Four restaurants in the Helston area have been named among the best coastal spots in Cornwall to eat at.

The Greenhouse, Kota, Fat Apples Café and New Yard Restaurant were included in a list collated by writer Caroline Boucher in The Times.

The publication shared: "Cornwall’s reputation for good food has come a long way since Rick Stein opened his seafood restaurant in the 1970s. In the first of our summer series of guides to the best places to eat and drink by the coast, all chosen by local experts, the food writer Caroline Boucher gives an insider’s view of Cornwall’s finest spots.

"Whether you want a cream tea (jam on first), farm-to-table dining or freshly-caught fish by the beach, here’s where to nab a table."

The full list of the best coastal spots to eat at in Cornwall can be found on The Times website here.

What was said about the Helston restaurants?

The Greenhouse

Great British Life: The Greenhouse was praised for its clever combination of flavoursThe Greenhouse was praised for its clever combination of flavours (Image: The Greenhouse/Tripadvisor)

Address: 6 High Street, St Keverne, Helston TR12 6NW

Tripadvisor rating: 5/5 (from 336 reviews)

The Greenhouse in St Keverne was praised by The Times for its "clever combination of flavours" as well as how frequently its menu changes.

They wrote: "This small restaurant run by a husband and wife team has been a well-kept local secret for some time. The room seats 20, so booking is essential.

"The dishes are a clever combination of flavours, the ingredients carefully sourced to be as free of pesticides as possible. The menu changes frequently, but might include chargrilled Cornish lamb rump for £29 or pumpkin and smoked gouda souffle for £18.

"The wines are biodynamic and organic (although you can bring your own and pay corkage)." 


Address: Celtic House, The Shipyard, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JY

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5.5 (from 1,056 reviews)

The work of chef Jude Kereama was commended by The Times at Kota with how he incorporated his Malay heritage into his dishes.

They wrote: "There’s a nod to his heritage here — Kota means “shellfish” in Maori — and his innovative food reflects this and his Malay heritage with dishes such as smoked mackerel doughnuts with horseradish and herring roe (£8 for four)."

Fat Apples Café

Address: The Old Vineyard, Porthallow, St Keverne, Helston TR12 6QH

Tripadvisor rating: 5/5 (from 667 reviews)

Fat Apples Café is described as a "cheery" place with a whole lot of food choices, including homemade burgers and sandwiches.

The Times adds: "There are 30 covers inside, and lots of picnic benches and deckchairs scattered about outside. On a fine day it takes some beating."

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New Yard Restaurant

Great British Life: New Yard Restaurant was praised for its Sunday lunch offeringsNew Yard Restaurant was praised for its Sunday lunch offerings (Image: New Yard Restaurant/Tripadvisor)

Address: Stableyard, Trelowarren, Mawgan, Helston TR12 6AF

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5 (from 377 reviews)

New Yard Restaurant was commended for the reasonable cost of its Sunday lunch and the beautiful setting the place is surrounded by.

They wrote: "This estate is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and the restaurant is in the old stable yard.

"Its three-course Sunday lunch is a pretty generous spread for £50, and you can walk through the extensive grounds afterwards to the highest point on the Lizard.

"It has recently opened the more relaxed Café Flora, which has a wood-fired oven, and an art gallery is part of the complex."