If you’re making the trip down to Cornwall for a Valentine’s break it is sensible to plan ahead if you want to book somewhere special for a romantic meal. Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest of the year for Cornish restaurants as couples get together to celebrate the romance in their relationships.
Tables at top restaurants are in high demand at any time of year but there is an extra squeeze on space on the most romantic day of the year. In case your first dining choice is already booked or you need some inspiration on romantic places to eat, we’ve put together our list of the top ten restaurants in Cornwall for Valentine’s Day dining.
1. Rojanos in the Square
Express your ‘amore’ for each other at Padstow’s finest Italian restaurant. Rojanos in the Square, just off the harbour in Padstow, is a warm and welcoming place where romance is always in the air. This is a great place for couples to enjoy a Valentine’s Day meal with a choice of traditional pizzas and Italian dishes.
2. Rick Stein’s Café
This intimate café is one of the more low-key and laid-back establishments in Rick Stein’s collection of restaurants. The celebrity chef has created a real gem in this Padstow restaurant, where chefs serve up some delicious meals crafted from fresh catch from local fishermen as well as organic meat from nearby farms. Rick Stein’s Café never fails to impress.
3. Paul Ainsworth at Number 6
Number 6 is another cosy restaurant in Padstow, run by Paul Ainsworth who is a regular on TV cookery shows such as Masterchef. If you’re lucky enough to secure a space on Valentine’s evening you’re in for a real treat, as this Michelin starred restaurant serves up sumptuous dishes to die for.
4. Prawn on the Lawn
Expect to snuggle up with other guests as well as your partner in this tiny padstow restaurant. The Prawn on the Lawn is a fish and seafood restaurant with only a handful of tables to serve guests the best of local fish and seafood. It’s a great place to sample oysters and clams, which are regarded as aphrodisiacs.
Padstow’s newest restaurant is developing a reputation as one of the area’s finest fine dining establishments. This is in part thanks to its quality interior and relaxed atmosphere, as much as the food and service. If you visit Barnaby’s this Valentine’s Day you can expect local meats and fish exquisitely cooked over a wood-fired grill. Eek out the romance by ordering one of their sharing plates.
6. Burgers and Fish
For something a little more informal, head to Burgers and Fish where lovers can share a meal of gourmet burgers or fresh fish meals cooked over an open charcoal grill. There’s always a fun atmosphere in this Padstow restaurant where the menu responds daily to availability of local fish and ingredients.
7. Cornish Arms
If you fancy pub meal for a Valentine’s Day meal, they don’t come more stylish and sensational than the Cornish Arms in St Merryn. The restaurant is located inside this traditional local pub where you can snuggle up for a fireside feast. Owned by Rick Stein, the restaurant combines pub menu staples with some of the chef’s famous recipes.
8. Lusty Glaze Restaurant
The name says it all. A restaurant where you can lovingly gaze at each other, and at the view if you visit in daytime. Located beside the beach in a Cornish cove, Lusty Glaze is considered to be one of Britain’s romantic venues. Here you can enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu that includes duck two ways, pan seared halibut and Cornish lamb. Yum!
9. Fifteen Cornwall
Watergate Bay is another beach known for attracting lovestruck couples. Here you’ll find Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, a smart restaurant where trainee chefs learn to cook exquisite meals under the guidance of top chefs. Many people come here just for the fine views and atmosphere of this sensational seaside eatery. For Valentine’s you can expect a vibrant evening of exceptional food.
10. Outlaw’s Fish Restaurant
This is another small restaurant with a big reputation. It is a cosy, harbourside restaurant in Port Isaac, overseen by Nathan Outlaw who is often voted the UK’s best chef. Here at the Outlaw’s Fish Restaurant it’s all about the local catch of the day and menu favourites include monkfish with parsnip, kale and bacon, and breaded squid with pickled vegetables and jalapeno mayonnaise.
Looking for Somewhere to Stay in Cornwall for Valentine’s Day?
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