FRUITS OF THE SEA: CORNWALL'S BEST FISH
PUBLISHED: 10:47 02 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:01 30 August 2017
Think Cornwall – think fabulous seafood – whether Michelin-starred restaurant or top celeb chef fish and chips – Cornwall has it all
Think Cornwall – think fabulous seafood – whether you eat out at a Michelin-starred restaurant or fancy munching on some top celeb chef fish and chips – Cornwall has it all... here’s our pick to whet your appetite
Fishing has always been integral to the Cornish way of life; today the industry provides thousands of jobs and brings in millions of pounds to the local economy. Cornwall has 326 miles of coastline and 49 ports; huge fishing fleets sets sail from the Cornish coast every day, with vessels ranging from five to 40 metres. To protect this vital industry, our fishermen are at the forefront of a revolution, working with scientists to secure a sustainable future.
The variety of seafood landed in Cornwall is staggering. From bass, brill and haddock to crab, squid and scallops, there’s certainly plenty of choice - 40 different species arrive on our shores every day and of that 40, only 12 are subject to quotas. Sustainability is key to the Cornish fishing industry, so you’ll be pleased to know that 10 species on the Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish List’ are caught and landed in Cornwall on a daily basis. It’s no surprise our chefs are so adept at creating delicious dishes from all this bounty.
Falmouth Bay Seafood Café, Truro
A light and airy café tucked into one of Truro’s more elegant streets, with friendly staff and a stunning repertoire of thoughtfully-prepared, seasonal Cornish seafood.
Merchants Manor, Falmouth
Head chef Dale Mcintosh has made a name for himself with his exquisite preparation and intricate knowledge of sumptuous local flavours, and seafood is where the menu really sings.
The Ferryboat Inn, Helford
A traditional waterside pub on the beautiful Helford river, serving shellfish and Duchy oysters grown in the estuary itself amongst a varied menu of locally caught and reared produce.
Flying Fish Restaurant,St Michael’s Hotel & Spa, Falmouth
Overlooking the panorama of Falmouth’s famous Gyllyngvase beach, the Flying Fish’s menu specialises in letting the simple, stunning flavours of Cornish seafood shine through.
Porthminster Kitchen,St Ives
The newly-launched sister eatery to the world-famous Porthminster Cafe, known for its beautifully-prepared fusion fish dishes straight off the boats at Newlyn.
Ben Tunnicliffe,Sennen Cove
Renowned seafood chef Ben Tunnicliffe heads up an innovative yet laid-back Cornish seafood menu in this stunning beachside location near Lands End.
St Moritz restaurant Trebetherick, Wadebridge
Son of a Cornish fisherman, head chef Jamie Porter trained under the likes of the Seafood Restaurant’s Stephane Delourme before becoming one of Cornwall’s youngest head chefs, with a seafood-centric menu that revolves around what’s good when.
Beach View Restaurant, Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa Newquay
Headed up by Ben Arthur, formerly of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, the restaurant’s indulgent and seasonally-conscious menu boasts everything from fresh Cornish scallops to meaty, roasted monkfish. Gorgeous.
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac
The county’s only two-Michelin-star restaurant, recently relocated to a stunning ocean-side spot at Port Isaac, is the place to head for seafood mastery at its finest. Nathan also runs Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in the same village, Outlaw’s at St Enodoc Hotel and the Mariner’s at Rock, a joint venture with Sharp’s Brewery.
The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
The place that transformed Cornwall’s reputation as a seafood-lover’s hotspot - and this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. The original restaurant of Rick and Jill Stein, now part of a growing collection of their seafood eateries around Cornwall serving everything from classic fish and chips to eclectic dishes inspired by Rick’s travels across the globe. rickstein.com
Harbour Lights Restaurant,Coverack
Run by Cornish girl Chloe Marsland, who has worked at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, the Harbour Lights’ chilled-out menu focuses on the amazing, simple flavours of fresh Cornish produce at its very best.
It’s easy to while away the time in this relaxed spot overlooking the harbour, enjoying chef patron Stew Eddy’s brasserie-style dishes such as moules or extra-fresh mackerel straight from the boat.
Matt Slater, from Cornwall Wildlife Trust, considersthe sustainability of your menu choice...
'We all know that Cornish seafood is fantastic but many people are concerned about the effects of fishing on the environment and on fish stocks. Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s new website the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide (cornwallgoodseafoodguide.org.uk) is here to help us all make good choices when choosing our seafood.
This user-friendly resource has been produced by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, in partnership with the Cornish fishing industry and using the Marine Conservation Society’s sustainable seafood rating system,’ he says. The site is packed with information on fish species and fishing methods, features a meet the fishermen section, and a directory of where to purchase quality local seafood. It is the product of almost two years of work, and is the most detailed local survey of sustainable fish in the UK. The new online guide aims to provide a user-friendly resource to encourage locals and visitors alike to buy Cornish.
The Cornish fishing industry is something we should all be proud of, but knowing what fish to buy is a complicated issue. The Cornwall Good Seafood Guide is an incredible new resource that will constantly be updated so that consumers as well as those in the fishing and food industries can plainly see what’s best and most sustainable to eat. We hope that this new guide will help to promote demand for local, sustainably caught fish, which in turn will help develop a sustainable future for both fish stocks and for fishermen.’
Fish in Cornwall
Cornwall is blessed with many many native seafoods with around 40 different species caught each day. Among them are:Plaice, Lemon sole, Dab, Flounder, Scophthalmidae, Turbot, Megrim, Solidae, Dover, Sole, Gadidae, Cod, Ling, Whiting, Pollock, Scombridae, Mackerel, Sparidae, Black bream, Gilthead bream, Red sea, Bream, Serranidae, Bass, Mugilidae, Thick lipped, Grey mullet, Golden grey, Mullet, Labroidei, Wrasse, Balistidae, Triggerfish, Congridae, Conger, Belondidae, Garfish, Dogfish, Red gurnard, Ray.