From affordable fine dining to traditional pub fare, South Cornwall has plenty to offer foodies. Find out where to go in our great guide.
Gravy Boesti, Truro
What’s to love: The loving project of three friends, Gravy Boesti is quickly becoming one of Truro’s favourite places to eat – and it’s currently number one on TripAdvisor for Truro restaurants. If you’re looking for affordable fine dining, fresh local produce and a bit of showmanship on the side, this is the place to come. The open plan kitchen provides the perfect stage for the three boys to perform for their dining audience, taking as much pride in their food as they do in keeping you entertained.
Cuisine: Modern British
Price: Three course lunch £20; dinner main course £14-£25
Opening times: Tues-Sat 12pm-3pm; 5.30pm-9pm (open until 10pm Fri & Sat)
Address: 8 Edward Street, Truro, TR1 3AJ
Contact: 01872 222237; www.gravy-boesti.co.uk
Sam’s on the Beach, Polkerris
What’s to love: Set in the old Fowey Lifeboat Station, Sam’s on the Beach promises delicious wood-fired pizzas, fresh seafood and shellfish, plus popular pasta dishes, salads and more. The floor-to-ceiling windows bring the coastal view of St Austell Bay and Polkerris Harbour right up to your table, while the open kitchen and friendly staff give a vibrant and lively atmosphere. Cornwall beach-side dining at its best.
Cuisine: Wood-fired pizza, seafood, pasta
Price: Main courses £10-£25; children’s menu available
Opening times: Breakfast 9am-11am; full menu and bar from 12pm
Address: The Old Lifeboat Station, Polkerris, St Austell, PL24 2TL
Contact: 01726 812255; samscornwall.co.uk
Squid Ink, Looe
What’s to love: A favourite place to eat in Looe, Squid Ink, like so many restaurants in Cornwall, specialises in seasonal local produce, particularly seafood and shellfish. The scallops and chorizo starter is a particularly popular dish, and the menu features plenty of options for vegetarians and meat lovers as well. Advanced booking is essential for this popular and intimate restaurant.
Cuisine: Seafood, modern British, Asian and Mediterranean
Price: Two courses £25; three courses £28.50
Opening times: April-September Wed-Sat 6.30pm-late; Mar-Oct Sat-Sun 6.30pm-late. Last reservations 9pm
Address: Lower Chapel Street, East Looe, Looe, PL13 1AT
Contact: 01503 262674; www.squid-ink.biz
Pandora Inn, Mylor Bridge, Falmouth
What’s to love: The Pandora Inn’s menu of traditional main dishes and lunches is accompanied by a wealth of local ales and an extensive choice of wines, as you’d expect from a Cornish gastropub. In the summer, don’t miss the opportunity to dine or enjoy a drink out on the waterfront pontoon. If you’d like to sit in the restaurant itself upstairs, booking is advisable.
Cuisine: Seafood, gastropub
Price: Main courses £10-£20
Opening times: Food served daily 10.30am-9.30pm
Address: Mylor, Falmouth, TR11 5ST
Contact: 01326 372678; www.pandorainn.com
Driftwood, near Portscatho
What’s to love: This secluded Michelin starred restaurant boasts gorgeous sea views and a menu to match. Seasonal dishes created with Cornish ingredients by head chef Chris Eden and his team are served by friendly and knowledgeable staff in the relaxed dining room. If you’re visiting on a summer’s evening, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a drink on the lamp-lit decking.
Cuisine: Modern British and European, seafood
Price: Three course dinner £53
Address: Rosevine, Portscatho, TR2 5EW
Contact: 01872 580644; www.driftwoodhotel.co.uk
The Wheelhouse, Falmouth
What’s to love: Word of mouth gives this small back-street shellfish and seafood restaurant one of the most enviable reputations in the whole of Falmouth. Enjoy local crab, mussels, scallops and more in the cosy welcoming dining room. Famed among locals and visitors alike for its selection of the freshest shellfish, booking well in advance is an absolute must.
Cuisine: Seafood – particularly shellfish
Price: Most main courses £10-£15
Address: Upton Slip, Falmouth, TR11 3DQ
Contact: 01326 318050
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