Formally a pilchard cellar harking back to the 1700’s, The Old Cellars has been carefully converted into a working café with many of the original salty features lovingly preserved.
For Head Chef, Jack Stephens and front of house, Sophie Smith, The Old Cellars is part of their family DNA. Jack’s Great, Great Grandfather, Fred, used to press pilchards at the Old Cellars back in yesteryear.
With a sheltered courtyard decked with atmospheric fairy lights and a quirky interior surrounding, eating at The Old Cellars has a warm wholesome feeling. Outside you can see the fishing boats on the slipway and hear the tide ebbing and flowing – all very picturesque and quintessentially Cornish.
The food is good. Very good. Think Pork Cheek Bubble & Squeak and Cadgwith Cove Crab, Roast Monkfish and Hake with locally sourced veggies all served up in plentiful portion sizes. The food is naturally seasonal and uber fresh – especially the fish and shellfish which is caught merely yards away.
Jack and Sophie paid their dues at restaurants on the Helford as well as on ships, so have built a brilliant understanding of the sea and cooking to the tide.
The Old Cellars would be a perfect spot to indulge in a cream tea post coast path walk or proper Cadgwith Cove Crab Sangers at lunch. The pretty courtyard is a sheltered suntrap which makes it ideal for lunchtime vino… It is also dog-friendly too!
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The Old Cellars, Cadgwith, Helston TR12 7JU | 01326 290727 | theoldcellars.rest