Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Cornwall
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Cornwall restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 171 restaurants in Cornwall and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Cornwall restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Cornwall Restaurants
1. Driftwood Hotel International restaurant in Rosevine
This “beautiful restaurant” at a clifftop boutique hotel on the Roseland Peninsula has earned a fine reputation for “highly unusual presentations of local produce”. But it lost Chris Eden in June 2019, who left after 12 years for rival Gidleigh Park (and subsequently it also lost its Michelin star). Chris’s replacement, Oliver Pierrepoint, arrived from La Trompette in London, and has both Fera and Le Manoir on his CV. Ratings were very good all-round in the survey this year, but given all the change after its conclusion we’ve left the venue un-rated.
2. The Q Restaurant, The Old Quay House British, Modern restaurant in Fowey 28 Fore Street - PL23
Fowey River oysters, local scallops, West Country meat and Cornish cheeses... hungry yet? 'Q' restaurant at The Old Quay House offers excellent dining in a relaxed, unstuffy setting. Forget unsmiling waiters, small portions and whispered conversations, dining here is all about fu...
3. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw Fish & seafood restaurant in Port Isaac 6 New Rd - PL29
“Certainly the best restaurant in the region, perhaps the country!” Nathan Outlaw’s acclaimed flagship sits on a clifftop in a picturesque north Cornish village (home to TV’s Doc Martin) and while “the exterior of the building is underwhelming”, “the room itself is lovely, with perfectly positioned tables”… and “my god the view out of the windows is breathtaking”. On the menu – “a procession of the most delicious fish and seafood imaginable”: “supremely clean and pure in their premise and construction, with flavours that either hit you round the chops or melt down your throat in nuanced waves”. Service is “top class” – “warm, personal and professional, and with very appropriate wine suggestions”. A quibble? Many reports note that a trip here is “so expensive”, “even more so with the wine flight”. But even so, the investment almost invariably “feels like money well spent”: “was it worth the 625-mile round trip? – unquestionably YES”. Top Tip – “use an app to book local parking if you are coming in season, as Port Isaac is tiny and parking is extremely limited”.
4. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 British, Modern restaurant in Padstow 6 Middle St - PL28
“Outstanding… that is all!”. Paul Ainsworth’s intimate and illustrious ten-year-old is nowadays the most-mentioned operation in town, far eclipsing Rick Stein’s nearby Seafood Restaurant in terms of the excitement it generates. “The kitchen can be seen from the tables, and is a dream to watch”, with “Paul himself almost invariably present”. The cuisine is as you might hope for – “technically accomplished, with quality materials, some inventiveness, and carefully prepared to preserve flavours”. “However, it’s the attention to detail, and the overwhelming passion for the place from its staff” that seals the experience for some diners: “nothing was too much trouble”.
5. Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen Fish & seafood restaurant in Port Isaac 1 Middle St - PL29
“Fabulous, small plates of fishiness” – “each mouthful a truly memorable experience” – help inspire nothing but praise for Nathan Outlaw’s “tiny and atmospheric” spin-off venture, which has a “fantastic location”, “set on the quayside” of this Cornish fishing village and “doing full justice to the locally caught produce”. Compared with his posh gaff, dishes are “simpler, but just as fine in their own way”, and even fans of both establishments may feel that “although it’s not as pricey or fancy as his main place in town, this is actually better value and more enjoyable”.
6. Coombeshead Farm British, Modern restaurant in Lewannick Coombeshead Farm - PL15
“Tucked away down Cornish lanes” – “a very innovative menu”, “full of new ideas and interesting flavours”, awaits at this “inspiring” venture, from chefs April Bloomfield (of New York’s Spotted Pig) and Tom Adams (of Pitt Cue in London). A stay on the farm, which produces food for the communal table shared by diners, is a “joyful and relaxed” experience that’s “unforgettable” – the “energetic and helpful staff” give guests a “real sense of involvement in the preparation of fine cooking”.
7. 2 Fore Street Restaurant Fish & seafood restaurant in Mousehole 2 Fore St - TR19
With his “varied and interesting menu” of “delicious local produce”, Raymond Blanc-trained chef Joe Wardell knows how to “totally blow you away”, say fans of his long-established harbourside cottage. Given the setting, a short walk from the quay, it’s no surprise to find “really fresh fish, with inventive things done to it” – and the tarte tatin is pretty special, too.
8. The Wheel House Fish & seafood restaurant in Falmouth Upton Slip - TR11
Admittedly there are “no frills here (kitchen-paper on bare wooden tables)”, but other than that the “unpretentious” cash-only spot is “perfect in literally every way”, thanks to its “limited menu of fresh shellfish dishes that are simply and perfectly cooked and come at fair prices” too.
9. Porthmeor Beach Cafe Spanish restaurant in St Ives Porthmeor Beach - TR26
An “imaginative” tapas-style venue that’s “bang on trend” and enjoys “an unrivalled location right on the beach and by the Tate”. “The view alone would suffice”, but there’s far more on offer – the “food never fails to deliver” and is “reasonably priced” (“it shouldn’t be this good!”).
10. Ben's Cornish Kitchen British, Modern restaurant in Marazion West End - TR17
“Always worth the trip to Marazion for such a treat”, Ben & Jayne Prior’s “relaxed and simple” seaside bistro serves absolutely “top-notch” food (especially fish) that’s “fantastic value”.
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