Between surfing, walking and sandcastle-building, it’s easy to work up an appetite in Polzeath. Luckily, this charming coastal town has a wide selection of cafes, restaurants, pubs and eateries to enjoy during your cottage holiday. Whether you’re after a quick lunchtime bite of a three-course candlelit meal, you’re bound to find the perfect place among Polzeath’s charming streets. Just take a look at some of our favourites below…
Best restaurants for seafood
The Cracking Crab – Right by the sea, this cosy restaurant is perfectly located for serving the very freshest seafood; their versions of the Cornish classics, fruits de mer and popcorn shrimp, are hugely popular, and there’s always a lovely choice of freshly-caught shellfish and seafood. There’s also a selection of meat, children’s and vegetarian dishes, or you can stop in for a hot drink or a glass of wine as you look out over the waves. Book online here.
Surfside – Surfside Café and Bar is another intimate and welcoming restaurant located right on the beach, with a fantastic selection of seafood locally sourced from the surrounding waters. Enjoy some delicious rock oysters, fresh fish or mussels, while meat-lovers will find a selection of steaks and hamburgers to choose from. There’s even a tasty assortment of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Book online here.
Best local fish and chips
TJs Surf Shop and Café – Treat yourself to a hearty helping of fish and chips with a dramatic sea view at TJs. This dog-friendly, popular café has a lovely balcony overlooking the beach – ideal for watching the surfers as you enjoy your meal. Their menu also includes some delicious breakfast options, sandwiches and pizzas, as well as a selection of local ales. View website.
The Point at Polzeath – With beautiful views of Polzeath and the coast, the Point at Polzeath has both a main restaurant and 'The Bear Bar', both of which serve light bites and main meals. If the weather chooses to behave, you can sit outside on one of the charming terraces, ideal for enjoying a meal in the fresh air. They’ve also got a reputation as being one of the best places to enjoy fish and chips in Britain! Book online here.
Best for lunch
Waterfront Bar and Grill – Waterfront Bar and Grill is a popular family restaurant, nestled right on the edge of the beach. Popular with surfers, families and locals, they provide everything from hearty breakfasts to delicious local cuisine. Focusing on flavours from the sea and locally sourced ingredients, the dishes are all packed with detail and flavours. View website.
The White Heron – This local family hotel has a lovely restaurant which is great to pop into for a delicious homemade meal. Choose something from the grill, a curry or vegetarian option. Little guests can also take advantage of the popular kids’ menu. View website.
Dog Friendly Restaurants
Sandbar – Connected to the Waterfront Bar and Grill, the Sandbar focuses on casual dining, from quick lunches to a quick mid-afternoon snack. The relaxed and fun café is ideal for visiting with children or dogs, and also provides the option to take your food away – including a delicious Cornish pasty! View website.
Best pub restaurants
The Oystercatcher – Fancy some classic pub food? The Oystercatcher is just 5 minutes from the beach and serves delicious dishes, ranging from salads to hearty burgers. Enjoy your meal in the cosy Cornish pub or on the lovely outdoor terraces. The pub is also within easy reach of many of the coastal paths, making it a great place to refuel after a bracing stroll. View website
The Mariners – Relaunched in May 2019, the Mariners is a new, but popular addition to the local area. Offering everything from cream teas to roast dinners, the menu focuses on British classics made from the very best of local produce. Guests can pop in and enjoy a quick meal on the ground floor, or book a table for the evening upstairs. View website.
This is just the start of the many delicious eateries on offer throughout Polzeath. If you fancy a meal out during your stay in one of our lovely self-catering properties, be sure to pay a visit to these delightful Cornisg gems.
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