The picturesque Cornish town of Newquay has long been a favourite of artists who come for the quality of its light and rolling seascapes, and it offers some of the best surfing in the UK too. In recent years it's also built up quite a reputation for its food. These days you'll find a range of top international culinary talent working in Newquay's restaurants, hotels and eateries. All of its favourite beauty spots – from the sandy expanse of Fistral Bay to the breezy bluffs of Pentire Head – are graced by wonderful places to dine. Often housed in evocative boathouse-style buildings with painted timber decor, restaurants on the Newquay coast provide an unbeatable mix of fine dining and stunning locations.
Fresh seafood is a part of everyday life on the Cornish coast, and this is reflected in the daily specials you'll see marked up on the chalkboards of many Newquay restaurants. The harbour still maintains its own busy fishing fleet, as does nearby St Ives, and you can count on the town's chefs to make the most of this plenty. Signature dishes in Newquay restaurants include local crab baked in the shell or whole crab claws with a side of chips, pan-seared pollock and lobster grilled in garlic butter. And you can't visit Newquay without sampling a portion of moules mariniere, Cornish oysters in a creamy white wine sauce. Meanwhile beachside diners conjure up seafood sandwiches and burgers for quick refuelling between dips in the ocean, as well as a range of hearty pre-surf breakfasts.
Restaurants in Newquay also cater to lovers of classic British pub grub. Think historic Cornish smuggler's inn's steeped in atmosphere with thatched roofs, low beamed ceilings and roaring fires – a cosy setting to sample the pleasures of a traditional English carvery. Half horseshoe gammon steaks topped with a fried egg, a plate of hickory smoked ribs or a generous slice of slow roasted pork shoulder are just the things to keep out the cold when that unpredictable Cornish weather turns chilly, especially when rounded off with a bowl of homemade apple and blackberry crumble. And there's plenty of Olde English appeal to the drinks menus of Newquay restaurants too, with the likes of real ale, cider and even mead made to authentic Medieval recipes available to quench your thirst.
If your taste runs to multicultural cuisine, the town centre of Newquay boasts many restaurants serving Asian, Mediterranean and North African cooking. Indian restaurants source succulent ingredients from excellent local butchers for their chicken shashlik and tandoori mixed grill. You can tuck into Lebanese favourites such as lamb kefta tagine (minced lamb in tomato sauce) or spicy chicken shawarma, or go Greek with a plate of chicken souvlaki or dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with pork). Lovers of Mexican flavours can chow down on a choice of burritos and tacos served with freshly made salsa and stuffed with prime regional produce, from beef brisket to the catch of the day. Or how about enjoying a sharing plate of tapas washed down with a jug of Sangria? You can even find Newquay restaurants serving exotic Australian dishes such as kangaroo fillet and barramundi with lemon, such is the range of cuisine in this up and coming destination. Whatever your preference, Quandoo can point you towards the perfect Newquay restaurant.