Top 20 food trucks and pop-ups in Devon and CornwallPosted by Sophie Hesp on Jun 11, 2021
Coffee from a horsebox and tacos by the sea
A South West staycation and great local food go hand in hand, so we set out to find the top 20 food trucks and pop-ups in Devon and Cornwall. Perfect for evenings on the beach or breakfast watching the sunrise, these unique ‘on the go’ options promise plenty of foodie inspiration ahead of your next escape.
Dine with a view
Hungry Horsebox Co | Gwithian, West Cornwall
© Hungry Horsebox Co
On Gwithian Beach in West Cornwall, you’ll find a vibrant blue horsebox serving everything from tacos to tea and cake. Hungry Horsebox Co is the place to be if you’re looking for al fresco dining with a view.
For lunch, menu options include Cornish brie or beef brisket ciabatta, sweet potato and lentil dhal and five bean chili nachos. If you’re stopping by after a day on the sand, buy a taco ticket online and choose from line caught mackerel or bang bang cauliflower – both served with homemade kimchi, crispy onions and sriracha carrots.
The horsebox is open seasonally on fair weather days, evening meals are served between 6pm and 9pm and you’ll find the nearest car parks at Godrevy and Gwithian Towans.
HarbourQ | Charlestown, South Cornwall
An extension of Charlestown’s Longstore restaurant, HarbourQ is the perfect spot to enjoy a laid back dinner by the water. Open every evening when the Cornish weather allows, this South Cornwall eatery specialises in elevated barbeque food. Think dirty fries, hot dogs, soft tortilla tacos and towering burgers, served alongside a frozen strawberry margarita or a pint of draught beer.
Place your order, find a spot on the harbour and take in magical views over one of Cornwall’s most iconic locations – HarbourQ will take care of the rest.
Gastrobus Beach Food | Bantham and Thurlestone, South Devon
Visiting some of Devon’s most picturesque locations, look to Gastrobus for gourmet sandwiches, freshly baked pastries, fresh coffee and everything in between. With a trio of pastel-coloured food trucks – Gastrobus, Gastropizza and Gastro Treats – this lovely local business are based between Bantham and Thurlestone on the south coast.
For a seaside tipple, head to Thurlestone where the pretty in pink Gastro Treats bus will be parked up to serve prosecco, pints and Pimms in the sunshine.
Barricane Beach Café | Woolacombe, North Devon
Based on Woolacombe Beach, this café is loved for its Sri Lankan curry nights. There’s no need to book, just find a place on the sand, get in line and place your order at the hatch. On the menu you’ll find a choice of meat or vegetable curries, as well as the usual accompaniments like poppadoms, rice, mango chutney and coconut sambol.
Generally, the café is open Thursday to Saturday from Easter until September, and in true Devon fashion, closing time is when the curry runs out. It’s worth liking the Facebook page to make sure they’re open before heading down, and don’t forget to take cash.
Perfect for pizza night
Flour Power Pizza Parlour | West Cornwall
© Flour Power Pizza Parlour
Finalists in the British Street Food Awards in 2019, this mobile pizzeria fills its fantastically decorated food truck with fresh and healthy artisan pizza. Covering four locations across the county from Portreath to Hayle, Rebecca and Simon moved to Cornwall after training in Florence to become professional pizzaioli, or pizza makers.
Their ingredients are seasonal and sometimes foraged, bringing a taste of Kernow to an Italian classic. We love the sound of their pomodoro – made with homemade San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh chilies, sundried tomatoes, fresh rocket and balsamic glaze. Gluten free bases are also available, alongside a dedicated vegan menu.
Wild Bake | North Cornwall
Celebrating wood-fired street food, Wild Bake bring their authentic handmade pizzas to the people of Cornwall at local pitches four evenings a week. From their classic margherita to tempting veggie and cured meat options, the truck’s ‘less is more’ approach sees owner Lewis use only the best local ingredients to create his signature sauce and perfectly puffed up crusts.
Set to park up in new seasonal pitches throughout the summer, the distinctive green Wild Bake trailer will delight pizza lovers of all ages. Keep an eye on their social media pages for specials that change weekly, then drop Lewis a text to place your pick-up order.
Kern | Cornwall
This pastel pink pop-up is run by twin sisters Maren and Kris, founders of the Coppafeel charity. Travelling across Cornwall serving fresh locally roasted coffee and German-inspired sweet treats, Kern’s iconic Citroen H van (fondly named Beyoncé) has most recently enjoyed a stint above The Boathouse in Newquay.
Kern’s beautiful Bundt cakes are always in high demand, served with edible flowers, perfectly ripe fruit and a generous dollop of Moomaid ice cream. Flavours include chocolate, cherry and pistachio and raspberry, lemon and rose. The blueberry option is another must-try if you ask us.
Beetle Juice | Devon and Cornwall
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Holidaying cocktail lovers need look no further than Beetle Juice this summer. Driving their VW fleet across Devon and Cornwall, this unique family-run company was set up in 2012, and their drink-filled campers now feature everything from champagne bars to DJ booths.
Cornwall favourite Ellie is usually parked up on Perranporth Beach for Tunes in the Dunes festival, while previous South West spots include Mount Edgecombe Country Park, Plymouth Seafood Festival and St Mawes Carnival. Drinks-wise, you can look forward to picante margaritas, golden mojitos, blackcurrant brambles and of course the namesake beetle juice.
Pink Flamingo Ice Cream | Newquay, North Cornwall
© Pink Flamingo Ice Cream (left)
When the sun’s shining, you’ll find Pink Flamingo at South Fistral Beach in Newquay – just look out for the bunting-clad blue and white van. Flavours include rhubarb and custard, raspberry ripple, strawberry clotted cream and orange and mascarpone. For our vegan and dairy-free readers, we’d recommend the gin and tonic sorbet – perfect for when summer's in full swing.
Cornish cuisine meets flavours from afar
Fat Cat Cornwall | Cornwall
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Bringing fresh ramen and zingy katsu to the Cornish coast, Fat Cat have taken the county by storm over the last few months. Their pop-ups at Newquay Boathouse, The Portreath Arms and Padstow Farm Shop have seen their Asian-inspired dishes selling out at record speed, and it’s easy to see why.
We visited on a sunny May weekend to sample their small but mighty menu and their the ‘OG paitan’ and katsu curry both come highly recommended. Think charred vegetables, slow braised meats, sticky rice and fresh Tokyo style noodles, all wrapped up to take away. Follow along on Instagram @fatcatcornwall for the best chance of securing a space at their next Cornwall take-over later this month.
Fal Falafel | Falmouth, South Cornwall
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Winner of ‘Best street food in Cornwall' at the What's on Cornwall Awards, Fal Falafel brings a feast from the Middle East to the streets of Falmouth. The food truck’s completely vegan menu is a meze haven of pittas, salad boxes, hummus, falafels and stuffed vine leaves – made with rice, lemon juice, oil and spices.
Everything is served fresh in biodegradable packaging and the company support Cornwall’s local farmers wherever they can, with pittas made on the same farm the wheat is grown on.
The Shellfish Pig and Bango Kitchen | Penryn, South Cornwall
© The Shellfish Pig
Sharing their award-winning dishes with Devon and Cornwall’s festival scene, The Shellfish Pig pride themselves on ‘tasty street food on the move’. Their ‘Bango Kitchen’ in Penryn is open for takeaway from 11am, cooking up fresh sushi, bao buns, dumplings and ramen.
With a menu that showcases the South West’s finest produce, we’d recommend ordering ahead on the app and swinging by on the way to Swanpool or Gyllyngvase in nearby Falmouth to enjoy your #BangoOnTheBeach.
Big Pan Parties | Polzeath, North Cornwall
Having set up shop in Cornwall last month, Big Pan Parties are here to bring paella to Polzeath and beyond. They’re a family-run business with a background in weddings, festivals and corporate events, now serving everything from seafood paella and jambalaya to Thai chicken curry.
The proud owners of the largest paella pan in the UK, you’ll find Big Pan in Polzeath’s Coronation Gardens opposite the beach – perfect for supper on the sand or to take back to your holiday home.
New to the scene
Paul Ainsworth’s Travelling Feast | Cornwall
This Cornish event is being described as ‘the ultimate food lovers’ festival’. Set to tour the county across three locations from 6th – 20th August, Paul Ainsworth will be accompanied by fellow award-winning chefs including Rick Stein, Tom Kerridge and James Martin.
Food trucks will serve everything from seafood and curries to one-of-a-kind picnic boxes, while music is taken care of by Jake Bugg, Sister Sledge, Kaiser Chiefs and Rudimental. Tickets are available here.
Craftworks Secret Garden | Padstow, North Cornwall
Having settled into a brand new Padstow location, Craftworks’ Secret Garden promises casual al fresco dining beneath the stars. Think towering pine trees, beautiful tipis and their signature shipping container-turned-kitchen, plus burritos, burgers and tacos aplenty.
We love the look of their drinks menu too, with Knightor Negronis and Tarquin’s gin waving the flag for Cornwall.
Wild Artichokes | Kingsbridge, South Devon
Already an established event and food planning business, Wild Artichokes have recently diversified their range to offer feasts, treats, bakes and boxes to take away from their Kingsbridge HQ.
Whether it’s a midweek meal or one of their Friday Curry and Spice Nights, everything is cooked up fresh and ready to collect, just bring along a cool box and you’re set for the evening. If destination dining is more your thing, Wild Artichokes’ summer pop-up locations include Coombe Farm Studio in Dittisham and Michael Sutton’s Cellar in Riversbridge.
If that's not enough...
The team at Bait Shed in Portreath are just starting out for the season, serving blackened monkfish, seared scallops and dog-friendly ice cream by the harbour. Another Cornwall favourite of ours is Bangers on the Go while in Devon, you'll find Hook, Line and Fish Finger and Flour and Flame - recommended for fish finger sandwiches and wood fired pizzas.
Image credits: Hungry Horsebox Co | Flour Power Pizza Parlour | Kern | Beetle Juice | Pink Flamingo Ice Cream | Fat Cat Cornwall | Fal Falafel | The Shellfish Pig | Screenshots from Instagram via HarbourQ and Craftworks. Main image courtesy of Hungry Horsebox Co. Ice cream image from Unsplash.