Whether you want to treat yourself to some traditional fish and chips, indulge in a fine dining experience or embark on a new culinary adventure, you’ll find something to suit all taste buds in town. We’ve rounded up some of the best restaurants in Newquay to help you get started.
Restaurants in Newquay
Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall
Rick Stein's Fistral
The culinary combination of surfing destinations from across the world, Bush Pepper on Fore Street is Newquay’s contemporary Australian restaurant that utilises quality ingredients locally sourced in Cornwall. What makes it even more wonderful is that you can eat at Bush Pepper morning, noon, and night! It’s the only place in Newquay where you can get your day started with kangaroo sausages in their Bush Tucker Breakfast. At lunch, take your pick from a slew of focaccia melts, burgers and more. Then for the main event, wine and dine your way through an evening menu, which includes crocodile and chorizo scotch eggs and the crispy skin barramundi.
In the mood for some fine dining? Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen is really rather fancy. Perched on the beach, with breathtaking views across Watergate Bay, it’s a stylish setting for a delicious dinner. The menu changes every day depending on what kind of local produce comes to the kitchen, so you know it’s all going to be delightfully fresh. The atmosphere is wonderful and the food really is very good, using recipes that you probably won’t find anywhere else in Cornwall.
With Newquay’s numerous beaches and bays, a dinner with a view isn’t all that hard to come by. The Stable is a super combo of value eating and panoramic vistas. You can find it on the northern end of Fistral Beach, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In the summer, you can enjoy sitting out on the decking and watching the surfers below. When the weather whips up a winter storm, you can watch through the windows while staying warm by the fire. The menu isn’t particularly innovative, but there are plenty of delicious pies, pizzas and salads for you to tuck into without breaking the bank. Plus, there’s a vegan menu too.
Lewinnick Lodge is perched on the headland of the Pentire peninsula, west of the town centre, with lovely views across Fistral Bay. Everything on the menu is familiar but cooked well, using quality local ingredients. The specials menu changes every month and tends to offer up rather more intriguing plates. Overall, the food at Lewinnick Lodge is certainly a good step or two above pub grub – but you’ll still be given a warm welcome if you just want to pop in for a pint and take in the views.
Different sea view, different cuisine – overlooking Tolcarne Beach, you can enjoy a quality coastal curry from Maharajah Indian Restaurant. It’s been around for over 35 years, feeding the people of Newquay with traditional recipes from across India. You can expect excellent service – the owners will welcome you like an old family friend – good portions and some cracking curries, all for a reasonable price.
Fish and seafood restaurants
As you’d expect, fish and seafood restaurants aren’t hard to come by in Newquay. Our favourite is The Fish House Fistral, which is right on Fistral Beach. In fact, it’s next door to Rick Stein’s Fistral (where you can pick up some pricey but very tasty fish and chips, and curries). It’s interesting because the head chef of The Fish House spent 14 years mastering his seafood skills while working for Rick Stein in Padstow. The food here is a delight; the fish and seafood are all freshly caught from Newquay harbour and find their way onto a menu that’s absolutely swimming with delicious dishes.
Speaking of Newquay harbour, at either end, you can take your pick from two other top fish and seafood restaurants. The Boathouse focuses on cooking up refined fish dishes that use few ingredients, in as tasty a way as possible. But it’s not pretentious; it’s just a clean, simple approach to cooking that keeps us coming back for more.
Across the water is your alternative. The Harbour Fish & Grill is actually the restaurant of The Harbour hotel, which was a 20th-century granary in a previous life. Fear not, though, you don’t need a room to eat here; they’ve opened their doors to all. The crab linguine and fish saag are favourites, but really everything that head chef Aaron whips up is delicious.