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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Cornwall

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Updated July 05, 2024

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A photo of Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1117)
£41 and over
British
St Ives
About the restaurant
In a stunning Cornish Atlantic setting, just a mile from St Ives, Ugly Butterfly restaurant and bar offers spectacular views across one of the worlds most beautiful coasts, Carbis Bay. Ugly Butterfly showcases chef Adam Handling’s passion for converting locally-sourced, quality ingredients into beautifully-presented dishes, packed full of flavour. Offering an all-day dining experience, the Ugly Butterfly bar uses trims and offcuts from the ingredients used in the restaurant to create delicious drinks and bar snacks. This bar menu will illustrate that there is no such thing as food waste, much in the same way that there is no such thing as an Ugly Butterfly.
Top review
Dollyvip
Dined 3 days ago
From start to finish a wonderful evening with the perfect vista to appreciate the fabulous food service and ambience of The Ugly Butterfly. This place holds cherished memories of our son and lovely daughters in laws wedding at The Ugly Butterfly and this return visit was very special. Thank you to all and especially Hayley
A photo of Argoe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (27)
£26 to £40
Seafood
Penzance
About the restaurant
Argoe is a casual harbourside restaurant serving the best of local Cornish produce. We focus on fish and seafood, landed here in Newlyn, and take inspiration from traditional European methods of cooking. Our dishes are served to be shared, arriving from the kitchen as they are ready and accompanied by minimal intervention wines from our taps and a small selection of Cornish and UK made ciders, spirits and soft drinks.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Sharing plates style. Service attentive. Menu is fish and vegetarian. Food was wonderful. Presentation and flavours uniformly excellent. Tried 4 restaurants in Cornwall this week and this was the best. Can't wait to go back to try other dishes as well as reorder the octopus and scallops! If you are near to Newlyn try to get a reservation but it is popular...
A photo of Harbour Loft - St Michaels Mount restaurant
4.8
4.8 (34)
£26 to £40
Afternoon Tea
Marazion
About the restaurant
Afternoon Tea at the Harbour Loft on St Michael’s Mount is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or complete a visit to this enchanting island. Head Chef Greg Milne has created a menu inspired by fresh Cornish produce to be enjoyed on our unique island setting, with sea views north and the backdrop of the castle to the south.

Precisely-cut sandwiches are accompanied by freshly-baked cakes and pastries; while traditional treats boast creative twists. Choose from an extensive selection of Tregothnan tea or add a little fizz with a glass of sparkling wine, produced in a Cornish vineyard just a stone’s throw from the Mount.

When you book, please see the website for information about how to access the island as it varies between walking a cobbled tidal causeway and booking a boat, depending on the tide: https://stmichaelsmount.co.uk/plan-your-visit/opening-times-2023-24/

Polite notice: our restaurant only serves Afternoon Tea and we do not take pre-payment.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Delicious food. Attentive service. Lovely surroundings.
A photo of The Tartan Fox by Adam Handling restaurant
4.8
4.8 (99)
£26 to £40
British
Newquay
About the restaurant
The Tartan Fox by Adam Handling

Welcome to our British restaurant and pub, with gardens, in the picturesque countryside of Cornwall, between Truro and Newquay. We offer sustainable British pub food, with a luxury approach. It’s a simple offering but really showcases the best of produce from in and around Cornwall. Our Sunday lunch is perfect to come and enjoy with your friends and family (and your dogs are more than welcome too!).

Top review
HannahF
Dined 2 days ago
Great new offering from Adam Handling. Delicious menu with small plates which encourages a multi pick approach for sharing and a first class steak cooked by the over flame legend Andy Tuck (possibly the best steak I've ever eaten). Also great selection of by the glass wines and knowledgeable recommendations by the sommelier. Friendly, attentive and efficient front of house. Slightly pricey but absolutely worth it. Already planning to come back for the tomahawk!
A photo of Tintagel Brewery Bar & Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (295)
£41 and over
British
Tintagel
About the restaurant
We are now closed for business, do not book.

thank you for all the support over the last few years

Regards,

Simon & The Team

Top review
VickyJ
Dined on Apr 28, 2024
Lovely feel about the place, only downside was the roast potatoes they tasted like they had been cooked the day before apart from that all was good!
A photo of The Longstore, Charlestown restaurant
4.6
4.6 (109)
£25 and under
Steakhouse
St. Austell
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Longstore in Cornwall where we celebrate the best things life has to offer.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Atmosphere, service, food was awesome. Little noisey but added to the atmosphere. Expensive but worth it for a special occasion
A photo of Harbour House restaurant
4.5
4.5 (177)
£41 and over
Contemporary British
Falmouth
About the restaurant
Welcome to Harbour House! We look forward to seeing you.
Top review
LucindaW
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing smoked roast beef and a lovely restaurant atmosphere with nice staff. I would have preferred a slightly wider menu but the food we did have was excellent.
A photo of The Longstore Lemon Street restaurant
4.5
4.5 (82)
£25 and under
Steakhouse
Truro
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Longstore in Cornwall where we celebrate the best things life has to offer.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
To find a restaurant that provides such beautiful steak locally is really impressive. From the moment we walked in, we were made to feel welcome. Everything thing that Was served was beautiful presented and great care had been taken to balance the flavours.
A photo of The Chapel restaurant
4.3
4.3 (208)
£41 and over
Contemporary British
Bodmin
About the restaurant
Located in the jail’s Old Chapel, The Chapel combines gothic elegance with a unique sense of history to bring you an exquisite dining experience.

Delve into our seasonal à la carte or table d’hôte menus that have been carefully curated by our talented Head Chef and inspired by local ingredients, fresh flavours and classical cuisine.

We also serve a decadent Cornish breakfast menu in The Chapel Restaurant, offering a variety of options to set you up for a day of adventure, right from the hotel’s doorstep.

Top review
Shirmarley
Dined 4 days ago
The whole experience was wonderful. Food, staff, ambience all the very best. Would thoroughly recommend Bodmin Jail Hotel for food. Stunning building too.
A photo of Inn on the Shore restaurant
4.2
4.2 (400)
£25 and under
Pub
Torpoint
About the restaurant
Relax in a charming coastal pub nestled along the unspoiled Cornish coastline of Torpoint. This soul-soothing seafront pub offers a classic menu coupled with local craft beverages you can enjoy in our stylish, vintage, west-country setting. Our alfresco terrace is the perfect oasis for passing visitors and locals to absorb panoramic views from Rame Peninsula to Looe Island. With eight beautiful en-suite rooms, you can make the Inn on the Shore your Cornish escape any time of the year.
Top review
JackieD
Dined 5 days ago
Our local pub so not our first visit. We requested a quiet table as we had a dog with us and we had the perfect booth table. The food was great, the pork belly bites & wild mushrooms on toast for starters were delicious as were the steak & ale plus the chicken & ham hock pies were outstanding (no soggy bottoms lol) with lovely fresh veggies. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Downderry.
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