The Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick
Eating indoors has its merits, of course, but with indoor dining banned until at least the 17th May, this is the moment to embrace outdoor restaurant dining for its many advantages.
If, like me, you have small children or a dog, eating al-fresco is a win-win: no stress about your kids dropping food all over the floor and failing to use their ‘indoor voices’, and no fretting over your dog tripping over a waiter while straining to reach a stray chip.
Even if you’re one of those unfettered people with neither of these things, I would argue that salty sea air and sunshine sparkling on glassware can’t help but improve the taste of anything. Sure, rain can dampen things a bit, but perhaps you’ve still got granny’s golfing umbrella in the loft. You are British, after all.
To help our April and May guests to make the most of their long-awaited stays, we have put together a list (below) of the best places near Treworgey that are offering outdoor dining this spring.
Within 10 minutes:
The coddy shack- Looe
Excellent Fish and chips with some outside tables
Hannafore point kiosk- Hannafore
Pasties and ice creams. Has few outside tables, or take food down to the beach.
Island View café (above) - Hannafore
Excellent crab sandwiches among other light lunches. Good cakes. Lots of outside seating. Open from 14th April.
Talland Bay Café- Talland
Pasties, paninis and ice creams. Good coffee. Has few outside tables, or take food down to the beach.
Talland Bay Hotel (below)- Talland
For a more formal lunch than the cafes mentioned above. A lovely terrace with sea views.
Inn on the Shore- Downderry
Looking out to sea – an easy-access beach for playing afterwards. We believe they’ll be open for evening dining.
Within 30 mins:
North Street Kitchen- Fowey
Fantastic sea food by the estuary and open in the evenings. Taking bookings for evenings, but queuing for walk-ins only in daytime. Highly recommended.
Fowey Hall Hotel- Fowey
For a more formal lunch with beautiful, peaceful views down over the Fowey valley.
Olive and Co- Siblyback lake
Great with kids – combine with the outdoor play areas or a walk around the lake. Good coffee and interesting but simple lunch options.
Inkie’s smokehouse- Golitha falls
On-site smokery: great pulled-pork and bacon sandwiches and excellent milkshakes. Choose a bench or spot in the woods to sit.
The canteen- Maker heights
Fantastic food and great value – book early.
Duchy of cornwall nursery (above)- Lostwithiel
Lovely lunches but gets very busy – book early.
Further afield, over 30 minutes:
Scarlet hotel- Mawgan porth
For something a treat – a more expensive option but excellent food by all accounts.
Bedruthan hotel- Mawgan porth
Daytime dining only.
The hidden Hut (pic at the top)- Porthcurnick beach
Great food – usually works on a queuing basis and the queue can get very long – but worth it if you’re a foodie.
New – by excellent local chef Ben Palmer. Worth a try. We don’t know yet, but this might be an option for evening meals.
Steins fish and chips takeaway- Padstow
Popular for a way to end a bike ride on the Camel Trail.
The fish house Fistral- Newquay
Only receiving bookings from 11th April. Seafood focus.