Best places to eat in Cornwall include 'Nice Baps' (2023)

Cornwall is renowned for being a popular 'foodie' destination, which celebrates seasonal local produce, organic small-farm meat and fresh-as-you-like seafood.

We hear a lot about the likes of celebrity chefs like Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth producing the best food in Cornwall, but there are so many more local businesses that offer some of the best dining experiences in the county.

TripAdvisor builds its rankings through online reviews. To succeed on the site, restaurants have to not only offer the best food but build a community along with it.

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We've been through the best-rated restaurants on TripAdvisor and given our take on where's good to eat and drink. These are, in our minds, some of the best places to eat in Cornwall in 2022.

1. Edie's Kitchen, Carlyon Bay

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Named by Dawn French as her favourite restaurant in Cornwall, Edie’s Kitchen, on Beach Road, is a reasonably priced, family-run restaurant in the old market town of St Austell, south Cornwall.

Though ‘unassuming’ from the outside, the ‘hidden gem’ venue has been repeatedly praised on Tripadvisor for its simple yet ‘divine’ seasonal menu, which includes an abundance of fresh fish dishes and other ‘Michelin quality’ options.

Edie's Kitchen prides itself on using the freshest ingredients "in their most flavoursome combinations" and that most certainly reflects in their dishes. Their menu changes regularly.

They are open Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to late and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 12:30pm to 2pm.

Read our review of it here.

2. Lakeside Cabin Cafe, Lelant, St Ives

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This café, located in an idyllic setting next to a fishing lake, is acclaimed for it's homemade selection of cakes and breakfasts.

With over 1,000 reviews on TripAdvisor, this cafe seems to be a hit among diners.

One enthusiastic reviewer recently wrote: "Such a smashing little spot for breakfast and a leisurely stroll around the lake. The cakes look like the stuff of legend and had I not be already fit to burst after a superb full breakfast, I might have indulged! We will definitely be back again."

3. Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, Newlyn

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This small seafood establishment, well placed in the fishing village of Newlyn, is an absolute gem. Visited by Rick Stein for his Cornwall programme earlier in the year, it's made a name for itself across west Cornwall and beyond.

All dishes are made with the freshest and most local produce. Plus, every plate comes as a "taster size" so one or two plates plus a side can make a main meal or diners can go 'tapas-style.'

The scallops and crab nachos seem to be a firm favourite for visitors with one reviewer writing: "Stumbled across this fantastic little restaurant on a walk from Mazion to Mousehole, glad we did! The staff were young, helpful, enthusiastic and welcoming and explained the way things worked. All small plates of fantastic local seafood, (what else in Newlyn).

"We had bread and oil with balsamic, scallops, sole fillets with katsu sauce and crab nachos everything was great. A lucky find for us and an example of a young team who have it so right!"

4. The Fish House, Fistral, Newquay

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This popular seafood restaurant has featured in the Michelin Guide, is a favourite with Gordon Ramsay and the Hairy Bikers and has over 2,000 excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.

Located on the world famous surfing beach, Fistral, on Newquay's coast, our reviewer described his Indian fish course as in his top ten restaurant meals of all time.

According to the restaurant's website: "The inspiration for our food comes straight from the sea, using locally caught fish and shell fish straight from Newquay harbour. We use the best seasonal ingredients available, to create rustic dishes with authentic flavours."

One local reviewer wrote: "Thank you so much for a fantastic evening... The food was amazing, staff attentive and atmosphere great.. Being local we will definitely be coming back again and recommending to our friends... We had Panko tiger prawns, Seafood Risotto, Crab Linguine, Vegetable Curry and sides, all excellent…"

5. Le Snack, Wadebridge

This small takeaway shop is located in the heart of the quaint town of Wadebridge just a few minutes' walk from the Camel Trail. They serve a range of fresh and healthy food, including a selection of sandwiches and salads.

CornwallLive reporter Charlotte Becquart described it as "truly the perfect lunch - a mix of comfort food with big portions and great flavours".

One reviewer gave the takeaway shop five stars on TripAdvisor and wrote: "10/10 for this take away cafe! The food is always fresh and delicious, from the sandwiches to the hot paninis.

"They will make you anything to suit and the services is friendly and attentive. My favourite has to be the Carmel brownie tho! Everyone needs to give them a try!

"For years I have been going to Le Snack and would recommend it to anyone, you won’t be disappointed!"

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6. Mermaid Alley, Penzance

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Mermaid Alley is a small restaurant in the heart of Penzance, which sells a wide range of International street food made with locally sourced produce. The restaurant also has a wide range of drinks; from cocktails to milkshakes .

One reviewer gave Mermaid Alley five stars at the end of last year and wrote: "Came to celebrate a 13th birthday as it looked perfect on the previous reviews. There were 6 of us eating and the food was simply delicious for every course.

"The menu was extremely imaginative and the taste of each dish lived up to the description given. The staff were delightful and the birthday girl and her 4 year old sister had a fabulous time. Very highly recommended!"

7. The Coffee Cup, Main Car Park, Trebarwith Strand, North Cornwall

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The Coffee Cup is a family-run business operating from a mobile van in the main car park at Trebarwith Strand. The coffee place is acclaimed for its "tasty" selection of homemade cakes and coffees . Many TripAdvisor reviewers said they "stumbled upon" this hidden gem and praised the owners, Adam and Andie Leys, for their "excellent customer service."

The blondies and brownies seem to be a hit among many visitors, and one excited reviewer even said: "Andrea and Adam are so friendly, even though extremely busy (Understandably).

"Their warmth and professionalism wins us over every time. Their delicious Gingerbread Latte, Malteser Tiffin or Brownies are always a hit, after a long walk on the beach or over the cliffs to this beautiful hidden gem."

8. Ben's Crib Box Cafe, Padstow

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Ben’s wooden cabin is located on Padstow Town car park, opposite the National Lobster Hatchery, and has breathtaking views of the River Camel.

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It has been voted by the people as being the best place in Cornwall for breakfast, with the breakfast burritos being a particular hit among diners.

Charlotte Becquart visited last year and wrote in her review: "For the amount of food and drink and the great service we had, we only paid £25. Sure, it might not be an expense we could shell out too regularly for breakfast, but the quality of the food and the experience were worth every penny."

One reviewer wrote: "Delicious home cooked food and friendly staff! Must be a good sign when the locals seem to love it as much as the visitors do!"

9. Tapenades, Liskeard

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Due to Covid restrictions, this restaurant in Liskeard has changed their service to takeaway only, but the menu is still a hit among customers.

One enthusiastic reviewer recently wrote: "Wow wow wow! Had a takeaway yesterday, lamb shank with steamed vegetables, absolutely gorgeous meal as I would expect from such a great restaurant, food 10/10, highly recommend Tapenades if you want quality and a touch of fine dining. Well done Tapenades, we will be back."

10. Fat Apples Café, The Old Vineyard Porthallow, St Keverne, Helston

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"Well worth the mission to get there" was the verdict of CornwallLive reporters Mike Smallcombe and Chris Matthews when they visited this quaint little cafe, set among the trees in a small wild campsite in St Keverne, in 2019.

At that time it was judged the best lunch venue in Cornwall and it offers a range of breakfast and lunch options - including special vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

One reviewer recently gave the cafe five stars on TripAdvisor and wrote: "What a find! We are walking the South West Coast Path, and arrived at Porthallow yesterday hoping for lunch at either the pub or the beach cafe. However, for different reasons, both were closed! But a sign for the Fat Apple cafe persuaded us up the hill, which happened to be on our route.

"A charming place serving excellent food and very good service. We both had ‘sausage rolls’ (one vegetarian, the other not) which were served with a collection of different salads and some warm potatoes. Very creative and all delicious. And our hot drinks didn’t have to be consumed from disposable cups."

11. The Old Tea House, Wadebridge

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According to TripAdvisor, All of the Old Tea House's freshly prepared sandwiches, toasties and other seasonal specials "are made using only the best high quality, fresh ingredients."

The cafe also uses "local produce, which is high quality and supports other local businesses. Our bakes and scones are all homemade here at The Tea House, and are served on beautiful vintage china."

Their scones seem to be a particular hit among reviewers as one recently wrote: "We found The Old Tea House down a side street and it looked very quaint but in reality it was so much more !!! A beautiful setting with incredible food and an outstanding service to match! You must try the cream tea …. Scones were warm and very, very moreish."

According to the business' Facebook page, the cafe is currently closed until February 28 for refurbishment.

12. Mad Hatters, Wadebridge

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This cafe sells homemade cakes, artisan coffee, Cornish cream teas, Cornish breakfast, lunch and snacks and much more.

It is popular among reviewers for having friendly staff and well-presented dishes.

One reviewer wrote: "Welcoming, accommodating and quirky. The lady serving us was attentive and friendly. It was lovely to see all the locals who are obviously regulars. We had the rarebit and it was delicious and well presented. The toilet in itself is an experience :) The whole experience was extremely pleasant and I would recommend."

13. Toast Tapas and Bar, Newquay

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Another small family-run business praised by TripAdvisor reviewers for its "fantastic food" and "friendly service, Toast has a variety of tapas dishes.

One reviewer wrote: "This place! What am amazing gem in Newquay. Super friendly staff & knowledgeable cocktail service! The tapas were fabulous, we went for mid week £40 deal 6 x tapas, fries & Sauvignon Blanc, absolutely gorgeous. Great ambience, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend! We’ll be back!"

14. Nice Baps, Wadebridge

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Nice Baps is something of an institution in Cornwall now. Once voted Cornwall's best restaurant, owner Kevin Baker once turned down an offer from Costa for his shed on the A39 near Wadebridge.

Over the years, the likes of former Prime Minister David Cameron and the cast and crew of the Poldark TV series have visited, while superstar chef Gordon Ramsay is also said to be a regular.

Open from 8am-3pm ish, this cafe recently reopened its "revamped kitchen and takeaway" for visitors to enjoy its all day breakfast box, pasties and burgers with coffee selections and the all new fresh cakes and doughnuts.

Unsurprisingly, the cafe's baps seem to be a hit among reviewers, and one person recently wrote: "Bacon Bap for me and a breakfast Bap for hubby. Both perfect, warm soft baps and hot tasty filling set us up for a day's cycling, does what it says on the tin."

15. Gwenna Teahouse, Newquay

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This family-run business is "all about homemade cakes and good quality food."

According to its website: "Our cream teas are fast becoming known as some of the best in Cornwall."

The teahouse is open more regularly during the busy summer season, so it's worth checking their opening times before going.

One reviewer even said it was the best breakfast in Cornwall: "We went for a run one morning and come across this gorgeous place. We got served by the friendliest staff and the best food, we took cakes away to have later. The coffee is superb, the GT breakfast was amazing but add a sausage as they are so good! We ended up going here everyday of our holiday for breakfast! Would highly recommend."

16. Daaku, Penryn

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This Indian restaurant is run by a husband and wife duo, Ben and Jasmine, who have roots in Cornwall and Rajasthan, India.

According to its website: "Ben is an award-winning cook and gastronome with an interest in revival of traditional methods of cooking, local and seasonal produce and slow food from around the world."

"‘Highly recommend’ doesn’t cut it. Do yourself a favour and check our Daaku if you have the chance," said CornwallLive reporter Edd Church in his review of TripAdvisor's top-rated Indian in Cornwall.

This "hidden gem", located in a small boatyard in Penryn, has been voted as the best Indian Restaurant in Cornwall by reviewers.

One person even said it was the best curry they'd ever eaten: "Best curry of my life, great service and lots of passion and pride in their restaurant. Highly recommend!

"Thank you to the Daaku team for a wonderful evening! Overall amazing food, great atmosphere and you can tell a lot of passion and love has gone into making this restaurant special."

17. Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow

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"As I waited for my coffee while The Verve's Bitter Sweet Symphony enraptured the dining room, I could have got down on my knees and prayed. There was nothing bittersweet about this joyous experience. We all deserve this at least once in our lives, particularly after the last couple of years, but it saddens me that not everyone will or can," wrote CornwallLive reporter Lee Trewhela of his experience at Paul Ainsworth's No. 6.

This Michelin Star restaurant, owned by celebrity chef and TV star Paul Ainsworth, is located in a beautiful Georgian townhouse in the heart of Padstow.

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According to the Michelin Guide: "Paul’s creative, original cooking is founded on well-honed classic techniques; he likes to play with traditional recipes and give them a contemporary twist. Dishes arrive attractively presented, ingredients are first class and flavours are robust and clearly defined."

One reviewer on TripAdvisor said it was the best dining experience they had ever had.

18. Amanzi, Falmouth

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This family-run restaurant creates South African-inspired dishes made from Cornish produce and has also been rated as one of the best restaurants in Falmouth.

One reviewer wrote: "Deservedly rated number one in Falmouth. This and the different choice of cuisine brought us here. Lovely crew. Beautiful food. As it was all rather new I grazed from several plates from the starter and side menu. Delicious."

19. The Dining Room, Rock

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Another restaurant featured in the Michelin Guide is family-run and prides itself on freshly prepared food.

One reviewer said the restaurant deserves a Michelin Star: "Such a lovely menu and brilliantly executed food, really does deserve a Michelin Star. One of the best restaurants in the area. We have been coming for years and will always come back as the food is fantastic. Also represents very good value for money based on the quality of ingredients."

20. The Three Pilchards, Polperro

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This family-run pub is the oldest in Polperro and it's famed for its fish and chips - hailed as the best in Cornwall.

Reporter Lee Trewhela wrote: "It's almost impossible to say if these are indeed the best in the Duchy - it's so subjective; some of us like our chips crisp and crinkly, others like them soggy, some like their batter crisp with bite, others like it moist.

"They're certainly among the best I've ever tasted, that's for certain. The pub is renowned for its portions - just look at those TripAdvisor reviews - and the fish and chips are bleddy huge."

One reviewer recently wrote: "Courteous staff and delicious food make you want to make a return visit. The pub was warm and had a good ambience. Perfect for a cold January evening."

21. Pennycomequick, Falmouth

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According to the pub's website, its menus change monthly to make the most of seasonal ingredients and it regularly updates the specials boards.

Pennycomequick is most well-known for their Sunday roasts with one reviewer writing: "A great warm friendly greeting was just the start of a fantastic Sunday roast! Roast pork and the roast beef just melted in the mouth and accompanied with crunchy roast potatoes."

22. Asquiths, Lostwithiel

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This restaurant has also featured in the Michelin Guide and, according to their website, its "Chef proprietor Graham Cuthbertson uses the best that local producers have to offer, with flair and imagination, to create dishes with inspired flavour and texture combinations."

One reviewer recently wrote: "Undoubtedly one of the best dining experiences we’ve had in a very long time. From start to finish , the evening was faultless. The belly pork was melting and the crackling crumbs were a delicious twist. Delightful food and very reasonably priced. If only it was closer we’d eat there every week. We will return."

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