1: Nathan Outlaw – Port Issac
It’s no surprise seeing as the Michelin star chef was crowned Best UK Restaurant in Waitrose’s The Good Food guide 2018. Pop down to Port Isaac and pay him a visit (maybe book before you do, though! Offering a selection of tasty food and set menus which focus on the highest and finest sustainable seafood caught off the Cornish coast, chef Nathan’s unique approach provides a unforgettable dining experience.
2: Prawn on the Lawn – Padstow
Based in renowned Seafood Capital Padstow, Prawn on the Lawn is a firm favourite with locals. Their scallop sharing platter has our mouths watering just at the mention of it! From creative small plates such as scallop ceviche, seared tuna and their signature Prawn on the Lawn dish, this restaurant also offers large platters of oysters, lobsters and Fruits de Mer. How delicious!
3: Boscastle Fish Company – Boscastle.
With fresh fish being landed daily from their fishing boat, The Beeny, Boscastle Fish Company offers whole crab and lobsters live or cooked. This is local tasty, sustainable food at its very best whether you choose a whole dressed and picked crab or a sumptious freshly made lobster roll, this is simple food done so well. And all within metres of the beautiful harbour.
4: Rum & Crab – St Ives
This little place specialises in two things. Rum and seafood. It couldn’t get simpler or better than that really. Their menu is simple but inventive, crab tacos, spicy fish rolls and a rum and crab soup. Their Cajun Shrimp Po Boy sandwich is amazing.
5: Hooked on the Rooks – Swanpool
This restaurant sits on a rocky outcrop above the quiet beach of Swanpool with beautiful views out across Falmouth Bay. They source their seafood from Newlyn Fish Market and create dishes around the freshest produce. Their signature sharing platters are bursting with shellfish and you can add a carb or lobster from their in – house tank.
6: The Fish House – Newquay
Located on the famous Fistral Beach in Newquay just metres from the sea these guys chose the best produce straight off the boats at Newquay harbour creating rustic dishes with authentic flavours. The menu has classic dishes such as half-shell mussels and beautiful fillets of fish as well as more adventurous choices such as Balinese monkfish or Sri Lankan Prawn Curry.
7: The Fern Pit – Pentire
Established in 1910 this hidden place is only open in the summer months and accessible by ferry from the beautiful Crantock beach. This restaurant which sits in a terraced garden overlooking the sea has its own fishing boat so the distance from catch to plate is tiny. They are famous for the simple but delicious crab and lobster dishes.
8: The Longstore – Charlestown
Charlestown is one of the most picturesque little harbours in Cornwall and is becoming increasingly popular with tourists since featuring in Poldark. The Longstore is right on the harbour and serves up Whole Roasted Seabass and creamy seafood spaghetti.
9: Kota Kai Kitchen Bar – Porthleven
With the name meaning ‘shellfish’ in Maori, this restaurant takes the best catch from local fishermen and creates exciting dishes using chef Jude Kereama’s Asian fused influences. With a menu that has been featured on the BBC Great Brish Menu, and a Michelin Bib Gormand under it’s belt, this restaurant is not one to miss.
10: The Wheel House – Falmouth.
This little place is one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets, a small and quirky venue that gets booked up fast. The menu may be small but the fresh seafood is the real star, spider crab, mussels and oysters galore. The restaurant is also famous for its friendly welcome, don’t expect fancy decor though The Wheelhouse is rustic, candle lit and often guests share tables but this is all part of the charm.