Hidden Cafes in Cornwall

Tossed about like a Jamie Oliver salad, names of famous Cornish restaurants and cafes are shared between those on the hunt for fine flavours and tantalising textures; but hidden amongst the weaving country lanes and speckled shorelines are some seriously exciting, lesser-known gems waiting to be discovered. 

From secret cafes to unlikely locations, here are some of the best hidden cafes in Cornwall waiting to whet your appetite:

Lula Shack, Hayle

This waterfront café-come-restaurant is situated in a hidden corner of Hayle. The ideal place to sit back, relax and watch the world go by, Lula Shack offers Cajun-style and seafood dishes and baguettes, as well as takeaway cake and hot and cold drinks. 

Fat Apples Café, St Keverne

A closely guarded secret amongst locals and visitors in the know, Fat Apples Café is tucked away in pretty Porthallow. In summer, sit outside under glorious rays of sunshine and scour the menu for your favourite meal, be it breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea.

Lakeside Cabin Café, St Ives

Enjoying pride of place over Nance fishing lakes, the Lakeside Cabin Café is far removed from the lively chatter of St Ives’ streets. Indulge in freshly baked goodies and piping hot treats surrounded by the verdant throws of rolling fields and broccoli-topped trees.

Melinsey Mill, Veryan in Roseland

Nestled in a secluded valley, this restored 16th century watermill features one of the best hidden cafes in Cornwall. If you are looking to up your cream tea game, we seriously recommend visiting Melinsey Mill. But remember, jam before cream!

Strong Adolfos, Wadebridge

A super cool roadside café on the Atlantic Highway, Strong Adolfos is found between Wadebridge and Padstow and has more awards than you can shake a stick at. Between towns, this café makes the perfect halfway house and will certainly not disappoint.

The Cabin Café, Perranuthnoe

Quiet and secluded, the little village of Perranuthnoe is a salt-kissed, sandy-toed dream. After a day playing in the surf, refuel at the gorgeous Cabin Café, a fun beach hut-style café resting in a field overlooking countryside and coast.

The Rock Pool, Mousehole

Perched on the rocks with its back to the street, the Rock Pool Café in Mousehole could easily be missed. Sip a coffee as you run your finger down the menu and be distracted only by the mesmeric views of cobalt seas merging with cloudless skies.

Slice of Cornwall, Constantine

A true hidden gem, Slice of Cornwall has gained a loyal following. Surrounded by knotted trees and pastoral scenes, this café welcomes guests with a warm atmosphere and a scrumptious seasonal menu, including everything from light bites to cream teas to Sunday roasts.

Wild Vibes Café, Argal Lake

Serving up vegan food, speciality coffee and views for days, Wild Vibes Café is a quirky haven. Revel in the family-friendly feel and after some healthy fodder, branch off onto one of the footpaths and trace your way around the lake.

Woods Café, Bodmin

If you go down in the woods today, you are sure of a big surprise. Burrowed in the middle of the magical Cardinham Woods, the family-run, dog-friendly Woods Café has a passion for food so great it is sown into every single dish.

The Hidden Hut, Portscatho

Situated on the South West Coast Path not far from Portscatho on the beautiful, remote Roseland Peninsula is the Hidden Hut. By day, you can look forward to fresh, seasonal lunches and, on certain selected summer eves, alfresco feast nights.

Olive & Co., Liskeard 

Taking pride of place next to Siblyback Lake, Olive & Co. Café is a firm favourite with all generations. Whether your visit is short and sweet or you’re planning on staying by the lake all day, this café will fuel your adventures with award-winning fodder. 


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