Child friendly cafés in Cornwall

Three people posing on a boat during a day out in Fowey and Polruan in Cornwall.

We’re very lucky to have a range of fantastic child friendly cafés here in Cornwall serving delicious food and drink. When you’re holidaying with young children there are some specific things which make a big difference when you go out to eat, such as:

  • A simple children’s menu which does not consist entirely of something fried with chips
  • High chairs or booster seats so they can reach to eat
  • A toy box/play area with toys or colouring books and crayons
  • Easily accessible, clean toilets with baby changing facilities
  • A welcoming smile when you arrive!

Our favourite family friendly cafés – close to Bosinver

Over the years, Nanny Pat has tried out countless cafés and restaurants with her grandchildren. These are just a few of her favourites. You’ll find plenty more suggestions in the folder in your cottage – or just pop into the office and ask us.

Hubbox Pentewan Sands
A funky beach shack extension of the trendy Hubbox in Truro, Hubbox Pentewan Sands offers stunning views, handmade burgers and gourmet hot dogs, with occasional crab and lobster specials. Great for summer evenings! Open March onwards.

Sam’s on the Beach, Polkerris
Sam’s on the Beach is a family-friendly restaurant on the beach at Polkerris, located in the old RNLI lifeboat station. We love their wood fired pizzas, but there’s plenty to choose from here. It is popular, so we recommend booking in advance, especially during the summer.

Sam’s Diner
Sam’s Diner is the latest offering from the team behind the Sam’s on the Beach, with the great food and atmosphere that you’d expect from Sam’s with a ‘teeny-weeny twist of Hotrod and a healthy drizzle of Wurlitzer’! Located at the St Austell Bay Retail and Leisure Park at Par (Par Market).

Moustache Jacks
A fun café in our nearest town, St Austell. Moustache Jack’s has a good atmosphere and friendly staff. It’s close to Ozzell Bowl parking and the main shops, so handy for a quick lunch or snack in town.

Child friendly cafes in Cornwall – further afield

Pinky Murphy’s Café, Fowey
Pinky Murphy’s is probably Cornwall’s funkiest and most fun café. The quirky décor always makes us smile, and we love the homemade cakes and amazing lunch platters. Children of all ages especially welcome.

The Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick Beach, Portscatho
The Hidden Hut is a rustic outdoor beach cafe located on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. This family friendly wooden beachside hut serves simple fresh food and drink from March through to October. It’s 5 minutes’ walk from the cliff top car park above Portscatho but well worth it – the views are as incredible as the food!

Muddy Beach Café, Penryn
Muddy Beach Café is a relaxed riverside venue at Jubilee Wharf, Penryn. If it’s sunny, sit outside and soak up the view along the estuary. Children and dogs are very welcome.

Gylly Beach Café, Falmouth
A really cool beach café open throughout the year. Gylly Beach Cafe is the ideal place to enjoy a coffee with homemade cake or a tasty lunchtime treat. The beach and nearby gardens make it an ideal day out for all the family.

The Beach Hut Café, Watergate Bay, Newquay
One of Cornwall’s best beachside hangouts. The Beach Hut Café has a relaxed atmosphere, fresh contemporary menu and special kids’ menu. A great place to share a meal with the family or simply take in the stunning views.

Godrevy Café, Hayle
With spectacular views over the sand dunes, Godrevy Café is a chilled-out beach hangout with great food and friendly service. Go early as it gets packed, particularly on Sundays. It’s a lovely place for a stroll – follow the cliff top path round past the lighthouse to see the nearby seal colony.

Roskilly’s Croust House, St Keverne
While it’s a little futher to travel, Roskilly’s Croust House is definitely worth a visit. You can enjoy delicious homemade food by a roaring fire when it’s chilly or out in the sunshine in the old farmyard when it’s sunny. The menu includes pizza, pasties, fresh salads, and of course, Roskilly’s ice cream. You can easily while away an afternoon here – follow the farm trails and pop in to watch the Jersey cows being milked.

Woods Café, Cardinham Woods, Bodmin
A great place to eat as a family. The Woods Café is an atmospheric old woodman’s cottage in the middle of Cardinham Woods. They serve hearty homemade food made with local produce and bake a selection of mouthwatering cakes every morning. There are lots of trails to explore on foot or by bike, a stream to paddle in and a great adventure playground. Don’t miss the Highway Rat trail – a must for fans of Julia Donaldson’s books.

We hope that gives you a taste of some of the fantastic places to eat as a family. If you discover any more you’d recommend, do let us know!

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