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Posted on May 2, 2014 by

You don’t need to leave the children behind to enjoy great food in Cornwall, and it’s not all pasties and chips either. You can get proper food in proper restaurants for your hungry, sand-blasted, surfed-out (and very well behaved) children. Here are our top ten destinations, in no particular order, for the gastronomic family:





Paul Ainsworth’s special Little 6’s menu at Number Six is a delight. There aren’t many Michelin-starred restaurants that make children feel so welcome. Watch their faces as they tuck into the peanut butter parfait and popcorn.


“The best pasta in the world” announced my nine year old, whilst devouring freshly made tagliatelle with mini meatballs. The children’s menu includes the freshest fish and simple puds. The grown-up antipasti plates are great for sharing too.


I smile when I think of the Blue Tomato Café. Good food, a great atmosphere and friendly staff make this an ideal spot to fill up after hours messing about in boats. As well as tasty kids’ food, there’s even a special selection for dogs.


There is no children’s menu here, just smaller portions of the delicious grown-up food. The wonderful half-sized Sunday roasts come with their own mini jug of gravy and there’s free cordial on the counter for kids.


New on the Truro food scene, this little café serves up super healthy, tasty lunches and has a huge chalk board to keep the children occupied. There are some fun things on the kids’ menu, such as crumpet pizzas, and choosing just one of the beautiful cakes might be the hardest decision you make all day.


The Beach Hut is the perfect place to hang out after a long day on the beach and its menu will revive adults and children alike. The home of the Extreme hot chocolate doesn’t disappoint with dessert: fresh doughnuts, chocolate brownie or Extreme ice cream anyone?


What a treat, to be able to let your children experience this beautiful restaurant on the beach in St Ives. The children’s menu is elegantly simple, with the freshest fish you can get. You could almost let them play on the sand while you linger over a long lazy lunch…


Not content with a skittles room and private cinema, Kota Kai offers free children’s meals too*. The extensive Asian-fusion menu and comfy surroundings mean that you can while away the hours in this relaxed venue. (*Free child’s meal with an adult’s main course, 5.30-6.30pm every day.)


The children’s menu at this small family-friend hotel near Portscatho has both small kids’ and big kids’ prices. Hot smoked salmon with angel hair noodles caught our eye, as did the perfect pudding: chocolate pot with strawberries.


Another family favourite with its comfy cushions and benches, grown up and kids’ food is always spot on. Mind you, we’d go here just to get our hands on Stuart Pate’s sunken chocolate cake.


Let us know your favourite places to dine ‘en famille’ by commenting below.



  1. What a useful list! Here are a few of our lunchtime favourites (all of them sometimes open for evening specials too…) a bit further west:

    Archie Browns in Penzance: a delicious ever-changing vegetarian meals for a healthy-feeling treat, affordable kids menu, wonderful coffee and cakes – along with a little kiddy/sofa corner stuffed full of toys which we means the parents get to relax for a bit too, and is great for breastfeeding if you’re shy…

    Tremenheere Gardens, near Gulval: we always demand a parental chip tax on the kids’ fish and chips, they’re delicious! and on sunny days, the kids can run up and down a big green hill while the parents relax outside – the grown up menu is delicious, fresh Cornish produce – fabulous soups, specials and cakes…)

    The Apple Tree Cafe, near Lands End: my husband always gets the vegetarian ‘burger’ with added (definitely not vegetarian) bacon…?! But they do wonderful roasts, stews, quiches and more, and have a great selection of toys for kids of all ages to entertain the kids, as well as a little outside garden.

    I’m sure there are loads more, but run out of time! x

    • Thank you for adding to our list Pippa!

  2. Wild Cafe at Bedruthan Hotel is a super family friendly restaurant that is open from Breakfast right through the day only closing for an hour and a half of the afternoon between 3pm and 4.30pm when it then opens up for a period especially assigned for young diners.
    Lots of family favorites available and some fantastic ice cream sundaes.
    please look out for special locals offers that are going on at the moment as there are some great deals for families.
    Sunday lunches are pretty good here as well but book early as Saturday and Sunday lunches are very busy.
    Check on for details or give us a call on 01637 861212
    Bedruthan has always happily accepted the young ones and everybody is well catered for.
    You can also buy a fantastic range of our own red stuff & wild preserves, biscuits, chocolate truffles, cakes and biscuits.
    We are Taste of the west award winning!
    Hope to see you soon

    • Thanks Adam, we’ll have to come and check out your Wild Café!

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