For food fans, here are some of the best eateries to be seen at within 30 mins or so drive of Gilbert Lodge in Cornwall (and the food is pretty good too!) Prices and styles vary and some of these get booked up several months in advance so best to check them out ahead of your trip to Cornwall.
Mitchlin Starred Restaurants
North Cornwall has three Mitchlin starred restaurants to tick off on your list:
Nathan Outlaw Restaurant – 2 Mitchlin stars
PORT ISAAC PL29 3SB
Set seafood menu in a great location overlooking the headland
Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen – 1 Mitchlin star
PORT ISAAC PL29 3RH
Varied Seafood menu right in the heart of Port Isacc by the harbour
Paul Ainsworth at No.6 – 1 Mitchlin star
PADSTOW PL28 8AP
Modern cuisine in a small Georgian townhouse and our personal favourite for a special occasion.
On the Map
Other places to add to your list that get talked about – great views included free of charge
Padstow & Rock Area
Appleton’s at the Vineyard
PADSTOW PL27 7SE
Working vineyard with wine tours and Italian influenced food with a terrace overlooking the valley
WADEBRIDGE PL27 6LA
Modern cuisine with great views over the estuary
ROCK PL27 6LD
Seafood and meat dishes with stunning views of the Camel estuary from the terrace
St Petroc’s Bistro
PADSTOW PL28 8EA
Rick Steins flagship restaurant in Padstow is the riverside seafood restaurant, but we reckon the Bistro has the edge
Prawn on the Lawn
PADSTOW PL28 8AB
Modern fishmongers and tapas style sharing seafood bar
MAWGAN PORTH TR8 4DQ
Contemporary hotel restaurant with stunning coastal views
One of our favourite beaches with it’s trendy credentials in no doubt
Watergate Bay Hotel
Zacry’s for dining, or on the beach for walk in cafe food
WATERGATE BAY TQ8 4AA
seaside hotel with a American/fusion brasserie
WATERGATE BAY TR8 4AA
Jamie Olivers Beachfront restaurant with fabulous bay views
Street food and Ad Hoc Dining
Amazing street food and outside ad hoc dining are a big foodie trend in Cornwall. Some of these have seasonal opening times, or pop up at different locations during the summer, so part of the fun is checking out when they will be near you during your stay or hunting them out as part of a day out.
The Hudden Hut
Perhaps one of the most talked about ad hoc dining experiences in Cornwall
Their feast nights, advertised about a week in advance, sell out in minutes but lunch is an easier way to include on your list. There is no booking needed for breakfast or lunch so you can do some walking in the area and hunt out the Hidden Hut for a pit stop.
The shell fish pig
Cornish Shellfish, Free Range Cornish Pork & Seasonal Produce – check their website for when they will be in the local area
Snails Pace Cafe and Bike Hire
BODMIN PL30 3PN
Off grid cafe at the start of the Camel Trail and also do occasional pop up foodie evenings. You can hire cycles at the Snails Pace and get out on the Camel Trail as well as sample food with green credentials.
Wood fired pizza produced out of a converted horse box trailer – usually in Wadbridge on Monday nights, and Bodmin on Tuesdays, but moves around during the summer.
Toms take out
Great burgers in a layby just outside of Sticker near St Austell that has gained a lot of foodie fans.
Get Your Veg On
vegetarian, vegan and gluten free street food
Located to the side of the tourist information centre in Bude
In our humble opinion, you should also include a spot of al fresco dining at Gilbert lodge or Bossiney Bay on your Cornwall foodie trail (we may be a teensy bit biased in that opinion!)
Agree or disagree with our picks? Which places with top notch food and a view would you add to our list?