Cornwall Food Highlights - Spring And Summer 2018
This is the first instalment of our round-up of the best places to eat in Cornwall this spring and summer – there are too many to cover in one go! Each of the below has been tried and tested by a hungry, multi-generational family of Luggs, so we know you will enjoy great food which showcases the best local producers, in beautiful settings – be they beach, countryside, harbour-side or street-side. Enjoy!
Enjoying an idyllic setting surrounded by water gardens, Penrose Kitchen is our top pick for a hidden gem. The word is slowly spreading about Ben Harmer’s great food and the unmissable dining destination that is Penrose Kitchen, but we caught on a while ago and have enjoyed several family Sunday lunches here being spoilt rotten with delicious food, all freshly prepared with love and care.
Just reopened for their second season, the team at Schooners are raring to go. In the kitchen you’ll find Adam Vasey, a distinguished chef with piles of imagination and creative energy. We love their brunches, and are looking forward to laid-back Sunday visits for brunches and BBQs. In the evenings it’s best to start with a selection of bar snacks and enjoy a few local tipples courtesy of the likes of Harbour Brewing and Secret Orchard Cider, before working your way through Adam’s menu of daily specials.
Stew and Anna Eddy are legends of the Cornish food scene, having run The Victoria Inn at Perranuthnoe for many years before taking on The Square. The menu changes every day, reflecting the couple’s dedicated approach to seasonality and sourcing. The restaurant has a strong local following, and regular visitors to the foodie hub that is Porthleven return year after year.
Again, Olivers is a stalwart of the Cornish food scene where the best seasonal produce from land and sea is served week in, week out, to appreciative and loyal diners. Ken’s menu gradually evolves throughout the year and his unfussy food allows the quality of the ingredients to take centre stage.
Occupying a prime position with stunning views of St Ives Harbour, Alba is the perfect choice for a special night out. We’ve been working with chef patron Grant Nethercott for many years, and love his take on modern British cuisine. The restaurant is stylish, with striking St Ives art adorning the walls, and the bar downstairs is a great spot for pre and post-dinner cocktails.
A perennial favourite, The Gurnard’s Head is an old coaching Inn near Zennor. In our eye’s it’s everything a pub should be; a welcoming refuge from a windswept walk or a day exploring the coves of West Cornwall, which serves great food and drink and where the service is always attentive and friendly. It’s won many awards and it’s not difficult to see why!
From the team behind The Gurnard’s Head, The Old Coastguard is a rustic yet modern seaside hotel which we love for it’s great gardens and terraces, as well as the really enjoyable food and drink offering. Sourcing the best local produce is deeply ingrained into the Eat Drink Sleep ethos (they also have the Felin Fach Griffin in Wales), and the team manage to achieve the perfect balance of professionalism and friendliness. Look out for their wine suppers, which we’ve heard very good things about…