Guide to Newquay restaurants and places to eat holiday cottages

Guide to Newquay restaurants and places to eat

Cath 31 August 2023

Newquay is one of Cornwall’s most popular holiday destinations and is quickly becoming one of the county’s most sought-after foodie locations. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, or a takeaway, Newquay has you covered.

From fine dining restaurants with views across Fistral Beach to British pub classics on the headland of West Pentire, we’ve rounded up Newquay’s best restaurants and pubs to try on your next visit. 

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Top fine-dining restaurants in Newquay

The Fish House | ££

 Prawns cooking on hob

Best for seafood with a view

The Fish House is a seafood restaurant that uses locally caught fish and shellfish straight from Newquay Harbour. The restaurant, which has a spot in the Michelin Guide, is located on famous Fistral Beach.

Paul Harwood, the restaurant’s expert chef and founder, worked under celebrity chef, Rick Stein for nearly 15 years, with the menu being inspired by his travels and love of Asian cooking. 

Dune Restaurant | ££

 Interior of Dune Restaurant with views across Fistral

Photo credit: Dune Restaurant

Best for adults-only dining

Situated just off the iconic Fistral Beach, Dune Restaurant is a two AA Rosette-winning restaurant with incredible views right across the beach and out to sea.

The restaurant, which is exclusively for adults, serves a seasonal a la carte menu and a five-course tasting menu created by head chef, Daniel Kerr. 

Lewinnick Lodge | ££

Inside of Lewinnick Lodge

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Best restaurant with a view

Nestled above the cliffs of Pentire Headland, with unrivalled panoramic sea views, Lewinnick Lodge is a contemporary restaurant and bar. 

From juicy, succulent burgers to bowls full to the brim with Cornish mussels, their signature dishes are long-standing brasserie favourites that echo the beach life. It’s due to its tasty, freshly sourced food, cliff-top location and stylish ambience that Lewinnick Lodge has deservedly earned its name as one of the best places to eat in Newquay.

Top seafood restaurants in Newquay

Rick Stein, Fistral | ££

Delicious fish and chips

Best for takeaway fish and chips on Fistral Beach

Overlooking Fistral Beach, Rick Stein Fistral is a relaxed family-friendly restaurant that brings together the freshest local seafood dishes and flavours inspired by Rick’s travels around India and the Far East. 

The restaurant is renowned for its fish and chips, but also serves a selection of Asian dishes including noodles and curries which are all available to eat in the restaurant or to takeaway and enjoy on the beach.

The Harbour Fish and Grill | £££

Best for harbour views

Built into the cliff directly overlooking Newquay Harbour, The Harbour Fish and Grill was once a grain store that was converted into a house in the 1930s and then to a hotel and seafront restaurant in the 1950s. 

Aaron James has successfully owned and operated the restaurant for over 7 years, serving freshly sourced local produce in a prime location with unrivalled harbour views.

The Fish Bar | ££

 Fish tacos

Best for seafood tapas

The Fish Bar is a tapas bar situated in central Newquay specialising in fresh, local seafood – literally from their own family fishing boats to your table. It’s home to the legendary lobster burger and some great fish dishes including monkfish, oysters, prawns, squid and much more. 

Top gastropubs in Newquay

Rebellion Roast House | ££

 Burger and chips

Photo credit: Rebellion Roast House

Best for burgers and cocktails

Located in the heart of Newquay, Rebellion Roast House is a restaurant with mouth-watering appetisers and classic dishes including burgers, ribs and briskets. They have created a menu that differs from the norm and is centred around giving customers the best possible food and drink. 

Part of the Rebellion Roast House is the Moonshine Bar where their cocktail maestros can put together the drink of your dreams.

Bowgie Inn | ££

Shot of Bowgie Inn above Crantock

Photo credit: Bowgie Inn

Best pub with a view

Perched on West Pentire Headland with views across the golden sands of Crantock, the Bowgie Inn is an award-winning pub, famed for its views.

A Great British Pub Award Winner in 2020, the famous ‘Bowgie’ which is Cornish for cowshed, is one of Newquay’s best-loved pubs, serving great pub food and drink using Cornish produce and a wide range of local ales.

Toast Wine Bar | £

 Interior of Toast Wine Bar at night

Photo credit: Toast Wine Bar

Best for tapas and wine

Situated in the heart of Newquay, Toast Wine Bar is a small, family-run tapas bar. The menu offers an extensive range of tapas and small plate options that can cater for everyone as well as beers, cocktails, spirits and other speciality drinks. 

Toast Wine Bar also offers a great ambience and atmosphere and is a great place to relax with family and friends with fantastic music and culture.

Top Indian restaurants in Newquay

Zaman’s | ££

 Traditional Indian dishes at Zamans

Best for award-winning Indian dishes

Zaman's is a family affair owned and managed by three brothers in the centre of Newquay. The restaurant won the 2022 Editor’s Choice category at the annual Curry Life Awards in London and has several other accolades too. 

The contemporary interior, coupled with a cosy atmosphere, provides the perfect setting to enjoy truly authentic Indian cuisine.

Maharajah | ££

Classic Indian cuisine

Best Indian with a view

Perched upon a clifftop with views across Tolcarne Beach, The Maharajah Restaurant has been welcoming diners for over 40 years. The conservatory offers magnificent sea views for you to enjoy whilst chefs prepare for you the most traditional Indian dishes from all corners of India. 

Top Italian restaurants in Newquay

The Stable, Newquay | ££

 Interior photo of The Stable

Photo credit: The Stable

Best for pizzas with a view

The Stable restaurant, situated at Fistral Beach, specialises in pizza, pies and cider. The restaurant is dominated by a wonderful glass window at the far end which offers panoramic views across Fistral Beach, where you can watch the surf roll in or cosy up in front of the log fire inside whilst storm-watching in the winter.

The Stable is set in a truly stunning location with an abundance of fine local produce and a plentiful supply of cider.

Pizza Express Newquay | ££

Best for pasta and pizza

Set on the ground floor of the prestigious Rocklands development, Pizza Express enjoys stunning views over Tolcarne Beach and the impressive coastline in both directions. Pizza Express is a chain pizzeria so you can expect to find your classic favourites on the menu.

Top pubs in Newquay

Red Lion Newquay

Exterior of Red Lion

Photo credit: The Red Lion

Best for a pint with harbour views

Situated overlooking Newquay Harbour, The Red Lion is a traditional pub with a warm and friendly atmosphere. The inn offers a wide range of local ales along with live music, a cosy log fire, a pool table, a dart board and gaming machines – all whilst enjoying superb harbour views.

The pub serves food daily from 12-9pm and has a good reputation for steak!

Fort Inn Newquay

Inside of The Fort Inn

Photo credit: The Fort Inn Newquay

Best for beer with a view

Located on the fringe of Newquay’s town centre, The Fort Inn is a much-loved, family-friendly pub that enjoys stunning views of the surrounding coastline. The pub has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment and now boasts stylish interiors that complement its location and sea views. 

The Fort Inn offers a delicious menu that is available every day for both lunch and dinner and pairs perfectly with their award-winning beers.

Stay in Newquay

If you haven’t booked yourself a holiday to Cornwall yet, what are you waiting for? Browse our excellent range of self-catering holiday homes and cottages throughout Newquay and pick out the perfect retreat for you. 

Whether you are travelling to the area with your loved one for a romantic escape or a break with friends and family, we have accommodation large and small to fit your chosen occasion.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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