Classy cuisine in Cornwall and the south west
The south west has been known for its love of great food for many years, but more recently this reputation has spread to some of the country’s best loved celebrity chefs who are learning that it’s not just the big cities that appreciate their culinary talents. As Cornish fine cuisine and dining becomes more popular among holidaymakers and locals alike, more and more celebrity chefs are setting up shop in these beautiful southern counties.
This guide will introduce you to some of the most classy and tasty establishments in the south to enjoy on camping and caravanning holidays in Looe Cornwall, to leave you returning home happy and full.
Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant
Celebrity chef Rick Stein has been a household name in many kitchens across the country for years and having set up Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow back in 1975, the restaurant has become a well-regarded addition to the Cornish holiday. Situated on the Padstow harbour-side, the restaurant is a testament to Stein’s long-established relationship with Padstow and, indeed, Cornwall, having lived there himself since 1965. The restaurant offers its diners an array of fresh fish and seafood on a menu that is inspired by Stein’s travels with fish dishes from Goa, Thailand, Bali and France.
Couch’s Great House
For those not too keen on the inevitable celebrity chef queue, there are a great selection of restaurants on Cornwall’s southern coast. Couch’s Great House in Polperro offers up some exceptional cuisine with head chef Richard McGeown having learnt under such names as Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White and Raymond Blanc. The restaurant offers diners all the warming Cornish spirit you might expect during a stay in summer Polperro holiday homes nearby with all of the class and delicate flavours that may seem more at home in the country’s capital.
Paul Ainsworth at Number 6
Heading back to the culinary delights of Padstow, next up is another famous face in the form of Paul Ainsworth at Number 6. This exceptional restaurant makes the most of seasonal as well as local produce to serve up some exquisite dishes. They pride themselves on their relaxed attitude to fine dining, offering a classy menu that comes in unpretentious and hearty portions.
The Old Sail Loft Restaurant
Those looking for a little more of a traditional vibe from their dining experience might wish to take themselves down to The Old Sail Loft Restaurant in Looe. Sat within one of the oldest buildings in Looe, it gives diners the chance to experience some local culture and architecture whilst tucking into some incredible meals.
Similarly, Squid Ink restaurant also offers a great dining experience in the heart of a characterful building in Looe. Combining British cooking with inspiration from the Med and Asia, this restaurant serves up some truly passionate dishes from some truly passionate chefs, with Squid Ink’s menu being designed by chef and patron Warren Goodridge.
It would be wrong not to include some of the fine dining options available in nearby Plymouth, so now we go from the best that Cornwall has to the great eateries just over the border.
Rhodes @ The Dome
While Cornwall may have been the home of some big names, celebrity chefs have not shied away from Devon either as Gary Rhodes OBE took to the Hoe to open Rhodes @ The Dome. This great kitchen and bar has a fantastic location that serves up equally fantastic drinks and meals with a full À la carte menu. Whether you are looking for a cocktail or posh fish and chips, you will be welcome here.
River Cottage Canteen and Deli
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s lovable TV personality on The River Cottage series is almost as popular with foodies around the country as his fantastic rustic recipes, which is why his River Cottage Canteen and Deli in Plymouth is so prevalent. Having opened in Plymouth's Royal William Yard in 2011 in the Grade I Listed Brewhouse building, it is another example of great heart-warming cuisine served up in a beautiful atmosphere.
Finally, for those looking for an even more contemporary feel and something a bit different for a posh meal out in the south west, nothing beats celebrity chefs the Tanner Brothers’ Barbican Kitchen. Situated in the world famous Plymouth Gin Distillery, you couldn’t ask for a better location to be tucking into perfectly cooked fillet steak medallions, which is just one of the incredible options on their delectable menu.
These are just a few of the fantastic examples of classy cuisine available in the county’s south west – if you have any other favourites it would be great to hear them and let your fellow holidaymakers know on the Tencreek Holiday Park Facebook page.
Image Credits: rickstein.com, David Griffen Photography (davidgriffen.co.uk), Couch’s Great House Restaurant, The Old Sail Loft Restaurant, Squid Ink, Rhodes @ The Dome, River Cottage Canteen Plymouth.
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