The new local Michelin star winners for 2021!
Hot off the presses, the winners have just been announced (and some are offering takeaway!). Take a look at the full line-up for Cornwall and the south-west.
The judge’s scores are in, they’ve held up their Michelin paddle-boards and here are Cornwall’s most victorious (and some are offering takeaway!). Release the waistband and hand me a fork, I’m going in.
Outlaws New Road, Port Isaac ★ (NEW)
Port Isaac said goodbye to Cornwall’s only two star restaurant back in the first lockdown in 2020, the fancy Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, looking out over the bay towards Tintagel. Outlaw re-opened in the same venue back in the summer as the more informal and laid-back Outlaws New Road, guided by the catch of the day from the harbour and serving up more casual (but still excellent) dishes in a set menu, and was recognised in 2021 with a one-star listing.
Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Padstow, Cornwall ★
Paul Ainsworth has held his Michelin star since 2012 and his Padstow restaurant, No.6, is known for being a really friendly place. No uptight fustiness here! Diners can expect, modern British cuisine in an elegant and intimate townhouse setting. Carefully sourced local produce, such as Porthilly Oysters, Tamar Valley lamb and day-boat fish, star in the restaurant’s exquisitely crafted dishes. For a more relaxed family experience, Paul’s other Padstow eaterie, Caffe Rojano appears in the guide, as does his gastro-pub over the water in Rock, The Mariners.
Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac, Cornwall ★
Nathan – you’re spoiling us. The renowned fish chef has not one but two Michelin-star restaurants in Port Issac. Housed in a rustic seaside cottage in the heart of the village and literally on the harbour front, there are just eight tables and an intimate yet lively atmosphere. The menu is dictated by the sea and the fishermen, as much of the fish is sourced from inshore day boats and is cooked to order. Lunch and dinner is a set menu of small plates for £80pp. Top tip – join the Outlaw Grub Club and when takeaway is on offer, you’ll get the heads up first.
Coombeshead Farm, Lewannick GREEN STAR (NEW)
New to the Michelin Guides this year are their green star awards, where 23 restaurants were awarded green stars for ‘sustainable gastronomy’, meaning stand-out ethical and environmental standards, including working closely with farmers and foragers
Coombeshead Farm, a 66 acre working farm at Lewannick near Launceston, is a proper foodie destination (co-owned by chefs Tom Adams & April Bloomfield). The farm has been sympathetically and cosily renovated with dinner served in what was once a barn and now is part open kitchen, part restaurant tables (the best sourdough bread ever is made in the bakery next door). The food rightly focuses heavily on produce grown and raised at the farm, expertly, lovingly and innovatively cooked by Tom, head chef Oscar Holgado and the team. Their pantry sells some of the delights they’ve been producing during lockdown as well as the aforementioned bread.
New Yard, Trelowarren, Helston GREEN STAR (NEW)
Situated in the historic stable yard at Trelowarren in Cornwall, a private estate that has been owned by the same family for over 600 years, the restaurant is now in the hands of Caroline and Jeffrey Robinson, where seasonal produce grown and foraged on the estate leads the menu. On Friday’s from the pantry, pre-book the ‘Pantry at home’ supper of five plates and a bottle of wine to eat at home.
Rick Stein’s Café, Padstow, Bib Gourmand
Sardine Factory, Looe, Bib Gourmand
Kota, Porthleven, Bib Gourmand
The Square at Porthleven, Bib Gourmand (NEW)
More starry outings in the south-west (bookmark for later in the year)
Thomas Carr 1873, Ilfracombe – ★ (NEW)
The Elephant, Torquay – ★
Lympstone Manor, Lympstone – ★
Masons Arms, Knowstone – ★
River Cottage Kitchen, Axminster, Green Star (NEW)
Osip, Bruton, Somerset ★ (NEW)
The Olive Tree Restaurant, Bath, Somerset ★
The Antidote, Ilfracombe – Bib Gourmand
The Cornish Arms, Tavistock – Bib Gourmand
Root, Bristol, Bib Gourmand
Box-E, Bristol, Bib Gourmand
Paco Tapas, Bristol ★
Casamia, Bristol ★
Bulrush, Cotham, Bristol ★
The Ethicurean, Wrington, Green Star
Beckford Bottle Shop, Bath, Bib Gourmand
For a full list of Cornwall’s Michelin-rated pubs and restaurants click here, but if you don’t feel like being fancy pants, don’t forget I review a stupendous number of really brilliant eateries as often as I can!