Lunch on a Budget in Cornwall

Grab lunch on a budget with our helpful guide

For those holidaying on a budget, deciding where to eat can be a real headache. That’s why, we’ve come up with a guide on how to enjoy lunch for less in Cornwall. From delicious street-food to reasonable restaurants, Cornwall has lots of cheap eats that’ll help you stay on top of your holiday spending – here’s a few of our favourites.

Blas Burgerworks, St Ives, West Cornwall

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What’s to love: Cough up £10 in Blas Burgerworks and in return you’ll get a massive burger, fries and a drink – including beer and wine. And these aren’t just any burgers you understand; famous across Cornwall for their sheer scale and taste, Blas’ burgers offer a no-nonsense, value for money meal. With beef, chicken and vegetarian burgers available, everyone will find a patty to suit their taste. Some of the eatery’s most popular burgers include the Cornish Blue, Rancheros and Halloumi Stack, but there are lots more available.

Cuisine: Burgers

Prices: £10–£11 for a burger, fries and drink

Opening Times: 5.30pm–9.30pm; seasonal opening – check their website

Address: Blas Burgerworks, The Warren, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2EA

Contact: 01736 797272;

If you're in the area, why not read our best things to do in St Ives guide to discover all the exciting things you can get up to during your time here.

Gusto Deli Bar, Newquay, North Cornwall

Gusto Deli Bar box of food

What’s to love: Exciting, colourful and nutritious: that about sums up the Gusto Deli Bar, a vibrant eatery in the heart of Newquay. Gusto serves some of the best takeaway street food in the UK, and has the Tripadvisor ratings to prove it.  From its pulled pork wraps and falafel salads to its trademark Sunday roast, this unique, Mediterranean inspired takeaway offers healthy and delicious food on a budget. The best bit about the Gusto Deli Bar is that everyone – from the strictest vegans to the hungriest meat lovers – is catered for. An absolute must for anyone visiting Newquay.

Cuisine: Takeaway salads, wraps & sandwiches; vegetarians & vegans catered for.

Prices: Large salad boxes £4.50

Opening Times: Wed–Sat 11–3pm; Sun 12–3pm

Address: Gusto Deli Bar, South Quay Hill, Newquay, TR7 1HR

Contact: 07415 410734

If you're a vegetarian or vegan and are looking for great places to eat in Cornwall, check out our 5 of the best speciality restaurants guide to find the perfect places to eat that suits all your needs.

Philps Pasties, West Cornwall

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What’s to love: Like tin miners of old, you too can rely on the humble Cornish pasty for a low-cost lunch. Pasties are available across the county, but one of the best places to get your mitts on one is at a Philps Pasties' shop. Philps have been producing pasties since the 1950s, and now operate several shops around west Cornwall. They combine fresh, local ingredients with their trademark shortcrust pastry to create some of the county’s finest pasties. Varieties include minced beef, skirting steak, chicken, cheese and vegetable, with salads available for those watching the waistline.

Cuisine: Pasties, bread, salads and other baked goods

Prices: Pasties starting from £2.50

Opening Times:  Vary from store to store – check website for further information

Address: Main Shop: 1 East Quay, Hayle, TR27 4BJ

Contact: 01736 755661;

Harbour Lights, Falmouth, South Cornwall

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Afraid fish and chips are out of your budget? Don’t fret, as there’s an establishment in Cornwall where you can pick up a portion of this seaside staple without breaking the bank. Head to Harbour Lights in Falmouth, and you can tuck into fish and chips for as little as £4 – £16 for a family of four. The fishery has won awards for its quality fish and chips, not to mention its sustainable fishing practices. The best place to eat your chippy lunch is outside, where the Carrick Roads provide a picturesque backdrop; but if it’s raining, indoor seating is available.

Cuisine: Fish and chips

Prices: Fish and chips starting from £4.00

Opening Times:  Sun–Thurs 11.30–7.30pm; Fri & Sat 11.30–8.30pm

Address: Harbour Lights Restaurant, Arwenack Street, Falmouth, TR11 3LH

Contact: 01326 316934;

Try a Cornish farmers' market

Red Dog Bakery stand

If you’re staying in a self-catering holiday home during your holiday in Cornwall, why not put the kitchen to use and do a spot of cooking? From evening meals to picnics at the beach, stocking up on food you can prepare at your cottage is one of the best ways to save money during your trip. But don’t go to supermarket; instead, find a Cornish farmers' market in your area where you can buy fresh, local produce at affordable prices. There around fifty regular farmers' markets in Cornwall, each with its own roster of local producers – we’ve listed three of our favourites below.

Camelford Farmers' Market

You’ll find food, drink and craft at the Camelford Farmers Market.

Location: Camelford Hall, Cleave Road, Camelford

Every Wednesday

From 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Helston Farmers' Market

With over 40 traders, this is one of Cornwall’s largest farmers’ markets.

Location: The Old Cattle Market, Boating Lake, Helston.

First Saturday of every month

From 9:30am – 1:30pm

Penzance Farmers’ Market

Though small, the Penzance farmers’ market offers some of the best organic meat in the county

Location: St John's Hall, Alverton Street, Penzance, TR18 2QR

Every Friday

From 9:00am – 2:00pm

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