Cornwall’s Extraordinary Eateries

Published: Wednesday 23rd Oct 2019

Written by: Catherine Coad

Cornwall is a food lover’s paradise, drawing master chefs and flavour-seekers from all over the world to experience the freshest tastes of land and sea. But taste is only half the experience. If you are looking for somewhere extra special to tuck into wholesome pub grub or perfectly styled gastro fare, you will be curious to uncover our list of Cornwall’s extraordinary eateries. From quirky pubs to unusual restaurants to history-filled haunts, get ready to savour a meal to remember: 

Bodmin Jail, Bodmin 
Located in Bodmin village on the outskirts of the moody, mysterious sprawl of Bodmin Moor, Bodmin Jail’s granite frame looms high and formidable. An 18th century jail featuring five levels of cells and the country’s only Execution Pit, it is already an eerie, captivating experience for visitors of all ages. Topped off with a feast in the jail’s Gothic Governor’s Hall and you have one of the country’s most extraordinary eateries. 

Carn Brea Castle, Redruth 
Sitting atop a rocky knoll, the 14th Century Carn Brae Castle was originally built as a chapel dedicated to St Michael. Used as a beacon by passing ships for centuries, it enjoys remarkable views over the surrounding countryside and coast. But that’s not all. Relishing its latest lease of life, the castle is now home to a popular restaurant serving Middle Eastern-inspired dishes and offers a novel setting for a romantic meal or family repast.

Constance River Boat, Helford 
Puttering serenely along the Helford River, the electric Victorian launch Constance proffers a whole new way to dine. On a 2.5 hour round-trip, you will be treated to the beautiful sights of the Helford, accompanied by an indulgent glass of fizz and specially prepared lunch or dinner. Sit out on deck to enjoy the gentle flow of wind through your hair or hunker below deck to hide from the elements for a meal to remember.

Jamaica Inn, Bolventor 
The inspiration behind Daphne du Maurier’s novel about smugglers, wreckers and rogues, this world-famous smuggler’s inn is another of Bodmin Moor’s enchanting menagerie. With origins dating back to the 1700’s, the Jamaica Inn is also rumoured to be one of the most haunted pubs in Cornwall and provides a truly dramatic setting for a hearty meal or fireside pint. 

Polpeor Café, The Lizard
The most southerly eatery in mainland Britain, Polpeor Café in the Lizard is definitely one for the tick list. Along with its envy-inducing title, it’s the views that will really capture your imagination here. Tuck into their famous home-made fish pie or opt for the classic Cornish cream tea and smile knowing you are, at least for the moment, the country’s most southerly diner!

The Admiral Benbow, Penzance
One of the most widely-known pubs in Cornwall is the Admiral Benbow. Thought to be the inspiration behind the classic tale Treasure Island, this 16th century pub enjoyed its heyday when smuggling and piratical shenanigans were at their peak. Framed by thick walls and complete with all the details you would hope for in a historical Cornish pub (think low ceilings, wonky floors, exposed beams and open fires), it’s a quirky haven for an unforgettable dinner date.

The Old Inn, St Breward
A must-visit for its historical pedigree alone (or if you fancy catching a glimpse of the Beast of Bodmin), the Old Inn is certainly one of Cornwall’s most extraordinary eateries. Located in St Breward, near Bodmin this 11th Century pub was built as accommodation for builders working on the village’s church. Head along for one of their cracking Sunday roasts, washed down with a local tipple, and immerse yourself in 1000 years of history.

The Watering Hole 
The UK’s only beach bar, the Watering Hole in Perranporth offers an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy finger-licking treats served right on the beach. Hosting a variety of music events throughout the year, it is a superb child and dog-friendly restaurant and bar that is as perfect for a post-surf refuel as a magical sundowner session. Make way come rain or shine and drink in the breath-taking panoramas as sunrays bounce off the waves.

Catherine Coad



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