Visitors to Cornwall cite the views as being a major part of their choice of destination, and we do have a lot of them. Visitors and views. We’ve chosen our favourite seven eateries with a view (that’s not necessarily, but might be a sea view)!
Ben Tunnicliffe, Sennen Cove (also known as the Surf Beach Bar)
With live music and outdoor dining right on the beach in the Surf Den and a family-friendly atmosphere, this is the best place to enjoy the incredible vistas of Sennen – if you can drag yourselves out of the water, that is! With a simple menu suited to hungry surf hounds, but emphasising quality seafood and other local produce, the balcony at “Ben @ Sennen” is an über-cool place to enjoy the sights and sounds. Check it out here…
Jamaica Inn, Bolventor
High up in the middle of Bodmin Moor, The Jamaica Inn can’t fail to have a panoramic view of the rugged slopes of tors and striking wind-cut rock platforms that are a feature of this part of the country. Unless it’s misty, which does happen, although not usually in the summer. At any time, though, you can feel the atmosphere of this remote one-time coaching stop which has been immortalised by the book of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.
Gurnards Head, Zennor
Exciting but straightforward cuisine at The Gurnard’s Head features “earthy” food from locally sourced ingredients, a spectacular view over an awe-inspiring landscape – inland across the moors, and seaward overlooking the actual Gurnard’s Head, a headland of impressive proportions that thrusts majestically into the Atlantic. The custodians strive to make this a traditional pub environment that returns us to the slower pace of life that used to be. Nearby, the walk around Carn Gulver and the headland is a must for working up an appetite, and the pub is just a short drive from popular Cornish attractions like the Minack Theatre, Zennor, and the town of Penzance.
The Hidden Hut, Portscatho
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. The Hidden Hut is a unique Cornish dining experience that is not to be missed. Add to that the fact that you will basically be sitting in the dunes (as in, on the ground!) looking out across the white sand and the clear blue sea of Porthcurnick Beach and this is one of the ultimate eats with a view.
Lewinnick Lodge, Newquay
Lewinnick Lodge near Newquay is right on the clifftop and commands (probably) the best open sea view of and Cornish location. A modern space with a contemporary vibe, the restaurant serves excellent food with an emphasis on fish, but excellent vegetarian and meat options too. Enjoy an evening as the sunset turns the whole place golden through the enormous windows.
Tamar Inn, Calstock
A classic Cornish pub in a very quirky location, with a summer menu to incorporate all the tastes of the county. Next to the water’s edge, using locally sourced fish and a blend of local farm produce to create dishes that are light yet satisfying, with homemade desserts and summery salads on offer too! The Tamar keeps that traditional ‘pub grub’ feel with a unique twist that can only be found in this 17th-century inn. Every new visitor to this place seems to step outside for a photo opportunity with the imposing viaduct that spans the Cornish border. Many also take selfies with the locals, colourful bunch that they are!
Rock Inn, Rock
The Rock Inn, is one of the busiest eateries in the very fashionable village of Rock. It is characterised by broad viewing windows and a large balcony area set high enough above the Camel Estuary that you can see all the way across Rock to your left, the popular port of Padstow opposite, and the Doom Bar and offshore islands out to sea to your right. If you know anything about this area, you’ll be aware just how special that all is!
If you’d like to come and soak up the scenery of Kernow, all the while sampling the best of its provender, there are many well-placed cottages available to rent with Cornish Traditional Cottages at any time of year.
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