seaside sunset.

Cuisine: Traditional and contemporary breakfasts; contemporary British and tapas for dinner; children’s menu available

Price: Breakfasts £3-£8; lunches £5-£12; dinners £12-£15; tapas £4-£7 per dish

Opening times: March – November 9am-5pm; also open in the evenings from April - November

Address: Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, TR26 1JZ

Contact: 01736 793366; porthmeor-beach.co.uk/café

Hub Bar & Kitchen, St Ives

Hub Bar and Kitchen, St Ives©hub-stives.co.uk

What’s to love: The affordable American-style cuisine at the Hub is all locally sourced – something which its owners are fiercely proud of. No bookings are taken, but if you’re lucky enough to bag yourself a table amid the relaxing and welcoming atmosphere, wash down your delicious meal with one of the bar’s many craft beers.

Cuisine: Breakfasts, American-style burgers and BBQ, seafood and seasonal specials; children’s menu available

Price: Breakfasts £3-£6; main courses £7-£12

Opening times: 10am-late daily; breakfast 10am-11.30am; main menu 12pm-9pm

Address: 4 The Wharf, St Ives, TR26 1LF

Contact: 01736 799099; www.hub-stives.co.uk

Kota, Porthleven

Kota restaurant©restaurant.co.uk

What’s to love: This critically acclaimed restaurant (featured in the Good Food Guide, the Michelin Guide and more) offers an exciting menu that prides itself on inventive dishes featuring organic fish and farm produce. Run by New Zealander chef Jude Kereama and his wife Jane, Kota also offers an enviable wine list and B&B accommodation. Looking for something more relaxed? Try the sister restaurant, Kota Kai.

Cuisine: Seafood, New Zealand, British and Pacific Rim

Price: Main courses £14-£21; Two course set menu for £17.50

Address: Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston, TR13 9JA

Contact: 01326 562407; kotarestaurant.co.uk

Mackerel Sky, Penzance

Mackerel Sky restaurant©Mackerelskycafe.co.uk

What’s to love: This small and welcoming restaurant is hidden away in the centre of Penzance. Well worth the hunt, the refreshing menu from the husband and wife team uses as much local produce as possible. Although there’s definitely a focus on seafood, you’ll also find vegetarian options and seasonal specials.

Cuisine: Modern British with a focus on seafood; children’s menu available

Price: Breakfasts £4-£8; lunches £5-£12; main courses £10-£12

Opening times: Mon – Sat 10am-9.30pm; Sun 10am-9pm

Address: 45 New Street, Penzance, TR18 2LZ

Contact: 01736 448982; www.mackerelskycafe.co.uk

West Cornwall also has some fabulous beaches to offer. Whether you're a family, a couple or have a dog, West Cornwall has the beach for you. Find out more about beaches in West Cornwall in our helpful guide.

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