10 best restaurants in North Cornwall

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“The group of leading chefs who are members of The Trencherman’s Guide are a reflection of a vibrant food community in the South West which extends beyond the kitchen to our excellent local food and drink producers, and of course, to you, the reader.”
Michael Caines MBE, Trencherman’s Guide 2015

And we couldn’t agree more. Here’s our top 10 North Cornwall favourites, all within a few miles of Watergate Bay Hotel.

1. Zacry’s
Location: Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Chef: Carl Paparone Executive Chef: Neil Haydock
Seats: 130

Named after the square, rocky outcrop at the south end of the beach comes Zacry’s – the new restaurant at Watergate Bay. The style combines Cornish attitude with a classic brasserie, while the food draws on international influences, local inspiration and contemporary American cuisine.

2. Fifteen Cornwall
Location: Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Chef: Andy Appleton
Seats: 120

Juicy steaks, wood-fired veg and chargrilled fish are a highlight at the Italian inspired, beach side restaurant. Stay for breakfast, lunch or dinner, indulge in the tasting menu or relax at the antipasti table, however you choose to dine here one thing remains fact, the food will be delicious.


3. Paul Ainsworth and Number 6
Location: Padstow
Chef: Paul Ainsworth
Seats: 42

If you want to experience Michelin starred cooking in Cornwall head to Number 6. The food is flawless and partnered with an excellent wine list. The restaurant comprises of a series of small rooms over two floors of a Georgian town house, creating an intimate and elegant setting

4. The Seafood Restaurant
Location: Padstow
Chef: Stephane Delourme
Seats: 130

Having opened in 1975, The Seafood Restaurant is still the main hub of Rick and Jill Stein’s businesses in Padstow. Oysters, langoustines, mussels, turbot and sashimi are all on the menu, which is inspired by Rick’s travels.


5. The Beach Hut
Location: Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Chef: Kern Griffiths Executive Chef: Neil Haydock
Seats: 60

Well known as one of Cornwall’s best beach-side hangouts where you’ll find a classic dining menu including burgers, steaks and shellfish. Large windows open onto the deck overlooking Watergate Bay. Always bustling with activity The Beach Hut is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

6. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw
Location: Port Isaac, Cornwall
Chef: Nathan Outlaw and Chris Simpson
Seats: 24 and a chef’s table up to 12

Open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday and lunch Friday and Saturday, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is intimate and stylish – now in the new location just up the road from its original home Rock. Fish and seafood are the stars of the menu, which is caught in the local coastal waters. The unique approach to seafood cookery guarantees a truly memorable dining experience.


7. Rick Stein’s Cafe
Location: Padstow
Chef: Mark O’Hagan
Seats: 36

Open daily serving breakfast, light lunches and relaxed dinners from daily changing menus. Simple seafood dishes and imaginative flavours rule here, with influences from Thailand, Morocco and the Med apparent. A great place for families.

8. The Living Space
Location: Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall
Chef: Adam Stock Executive Chef: Neil Haydock
Seats: 60

With the best view of Watergate Bay, The Living Space is an integral part of Watergate Bay dining experience. Visit to eat, greet and take in the view. Serving platters, properly filling sandwiches and seasonal salads with Cornish and European flavours.

9. Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen
Location: Port Isaac, Cornwall
Chef: Simon Davies
Seats: 24

Opened by Nathan Outlaw in 2013, the 15th century fisherman’s cottage turned restaurant overlooks the harbour in Port Isaac. Relaxed dining is the order of the day at this little restaurant, and the menu is dictated by what’s landed each day.

10. St. Petroc’s Bistro
Location: Padstow, Cornwall
Chef: Nick Evans
Seats: 50

Classic bistro dishes, including some of Rick Stein#s favourite Mediterranean dishes, are a central theme at St Petroc’s Bistro. With exposed beams, winding staircases and fireplaces, St Petroc’s Bistro has a welcoming atmosphere which is perfect for dinner and drinks.