EATING OUT LOCALLY
Marazion and the villages close by are blessed with some excellent places to eat. We have dined at all the places we have listed and based upon our experience we can confidently recommend these places to eat. The restaurants and pubs we have featured provide a variety of choice to cater for a very special dining experience to a good honest home cooked everyday tasty meal at more modest cost.
BCK Bistro & Bottle Shop (tel: 01736 719200) www.benscornishkitchen.com
‘A small, gloriously civilised restaurant of quiet ambition.’ Jay Rainer’
Bens Cornish Kitchen has recently changed it’s name to ‘BCK Bistro’. It is rated in ‘The Times’ Top 100 Restaurants in the UK, and is a ‘Square Meal’ Top 100 restaurant!
BCK serves terrific food made in house with love and care. Expect high quality flavoursome food matched perfectly with exciting wines at very reasonale prices - especially at lunchtimes. Chef Ben Prior has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes and was the winner of both the 2016 Good Food Guide Best Restaurant in the South West award and the Trencherman’s Guide Best Restaurant 2016 Award. BCK offer comfortable tables with pleasant, polite service. Although child friendly, BCK is not a fast food café and does not serve ice-cream and milk shakes. They do serve (and do off sales) of some of the most outstanding wines South Africa has to offer! Our favourite restaurant. Advance Booking is Essential!
The Kings Arms (tel: 01736 710291) www.kingsarmsmarazion.co.uk
The Kings Arms is a great place to meet for a meal or a drink and chat with friends. The Kings Arms ensure that all produce is sourced locally, with fish fresh from the Newlyn fish market and all meat reared in Cornwall. Food is served daily at lunchtime from 12pm-2.30pm and in the evening from 5pm-9pm. A succulent Sunday roast is very popular and Friday steak nights attract keen support. (Don’t miss the quiz night on Tuesdays). The Kings Arms serves real ales from St Austell Brewery – Tribute and Hick’s Special Draught (HSD) are always available alongside a third beer such as Proper Job or Trelawny. Fresh coffee and tea are always available. There is a comfortable, intimate bar with a warming log fire for colder evenings. The outside seating area is a fantastic sun trap in the summer months and a very pleasant place to sit and chat with friends or enjoy a meal from our extensive menu. You will find the Kings Arms right in the heart of Marazion, just five minutes from the beach.
The Copper Spoon (Tel 711607) http://www.marazion.info/listings/the-copper-spoon/
This vegetarian café and coffee shop offers specialty coffee and homemade cakes, plus a locally sourced vegetarian menu to eat in, or take away. Liz, one of the owners worked as a coffee taster for a global chain and knows her beans, so expect a great coffee and the home made cakes are pretty special too. Highly recommended.
Godolphin Arms Restaurant (tel: 01736 888510) www.godolphinarms.co.uk
Sea front hotel / restaurant in the centre of Marazion with superb terrace and unparalleled views of St Michael’s Mount. Sit with patio doors that open out for al-fresco dining during the summer months, relax in the upper deck with its easy sofas, comfy chairs and a log burner. On the lower deck, walk straight in off the beach to the colourful and chilled-out beach bar and dining terrace. Offering an all-day dining menu including platters to share, Newlyn crab sandwiches, classic fish and chips and house made burgers alongside a daily specials menu, which includes freshly caught fish and dishes that showcase the quality and seasonality of local Cornish produce.
Mount Haven Hotel (tel: 01736710249) www.mounthaven.co.uk
Newy refurbished highly rated hotel with 2 x AA Rosette restaurant with fabulous sea and Mount views. Mount Haven’s culinary philosophy has always been one of sophisticated simplicity: making the most of the freshest ingredients and suppliers available here on our doorstep. Even the herbs on your plate will have been picked or foraged that day by innovative new head chef, Ross Sloan (You may have seen him on Masterchef the Professionals). Ross’ menus change according to what is good that week, and are designed to be seasonal and sustainable. You’ll find comforting classics and alongside elegant new creations, and our desserts and cream teas are irresistible, regardless of whether or not you have a sweet tooth!
The Fire Engine and Well Bar (Tel 01736 710771) https://www.facebook.com/MarazionHigherForeStreet/
The chef at the Fire Engine is Toby Prior (Bens brother from BCK) and his partner Robyn Lugg - so expect great tasting pub food. The restaurant bar is upstairs with incredible views of the Mount, whilst downstairs the Well Bar serves St Austell Ales and has a pool table and sports TV. The sheltered beer garden is a suntrap and offers the most fabulous views of Mounts Bay and St Michaels Mount. The ethos of the Fire Engine is to provide really good pub food at sensible prices and drinks only served in the Well Bar. We have no hesitation in highly recommending the Fire Engine as a great place for a meal or a drink.
Cutty Sark, Marazion (tel: 01736 710334) www.marazionhotel.co.uk/food-and-drink/
The Cutty Sark restaurant has achieved a 2018 Taste of the West Gold Award and the bar offers a relaxing place to unwind, with a good selection of local beers and wines. The food on offer includes favourites such as steak and ale casserole, homemade pies, duck breast in plum sauce, nut cutlets, Cornish steaks, bar snacks, delicious sandwiches and a range of local fresh Newlyn fish. Enjoy homemade desserts including scrumptious raspberry cheesecake, fruit crumbles, piglets delight and chocolate pot. The Cutty Sark only uses the very best selection of local produce and have built up an excellent reputation for the quality of their meals and warm friendly atmosphere making this town centre pub very popular with both guests and locals.
Jordan’s Café (tel: 01736 360502) www.jordanscafe.co.uk
Family run Jordan's beachside café and gift shop is situated on the sea front 1 mile from the centre of Marazion towards Penzance right next to Marazion beach. Great views of the Mount in front and the RSPB reserve behind. Open daily from 10am serving great coffee with selection of sandwiches, home-made cakes, panini’s and superb home produced burgers. A favourite place to walk to, indulge in a tasty treat and relax on the beach or outside on picnic tables.
PLACES TO EAT WITHIN A FEW MILES OF MARAZION
The Victoria Inn - Perranuthnoe (tel: 01736 710309) www.victoriainn-penzance.co.uk
The chefs at the Victoria Inn produce daily changing menus and have enormous passion for local produce and work tirelessly to make sure the menus are not only seasonal but current and ethically sourced. Award-wining food, fine wines, good local ales, ciders and a Cornish lager. You can also be assured of excellent service - The Victoria has been awarded the 2017 ‘Good Food Guide’, the Cornish Dining Pub of the Year and the ‘South West Dining Pub of the Year’ & Trencherman’s ‘Best Front of House Team’. Just 1 ½ miles from Marazion, so a lovely 40 minute stroll on the coast path. What’s not to like?
2 Fore Street - Mousehole (tel: 01736 731164) www.2forestreet.co.uk
With a vibrant, continental feel, 2 Fore Street is a relaxed and stylish bistro-style restaurant on Mousehole harbour front with views across Mount's Bay as well as a beautiful secluded garden to enjoy long summer days. The menu changes regularly to reflect the freshest of local produce with an array of mouthwatering options from a hand-picked crab salad, to a delicious homemade burger to grilled lemon sole fillets with samphire. The perfect atmosphere for Sunday morning cup of coffee, lunch straight off the beach or to meet friends for dinner over a chilled glass of prosecco. One of our all time favourites - Very Highly Recommended.
The Square – Harbour Head, Porthleven, (Tel 01326 573911) http://www.thesquareatporthleven.co.uk/
One of only six restaurants in Cornwall to have been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award for “exceptional good food at moderate prices". Locally born chef Stewart Eddy trained with Raymond Blanc and Michael Caines, whilst his wife Anna worked front of house at Le Manoir Aux Quat Saison. The Square is located in the heart of Porthleven and overlooking its picturesque harbour, The brasserie-style menu, warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere make for a perfect venue at which to enjoy a chilled lunch, a lively dinner or even just coffee and cake. And during the summer, you can dine al-fresco on our terrace whilst watching the boats come and go. Highly Recommended.
Porthminster Café – St Ives (tel: 01736 795352) www.porthminstercafe.co.uk
Nestled beneath the steep slopes of Porthminster Point, right on the beach beneath the rail station, with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Porthminster Cafe in St Ives is a multi award winning seafood restaurant with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The café specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine and is an oasis of taste and visual beauty. The café is open daily for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a selection of homemade patisserie and fine coffees. Fabulous food - Highly Recommended - Booking Essential!
The Shore Restaurant - Alverton Street, Penzance (tel: 01736 362444) www.theshorerestaurant.uk
The Shore Restaurant, in Penzance, offers a small seafood menu crafted using the best ingredients available on a daily basis. Chef/Owner Bruce Rennie has captained the kitchens for some of the top chefs in the country, including Michelin starred Restaurant Martin Wishart in Edinburgh, Michelin starred Shanks in Northern Ireland, Gary Rhodes and Rick Stein. This experience has given Bruce the tools, knowledge and passion to create dishes to please you. The daily, fresh produce and creative menus reflect the passion that Bruce has for the sea and shore so that you make a new discovery of your own. Terrific food.
Kota Restaurant, Harbour Head, Porthleven. (Tel: 01326 562407) www.kotarestaurant.co.uk
Stepping through the door of Kota you are welcomed into a warm and relaxed world where your taste buds are invited to experience the exquisite dishes offered by chef Jude Kereama and his team. Since opening Kota has been recognised by many eating out guides and is a consistently present name amongst the food and beverage awards. 2018 was an exceptional year that saw Kota receiving a third AA rosette (one of only four in Cornwall), and being named as ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards. Patron chef Jude has just been awarded ‘Chef of the Year’ in the 2019 Trenchermans Guide Awards. Kota has retained it’s Micellin Bib Gourmand for the fifth year in a row and are highly acclaimed by The Good Food Guide. Kota was also named in The Telegraph as one of The Top 50 Summer Restaurants in Britain in August 09. Chef/ownerJude and his wife Jane, who heads up the front of house team, strive to give their customers an experience to remember with their award-winning food, extensive wine list and relaxed yet attentive service.
Sea Drift Kitchen Café – Fore Street, Porthleven (tel: 01326 558733) www.seadriftporthleven.co.uk
'Seadrift' is a stylish contemporary Kitchen Cafe located on the picturesque harbour of Porthleven, just outside of Helston on the beautiful South Cornish Coast. Fabulous food is at the heart of what we offer, Chris the chef produces the dishes on the menu using the freshest produce sourced from the local area. Sea Drift pride themselves in selecting the best fish, with over 10 different fish dishes daily, plenty of steak choices and many varied vegetarian choices, excellent coffee and cakes served all day long, Perfect after a coastal walk and Doggies are also very welcome too! Check out the amazing Carla Regla photo gallery upstairs too.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens - Gulval nr Penzance (01736 448089) www.tremenheere.co.uk
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens has a wonderful café serving superb daytime meals and lunches, (especially Sunday lunch), and evening meals on Thursday / Friday / Saturday evenings with live music on occasions. Located in a beautiful sheltered valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for large scale exotic and sub-tropical planting. Interwoven with this there is also an evolving programme of high quality contemporary art installations. “Inspirational... contemplative... a joy to visit... One of the most exciting gardens in the Country” Sunday Times. - Hiighy Recommended.
The Wheelhouse – Upton Slip, Falmouth (tel 01326 318050) Upton Slip, Falmouth (no website)
The Wheelhouse in Falmouth provides the ultimate Cornish seafood experience. It is a modest, back-street shellfish café with retro living room décor with stripped floors, junk-shop tables, candles and fairy lights. The menu is beautifully simple: they only serve mussels, scallops, crab or prawns (plus lobster and native oysters in season). All the fish is Cornish, all harbour-fresh and served in a Portuguese-style ‘cataplama’ (a clam-like copper dish) with chive butter, lemon, skinny chips, a side salad, accompanied by an unpretentious choice of just three house wines (red, white or rose). Dishes are designed to share. The scallops and mussels are to die for. You get an apron and a set of crackers with your ‘make-a-mess’ whole crab. Great fun and great food! Very good value. Only open Wed-Sat evenings, pay cash only - no cards or cheques accepted - booking essential…. No website, but currently No1 Restaurant on Trip Advisor out of 150 restaurants in Falmouth! Simply Outstanding!