Here at Trevigue we adore food in all its glorious forms. Visitors flock to Cornwall all year round to enjoy the golden beaches, magical moorland and lively harbour towns. It is this diverse landscape which makes Cornwall such an abundant natural larder. Specialising in locally-grown seasonal food with a strong Cornish theme here at our clifftop B&B and restaurant, we pride ourselves on creating inventive dishes which blaze the senses and tickle the taste buds. Our guests tell us that the food is one of the reasons they return to Trevigue Farmhouse time and time again. But it’s not only our own food here at Trevigue which is a lure for foodies; Cornwall has grown in popularity over the years and is now well-placed on the gastronomic map. Some of the finest Michelin restaurants in the UK are found in Cornwall, and the North Cornish town of Padstow is especially well-known as a foodie Mecca with celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein waving their culinary magic over everything. Here we explore the seven best Michelin restaurants in Cornwall worth leaving London for…
The Best Michelin Restaurants in Cornwall
The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
This well-loved eatery is a Cornish institution and perhaps one of the most famous restaurants in the UK. The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow was opened by TV chef Rick Stein in 1975 as a restaurant which prides itself on serving up freshly caught fish and shellfish bought daily on the harbour from the local fishermen. These days Stein is no longer active in the kitchen, but The Seafood Restaurant still has an excellent reputation with a menu inspired by Stein’s love of seafood including dishes such as Padstow lobster and hake casserole. Classic dishes sit alongside those influenced by Rick Stein’s worldly travels such as Singapore chilli crab or Madras fish curry. Padstow isn’t dubbed ‘Padstein’ for nothing!
The Seafood Restaurant, Riverside, Padstow Tel: 01841 532700
The Driftwood, Portscatho
The folk at Michelin granted this restaurant one of their honourable stars by saying, “Unfussy, modern, seasonally pertinent dishes display technical adroitness and feature excellent flavour and texture combinations”. We have to agree! But we also love the Driftwood Hotel in Portscatho for the magnificent views over Gerrans Bay and the intriguing world wine list. The contemporary dishes on offer at Portscatho’s Driftwood restaurant include sautéed John Dory, ballontine of lemon sole, cider-glazed pork belly, and whole local lobster served with garlic and herb butter. The Driftwood is one of the top Michelin restaurants in Cornwall, and not to be missed.
Driftwood Hotel, Rosevine Tel: 01872 580544
Chapter 1 Restaurant, Newquay
A newcomer to the rundowns of best restaurants in Cornwall is Chapter 1 in Newquay. This top Newquay restaurant is set in a parade of shops in the heart of town, with recycled mix and match furnishings, filament lighting and copper ducting. The Michelin guide touts Chapter 1 as having a “keen young chef who creates adventurous British dishes” and, after working in Michelin restaurants in Cornwall alongside the likes of Kevin Viner and Paul Ainsworth, Tom Mackins has certainly now left his own stamp in the food industry with dishes such as sea trout with sea greens, crab & radish, and the unforgettable Ferrero Rocher dessert. Incredible!
Morfa Hall Flats, Cliff Road, Newquay Tel: 01637 499263
Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow
Boasting a Michelin star for the contemporary British fare served up in this Padstow restaurant, Paul Ainsworth’s Number 6 in Padstow is one of the very best restaurants in the UK. The relaxed buzzy vibe and stylish interiors make a visit to this Michelin restaurant in Cornwall a very special experience indeed. There is an inventive cocktail list, whilst on the main menu are tempting dishes such as Cornish saddle of pork, local fallow deer, Porthilly oysters, and cod served with sprouts and Port Isaac crab mayonnaise. Don’t miss the ‘Fairground Tale’ dessert; a magical and truly unique experience you’ll be inspired to upload to Instagram!
Number 6 in Padstow, 6 Middle Street, Padstow Tel: 01841 532093
Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac
This restaurant boasts no less than TWO Michelin stars, and for good reason. Outlaw is the modern superstar of restaurants in Cornwall and The Fish Kitchen’s new location (Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant was previously situated in Rock before moving to Port Isaac) has done nothing to squash the enthusiasm and inventiveness of his seafood dishes. Outlaw prides himself on using the best fish from local inshore fishermen that are certified by the ‘Responsible Fishing Scheme’ and landed that day from Cornish waters. The small seafood plates are served in a ‘tapas-style’ and served up as soon as they are cooked. You can look forward to delicacies such as raw brill with mint, peas and smoked almonds; monkfish satay; or cured salmon with pickled mushrooms and mushroom cream. Utterly unsurpassable…
1 Middle Street, Port Isaac Tel: 01208 881 183
Ben’s Cornish Kitchen, Marazion
Ben’s Cornish Kitchen is a Michelin restaurant in Marazion run by self-taught chef Ben Prior. The Guardian review
this awesome eatery as being ‘a small, gloriously civilised restaurant of quiet ambition’, and that sums up this Marazion restaurant perfectly. The top Cornish restaurant is family-run, with Ben joined in the kitchen by his younger brother Toby and their mum, Jayne. Unfussy lunches are followed by sophisticated dinners, which feature some interesting flavour combinations such as smoked duck breast with pickled rhubarb, pan fried hake with pinenut and gnocchi, and the inventive ‘sweet curry plate’ for dessert. You simply must try it!
West End, Marazion Tel: 01736 719200
Blagdon Manor, Ashwater
OK so it’s not strictly in Cornwall, but Blagdon Manor is just 24 miles away from Trevigue farmhouse and boasts classic dishes using some of the finest beef, lamb and pork from neighbouring farms. Old favourites such as braised beef and roasted rump of lamb are finished off with beautifully-made desserts such as crème brulee and caramelised cardamom rice pudding. The far-reaching countryside views from the flagged terrace make this a perfect spot for summer dining in an elegant setting. The Michelin guide highly rate Blagdon Manor as having unfussy, seasonal cooking; delicious classically-based dishes with a modern touch.
Ashwater Devon Tel: 01409 211 224
If you would love to try one of the best Michelin restaurants in Cornwall, book a stay at Trevigue Farmhouse and discover why our corner of the UK is totally worth leaving London for. We can’t wait to extend a warm Cornish welcome to you (and your tastebuds!).