Eating out in Cornwall can be a tricky thing – so many places to choose from, where do you begin?
So, doing all the hard work so you don’t have to, the Mumsnet Cornwall team has rounded up 5 of our favourite places for an al fresco lunch.
The Pandora Inn
You will recognise this from the home page image on our Twitter account! We’re certainly no strangers to this place as it as a perfect place to take visiting friends, even just for an ice cream and a spot of crabbing. And the walk from Mylor Bridge is toddler friendly too (look out for a future blog post on that one!)
Whether you arrive by your boat, car or water taxi, the approach to this pub is just stunning. Parts of the building date back to the 13 century but the food and service is very much of the 21st century!
Food is served all day and as well as the pub grub staples of platters, sandwiches and burgers, the daily changing menus feature at least one dish of locally caught fish.
We love: crabbing with the children off the pontoon and a large glass of sauvignon blanc!
Restrongruet Creek, close to Falmouth and Truro
The Weir, Bude
This is a great location if you are walking in the area, but even if we weren’t we would stop by for lunch! Gorgeous on a day of full sun, but equally charming if overcast and a little drizzly, the menu is as lively as the atmosphere inside.
The bistro is open from breakfast through to dinner, but the charming outside space makes it a favourite destination for lunch.
We love: a ploughmans – seriously, one of the best in the county! And morning coffee mid dog walk – staff have been so helpful a couple of mornings when I have turned up early
The Weir Café and Bistro
Marhamchurch, Bude EX23 0JD
01288 362 234
The Hidden Hut, Portscatho
This wooden hut, right on the beach near Portscatho is not to be missed. Don’t be put off by the humble construction or if you think the menu should be a little more fancy – this is one of Cornwall’s most exciting foodie destinations.
In the daytime we come for home-made cake and ice cream, coffees to warm us if the beach is chilly and salad boxes to nourish.
We love: the feast nights. These are not to be missed – if you can snag a ticket! Always a lively event, bring your own cutlery and plates, beer if you want it and pitch up for some unforgettable food in a truly glorious setting
The Kitchen, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
With Mounts Bay as its backdrop, this is the perfect spot for a lunch al fresco, or for coffee and a cake if that’s all you have time for. Lunchtimes are more relaxed, and evenings are more about fine dining but, whatever the meal, the menu is guaranteed to be local and seasonal.
From seafood platters, to Sunday roasts via sandwiches and an ever-changing daily specials board, this is a menu as vibrant as the location.
We love: to combine lunch outside with a walk round the sculpture garden
Nr Gulval, Penzance TR20 8YL
01736 448 089
Sennen Beach Café
Housed in the former beach restaurant, the focus here is on quality, local produce and sea food. As you would expect from an eatery that is, quite literally, on the beach, this is a relaxed and friendly environment.
Most of the fish is landed at Sennen, all seafood is ethically sourced and chef Ben Tunnicliffe is true to his ethos of producing good food and good wine and giving diners an experience to remember. A great family dining experience, children are always welcomed.
Sennen Cove, Cornwall TR19 7BT
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