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Top 5 Must-Try Cornish Dishes and Treats

Cornish cream tea

You’ll never truly enjoy a Cornish holiday if you don’t sample some of its most famous dishes and treats. Known for their use of only the freshest local produce and ingredients freshly caught off the Cornish coast, these foods from Cornwall are a reflection of the region’s rich maritime and mining heritage where local fishermen and miners were treated to a feast of ingredients that were readily available without the fuss and flair of modern cuisines. Here are the top 4 must-try Cornish dishes and treats to complete your holiday vacation in Cornwall.

1.       Cornish Pasty

A visit to Cornwall is never complete without tasting the Cornish Pasty. Sure, you can get this in other cosy restaurants in other parts of the UK as well the rest of the world but there is something magical about the way these baked goodies are produced in Cornwall. Known among locals as “oggies”, the Cornish pasty is a smorgasbord of flavours and aromas that can only come from the most succulent beef you can find, mixed with onions, potatoes, and swede, before meticulously folded and baked to give you its classic Cornish taste.

2.       Stargazy Pie

With 80 per cent of Cornwall’s perimeter washed by the warm waters of the sea, fresh seafood is a staple. One of the best ways to enjoy this bounty from the sea, baked in the same tradition as the Cornish pasty, is devouring an entire serving of Stargazy pie. In case you’re wondering why they call it as such, you get the heads of fishes poking straight up the surface of the freshly baked pie, like the pillars of Stonehenge watching the night time sky. You’ve got herring, mackerel, or even pilchards sticking their heads, looking skywards, from a bed of thickened milk, white wine, boiled eggs, onions, potatoes, and bacon.

3.       Cornish Cream Tea

While Cornwall is famous for its coastline, it is also home to some of UK’s famed dairy farms. As such, it is expected that they produce one of the UK’s most indulgent, creamiest, and freshest clotted cream. The best way to enjoy this is by ordering baked scones and strawberry jam while downing a piping hot cup of traditional English tea. Make sure to try the Cornish ice cream, too as this is essentially made from Cornish clotted cream. There are plenty of ice cream shops in Cornwall so you’ll get to taste different regional flavours.

4.       Cornish Yarg

One of the best products from the dairy farms of Cornwall you really have to try is the Cornish yarg which is the region’s interpretation of creamy, fresh, and semi-hard cheese. Made from cow’s milk, pasteurised, and then wrapped in nettles, the Cornish yarg provides a very different cheesy experience: soft and creamy underneath the nettles and crumbly at the core.

With these delectable treats, not only are you filling your tummy with the region’s bounty; you are also taking in a part of the rich tradition and heritage of this part of the UK.

Researching Where to Eat in Cornwall

If you enjoy tasting great food while travelling around Cornwall, then this website is perfect for you. Eat Out Cornwall calls itself the ‘Number 1’ guide to eating out in Cornwall and it’s easy to see why. It is a very comprehensive website full of information and links to the best restaurants in Cornwall, plus all sorts of food and drink companies which all help to make Cornwall a famous food and drink destination for visitors.

 

Eat Out Cornwall is essentially a great, big directory of everything to do with food and drink in Cornwall. You can search for restaurants by name, location and/or foot type. Or you can click on a map to reveal restaurants in your chosen location. Click on Newquay, for instance, and you are presented with a very long list of the best restaurants in the town. You can then choose to narrow it down by restaurant type until you have a shortlist of places to visit next time you fancy eating out.

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One of the most popular sections in the website is the Padstow page. This list of all Padstow Restaurants lists all the old favourites such as Rick Stein’s Cafe and Pescadou, but also some popular new additions such as The Basement and Burgers and Fish. Also very popular destinations with a huge list of restaurants to try are Fowey and St Ives, which have become remarkable foodie havens in recent years.

But it’s not just restaurants which hug the limelight on this fantastic website. The site also features cafes, pubs, take-aways and pop-up restaurants across the length and breadth of Cornwall. Eat Out Cornwall also has an extensive list of the top food producers in the county. This list includes bakers, butchers, brewers and fishmongers. You can even find the county’s best creators of jams and preserves, plus a list of the best producers of Cornish pasties.

Perhaps my favourite part of this wonderful site is a section called Cornwall’s Best Kept Secrets. In this section, the Eat Out Cornwall team have hand-picked a short list of restaurants that don’t often get mentioned and yet offers some of the best dining experiences in Cornwall. If you’re looking for somewhere new to try, this is the section for you. This is where I discovered some of my personal favourite restaurants and cafes including C-bay in Crantock and Trevalsa Restaurant in Mevagissey.

For fantastic food knowledge and tips for eating out in Cornwall, this website should not be missed. Visit the Eat Out website here: www.eatoutcornwall.com

A Quick Guide to Eating Out in Cornwall

When in Cornwall, whether on holiday or staying a while longer, you must sample some of the many varied dining experiences on offer in the county. Cornwall has fast become one of the nation’s best loved foodie destinations thanks to its plethora of Michelin starred restaurants, cool Cafés and access to the finest, fresh ingredients. But if you’re new to Cornwall you won’t know where to start. here’s a little guide to eating out in Cornwall to send you on your way.

Newquay Cornwall restaurant
Stable pizza and pie restaurant in Cornwall – well worth a visit for a great and tasty meal

Newquay

As one of the largest tourist resorts in Cornwall, Newquay has its fair share of great places to eat. Firm favourites like the Headland Hotel and the Beach Hut at Watergate Bay are now complemented by a rich and varied cuisine that has transformed this town into a must-visit destination for food lovers. There’s the Harbour Restaurant serving fresh fish, Gusto Deli serving Mediterranean inspired take aways and Gilmours serving some of the best Mexican burritos this side of Tijuana. For fun and frolics, head to the Stable at Fistral Beach for lovely pizzas and pies washed down with one of the many local ciders on offer.

Padstow

Padstow started Cornwall’s foodie revolution and its still flying the flag with more quality restaurants per square metre than anywhere else in the county. Most famous for its association with Rick Stein, Padstow now boasts many great places to eat including Rojanos Pizzas, Pescadou Restaurant and Pucellis. All of them are top notch Padstow restaurants and surprisingly affordable. Padstow in North Cornwall is a great place to visit for a meal out or just to walk around and experience the unique character and atmosphere of this old fishing village.

Fowey

In Fowey the Old Quay House exercises absolutely no portion control but if you feel you could eat a horse this is the place to start. The restaurant affords great views overlooking the river so there’s plenty to see while you’re busy devouring lunch. It is certainly popular and worth a visit. For a lighter lunch, try Lazy Jacks Café or the Lifebouy Café, both highly recommended for their tasty treats.

Falmouth

Falmouth has been a port of call for the Royal Navy, not to mention the odd pirate, for generations and also one of the best towns for eating out in Cornwall. This fascinating place was where Lord Nelson commissioned and equipped his ships ready for battle before venturing out to sea to give Napoleon a good thrashing. If you like a tipple with your meal visit The Brig, where the beer is served in metal tankards and the food is exemplary. The motif is definitely nautical – well more piratical really but no one seems to mind. For something a little more contemporary try Wildebeest or Hunkydory – both of which offer great tasting meals and unique dining experiences.

Mousehole

The tiny cobbled streets of Mousehole near Penzance are attracting more and more visitors each year. There are some great places to eat here including The Shipp Inn for good pub grub with a sea view; or Rock Pool for divine dishes such as a traditional Ploughman’s or a heavenly Cornish  cream tea with home made scones and clotted cream. If you find yourself in Mousehole near Christmas sample the Stargazy Pie – named for its unusual feature of fish heads poking out of the pastry and seemingly “gazing at the stars.” The Christmas Eve celebration at The Ship is noted for the quality of the pie and also the pie is free, although guests are asked to donate a few pounds.

Tintagel

This small Cornish village is most famous for Tintagel Castle which stands guard on the headland overlooking the sea. This was reportedly the home of the legendary King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. But it’s not just folk-lore that Tintagel is famous for. It is growing a reputation as the home of the best Cornish pasties you will find in the peninsula. Pengenna Pasties is found on Atlantic Road – the pasties are peppery, crusty and mouth-wateringly delicious. On a sunny day there is nothing nicer than eating one sitting on the wall overlooking the castle – and be sure to pack some in your pockets to take away with you. Chefs everywhere have tried to replicate the traditional Cornish pasty – sometimes referred to as an “Oggy” but its authentic Cornish taste eludes them. Perhaps it is the sea air that makes it taste so good. You can actually order them online by the dozen but somehow it would’’t be the same as sitting on that wall in Tintagel!