I am a big lover of seafood, and even better when it’s cooked fresh from the harbour in a Cornish restaurant!
Last week we headed over to Charlestown – a beautiful 18th century Cornish harbour on the outskirts of St. Austell – to try out one of the village’s latest eateries, Springtide. Specialising in seafood, Springtide is run by the team behind the Longstore restaurants in Truro & Charlestown (some of my FAVE foodie spots in Cornwall!), HarbourQ on Charlestown harbour, 12 Beach Road in Newquay, and several other spots around Cornwall.
I’m a big fan of everything this family-run collective launches, so was really excited to pop into Springtide for dinner on a sunny May evening.
Springtide have a great selection of drinks, from local craft beers, to wines, and of course their cocktail list too! I went for ‘The Hussey’; a tasty vanilla and passionfruit blend with prossecco – similar to a Pornstar Martini but more vanilla-y I think! Meanwhile, Alex chose the Melon & Elderflower Spritz. Both the perfect refreshing combo to have with some seafood dishes…
I LOVE scallops, so had to choose these off the menu. These were delicious served with a cauliflower, parsley & garlic butter, with samphire on top.
Alex went for the breaded oysters which were on the specials board and these were great too. I’m slowly starting to ease myself in to being an oyster person, and these are a great way to get started if you’re unsure, with this tasty toasted crumb on top. They were super garlicky (which we both love), so good to have some lemon squeezed over as well.
Alex went with another of the specials; the panfried Dory fillet served with fresh veg and potatoes. The sauce on this was delicious as well but I can’t remember exactly what it was.
Meanwhile, I had the incredible prawn linguine Alfredo (because I’d seen them share a video of it on Instagram and it looked AMAZING). I am a HUGE prawn / seafood linguine lover, but this is a very creamy version with parmesan and served with garlic ciabatta. Super rich, super comfort-food, and super TASTY!
By dessert we were both pretty full so decided to share a panna cotta with lemon & raspberries – a perfect refreshing end to the meal!
If you love fresh-from-the-boat seafood you definitely need to give Springtide a try, and of course don’t forget to have an explore around Charlestown harbour while you’re there. This word heritage site is extremely picturesque so if the weather is nice, why not make an evening of it!
Springtide is open from Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, and I’d recommend booking a table in advance from their website.
We had such a nice evening and the service was excellent too and really friendly! The whole atmosphere is very relaxed, and they focus on being family-friendly too, with dishes to suit everyone (yes, even if you’re not a fish fan!).
Head over to the Springtide website to check out the menu and book your table!
*We were kindly hosted for a complimentary meal in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.