At the moment there are no Michelin Star restaurants in Newquay, but there are three in Cornwall.
Michelin Star restaurants are published annually in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland. The Michelin Star Restaurants in Cornwall are given below, with links taking you to their TripAdvisor reviews.
TripAdvisor reviews are a godsend as you can keep up to date with how the restaurants are performing today as well as uploaded images of people’s meals, so you can check if the menu description matches your expectations
Two Michelin Stars:
There is one two-star Michelin starred restaurant in Cornwall:
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw at Port Isaac, Cornwall.
Located in two locations, spanning the Camel Estuary, you’ll find Nathan Outlaw’s presence in three locations. Nathan Outlaw has two Michelin stars, at his Port Isaac “Restaurant Nathan Outlaw” and one Michelin stars at “Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen”
Further to this Nathan opened “Restaurant Nathan Outlaw” in Port Isaac and a less formal venue, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen.
The Mariner’s Rock: Rock, Cornwall, PL27 6LD
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw: 6 New Road, Port Isaac, Cornwall, PL29 3SB
Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen: 1 Middle Street, Port Isaac, PL29 3RH
Distance from Newquay: 22-24 miles.
One Michelin Star
There are two one-star Michelin restaurants in Cornwall:
Paul Ainsworth at Number Six, Padstow. (new in 2013)
Paul Ainsworth won his first Michelin star in October 2012 – but it wasn’t just a first for Paul, this was Padstow’s first Michelin star too. The menus are based around local, seasonal ingredients, cooked in a simple modern style with a Cornish influence. They are closed Sundays and Mondays. Number 6 is a slate-roofed Grade II-listed house nestled in the heart of Padstow, an ancient Cornish fishing village, next door to two of Rick Stein’s retail ventures.
Paul Ainsworth also jointly owns/runs Rojano’s in the Square, an Italian restaurant.
Address: 6 Middle Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8AP
Rojano’s Website: http://www.rojanos.co.uk/
How far from Newquay: 14 miles
Driftwood, Portscatho, Cornwall.
Driftwood was the second Michelin starred restaurant in Cornwall, gaining one star in 2011 and retaining it in 2012 and 2013. Chris was the first Cornishman to receive a Michelin star for a restaurant in Cornwall.
Chef Chris Eden and his team also won the Good Hotel Guide 2010 César Award for Cornish Hotel of the Year.
Based at the Driftwood Hotel, down on the south coast of Cornwall on the Roseland peninsula and overlooking the stunning Gerrans Bay, near the pretty village of Portscatho.
Address: Driftwood Hotel, Rosevine, Portscatho, Cornwall, TR2 5EW
How far from Newquay: 22 miles
There are plenty of other great restaurants around Cornwall which might be more local to where you are, there are plenty of aspiring chefs who you might discover that are awarded their star for the work they’re doing this year! And you can tell your friends “I was there first…”
If you’re staying in Newquay then why not discover the: 10 Best Newquay Restaurants
First Restaurant in Cornwall to attain a Michelin Star
I’ll also mention here Kevin Viner, who, at the time of writing, has left Cornwall.
Kevin Viner was the first restaurant in Cornwall to attain a Michelin star. Originally operating from Viners’ Restaurant at Summercourt in the centre of Cornwall, he had to cease trading for awhile to find new premises – Kevin then teamed up to open ‘Viner at the Rose’, at the Rose in Vale Hotel, St Mithian, Cornwall – a small hamlet just inland of St Agnes on the north Cornish coast. Kevin Viner won his Michelin Star when he ran Pennypots in Blackwater, Truro. The AA Restaurant Guide also nominated Kevin Viner as one of the Top Ten Chefs of the Decade. He is not on the 2013 list as he didn’t have a restaurant when the judging occurs.
However, Kevin fell out with the Vale Hotel and his restaurant didn’t open in Mithian.
2016: Kevin Viner is now in Dorset, as Executive Chef at Neo, just 50 yards from the beach at Bournemouth pier.
How far from Newquay: 200 miles
Last checked: May 2016
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