Eight must-try seafood restaurants in Cornwall – The Upcoming

Eight must-try seafood restaurants in Cornwall

June 9, 2022


If you’re heading to Cornwall to soak up the first rays of summer sunshine of the year, it would be criminal not to check out the wide range of amazing restaurants on offer. The county enjoys disproportionate Michelin recognition, perhaps because some of the country’s top chefs have realized that good food is even better in a beautiful setting. Here are five of our favorite restaurants you won’t want to miss.

Kota, Porthleven

If you’re looking for seafood that really stands out, it’s well worth taking a trip to the historic port of Porthleven. Kota, which means shellfish in Maori, is the brainchild of famed Malaysian, half-Maori, half-Chinese chef Jude Kareama, who this year reached the Great British Menu final. The restaurant has three AA Rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand, so get ready to sample exquisite local produce served with an exciting Asian twist. To book a table here.

Catering Summer Residence SW3 Cornwall: Idle Rocks, St Mawes (7e July) and Tavola, Truro (9e-tene July)

Masaki Sugisaki and the Dinings SW3 team are coming to Cornwall in July for a two-part residency at Idle Rocks and Tavola (sister to Hidden Hut) respectively. Cornwall is a constant source of inspiration for the chef. The trip will therefore pay homage to his affinity with the fishermen, the people and the place. Sugisaki will be cooking at The Idle Rocks restaurant in St Mawes on the 7the July alongside chef Dorian Janmaat (book a table via the Idle Rocks website) and will take over Tavola (sister operation of The Hidden Hut) for an informal Japanese feast on the 9the-tene July (book a table via the Hidden Shack Website From 1st July).

New Outlaw Road, Port Isaac

After closing his flagship two-Michelin-starred restaurant at the start of the pandemic, celebrity seafood chef Nathan Outlaw has moved in a new direction, opening a more approachable and laid-back (but still one-star) business under the name Outlaw’s New Road. . The venue is still located in the quaint fishing village of Port Isaac, but instead of delicate tasting menus it offers three delicious courses for £80. Outlaw is as committed as ever to supporting local anglers through exquisite plates. To book a table here.

Ugly Butterfly, St Ives

Most Londoners have heard the name Adam Handling for some time (and with good reason), but the good news is that the chef has now moved his Ugly Butterfly restaurant to Cornwall, so his delicious pioneering plates can be enjoyed by those who live in the sunny South, or also those on a break from the capital. This adventure bears the name of the chef’s objective: to prove that food waste can be beautiful, by creating exquisite dishes without any waste. To book a table here.

The Sardine Factory, Looe

La Sardine Factory concocts coastal cuisine with a simple yet innovative approach. This 60-seat restaurant is open all day, welcoming locals and visitors for breakfast, lunch or dinner and hosts parties of all sizes. They source their daily fish from the market opposite, which means everything is seasonal and sustainable. Their modern menu has earned them a Michelin Bib Gourmand. To book a table here.

Prawn taqueria on the lawn, Padstow

Fresh fish is great but it’s even better in a taco. Taqueria by Prawn on the Lawn is inspired by the bustling street food of Mexico City and the laid-back vibe of Holbox. The team traveled to Mexico in 2017 and were blown away by the culinary delights they found there. Much like the beloved Cornish pie, the taco was a popular snack for 18e silver miners of the century in Mexico. They loved this little piece of symmetry between the two distant lands. After establishing themselves in Islington, London, Prawn on the Lawn opened a second branch in Padstow in 2015. The pop-up Taqueria has been open since 1st June, Tuesday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., by appointment only. Follow their Instagram @potltaqueria.

The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

Rick Stein is one of the country’s most iconic master fish cooks, and his 1975 flagship business, The Seafood Restaurant, is something of an iconic venue. The chef offers everything from traditional dishes like mussels, smoked salmon and fish and chips to spicier plates inspired by his travels in Southeast Asia, including his famous Indonesian fish curry. This cozy Michelin-starred restaurant is the perfect holiday treat. To book a table here.

The Shore, Penzance

If you want to make the trip to Land’s End, Shore is the perfect stop. Located in Cornwall’s most westerly major city, it’s a laid-back local gem well worth a visit. Chef Bruce Rennie puts together a modest menu using what’s available each day, so you can be sure you’re getting only the freshest ingredients. It’s just a small place with a big reputation and a Michelin plate, so be sure to book a table here.

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