There’s more to Cornish cuisine than the steak pasty. While it might be the most famous dish to make it out of the South West, it’s far from the best. With coastlines on either side harbouring hundreds of charming fishing villages, the quality of the seafood is nothing short of excellence. It’s no surprise that world renowned chefs, such as Jamie Oliver and Rick Stein, have opened multiple establishments in this beautiful county.
The Driftwood Hotel (TR2 5EW) is 5 miles from St Austell – a town famous for its ales and ciders. Chef Chris Eden is a home-grown treasure, graduating from St Austell Catering College at the tender age of 17. After gaining experience in a string of high class London restaurants, he moved back to Cornwall to join the team at the Driftwood Hotel. Eight years later, in 2012, he received his first Michelin Star.
Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen
Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen (PL29 3RH) is located in Port Isaac and has a unique menu designed to celebrate small, original seafood dishes. Everything is cooked to order and, whenever possible, the seafood is caught by local fishermen who employ low impact fishing methods in order to preserve marine life. Owner Nathan Outlaw, is a Michelin-starred chef with a number of restaurants in Cornwall and London.
St Enodoc Hotel
Also owned by Nathan Outlaw, the St Endoc Hotel (PL27 6LA) is part of the Outlaw’s signature seafood chain. Not only is it Cornwall’s only double Michelin star restaurant, it was also placed forth in the UK Good Food Guide in 2015. Located on the edge of the Camel Estuary in Rock, it has views across Padstow’s waters in one direction, and the endless countryside in the other. Sustainability is part of the St Enodoc Hotel’s ethos; therefore, the seasonal menu is made from locally sourced seafood caught using eco-friendly fishing techniques. A hand picked wine selection, designed to complement each dish, is available, and vegetarian menus can be prepared, if requested in advance.
The Tolcarne Inn has a simple menu, serving only affordable and accessible dishes. It is currently run by Michelin-starred chef Ben Tunnicliffe, who helped set up the famed Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth, and was the head chef of the Abbey restaurant in Penzance from 2003 to 2008. Keen to explore his creativity and satisfy his desire to open a simple public house, he took over the Tolcarne Inn in 2012.
Paul Ainsworth at No. 6
No. 6 (PL28 8AP) in Padstow makes the most out of seasonal variations in agriculture and marine life, adapting with the environment to deliver a menu that’s of the highest possible standard. From the chocolate truffles to the bread rolls, everything is homemmade using the very best local ingredients and cooking techniques. Owner Paul Ainsworth, has appeared on BBC2 television series Great British Menu, representing the South West against some of the best chefs in the country.