Restaurants, Pubs & Cafés
Cornwall has become a foodie destination and in recent years the focus has been on sourcing and cooking local produce wherever possible. From fish and chips to a Cornish cream tea, and from a gastro pub to a great café on the beach where you can enjoy a sociable feast night, we are almost spoilt for choice when looking for eating establishments in St Mawes, Portscatho and throughout the Rosleand. The following places to eat are popular with both locals and visitors.
Restaurants, Pubs & Cafés in St Mawes
The Victory Inn, St Mawes, is an extremely popular traditional pub offering fine food and award winning beers. It is the last remaining ‘proper’ pub in St Mawes. The Victory also has a separate restaurant upstairs with an adjoining outside roof terrace with harbour views.
The Watch House is a relatively new restaurant in St Mawes but one which is fast gaining a reputation for good food in a great atmosphere. There is a comfortable and cosy ground floor dining area and bar with family friendly booths and a light and bright upstairs dining room with views out across the harbour to St Anthony’s head. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner or, if you fancy a quick bite to eat, the Watch Out take away window serves fresh, local Fish & Chips and a few other nice take away options.
To cater for the discerning tastes of our visitors, the Rising Sun has managed to combine a mixture of both modern and traditional style in an atmosphere of luxury and elegance
Following a major refurbishment - the hotel is open again.The hub of the hotel is the Café bar. The ground floor bar opens out onto the street in the summer, and lends a feeling that you could be on the French Rivera rather than within the UK. The first floor Restaurant offers a informal atmosphere and fantastic views of St Mawes harbour and Falmouth Bay. Weather permitting diners can enjoy the first floor balcony to dine and to take in the superb St Mawes views.
Originally created in the 1940s as a yachtsmen’s club, Tresanton is a cluster of old houses on different levels; in the 1950s and 60s it became one of the best-known and best-loved hotels in Cornwall. The Tresanton hotel is a popular venue for wedding receptions and also holds a barbecue on the terraces most Sunday’s during the summer period.
Centrally located in the village and forming part of the harbour wall, the Waters Edge restaurant at the Idle Rocks has held 2 AA rosettes for over 16 years, making it the perfect place to sit back and relax.
THE BAKERY, St Mawes
The bakery shop is located on the harbour next to the old Harbour Masters office, while the actual bakery is further down Marine Parade. The St Mawes Bakery shop not only offers a full range of freshly baked bread from the St Mawes bakery but what are regarded to be the best Cornish Pasties in South Cornwall as well as a selction of snacks and cakes. The Bakery has seating both in the building and a decked area with seating along the harbour wall.
Right on the harbourside, Cafe Chandlers is a very stylish deli in the heart of St. Mawes. Great coffee, wines by the glass and a short but sound menu. Good for breakfasts - croissant pastries etc - and to sit and watch the boats in the harbour.
DELI-CIOUS, St Mawes
A super little deli that specialises in freshly prepared take away sandwiches.
Restaurants, Pubs & Cafés in Portscatho
Always a great atmosphere in this pub, very traditional with good food and good beer. The Plume is positioned right in the centre of Portscatho and just a few metres from Tatums beach. There is parking in the immediate area but it does fill up quickly so you may need to use the large car park just outside the village.
Just up the road from the Plume is the Royal Standard in the adjacent village of Gerrans. The Royal Standard is another traditional pub offering good pub food and local Cornish ales from the St Austell Brewery; Doombar is a real favourite with the locals. The garden area is a lovely sunny spot to enjoy your drink and a meal. A large car park is available.
Sited in the village square, The Boathouse Restaurant serves snacks and meals with a nice sitting out area. The fish dishes are a speciality.
The Driftwood Restaurant in the Driftwood Hotel is a fine dining experience with fine fresh food in a three rosette restaurant.
The Rosevine's restaurant is a combination of fresh seaside style and relaxed dining, located near Portscatho. Seriously good food for adults and children, dishes are cooked simply using locally sourced and seasonal produce. Choose from the House menu with daily specials and sharing platters, as well as the Classics menu which includes firm favourites such as Nanteague Farm steak and beer battered fish & chips, and little ones have their own designated menu.
Enjoy stunning views across Gerrans Bay; in summer sip on a refreshing drink and dine alfresco on the lawn, and in winter relax in the light filled restaurant. Come for breakfast, take a long lunch, have a full afternoon tea or book a table for dinner when the lights are dimmed and candles are lit for a more intimate feel (family dining until 8pm). Choose from a 2 or 3 course Sunday Lunch and take a walk along the coast, just pick a map up from reception. The beach and footpath is a 2 minute walk from the garden gate. A takeaway deli menu is also available, and you can enjoy a free swim in our indoor heated pool before lunch.
The Hidden Hut is in a delightful setting just above Porthcurnick Beach - open throughout the year serving food using locally sourced ingredients - including fish caught out in the bay! Feast Nights are held in Spring, Summer and Autumnn and these have proved to be very popular with tickets being sold in advance and being sold out very quickly - each night is themed with one dish being served and you take along your own plate and cutlery. The atmosphere is fabulous....whatever the weather!
Restaurants, Pubs & Cafés on The Roseland
An excellent 16th Century Inn perfectly placed for exploring the Roseland. On top of a wholesome menu, the pub also has a lovely secluded beer garden to while away those summer lunches in the sunshine! The evening menu is served between 7pm and 9pm. The only pub in Veryan.
The King’s head lies in idyllic surroundings well off the beaten track. The pub has a separate restaurant area as well as a beer garden and outside terrace. The King’s Head has gained popularity for, amongst other things, their signature Duck dish! A very friendly welcome awaits you here, as does fantastic service and beers.
Portloe is perfect for long cliff top walks and exploring the coastline. The Ship Inn is the only pub in the village situated just yards from the water’s edge where fishermen work their boats. Needless to say there’s plenty of fresh fish on the menu as well as traditional food with excellent Sunday roasts. Although there is a car park for the Ship Inn it soon fills up in the summer months, but there is a large village car park in Portloe a very short (and pleasant) walk away.
Set in a conservation area, at the foot of a valley with its picturesque cove and tiny harbour, Portloe is part of the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. Surrounded by sweeping cliffs and headlands which form part of the Cornish Coastal Footpath, Portloe possesses an unrivalled beauty and enduring timelessness. The Lugger has been transformed following a major renovation programme. The restaurant serves typical British cuisine alongside locally caught seafood and fish dishes.
A wonderful pub tucked away in the small village of Philleigh just minutes away from the King Harry Ferry and ten minutes from St Mawes. This 16th Century pub has a good seating capacity both inside and out and offers a very popular menu with a good amount of game and more traditional dishes together with fresh fish dishes. As with all the pubs on the Roseland, the Philleigh (as it is known) sports a good variety of local and national ales.
The Nare Hotel stands alone in extensive grounds above Carne Beach on the Roseland Peninsula, along the coastal path with wide sea views of Gerrans Bay and Nare Head. The Nare Hotel offers the comfort and elegance of a country house by the sea in a secluded and tranquil setting. Overlooking Carne Beach on the Roseland Peninsula, the Nare hotel has a spectacular cliff top position. Head Chef at the Hotel, Richard James, creates excellent table d’hote menus of traditional English Fare. Specialities are Portloe lobster, crab and seafood from local waters. For a more informal meal, try The Quarterdeck at The Nare which is open from 10am everyday serving morning coffee, light lunches, afternoon tea and an a la carte menu in the evening - a perfect stop after a stunning coastal walk.