Our guide to the best family restaurants & pubs in Cornwall.
Travelling to Cornwall with the kids? Then you’ll need some family friendly places to eat! Luckily, Cornwall is home to a hundreds of pubs and eateries that are happy to feed young tums. Here’s a look at five of our favourites.
Newlyn Meadery, Penzance, West Cornwall
What’s to love: Established in 1964, Newlyn Meadery is a medieval themed, family restaurant, specialising in good-clean fun and delicious, hearty fare. The building began life as a cinema, before being purchased by a local businessman and transformed into a medieval themed wine bar serving a selection of homemade meads. A few years later, food was added to the menu, and now, Newlyn Meadery is one of the most successful family restaurants in the area. The restaurant’s menu features big plates including the ever-popular ‘Chicken in the Rough’, as well as plenty of smaller options for little tums.
Cuisine: Traditional, Cornish
Prices: Mains from £9.50; smaller plates from £6.70
Opening Times: Fri 6.30–9.00pm; Sat 6.00–9.30pm; Sun 6.00–8.00pm
Address: The Coombe, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5HT
Contact: 01736 365375; www.newlynmeadery.co.uk
The Cornish Pizza Company, St Agnes, North Cornwall
What’s to love: Who doesn’t love pizza? Especially when it’s cooked fresh, right before your eyes. That’s what you can look forward to at The Cornish Pizza Co., a contemporary pizza parlour in the beautiful village of St Agnes in North Cornwall. This fun, relaxed restaurant takes inspiration from the area’s world renowned mining heritage, with many of its dishes named ‘Wheal’ as a nod to the region’s former industry. Choose from a selection of fifteen delicious 12” pizzas, including Wheal Fire, Wheal Rose and Wheal Roots, and finish with a side of Ding Dong Garlic Bread. The adorably named Baby Jane is a 7” pizza made especially for kids, which comes with a topping of your choice.
Prices: Kids meal £4.50–£5.50; 12” pizza £6.95–£9.50
Opening Times: Tues, Fri, Sat 5.00–9.00pm
Address: 68 Vicarage Road, St Agnes, TR5 0TH
Contact: 01872 553092; www.thecornishpizzacompany.co.uk
Jamaica Inn, Launceston, Bodmin Moor & Tamar Valley
Hear a tale or two of pirates, smugglers and scurvy dogs at the world-famous Jamaica Inn, a 300-year old public house located amid the wild, untamed landscape of Bodmin Moor. Made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s 1930’s novel of the same name, the pub has welcomed weary wanderers from across Cornwall for over 300 years. You won’t find criminals seeking shelter here today however; instead, the inn offers an award-winning restaurant, a wonderful ‘ye olde’ style bar, as well as a museum where you can find out more about the pub’s history. A trip to Jamaica Inn is sure to capture the imagination of young and old.
Cuisine: Traditional, pub food
Prices: Main meals £6.95–£17.95; kids meals £5.95
Opening Times: Mon–Sat 10.00am–Midnight; Sun 12.00–10.30pm
Address: Jamaica Inn, Bolventor, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 7TS
Contact: 01566 86250; www.jamaicainn.co.uk
Kota Kai, Porthleven, South Cornwall
What’s to love: Relaxing dining, tasty food and an assortment of children’s entertainment awaits at Kota Kai, a contemporary bar and kitchen overlooking the beautiful harbour of Porthleven, South Cornwall. The restaurant serves a selection of Asian inspired cuisine, all of which is prepared fresh on the premises using locally sourced ingredients. Adults will love relaxing with a glass of wine whilst enjoying the coastal views offered by Kota Kai’s wall of windows, whilst youngsters burn off steam in the restaurant’s play room. If that isn’t enough, the eatery also features an old fashioned skittle room and large lounge/ cinema area, making it the ideal rest stop for visitors of all ages.
Cuisine: Asian, Cornish, Seafood
Price: Main courses £10–£15; children’s menu and ‘mini’, sharing plates available
Opening Times: Mon–Thurs 5.30–9.00pm; Fri 12.00–2.00pm; Sat 12.00–2.00pm, 5.30–9.00pm; Closed Sunday
Address: Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston, Porthleven, TR13 9JA
Contact: 01326 574411; www.kotakai.co.uk
The Gurnard’s Head, St Ives, West Cornwall
Perched above the Atlantic Ocean on the dramatic north west coast of Cornwall, Gurnard’s Head is a comfortable, family friendly pub serving delicious, locally sourced food and drink. The pub is in a remarkable spot just seven-miles from the vibrant town of St Ives, yet feels a world-away from the hustle and bustle of this popular coastal resort. Anyone is welcome at the Gurnard’s Head, and dogs are allowed to enter the pub and even sit by their owners whilst they enjoy a meal in the restaurant, giving the inn a very relaxed personality. For children, The Gurnard’s Head’s large garden offers a wonderful pre-dinner playground, while adults will love the pub’s fine selection of locally produced beers, wines and ciders.
Cuisine: Contemporary, English
Prices: Lunch main meals £6.50–£14; supper main meals £6.50–£16.95
Opening Times: Open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; Lunch served 12.30–2.30pm, Supper 6.30–9.00pm.
Adress: The Gurnard’s Head, Nr Zennor, St. Ives, TR26 3DE
Contact: 01736 796928; www.gurnardshead.co.uk
If you're visiting as a family, check out our family friendly attractions in Cornwall guide and discover some of the many fun things to do in the area.