Over the last few years Cornwall has been steadily developing a reputation as a foodie destination. With celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein and Nathan Outlaw on the north coast, the focus has naturally been there but West Cornwall now has its own thriving food scene. From fine dining to quirky cafes, all with a focus on fresh, local ingredients, we're spoilt for choice.
Here's a selection of some our favourite places to eat, all within easy striking distances of the cottages at Middle Colenso Farm.
The Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 9NP. Telephone 01736 710309
An award-winning pub situated a couple of miles away in the coastal village of Peranuthnoe serving local, seasonal food, excellent wines and local real ales. We like to work up an appetite by walking to Perranuthnoe along the South West Coast Path.
Ben’s Cornish Kitchen, W End Marazion, Cornwall TR17 0EL. Telephone 01736 719200
Voted Best Restaurant in the South West at the 2013 Food Magazine Readers Awards, Ben’s Cornish Kitchen offers modern British cuisine in a relaxed setting.
Tremenheere Kitchen, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Gulval, Penzance, TR20 8YL. Telephone 01736 448089, option 2
Delicious breakfasts, lunches and everything in between as well as dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. Situated at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens on the outskirts of Penzance.
The Cornish Barn, 20, Chapel Street, Penzance, TR18 4AW. Telephone 01736 339414
Restaurant and smokehouse in historic Chapel Street with a focus on fresh, Cornish produce. There's a great cocktail menu too.
Lovetts, 1 The Coombe, Newlyn, TR18 5HS
The latest edition to Newlyn's food and drink scene is a wine bar, cafe and bottle shop selling a fantastic range of natural wine. We love to pop in for a coffee or a glass of wine before heading to the cinema just up the road.
The Vineyard Table, Scarlet Wines, The Old Forge, Lelant, Hayle, TR27, 6JG. Telephone 01736 753696
The Vineyard Table is the restaurant at Scarlet Wines and serves fantastic pizzas and smaller rustic dishes inspired by the food of the Southern Mediterranean and Middle East. It also serves great breakfasts as well as afternoon tea and cakes.
Talay Thai Kitchen, Wharf Road, St Ives, TR26 1LF. Telephone 01736 795157
Thai street food and sharing menu and a great view of the harbour. Be warned, you can’t book a table so turn up early to make sure you secure your spot.
Rock Pool Café, The Parade, Mousehole, TR19 6PT. Telephone 01736 732645
Perched on the rocks overlooking Mount’s Bay, this quirky little cafe serves breakfast, lunch, cream teas and cocktails.
New Yard Restaurant, Trelowarren, Mawgan, Helston, TR12 6AF, Telephone 221224
Seasonal, Cornish ingredients served in stylish surroundings. Our favourite dining spot on The Lizard.