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Our favourite Sunday lunches in Devon and Cornwall

Posted by Sophie Hesp on Apr 14, 2022

Nothing beats a Sunday lunch


From Venetian-style antipasti and seafood specials to traditional and vegetarian roasts, the South West is home to some fantastic Sunday lunch venues. Perfect for a celebration or simple weekend comforts, we’ve rounded up our favourite locations in Devon and Cornwall.

 

Cornwall

1. Amélies in Porthleven

© Amélies

Enjoy panoramic views and an award-winning Sunday lunch at Amélies in Porthleven. This Cornish gem prides itself on beautifully fresh and flavourful dishes, from rich Malaysian curries to wood fired pork and local fish from the harbour.

With a string of local accolades, Amélies is home to the ‘Best Cornish Sunday Roast’, named by Cornwall Life in their Food and Drink Awards 2016. While you can expect an informal café atmosphere by day and a relaxed restaurant vibe by night, Sundays at Amélies are extra special. Take to the terrace to experience lunch with a view.

Nearby properties: Seathrift and Zawn House in Porthleven. Both featuring arresting architecture, incredible sea views and amazing social spaces, two tempting West Cornwall homes await.

 

2. The Gurnard's Head in Zennor

Highly recommended for a roast on the coast, this West Cornwall spot is loved by The Michelin Guide and The Good Pub Guide, and isn't far from Cornish landmarks like St Michael’s Mount and the Minack Theatre.

With the option of two or three courses each Sunday, starters include saltfish croquettes and butternut squash.  When it comes to the star of the show, diners can choose fresh meats like Cornish beef or pork, fish dishes including whole plaice or hake, or the vegetarian kale and pearl barley risotto. For those with a sweet tooth, the dessert menu features a blackcurrent bakewell tart and a dark chocolate mousse with salted caramel – the perfect pick-me-up after long coastal rambles.

Nearby properties: Shun Lee in St Ives and Blue Elvin in Newlyn. Whether it's from Shun Lee's terrace or Blue Elvin's leafy garden, soak up frontline sea views.
 

3. Star and Garter in Falmouth

© Star and Garter

Serving up hearty Sunday lunches each week and making the most of its prime harbour front location, Star and Garter combines the best local produce with astonishing views across Falmouth Bay. With menu favourites including slow roasted lamb, dry aged moorland rump and pork loin with apple and sage, this trendy Falmouth hotspot is sure to prove popular with carnivores across Cornwall.

Book a table and tuck into crispy duck fat roast potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, with the finest locally sourced produce served on every plate. A collection of world class whiskies and much loved rums make Star and Garter the perfect place to take in glistening views with a drink in hand.

 

4. The Pig at Harlyn Bay

Book a table at The Pig at Harlyn Bay and bring the family together for an extra special feast. Headed up by a team of prestigious chefs and preparing a simple menu of quintessentially British food, The Pig presents a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Cornwall.

With each ingredient grown or sourced nearby as part of the restaurant’s '25 mile menu’, its spectacular dishes are inspired by coast and country, from Fowey duck and Johnny Murt's Padstow crab to the walled garden salad and beetroot hummus. After a luxurious lunch in the greenhouse restaurant, savour the luscious garden views or take a stroll along Harlyn Bay’s iconic sandy shores.

Nearby properties: Pentyak, Trelawn and Tater Du, in Harlyn Bay. With a growing portfolio across North Cornwall, Harlyn Bay is home to some of our most-loved properties.

 

5. The Sardine Factory, Looe

Proudly holding a Bib Gourmand award, The Sardine Factory overlooks Looe Harbour in South Cornwall. Usually loved for its fresh off the boat seafood, it’s well worth making the day trip for their Sunday roasts, though be sure to book well ahead. 

The lunch window is quite brief, serving from 12pm until 2pm, but lovers of crispy roast potatoes, fresh, seasonal veg and meats cooked to perfection won’t be disappointed.

 

6. Duchy of Cornwall Nursery in Lostwithiel

© Beth Druce via Duchy of Cornwall Nursery

Enjoying pretty views over Fowey Valley and Restormel Castle, the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and Café is a tranquil spot to while away the weekend over a classic Sunday lunch. After a morning spent wandering the nursery, pop into the café for an extra lunch treat.

Enjoy a drink on arrival and take a seat and sample a spectacular three course menu amongst truly peaceful surroundings. Choose from beautifully baked cod loin, slow roasted lamb from nearby Kilhallon Farm or sun blush tomato arancini – not forgetting a delightful selection of desserts for a little weekend indulgence.

 

7. The Longstore in Charlestown

Making itself at home in a beautifully renovated sail loft, The Longstore is a local’s go-to for Sunday roasts in South Cornwall. The restaurant’s signature roasts include their low and slow Cornish beef, 12 hour roasted pork belly, and a tempting chicken supreme. Dishes are served with all the trimmings, from cauliflower cheese and swede and carrot mash, to fluffy Yorkshire puddings and rosemary and garlic roasted potatoes. 

There’s a children’s roast and a vegetarian option to cater for every appetite, plus dogs are welcome on the terrace. We recommend ordering a Longstore cocktail or two, to make the view over the beach and harbour even sweeter. 
 

 

Devon

8. The Seahorse in Dartmouth

Serving a Venetian-style antipasti from its coveted Dartmouth location, The Seahorse is all about Sunday lunch with a twist. With an ever-changing menu featuring new dishes each week, enjoy a selection of cured Italian meats before indulging in a three course lunch with your choice of main. For a pre-dinner tipple, try an in-house aperitif at Joe’s Bar before taking your seat at the table.

Nearby property: Blue Moorings in Dartmouth. Overlooking the still water, watch as boats glide past the window or enjoy the short walk into town.

 

9. Railway Dining Trains

If you prefer to drink and dine on the move, don’t miss the popular railway dining experience making its way through South Devon. Setting off from Buckfastleigh station, book your ticket and climb on board a dining train to enjoy a Sunday lunch with a difference.

With availability across selected dates for tables of two or four, this unique restaurant car experience will include a freshly cooked three course lunch from a menu of locally sourced produce. With an at-table bar also in operation, ease into the weekend over a glass of fizz and watch the world go by from the window.

Nearby property: Waterside in Salcombe. Having just released three final weeks for 2022, including May half term, tranquil estuary views make this South Devon home truly magical.

 

10. Black Venus Inn in Challacombe

A traditional country pub boasting a sociable beer garden, a cosy bar and a selection of comprehensive menus, the Black Venus Inn occupies a picture-perfect setting in North Devon. Beautifully presented and showcasing the finest local ingredients, the pub’s indulgent Sunday lunches provide the perfect excuse for a lazy weekend well spent.

 

11. The Masons Arms in Knowstone

For a traditional Sunday roast set within the gently rolling hills of the Exmoor countryside, The Masons Arms is a Michelin-star thatched inn serving three exquisite courses on the first Sunday of each month. From smoked haddock starters to duck confit mains and poached rhubarb desserts, expect award-winning cuisine and an extensive wine list to match.

Nearby property: Nightjar in Dulverton, part of the Upcott Farm estate. Nightjar features four luxurious bedrooms, a sociable kitchen and an elevated deck for sleepy nights beneath the stars. Sitting just on the edge of Exmoor, there's plenty of local culinary delights to explore nearby.

 

Image credits: Amélies | Star and Garter (including main image) | Beth Druce for Duchy of Cornwall Nursery | All other images are from Unsplash.

Posted by Sophie Hesp

When she's not out for brunch, Sophie loves exploring the coast path with her partner and their golden retriever pup, Obi. She writes about all things Cornwall and is a strong believer that there’s no such thing as too many house plants.