While there are currently 45 restaurants in the Michelin Guide, only three restaurants hold the prestigious Michelin Star. Considered the most respected accolade in the restaurant industry, achieving a Michelin star is the ultimate goal for many chefs.
Rick Stein was Cornwall’s linchpin into the world of gastronomy with his Seafood Restaurant which opened in 1975. Since then the county has drawn in plenty of celebrity chefs such as Nathan Outlaw, Paul Ainsworth, Jude Kereama and Emily Scott. Chefs and diners alike are often enticed by the fruits of the sea and locally-sourced high-quality produce grown under the Cornish sunshine.
The three restaurants which currently hold one star each, in Michelin ranking means: “High quality cooking, worth a stop!”.
So, whether you are visiting Cornwall on holiday and want the best of the best while you’re here, or you’re lucky enough to call this place home and want to try out the crème de la crème on your doorstep, here are the winners:
Celebrity chef Nathan Outlaw is passionate about seafood, beginning his Cornish journey with Rick Stein in 1996. The chef may have been born in Kent, but he’s seen as practically Cornish down here after transforming a 15th century harbour-side fisherman’s cottage into his intimate, seafood restaurant Fish Kitchen in 2015. The tasting menu (£88pp) changes daily depending on what produce is freshly available, and what’s been brought in by the local day boats.
Paul Ainsworth at No.6 was the acclaimed chef’s first restaurant – and for many foodies – his most impressive, earning a Michelin Star in 2013 and retaining it ever since. A gorgeous Georgian townhouse in popular Padstow, all of the tables have a view into the kitchen. The menu celebrates imaginative cooking based on classic flavour combinations, in an intimate setting.
Yes, that’s right. Nathan Outlaw’s second restaurant – Outlaw’s New Road – also in Port Isaac, also boasts a Michelin Star. sits at the top of the famous fishing town, moments from the harbour. Exclusively serving a set seafood menu (priced at £105pp), diners can expect a menu directed by the daily catch, inspired by what has landed just down the road that very day.