Cornwall has really made a name for itself on the food map with top TV chefs recognising the tasty natural larder the county offers.
Award winning restaurants
The county is also home to a number of famous chefs and boasts Michelin starred and AA Rosette restaurants.
Rick Stein has based several businesses in the Padstow, St Merryn and Fistral Beach areas. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall sits right on the beach overlooking Watergate Bay. Paul Ainsworth has restaurants in Padstow and Nathan Outlaw owns restaurants in Rock and Port Isaac.
Several well reputed chefs also head hotel restaurants. The abundance of fresh seafood and dairy produce has also attracted artisan producers. The mild climate lends itself to more unusual produce including wine and tea whilst the number of large and small artisan brewers are growing steadily.
The following currently hold Michelin Stars or 3 AA Rosettes or above:
- Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac
- Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac
- Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow
- Driftwood, Portscatho,
- Restaurant Nathan Outlaw at the St Enodoc Hotel
- The Seafood Restaurant (Rick Stein), Padstow
- Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes
Food and artisan products
Cornwall has to be most famous for its pasties. The ultimate convenience food, they were invented for miners who needed something filling and easy to handle whilst down the mines. Today, it has protected status and only a pasty from Cornwall can truly be called a Cornish Pasty.
However as well as the wonderful fresh seafood, there is now a wealth of other Cornish produce filling our supermarket shelves including tea, clotted cream, ice cream, cheese, wine, beer, mead and sausages to name just a few.
Cornwall really is a food lovers paradise. Aside from hotels with great restaurants, you can find cosy inns, seafood specialists and beach cafés offering fantastic seasonal locally produced cuisine.
With Cornwall’s Celtic roots there’s also plenty of festivals throughout the year and no festival would be complete without food! There are even dedicated festivals of food, particularly around oyster harvest time.
Lemon Quay in Truro is a good place to visit to enjoy local produce. It’s also the home of the Great Cornish Food Festival in September, a great time for food lovers to visit.
Great Dining Breaks
If you love food then why not try our great dining breaks? For just £39 per person you’ll get £50 worth of dining credits. Choose to dine in two fabulous restaurants: either one of Rick Stein’s 7 Cornish restaurants or Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay plus Beaucliffes in Best Western Porth Veor Manor.