Cornwall has a well-deserved reputation as a premier food destination and the standard of restaurants on offer is absolutely superb. From country inns to Michelin star restaurants the choice is phenomenal.
The unique geography and climate of the peninsula means that many fruits and vegetables grow here in the warmth of the gulf-stream, that won’t prosper elsewhere in the country – and now the county is even growing tea and producing its own wine!
Fine meats are produced with a growing trend back to slow growing methods and the use of traditional livestock breeds that farmers know thrive in the Cornish climate – and of course taste great! Try and find mutton or Old spot pork from Bodmin Moor or Beef from the Lizard - you’ll be amazed how much better the food tastes in the West.
Exquisite farmhouse cheeses made from goats, ewes and cow’s milk cheeses are enjoying a renaissance in the Duchy, with everything from St Endellion Brie, Kernow Gold (pungent, creamy and un-pasteurised), to the well known Cornish Yarg.
There are hundreds of local food producers supplying an excellent range of local and national restaurants, or alternatively, you can pick up your own organic produce from farm shops and weekly markets to cook back home in your villa or cottage.
Fish, of course, is the pride of Cornwall, with the main fleets at Newlyn and Padstow, but also smaller boats setting out from all the tiny harbours and inlets circling the coast. Shellfish and fresh wet fish are available throughout Cornwall and you’ll have the reassurance that the fish you buy or eat here was probably only caught yesterday, or if you’re lucky, very early that morning.
With so many pubs, restaurants and cafes throughout Cornwall we thought we’d list a few of our own suggestions for some terrific places to eat out in that are close to Valleybrook:
Couch’s Great House at Polperro
Couch’s Great House offers freshly made modern cuisine in a cosy setting that combines Cornish old world charm with sophisticated Macintosh influenced modern furniture.
The Old Quay House at Fowey
The Old Quay House is a contemporary luxury hotel and restaurant set on the idyllic waterfront of Fowey. The ‘Q’ restaurant offers modern European cuisine and has won many awards including: The Good Food Guide, 2 AA Rosettes and recently the prestigious Remy Martin Award.
The Fowey Hotel
The Fowey Hotel restaurant in Fowey offers an elegant setting for dining. The evening menus are freshly prepared daily with new and exciting dishes being introduced regularly. Head Chef Mark Griffiths is one of only a few Master Chefs in Cornwall.
The Whitsand Bay Hotel
Serving contemporary yet classic food, the Bay Restaurant offers an innovative A-lá-Carte Evening Restaurant, as well as Lunchtime Bistro Menus. The menu is strong on fish and game, uses the highest quality local ingredients and changes frequently to reflect the seasons and food trends.
If you fancy something a bit more informal then there are also many local pubs to try that offer mouth-watering menus:
The Ship Inn, Lerryn
The Ship Inn bar/restaurant offers a good range of Daytime and Evening menus with chalkboard specials. For Sunday lunch, they always prepare a traditional roast of beef, pork, lamb or chicken (also in children’s sizes) plus a wide range of fish and vegetarian dishes. You’ll need to book at the weekend as it does get busy.
The Old Ferry Inn, Bodinnick
The Old Ferry Inn dining-room serves freshly cooked A-lá-Carte evening meals using local fish, meats and produce, with a well-balanced wine list. The Bar also offer a wide selection of food, ranging from snacks to hearty home cooked specials that are available during lunch times and evenings. The staff are friendly and make you feel most welcome.
The Jubilee Inn, Pelynt
The Jubilee Inn is probably one of the best pub/restaurants in the county with an excellent menu and specials board. All food is locally sourced and always exceptionally well cooked. The portions are generous and the staff and service is first rate. (Contact 01503 220312)
The Galleon, Fowey
The Galleon is a bright, spacious and immaculately appointed riverside village pub with great views over the river estuary. The Bar and Restaurant food is all freshly prepared on the premises and features locally caught fresh fish from Mevagissey and fisheries in Plymouth. Food is served at lunchtimes and in the evenings.