10 of the Best Cafes in Cornwall

We’ve selected cafes that we’ve either visited ourselves or we know someone who has recommended them.

The cafes are listed in random order.

This list is not exhaustive and you may have a favourite special cafe we haven’t mentioned so please get in touch and let us know.

Polpeor Cafe, Lizard Point, Lizard Peninsula, TR12 7NU

10 Best Cafes in Cornwall - Polpeor Cafe, Lizard Point, Lizard Peninsula, TR12 7NU
Polpeor Cafe, Lizard Point, Lizard Peninsula, TR12 7NU

Overlooking Lizard Point, the most southerly point of the UK mainland, with its lighthouse and stunning cliff scenery, Polpeor Cafe has spectacular views towards Caerthillian Cove and Kynance Cove (owned by the National Trust). You may be lucky to see choughs who breed on cliffs nearby.

Plenty of outdoor seating and the option to sit indoors if you prefer.

Dogs are allowed inside and out and there is always plenty of water available for them.

Polpeor Cafe is open daily from 9.30pm. During the summer months opening is until 6.30pm. During other times of the year closing times vary.

You can enjoy a lovely circular walk along the Cornwall coast path to Kynance Cove

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Roskilly’s, Tregellast Barton Farm, St Keverne, TR12 6NX

10 Best Cafes in Cornwall - Roskilly’s, Tregellast Barton Farm, St Keverne, TR12 6NX
Roskilly’s, Tregellast Barton Farm, St Keverne, TR12 6NX

Tucked away in beautiful countryside near Coverack on the east side of the Lizard Peninsula, Roskilly’s is most well known for its ice cream which is made here at the farm but this is just a small part of what it has to offer. The restaurant/cafe, farm shop, farm animals, gallery and farm trail offer a very pleasant day out.

Plenty of outdoor seating in a lovely, sheltered courtyard with shrubs and wild birds and indoor seating if you prefer.

Dogs are allowed in the courtyard and covered outdoor areas but not inside the restaurant.

Roskilly’s is open throughout the year. Summer opening is from 9am - 9pm. You can visit the farm for free and meet the animals.

You can enjoy a lovely walk past the ponds and through unspoiled meadows and Old Withy Woods.

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Lelant Heritage Centre Cafe, Lelant, TR26 3DY

10 Best Cafes in Cornwall - Lelant Heritage Centre Cafe, Lelant, TR26 3DY
Lelant Heritage Centre Cafe, Lelant, TR26 3DY

This little cafe is unusual as it is located in a beautiful churchyard filled with orchids and other wild flowers, one of Cornwall’s Living Churchyards. The small building serves tea/coffee, cream teas and a range of homemade cakes, as well as containing local history information and exhibitions.

Seating is mostly outside, where you enjoy a lovely view of St Uny Church.

Dogs are allowed on a lead inside and outside.

Lelant Heritage Centre Cafe is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11am until 4pm between Easter and the end of September.

This is a great place to take a break if you’ve been walking the St Michael’s Way or if you’re heading down onto Porthkidney Beach which is dog friendly all year round.

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Bus Fayre, Stables Field, Castle Gate, Penzance, TR20 8BQ

10 Best Cafes in Cornwall - Bus Fayre, Stables Field, Castle Gate, Penzance, TR20 8BQ
Bus Fayre, Stables Field, Castle Gate, Penzance, TR20 8BQ

A most unusual cafe experience is this double decker bus cafe serving delicious food sourced locally. Located in a field at Castle Gate, Bus Fayre overlooks the beautiful Mount’s Bay.

Dogs are allowed inside and out.

Bus Fayre is open Saturdays and Sundays during the spring and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from July to early September 10am to 4pm

From the upper deck not only can you admire the view of St Michael’s Mount and Mount’s Bay but you can also catch a glimpse of the folly Rogers Tower. above the Castle-an-Dinas Quarry.

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The Thirstea Co., Porth Farm/Towan Beach, St Anthony, Portscatho, Truro, TR2 5EX

10 Best Cafes in Cornwall - The Thirstea Co., Porth Farm/Towan Beach, St Anthony, Portscatho, Truro, TR2 5EX
The Thirstea Co., Porth Farm/Towan Beach, St Anthony, Portscatho, Truro, TR2 5EX

Set in a pretty courtyard at the National Trust’s Porth Farm and only minutes from the beautiful Towan Beach, The Thirstea Co. is based in a Citroen H Van.

Outside seating. Dogs are welcome.

The Thirstea Co. is open Monday - Thursday 11am - 5pm Friday Closed (Open during School Holidays) Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm.

A lovely place to take a circular walk along the coast path and through meadows and woodland. Towan Beach is dog friendly all year round.

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Melinsey Mill, Veryan, Nr Truro, TR2 5PX

10 Best Cafes in Cornwall - Melinsey Mill, Veryan, Nr Truro, TR2 5PX
Melinsey Mill, Veryan, Nr Truro, TR2 5PX

Tucked away in a wooded valley the restored 16th century water mill, Melinsey Mill is a delightful find in the hinterland of Veryan’s beautiful Pendower Beach.

Inside and outside seating including rustic shelters. Dogs are welcome outside.

Melinsey Mill is open from April to end of October 10am - 5.30pm.
Closed on Mondays apart from during July, August and Bank Holidays.
Closed on Friday 27th July.

You can choose to walk up through the wooded valley to the mill from Pendower Beach.

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Seaton Beach Cafe, Looe Hill, Seaton, PL11 3JQ

10 Best Cafes in Cornwall - Seaton Beach Cafe, Looe Hill, Seaton, PL11 3JQ
Seaton Beach Cafe, Looe Hill, Seaton, PL11 3JQ

On the sandy beach at Seaton right next to the Seaton River, Seaton Beach Cafe has plenty of outdoor seating, much of it undercover, so you can enjoy a visit at any time of the year.

Seaton Beach Cafe is open all year round Monday to Thursday 9am - 5pm and Friday - Sunday 9am - 5.30pm

Seaton Beach is dog friendly all year round and the cafe welcomes well behaved dogs.

Ideal after a walk on the beach with your dog. At low to mid tide you can walk across the sand from Downderry Beach.

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Inkies Smoke House, Golitha Falls, Draynes Bridge, Liskeard, PL14 6RX

10 Best Cafes in Cornwall - Inkies Smoke House, Golitha Falls, Draynes Bridge, Liskeard, PL14 6RX
Inkies Smoke House, Golitha Falls, Draynes Bridge, Liskeard, PL14 6RX

Adjacent to the beautiful Golitha Falls on the east of Bodmin Moor, Inkies Smoke House is an authentic pit smoked BBQ.

Inkies Smoke House is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am - 4pm.

Seating indoors and outside. Dogs are welcome at the outside tables.

Before or after a visit, take a walk along the River Fowey to where it cascades through Golitha Falls.

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Rest A While Tea Garden, 7 Coastguard Houses, Hawker’s Cove, Padstow, PL28 8HW

10 Best Cafes in Cornwall - Rest A While Tea Garden, 7 Coastguard Houses, Hawker’s Cove, Padstow, PL28 8HW
Rest A While Tea Garden, 7 Coastguard Houses, Hawker’s Cove, Padstow, PL28 8HW

Overlooking the delightful Hawker’s Cove on the Camel estuary between Padstow and Stepper Point, Rest A While Tea Garden is a lovely, hidden gem.

Outside seating. Dogs are welcome.

Rest A While Tea Garden is open between Easter and October. Daily between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

You can walk from Padstow along the coast path or park at the Hawker’s Cove car park and enjoy a visit after exploring Stepper Point towering above the Camel estuary.

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The Rustic Tea Garden Northcott Mouth, Bude, EX23 9EG

10 Best Cafes in Cornwall - The Rustic Tea Garden Northcott Mouth, Bude, EX23 9EG
The Rustic Tea Garden Northcott Mouth, Bude, EX23 9EG

On the Cornwall coast path at Northcott Mouth between Bude and Duckpool, The Rustic Tea Garden stands beside a winding stream just above the beach.

All outdoor seating. Dogs are welcome.

The Rustic Tea Garden is open daily during the summer months until October from 10am to 6pm.

Enjoy a visit when walking along the Cornwall coast path from Bude or Duckpool or park at Northcott Mouth.

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