Whether you are visiting our lodge on holiday or are locals on a day out, at some point, we all start thinking about our stomachs. We all need a good pit stop, somewhere, we can refuel and look forward to mouthwatering delights to perk us up along our journey. Cornwall has a plethora of good, great and gastronomic places to eat, in fact far to many to mention in one blog, so here are just ten of our personal favourites. Some can be reached on foot and some within a 30/40 minute drive away. All, we hope you agree, will more than satisfy those grumbling tummies, on your day out in search of the best lunch in town.
Charlie’s Cafe and Deli – Tintagel – 15 minute walk
A small family restaurant and delicatessen located in Tintagel and only a 10 minute walk from our lodge. Great husband and wife team, they use mainly seasonal Cornish produce, allowing the ingredients to speak for themselves. They also stock some gorgeous artisan deli products to take away, including their very own ‘Cornish clotted cream Gin’.
King Arthur’s Cafe – Tintagel -15 minute walk
At the top of the hill, from Tintagel Castle, this is a great pit stop, after a visit down to the castle. Definitely a better option than the castles own cafe. Breakfast, brunch, cream teas, homemade soups, sarnies and pasties. All the fuel you need to get through the day.
Port William Pub – Trebarwith Strand – 10 minute drive
Perched on the Trebarwith Cliffs, with a fabulous outlook to sea. Good quality Steaks, burgers, chips and Sunday Roasts. Or you can just stop for a pint or hot chocolate, if your halfway through a Coastal walk. The pub can be reached from our lodge on one of those very walks, either through Tintagel and cutting across the field behind the Tintagel Arms or by following the coastal path from the Lodge to Tintagel castle and keeping those feet going until you reach Trebarwith. The sight of the pub, is a welcome rest bite.,
Boscastle Farm Shop – Boscastle – 5 minute drive or a 4 mile scenic Coastal path walk from Gilbert Lodge.
If you want homely farmhouse cooking, you can’t beat this farm shop. Apart from selling some great local produce, it has a very popular and welcoming restaurant, serving the best cream teas in North Cornwall we have found so far. They also do some amazing home baked products, as well as Sunday Roasts and occasionally special nights for an evening meal. It’s always a good idea to book, especially over the weekend. The views over the fields to the Coast are also great and the coastal path can be accessed from here.
Cherrytrees Cafe – Padstow- 40 minute drive
A small but perfectly formed breakfast/lunch cafe, along the harbour quay in Padstow. Your lucky if you can get a table but you won’t be disappointed with the lovely fresh and mouth watering food they serve here, not to mention the desserts. They also have a take out window, if you can’t find a seat inside and want to enjoy a crab sandwich on the benches along the quay..watch out for the thieving seagulls though!
Paul Ainsworth No.6 – Padstow – 40 minute drive
For a special occasion or treat, Paul Ainsworths restaurant serves some amazing Michelin starred food. Some signature dishes are also worth a taste. Better than Mr Stein, who still has the monopoly in Padstow.
Outlaws Fish Kitchen – Port Isaac- 20 minute drive
Owned by Michelin starred chef Nathan Outlaw. This restaurant predominantly serves locally sourced fish and with its location right in the heart of Port Isaac, right by the harbour launch. Essential to book well in advance.
Krab Pot – Port Isaac – 20 minute drive
A tiny little cafe at the bottom of the road near the harbour. They serve some awesome crab dishes, as well as other local favourites. They even have a treat or two for the four legged guest but they need to be well behaved.
Picnic in Bossiney Cove -10 minute walk
If you want the best spot in town for a picnic, our local Bossiney Cove can’t be beaten. A bit of a steep, uneven walk down and you need to check the tides but well worth it, when you get there. You may even be lucky and get the beach to your self and see a few hard core surfers.
Picnic at a perch along Coastal path between Bossiney and Boscastle- 5 to 60 minute walk, from a Gilbert Lodge, depending on the spot you choose.
Can you ever beat your own pack up, flask of coffee and the views of the North Cornwall coastline..we don’t think so. Pick your own spot but a perch at the top of rocky valley is always a favourite of ours