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Eating out in Newquay: A local’s guide

There’s no doubt Newquay is a hub when it comes to surfing and water-sports – but did you know it also boasts many renowned restaurants, too?

From those overlooking the town’s many beaches to the ones tucked away in quiet streets, there’s a little something here for everyone.

And whether you’re looking for a casual breakfast or a romantic date night, you’ll easily find a restaurant to fit your needs. But where do you start?

We know it’s not easy to find the best spots when you’re from out-of-town, so let us help you get in the know. Here, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite dinner and brunch spots, so you can hit the ground running as soon as you get here!

The best part? Each one delivers a different experience, so your inner foodie can make the most of everything Newquay has to offer.

The Fish House 

A seafood restaurant overlooking the world-famous surfing beach of Fistral, there’s a reason The Fish House is one of the most celebrated restaurants in town.

Just a stone’s throw from the shoreline, the inspiration for this restaurant comes straight from the sea. Expect locally-caught fish and shellfish, direct from Newquay Harbour, paired with seasonal ingredients to make the tongue tingle.

With a warm atmosphere and top cocktail selection, it’s the perfect spot for any seafood lover.

Lusty Glaze 

Located a short drive out of town, a visit to Lusty Glaze Beach will no doubt be one to remember. Open daily, the Pizza and Beach Lounge is a fairy-lit space on the sand, where you can enjoy fresh, stone-baked pizzas with a view.

For a more formal dining experience, though, the beach’s restaurant is currently hosting The Pickled Chef, led by Richard Mason, on selected dates through the summer season. Think seafood linguine, seared scallops, triple-cooked parmesan chips, arancini, sticky toffee pudding and so much more.

Box & Barber

Box & Barber is one of Newquay’s most popular cafes for good reason; not just because of its central town location. In fact, with its cool, casual vibe and commitment to using organic, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients, it’s one we’d urge you not to miss.

Enjoy the all-day menu boasting a range of goods – from pancakes to breakfast burritos, smoothies, juices, salads, açai bowls and more. They even serve up freshly-baked goodies from local bakeries, so you can get a real taste of Cornwall!

Jam Jar Kitchen

Just ten minutes by car, you’ll find the stunning village of Crantock on the Gannel Estuary. And it’s here that you can discover the magic of Jam Jar Kitchen!

Serving homemade bakes, sandwiches and smoothies by day, Jam Jar Kitchen is the ideal pitstop for your coastal walk, beach day, or catch up with friends. By night, though, discover authentic woodfired pizzas and nibbles served alongside hand-picked wines, cocktails and beers, as Jam Jar Kitchen’s terrace transforms into a vibrant pizzeria.

Note that they don’t take bookings, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Lewinnick Lodge

Here at Lewinnick Lodge, we know eating out isn’t just about the food – it’s about the experience. That’s why our ocean-facing restaurant has earned its name as a local’s favourite (thanks to its 180-degree sea views, floor-to-ceiling windows and glass-fronted terrace).

With our brasserie favourites made with locally-sourced, seasonal produce, our team is all about creating those signature dishes with options for all – and then pairing them perfectly with our wide selection of locally-brewed ales, fine wines and cocktail classics.

So, when you dine with us, taste the saltwater lifestyle with a menu that celebrates the best of Cornish ingredients with a tasty contemporary twist. Whether it’s a casual brunch date with your friends or a special birthday surprise, book your table now for the ultimate ocean-facing dining experience in Newquay.

The Plume of Feathers

Just a short drive (20 minutes) from the Newquay is our sister venue, The Plume of Feathers. Located in the heart of the countryside, the 16th century pub is culinary adventure of locally sources and seasonal flavours.