The Best Gastro Pubs in Cornwall

The Best Gastro Pubs in Cornwall

Just the mention of Cornwall has you dreaming of beautiful beaches, sun, sea and surf – but Cornwall is also a great Foodie destination with amazing produce and places to eat. This Gastronomer guide to The Best Gastro Pubs in Cornwall features ten of the best pubs for food you’ll find in this beautiful county.

From quintessential village pubs to Gastropubs with rooms serving some of the best food in Cornwall, there’s something for every foodie in this selection of the Best Gastro Pubs in Cornwall. Menus range from classic British pub grub to innovative contemporary cuisine – and there’s also some of the best traditional Sunday Roasts you’ll find anywhere in Cornwall…

Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe


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Set in the heart of the quiet, coastal village of Perranuthnoe, the Victoria Inn is just a couple of miles east of Marazion, home to St. Michael’s Mount and right next to the South West Coast path.

The two AA Rosette menu at the Victoria Inn uses the excellent local produce and includes the likes of locally caught hake with wild mushroom risotto and cavalo nero crisps, spicy rose harissa bavette steak with fondant potatoes, carrots and ginger puree and chermoula or slow roasted Cornish lamb shank with creamy leek mash. Also very child-friendly with a good, healthy children’s menu as well as smaller portions of some of the main menu dishes.

The New Inn, Tresco, Isles of Scilly


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Although not on the mainland, the Isles of Scilly are still part of Corwall and The New Inn on Tresco is an AA Rosette award-winning gastropub food near New Grimsby quay.

The idyllic setting is matched by a menu that showcases the best of ingredients from Tresco, Cornwall and the southwest with fresh vegetables from Tresco Abbey Garden and dishes including Bryher lobster and slow cooked pork belly alongside a great selection of burgers and other traditional pub classics.

St Kew Inn, St Kew


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Set in the Cornish village of the same name near the north Cornwall coast and not far from Padstow, the 15th century St Kew Inn is a traditional village pub that retains many of its original features including flagged floors, wooden beams and an open fire in the winter.

The Michelin Plate award winning menu uses seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally where possible and includes traditional pub dishes such as beer battered haddock, crushed peas with chips but throws in some quite different choices like Octopus with bone marrow, ember baked beets and pickled elderberries.

The Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn


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Just inside the harbour wall in Newlyn, The Tolcarne Inn is run by Chef and restaurateur Ben Tunnicliffe who held a Michelin Star at The Abbey in Penzance before turning his considerable talents to The Tolcarne in 2012.

The philosophy at The Tolcarne Inn is to let the ingredients speak for themselves in a relaxed, unpretentious and friendly atmosphere with the catch of the day served alongside fresh produce sourced from small local growers. As you’d expect the star of the show at this Michelin Plate and AA Rosette award winning gastropub is seafood and dishes like harissa sardines with toast, slaw and burnt orange or Brill with squid ink tagliatelle, courgette, crab, caper & raisin dressing will get any foodie’s mouth watering!

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The Gurnard’s Head, Nr. Zennor, St. Ives


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The Gurnard’s Head is a getaway from it all foodie gastropub with rooms situated on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast between St. Ives and St. Just. Chef Charles Inkin trained as a Chef at the world-famous Ballymaloe School and worked at the Michelin starred Shanks in Belfast, before arriving at The Gurnard’s Head in 2006.

The short, seasonal menu has been recognised with a Michelin Plate award and changes every day according to what is available or what the chefs feel is at its seasonal best. In Winter it might include as Fish Soup with Rouille and in summer, a Ceviche of Sea Bass alongside foraged leaf salads.

The Mexico Inn, Penzance


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Tom and Amy Symons realised their long-held ambition of running their own restaurant in 2015 and the The Mexico Inn has since gone from strength to strength winning many accolades including a Michelin Plate award.

The Mexico Inn is a renovated, traditional village pub that welcomes all – locals, visitors, families, foodies, drinkers, walkers, windsurfers, real ale fans, dog lovers – and serves classic pub food done well with a stand-out Sunday lunch menu that they are justifiably proud of.

St.Tudy Inn, St. Tudy


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The cosy St.Tudy Inn in its namesake Cornish village is more restaurant with rooms than pub but it still has a bar, serves real ales and bar food so we’ve included it in our list as it’s a little gem we didn’t want to miss!

Run by Emily Scott, the ever evolving menu takes its cue from the seasons and at the time of writing the winter menu included delights such as butternut squash risotto with sage butter and parmesan and pan roasted chicken thighs with puy lentils, smoked pimento, serrano ham and parsley. St. Tudy Inn has held a Michelin Bib Gourmand award every year since 2017 and also offers a separate Sunday lunch menu and a bar menu.

Star & Garter, Falmouth


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In prime position right on the water’s edge in Falmouth harbour, The Star & Garter has featured in the Good Food Guide since 2017, only a couple of years following its refurbishment.

With fish direct from the very nearby boats and meat from local farms, butchered, cured and smoked onsite there’s an attention to detail here that shows the pride and love they have for the food. Sunday lunch is mainly about the roast but there are fish choices too and in the week choose from dishes including hake in curry sauce with mussels and chickpeas, blackened aubergine with tahinia dn chickpeas and pork belly with nectarines, black cabbagea and ajo blanco.

The Plume of Feathers, Mitchell


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In the village of Mitchell, equidistant between the north and south Cornish coast,The Plume of Feathers is a gastropub with rooms that offers classic pub dishes like gammon steak with duck egg, pineapple chutney, garden peas and hand cut chips or Beer battered cod with triple cooked chips and mushy peas together with a specials menu with the likes of duck breast & leg with fondant potatoes, celeriac puree and roasted root vegetables or moules mariniere.

The Driftwood Spars, St Agnes


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As far as location goes The Driftwood Spars has pretty much everything you could want from a Cornish pub nestled in the beautiful Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes. But if that wasn’t enough then there’s more reasons to stay – The Driftwood Spars has three bars with woodburning stoves plus an additional dining room with spectacular sea views and there’s also 15 en-suite guest rooms which have a 4 Star AA rating.

The gastropub menu uses locally sourced produce where possible with all the bread from a local baker, meat from a local butcher and fish landed daily at Newlyn harbour.

We hope this guide to the Best Gastro Pubs in Cornwall has had your mouth watering and maybe even lead to a Gourmet trip of your own. There’s lots more where that came from with over 200 Foodie places to stay in England in the Gastronomer directory. So for the latest Foodie articles, offers and places to stay, please keep checking back, follow us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter and sign up to our email newsletter.