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The new normal: what's open in West Cornwall

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

As we look forward to re-opening our holiday cottages in the not-too-distant future, life in Cornwall is slowly returning to some kind of normality. Restaurants are offering takeaway services, gardens are welcoming visitors and non-essential retailers will be opening their doors again this week.

If you're one of the many planning to visit our county over the summer, you'll find that we're doing things a bit differently this year as part of the national effort to stop the spread of Covid-19. You'll find that some attractions are still closed or that you have to book tickets in advance for others. Cafes and restaurants may only be offering takeaway services or the option to dine outside.

There are plenty of others that are open but these are among our favourites. We'll be adding to and updating the list regularly as the situation develops but make sure you check each venue's website and social media for the latest information to avoid disappointment.

Last updated October 29th


Most venues have websites but in our experience you'll usually find more up-to-date information such as opening hours and weekly menus on Instagram or Facebook. Please be aware that some only operate at weekends and some are pre-order only.

Tremenheere Kitchen's new takeaway hut

Tremenheere Kitchen, Gulval

The restaurant is open from 10-3pm. Booking is strongly recommended. Takeaway Sunday roasts are available for pre-order.

The Packet, Rosudgeon

Chef Ben Tunnicliffe's latest venture - just a 20-minute walk from Middle Colenso. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesday.

The Peppercorn Cafe, Perranuthnoe

Outdoor seating only.

The Cabin Beach Cafe, Perranuthnoe

Open but with outdoor seating only.Click and collect available.

The Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe

Open for food and drinks. It's a popular venue at any time. Booking recommended.

The Mexico Inn, Longrock

Open but with limited seating. Regular events include Chippy Tuesday and all-day Sunday roasts.

The Square, Porthleven

Open from Tuesday to Saturday.

New Yard Restaurant and Pantry, Trelowarren

The Pantry is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 3pm. The restaurant is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.

The Cornish Hen Delicatessen, Penzance

Open daily but with limited hours.

Totti Pizza, Penzance

Delicious Neapolitan-style pizza. Open Monday to Saturday.

Jubilee Pool Cafe, Penzance

Open as an outdoor seating venue only. Open on Thursday to Saturday evenings for tacos, burgers and pizzas both for takeaway and dining on the terrace.

Clubhouse, The Artist's Residence, Penzance

Restaurant, smokehouse and bar on historic Chapel Street.

The Shore, Penzance

The restaurant is open but with limited places. Booking is essential. Chef Bruce Rennie is also offering takeaway meal kits

Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, Newlyn

Open everyday for takeaway and in-house dining. Please note that the cafe does not take bookings.

Jelbert's, Newlyn

Iconic ice cream shop selling its own special Cornish vanilla ice cream.

Rockpool Cafe, Mousehole

Thursday to Sunday 11am to 5.30pm. No need to book.

2 Fore Street, Mousehole

Offering socially distanced tables inside and out. Takeaway available.

The Old Coastguard, Mousehole

Open daily for lunch, supper and drinks. Booking essential.

The Old Forge, Lelant

Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serves excellent pizza and Italian dishes.

Talay Thai Kitchen, St Ives

Open daily from 12pm until late. Takeaway menu available daily.

Hub, St Ives

Open daily serving burgers and hand-crafted drinks.

The Gurnard's Head, Zennor

Restaurant now open but booking essential.

Lula, Hayle

New beachside shack restaurant on North Quay serving Cornish seafood and ribs. Open daily. No need to book.


st Michael's mount, castle
You can still visit the gardens at St Michael's Mount

St Michael’s Mount

Closed now for the winter.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

Open Wednesday to Sunday. No need to pre-book.


Advanced bookings only.


Garden only open. Book in advance.


Open but the maze and gates to Durgan village closed. Book online.


Pre-booked visits only.

The Eden Project

Outdoor areas are open but the biomes remain closed. Online booking only.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Pre-booked tickets only.


Explore the ruined Crown Engine Houses perched on the edge of the cliff. The nearby Levant Mine and Beam Engine is currently closed.

Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Timed tickets required.

Kurt Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just

Kurt's latest exhibition, A Prehistoric Cornwall runs from August 29th to November 27th. Check the website for opening times.

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

Open to visitors with pre-booked tickets only. The cafe is closed.

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth

Pre-book timed arrival slots. The current exhibition is Monsters of The Deep.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Gweek

Pre-book tickets online.

Paradise Park, Hayle

The wildlife sanctuary is open but the jungle barn play area is closed. Book in advance.

Flambards Theme Park, Helston

Operating with reduced capacity. Pre-booking essential and face masks to be worn indoors.

leach pottery, pottery, craft pottery
Leach Standard Ware on sale at the shop

The Leach Pottery

The shop is open and an asbsolute must if you like studio pottery. If you'd like to visit you need to book an appointment in advance. The museum is re-opening soon.


Throughout the pandemic we've tried to support local businesses as much as possible. These three local shops have been brilliant throughout.

  • The Stores, Goldsithney

  • Trevelyan Farm Shop, A394 at Rosudgeon

  • St Hilary veg stall. (On the right hand side as you drive out of Goldsithney towards St Hilary)

Baker Tom’s

The Penzance-based branch has been open throughout but there's also a mobile bread van visiting Goldsithney and Marazion on Fridays.

Some of our favourite independent shops are re-opening in Penzance this but with social distancing measures in place. They include:

No 56

Considered homeware and objects.

The Planted House

Fantastic selection of indoor plants and pots

The Edge of the World Bookshop

Fabulous independent bookshop

Barton Books

Another great indie selling mainly art books. Open Tuesdays and Saturdays.


Jubilee Pool, Penzance

Re-opening soon. Check the website for details.

Sennen Surfing Centre

Small groups and private lessons only.

Global Boarders

Private lessons and small group surfing tuition at Praa Sands or Gwithian depending on conditions.

Ocean High, Long Rock

Stand up paddle board and kite surfing lessons in Mount's Bay. Book in advance.

Land's End Cycle Hire, Long Rock

Open for hire by arrangement only

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