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Oct 25, 2011 07:01 AM

American hound in Newquay, Cornwall seeking lunch, tea and dinner recommendations.

While in Newquay with friends this week, I am looking for meal and tea recommendations.

Are there any restaurants that I should try? Favorite pasty shop? Other Cornish or other specialties not to miss?

Thank you!

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  1. I'd head for Padstow where there is some very good food. Our favorite place there is Number 6 - fantastic chef. I'm not sure if Margot's is still up and running, but the dinner we had there was also excellent. The sticky toffee pudding was superb. There are a ton of eateries run by well-known, British chef and TV presenter, Rick Stein. We didn't try any of them so I can't personally recommend them.

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    1. re: zuriga1

      I know from another board (egullet) that Adrian had Margot's up for sale at one point but, as far as I know, he continues in business.

      We ate Stein's Seafood Restaurant a couple of years or so back. A pleasant enough experience but nothing more (and sodding expensive for what it was).

      1. re: Harters

        Yes, Adrian was here and said that was the case. It must have been a few months back.

        We avoided all things Stein, and his son has or had a place nearby.. maybe in Newquay. I think they're renaming Padstow soon. :-)

    2. I'm sure you've noted it but Nathan Outlaw is an outstanding seafood restaurant in Rock, very nearby.

      1. Actually IN Newquay, I have 2 recommendations:
        Pauline’s Creamery, 20 Bank Street, Newquay (pedestrian high street equivalent)
        AMAZING chocolate fudge cake. Probably good cream teas too, but I have never made it past the chocolate fudge cake - did I mention that it is AMAZING?!

        Lewinnick Lodge, Pentire headland, TR7 1NX
        Staggering location, and excellent food. We've tried pretty much everything on the menu, it all seems to be made by someone who really cares if it tastes delicious. Particularly addicted to their spicy prawn pasta (sorry, can't remember exact name of this dish). Also lovely atmosphere; and you can either sit in the restaurant half or order the exact same food in pub half, depending on your preference. DH loves this place so much that I'm banned from mentioning it on CH (shhh!)

        In Padstow, I think The Basement Cafe is overlooked because it isn't part of the Stein empire, but it does really delicious food in a friendly intimate atmosphere. Booking essential, as it is tiny (hence the intimate) and popular.

        And in the other direction, St Ives, I really like:
        Café Coast. Upstairs on The Wharf, TR26 1LG
        Lovely food, amazing sundaes for dessert.

        Never found a pasty that I felt justified the massive enthusiasm everyone else has for them - if you find one, please let me know!

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        1. re: Shivaun

          I never mention Basement Cafe because it was the worst of our meals in the area last year. I had the most terrible risotto of my life, but of course it could have just been an off night. The restaurant and staff were very pleasant but the meal fairly unmemorable.

          1. re: Shivaun

            Disagree with the comment about Padstow - most recommendations are non-stein outlets I.e. Paul Ainsworth at No6, Margot's, and Outlaw's two places across the river at Rock. There is also the great wine bar Bin2 (I think) and the upstairs restataurant next to it which I can't recall the name.

            1. re: PhilD

              Have you been to Ainsworth Phil? His food always looks fantastic on TV!

              I'm doing an Outlaw-Ainsworth long weekend in March which I'm very excited about.

              1. re: ManInTransit

                We at at Number 6 last year. He's a very accomplished chef, and we loved everything we ate, plus the service was terrific. This was before his stint on The Great British whatever it is. Sadly, Outlaw was closed the day we could have eaten there, but next time.....

                1. re: ManInTransit

                  Yes ate there a couple of years ago and had a very memorable meal. Paul often served the dishes himself which was a nice touch. I would probably have that as my big night out if I wasn't including Outlaws place. Where are you staying, the walk from the quay at Rock up to the hotel is quite long if you are staying in Padstow.

                  1. re: PhilD

                    I hadn't got round to accommodation - we were considering the St Enodoc hotel particularly if there was a dining deal going. Do you have any recommendations?

                    1. re: ManInTransit

                      We stayed at a very good B&B in Padstow. If it's of any interest, you can email me... address in the profile place.

                      1. re: zuriga1

                        Thanks Zuriga, have emailed - sorry for the delay.
                        Edit: my email bounced back - is the one in your profile still in use?

                        Phil - to clarify would you recommend staying in Padstow rather than Rock? Seems sensible and then using the walk just the once to build up an appetite on the way to Outlaw.

                        1. re: ManInTransit

                          Sorry about the email. I think it's the same one. Try If that doesn't work, let me know as I have others. I, for one, would recommend Padstow, but I've never seen Rock. I have a feeling there's not much there. From Padstow, it's so easy to drive all over Cornwall.

                          1. re: ManInTransit

                            Padstow has more life and options, Rock is also known as "Chesea by Sea" so if you like the crowd at the White Horse in Parsons Green you will like Rock. I prefer Padstow. That said the hotel is nice in Rock and very civilized with a great view and would be a good romantic weekend spot.

                            The White Horse
                            1-3 Parsons Green, London SW6 4UL, GB

                            1. re: PhilD

                              Thanks Phil.

                              We are not, ahem, Parsons Green types but the hotel does look beautiful and it's a weekend seeing our wedding venue so I guess some romance might not go amiss.

                              Given that it's two nights and two full days though it sounds like Padstow is a better bet.

                2. re: Shivaun

                  We tried Lewinnick last night. Sadly, they only had an 8:30 booking left, so we missed the sunset. The baked goat brie starter was quite tasty and I am going to try to replicate at home. However, our experience there was topped off by a brilliant warm sticky toffee pudding with hot butterscoth sauce and vanilla. This was the first sticky toffee pudding experience for all of us. So, we have nothing for comparison. Three Americans were fully silenced while enjoying that dessert.

                  Today, I will be heading into Newquay while my friends and their children go surfing. So, I will make it a point to go to Pauline's. With an advertisement like that, I cannot pass up the chocolate cake.

                  Thank you!