The best spots to book your Christmas lunch in Cornwall this year…
I’ve never had a restaurant lunch for Christmas Day, but the idea is starting to become more and more appealing, and while I don’t plan to eat out for Christmas this year, it’s definitely on my radar to try in the coming years.
I’ve cooked a total of 3 Christmas dinners in my life so far, and while it is very satisfying and nice to be in your own home, the preparation and cooking on the day is stressful. Remembering the timings for everything is hard, and at least one thing always ends up being over or undercooked, and oh my God …. the mess!
Along with the preparation taking up a large chunk of your (or one of your family member’s) Christmas day, the mess and washing up is the worst part about cooking Christmas lunch or dinner at home. Why not forgo all of that chaos and have your Christmas lunch out, served to you in a fancy location with people to wait on you, clean up after you, and best of all – professional chefs to cook everything to perfection?!
Sounds like heaven.
Below are 6 restaurants in Cornwall who offer a delicious-looking Christmas Day lunch in 2023, who are on my shortlist for the future! These are all open to non-guests on the day.
1. The Alverton Hotel (Truro)
I actually organised a Cornish blogger Christmas ‘do a few years back at The Alverton, and we had a lovely time! They catered to us nicely in a private room, but the hotel also offers a full Christmas Day lunch too. I’m sure this will be amazing, set within the grounds of the beautiful old Grade II listed hotel.
2. St. Ives Harbour Hotel (St. Ives)
Both times I’ve stayed at the St. Ives Harbour Hotel I’ve been really impressed with the beautiful views of St. Ives bay from the restaurant. On a clear day you can even see across to Godrevy lighthouse! The Christmas Day lunch menu looks delicious and has my mouth watering even as I write this…
3. Watergate Bay Hotel (Newquay)
Watergate Bay Hotel has multiple restaurants to dine in, a few are open on Christmas Day serving up a feast but you will need to book as soon as possible! I have never visited Watergate Bay Hotel, but I am sure their Christmas day lunch will be as beautiful as the views from the hotel.
4. Ugly Butterfly (Carbis Bay)
A Michelin star, fine-dining experience along the coast from St Ives. Perfectly cooked local food with theatrical serving, in a setting boasting views of the Atlantic ocean where you can forget you’re in the UK. Ugly Butterfly showcases chef Adam Handling’s passion for converting local produce into beautifully-presented dishes. This is definitely a more expensive option
Image via the Penventon Hotel Website
5. Penventon Park Hotel (Redruth)
Situated on the outskirts of Redruth, central Cornwall, is this picturesque Georgian mansion, turned luxury 4* hotel and restaurant. Their Christmas lunch menu looks delicious and offers good value for money for the offering too.
6. The Working Boat (Falmouth)
For a more relaxed Christmas day lunch with family, head to The Working Boat pub by the waterside, offering panoramic views of Falmouth Harbour. Promising hearty dinners with generous portions, plus it is dog friendly
£75pp & £35 per child (12 and under)