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Our favourite beachside eateries in the South West

Posted by Josh Wildeman on Mar 12, 2021

Five splendid spots just moments from the sand

There’s nothing quite like enjoying beautiful food overlooking the beach with the ocean glistening and the sun warming your face. With miles of stunning coastline, the South West is renowned for its delectable beachside cafés and restaurants so we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites for you to try.

From lesser-known beach cafés serving rustic seafood platters to established eating spots from the region’s best chefs, you’ll discover somewhere new to explore later this year as restrictions ease.

Beachhouse - South Milton, Devon

Just metres from South Milton Sands Beach and perched overlooking the sea, Beachhouse is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch while watching the kids play on the beach. This family-friendly eatery is renowned for its fresh seafood platters, grilled fish and generous moules mariniere.

During peak holiday periods make sure you arrive early and grab one of their outdoor seats to make the most of the wonderful beach views.

Where to stay? Overcombe, Bigbury-on-Sea

The cafe is currently open for takeaway customers only but indoor diners are welcome from Monday 17th May.

Lula - Hayle, Cornwall

Sister restaurant to Amelies in Porthleven, Lula is a beautiful wood-clad shack perched just above the golden sands of Hayle Beach. Opening last summer, this laid back café has already built a dedicated following of both locals and tourists.

Specialising in fresh Cornish seafood, tasty ribs and lobster sourced directly from the local fishing fleet, Lula is a great destination for a relaxed lunch with friends. If that's not for you, why not pick up one of their famous 'po-boy' sandwiches and take a leisurely walk along the beach. 

Where to stay? Ednovean House, Perranuthnoe

The shack is currently open seven days a week for takeaway customers. Outdoor areas will open from 12th April and indoor diners are welcome from 17th May.

Emily Scott Food - The Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall

After a successful pop-up last summer, Emily Scott will be opening her seaside restaurant at the Watergate Bay Hotel from May this year. Taking over the former Watchful Mary building, she’ll be serving simple, elegant seafood and plant-based dishes. The stunning wood-clad building sits just above the world-famous Watergate Bay beach with large glass windows looking out over the blue waters.

Ideal for a luxurious evening out, Emily’s menu will feature roasted scallops, Cornish crab with brown butter hollandaise and hake with picked samphire to name just a few dishes.

Where to stay? The Hideout, Mawgan Porth

The restaurant will open from Tuesday 18th May.

Porthmeor Beach Café - St Ives, Cornwall

Positioned just a few steps above the white sand of Porthmeor Beach with endless views across the Atlantic Ocean, this café is a real gem for foodie lovers. Enjoy breakfast get-togethers after a morning walk through the picturesque streets of St Ives or evening tapas with friends to watch the sun set over the shimmering water. 

The covered terrace is dog-friendly and perfect when the weather is warm, or choose to nestle inside if the wind picks up and watch the ocean waves roll in. With a surf school on the beach and the Tate art gallery just moments away, there's plenty to keep everyone busy.

Where to stay? Shun Lee, St Ives

The café is temporarily closed due to government restrictions but will be opening for outdoor dining from Monday 12th April and indoor dining from Monday 17th May.

Hooked on the Rocks - Swanpool, Cornwall

Serving sustainably caught seafood, fresh crab and lobster from the Falmouth fishing fleet, Hooked on the Rocks is a wonderful spot for lovers of fresh fish. Overlooking Swanpool Beach, just outside Falmouth, this lovely restaurant has wonderful views across the beach and is perfect for a quiet meal on the coast. Beautiful interiors with pops of mustard yellow and mid-blue create a luxurious ambience or if you’re after an al fresco dining experience, book one of their terrace tables to enjoy the stunning ocean views.

Where to stay? Beachcombers, Gorran Haven

The café is currently closed due to government restrictions but will be opening for outdoor dining from Monday 12th April and indoor dining from Monday 17th May.

If you're staying at one of our properties and you'd like some help choosing the best restaurant for your holiday, make the most of our inclusive concierge service and let our friendly team make all the arrangements.

Image credits: Lula images courtesy of Adam Sargent | Beachhouse and Porthmeor Beach Café images courtesy of the restaurant owners | Emily Scott images from Instagram | Swanpool image by Tim Green aka atoach  | All other images are our own or from Unsplash.

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Posted by Josh Wildeman

Often seen with a paintbrush in hand, Josh is always on the lookout for interior inspiration for his new home. A lover of coffee and cake, his spare time is spent discovering Cornwall's best cafés, with mad dog Marty by his side.

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