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All along highstreets in most parts of the country and indeed the world you’ll find strings of chain restaurants, your Subways, Mcdonalds, KFCs.
But, in West Cornwall, you’ll find something a little more rugged and filled with historic charm. Meadery Restaurants are one of Cornwall’s hidden foodie gems.
Conjuring images of pirates, knights, wizards, wenches, maids and swashbuckling rebels, a feast at a Meadery restaurant in Cornwall is like dining at an ancient lord’s table.
Meadery restaurants are family friendly establishments with a dining concept that has been truly committed to. Low lighting, wood panelled walls, taxidermy, chandeliers, suits of armour and wooden tableware to boot.
For first time visitors to Cornwall, or those who have been to the county but never treated themselves to a meal at a meadery restaurant in Cornwall, a visit to a Meadery is a must.
You’ll find tourists and locals alike, young and old, couples and parties; it really is an experience that is enjoyed by all.
A unique, fun and extremely memorable dining experience awaits you at these four independent Meadery restaurants in Cornwall. Read on for our guide to the Cornish cuisine that will transport you back in time for a meal full of feasting, celebration and you guessed it, mead.
Generally, you can’t book tables at Meadery restaurants in Cornwall so get there early when the doors open or be prepared to wait for a table. We promise it’s worth the wait!
Mead is an ancient alcoholic drink predating beer. Similar to wine, it is made using water, yeast and honey. This anicent alcohol is often flavoured with fruit and usually comes in at around 13/14%. The aptly named Cornish Mead Co. is over 50 years old and provides mead for many of the Meadery restaurants across Cornwall.
With an ambience that harkens back to Medieval times and is reminiscent of the legends of King Arthur. Or, perhaps a hulking, creaking interior of a pirate vessel or decorated dining halls complete with ‘serving wenches’ (their words not ours) and a menu featuring gluttony-inducing dishes you eat with your hands, eating at Meadery restaurants in Cornwall is like taking a step back through time.
So, where can you find these places of outstanding hospitality? Chicken in the Rough is on offer as well as fish, seafood and vegetarian options. Leave room for dessert, though, there is quite a choice on offer.
Penzance is home to the Waterside Meadery, it is located on Penzance’s harbour front near the mooring for the Scilonian Ferry.
The meadery’s waterside location is reflected in the interior decor. Decked out to resemble the eating quarters of a pirate ship, a meal at the Waterside Meadery, Penzance is one not to miss for pirate fanatics.
Open Monday to Sunday: 6 pm to 10 pm.
Newlyn Meadery is housed in what used to be the Gaiety Cinema, built in 1905. It is by far the most popular of the Meadery restaurants in Cornwall so be sure to arrive early as they don’t take bookings.
Serving huge portions of chicken in the rough and boasting a fantasitc salad bar, Newlyn Meadery is sure to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites.
Open Friday 6:30pm, Saturday: 6:00pm and Sunday 6:00pm
Trewellard Meadery is located in a small village not far from the famous Geevor Tin Mine. It boasts medieval décor which all works to create a warm and relaxing environment to dine in.
Open 6:30 pm- 9 pm daily
Redruth Meadery is based in the middle of Redruth, once one of the richest areas in the world due to the then booming mining industry.
Alongside this Meadery restaurant’s selction of meat, fish and vegetarian finger food they also offer a belt-busting Sunday roast – not as medieval but just as delicious we’re sure.
Open Thursday – Sunday 6 pm with the Roasts served on Sundays from 12-3pm.