Where we eat
Food, glorious food. We're big fans of food. In fact, Roo's name comes from food, but that's another story.
If you're visiting our area this summer, here are our favourite places to indulge in brilliant dishes, which Cornwall is becoming known for.
If you're visiting the North Coast of Cornwall this summer and wondering what are the best places to eat? Here are a few of our top restaurants nearby...
Scott & Babs at Retorrick Mill
This is a hidden gem, but so worth the trip. In true Cornish style, Scott and Babs is set at Wilf's Campsite, Retorrick Mill, in the Mawgan Porth Valley. The food is outrageously good, so good in fact, that we eat here weekly, at a minimum.
Scott has trained with the best in the food industry, yet loves the casual Cornish approach. Expect no-fuss food (no 'jus' on the menu here). You'll find a mixture of campers, locals, foodies and musicians - an eclectic vibe, where everyone fits in.
They rear their own meat and grow as much as they can on the farm themselves.
Gilmore's in Newquay
Newquay's newest hot spot is run by Elsie Pinninger, co-founder of our favourite coffee spot, The Jam Jar, and designer/owner of Neon Wetsuits (she's a talented lady!). Gilmore's restaurant is her latest venture - which does not disappoint. Her vision is clear, the food is excellent, the cocktails are to die for and on top of that.... there's pitch and putt.
The Mexican/ Southern Californian inspired menu boasts taco's, burrito's and some serious breakfasts. It's what Newquay has been craving for.
Strong Adolfo's on the Atlantic Highway
Bikers, beards and surfer types hang out here, but there's much more to it. Everyone we send here falls in love with the place, as they've really brought something different to the area. Their coffee is second to none, and we don't take coffee lightly. The food is excellent. Cakes are awesome and Swedish owner Mathilda brings the delicious 'Fika' to Cornwall.
Set in the Hawksfield complex, which also boasts a deli, vintage furniture store and a homewares shop - it's also good for a bit of retail therapy.
The Fish House at Fistral Beach
Not enough people know about this place. If you like fish, this is the place to go.
Founder and chef Paul Harwood worked at Rick Stein's for 14 years and set up for himself, bringing culinary delights of the sea to Newquay (for half the price you'd pay at Rick Stein's).
With lovely views over Fistral Beach, fresh fish and good atmosphere - "it's absolutely incredible" - according to Roo.
Jamie Olivers' Fifteen Cornwall
Always a winner, it's just up the road from us. It's especially good for cocktails and Antipasti - which you don't have to book for, just drop in and sit at the bar. Don't miss the Arancini risotto balls, and the 'Thyme at the Bar' cocktail, made with Tarquin's Cornish Gin is enough reason to visit. All profits go to charity, so you can guiltlessly indulge.