Food & Drink in West Cornwall

West Cornwall may be one of the smaller areas in the county, but if you’re a visitor who takes your food and drink seriously, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Among the long stretches of golden sand, fishing villages and artistic communities, you’ll find vineyards, ancient breweries, eclectic cafes, traditional pubs and restaurants perfect for fine dining.

Highlights: Places to eat and drink in West Cornwall

  • The Lost & Found Café & Vintage Shop, Penzance –This enchanting café offers more than homemade food. There’s a vintage shop, regular poetry and craft events, a huge selection of cookery books for sale, and activities to keep children happy
  • The Pirates Rest, Penzance – A family-run fish and chip shop serving sustainably caught fresh fish and freshly fried chips from locally grown potatoes
  • Polgoon Vineyard and Orchard, Penzance – Polgoon produces artisan Cornish ciders, wines and juices from its orchard and vineyard. Visit for a tour or tasting session
  • Turks Head Pub, Penzance – The oldest pub in Penzance, the 13th Century Turks Head serves traditional pub grub, daily specials of local fresh fish, and a host of local ales
  • Ben’s Cornish Kitchen, Marazion – Affordable contemporary British cuisine perfect for a romantic dinner or a birthday lunch, with a new menu every day
  • The Blue Anchor, Helston – Dating back to the 15th Century, The Blue Anchor is one of the oldest inns in Britain that continues to maintain a working brewery, serving its own ‘Spingo’ brew
  • The Gurnard’s Head, St Ives – Situated between St Ives and St Just, a meal in this pub returns you to a slower pace of life surrounded by an awe-inspiring landscape, with a simple and short menu of fresh and locally sourced food
  • Porthmeor Café, St Ives – This beach-side café is famed for its breakfasts and original tapas menu for dinner. Gorgeous, un-fussy food, an expansive wine list and a selection of fresh juices and smoothies in a beautiful location
  • Smokey Joe’s Truck Stop, Redruth – Good portions, great service. If you’re looking for proper ‘truckers’ food, including all day breakfasts (of course), you can’t go wrong with this friendly roadside café
  • The Melting Pot Café, Redruth – At the west end of the town, The Melting Pot Café boasts a creative and relaxed atmosphere and serves coffee, breakfasts and fresh lunches amid the enchanting décor
  • Land’s End Hotel, Land’s End – The restaurant at this popular hotel serves everything from drinks at the bar and cream teas to three course meals and cocktails. Open throughout the summer, the hotel is famous for its breath-taking views out to sea

Towns not to miss

  • Penzance – With its mild climate and abundance of palm trees, Penzance offers a delightful mix of the contemporary and traditional and cuisines from across the globe. Wherever you choose to eat or drink, you’re likely to get a beautiful view of Mounts Bay. Don’t miss Chapel Street for its selection of characterful pubs
  • Marazion – The town may only be small, but alongside the stunning view of St Michael’s Mount, you’ll find five traditional pubs, enough restaurants to suit most budgets, tea rooms and cafes for lunch, as well as chippies and bakeries for takeaway treats
  • Helston – Be spoilt for choice for fine dining, Cornish pubs, cafes and takeaways in the historic market town of Helston and nearby fishing port of Porthleven. Don’t miss The Blue Anchor – the oldest alehouse in the country to brew its own beer
  • St Ives – St Ives is famous for being a family-friendly and artistic tourist destination offering tons of cafes, bars and restaurants serving freshly caught fish and other local produce along the tiny cobbled streets. It also has its own annual food and drink festival every May
  • Redruth – This old industrial town, although not as popular with tourists as some other areas in West Cornwall, is well worth a visit for foodies. In the town centre, you’ll find restaurants serving a wide range of international cuisines, plus cafes and shops offering delicious lunches, including the traditional Cornish Pasty

Insider recommendations

We asked local residents and regular visitors to Cornwall to share their insider tips...

Sarah Bingham says: 

Union Hotel in Penzance do a scrummy sunday lunch and its a good price too"

Rebecca Jones says:

The Cornish Deli, St Ives- Exceptional food, quiet, intimate, cosy, excellent service, friendly, feels very special"

At a glance

For a selection of traditional and characterful Cornish pubs all within walking distance, head to Chapel Street in Penzance

Don’t overlook Redruth – the historic industrial town boasts a wide selection of enchanting pubs, cafes and restaurants

If you’re visiting in May, don’t miss the annual St Ives Food & Drink Festival

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