Cornwall’s top ten restaurants to reopen this week

Chef Nathan Outlaw

Chef Nathan Outlaw - Credit: Archant

Cornwall’s top ten restaurants set to open this week with new menus, new interiors and a renewed passion for food

Mixed seafood at Amalie

Mixed seafood at Amalie - Credit: Archant

The next few weeks see some of Cornwall’s most lauded restaurants reopen - and many have introdced new interiors, menus and service alongside the social distancing. Remember they are operating on a reduced capacity due to the socially distancing rules – so book ahead - and most will also serve up copious portions of free hand sanitiser.

Outlaw’s New Road

Opens: 14 July

Nathan Outlaw has launched a new restaurant replacing his two Michelin-starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in Port Isaac with Outlaw’s New Road which will offer a more inclusive (ie affordable) menu. Instead of his renowned seafood taster menu that helped him win countless awards, he will be serving up a range of sumptuous seafood starters, mains and puds all showcasing local fish and producers. For the time being The Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac remains closed: its diminutive proportions make it unsuitable for social distancing.

Amélie Porthleven

Menu at Nathan Outlaw's new restaurant

Menu at Nathan Outlaw's new restaurant - Credit: Archant

Opens: 11 July

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Long before the Covid 19 lockdown that halted the hospitality industry. Porthleven’s Amélie was closed due to a devasting fire. Since October last year it has been undergoing rennovations and will open on 11 July. Sitting looking out on to the ancient harbour of Porthleen, Amélie boasts a brand new coastal themed interior. Owner Sam Sheffield-Dunstan said: “I am so excited to be able to welcome guests to the new-look Amélie. We have worked really hard over the past nine months to create a relaxed space for people to come and enjoy my two favourite ingredients: food and music.”

Emily Scott Food, Watergate Bay

Opens: 9 July

Emily Scott opened her pop-up restaurant at Watergate Bay this week – taking over the former Fifteen restaurant which closed at the end of last year after 13 years serving up stunning food with a social conscience.Emily has built an impressive reputation heading the kitchen at St Tudy Inn. Her menu is described as relaxed ‘hyper-local’ cuisine built on an appreciation for the natural world and a meticulous search for the highest quality local ingredients, providing the perfect flavour for our times.

Photo: John Portlock

Photo: John Portlock - Credit: Archant

The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

Opens: 4 July

Rick Stein’s restaurants reported more than 5,000 diners across its Cornish portfolio of restaurants when it opened on 4 July. Who are we to argue?

The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow remains the jewel in their crown having been open for more than 40 years.

Kota, Porthleven

Rick Stein, Jill Stein and family celebrate

Rick Stein, Jill Stein and family celebrate - Credit: Archant

Opens: 4 July

Lovers of the Great British Menu will recognise chef-restaurateur Jay Kereama from his stints representing the South West. His Kota (and sister restaurant) serves up a unique menu drawing on his his half Maori and half Chinese Malay origin.

Awarded Restaurant of the Year in 2019 by none other than Cornwall Lif, Jude was also awarded Best Chef by the Trencherman’s Guide 2019 and is proud to be recognised by the Good Food Guide, the Michelin Guide with a prestigious Bib Gourmand Award, Harden’s Restaurant Guide, the Trencherman’s Guide, Square Meal and the AA (with three Rosettes).

Michael Caines at The Cove, Maenporth

Opens: 4 July

Michael Caines new restaurant The Cove was set to open minutes before the lockdown began.

Photo: John Portlock

Photo: John Portlock - Credit: Archant

Since the relaxing of the lockdown, Caines also announced he has taken over the former Rick stein restaurant. With a date expected later this summer, helping to cement Porthleven’s reputation as the new foodie capital of Cornwall.

Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn

Opens: 4 July

Sitting slap bang in the middle of Cornwall’s fishing port, seafood doesn’t come much fresher than at The Tolcarne Inn.

Chef and restaurateur Ben Tunnicliffe has created the perfect dining destination for seafood lovers, set in this historic maritime pub that sits against the harbour wall. The sourcing of local produce doesn’t stop with the catch of the day. The menu at the Tolcarne Inn also boasts fresh produce sourced from small local growers.

Ben’s ethos is to combine flavours simply and instinctively.

Seafood Restaurant Padstow

Seafood Restaurant Padstow - Credit: Archant

Mannings, Truro

Opens: 6 July

This stalwart of Cornwall’s capital has created a new pop-up garden restaurant. The Secret Garden can take tables of up to 6 people. Diminutive dining indeed.

Cocktails will be served alongside food featuring fresh Cornish fish and meat,

The Dining Room, Rock

Opens: 4 July

This fine dining establishment sits in one of Cornwall’s favourite villages and celebrates its tenth birthday in 2020. Run by husband and wife team Fred and Donna, expect a small, Ã la carte menu that changes frequently according to the seasons, picking from the best ingredients from local suppliers.

The Driftwood Hotel, Porthscatho

Opens: 4 July

This pretty boutique hotel houses one of Cornwall’s best restaurants. Lead by head chef Olly Pierrepont, you can expect quality dining with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and produce and a great wine list.

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