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A foodie guide to North Cornwall

Whether you are looking for somewhere to celebrate a special occasion or simply want to sample the finest Cornish produce, we count down the very best restaurants within easy reach of our properties.

Cornwall is bursting with some of the country's finest local produce from oysters cultivated in the waters of the Camel Estuary to asparagus grown in the salty soil above Daymer Bay. Sample these Cornish delights in one of the North Cornish restaurants that embraces local, seasonal produce and create culinary masterpieces, sure to tantalise your taste buds this holiday. North Cornwall is home to some of the country's most well known chefs including Paul Ainsworth, Nathan Outlaw and Rick Stein but you can also discover up and coming chefs sure to delight and surprise.

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is located in Port Isaac, North Cornwall
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is located in Port Isaac, North Cornwall
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is located in Port Isaac, North Cornwall Images courtesy of Nathan Outlaw
A seafood dish at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is located in Port Isaac, North Cornwall

Enjoy the finest in tasting menus with a view at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw. Perched on the top of the hill in Port Isaac, this impressive restaurant overlooks the sea and rugged coastline. Here you can enjoy a set seafood menu made from the finest sustainable seafood caught off the Cornish coast by small day boats. This menu is served for lunch and dinner and you can choose from a matching wine flight. Priced at £140 per person, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is real treat for a special occasion. With a car park right next door you won't even have to walk off the four courses!


Nathan Outlaw's Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac

Nathan Outlaw's Fish Kitchen is located in Port Isaac, North Cornwall
Nathan Outlaw's Fish Kitchen is located in Port Isaac, North Cornwall
Nathan Outlaw's Fish Kitchen is located in Port Isaac, North Cornwall Images courtesy of Nathan Outlaw
Nathan Outlaw's Fish Kitchen is located in Port Isaac, North Cornwall

Enjoying an all together different location in the heart of Port Isaac, Nathan Outlaw's Fish Kitchen is set in a picture perfect 15th century fisherman's cottage. Small but perfectly formed, here you can enjoy views out towards the harbour whilst enjoying a plethora of tantalising little seafood plates. The intimate atmosphere is rather special and the plates are cooked to order. With plates ranging from £7.50 to £15, it is a more affordable option and possible to work your way through the whole menu during the course of your holiday!


Paul Ainsworth's No 6, Padstow

Paul Ainsworth's No 6 restaurant is located in Padstow, North Cornwall
Paul Ainsworth's No 6 restaurant is located in Padstow, North Cornwall
Paul Ainsworth's No 6 restaurant is located in Padstow, North Cornwall Images courtesy of Paul Ainsworth
Paul Ainsworth's No 6 restaurant is located in Padstow, North Cornwall

Hop on the ferry or water taxi and enjoy an extra special dining experience at Paul Ainsworth's No 6, located just across the water in Padstow. Set within a beautiful Georgian townhouse in the centre of this pretty fishing village, No 6 serves modern British food with a focus on Cornish produce. Choose from a seasonal set menu or an à la carte menu. The seasonal set menu is priced at around £30 for two courses or £34 for three courses. The a la carte menu ranges from around £35 to £46 for a main course.


The Dining Room, Rock

The Dining Room, Rock, North Cornwall Images courtesy of The Dining Room
The Dining Room, Rock, North Cornwall

Located in the heart of Rock within easy walking distance from our Rock properties, The Dining Room has an excellent reputation with locals and visitors alike. Run by a husband and wife team Fred and Donna, The Dining Room is open for dinner only and serves a small à la carte menu that changes with the season. Two courses here are around £40 and three courses at £48.


Surfside, Polzeath

Surfside on Polzeath beach, North Cornwall
Surfside on Polzeath beach, North Cornwall
Surfside on Polzeath beach, North Cornwall Images courtesy of Surfside
Surfside on Polzeath beach, North Cornwall

If you prefer a more relaxed vibe but still want to enjoy top class food then Surfside Cafe and Bar is the restaurant for you. Located right on the sand at Polzeath, Surfside is known for its imaginative and colourful cuisine. Choose from the popular surf and turf, Porthilly mussels or the lobster mac and cheese. The menu celebrates local produce and includes vegetarian and vegan dishes. After dinner, head behind the restaurant to the secret Rum Bar and carry on your evening sampling the finest cocktails in the area and enjoy the live music that is often offered here.


Appleton's at the Vineyard, nr Padstow

Appleton's at the Vineyard, near Padstow, North Cornwall
Appleton's at the Vineyard, near Padstow, North Cornwall
Appleton's at the Vineyard, near Padstow, North Cornwall Images courtesy of Appleton's at the Vineyard
Appleton's at the Vineyard, near Padstow, North Cornwall

Set within one of Cornwall's most beautiful vineyards; Trevibban Mill, Appleton's at the Vineyard serves rustic, Italian dishes with a contemporary twist. Andy Appleton, former head chef of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, creates unique menus bringing together the best of Italy and Cornwall. Here you can enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner. For dinner, main courses range from £19 to £24. Whilst you are there, make sure you sample some Trevibban Mill wine or cider, made on site. Trevibban Mill is less than a half an hour drive or taxi ride away from Rock.


Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall, Newquay

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall, Newquay, North Cornwall
Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall, Newquay, North Cornwall
Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall, Newquay, North Cornwall Images courtesy of Fifteen Cornwall
Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall, Newquay, North Cornwall

If you fancy trying somewhere a little further afield then Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall is definitely worth the trip. Enjoy a scenic 30-minute drive to Watergate Bay located outside of Newquay. The restaurant enjoys views across the bay and you can even spot dolphins whilst enjoying your meal. On the menu here is a unique blend of Italian influenced food. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at Fifteen Cornwall. The six-course tasting menu at £68 per person is a fantastic treat with a few delicious cocktails to wash it all down of course!


Barnaby's, Padstow

Barnaby's restaurant is location in Padstow, North Cornwall
Barnaby's restaurant is location in Padstow, North Cornwall
Barnaby's restaurant is location in Padstow, North Cornwall Images courtesy of Barnaby's
Barnaby's restaurant is location in Padstow, North Cornwall

A recent addition to Padstow's culinary offering is Barnaby's, a small but perfectly formed restaurant serving deliciously unique plates. This cosy restaurant has a relaxed vibe and is set within a former Victorian tearoom styled in delightful blue and gold with a bee theme (from the owners Manchester origins). Cooking all the food in the wood fired oven called "Bertha", the menu is built around sharing and many of the flavours come from a middle eastern influence. Barnaby's opens for lunch and dinner. Small plates are priced around £7 to £13 with large sharing plates from £25.


Rick Stein's The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

Rick Stein's The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
Rick Stein's The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
Rick Stein's The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow Images courtesy of The Seafood Restaurant
Rick Stein's The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

The Seafood Restaurant was opened by Rick Stein and Jill Stein in 1975 and has developed an international reputation for serving the very finest in fish and shellfish. The seafood dishes served here are simple and utilise local produce and classic flavours from Rick's own recipes. In the centre of the restaurant is a seafood bar where you can watch chefs assemble platters of oysters, langoustines and sashimi. Enjoy lunch here with the 3-course set menu priced at £42.95. The a la carte evening menu includes mains priced between £20 and £65. Vegetarian options are also available.


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