With its dramatic coastline, golden sandy beaches and quaint seaside towns, it’s no wonder that Cornwall is one the UK’s most popular holiday destinations. Dotted with exceptional eateries with close proximity to the sea, Cornwall is a haven for fresh local seafood and seriously talented chefs. A visit to the Cornish county would not be complete without sampling some of the world-class cuisine on offer. Luckily, there are a number of Michelin star restaurants in Cornwall for discerning diners after a delectable feast.
Whether you’re heading to North, South or West Cornwall, you’ll find a whole host of Michelin recommended establishments. All are guaranteed to tickle your tastebuds in the most appealing way possible. It’s not just about the food though. Many of these restaurants offer unbeatable locations and sublime views, setting all your senses aflame.
Whether seafood’s your speciality, you crave a succulent steak or want to settle down to a meat-free extravaganza, these are 16 of the top Michelin restaurants in Cornwall for starry-eyed diners heading to England’s most south-westerly county.
Cornwall restaurants with Michelin Stars
6 Middle St, Padstow PL28 8AP
One Michelin Star
This cute Cornish fishing village may be synonymous with Rick Stein, but it’s Paul Ainsworth’s acclaimed eatery that serves up some of the finest fare in this foodie town. Whether it’s for an intimate dinner à deux or a family celebration, you don’t want to miss the chance of feasting at this pick among Padstow restaurants – with a Michelin star to its name.
You’ll find the elegant townhouse it's housed in is every bit as photogenic as the food. The talented folk who make up the team are dedicated to delivering the most flavourful mouthfuls imaginable, all created from the freshest local produce.
Four courses, plus extra goodies, are presented with aplomb and are perhaps surprisingly affordable given the eatery’s starry status. Booking, as you might expect, is essential if you want to experience the likes of scallops, onion fondant, local wild brill and ‘A Fairground Tale.’ This is Cornish cuisine at its show-stopping finest.
6 New Rd, Port Isaac PL29 3SB
One Michelin Star
Though he hails from Kent, Nathan Outlaw has followed his heart – and the rugged English coastline – west to Cornwall, where he’s certainly made a name for himself. Both New Road and Fish Kitchen are must-visit Michelin-starred restaurants. They are two of the reasons the Port Isaac area has become such a mecca for gastronomy lovers.
As it’s perched over the pretty town, you can enjoy glorious views over the fetching Cornish coastline while dining on the set seafood menu. This is a four course treat for the eyes as well as the palate, so do try to grab a snap for posterity – if you can possibly hold back from tucking straight in, that is...
If you’re a fan of fish and other fruits de mer, this is definitely one to tick off the bucket list. Three courses are centred around the catch of each day, think soused dover sole and beetroot, or mackerel with bacon, onion and sage, with vegetarian options available by arrangement when booking. Otherwise, the delectable, sweet treat of a dessert rounding off your perfect feast is pretty much the only time the menu will stray from Cornish seafood.
1 Middle St, Port Isaac PL29 3RH
One Michelin Star
Sustainable local fish is the name of the game at Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, also in picturesque Port Isaac. Housed in a fisherman’s cottage dating from the 15th century, everything about this place is as cute – and authentically Cornish – as it is Michelin star-worthy.
As at New Road, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen serves a set seafood menu. You can book up to 90 days before your visit to either of Outlaw’s fabulous eateries. So we say get in there as quickly as you can once you’ve snapped up that dream cottage for your Cornish sojourn!
Once you’ve secured your table, may we whet your appetite with the likes of spiced monkfish with coriander yoghurt or perhaps gurnard served with zingy lime and earthy mushrooms? Smoked cod’s roe with brioche starts things off nicely, while dessert will finish with the exquisite bang of a sweet, flavourful taste sensation.
Crocadon, St Mellion
St Mellion, Saltash PL12 6RL
One Michelin star and one Michelin green star
Enjoying a beautiful farm setting, which also forms the base of the delectable menus, Crocadon is the definition of field-to-fork cuisine. This sustainable ethos has earned Crocadon not only a Michelin star, but also a Michelin green star, signalling this as the place to go for the freshest of fare. The interior of the restaurant matches its location perfectly, with beautiful, beamed ceilings and wooden tables and chairs building on the farmstead aesthetic to create a wonderfully inviting setting.
The menus are set, with dishes making very good use of the superb local ingredients. ‘Taste of the Farm’ offers a slightly shorter introduction to proper Cornish fare, while ‘Dinner on the Farm’ adds even more dishes, providing a true Michelin starred feast. Enjoy a myriad of dishes, including sheep leg, golden beetroot, Basque chilli, and nasturtium, and black walnut, blue hyssop, and kale. On Sundays, the roasts aren’t to be missed, with the likes of grilled prizetaker leeks, sheep rump, and confit swede making up the tasting menu.
Alongside the Michelin star restaurant, Crocadon boasts an oh-so-tempting café, which promises fresh-out-the-oven pastries and breads, all of which are made onsite. Pop in for a coffee and a croissant Thursdays to Sundays, 10am to 3pm.
Lewannick, Launceston PL15 7QQ
One Michelin green star
If you want to dine at an authentic Cornish farmhouse during your stay, then do reserve a table at Coombeshead in advance of your visit. It’s guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling in anticipation – and we assure you it will be well worth the wait.
There are both vegetarian and main menus to choose from. All diners are treated to the five sublime courses making up the set menu, and service generally runs from 7pm to 10pm. Under 12s are not admitted, except during Sunday lunch – music to the ears, surely, of those planning for a romantic evening for two!
Unlike many other Michelin recommended Cornish eateries, seafood is not a particular feature here, as most produce comes directly from Coombeshead farm itself. As flour is milled on site, the owners also proclaim their eatery as unsuitable for coeliacs. For committed carnivores and vegetarians, though, this place is nothing short of divine. Sample dishes include the likes of Coombeshead ham, crown prince squash, smoked cream and oat miso, salt baked swede and brassicas, and beeswax ice cream.
Custom House Quay, 38B Arwenack Street, Falmouth TR11 3JF
One Michelin green star
Celebrating the incredible natural larder Cornwall boasts, not to mention the amazing people that bring the shining ingredients from land and sea to the table, Culture has created an exceptional ethos that has more than earned its impressive Michelin green star.
The menu changes with the seasons, meaning it can transform from month to month, or even afternoon to evening, depending on what is foraged, caught, and harvested that day. Each dish lets the ingredients do the talking, with attention to detail at the core of all that they do. It’s about flavour, provenance, and respect for the world around, while providing an unforgettable experience.
The menu is completely set, which means everyone can enjoy the same journey, whether you’re exploring a theme of nostalgia, geography, or something completely different. Sup on a wide variety of local ingredients, from seafood from the Carrick Roads and lamb from Tregullas Farm to Chocolarder’s exceptional bean-to-bar chocolate. Pair the wine flight with your meal and experience an elevation of flavours as each glass coaxes something new from the dish.
Michelin recommended restaurants in Cornwall
Although these establishments may not yet have the coveted Michelin star, they nevertheless have the Michelin stamp of approval. All these restaurants have been handpicked by the Michelin Guide as truly exceptional eateries.
Michelin restaurants in North Cornwall
10 Middle St, Padstow PL28 8AP
Although casual may not be what springs to mind when contemplating Michelin recommended establishments, Rick Stein’s Cafe in Padstow is a family friendly eatery serving three meals a day. Or you can even stop by for a coffee and cake break as the whim takes you.
As anyone who’s attempted to eat fish and chips by the harbour will testify, it’s worth seeking cover in Padstow just to save you from swooping seagulls. That’s our excuse, anyway, and we’re sticking to it. Nothing at all to do with the delectable menu that’s heavy on seafood, showcasing lightly spiced dishes, such as the pondicherry cod curry, clearly influenced by Stein's time in India.... yum!
Whether you start the day with a full English, devour a scrumptious slice of cake as an afternoon pick-me-up or swing by for a meal featuring multiple, carefully executed courses, Stein’s laid-back place has Cornwall stamped through it like a stick of holiday rock.
St Kew, Bodmin PL30 3HB
The St Kew Inn is as cute as Cornwall pubs come, and the food is certainly something to write a postcard home about too.
Flower-filled gardens tempt the visitor outside during summer. While in winter the crackling fire invites you to bathe in its warm (and flattering) glow. A well-stocked wine cellar and local cask ales add to St Kew Inn’s temptations. Diners can choose from four areas in which to savour carefully crafted platefuls of top notch nosh.
This Cornish pub’s signature dishes are those that come directly ‘from the fire’ to your plate, whether you go for a 35-day aged steak, the catch of the day baked in embers or blackened butternut squash.
Pavilion Bldg, Rock Rd, Rock, Wadebridge PL27 6JS
Frankly a quick peek at the website is enough to whet anyone’s appetite, featuring as it does some of the most Insta-worthy food we’ve ever seen. Perfect symmetry, edible flowers, artful drizzles… no stop is left unpulled here.
Husband and wife Fred and Donna have been at the helm since the Dining Room opened in 2010. Though diners aged under ten and pets are not permitted, a booked table is yours to linger at for the entire evening.
The menu is small, and as the great value price is fixed you’ll know exactly what to expect when the bill comes. Before that, though, tuck into the likes of home baked bread with clotted cream butter, followed by artichoke, duck or salmon then venison, halibut or celeriac. Round off with dessert or a cheese plate if you prefer – a real palate pleaser for fans of British dairy produce.
9 Mill Square, Padstow PL28 8AE
Also overseen by Paul Ainsworth, Caffè Rojano is a richly-hued and very local eatery that dates back to 1974. The original owner’s stamp is still evident throughout the menu. It showcases various Spanish and Italian favourites including small plates, pasta and pizzas.
Flavours from Cornwall and the Med are yours to savour when dining at Caffè Rojano, as well as the brief but sophisticated list of New York Italian style cocktails. It’s a little like Spain meets Italy – while the UK and US pop in to visit.
From Sicilian arancini and Iberian croquetas to wild red prawns, smoked salmon pasta or a cracking Quattro Formaggi served with a side of seaweed-strewn fries, head to Caffè Rojano if you fancy a delicious and very moreish taste of the Med while in Cornwall.
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Michelin restaurants in South Cornwall
Quay Rd, West Looe, Looe PL13 2BZ
If your idea of Cornwall is all about bracing sea breezes and the freshest seafood, then the Sardine Factory could be your idea of utopia. A contemporary eatery specialising in fish, this place is situated in one of the county’s quintessential fishing villages.
Fans of Masterchef: The Professionals might in fact recognise owner Ben, whose career has seen him bag a clutch of accolades across the UK. As The Sardine Factory overlooks West Looe’s appealing little harbour, it’s a must for those whose seafood ideally comes with a view of where their food came from.
The menu is relaxed, with a good mix of casual dishes in small and larger sizes. Whether or not you actually share the baked camembert with truffled honey starter is entirely your prerogative. Whatever your preference, there’s certainly something here for everyone, from a moorland sirloin or crab linguine to a vegetable saag aloo or chorizo and squid ragu.
The Mulberry, Falmouth
29 High Street, Falmouth TR11 2AD
Tucked away down one of Falmouth’s many winding alleyways, The Mulberry is one of Cornwall’s most beloved hidden foodie gems. Chefs Jay Brady and Harry Cartwright have created a wonderful environment in which to dine on the very best Cornish ingredients, with techniques and inspiration being taken from their many travels around the world. This artful combination of local produce and international influence creates an ever-changing menu that always promises a toothsome experience.
Working with the seasons and closely following their passion for sustainability, the menu at The Mulberry is very deserving of its Bib Gourmand. Whether it’s Fal oysters to start, West Country duck, or a decadent pudding made with local Chocolarder chocolate, you’re in for a real Cornish treat when dining here. Follow your delicious dinner with a stroll around Falmouth’s beautiful harbour, the perfect way to end a meal in this spectacularly food-centric harbourside town.
19 Fore St, Fowey PL23 1AH
When a restaurant is named after its owners you know it’s going to be a family affair. The Appleton’s care is evident across the board, from the perfectly polished wine glasses in the dining area to the execution of each and every dish.
Despite being self-taught, Italy-loving Andy Appleton lists Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen on his CV. Opened in 2020, this is the couple’s second Cornish venture, and it’s already making waves on the local culinary scene.
Sourcing only those ingredients that really are ripest for picking or plucking, Appleton’s does brunch, lunch and dinner very well indeed. Indulge in ‘crispy bits’ like croquettes right through to a whipped lemon panna cotta via squid ink linguine or a rose harissa fish stew.
Harbourside, Tredenham Road, St Mawes, Truro TR2 5AN
Enjoying reaching waterside views and a serene atmosphere to match, The Idle Rocks is perfect for those looking to soak up the peace and tranquillity of St Mawes. Shining a light on the many wonderful local producers, farmers, and fishermen, The Idle Rocks is anything but idle in its search for the finest and freshest ingredients.
Mirroring the slow waters that lap alongside, you’ll find a relaxed menu that’s sure to delight, whether you fancy a sparkling cream tea, easy-going Sunday roast, or a delicious dinner full of local seafood, sweet treats and the finest cheeses the South West has to offer.
Dine indoors or sit back and watch the world drift by as you bask on the sun-soaked terrace – this a place where dreamy afternoons are made.
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Michelin restaurants in West Cornwall
Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA
Head chef Jude’s multicultural heritage may well be the secret to Kota’s success. Half Chinese Malay and half Maori, his Porthleven eatery is one of West Cornwall’s finest.
It’s best to book early if you want to see why the Waitrose Good Food Guide, Harden’s, Cornwall Life Magazine and the AA food teams are all so impressed. The set and tasting menus offer incredibly good value for money too.
Once you know that ‘Kota’ translates as ‘shellfish’ you have a good idea of what to expect. From natural or tempura Porthilly oysters, and scallops with miso cauliflower puree and pork belly, to pan fried hake with Cornish mussels or Cornish duck breast with duck croquettes, the menu is never short of a tasting extravaganza. Our top tip? Just get in quick before the crowds descend and prices shoot up accordingly.
7 Fore St, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9HQ
A typical whitewashed Cornish pub it may appear, but The Square’s central location also gives this restaurant something of a more exotic air, along the lines of an Italian piazza or even a Greek Plateia.
With a laid-back bistro style vibe, a partially covered terrace is a practical touch that can help diners to make the most of Britain’s unpredictable maritime climate. Children are welcome inside and out, so this is the ideal eatery for those holidaying as a family. Your pet pooch can even join you outdoors.
The ever-changing menus begin with coffee and cake from 11am to dinner service until 9pm. Typical mains range from fish and chips to panko crumbed cauliflower curry or sirloin steak with a beef dripping and red wine dressing.
Porthminster Beach, Carbis Bay, Saint Ives TR26 2EB
If you’re seeking St Ives restaurants with Michelin star quality food, look no further than the Porthminster Beach Café. With sweeping views over the soft white sands, this Cornish eatery has a light-filled space with a cool coastal vibe.
There is also a heated, enclosed terrace, so you can watch the brooding, moody skies during less clement weather while scoffing delicious, freshly prepared dishes; think crispy fried whole Cornish sole, Indonesian monkfish curry, and seasonal mushroom linguine to name a few options. With a clear conscience, too, some ingredients are sourced from the almost tropical kitchen garden on site, meaning they incur absolutely no food miles whatsoever.
Meals are served from breakfast through to dinner. If you like, you can also book the ‘Porthminster Experience’, a veritable feast complete with signed cookbook and champagne as well as a fruits de mer platter. Truly scrumptious!
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