Holidays are the perfect time to reconnect with loved ones. Quality time spent with the most important people in your life, in the most beautiful parts of the world.
It’s long been said that the fondest memories are made around the dinner table. Here at Ocean Holidays, we also like to know that the food on that table is going to be a memory in itself.
So we’ve compiled a list of our favourite restaurants in the local area, from romantic haunts to social hubs, and would love to share them with you.
Porthmeor Beach Cafe – St Ives
With the perfect view for sunset over the renowned Porthmeor beach, a heated alcove, and Tate St Ives behind you, this is a location that is hard to beat.
Fortunately the food lives up to expectations to, with some great contemporary flavours, interesting tapas style dishes and a solid cocktail menu.
Porthminster Beach Café – St Ives
Perched on the beach where it gets its name, this award-winning restaurant is always our first stop for fresh seafood. You’ll find an outside terrace and unbeatable sea-views.
But what we love most of all, many of their ingredients are picked daily from the adjacent garden plot and coastal paths. Don’t forget to ask the staff for their daily specials.
Ben’s Cornish Kitchen – Marazion
A delightful family run restaurant and we mean that literally! You’ll find brothers Ben and Toby in the kitchen and their lovely Mum, Jayne, keeping the guests happy in the restaurant.
Order from the set menu full of native ingredients, such as freshly caught fish from the nearby harbour and meat from the local Trevaskis Farm.
Make sure you leave room for dessert, that’s Ben speciality!
Gurnards Head – Zennor
Somewhat of a local legend, this charming and characterful pub’s yellow façade is hard to miss as it rises out of the vast green moorland between St Ives and St Just. Backed by the blue of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a sight for the sore eyes of walkers on the famed South West coastal footpath.
Also accessible by road, expect an ever-changing menu of ingredients that are literally dropped off at the back door.
Halsetown Inn – St Ives
‘Real pub, thoughtful food’ – a slogan that sums up the ethos of this lovely gastro pub perfectly.
From sourcing ingredients from local, sustainable companies to using low carbon electricity, this family-run business cares greatly for the environment. And equal care goes into their food.
We particularly recommend the Sunday lunch menu, changing each week but always with a selection of locally farmed meat and vegetarian options.
Rock Pool Café – Mousehole
Fancy stretching your legs? Park up in Newlyn and walk the beautiful coastal path to Mousehole, the perfect way to work up an appetite for lunch at one of our favourite cafés. Perched on the rocks above the ocean below, grab one of their sea-facing outside tables and tuck into light lunches and homemade cakes.
If you don’t fancy the walk, there is a large car park just behind the café that’s a great place to leave the car to wander further down into the little harbour town.
The Hidden Hut – Porthcurnick Beach
Slightly further afield but worth the drive, this small café is tucked away along the National Trust coastal path near Portscatho. Serving up freshly cooked food daily from 12noon–3pm, expect anything from a fragrant curry to seafood chowder on this dynamic menu.
Keep an eye out for their feast nights, like a big group picnic, you bring the plates, cutlery and wine and they’ll provide the food and fire. They take place 2-4 times a month and tickets sell out fast!
So you’ve tried our favourite restaurants and you’re still hungry? Well, the best tip for a place like Cornwall is to explore!
Take the path less walked, drive down the road with no knowledge of what you’ll find at the end, pop into the cute and quirky cafes, the sea facing restaurants and the homely pubs, you never know where you’ll find the best food…