When it comes to our favourite foodie destinations it’s hard to pick from the many culinary hotspots that can be found across the peninsula. From street-food inspired lunches and melt-in-the-mouth cream teas to traditional pub-grub and waterside fine dining, there is something to suit every taste and occasion – here are a selection of ones not to be missed.
The Hidden Hut
Nestled at the back of a cliff top and overlooking the golden sands of Porthcurnick Beach, this beach shack come foodie haven is every bit as cool as it sounds. Lunch is laid-back, food is freshly-cooked, flavours are bold and the menu is small but perfectly formed. Everything is cooked on an outdoor stove or in the indoor bakery and packed to take away so that it can be enjoyed either at one of the wooden benches or on the beach.
Miss V's Cream Teas
This little gem can be found nestled in the sub-tropical gardens of St Just in Roseland church. The menu changes with the season and goes beyond the ubiquitous cream tea. Breakfasts are those of days past; simple, succulent and Cornish-inspired – you’ve not lived if you haven’t tried Thunder & Lightening – a hedonistic treat of Cornish childhoods! Lunches are locally sourced while afternoon tea consists of tea or coffee accompanied by a melt-in-the-mouth scone topped with jam (first, of course!) and lashings of clotted cream.
Melinsey Mill Kitchen
Tucked away in a hidden valley, near Veryan, this former 16th century watermill is a place to enjoy teas, cakes and light lunches in bucolic splendour. This is a place to refuel after a bracing walk with one of the Mill’s famous doorstep sandwiches or a steaming bowl of homemade soup. Cakes, pies and pastries are homemade in the Mill kitchen and in the summer, a wood burning oven produces melt-in-the-mouth pizzas best enjoyed with a glass of one of the wines, beers or ciders on offer.
At the heart of St Mawes, this ‘proper’ pub is the oldest in the village and has remained true to its traditional seafaring roots. Locally-caught seafood features highly on the menu and there’s nothing quite like a plate of Victory fish and chips on a Friday night, washed down by one of the local cask ales. There are popular outdoor tables with harbour views or for inclement days the laid-back, first floor restaurant offers family-friendly dining, or grab a seat in the bustling bar.
The Roseland Inn
Philleigh’s family-run, destination pub is a place of plenty where diners can enjoy home-cooked, locally-sourced produce washed down by local ales and ciders. This 16th century traditional inn is as cosy inside with its low beams and open fires, as it is pretty outside with benches dotted around the beer garden. Home-cooked gastro meals are served with a warm Cornish welcome and the Sunday lunch is a thing of culinary beauty.
Whether it be a long lunch with friends, high tea on the lawn or an alfresco supper on the terrace, The Rosevine is all about relaxed eating, with menus featuring an abundance of quality local produce, including a special menu for little ones often referred to as the best menu in Cornwall for children. With views over the ocean, the light-filled modern dining room features an urban, pop art collection creating a chilled vibe to be enjoyed by all.
For the ultimate in fine, waterside dining The Idle Rocks, in St Mawes, is the place to go. Executive Head Chef Dorian Janmaat, who cut his culinary teeth at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir, combines classic French and modern British cookery techniques, using fresh and seasonal ingredients, locally sourced where possible, to create dishes that have the perfect balance of flavour, texture and presentation. The wine list is distinguished and the cocktails inventive and are best enjoyed whilst listening to the soundtrack of sea.