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Where to Eat in Newquay - From Clifftop Restaurants to Traditional Pubs

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Its coastal setting and thriving fishing industry make Newquay a prime spot to savor freshly caught seafood like hake, lobster, and mackerel. Many restaurants and pubs offer outdoor dining areas with sea views, where you can unwind with a chilled white wine or a pint of locally brewed ale. Besides seafood, you can enjoy international cuisine, including Mexican and Spanish staples.

Typical dishes

 

The Cornish pasty is a regional specialty. This semicircular snack consists of diced potatoes, vegetables, and chunky cuts of meat folded into a pastry crimped to one side and baked.

Food with sea views

 

You’ll find many dining options on Newquay’s coastline, from clifftop restaurants, to bars and cafés right on the beach. Perched on the granite cliffs of Pentire Headland is Lewinnick Lodge. It offers signature dishes like steamed Cornish mussels, plus sweeping views of the Atlantic from the dining room and terrace. For something extra fresh, you can head to The Boathouse on the harborfront and enjoy the catch of the day, plus sea vistas.

 

  • Lewinnick Lodge, Pentire Headland, Newquay TR7 1QD; Tel: +44 1637 878117; Website: Lewinnick Lodge
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  • The Boathouse, South Quay Hill, Newquay TR7 1HT; Tel: +44 1637 874062; Website: The Boathouse

 

Beach restaurants

 

Many of Newquay’s golden beaches, like Fistral, Tolcarne, and the secluded Lusty Glaze, are home to cafés, bars, and restaurants where you can sample fresh food while dipping your toes in the sand. You can try Rick Stein’s famous battered fish and chunky chips on Fistral Beach, or sit outside on the decking at Lusty Glaze beach restaurant and watch the sunset while cooking your own meat on hot rocks.

 

  • Rick Stein Fistral, Fistral Beach, Headland Road, Newquay TR7 1HY; Tel: +44 1841 532700; Website: Rick Stein Fistral
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  • Lusty Glaze, Lusty Glaze Road, Newquay TR7 3AE; Tel: +44 1637 872444; Website: Lusty Glaze

 

Traditional pubs

 

Like many seaside towns in Cornwall, Newquay is packed with traditional pubs where you can meet friendly locals while sipping one of the many ciders and ales. Family-friendly Fort Inn serves classic comfort food like lasagna and burgers, and you can sit outside and enjoy views across the bay. Live music draws crowds all year round at pubs like the Red Lion, with its beamed ceilings, roaring log fire, harbor views, and a selection of hearty dishes like steak and ale pie.

 

  • Fort Inn, 63 Fore Street, Newquay TR7 1HA; Tel: +44 1637 875700; Website: Fort Inn
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  • Red Lion, Quay Cottage, North Quay Hill, Newquay TR7 1HE; Tel: +44 1637 872195; Website: Red Lion

 

Town centre cafés and takeaways

 

Newquay town centre is dotted with cafés serving homemade cakes and smoothies, plus fresh coffee. Sip your frothy latte from jam jars at Jam Jar Cafe, or indulge in a piece of chunky chocolate cake at Pauline’s Creamery. You can sit on a bench overlooking the seafront with battered cod and chips wrapped in paper, or share nachos at dog-friendly Beached Lamb Café.

 

  • The Jam Jar, 2 Broad Street, Newquay TR7 1NE; Tel: +44 7580 907519; Website: The Jam Jar
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  • Beached Lamb Café, 72 Fore Street, Newquay TR7 1EY; Tel: +44 1637 872297; Website: Beached Lamb Café