In the face of growing alarm about the state of the climate, we know that many of you are making more considered choices about where you spend your hard-earned cash, including which Cornish restaurants you visit (and not just during Veganuary!) Choosing to support places which are pushing local sourcing to new heights, working hard at their vegan offering, and supporting their local communities is a really great way of ensuring your £s are going in the right direction. We’ve compiled a helpful list to give you some ideas about the most sustainable places to eat in Cornwall right now…
Porthminster Beach Cafe, St Ives
The team at Porthminster Beach Cafe, which enjoys spectacular views over Porthminster Beach and across St Ives Bay, are pioneering hyper-local sourcing. As well as a coastal kitchen garden they also forage daily along the coast path, adding wild food to a menu comprised mainly of Asian and Mediterranean-inspired seafood dishes. As much fish as possible is sourced from St Ives Bay, some of which is hauled ashore by the chefs themselves from small day boats. Executive Chef Mick Smith and his team are continually taking steps to reduce their environmental impact, including eliminating single-use plastic wherever possible, making it one of the most sustainable places to eat in Cornwall.
To find out more, visit Porthminster Beach Cafe.
Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn
Chef Ben Tunnicliffe has turned this humble pub by the sea wall in Newlyn into one of the best places to eat fresh seafood in the whole of the UK. Ben has a license to buy day boat fish (small vessels which fish just off-shore and whose small quotas have minimal impact) and is the first to receive the catch-of-the-day from nearby Newlyn Fish Market. As Ben explains: “I’m really proud that we’ve created a seafood dining destination right here, where it all happens. It’s a local, sustainable food chain in action!”
To find out more, visit Tolcarne Inn.
Kate Attlee’s deli in the centre of Truro serves a wholesome selection of salads made using fresh seasonal ingredients. As much as possible is local and organic, and all food and drink receptacles are biodegradable. Kate uses outdoor-reared pork, grass-fed beef and free-range chicken, and is adamant that all non-plant-based food must have the highest welfare standards. She sources dry goods from a nearby zero waste store, eliminating almost all single-use plastics.
To find out more about Kate, visit her website, or read our interview, Kate Attlee’s insider’s guide to relocating to Truro.
HUBBOX, Truro, Pentewan & St Ives
HUBBOX may be Cornwall’s answer to an American street food restaurant with branches spreading across the country, but they have strong sustainability credentials too. Beef and fish is sourced from highly-regarded Cornish suppliers, and all pork is high welfare, outdoor reared. They also have an extensive menu of vegan alternatives for the growing plant-based audience, making it a great option for relaxed, sustainable eating in Cornwall.
To find out more, visit HUBBOX.
This idyllic farm near Launceston is another hyper local food pioneer helping Cornwall lead the way. Chef Tom Adams offers his guests not only bed and board but also the chance to immerse themselves in a farm to fork experience. As much of the food as possible is reared, gathered or grown on the farm itself, from pigs, sheep and chickens to vegetables and fruits. Bread is made in the onsite bakery, where heritage varieties of wheat, spelt and rye are used – all of which are grown organically.
To find out more, visit Coombeshead Farm.
Potager Garden, Constantine
This productive kitchen garden, plant nursery and cafe near the village of Constantine is a great place to while-away a few hours. There are terraces, hammocks, flower beds, vegetables plots, artists studios and two huge glasshouses which now house a popular vegetarian cafe. The menu changes according to the seasons and what has been freshly plucked from the garden that morning. You can work off the calories from the fabulous cakes with a game or two of ping pong under a canopy of wisteria, or slumber the afternoon away in a swaying hammock!
To find out more, visit Potager Garden.
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