Cornwall’s new foodie capital: drink and dine in St MawesPosted by Sophie Hesp on Updated on
A food-lover’s guide to St Mawes on Cornwall’s south coast
A picture-perfect fishing village nestled on the edge of the Roseland Peninsula, St Mawes is one of Cornwall’s most desirable holiday locations. Bursting with fresh local produce and first class eateries, its spectacular waterside setting and vibrant community spirit make it a must-visit destination. Whether it’s an evening drink beside the water or an indulgent dinner at a Michelin star restaurant, we’ve rounded up the best places to drink and dine in St Mawes.
The Idle Rocks
© The Idle Rocks
One of the most prestigious restaurants in the area, head to The Idle Rocks and enjoy an al fresco evening on the idyllic waterfront terrace. Soak up the fantastic local atmosphere with a cocktail in hand and sample a menu of refined and imaginative cuisine. For the full experience, indulge in the seven-course signature menu which promises a gastronomical experience crafted from the finest Cornish produce.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a highly recommended afternoon tea, The Idle Rocks combines fine dining with an enviable seaside location – making it a tranquil spot to enjoy dinner as the sun sets over Falmouth Bay.
© Tresanton Restaurant
If a day out exploring isn’t complete without a four-legged friend by your side, Tresanton Restaurant is not to be missed. After an invigorating walk, cosy up in the Dogs’ Bar in front of the crackling open fire and enjoy a varied menu of seafood starters, elegant main courses and all-too-tempting desserts.
Be sure to visit during the summer months too, when Tresanton organises its famous summer barbecues. A much-loved Sunday lunch with a twist, indulge in an abundant Cornish feast with the family or step out onto the terrace for a sundowner to mark a special occasion in style.
Recently renovated, the Rising Sun is a family-friendly pub and restaurant that boasts views over the harbour from both inside and out in its sunny outdoor seating area. Food is served throughout the day, with the menu embracing local produce and offering a range of reimagined pub classics, sharing boards, vegan options, and seasonal specials. The fish and chips is a highlight, with a tasty ‘banana blossom’ alternative for those looking to avoid meat.
You can expect a fine collection of local ales too, with a hand-picked selection of wines to pair with your dish of choice. The Rising Sun is also dog-friendly, and even serves special ‘beer’ for canines.
The Watch House
© The Watch House
For unique harbourside dining, book a table at The Watch House. With an intimate restaurant atmosphere, laid back interiors and an extensive menu catering for every taste and appetite, the restaurant is perched just above the seashore. You’ll find pub classics alongside seafood and Italian staples.
Cosy up in the window seat and watch the boats bobbing into the harbour, or for the perfect accompaniment to a weekend stroll, pop into Watch Out takeaway next door for the ‘best fish and chips in Cornwall’.
St Mawes Hotel
© St Mawes Hotel via Facebook
Sitting on the harbour’s edge, St Mawes Hotel is a landmark location for enjoying a scenic drink and a bite to eat. The menu is crafted with local produce from the land and sea, with highlights including small and large plates, takeaway pizzas, and the restaurant’s renowned Sunday roast. The desserts are delectable, and there’s often a delicious cheeseboard on offer too.
Be sure to keep your eye out for seasonal dishes and daily blackboard specials. The hotel is also home to a hidden cinema and regularly hosts live music, so is a good choice for evening entertainment.
The Hidden Hut
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For an unforgettable foodie excursion, cross Cornish waters and visit The Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick Beach. A lovely setting for lunch with a view, this relaxed seaside café is tucked away on the Roseland Peninsula. Catch the ferry from St Mawes Harbour out towards Place Creek and join the South West Coast Path at St Anthony Head to enjoy a two hour walk towards the beach.
Possibly one of Cornwall’s worst kept secrets due to recent coverage in the national press, The Hidden Hut serves up a magical menu made fresh each day – with hearty soups, homemade cakes and summer salads best enjoyed from the sand. On the walk back to the ferry, stop for a drink at Thirstea Company – a fabulous travelling tearoom based on The Roseland.
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From the team behind the Hidden Hut, The Standard Inn in nearby Portscatho is already making a name for itself as a foodie gem. Serving lunch and supper, with a fantastic roast on Sundays, the menus change daily – so you’re always in for a scrumptious surprise when you visit. Cornish meats and seafood adorn the dishes, with fresh veg and cheeses also being locally sourced.
Dogs are welcome throughout the pub, with complimentary treats and water bowls found by the bar. Being located on the Roseland means the Standard Inn makes for a delightful post-walk pit stop.
Where to stay nearby
Above: Cornerways in St Mawes
Overlooking the glistening Carrick Roads sailing waters and out to sea, Cornerways is a beautiful home that’s perfectly placed for exploring all that St Mawes has to offer. With the village’s restaurants all on the doorstep, you can enjoy a night of culinary indulgence before winding down with a scenic drink on the balcony.
Sleeping eight guests across four beautiful bedrooms, this luxurious retreat also benefits from being dog-friendly. Secure your stay today.
Image credits: The Idle Rocks via Facebook | Tresanton Restaurant via Facebook | The Watch House via Facebook | St Mawes Hotel via Facebook | Just Nice Photos via Flickr | All other images our own.