Riverside Family Holidays in Cornwall
Cornwall is becoming a renowned foodie destination thanks to its endless seafood, seasonal fare, and local producers who provide everything from high-quality meat and organic vegetables, to freshly made Cornish pasties, chocolate and ice cream.
While your Cornish cottage is well-equipped with the mod cons in your kitchen, it’s always nice to eat out and sample some of the local flavours and Cornish dishes. Here’s a guide to some of the best places to eat during your holiday in Polruan and Fowey – and some are right on your doorstep.
As global coffee shops chains take over the majority of high streets in many towns and cities, it’s always nice to come across a classic, local, independently run tea room. Located down a cobble street, just off the quay, Crumpets is the perfect example of this. Here, you’ll find a variety of sandwiches, light lunches, homemade cakes, coffee, teas, and the all-important Cornish Cream Tea. It’s dog-friendly too. #dogfriendly
Situated right on the quay, this charming pub is a great place for lunch or dinner with a view of the river. It’s family friendly, and you can enjoy the cosy atmosphere all year round by the windows or next to the open fire and log burners on chillier days. Fresh, seasonal food is served, and includes sustainable fish, a Sunday carvery, Fowey River mussels, and juicy burgers. You can also sample a variety of local beers, ales and ciders. #dogfriendly
If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion or want to enjoy a grand setting, Spinnakers at the Fowey Hall is the perfect place. The 2 AA rosette restaurant offers delicious, locally-sourced dishes that range from local mussels, Cornish crab, honey glazed breast of duck and rosemary-infused rum of lamb. It’s a great place to enjoy afternoon tea or a glass of wine on the terrace that offers some of the best views of the Fowey River.
This Spanish tapas and sherry restaurant sits on the Esplanade in Fowey, and brings a piece of San Sebastien to Cornwall. You can sit in the outside seating area and enjoy views of the river, while savouring delicious tapas dishes such as Chorizo piccante, Patatas Bravas, or Albondigas, with a glass of flavoursome Rioja.
This food truck is located in Beryls Yard in Fowey, close to where the lifeboat launches from. There are picnic tables overlooking Fowey River, so you can enjoy your food with a view, and one of the perks is that you can bring your own drinks. There is a variety of freshly caught, locally sourced seafood, from lobster, mussels and shellfish, to grilled fish – all made to order. On some evenings in the summer, the food truck hosts theme nights such as Paella Night with live music.
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Sam’s is a local chain of restaurants that have been inspired by U.S diners and Cornish heritage. With four venues across Cornwall, including Sam’s Restaurant in Fowey and Sam’s Diner at Cornucopia in Par, each dining outlet boasts a unique style, and all have a delicious menu with local produce.
The laidback Sam’s on the Beach is located on Polkerris harbour near Par in a former RNLI lifeboat station, and it overlooks the harbour and St Austell Bay. There’s an open kitchen with wood-burner pizza oven, and a range of dishes including steaks, fresh seafood, pizzas and salads.