Food, glorious food! There really is nothing quite like it. Over the past few years, foodie breaks in Cornwall have become increasingly popular, and the county has developed a reputation among gastronomes.
From restaurants run by celebrity chefs, Michelin-starred fine dining and festivals celebrating the best of Cornish produce, you’ll find plenty to whet your appetite and tempt your palate.
Take a look at this short video featuring some of the region’s top chefs talking about why Cornwall’s food scene has become so popular.
Top 10 ideas for the ultimate foodie break in Cornwall
1. Sign up for a cookery masterclass
Love cooking as well as going out to eat? Why not treat yourselves to a short cookery course? The Padstow Seafood School (part of the Rick Stein empire) has a variety of cookery classes on offer. Despite the name, the focus isn’t just on seafood!
Philleigh Way on the Roseland Peninsula also offer a variety of day-long cookery classes, including baking, foraging and bushcraft cooking.
2. Go to a food festival
Plan your trip to coincide with one of Cornwall’s food festivals and sampling the finest local produce Cornwall has to offer. There are several fantastic food festivals around Cornwall throughout September and October, including the Great Cornish Food Festival (23 – 25 September 2016) and Falmouth Oyster Festival (8 – 11 October 2016).
3. Experience an al fresco feast
Go to an outdoor feast night or a pop up dining experience where the food rivals the views. The Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick Beach on the Roseland runs themed feast nights in the spring, summer and autumn. Sign up to the mailing list to find out as soon as tickets are released. Feast nights are very popular, and as numbers a limited, they sell out quickly!
4. Enjoy an extra-special picnic
Pack a picnic and find your own perfect spot. If you’re going to do something, it’s worth doing it properly, so invest in a classy picnic set, treat yourselves to some sumptuous Cornish goodies and a bottle of bubbly. Cheers!
5. Dine in style
Some of the finest restaurants in the county are run by chefs who’ve become household names. Jamie Oliver’s 15 Cornwall in Watergate Bay, Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow and Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac are all worth splurging on.
6. Rediscover simple pleasures
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than quick and easy food you can eat outdoors with your hands – think hot, steaming fish and chips on the pier or Cornish pasties. Always a winner.
7. Drink in the view
Fancy eating by the sea? If you’re looking for a restaurant with a view you’ve come to the right place. For a casual dinner, we love Sam’s on the Beach in Polkerris.
8. Indulge in the finest seafood
It’s pretty much a given. Whether you prefer to catch and cook your own mackerel, opt for cod and chips or prefer to dine in style at one of Cornwall’s finest seafood restaurants, the choice is yours.
9. Book a private chef
If you’d prefer a more intimate affair, try our private chef service. They’ll come to your cottage and put together a gourmet meal especially for you – while you relax and unwind.
10. Forage for your supper
For something completely different, why not give foraging a go? There are loads of edible delights are growing right on your doorstep – if you know where to look, that is! Emma Gunn from Nevermind the Burdocks runs foraging workshops across Cornwall. You can read more about one of the workshops she did at Bosinver on our blog.
For more suggestions about the best restaurants and cafes in Cornwall, take a look at our dining out page. If you’re looking for something particular, get in touch and we’ll do our best to recommend something that fits the bill.
Self catering cottages for foodie breaks in Cornwall
Tempted? We have a range of cottages which sleep 4-12 people. Whether you’re looking for a romantic short break or an opportunity to get together with family or friends for a long weekend away in Cornwall, we’ve got something to suit.
And if you enjoy whipping up a storm in the kitchen as well as dining out, all our kitchens are fully equipped and have plenty of room for you to work your magic…
What’s your favourite foodie experience in Cornwall? Have you discovered any hidden gems or unusual places to eat? We’d love to hear what you think – leave a comment below, tweet @Bosinver or post on our Facebook page.