5 of the Best Speciality Restaurants in Cornwall

Our guide to the best speciality restaurants in Cornwall

Choosing where to eat when you have specific requirements can be difficult, but luckily, Cornwall has a number of friendly eateries that cater for those with dietary requirements. From vegetarian and vegan to gluten-free, these restaurants and cafes offer wholesome, locally sourced grub that everyone can enjoy.

The Bean Inn, St Ives, West Cornwall

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What’s to love: In 2008, The Bean Inn was named as one of Britain’s top 10 vegetarian restaurants by The Times, a mighty accolade considering the restaurant has only been around since 2003. The restaurant is committed to serving delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes with a creative flair, and its menu features a number of mouth-watering dishes including Carribean Style Veggie Curry, Cornish Blue Cheese Tart and Moroccan Vegetable and Chickpea Casserole. The Bean Inn is so good in fact, that many meat-eaters visit to savour the eatery’s home cooked and locally sourced food.

Cuisine: Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

Prices: Main meals £10.75–£12.50

Opening Times: Seasonal opening hours – call for details

Address: The Bean Inn Restaurant, St. Ives Road, Carbis Bay, St. Ives, TR26 2RT

Contact: 01736 795918; www.thebeaninn.co.uk

The Secret Garden Café, Truro, South Cornwall

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What’s to love: The Secret Garden Café is the project of university sweethearts, Sasha and Ben, who dreamt of opening their very own café in Cornwall, where Sasha grew up. After travelling the world and nurturing their culinary expertise, the pair returned to Cornwall and established The Secret Garden, a wonderful eatery in the heart of the county’s capital, Truro. Serving a mixture of meat, veggie, vegan and gluten-free fare, The Secret Garden Café is an affordable and relaxing place to grab a light bite or evening meal.

Cuisine: Meat, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

Prices: Main meals £6.25–£10.75

Opening Times: Mon–Sat 10.30–4.30pm; food served Mon–Sat 11.30–3.30pm

Address: The Secret Garden Café, 15 Kenwyn Street, Truro, TR1 3BU

Contact: 07949293399; www.secretgardencafe.co.uk

St Kew Harvest, Bodmin Moor & Tamar Valley

Cheese board from St Kew HarvestWine & Cheese Platter by Jordan Johnson is licensed under CC 2.0

What's to love: For those conscious of where their food comes from, St Kew Harvest offers an ideal place to stop off for a bite to eat. Built quite literally from the ground up by husband and wife duo, Jeremy and Antonina, St Kew features a café, farm shop and commercial bakery where everyone from vegetarians to meat lovers can enjoy some of the freshest fare on offer in Cornwall. St Kew grow their own veg, rear their own pigs, collect their own eggs and bake their own bread, so you can be sure the food you’re eating is from a fair and ethical source.

Cuisine: Meat, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

Prices: Sandwiches from £4.25; sharing platters from £7.95

Opening Times: Seasonal opening hours – call for details

Address: Saint Kew Highway, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 3EF

Contact: 01208 841818

Pea Souk Vegetarian Café, Falmouth, South Cornwall

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What's to love: The Pea Souk Vegetarian Café is about as authentic as it gets; think creative, colourful dishes, kooky décor, and some of the heartiest vegetarian food on offer anywhere in the UK. From burgers to tarts, nachos to mezze plates, Pea Souk doesn’t let its meat-free status stand in the way of serving filling and substantial grub. The meatless burgers are sure to be popular among the hungry, whilst the hummus stuffed doorstep sandwiches provide a healthier option for those looking for a light lunch. Evening meals can also be enjoyed in the café’s relaxed, candlelit restaurant – just be sure to book in advance.

Cuisine: Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

Prices: Sandwiches from £4.95; burgers from £5.25; other meals from £4.00

Opening Times: Mon–Sat 10.00–5.00pm

Address: Pea Souk, 19C Well Lane, Church Street, Falmouth, TR11 3EG

Contact: 01326 317583; www.peasouk.co.uk

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Spinacio’s Vegetarian Restaurant, St Ives, West Cornwall

Quiche from Spinachio's Vegetarian RestaurantAsparagus Tart by Karen Booth is licensed under CC 2.0

What’s to love: Tucked above St Ives’ former Customs House, Spinacio’s Restaurant offers vegetarians, vegans and those with a penchant for organic produce a respite from the seafood eateries synonymous with this much loved Cornish coastal town. The restaurant is renowned for its commitment to locally sourced produce, as well as its tasty Mediterranean and Asian style dishes. Spinacio’s menu is vast and creative, with bold dishes like the beetroot burger, the black eye bean curry and the asparagus and stilton tart complimenting vegetarian classics like mushroom risotto and macaroni cheese. There’s an array of starters to choose from too, as well as a delicious selection of sweets for those with a sweet tooth.

Cuisine: Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free available

Prices: Main meals £11.50–£12.50

Opening Times: Thurs–Tues 5.00–9.30pm

Address: Spinacio’s Restaurant, Wharf Rd, Saint Ives, Cornwall TR26 1LF

Contact: 01736 798818; www.spinacios.co.uk

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