As the national lockdown eases and the hospitality industry reopens following a hiatus, there’s a trend emerging. Demand for holidays in Cornwall has never been greater. You could put it down to the revitalising qualities of the sea air, or the picture-perfect landscape offering an antidote to groundhog day, however this year the main draw is the foodie scene. South West eateries are set to become more creative than ever in 2021; from beachfront cafes to innovative pop-ups and celebrity chef restaurants, here we round up the best places to eat out in Cornwall – as chosen by Unique Homestays owners.

Nancarrow Farm, Truro

1. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

In heart of Padstow, hidden within the pretty winding streets beyond the harbour and recognised in the 2021 Michelin Guide, Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 is at the top of our list for high quality fine dining, incorporating a refined British menu inspired by fresh, locally sourced Cornish produce.

2. New Yard

For a fine-dining, Michelin Green Star experience while you are visiting one of our retreats in West Cornwall, head to New Yard Restaurant which offers an intricate gourmet menu with originality and creativity at the forefront of their dishes. On selected evenings, indulge in up to six carefully assorted courses with locally sourced produce to allow guests a taste of all the seasonal favourites.

New Yard, helston by Adam Sargent (left) and Alex Holyer (right)

3. 2 Fore Street

Situated on Mousehole harbour and within walking distance from some of our homes, this bijou eatery is a true Cornish gem. Beach chic interiors promise a relaxed vibe that harmonises with the idyllic views over Mount’s Bay, whilst you enjoy a selection of fresh seafood, caught just moments before your bite. Even if you are not a seafood lover, 2 Fore Street also have an excellent choice of meat and vegetarian options, all sourced locally.

4. Nancarrow Farm Feasts

Tucked away in a hidden valley, al fresco charm meets mother nature at this family-run farm which radiates authenticity. Diners are welcomed by the eccentricity of local folk musicians, the warmth from the wood fire and the smells from the grill which wind through the chitter-chatter, all illuminated by bright lights dangling from the trees. Nancarrow Farm brings a rustic ambience and unique experience to visitors, fusing seasonal local produce with the community spirit that is at the heart of Cornwall’s soul. Plus, you are just a short taxi ride from The Hide and The Fable.

 

 

Nancarrow Farm, Truro 

5. The Beach Hut

Fronting Watergate Bay, The Beach Hut is a tranquil spot to soak up the sunrise or sunset; from seasonal breakfasts, lunches and dinners, the varied British menu coupled with a casual atmosphere makes for the perfect spot to replenish after an adrenaline-filled day. It’s dog-friendly too!

6. The Fish House

A favourite amongst many Unique Homestays owners, The Fish House is a must for seafood lovers. Nestled on the edge of Fistral Beach, a seat outdoors will have you overlooking the ocean whilst soaking up the bustling atmosphere Newquay has to offer. Undoubtedly the freshest fish in town, the hake is a must-try and will no doubt have you returning more than once during your visit to North Cornwall.

 

 

THE Fish House, Newquay

7. The Hidden Hut

Authentic and simple sums up The Hidden Hut; tucked in the dunes of Porthcurnick Beach on The Roseland Peninsula. Think hot drinks in paper cups, homemade cakes and flaky Cornish pasties by day and, by night, the hut hosts their popular blink-and-you’ll-miss-the-tickets feast nights. After a long coastal walk, there is nothing more satisfying than cosying up on the beach and indulging in the evening’s culinary delights overlooking the sea, from lobster and chips to wood-fired paella nights.

8. Landed

After a day of exploring, why not retreat to the comfort of your holiday home to recoup with a quiet night in. Landed is arguably the best shell and fish takeaway in the area, with dishes inspired by cuisines from Asia to Creole, using the highest quality produce from local fisherman and farmers. If Porthleven (a famed destination for foodies) is on your bucket list, Landed is where to eat and Villa Boden is where to stay.

Landed, Porthleven

9. Potters

A relaxed modern café by day and a fine dining experience by night, Potters sits in the breezy town of Bude and sets the tone for a friendly brunch spot or an ambient evening cocktail. With a passion to bring their customers the best of Cornwall, expect to find the area's most-loved brands on the menu such as Yallah Coffee, Trink Dairy and Electric Bakery. Following the pandemic, look out for their new ‘Potters Fish N Things’, a fish and chips take out service delivering mouth-wateringly fresh fish coated in Doom Bar beer batter.

Potters, Bude

10. The Pandora Inn

Not far from Falmouth, perched on Restronguet Creek, sits The Pandora Inn; an award-winning thatched pub with an unique history dating back to the 13th century. A traditional Cornish inn delivering delicious pub food, gather for lunch and gin cocktails on the pier after a morning boating on the Carrick Roads.