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18 Things Everyone Must Eat In Cornwall

The UK's most southerly county is hiding some stunning food.

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1. A pasty at Philps Cornish Pasty, Hayle / Via Instagram: @paulabenson7

Voted the best by locals, these pasties deserve their reputation. Just eat one. Then you'll know.

Find out more about the top pasty vote here

2. The definitive Cornish seafood experience at Porthminster Beach Café / Via Instagram: @tamajetam

Try the mouthwateringly tasty crispy squid with tangy citrus miso.

Book your table here.

3. Smoked salmon at The Gurnard's Head, between St Just and St Ives / Via Instagram: @littleroadseurope

Thickly sliced smoked salmon and mouthfuls of creamy slaw, washed down with an ice cold white wine on a windy summer's day. Perfect.

More info here.

4. Crumpets from Truly Crumptious

Lisa Hill / Via Facebook: truly.crumptious

Enjoy the fluffiest, thickest home-made crumpets with your choice of sweet or savoury slatherings.

Seek out the Truly Crumptious time-warp caravan at festivals all over the county. Find its next stop here


5. Ice cream with a flake at Jelberts, Newlyn Harbour / Via Instagram: @henryiiv

Cornwall's grandaddy of vanilla ice cream. Go for the Rodda's clotted cream on top, too. Simple pleasures, unchanged for more than seven decades. Find them on New Road, Newlyn.

6. Anything on the menu at Fifteen Cornwall in Watergate Bay / Via thewhatnowblog

Serving dishes such as this buttery Cornish turbot with pea shoots. Book a table and find out more here

7. Coffee and cake on the Atlantic Highway from Strong Adolfo's at Wadebridge / Via Instagram: @strongadolfos

How about vanilla frangipane topped with creamy lemon & lime curd and finished with a melting meringue. Find more details on Facebook

8. A legendary crab sandwich at the Krab Pot, Port Isaac / Via Instagram: @bellboppa

Deliciously prepared and simply served crustacean perfection. And they're dog friendly too. Check them out here.


9. Wood-fired pizza from Wild Bake

Lewis and Clare Cole / Via Facebook: Wild-Bake

Track down this travelling converted horse trailer/pizza oven. Check out the prized daily specials, such as this delicate shaved asparagus and proscuitto beauty.

Find out where the wild things are stopping off here

10. The signature sweet curry plate at Ben's Kitchen, Marazion / Via Instagram: @lottiea

Critically acclaimed culinary wizardry in this tiny Cornish town, which draws serious foodies from all over the world.

Book your table here.

11. Fish and chips at Rick Stein's, Padstow / Via amylsimonds

The crispiest batter, your choice of chunky, sustainable fish, and lashings of hot, salty chips. Holidays in a box!

Find out more here

12. Spiced Pork Shoulder Slider from Craftworks Kitchen

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Locals love the spiced pork shoulder slider with apple slaw, cider BBQ sauce and blackened corn with chilli butter. Track down the travelling Craftworks Kitchen airstream trailer here.


13. The Crayfish Boil at Rum and Crab Shack, St Ives / Via Instagram: @rumandcrabshack

Get your fingers dirty and work up a pirate-like rum thirst. There's a no bookings policy, find out more here here.

14. Crispy whitebait and thickly buttered bread at the Polpeor Cafe, Helston / Via Instagram: @mo_xa

Follow the road until it runs out, then walk to the most southerly point on the peninsula. Get directions here.

15. The vegan Sunflower burger from Blas Burgerworks, St Ives / Via Instagram: @coalcluff

Moist, spiced tofu, sweet and juicy red peppers, salad shoots and creamy tahini. Find out more here.

16. Coffee and a warm pastry at Laid Back Coffee, Porth / Via Instagram: @laidbackcoffee

Home baked and served at events from Bert, a Morris Minor van – what could be more English? Visit their new shop in Porth, or track Bert down here.


17. Spicy Laksa with Cornish seafood from Kota Kai, Porthleven / Via Instagram: @sunshine_pixie

Meaty, gently spiced prawns, mussels and the restorative powers of a laksa in this family run restaurant with a great children's play room for little ones. Check it out here.

18. Cream tea at the Headland Hotel, Newquay / Via Instagram: @mrs_schofield

Take your scones the Cornish way, with the smell of the sea and sunshine. Book your table here.

19. Jam doughnuts from Barnecutt's, Rock / Via Instagram: @cgwilson99

There is nothing better than a squidgy, warm, jam filled doughnut. Fact. Find out more and check out Barnecutt's other bakeries here.