It’s summer, the time of year when seagulls rejoice at the abundance of pasties and ice creams ready to pluck from unsuspecting tourist’s hands and the time of year to make the most of our local hideouts for some great Cornish food and drink.
- Café Lake Central in Stithians – Located on what can only be classed as the UK’s windiest lake, Café Lake Central is a unique lakeside pizzeria with a passion for watersports. Sample the many delights Stithian’s Lake has to offer (from kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, wake boarding and more) and then refuel with authentic Italian pizza, coffee, ciabatta and homemade cakes! cafelakecentral.co.uk
Known for: Great authentic Italian pizzas.
- Cherry Trees Coffee House in Padstow – This small café in the centre of Padstow’s harbour is full of decadent delights. Treat yourself to a stack of fresh, fluffy pancakes and fruit for breakfast or a fish lovers feast for lunch. There’s plenty to enjoy along with afternoon tea, huge homemade cakes and great coffee all overlooking Padstow’s beautiful scenery. cherrytreescornwall.co.uk
Known for: The amazing cakes (trust us on this one)
- St Ives Liquor Co. Searoom Gastrobar in St Ives – With a full refurb completed earlier this year, the Searoom in St Ives is a local favourite for sumptuous cocktails and amazing tapas dishes. Pages of unique, home tested and crafted cocktails, many incorporating the café’s own in-house gin, St Ives Gin from their St Ives Liquor Co. Brand, offer a range of flavours, classics, taste twists and Cornish blends. Their tapas menu is small, but each dish is packed with moreish flavour and make for the perfect accompaniments.
Known for: Unique and wide cocktail selection, tasty tapas
- The Terrace in Penzance – A small café on Penzance’s high street, the Terrace is known as one of the town’s best stops for a cracking sandwich. Choose from a variety of breads and fillings along with some sumptuous salads. There’s plenty of choice for vegans and vegetarians and a great place to stop off during a day of shopping!
Known for: Sandwiches and salads.
- Boscastle Farm Shop in Boscastle – The award winning Boscastle Farm Shop is also home to their own stunning café which is packed with wholesome and locally sourced Cornish produce. Enjoy Cornish style tapas, big baguettes and sandwiches, homemade burgers, Cornish cream tea and of course a whole range of Cornish products available to buy in their shop. They’re passionate about their local farmland area, sustainability as well as great food and drink. Not to mention they have fantastic views of the Atlantic. boscastlefarmshop.co.uk
Known for: Puddings!
- Island View Café in Looe – A quirky, bijou style café right on the coast by Looe known for its teatime themed décor, china crockery and good sized lunches. It’s stunning views of Looe Island and the sea make for some perfect summertime afternoon daydreaming with the dogs and family
Known for: Stunning views, ‘doorstep’ prawn sandwiches and fresh crab.
- Pinky Murphy’s in Fowey – This hidden gem of Fowey is a firm favourite with locals and a pleasant surprise for visitors. Their eccentric interior, filled with colour and charm matches their warm and welcoming approach. Sit and occupy yourself with some puzzle games whilst your wait for your food and expect hearty portions. Family friendly and dog friendly, the only thing Pinky Murphy’s doesn’t accept is grumpiness! www.pinkymurphys.co.uk
Known for: Funky décor
- Art’s Café in Truro – Sitting between the Royal Cornwall Museum and Truro Arts Company in the heart of Truro city centre, Arts Café has a varied menu full of fresh, colourful salads, homemade soups, scrummy scones made fresh each morning by the chef, plenty of cakes and other bakes and a great selection of coffee alongside local beer and cider. If you’re an art lover you’ll be hard pushed not to find yourself wandering around the Truro Arts shop afterwards too! truroartscompany.co.uk
Known for: Fresh Scones and arty vibes
- Lakeside Cabin in Lelant – Tucked away on the back road from Lelant to St Ives, Lakeside Cabin is a ‘well-known’ hidden gem surrounded by peaceful fishing lakes. Their sumptuous lunches are bursting with flavour, from chocolate orange cake to enormous salads with all the trimmings.
Known for: Huge cakes, packed ploughman’s lunches
- Harbour Lights in Coverack – Located right on the harbour front in the picturesque coastal village of Coverack, Harbour Lights offers delicious, homemade Cornish food with stunning views. Run by Jane and her team, she is passionate about home baking, great flavours and putting her own twist on tradition Cornish dishes, or as she likes to call it, her ‘quirky takes on plates’. Full of delicious lunches, small bites and mouth-watering desserts Harbour Lights is a great local stop off on a quiet afternoon.
Known for: Various Cornish cream tea dishes, i.e the Croust (cheese and onion chutney) or Thunder and Lightning (clotted cream and golden syrup!)