Eat out to help out! Where to get a discount in Cornwall
Sick of cooking? Good news - from 3 Aug, you can get a 50% discount on your dinner and drinks when you eat in. Here are some of Muddy's favourite pubs and restaurants to make your reservation at in Cornwall.
Finally, you can now pay for someone else to feed you and do the dishes. Thanks to the new government ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme – which kicks off on Mon 3 Aug and runs to Mon 31 Aug, FYI – you can get a whopping 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to the value of £10 per head when you eat at participating pubs, cafes and restaurants. There are more details here, but as the offer is only valid on Mon to Wed reservations, we’d start booking date nights in, stat!
A favourite with the locals and holiday makers equally, Surfside is literally on the beach so you’ll be sitting at tables on the sand. Find seafood and burgers on the menu out the front, where you can use the 50% offer, then head round to the secret rum bar at the back and get a cheeky Zombie, just as long as you’ve a designated driver, as one drink tends to morph into a few.
Pretty much all of Rick Steins eateries are offering the eat out to help out scheme, including the Cookery School pop-up, Stein’s Fish and Chips and St Petroc’s Bistro.
Over in Rock, Paul Ainsworth’s gastro-pub, The Mariners, is on the list, as are Ainsworth’s other restaurants the other side of the water in Padstow.
Overlooking the surf beach of Fistral, The Headland Hotel is one of Newquay’s iconic buildings and offering 50% Monday – Wednesday.
The Bowgie Inn, West Pentire
Pick a sunny day and you’ll have one of the best pub views, across Crantock and the Gannel towards Newquay whilst you sample some laid-back Cornish pub food at The Bowgie.
CBay Restaurant, Crantock
Also with impressive sea views, enjoy fresh seafood in the CBay restuarant at Crantock – time it right and you can watch the sunset with your early week dinner.
Now under super new management, this traditional St Agnes pub has a nice bar and is a good place to head for food with the kids.
Porthminster Beach Cafe
This award-guzzling seafood restaurant is right on the beach at Porthminster, with mesmerising views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Housed in a light-filled Art Deco building, it’s relaxed and unpretentious despite the classy food and welcomes kids. Aussie-born exec chef Michael Smith brings Asian and Mediterranean flavours to the menu, in lush dishes like monkfish curry and crab linguine.
HarBar, The Harbour Hotel St Ives
The HarBar is the restaurant of the luxury hotel and spa situated looking out over Porthminster Beach and moments away from postcard-perfect St Ives Harbour. The Victorian building was fully renovated in 2018, and with jaw-dropping views out to sea.
A five-minute drive from St Ives (and speaking of cars, there’s ample parking on site) Una St Ives has a stylish bistro Una Kitchen where you can make use of the 50% off.
The Old Forge, Lelant
From the team behind Antoninis, the small Italian restaurant in Hayle, The Old Forge is the deli and cafe which was previously run by Scarlet Wines, who are concentrating on the wine element.
Our ultimate destination pub at the far west of Cornwall – go for the food and the scenic wild walking.
We often recommend the art deco lido on the seafront in Penzance, and we also like the on-site cafe which serves lovely fresh food to eat watching the swimmers or the view across Mounts Bay. Save up to £10 per person on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Mexico Inn, Long Rock
The Mexico Inn is one of the pubs the team discovered while scoffing our way around Cornwall a few years ago, and it deservedly bagged a Muddy Award in 2017. Named for the miner who opened it, after he moved home to Cornwall from the mines of Mexico, there is a quirky history here and a passionate and creative, husband and wife team at the helm.
Offering 50% off a £10 spend on lunches and afternoon tea, The Greenbank is a hotel and restaurant on the waterfront in Falmouth.
Underneath the Greenbank you’ll find the Working Boat gastropub and Falmouth’s biggest licensed outdoor space on the quay side aka the mar-quay – an outside bar and full table service so you’ll be able to maintain the recommended safe distancing whatever the weather. They are offering 50% off a £10 spend with lunch and dinner menu.
You’ll find The Alverton on the edge of Truro – a lovely Grade II listed building – use your 50% off on lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.
We’re excited to try Mannings new “ Pop Up “ Secret Garden – no bookings needed for this vibrant, casual outdoor garden space to eat and drink, in signature Mannings contemporary style.
Penrose Kitchen sits on a picture perfect water garden a short drive away from Truro. The Muddy-Award winning restaurant has a relaxed, welcoming feel with comfy sofas, an open dining room warmed by a log burner and large terrace for sunny days. Chef Ben Harmer has taken great care to source the finest local meats from around the area to create the best Sunday roast, including Etheringtons’ beef rump, Cornish Lamb Co. lamb rump, Primrose Herd pork loin with crackling and Keith Wickett’s chicken crown.
A Muddy fave, The Polurrian Hotel serves up simple tasty Cornish food in a stylish setting, sourced from local suppliers.
This Cornish harbour-side eatery was named ‘Best Restaurant’ in the 2018 Muddy Awards and serves up steaks and seafood.
From the team behind Primeur, Westerns Laundry and Jolene, Fitzroy was one of Cornwall’s exciting openings last year, in an old bank building just off the harbour at Fowey. Fish features heavily alongside delicious small plates.