Fine Dining in Cornwall

It may surprise some first-time visitors to Cornwall, but the available fine-dining experiences go far beyond fish & chips, meat pies and scallops!  Cornwall has a number of exceptional restaurants offering fantastic fine-dining experiences.

Here are four of the most popular fine-dining restaurants in Cornwall, capable of impressing even the most jaded restaurant goer!

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The Tapenades restaurant tops the list of fine-dining restaurants in Cornwall.  The restaurant offers an a la carte menu that changes seasonally, with a range of locally sourced ingredients.  Your mouth will water when you read the menu — Home Made Duck & Armagnac Pate, Seared Local Scallops, Cornish Crab Cakes and Smoked Chicken & Mango are just some of the delicious starters available.

The mains include a range of indulgent culinary experiences.  If the Pan Poached Medallions of Monkfish Marinated in a Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce doesn’t excite you, perhaps the Tenderloin of Pork Apple & Mustard Farce (Honey Glazed) will get you going.  After the delicious mains, try a locally influenced desert like the Cornish Bread & Butter Pudding with Whiskey Marmalade & Clotted Cream or perhaps the West Country Ice Cream.

The interior of the restaurant is intimate and lavish, guaranteed to impress sophisticated diners.  Tapenades is located in Liskeard, in central Cornwall.

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Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 offers a fine dining experience in Padstow, Cornwall.  Close to the coast, the menu serves modern food with a “Cornish and British” influence.  The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere with a goal of making great quality food accessible.  This restaurant isn’t just for the elite diners, but for anyone interested in experiencing fine-dining and homemade food.

Cornwall influences are all across the menu.  Starters include Smoked Haddock with Pearl Barley, Scallop Cerviche and Crisp Portably Oysters.  Mains include Cornish Hogget, Cod with Padstow crab mayonnaise and Roast galloway beef.

Deserts include the unique “a trifle Cornishand “literally my bread & butter” which is a home made pudding with ice cream.  The correct term to describe these dishes is simply “yum”.

The Slate Beach House is only down the road from Padstow!

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Langmans Restaurant offers a gourmet dining experience in Callington, Cornwall.  This restaurant was the recipient of the 2014/2015 Restaurant of the Year from the Cornwall Tourism Awards!  The judges enthused about Langmans Restaurant — “Everything about the food is well thought out and executed perfectly!”

The restaurant features a number of exciting fish, cheese and game meals.  Items on the menu include Cornish & West Country Cheeses, Scallops with Garden Pea Risotto, Wild Sea Bass with Cauliflower & Sea Vegetables and Haunch of Fallow Deer with Smoked Mash & Chantenay Carrots.  Deserts include the wonderfully decadent Chocolate Messand the simple “Apple Crumble with Custard.

The interior of the restaurant is refined and elegant.  The dishes are very well presented and experienced diners will find plenty to like abut Langmans Restaurant.


Squid Ink provides an eclectic dining experience with a strong focus on local fish and seafood.  The restaurant has an intimate interior with themes of the sea strong throughout.  Near the water, it is a fantastic location for a romantic night our or simply enjoying some fine-dining with friends.  The restaurant combines British culinary influences with those found in Mediterranean and Asian cooking, with great success.
Like the other restaurants, Squid Ink features a heavy Cornish influence in its meals.  Much of the menu is locally sourced including Cornish butters, Cornish seafood, Cornish free-range chicken and even Cornish chorizo!

Some of the popular starters include Sautéed black prawns in garlic, Baked Cornish Camembert with ciabatta and Pan-friend Scallops with Cauliflower & Cornish Chorizo.  Mains include Seafood Risotto with Parmesan & White Truffle Oil, Cornish Free Range Chicken Breast, Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni and Cornish Rump Lamb with Red Current Jus.

Deserts are mouth watering with Warm Cream Brownies, Cornish Ice Cream and Raspberry Crème Brûlée all on offer.  Squid Ink is full of character and fine-dining experience that must be tried while in Cornwall.

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So the next time you are thinking about lunch or dinner in Cornwall, don’t settle for fish & chips!  Enjoy one of the many fine-dining experiences and taste some of the best food in Britain.

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