Cornwall is iconic for many things. Surfing, beaches, pasties, pubs. But no trip to Cornwall is complete without picking...
Cornwall is well-known for many, many different things. From the beaches to the beautiful countryside to the world-famous Cornish pasty. But also, thanks to its coastal setting, Cornwall has a significant fishing industry that’s vital for the area to thrive. And a delightful byproduct of the thriving industry is the vast array of incredible seafood restaurants. But, where is the best seafood in Cornwall?
To save you some time and to highlight yet another reason why you should both visit and explore Cornwall — we’ve compiled a quick and easy guide to the best seafood in Cornwall. Enjoy!
Rick Stein is most definitely a household name among Cornish folk, and his delicious food is well known up and down the country. Rick Stein now owns many restaurants and other ventures, but the aptly named ‘Seafood Restaurant’ is where it all began way back in 1975. Now, this restaurant is somewhat of a go-to for those seeking the best seafood in Cornwall.
While they may have an international reputation for serving the freshest, finest seafood, they still very much celebrate Cornwall and the vast array of Cornish produce. The heart and soul of The Seafood Restaurant is the seafood bar. However, if you fancy a bit of sunshine with a view of the Camel Estuary and maybe a glass of something fizzy — their incredible terrace offers beautiful scenery and atmosphere in abundance.
Two years after opening their restaurant in London, the owners created Prawn on the Lawn in Padstow. A unique, small and quirky spot offering some of the best seafood in Cornwall and a menu that changes daily. They have previously won the Best Seafood in the UK and are a regular feature in the Michelin Guide. Not too shabby, eh?
While they can usually be found within the heart of Padstow, right until the end of October, they will be operating out of Trerethern Farm just outside of Padstow. Check out their website for more info on directions, their brand, and sample menus!
Falmouth’s Wheelhouse Crab and Oyster Bar is a literal hidden gem tucked away in an alley just off the main street of the town centre. Serving a wide range of seafood dishes in a large yet intimate setting has allowed this particular establishment to gain a fantastic reputation among locals and tourists. They have a passion for serving high-quality, fresh seafood from local fishermen and using the very best Cornish produce — in a friendly and welcoming environment.
Visiting the Wheelhouse not only provides incredible food but an overall experience that lives long in the memory. Plus, thanks to its ideal location, it’s a fantastic place to fill your belly before an evening of drinks or maybe even a stroll down to Falmouth’s world-famous harbour.
Are you looking to tuck into some of the best seafood in Cornwall while enjoying a wonderful view? Look no further than Porthleven’s Kota Kai! This warm, welcoming establishment has created an excellent environment for drinking and dining with a prime view of the harbour. Their menu includes both classic seafood dishes and a few unique options inspired by varied cultures.
They are a family-friendly restaurant that strives to provide the best possible dining experience for every customer. With this in mind, they have a children’s room with games and other activities to keep them occupied and allow the adults to enjoy some fine dining. This really adds to the experience and demonstrates a more in-depth understanding of their customer base and how to further improve your Kota Kai visit.
Hooked on the Rocks may not be on your radar when it comes to the best seafood in Cornwall, as it’s a bit more discreet and uniquely located compared to other restaurants. It looks over Swanpool beach in Falmouth and is quite literally on the rocks. It’s a great spot to sit down and enjoy delicious, fresh and sustainably sourced seafood with a view or simply have a drink or two while gazing out to sea.
Falmouth Bay lobsters and crabs are caught locally (hence the name) — and mussels, fresh fish and Cornish oysters are brought in daily by local suppliers. It’s a beautiful place to spend a few hours and soak up some sun. If you’re yet to check it out, there’s no time like the present!
This intimate restaurant in St Ives is most definitely an underrated gem, and likely somewhere many locals are yet to visit. Delicious dishes combined with a warm, friendly ambience make it perfect for a range of occasions, from casual meals to date nights and much more. They always prefer to work closely with local fishermen and suppliers to ensure that their seafood is both fresh and an authentic Cornish experience.
However, if you take a look at their menu, you’ll spot internationally inspired meals with the highest-quality meat and other ingredients — such as Welsh Wagyu steak, rare breed pork and even a range of Japanese sauces and produce. It’s safe to say that a visit to One Fish Street will catch you off guard in the best possible way and always leave a long-lasting impression.
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