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Top Michelin star places to eat in Cornwall

From Padstow to Penzance, there are plenty of gorgeous restaurants to choose from in the lush county of Cornwall. These are our top three picks from the entire county and with such a high standard across the board, these are sure to tickle your taste buds.


Try some of the best Cornish cuisine during your stay in Cornwall with a visit to one (or all) of these beautiful establishments. With something to suit every taste and budget, these three Michelin star restaurants offer delectable dishes, top service and atmospheric venues to enjoy. No holiday in Cornwall is complete without a taste of some of the best produce and cooking the county has to offer. We’ve scoured high and low, tried everything from crab to crackling and these are our top picks for places to eat in Cornwall.


Paul Ainsworth at Number 6, Padstow

Located in a gorgeous Georgian townhouse in the heart of Padstow, Paul Ainsworth’s restaurant serves up modern British food with a focus on sourcing local Cornish produce. Ainsworth is well known for his appearances on the tv show Great British Menu and his expertise is clearly reflected in the success of Number 6. The restaurant holds a prestigious Michelin Star for its efforts and has just been ranked 28th in the 2017 Good Food Guide Top 50 restaurants. Although heavily decorated with awards, Number 6 prides itself on being a relaxing and friendly restaurant with no dress codes but really great food and beautiful décor. Incredibly, everything on the menu is made on site (even the bread) giving this food the stamp of sustainability approval. With dishes as tempting as crisp porthilly oysters and Cornish duck with ‘pyo’ salad, you won’t know what to try first.


Food at the Driftwood Hotel in Cornwall

Image Credit: Driftwood Hotel


Driftwood Hotel, Portscatho

Overlooking the magnificent Gerrans Bay near Portscatho with a private beach for patrons to enjoy, the Driftwood Hotel serves the very best local produce from a contemporary menu. Holding a Michelin Star for their service and culinary expertise, Driftwood still focus on the relaxed feel of their dining room. They remain very humble in their aims: they simply wish to awaken your taste buds with delicious flavours and textures incorporating only the freshest seafood and finest West Country meats. A small but very beautiful aim which is clearly putting them head and shoulders above the rest of the industry. With a broad selection of dishes to choose from, there’s an option for every taste at the Driftwood Hotel.


Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac

Based in Port Isaac (AKA the home of Doc Martin), Restaurant Nathan Outlaw prides itself on Outlaw’s unique approach to seafood cookery coupled with an inherent respect for food. Boasting two Michelin Stars, 4 AA Rosettes and the number two position in the 2017 Good Food Guide Top 50 Restaurants, Outlaw knows his food and how to serve it in the best possible way. The menus here use the finest sustainable seafood caught off the Cornish coast by small day boats. The evening menu comprises of an eight course Seafood Tasting Menu and the Set Lunch Menu, served on Friday and Saturday lunchtime only, consists of four courses. Both have a matching wine flight to perfectly compliment the tastes of the food. 


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