Foodie weekends in Cornwall

Cream tea, strawberries and orange juice at Bosinver in Cornwall.

People from across the UK and beyond are beating a path down to the Cornwall to sample some of the delectable dishes created by the region’s top chefs, seek out freshly caught sea food and enjoy award-winning locally-produced wine, ale, and cider and more…

This short film from Visit Cornwall explains why Cornwall’s the perfect destination for an indulgent foodie weekend.

Here are our top suggestions for where to enjoy the best food and drink Cornwall has to offer.

Fantastic restaurants

Like to dine in style? Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver and Nathan Outlaw all have restaurants in Cornwall, and there’s a huge range of other options for fine dining available.

Top of our list has to be Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall. With creative twists on modern classics and bold, bright flavours, this is a very special dining experience. Expect out-of-this-world food and breathtaking panoramic views of Watergate Bay. If you really want to indulge yourselves, try the seven-course tasting menu and ask for a table by the window.

Laid-back beach cafés

For a more relaxed dining experience or a casual lunch, head to the beach. Our favourite seaside cafés – the places we visit time and time again – all have something very special to offer. We recommend:

  • Gylly Beach Café, Falmouth
  • Sam’s on the Beach, Polkerris
  • Blue Bar, Porthtowan
  • Hidden Hut, Portscatho
  • Porthminster Café, St Ives
  • Godrey Beach Café, Gwithian (near Hayle)
  • The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay (near Newquay)


Hidden Hut Feast Nights

Enjoy food with friends outdoors in a beautiful off-the-beaten-track location on the Roseland. Each of the Hidden Hut’s Feast Nights has a theme, ranging from South Indian Thali to Middle-Eastern Mezze or Lobster & Chips. It’s a bit like going to a giant picnic – you bring the plates, cutlery and wine, they provide the food and fire, and Mother Nature contributes the views. Feast Nights sell out quickly, so we suggest signing up to the Hidden Hut’s newsletter to receive information about when the next batch of tickets will go on sale in advance.

Foraging and Feasting

Fat Hen’s Forage, Cook & Feast Days are ideal for anyone who’s curious about wild food and foraging – or groups who simply fancy trying something a bit different! Sessions run from 10am – 4pm and cost £95 per person (including a three course lunch with a glass of wine).


Wine tasting at Camel Valley

What better way to spend a few hours than sampling some of Camel Valley’s award-winning wines on the terrace in the sunshine? Book a tour around the vinery to get a glimpse behind the scenes and find out how the Lindo family make their renowned wines.

Food festivals

St Ives Food and Drink Festival, Saturday 14 May – Sunday 15 May 2016
St Ives is transformed into a gourmand’s paradise in May, when the St Ives Food and Drink Festival takes over the town. Bringing together many of Cornwall’s most celebrated chefs and finest food & drink producers this foodie festival offers a delicious day out for all the family.

The Great Cornish Food Festival, Friday 23- Sunday 25 September 2016
As the name might suggest, this is the largest festival anywhere that’s completely dedicated to Cornish food and drink. This three-day celebration takes place in the heart of Truro. Entry is free, and over 100 different food experts and chefs will give demonstrations and talks over the weekend.

Foodie breaks at Bosinver

Bosinver’s location off the A390 just outside St Austell makes it the ideal base for exploring Cornwall. There’s a huge range of restaurants and cafes within easy driving distance, and we’ll happily recommend places to dine if you’re looking for something in particular.


Fancy staying in rather than going out? Cornish Cottage Cuisine offer an exclusive private chef service for guests at Bosinver. While you relax and have a glass of bubbly, they’ll come to your cottage and whip you up a gourmet meal.

If that’s whet your appetite, take a look at our availability calendar to check your preferred dates and find out more about our luxury self-catering cottages, or give us a call on 01726 72128.

Bon appétit!

What do you love most about food and drink in Cornwall? We’d love to hear which cafes and restaurants you’d recommend for a truly memorable dining experience. Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook page or tweet @bosinver.

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