Cornwall has certainly a huge amount of foodie treats for visitors to indulge in. From clotted cream ice cream to the freshest seafood and of course, the famous pasty. It’s no wonder that celebrity chefs and upmarket restaurant flock to set up shop in this beautiful county. But what if Rick Stein’s is full, or you’re worried about taking two fussy toddlers there?
Without further do, let’s discover the best child friendly restaurants in Cornwall, so you can plan your mealtimes with ease.
Also take a look at our selection of activities in Cornwall for the perfect stay.
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1. Pandora Inn, Falmouth
An award winning 13th century pub in a spectacular setting on the edge of Restronguet Creek. The inn has a wonderfully cosy, traditional look, with roaring log fires, flagstone floors and exposed original beams.
In the summer months you can eat right on the water, on the Pandora Pontoon. Whilst the kids catch crabs off the side (fishing line provided by the pub!) .
The food is equally as inviting. Feast on hearty, traditional dishes such as breaded scampi or potted shrimp, using the finest locally sourced produce, accompanied by a crisp glass of Camel Valley wine or a real ale from St Austell Brewery.
Phone: 01326 372678
2. Hub, St Ives
Situated in the heart of St Ives, a family holiday haven. Hub serves classic American-style burgers and hotdogs, fresh local seafood and great coffee and cake. The harbour front Hub is just a laid back hangout for locals and visitors to grab a bite. So take some time out and watch the boats come and go.
Address: 4 Wharf Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1LF
Phone: 01736 799099
3. Sam’s on the Beach, Polkerris
A chilled out bistro in a former lifeboat station. Sam’s serves excellent seafood and stonebaked pizza overlooking Polkerris harbour. Diners can choose to eat inside, where the restaurant is flooded with light and a fresh sea breeze from the floor to ceiling windows or outside on the relaxed sun terrace.
The kids will love the wide choice of pizza toppings whilst parents can feast on mussels, softshell crab or hot garlic prawns.
Address: 14, Polkerris, Par PL24 2TL
Phone: 01726 812255
4. Gilmore’s Newquay
Enjoy Mexican food and minigolf at this unique restaurant in Newquay, that is to say, a really fun spot for a family meal. The breakfast burrito is particularly appetising, and served until 12pm. Kids will love to build their own taco, and the milkshakes are a real treat too – choose from Malteaser, Oreo, Banana or Salted Caramel, yum! One of the best child friendly restaurants in Cornwall.
Address: 11 Tower Rd, Newquay TR7 1LS
Phone: 07375 118263
5. Lakeside Cabin Cafe, St Ives
Overlooking the beautiful Nance lakes, just a few miles from St Ives, this relaxed cafe is the perfect setting for a leisurely lunch. Enjoy delicious homemade food, plenty of outdoor seating and space for little ones to run wild, and a cute farm shop selling local produce too.
Phone: 07745 876687
6. Paul Ainsworth at Number Six, Padstow
A Michelin Star restaurant which offers a children’s menu is a rare gem, so this upmarket eatery in Padstow had to make our list. It’s expensive of course, but foodie families won’t begrudge paying premium prices for the fantastic menu, which changes with the seasons. If it’s on the menu, make sure you order the “Fairground Tale” dessert (pictured below) which is sure to delight the kids. Lastly, remember that you’ll need to book ahead, even in low season.
Address: 6 Middle St, Padstow. PL28 8AP
Phone: 01841 532093
7. Kota Kai, Porthleven
This Asian Fusion restaurant in the sleepy seaside town of Porthleven is a fab choice for families. It has a great playroom full of toys, books and games, beautiful harbour views and even a few B&B rooms, if you decide to stay the night. A lovely place for brunch, lunch or dinner- admiring that view at any time of day is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The kids menu features the usual favourites like pasta or sausage and mash, as well as more adventurous offerings such as katsu curry.
Phone: 01326 727707
8. The Beach Hut at Watergate Bay Hotel, Newquay
Walk straight off the sand to your table at this relaxed hotel restaurant overlooking famous Watergate Bay. Watch the surfers as you peruse the wide ranging menu, which features Mexican, Asian, Italian and British cuisine. It’s open for breakfast from 9am, so you can fuel up your family before a day at the beach. And lastly, dogs are welcome too!
Address: Watergate Bay, Newquay TR8 4AA
Phone: 01637 860877
9. The Rosevine, Porthscatho
Located on the Roseland Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Truro, this beautiful hotel restaurant boasts a beachside location and family friendly atmosphere. Their unique “Swim and Lunch” offer is open to non residents – simply book lunch in the restaurant and you can enjoy a free swim in the heated indoor pool. A great option for families on cool or wet days.
To book a stay at this family friendly Cornish hotel, click here.
Address: Truro TR2 5EW
Phone: 01872 580206
10. Boscastle Farm Shop
At number 10 we have another child friendly restaurants in Cornwall with an outstanding view. Boscastle Farm Shop is just 50 yards from the South West Coast Path, making it the perfect pitstop for lunch. Surrounded by National Trust farmland, it champions locally grown, sustainable ingredients. so you can be sure the beefburger and sausages on the children;s menu are of the highest quality. The reason families love this spot is clear – there’s loads of outdoor space for the kids to run around, they’re dog friendly, and of course the views are simply stunning.
Phone: 01840 250827
11. The Old Coastguard Hotel
Grab a bite to eat at this seaside hotel in sleepy Mousehole, and you’ll discover it boasts a wonderfully spacious, safely enclosed garden where the little ones can run off some steam between courses. The menu features plenty of local seafood, and there’s two children’s menus – one for toddlers and one for older kids.
Phone: 01736 731222
12. Woods Cafe, Near Bodmin
This charming cottage cafe in the middle of Cardinham Woods is like something from a fairytale. Nestled in a woodland clearing, it’s surrounded by miles of cycling and walking tracks, an adventure playground and fun children’s activities like the Shaun the Sheep Trail. They serve fantastic cakes, scones and sandwiches, washed down with plenty of tea. Certainly one of the cutest child friendly restaurants in Cornwall.
Phone: 01208 78111
13. Beachcomber Restaurant, Newquay
This laid back restaurant at Sands Resort Hotel offers fantastic facilities for kids- two fantastic outdoor playground and indoor soft play will keep them entertained, whilst parents admire the stunning sea views. No wonder it’s one of our favourite hotels in Cornwall for a family holiday.
There are lots of special offers for day guests on their website too, including Baby Swim & Play, Spa Days or Swim and Lunch sessions.
Phone: 01637 872864
14. Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth
Overlooking Falmouth’s famous Gyllyngvase beach and Pendennis castle, this family-run, award winning cafe is surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Lizard peninsula. The delicious, locally sourced food is served in a laid back atmosphere, where kids with sandy feet are made to feel very welcome.
Address: Cliff Rd, Falmouth TR11 4PA
Phone: 01326 312884
15. Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips, Padstow
We couldn’t have a list of child friendly restaurants in Cornwall without mentioning the county’s most famous food export – Rick Stein! The celebrated chef now has numerous restaurants and cafes all over the UK, but it is in Padstow where he first made his name. His takeaway fish and chips are superbly tasty, and great value in comparison to his fancier restaurants. There’s a children’s menu featuring dishes like cod goujons and scampi, which are best enjoyed sat on the harbour watching the boats come and go. A great option for a quick and easy family dinner.
Address: S. Quay, Padstow PL28 8BL
Phone: 01841 532700
At BabyBreaks, we have kept a limited choice of activities, restaurants and hotels so that you can prepare your trip to Cornwall without browsing the Internet for endless hours. So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Cornwall for your next family weekend, just visit our different Cornwall pages to find what this destination has to offer.
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