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Dotted with traditional fishing villages and towns, visitors to South Cornwall can dine on freshly caught fish and shellfish every day. The region boasts restaurants and cafes for every budget – from fine dining through to fish and chips on the beach. 

Highlights: Places to eat and drink in South Cornwall

  • Driftwood, near Portscatho – This secluded Michelin star restaurant boasts gorgeous sea views and a menu to match; seasonal dishes created with Cornish ingredients by head chef Chris Eden
  • The Wheelhouse, Falmouth – A modest back-street shellfish café with a fierce reputation for offering some of the best seafood around. Excellent service and a wonderfully retro atmosphere, booking is a must
  • Rick Stein’s Fish, Falmouth – Eat-in or takeaway fish and chips from the celebrity chef, or choose one of the other favourite seafood dishes on the menu
  • Miss Peapod’s Kitchen Café, Penryn – An eco- and family-friendly café on the waterfront offering affordable dishes using locally sourced ingredients, plus music in the evenings
  • Sam’s on the Beach, Polkerris – Visit for a lively lunch or dinner of mussels, salads, wood-fired pizza or pasta in the old Fowey Lifeboat station
  • Knightor Winery and Restaurant, Trethurgy nr St Austell – The winery’s restaurant is open across the weekend, offering fine dining to compliment the premium still and sparkling wines – perfect for special occasions
  • Picnic, Falmouth – Try the locally sourced crab sandwich or slate cheese platters, and order your own hamper or click & collect picnic online
  • The Alverton, Truro – Stylish fine dining to match the hotel’s surroundings, The Alverton’s Bar & Brasserie promises indulgent and fresh seasonal dishes accompanied by excellent service
  • Daisy’s Café, Looe – A small friendly café welcoming dogs, families, and walkers alike. All day breakfasts, scones, teas and coffees served seven days a week
  • Pandora Inn, Mylor Bridge – Boasting a local menu of traditional main dishes and lunches, visitors in the summer can sit outside overlooking the water’s edge, or on the Inn’s popular pontoon
  • Hidden Hut, Portcurnick Beach – Situated on the South West Coastal Footpath, this rustic beach-side shed simple but deliciously fresh lunches and cakes to take away or eat outside. Don’t miss the pop-up feast nights in the summer

Towns not to miss

  • Looe – Famous for its fishing, this seaside town and nearby Polperro village boast everything from fish and chips and cafes to fine dining and gourmet restaurants, plus the opportunity for visitors to go fishing themselves
  • Truro – Visitors to Cornwall’s only city will be spoilt for choice by the weekly Truro Farmers Market, independent shops selling local produce all year round, breweries to visit and the cosmopolitan culture offered by the many cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants
  • Falmouth – A family-friendly foodie paradise, Falmouth is home to Rick Stein’s Fish – one of the chef’s many Cornish restaurants. Try the annual Food & Drink Week in February, freshly caught seafood, delis, traditional pubs and more, with something available for every budget
  • Fowey – Try the famous Fowey river mussels and much more local produce besides in the town’s many bistros and restaurants – all set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Insider recommendations

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

Margaret Deady says:

Try The Shellfish Pig. This is new this year and moves around between Penryn and Falmouth and various evening venues. We love the crab rolls in particular”


I love The Bistro, Fowey. Amazing food by one of the best chefs around”

Jackie Hallam says:

Pandora Inn, Restronguet Passage nr Mylor- Fab food, lovely atmosphere, magical location- and Cornish Rattler cider! “

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