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Diving for pearls – Cornwall’s little known seafood gems

We gave you a flavour in this post of the best places to enjoy North Cornwall’s outstanding fish and seafood. But we’re aware that there’s more to eating out than splashing out on the fine dining delights of Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw et al.

Summer is a particularly good time to search out the hidden gems of the fishy-foodie scene, with pop-up restaurants, al fresco dining and supper clubs all offering great food in relaxed surroundings. Here are some of the best to look out for this year.

Fern Pit Café, Pentire Headland, Newquay

Practically the dictionary definition of a hidden gem, Fern Pit Café can only be reached by ferry at high tide and is tucked away in a perfect spot with views over Crantock beach near Newquay.

Their legendary crab sandwiches and generous lobster salads are all caught by the café’s own boat, Excelsior. The shellfish can be bought live, cooked to order, and then eaten on site. Or you can grab a takeaway and enjoy them on the beach (tide allowing).

Elseafood, Newquay

 Serving restaurant quality seafood from their pop-up in the Boathouse on Newquay harbour, Elseafood sells sustainable fish and shellfish cooked to order.

Their menu changes daily depending on the local catch. Past specialities have included Salt and Pepper Squid, Pan Seared Scallops, Fresh Mackerel and even Whole Lobster.


The Rocket Store, Boscastle

Small but perfectly formed, the Rocket Store is an unassuming bar and restaurant on Boscastle’s harbour.

On the menu you’ll find fresh fish and seafood caught from their own boat and served with very best locally grown, organic veg. You can choose to eat in or select a small dish to take away and enjoy whilst taking in the harbour views.

Lula, Hayle

Experience beachfront dining from a super-relaxed seafront shack on Hayle’s North Quay. Lula offers a true al fresco experience, with sand on the floor, twinkly festoon lights and beanbags on which to relax and enjoy the views of Carbis Bay and St Ives.

But the food is the star here. Serving only fresh, seasonal and sustainable Cornish fish, you can look forward to amazing crab and lobster seasoned by the salt in the sea air.


Sunset Supper, Camel Estuary

This very special supper club operates out of a converted buffet car parked next to the always enchanting Camel Estuary. Expect first class food priced at £21 per head (plus fish supplement) and paired with fine wine from Padstow’s BinTwo.

There are supper clubs running until September 2021, but you’ll need to book in advance – and don’t forget a picnic blanket!

Argoe, Newlyn

This brand new restaurant opening in summer 2021 won’t stay secret for very long. Based in Newlyn, the heart of the Cornish fishing industry, Argoe’s mission is to serve the very best local seafood from their harbourside premises, “a tribute to our town’s fishing heritage, and a celebration of those that continue to fish here today.”

Newlyn might not be Cornwall’s most beautiful destination, but if you’re looking for an authentic seafood experience, Argoe should hit the spot.

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