Hidden places to eat in Cornwall

The Courtyard Deli, Falmouth
The Courtyard Deli

When visiting Cornwall there are so many fine places to eat but so many of them are hidden away and often locals hot spots. I wanted to share my favourite hidden places to eat in Cornwall, local ingredients cooked beautifully and once found you will also be going back for more.

The Courtyard Deli Falmouth. This is a true hidden gem and when I say hidden unless you know about the small alleyway leading up to the Deli you wouldn’t know it was there. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful coastal town of Falmouth this Deli is definitely worth hunting down. With all the usual food you expect to find in a deli from beautiful breads to local cheeses they also serve amazing homemade cakes with delicious coffee. But the best thing about the Deli is when the Deli transforms into a tapas bar in the evening. My favourite is their Cornish mackerel fillets.

Jon's Bistro at Mawgan Porth
Jon's Bistro

Jon’s Bistro at The Bre Pen farm Mawgan Porth. When looking for hidden spots you can’t get more hidden then this little beauty. Although a lot of Cornish places serve local produce and this one does as well but you can’t get more local than produce grown on the farm. The restaurant only opens a few nights a week and you can even bring your own wine but with this place you are sure to have amazing locally produced and freshly cooked food.

The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay
The Beach Hut

The Beach Hut Watergate Bay. This has to be one of my favourite places to eat in Cornwall. Although you would say that it isn’t very well hidden as it sits proudly on the beach at Watergate Bay but it is hidden by its upstairs neighbour Jamie Oliver’s fifteen. Many people that come to Watergate arrive to sample the exquisite food cooked by the chefs trained by Jamie Oliver but nestled underneath the restaurant is The Beach Hut. With views straight across the beach with the sun setting and the surf rolling in you already have the perfect setting for a great bite to eat. They always have specials on the blackboards and are famous for their beach hut burgers and their extreme hut chocolates.

Sam's at Polkerris
Sam's at Polkerris

Sam's at Polkerris. My first introduction to the Sams restaurants was actually via one of their mobile cocktail vans. Sams have two wonderfully retro classic vw camper vans that they have turned into mobile cocktail bars which they use at local festivals serving cocktails made with local Cornish Orchards cider. When you visit Sams at Polkerris you will need to park in a small wooded car park half way down a country lane then walk the rest of the way to the beach front restaurant. Occupying the old lifeboat house with a bright glass front sits you overlooking st Austell bay to eat from their amazing menu including stacks of muscles or giant freshly cooked pizzas.


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