Where to have a Sunday lunch in Cornwall
After a brisk walk on the beach or a stroll through Cornwall’s picturesque countryside, you can’t beat a hearty Sunday lunch, with all the trimmings. Everyone is bound to have been disappointed with a bad roast dinner at least once, but you can rest assure you won’t be dissatisfied whilst visiting caravan holiday parks in Cornwall, as this county offers some of the very best Sunday lunches. From warming roasts by a cosy fireplace to tasty dinners overlooking the sea, in this guide, we reveal the best places to enjoy a Sunday lunch in Cornwall.
Situated halfway between Liskeard and Looe, The Hayloft well deserves to be in the running when you’re deciding where to go for Sunday lunch in Cornwall. This restaurant serves up a delicious carvery of Cornish beef, lamb and pork as well as a vegetarian nut roast.
We spoke to Matt, the chef and owner, to find out more: “Our regular customers love the Local meats that are freshly roasted on the day, our giant Yorkshires, our local and different vegetables and our secret recipe gravy, what else do you need on a Sunday!”
The interior at The Hayloft is contemporary and classic combined, creating a light and relaxed atmosphere to the restaurant. If you don’t fancy a roast, there are plenty of other choices on their Sunday menu, including a beef burger, local Fowey mussels and Tribute battered fish with hand-cut chips.
The Tinners Arms
If you’re looking for a cosy pub atmosphere for your meal, then The Tinners Arms is perfect for your Sunday lunch. This popular pub is located in the Cornish village of Zennor, just along the coast from the popular tourist town of St Ives. With cobble-stoned buildings and country lanes, this tiny village has an abundance of charm, and The Tinners Arms is no different.
Built in 1271, the pub remains popular with locals, tourists, those walking the coastal paths and tors nearby, and of course, anyone looking for a delicious Sunday roast by a warming fireplace.
We asked Graham from the team to tell us more: “We have roast pork, rare beef, lamb, chicken, and veggie roast available all day on Sundays with gluten-free roast as an option. We are a proper pub, not a restaurant, with a log fire in the winter and panoramic views from our garden in the summer with lots of free parking. All our roasts are cooked on the day, served within half an hour of ordering even at peak times and includes six different delicious vegetables. The pub is Listed, dates back to 1271 and is stunning on the eye!”
The Summer House
Nothing beats a Sunday stroll on the beach followed by a roast dinner, and visiting The Summer House allows for both. The restaurant is located on the shores of Perranporth Beach, unveiling spectacular views of the Cornish coast as you tuck into a tasty meal.
We spoke to Nina from the team at The Summer House to find out more: “If the idea of a homegrown, seasonally considered, three-course roast dinner that’s full of culinary comforts overlooking the Cornish coastline sounds like stuff Sunday’s are made of, head on down to your own piece of paradise!
“From Perranporth’s stunning seascapes to our renowned, regional roast meats, there is something to offer every single one of our guests. We pride ourselves on the warmest of welcomes in the most magical of settings and hope to wow your socks off with some of the most exceptional service standards on the west coast.”
Currently, on their Sunday lunch menu, you have the choice of slow-roasted lamb shoulder, thyme and garlic chicken breast, belly pork in cider and the vegetarian option, maple roast beetroot, caramelised onion and cashew cream tart. All the roasts are served with honey glazed parsnips, rosemary and garlic potatoes, a homemade Yorkshire pudding and more.
The Gurnard’s Head
Found on the coast between St Ives and St Just, The Gurnard’s Head, is the place to go to switch off, embrace Cornwall’s coastal views and indulge in some tasty food, including their mouth-watering Sunday lunches.
Charles, from the team at The Gurnard’s Head, tells us more: “For me, I love nothing more than a good Winter’s day walk along the headland in the knowledge that when I make it back to the pub, there’s a roaring fire in the bar; you have a feeling of being ‘hugged’ as you enter.
“On a Sunday, there are always a few locals who will be propped up by the bar, there’s plenty of laughter and happiness in the air. We have a good loyal crowd who will come back a few times a month. To me, the Roast Beef (from our butchers in St Ives, Harvey Brothers) is hard to beat; the roast potatoes are exactly how I would want them at home, if not a little better. It really is the highlight of the week. A Bloody Mary to start with, roast beef, with a good bottle of red and a good hearty pudding to follow – heaven!”
Currently on The Gurnard’s Head Sunday lunch menu are plenty of flavoursome choices for starters, mains and desserts, including butternut, apple and rosemary soup and smoked salt fish croquette, tartare sauce and lemon, to start. Roast rib of Cornish beef or lamb, and cod, cauliflower, cheddar, capers and truffle, for mains. Followed by a choice of desserts, including the apple, almost and cinnamon crumble with sauce anglaise and chocolate crémeux with figs, port and hazelnut ice cream.
So, if you find yourself on a holiday in Cornwall searching for some Sunday lunch goodness, then head to any of these impeccable restaurants and pubs listed in this guide.
Image Credit: The Hayloft, The Summer House.