Where to eat out in Cornwall in September

About to have your holidays in St Ives this September? It's a wonderful time to visit and enjoy a self-catering holiday cottage knowing full well you intend to eat out a lot too!

As the hustle and bustle of the summer holidays draw to a close, Cornwall is still flourishing. Boasting (sometimes) fantastic weather, a huge range of things to do, places to go, and perhaps most importantly, places to eat!

Here are a few of our top recommendations of where to eat in Cornwall this September.

The Fish Shed, St Ives

The Fish Shed can be found on the west side of Porthmeor Beach and serves up some exquisite fish dishes, cocktails and somehow, even better views. This beachside haven has been set up by Head Chef, Fraser Bruce, who has a huge wealth of knowledge on all things involving local, seasonal and sustainable produce. Some of the delicious dishes you can find being served alongside a cool pint include a monkfish tikka kebab, house-made flatbread, coriander chutney and jalapeño crème fraîche. Yum!? Or a true crowd pleaser is the Korean fried monkfish, gochugaru, peanut slaw and Korean bbq mayo.

Besides the wonderfully scrumptious-sounding menu, another reason we would recommend heading to The Fish Shed in September is it is only open seasonally. Come the end of September, it’ll be closing its shutters ahead of the winter and will open again in the following spring.

For more details, be sure to check out their Instagram – The Fish Shed St Ives


The Fish Shed – St Ives

West, St Ives

‘West’ aptly named after being on the west side of Porthmeor, is a much-loved establishment that is perfect for those of you who struggle to peel yourself away from the beach. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so they really do have everything you need. Their breakfast menu consists of a range of delights like their honey drizzled fruit and granola or, one of our personal favourites, is their hash brown, avocado and egg ciabatta roll. From midday onwards, they serve a range of light deli lunches which are perfect if you’re looking for a lighter snack on a hot day. However, an absolute ‘must try’ are their famous pizzas. Well, famous in Cornwall, that’s for sure!

West pizzas are served daily from midday to 9 pm and if there is one thing we recommend you try in St Ives, it is one of these. There is a mixture of toppings you can have but if we had to choose one, it’d be either the prawn, chilli, capers and gremolata or the butternut squash, red onion, goat’s cheese and pesto. Our mouths are watering just writing that.

West, similar to quite a few much-loved beachside establishments in Cornwall, is only open in the warmer season, so come the end of September it will be time to wave it goodbye for the winter.


West Porthmeor

Mackerel Sky, Newlyn

Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar is a must-visit this September! The venue itself doesn’t seat a huge number of visitors and they run on a walk-in-only basis, which means there’s always a great buzz to this venue. However, in the summer, it can be quite tricky to get a table. That is why September makes for a perfect time to visit.  They offer an amazing range of tasting plates that are adapted to each season, so in September you’ll still have the remanence of all things summer with a hint of a few autumnal undertones.

Their sharing plates are tapas style so it is perfect for an evening of sharing and socialising. Although, when you see the examples below of what is on their menu, we don’t think you’ll want to share…

Crab nachos, sour cream and jalapeños
Smoked fish, bacon and sweetcorn chowder
Mussels, cider cream, tarragon, bread

How good do they sound!?

Mackerel Sky

The Cove Cafe, Hayle

The Cove Cafe is one of the best-hidden spots in Hayle. Nestled amongst the Riviere Towans, you are treated to some of the best views of the beach from a beautifully secluded area.  Eating at The Cove Cafe truly makes you feel as if you have been transported to a secret beach in the Mediterranean, but you are in fact still in Hayle! Recently, they have invested a lot of thought and time into their establishment and can now provide their guests with the option of dining in, or eating out on their terrace which is something really worth experiencing. The Cove Cafe’s menu is an ode to the Cornish coast, keeping the food fresh, relaxed, honest and local. Usually, The Cove Cafe closes in the evenings, but whilst the weather is warm and the nights are still boasting some summer light, they’ll stay open for the evening so you can make the most of the evening by the beach.

The Old Forge, Lelant

The Old Forge, in all truth, is a favourite all year round. However, before we enter the depths of autumn and winter (where you can snuggle around the fire at The Old Forge), treat yourself to a Mediterranean-style evening in their sheltered courtyard. The whole ambience oozes comfort and relaxation which is perfect ahead of scrumptious food. One of their main focuses is to source local and seasonal ingredients as well as high-quality produce, meaning throughout the year, you’ll spot some changes on their menu as the seasons change.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can sample a whole array of delights. You have the choice of a ‘continental’ that includes their amazing homemade granola, or a personal favourite of ours from their cooked menu, the avocado salsa on sourdough! However, one thing that tempts visitors back to The Old Forge time and time again is the mouth-watering pizza menu. Using their own dough recipe, signature tomato sauce and fresh ingredients, each pizza is individually crafted and uniquely delicious!

These are all reasons why The Old Forge is a must-visit for us in September! Head over to their website to find out more.

Pizza from The Old Forge

Time to tuck in...

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