Great places to eat close to Ednovean Farm West Cornwall

Kitchen_A05Welcome to our little black book of “Great places to eat that are close to Ednovean Farm.”

One of the first questions I’m asked by our Bed and Breakfast guests is “Can you recommend a good restaurant for tonight” and as I mentioned yesterday I can often write the “tale of seven restaurants” by the time I’ve secured a brilliant table for our new guests.

So here are a few suggestions for your notebook before your stay, starting with the ones within walking distance of Ednovean Farm on Perranuthnoe and then out and about in West Cornwall. Each entry has a link to their own web site (if there is one available!)


Places to eat in Perranuthnoe

Victoria Inn

Places to eat - the Victoria Inn in Perranuthnoe is with walking distance of Ednovean Farm

Victoria Inn in Perranuthnoe within walking distance of Ednovean Farm

A  gastro pub in the heart of Perranuthnoe, serving seriously good food in a relaxed pub atmosphere and only five minutes walk away across our fields Most of our repeat guests make sure they book their table before they arrive just to make sure!

Taste of the West Award 2018!

Open daily Monday to Saturday 12.00-2.00 and 6.15 – 9.00. Sunday lunch is served 12.00 – 2.30. Reservations needed well in advance essential (even in the “off” season” the locals like it too!) Expect to find it fully booked for two or three days in advance towards week ends.

N.B We have just heard that the Victoria Inn will soon be under new ownership. We would like to wish Nick and Laura every success in the future and I will update Perranuthnoe dining details as soon as possible for you. Until then opening hours Wednesday – Sunday lunchtime with concise menu.

To reserve on line or phone 01736 710309

Cafes open in the daytimes and early suppers

The Peppercorn Kitchen

A real foodie cafe with a twist, offering the taste of Middle Eastern, north African and Mediterranean style and mountains of home made cakes to choose from.

Open daily Summer opening hours – open 7 days a week, 10am – 4pm, last food orders at 3-00pm.

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The Cabinsunset reflcting on beach cafe tables - the cabin

Delicious homemade food right above the beach and beside the coastal footpath what more could you want after a busy day! An eclectic menu varying from generous portions of cakes, cream teas, through to greek salads.

Open daily seven days a week 8.30 a.m – 6.30 (last orders for hot food 5.30) in the Summer 10.00a.m. – 4.00p.m. Winter months (Last orders for hot food 3.00pm.)


Goldsithney is  a former mining village about ten minutes walk inland from Ednovean Farm with  two simple village pubs decked in flowers in summer with tables set on the the wide pavement of the village street.

Great places to eat in West Cornwall


St Michael’s Mount seems to float in Mounts Bay at high tide with Penzance and Newlyn edging the bay



There are quite a few places to choose from in Marazion – the next coastal village to Perranuthnoe along Mounts Bay but while is wonderful to stroll to along the coastal footpath from here in the day time, a car or taxi is essential at night. If parking, check that the car park you choose isn’t locked at night – two of our guest had to make a get-away along the beach once when they found they were locked in! For a celebration I’d choose

Ben’s Cornish Kitchen

Delightful bistro style restaurant with a stylish young vibe. Mains from £13 and another restaurant that our guest like to book in advance along with their holiday!


More info Tel 01736 719200


For a casual supper there is nothing nicer than Dining al fresco on the beach-side terrace of the Godolphin Arms

Godolphin Arms

Places to eat with great views and supper for two overlooking St Michael's Mount

Typical supper in a sea front restaurant

We followed the beach slip and then approached from the sea terrace chose a chic little table up one flight of steps, on a perspex fronted terrace partially roofed. There we watched the beach walkers and young lovers, gig rowers and yachts, prancing dogs and gambling children, along with the returning tide, over a sharing fish platter for two.

More info Tel 01736 710202

There are lots of other places with stunning reviews too but I don’t have the space here to cover them today



The Falmouth Packet Inn

The next village from us along the A394 but not really walkable from Ednovean Farm unless in training for a major sporting event – luckily a huge handy car park! Serving fresh Cornish produce, Organic steaks and winning a Gold award this year from the “Taste of the West awards”  2014 Best South West Dining pub of the year! 2016


More info:- or tel 01736 76224

“Foreign parts m’dear” Places to eat around West Cornwall

If like me you like a fabulous location as part of the Dining experience, then nothing beats a drive to one of historic Cornish harbours and Porthleven and Mousehole are both within a fifteen to twenty minutes drive of the luxury B&B at Ednovean Farm.



harris's Restaurant in penzance fifteen minutes drive from Ednovean Farm

A narrow cobbled lane leading to the harbour with a secluded Restaurant in Penzance

I remember eating at this intimate little restaurant set down a narrow cobbled lane for the first time when we were courting – perhaps twenty five or thirty years ago. The menu is still as full of the chefs passion for food and the interior remains intimately cosy today. Mains from £12.50

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Mackerel Sky Cafe

Right next to Harris’s with a distinctive cool vibe, it’s reasonably priced, open all day and perfect for casual Dining. You may be able to hear the sea from the harbour below and of course they specialise in fish! (Closed now for the winter but see their sister restaurant in Newlyn

Bakehouse Restaurant

Tucked just off of historic Chapel Street in Penzance and just right for a special evening. Cool contemporary and listed in the Good Food Guide what more could you want!

Blacks Dining room and Bar

A chic open plan Bistro style restaurant with huge windows overlooking the well worn granite pavements of Chapel Street. We enjoyed sharing a fish platter there recently with an excellent glass of house white watching the world go by.

and finally in still in the wonderfully atmospheric Chapel Street –  two atmospheric pubs will tempt you to linger. After a day on the beach what better than to dream of smugglers of the past and enjoy the intriguing nooks and crannies of a really old pub. It is what seaside memories are made of after all

The Turks Head

Serving reassuringly pub food but with that extra polish you would expect from a chef who was a semifinalist in Masterchef

The Admiral Benbow

Famous in Penzance for so long, the interior is modelled on a sailing ship,you are on holiday after all! it was even described by two of my youngest guests as “Cool” (I think that’s good!)

For more info:- Tel 01736 363448

The Shore

One of the brightest up and coming stars of the Penzance restaurant scene and seriously foodie personally owned by the inspired chef Bruce Rennie.

The Shore Penzance

and when only fish and chips on the seafront will do

Fraser’s Fish and Chips

Set on Penzance promenade this wacky retro style little restaurant and takeaway serves, ethically sourced Fish and Chips with a track record of a  award winning sister shop in Falmouth or Tel:- 01763 339581


The Tolcarne Inn

Traditional celtic players with fiddle and guitar in a pubExpect superb food from this waterside pub in the fishing port of Newlyn under the guidance of former Michelin starred chef Ben Tunnicliffe. On the night we visited there was hauntingly Celtic music being played beside teh bar which suited the atmosphere of the old pub beside the sea perfectly. and our reasonably priced supper was perfect





Mackerel Sky seafood bar

Half a lobster with salad and chips with a chic bucket holding tooles for opening the lobster claws at Mackerel Sky seafood barFish with a difference in this tapas style fish bar with a industrial chic vibe to the interior. This is a friendly buzzy little spot but tables can’t be booked in advance so find a spot to sit and then you can order. We loved our relaxed supper at the Mackerel Sky seafood bar


Straight across Mount’s bay from Perranuthnoe and easily spotted from our garden the cluster of traditional granite fisherman’s cottages around narrow Cornish streets is as picturesque as it gets. Fab drive passed Penzance, Newlyn harbours – allow time to find a parking space though!

For a treat try:-

2 Fore Street

A chic, stylish French style bistro serving great food. At lunchtime check out the pretty courtyard garden accessed through the restaurant.

Mains from £13.50

More info:- Tel 01736 731164


The Old Coastguard

Hake on a bed of vegetabels - lunch at teh Old Coastguard MouseholeEat supper and watch the working of Mounts bay – I enjoyed watching the fishing boats chug back to Newlyn harbour over an informal lunch with a friend recently.  Extensive a la carte in the evenings of course. We recently had lunch at The Old Coastguard when exploring Mousehole




The Ship Inn

For a casual supper I don’t think you can beat the atmosphere in the Ship Inn, find a table under the low beams and flagstoned floors and feast on today’s catch watching the locals lean on the harbour rails.

More info:- Tel 01736 731234



The Square

Tempura of Prawns starterModern little restaurant on the harbour head, serving great food and a sister restaurant to Cornwall’s much loved Victoria Inn. We ate there as Charles birthday treat – try the cheese board to finish. Try the Two course menu £16 or three courses £21 (selected starred items from the a la carte) We enjoyed a Summer evening of memories here to celebrate our twenty fifth wedding anniversary


More info Tel 01326 573911




Candles flicker against simple white washed walls offering superb food and great value for money. There’s a tempting three course set menu for £25 or for a special occasion there is a fabulous a la carte. Either choice is delivered with caring professionalism and filled with the charisma of a truly inspired, professional  chef.

More info: – or Tel 01326 562407

The Ship Inn

Atmospheric pub clinging to the harbour entrance with bar lined with woolly jumper wearing, locals. In the good pub guide for ever and good pub food too – find a table and then order. I always try for one looking down into the depths of the sea Mains from £9.95 for a burger to £13.95 for a rump steak.

More info :- Tel 01326 564204

Seadrift Kitchen-Cafe

cafe gallery traditional inglenookWe haven’t been lucky enough to try this little bistro Gallery yet but our guests have recommended it so highly I felt we should include it straight away!


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Rick Stein

blue light on harbour fish restaurant

Rick Stein’s restaurant set in an wonderfully atmospheric harbour building, is as you would expect from a world famous chef and brand. Chic, professional and enticing

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The White heart

Tucked under the church walls in the pretty village of  Ludgvan and full of atmosphere – only I remember visiting it when it had just got modern electricity! Simple pub food and tapas in a stylish yet country interior where the locals still prop up the bar! Mains from £9.00 to Steaks £17.50 A favorite with at least two of our American guests!

More info:- Tel 01736 740574


Treen Beach West Cornwall at low tide

Low tide leaves a heart in the sand at a secluded beach near Porthcurno


The Logan Rock Inn

I love this simple and unpretentious pub which is just as a country pub should be and oozing character. The Logan rock on the coast is not far from The Minack theatre in a charmingly unspoilt  village. Pick a spot at a table in one of the labyrinth of little rooms and enjoy traditional pub food a great prices. We sometimes park at Treen and then walk across the fields to the sea – we took the photo above one January day!

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Surf Beach Bar

Pizza wine and sea view Surf Beach Cafe - places to eatThe beach restaurant lays in the far corner of the first car park you meet as you drop down into Sennen and opens all day. With coffee and light lunches on the sweeping terraces with magical views over Sennen beach this is great for a quick lunch and lengthy glass of wine!

In its former life as Ben at Sennen, we enjoyed Lobster with a sunset there for Charles’s birthday treat.

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Do be careful not to spoil a perfect day by falling foul of the pay and display car park

Between Sennen and Zennor on the lands End to St Ives coast road

country pub above the seaThe Gurnard’s head

Sleek professional operation set on the moors above the sea on the Lands End to St Ives coast road. A Dream coastal pub after an enchanting drive across the moors and you may even spot the odd Porsche in the car park

Open every day, except 24 and 25 December.


More info Tel 01736 796 928


atmospheric cornish pub after darkThe Tinners Arms

An atmospheric 13th-Century tucked under the moors with views down to the sea. Theres a cosy pub interior with log burning stove and an extensive outdoor garden for Dining al fresco in summer months. We visited at the beginning of winter and where would be better to listen to a Cornish gale than cocooned in the warmth of the deep stone walls.

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St Ives

The Porthminster Beach Cafe

For a special occasion this chic little restaurant can’t beaten. Smart in a seasidy sort of way with window tables looking down on to the beach in the restaurant or Mediterranean style cafe tables on the open terrace. It’s worth asking for a window sea when booking for people watching the families on the beach slowly give way to young lovers walking hand in hand on the tideline in the dusk. The cafe once scored a perfect ten out of ten from the Telegraph restaurant critic. Look out for their artistic cookbook for a pre dinner present to tantalise that special someone!

More details: – Tel 01736 795352

Sunset over St Michael's Mount

Sunset over St Michael’s Mount from our garden

I hope that’s helped your holiday decisions about where to eat and don’t forget the best restaurant can be the one you stumble upon, at just the right moment at the end of a perfect day!

P.S don’t forget to tell me for my little black book!

About Christine Taylor

Christine has written a weekly blog about life at Ednovean Farm and interesting places to visit in West Cornwall for over ten years now, concentrating on those off the beaten track places that only the locals find. Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and five horses, including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Ednovean Farm has been awarded AA five star gold for Bed and breakfast and is included in The Michelin Guide and The Alastair Sawday Guide . The Farmhouse and gardens has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques, Homes and Gardens. Period Living and 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location.

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