Cornwall’s Healthy Eating Haunts
12 Cornish cafes and health food shops that will help you eat better and feel positively saintly, as recommended by the experts.
Whether you’re looking to dodge the mince pies this side of Christmas or make some healthy eating resolutions in Jan, here are some Cornish shops and eateries you need to know about.
These tips offs come from some of the most virtuous and glowing gals I know, including a yoga teacher, Health Food shop owner and Naturopathic Nutritionist (oh and a couple of extras from yours truly).
Polish your halos and prepare to glow from the inside out…
SHINE YOGA founder Jen Austin runs regular classes as well as retreats here in Cornwall and abroad. She loves eating well and shares lots of her own favourite recipes on her brilliant blog. And here are some of the healthy Cornish cafes she frequents.
The Jam Jar, Newquay
“The Jam Jar has an astounding array of superfood lattes, try their pretty pink beetroot latte with a slice of vegan, gluten-free banana bread! Perfect on a cold day, when you can get cosy in a sea of blankets and cushions and read from the stacks of health food cook books and surf mags.”
The Hidden Hut, Portscatho
“This low-fi cafe by the sea has an ever-changing menu of delicious healthy lunch options and you can sit back and enjoy the stunning ocean views, while you tuck in to one of their hearty soups, spicy dhals or chargrilled vegetable salads. Plus when you combine your lovely lunch with a walk along the coastal path you’ll feel even healthier!”
Box & Barber Coffeehouse, Newquay
“Box & Barber serves a seriously special super-food breakfast. Their acai bowls are incredible! Not only do they look gorgeous and taste delicious, they pack them full of sooo many superfoods (think passionfruit, chia seeds, berries and coconut for a start!). Their avocado toast is extra special too, with it’s sprinkling of homemade dukkah and freshly baked sourdough bread.”
BEES NUTRITION is run by Becci Gowers, a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, who is passionate about arming her clients with all they need to eat better and improve their health for life. Here are some of the places in Cornwall she goes to grab a healthy bite.
The Natural Store, Falmouth
“The Natural Store cafe is a relatively new addition to this brilliant health store in Falmouth. They serve a great selection of alternative teas and coffees as well as gluten and dairy free options. The perfect place for health-conscious cafe goers.”
Slice of Cornwall, Wendron
“A little gem hidden away in Wendron, just outside Helston. Not only does Slice of Cornwall look stunning, set in sculpture gardens, the food is delicious. Packed with local produce there is an awesome mix of nourishing healthy foods and some tasty indulgence for special occasions. It is run by a young couple, who have a fantastic eye for detail and taste in both the decor and the food. So worth a visit.”
Archie Browns, Truro & Penzance
“These fantastic vegetarian/vegan cafes in Truro and Penzance, run alongside Archie Browns health food stores. The cafes have a huge array of healthy, wholesome food. My personal favourites are their ever-changing salad bowls, packed with seeds, local leaves and amazing flavours. A far cry from your standard tomato and cucumber. They have a huge selection of cakes from the delicious banana and chocolate chip to a selection of raw desserts. Even for a person who is not vegetarian or vegan, I highly recommend Archie Browns.”
SPROUT HEALTH FOODS co-owner Claire shares her local faves below but Sprout itself is a must visit . The popular health food shop also has a bustling café element, serving vegan pasties, raw cakes, coconut and cashew-based ice creams and a daily home-cooked hot pot, like a filling dhal or fragrant curry. Sprout also provides a platform for lots of local specialists, who come and share their knowledge about food and wellbeing in a ongoing series of workshops.
“This juice and smoothie bar in central Newquay is always top of our list to send locals and tourists to. There is something there for everyone from your super clean eater, to tourists who would like something a bit more indulgent whilst on holiday. Helene, who runs Kook often brings in homegrown veggies to add extra nutrients to your juice, and will always add extra ginger or turmeric if you are feeling a bit below par.” (Now closed until Easter)
Potager Garden & Cafe, Constantine
“Travelling a bit further afield, we love escaping to Potager Garden and Cafe. There is nothing better than taking a morning off to slowly enjoy one of their veggie breakfasts and numerous cups of herbal tea, whilst working your way through the weekend newspaper. This magical place always inspires us to grow more, cook seasonally and slow down.”
Scott & Babs Wood Fired Food at Retorrick Mill, St Mawgan
“This place never fails to disappoint. The hosts are welcoming, the building and furniture is quirky and eclectic, the atmosphere fun and informal, and the food is rustic, locally produced and excellent. Whilst meat eaters are well catered for, the chefs are always happy to cater for those following restricted diets, with plenty of wholesome food to go around. A meal eaten here, enhanced by the good company of family and friends, is always good for the belly and the soul.”
MUDDY RECOMMENDS. I can’t scoff cream teas and Tarquin’s all day you know! Here are some of the places I love for a feel-good feed in the Duchy.
Good Vibes Cafe, Falmouth
There are undoubtedly lots of good places to grab a bite in Falmouth but this bustling cafe on Killigrew Street is now a firm local favourite. The emphasis is on great coffee, fresh and hearty breakfasts and lunch dishes packed with tasty, wholesome ingredients. There are always creative veggie and vegan options and the cafe has begun hosting popular vegan nights. The Good Vibes gang have also recently opened a sister cafe in collaboration the trainers at Fitness Wild on the shores of Argal lake. I’ve yet to visit but it looks great too.
Vood Bar, all over Cornwall
This hip, vegan street food van launched in April this year. Owner Danielle caters weddings, private functions and festivals, popping up at events like Leopallooza, Yoga Hub Fest and Heartland’s Fireworks. Expect things like Indian or satay wraps, sweet potato fries and gorgeous vegan cakes. Leftovers are donated to homeless shelters and Danielle is in the process of establishing a philanthropic side arm to her business. Vood Box will be a social enterprise food trailer, permanently based and open daily, providing hot meals to people with Food Bank vouchers. Keep an eye on the Vood Bar Facebook page to find out where Danielle will be next.
La Cantina at Mount Pleasant Eco Park, nr Porthtowan
A local gem I love. This cafe isn’t open all the time, so you have to plan your visit for one of their Friday community lunches or special Roots Reggae Roasts (the next one’s on Sun 17 Dec). This fully vegetarian (vegan friendly) cafe near Porthtowan serves up fresh and tasty food at prices that are hard to beat, alongside a full menu of senchas, yerbas and chais to wash it down. Their legendary roasts include three main course choices, one of which is always vegan, with seasonal veggies, roasties, Yorkshire puds and your choice of Rich Veg or Paul’s Special Jerk Gravy.