One of Carbis Bay’s sophisticated yet glamorous beachside restaurants, our Editor Rebecca Moore heads to Walter’s on the Beach for an unforgettable lunch experience
If I told you that during our lunch, we saw dolphins bobbing up and down while we tucked into delicious local fare washed down with good wine, you wouldn’t think the lunch took place in Cornwall. While the Cornish coast might not be well known for its marine wildlife, Cornwall’s fine dining restaurants are certainly making waves.
To be more specific this lunch with a rather spectacular view, even before the dolphins made themselves known, was enjoyed at Walter’s on the Beach at Carbis Bay. Located in a prime position overlooking the award-winning white sandy beach, Walter’s on the Beach joined the prestigious Carbis Bay Estate in the summer of 2021, and it’s been filling Instagram grids ever since. Open for lunch, dinner, bar snacks and sun-soaked cocktails, for a sea view restaurant near St Ives the outlook here is hard to beat.
The menu is equally as exciting, and has been prepared by the executive chef at Carbis Bay, Andrew Houghton. Appealing to those with international tastes, but also honing in on the British classics, from seafood enthusiasts to those wanting something lighter, the menu won’t disappoint.
While the décor is somewhat dark and sultry, think industrial style panelling, shadowy flooring and earthy tones, the service is as bright and welcoming as the view. Making it a fine fit for a date night in Cornwall.
Kicking things off with an Italian burrata, juicy Italian heritage tomatoes, drizzled with basil split oil and crunchy ‘stale bread’ croutons our starter set the tone. Selecting a main course isn’t a simple task, with plenty of fish and meat plates to tempt. After much deliberation I opted for the braised short rib which was served with crispy risotto waffle, mushroom, cabbage, red wine, and a sprinkling of toasted barley on top.
A hearty warming meal for a winter’s day, while the risotto waffle’s crispiness wasn’t to my liking, the clever fusion of flavours packed a punch and the mushrooms were some of the best I’ve encountered. Looking around the table, others enjoyed Korean chicken with sticky rice, and a fish and pancetta bourguignon, a sure-fire indication of the diverse menu.
To finish things off, a refreshing tonka bean panna cotta, with creamy clotted cream ice cream was just the ticket. The plate presentation as delicious as each mouthful.
For fine dining in Cornwall, Walter’s on the Beach is certainly up there, while the plates aren’t as delicate as some of its competitors, it’s certainly lavish, and the considered prices – with main courses ranging from £20-£45 – aren’t eye watering.
Carbis Bay Estate continues to impress, while dolphin spotting might be off the menu for most, delicious fare and unforgettable views can be enjoyed all-year round.