Cornish Fare: A Few Nice Eateries

One of the things I love about being on holiday is eating out. A lot.

We tried not to go too crazy in Cornwall, but we did have a number of great meals, and I’ve picked out a few places below that went down well.


Option 1
Blas Burgerworks
, The Warren, St Ives

Compact premises and the prices aren’t cheap, but you’ll not care about the former and understand the latter when you try one of these awesome burgers. It prompted us to try out their next venture, the Halsetown Inn (see below).

Option 2
Rhubarbs, 7 High Street, St Ives

crab salad

A few other guests from our B&B had written approvingly about this café so we went there for dinner. I had a fresh-tasting crab salad (pictured above) and felt like I was really in Cornwall. They also had some amazing-looking cakes on display.

Option 3
The Halsetown Inn, Halsetown, St. Ives

Having had a great meal at Blas and hearing that they had recently taken over a local inn encouraged us to drive a mile or two out of St Ives. The menu was small but the food was good, and it had a welcoming atmosphere.

Option 4
The Gurnard’s Head, Nr Zennor, St Ives


We passed this pub while wending our way cross-country to the Minack Theatre. A few nights later we returned, and had an excellent meal. The beautiful crab starter (pictured at the top of the post) was enjoyed by us both, and while H had the red snapper (cooked to perfection), I had a second starter of a summery risotto with goat’s cheese. It is a few miles away from St Ives, but well worth the trip.

Option 5
108 Coffee House, 108c Kenwyn Street, Truro

We stopped in here for a drink en route to northern Cornwall, as a local friend of ours had bigged up the coffee. H called his flat white exceptional, and said it needed no sugar or masking with other flavours, and was smooth and delicious.

Option 6
, Foundry Court, Wadebridge

This café was recommended to us by the very nice chap behind the counter at the 108 Coffee House (above). We asked him if he had any tips on other places for good coffee, and as a result, ended up here. H had a daily special of a Thai-style noodle broth with meatballs and I had a very good slice of savoury tart. There is an adjacent deli if you want to stock up on delicious treats.

Option 7
Mimi’s Vintage Diner, West Grove Farm Camping, A39 Atlantic Highway, Bude

I came across this place while undertaking pre-holiday research. It had been in the process of opening, and I was drawn in by the lure of pancakes and French toast. We arrived first thing on Saturday morning and had a wonderful American-style breakfast, which I accompanied with a malted chocolate shake. It is quite well hidden, even though it is just off a main highway, but do seek it out.


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