We have recently returned from our family holiday to Newquay in Cornwall. We had a great time visiting the Beaches, Eden Project and eating out out at some really great restaurants.
I thought It would be a great idea to share with you the restaurants that we had the best experience with.
First up is The Boathouse situated on the edge of Newquay harbour. We had spent a day on the beach and were looking for somewhere for an early dinner. We kind of stumbled across this restaurant as we hadn’t any set plans, it really was a great find.
This is a very high quality fish restaurant. On the outside it didn’t look anything too special but remember that old saying ‘Never judge a book by it’s cover’.
Inside it is pretty small but extra space can be found in the form of a covered veranda overlooking the harbour. This is where we had our meal. We didn’t have to worry about being cold whilst the sun was setting because there are outdoor heaters for cooler evenings.
Food is reasonably priced, you can check out the menu here.
We shared a lobster & crayfish salad £9.95, well I say shared I may have accidentally eaten all the lobster myself.
I then had the crab claws roasted in garlic butter & white wine priced at £13.95. My husband is not a huge fish fan so he opted for the Cornish Rib-eye steak.
These were super tasty, just be aware they are messy to eat. Not first date food, fortunately 15 years on the Husband has seen worse ha ha!
Kids are catered for with a menu offering main meals at £4.95. Though this I have to say is very limited, the choice is either a traditional fish & chips with peas or a cheese & tomato pasta for non fish lovers. The portion sizes were very good as you can see from my daughters fish & chips below.
Now the best bit about The Boathouse I’ve save till last. Just check out how fresh the shellfish is. Yup you pass the live lobster and crab tanks on your way in! I was on my way back from ladies at one point and passed a chef carrying a large crab still wiggling on his way to the kitchen.
It is definitely an experience eating here, the surroundings are beautiful and would make a romantic date night venue as well as catering for families. One I would highly recommend a visit to.
Now if fish isn’t you thing, and your more of a pasty and cream tea type of person then this next place is perfect for you.
Pauline’s Creamery is located on the main high street in Newquay. It is a traditional bakery with tearooms above the shop.
Now Pauline’s Creamery is in my opinion how bakeries should be, everything where possible is made on site, including the pasties.
The cakes were amazing, Jed’s face when his chocolate fudge cake arrived was so funny. They are huge!! You can actually have these delivered via courier for special occasions.
I’m kicking myself that I didn’t actually take pictures of the bakery itself the counter display will have you craving a cream cake.
The last place I have to share with you is Zacry’s at Watergate Bay Hotel. This is a fine dining restaurant with stunning panoramic views of the bay. To see a sample menu you can do here.
There isn’t a set children’s menu but they offer smaller portions and can adapt any dish to suit your child’s taste.
My batteries ran out on my camera phone by this point so I was unable to take pictures of the food.
I did manage to get some shots of the restaurant surroundings though.
I may have of a lack of pictures of the food itself but you will just have to trust me on this one. The food was stunning, with focus on locally sourced produce but with a twist of American flair provided by executive chef Neil Haydock.
I had Monkfish on a bed of Samphire, it was so good. I certainly couldn’t recreate it at home. The romantic side of me wanted to try out the Samphire when I saw it on offer as it had been featured in the war time novel I was reading at the time.
This is not a cheap meal out but if you are looking for something in the Watergate Bay Area that is extra special do check this place out. Most people think of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant when looking for places to eat in this area but this place really can hold it’s own.
Have you any suggestions for places to eat next time I am in the Newquay area? I would love to here them.
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