Newquay is a leading seaside resort town in Britain and one of the best places in the country to enjoy a beach holiday. The town’s food scene is thriving as restaurants embrace the use of fresh, local produce and seafood and pair it with excellent seaside views. Next time you’re in this beautiful town, visit one of its top 10 restaurants.
The Boathouse Newquay
Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
At The Boathouse, fresh-caught seafood and shellfish are the main event on the menu. The chefs at The Boathouse are careful not to overcomplicate their dishes but make sure to enhance existing flavours. The interior of the restaurant is charming and aptly marine themed. For a main dish, try the pollock served with creamy leeks, smoky bacon, and garlic mashed potatoes or the Cornish rib eye steak served with Lyonnaise potatoes, roast red onions, and tomato salad.
The Beach Hut is a perfect place to enjoy a view of Watergate Bay and the beach below. Located just off the beach up a twisty, steep road, The Beach Hut is a relaxed restaurant with delightful beach house decor. Seating is available outside on the covered deck or inside behind tall glass windows that maximize the view. Executive Chef Neil Haydock provides daily specials of Cornish-caught fish in addition to the menu items, which focus on steaks, burgers, and shellfish made with local, seasonal produce. Try the mouth-watering B.H. classic burger made with 100 percent prime Cornish beef, Swiss cheese, tomato relish, garlic mayo, and served with a side of fries.
This cafe has a fun and quirky atmosphere. The restaurant is a great space for vegans and vegetarians in a town and meat eaters will find plenty of satisfying options as well. The relaxed vibe of The Beached Lamb makes it an ideal spot to spend a slow morning. Be sure to taste a cup of fresh coffee or a thick, sweet milkshake.
If you have not yet dined at a Jamie Oliver restaurant, head over to Fifteen Cornwall to find out what all the fuss is about. Although the menu is pricey, the seasonal Italian fare this restaurant produces is exceptional (not to mention, all the profits from Fifteen Cornwall go to the Cornwall Food Foundation). The menu is always changing to incorporate the freshest ingredients from Cornwall and Italy. Dinners consist of dishes like wood-fired pork chops served with polenta, kale, and salsa verde or monkfish saltimbocca served with lentils, broccoli, and olive salsa.
Gusto Deli Bar is a unique take-away joint with so much more to offer than a typical fast-food service. The Mediterranean-inspired salads and sandwiches are loaded into a handy box. Fresh, house-made flatbreads are filled with handmade falafel or meats, and the ‘all-in’ salads are packed with chickpeas, couscous, roasted vegetables, and more. The flavourful and filling meals are a perfect lunchtime pick-me-up. On Sunday, try a take-away roast dinner – a homemade Yorkshire pudding with roast potato, sweet potato, vegetables, and ‘Gusto-style finishing touches.’ On warm days, the outdoor seating is a fine way to take in the sea views.
Check out this small chain restaurant’s most scenic location at Fistral Beach, one of Britain’s most famous beaches. The Stable has local recipes, like the West Country Porker, made with local chorizo, arugula, Dijon house dressing, and fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella, or the Fistral Fire, made with spicy local pork, Naga chillies, garlic, red onion, basil leaves, mushrooms, fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella. The restaurant specialises in high-quality, experimental pizzas and ciders.
The Fish House is situated on Fistral Beach with a fantastic view of the sea. The restaurant produces dishes made with fresh fish and shellfish caught directly from the Newquay harbour. Chef Paul Harwood uses his years of experience working with seafood to cook up delicious creations using the freshest, most seasonal ingredients. For a main course, try the Indian fish curry, which is served with basmati rice, kachumba, raita salad, and poppadum.
Established more than 70 years ago, the Dolphin prides itself on being the oldest trading restaurant in Newquay. The restaurant and bar is located near the harbour in the centre of town, and on a perfect summer day, guests will be surrounded by blue skies and sandy beaches. The Dolphin has a traditional pub vibe and the food is prepared by chefs with years of experience. For dinner, try the honey roast salmon with lemon zest and crème fraîche and served with sautéed potatoes, green beans, and baby tomatoes in balsamic dressing. The slow-cooked lamb shank is another favourite, braised in red wine with fresh apple, rosemary, and mint and served with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and gravy.
Enjoy traditional pub food with a flair of ingenuity and a hint of fine dining at The Two Clomes. The pub is decked out in typical pub fashion with a full-service bar and a cosy, rustic feel. The name The Two Clomes comes from the restaurant’s clome oven, which is a traditional masonry oven. From the menu, try the massive seafood bowl, served with crab claws, king prawns, scallops, mussels, and even more. Foodies will be delighted by beautiful presentations and consistently great food. The intimate pub is dog-friendly and has a distinctly West Country feel.
Bush Pepper is a fun, contemporary Australian venue. Chris, the restaurant’s owner, has worked as a chef for 12 years and on his travels fell in love with the creative, multi-cultural cuisine of Australia. Using Cornish and Australian ingredients, Bush Pepper serves quirky, award-winning dishes. Try some unforgettable meals like the Australian cottage kangaroo pie, made with kangaroo sausage and loin, new potatoes, and golden beetroot. The menu also has a barbecue grill section that includes options of barbecued steaks, king prawns, kangaroo, and more.