1. Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay
Jamie Oliver’s coastal venture sits right above the beach amid whirling seagulls and crashing waves. Dishes use local ingredients and include John Dory with artichoke caponata, chilli and mint.
2. Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac
Nathan Outlaw is one of our culinary superstars, with two places in the north Cornish village of Port Isaac. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw has a tasting menu at £119 per person (cured monkfish, ginger, fennel and lemon; turbot, spinach and green dressing) and set lunch and dinner menus from £59, while the excellent but much simpler Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen has fish plates from around £9.
3. The Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick Beach
This simple café is next to the beach at Porthcurnick on the glorious Roseland Peninsula, popular with hikers, beach-bound families and dog-walkers. The menu changes according to what’s available locally – spider crab, perhaps, or fragrant tagines; no licence, so bring your own wine.
4. Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
Stein’s best-known restaurant. If it’s booked up, there is a seafood bar in the centre of the restaurant where a few covers are available without booking. Alternatively, find a spot on the quay for excellent takeaway Stein fish and chips.
5. Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives
Pure white sand, a pale turquoise sea and the intense light of St Ives draw comparison to the Caribbean, though it’s a few degrees cooler. Add a sunny roof terrace, a faded art deco charm and a menu fizzing with Mediterranean and Asian flavours, and you can see why this café under the cliffs has won plaudits.
6. Venus Café, Blackpool Sands beach
This friendly café sits on one of Britain’s loveliest beaches. Food is organic and the fish sustainable: menu options include fish pie and burgers of Devon Aberdeen Angus beef.
7. Winking Prawn, Salcombe
Cross a quiet lane from the beach for a lunch of great seafood or a barbecue that will make you think you are in Sydney, not Salcombe. The casual atmosphere of this converted Twenties prefab beach hut is Antipodean, too. Dishes include smoked haddock with bubble’n’squeak and poached egg or hand-picked Salcombe crab.