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The best child-friendly restaurants in Cornwall

With beautiful beaches, stunning sea views, quaint little villages and a rich history to behold, Cornwall really does have everything, and is the perfect place to visit with your family (it was voted the best child-friendly destination in the world after all!).

To get the most out of your next family holiday to Cornwall, we’ve put together a list of some of the best child-friendly restaurants that you and your children are sure to love.

Sams On The Beach, Polkerris

If you’re in Polkerris, you can’t pass up an opportunity to dine at Sams On The Beach.

If your children love boats, they’ll be interested to know that the building used to be the RNLI lifeboat station, and so is situated only metres away from the slipway. One side of the building is just glass windows (which they lose completely during the summer!) so you can take in the breath-taking views of the seas while enjoying some freshly prepared dishes.

Food wise, the restaurant has its own custom-built wood-fire pizza oven. If that’s not to you or your children’s fancy, Sam’s is famous for its freshly caught seafood. If you prefer to share, there’s plenty of antipasti to go around too.


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The Cornerstone, Looe

A 50’s style American diner, The Cornerstone offers everything from maple syrup pancakes for breakfast to a chilli dog or rodeo burger for dinner. For the kids, there’s a choice of fried chicken, a classic hotdog, fish goujons and burgers.

If your little ones have a sweet tooth, the dessert menu is to die for, as you can build your own from a choice of waffles, sundaes and pancakes with a bucket load of sweet and chocolatey toppings. They also offer ‘Thick Shakes’ – a classic American style milkshake made with ice cream, as well as ‘Candy Bar Shakes’.


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The Waymarker, Trewardreva (Constantine)

The Waymarker is a family owned rural restaurant in the picturesque North Helford area between Penryn and Gweek.

Co-owner Rhiannon Mann loves welcoming families through the Waymarker’s doors, and takes pride in offering one of the best family-friendly restaurants in Cornwall. “We have an enclosed area adjacent to our terrace to form a children’s outside play zone, complete with a Wendy house and other activities to occupy youngsters.

“We also have a year-round pagoda marquee, which covers a seated part of the nearby terrace to provide shelter from the weather while still enabling parents to observe the independent play while enjoying a coffee. Indoors we provide puzzles, games and toys or even drawing materials that entertain children to create a friendly ambience in which the whole family can enjoy a relaxed meal.”

When it comes to food, Rhiannon says they offer dishes suited for all tastes and sizes. “Our drinks menu features organic squash choices, milk, fruit juices or kids-sized milkshakes. The food menu offers smaller freshly prepared “comfort classics” meals options suitable for children.”


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Coddy Shack, Looe

You can’t visit Cornwall without stopping by the best fish & chip restaurant around! The Coddy Shack isn’t just good for grabbing a takeaway on your way back from the beach, but it’s also a lively venue where you can sit and enjoy a range of locally sourced speciality dishes (and of course cod and chips!).

In the evenings, the Coddy Shack has live music to entertain and turns into a bar and social scene, which is great fun for all the family, particularly if you have more grown-up children. If you’ve brought your pooch on holiday too, the Coddy Shack also welcomes dogs.

Menu wise, there’s plenty of dishes on offer for kids! Choose between scampi, battered cod, pork sausages, chicken nuggets, cod fishcakes and ham – all of which come with Coddy Shack’s signature chips.


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Zafiros, Truro

If you and your family find yourself visiting Truro, a stop at Zafiros for a coffee and a bite to eat is definitely recommended. By day, Zafiros is a family-friendly restaurant and by night, the venue turns into a bar with a popular social scene amongst the locals.

During the day, the family-run restaurant put emphasis on offering a sophisticated bar and coffee lounge for families to enjoy where your children can relax and play while you rejuvenate. “During the day we are the most family/child-friendly place you will find. From the moment you enter, our friendly team members will make you and your little ones welcome, and show you to the best seat available with places to store your buggy and high chairs for your little ones bums.

“We have a range of toys & books including the infamous Where’s Wally. But the real secret lies within the TV screens, one of our team members will be able to supply you with a set of headphones so your kids can not only watch Finding Nemo on our screens but hear it too! Leaving you adults the joy of being able to appreciate your meal with the serene background music we provide.

“Not only do we provide entertainment for your kids but also a menu specially designed for them. With homemade pizza, sandwiches, pasta and the ever popular healthy platter to get your children’s taste buds tingling!”

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