The Best of Cornwall

“There are a lot of things Cornwall does well, but one thing that especially stands out is food and drink. Steeped in centuries old tradition, with farming practices dating back to pre-roman times and fishing practices handed down through generations, it’s no wonder that Cornwall’s export market is growing exponentially.

People are recognising the value of what they put on their plate – and what Cornwall can offer the UK and the rest of the world is quality produce with purpose at its heart.”

Paul Ainsworth 
Cornwall-based Michelin Star Chef

With so much to try and experience in Cornwall, it’s no wonder you’ll find unique, Cornish offerings popping up across the UK and beyond – Cornish Sea Salt, Cornish clotted cream and even Cornish cider… So while you’re staying at Polzeath Beach House, we have just a few of our top recommendations for the best of Cornwall. 

Pasty Heaven

The Best Cornish Pasty

It’s only natural we start with a Cornish pasty, but the age-old question is typical to spark debate with pasty-induced passion! With a range of Cornish bakeries including The Cornish Bakery, Malcolm Barnecutts and Rowes, there are a few ‘off-the-beaten’ track locations that may offer the best pasty. It’s your call after all.

About 30 miles down the coast you’ll find the small, picturesque Cornish village of St Agnes, the home to St Agnes Bakery. For over 100 years St Agnes Bakery has been baking traditional Cornish recipes every day from scratch, serving the local community and businesses with a little touch of love and history. It is one of the oldest bakeries in the country, still working from its original site in the beautiful St Agnes village.

Perhaps another category is needed here: St Agnes Bakery is also home to the “original giant sausage roll” which truly earns its title. Something to try along with your pasty!

Another delicious mention goes out to Mary’s Pasties, located in Mevagissey, Tresillian and where the pasties are baked from scratch, Grampound Road Industrial Estate.

The ultimate seaside treat

The Best Fish & Chips

A seaside holiday wouldn’t be complete without a portion of classically British, fish and chips. With some of the best fish and seafood on our coastline, Cornwall makes this dish proud. But which locations offer the best catch? Whether you order a pot of mushy peas, curry sauce or gravy, here are a few recommendations for you

Rick Stein Fish and Chips, Padstow
Harbour Lights, Falmouth
Becks Fish & Chips, Carbis Bay
Francine’s, Newquay
The Fishermen’s Chippy, Mevagissey
The Haven Fish & Chips, Gorran Haven
Ben’s Plaice, Looe

If you’re planning a family day out in Cornwall around the best fish & chips, or you need some pointers, please speak with our friendly reception team and they will happily provide suggestions.

Jam first, always

The Best Cornish Cream Tea

Afternoon tea would be incomplete without proper scones, jam and Cornish clotted cream. The long-lasting jam first, cream first debate to any fellow Cornish resident is in fact, no debate at all. If you’re building your cream tea, make sure to spread the jam first and the cream on top, it’s the only way. Below are a few of the best locations in Cornwall to enjoy a cream tea:

Berryfields Farm
The Apple Tree Cafe, Sennen
The Tearoom, St Ives
Angelique’s, Port Isaac
Camel Trail Tea Garden, between Wadebridge and Bodmin on the Camel Trail
Martin’s Dairy, Looe
The Terrace at The Headland Hotel

Don’t forget to ask our friendly reception team for their recommendations. If you want to enjoy a taste of Cornwall at home, make sure to buy a pot of Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream with you after your stay!

A seriously delicious scoop

The Best Cornish Ice Cream

It’s almost criminal not to enjoy a Cornish ice cream while on holiday in Cornwall.

If you’re planning a beach day, one of the best spots for a scoop is a few miles down the coast. Treyarnon Bay is a lovely north-west facing sandy cove surrounded by low cliffs and backed by sand dunes. This is a popular family beach with an expanse of fine sand at low water. On the south of the bay, grab an ice cream from Melt – they serve Treleavens luxury Cornish ice cream with plenty of flavours.

If wandering through traditional Cornish fishing towns is on the cards, try SheSells Mevagissey situated in front of the harbour or St Ives Coffee and Ice Cream in the historic, artist town of St Ives. If you’re jumping on the ferry between Rock and Padstow, Tucker’s is a short walk from the ferry pick-up point. Once you land in Padstow, Pendragon’s Fudge in the heart of the town is a great spot for a scoop – don’t forget to grab some handmade, traditional Cornish fudge while you’re there!

All these fabulous locations serve proper Cornish, Treleavens Ice Cream. This is all locally made in Cornwall, using Trewithen Dairy milk and Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream. One not to miss

Something to wash it down with

The Best Cornish Beer

This is a tall order for beer lovers, whether you’re a fan of an IPA, lager, stout, helles or real ale, there are plenty of Cornish breweries that offer award-winning, local brews.

The fresh spring water in Cornwall is one of the reasons this part of the UK produces such excellent beer. So the best Cornish beer? It would have to be Arctic Sky Cold IPA, produced by our partners, local brewery, Harbour Brewing Co. You may notice a wide selection of their beers in our beachside restaurant, The Atlantic – time to book a table!

If you need any further recommendations, our reception team are on hand to help.