What to eat when you visit Cornwall

Food

Cornwall is famous for many things, beautiful scenery, stunning landscapes, brilliant beaches and of course, wonderful food. For those that visit the shores of Kernow, there are a plethora of delicious foods that you can try to offer you a traditional and authentic Cornish experience. This article looks at some of the very best foods to try whilst exploring Cornwall on a wellness break at St Michaels Resort. With quotes and recommendations from Cornish locals and those who have visited the area, let’s tuck into some of the best foodie options.

 

What to eat when you visit Cornwall:
 

·         Cornish pasty

·         Cream tea

·         Saffron cake

·         Crab sandwich

·         Oysters and mussels

Cornish Pasty
Cornish Pasty

You can’t visit Cornwall without trying a Cornish pasty! The true foodie gem of Cornwall and known across the country as the food of the true Cornish. This meat and potato-filled pastry pocket is a wonder and should always be tried warm for an authentic experience. Trying a Cornish pasty is something Elizabeth Dale, blogger and Cornish local at the Cornish Bird Blog highly recommends to anyone visiting the area:

 “If there is one particular topic that Cornish people can get really passionate about and debate for hours, it is where to find the best pasty. So, for anyone visiting Cornwall hunting down some of the smaller family-run bakeries, such as Gear Farm Bakery near Manaccan on the Lizard or Pip’s in Penryn and trying what I would consider a ‘real’ homemade pasty is an absolute must.”

 Many pasty and bakery shops in Cornwall will also offer a selection of different flavour pasties to suit everyone’s tastes. You will find options like cheese and onion, roast chicken, and lamb, but for those wanting an authentic taste, then beef and potato is the best choice.

Cream Tea
Cream Tea

A common topic of controversy, the cream tea is a popular food choice in Devon and Cornwall and is one you should definitely try when in the Southwest area. A cream tea is traditionally a pot of tea served with a scone, cream and jam and is the perfect mid-afternoon snack.

 Scones are traditionally served sweet with either fruit or plain and are topped with delicious berry jam and Cornish clotted cream. The question is do you put the cream or the jam on first?

Saffron Cake
Saffron Cake

Saffron cake or a saffron bun is a traditional Cornish sweet treat and is the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. Saffron buns are spiced and contain yeast, dried fruit, and plenty of saffron.

 Saffron cake is notorious to Cornwall as it was first introduced and traded in the harbours and markets around many of the Cornish villages and towns. First recorded in the 14th century, saffron was often traded for copper and tin from local mines.

 For those looking to seek out this sweet dough will be able to find it in almost every Cornish bakery and should try it alongside a cup of tea or coffee.

Crab Sandwich
Crab Sandwich

Seafood is one of the most common foods in Cornwall due to it being surrounded by wonderful fishing villages and towns, so when visiting the area this is something that needs to be tried. The blog The Wild Flours comments on how delicious Cornish crab can be, saying:

 “I still remember the first time I had a crab sandwich, made by my cousin who happens to be married to a Cornish fisherman (another benefit to now living beside the Cornish seaside) It was a very humble, very fresh lunchtime crab sandwich and it was glorious.”

 Crab is a delicious and rich seafood and can be served so many ways, from in a sandwich with mayo and salad to in pasta, on a jacket potato or served in a salad. This versatile food is best served freshly caught from the sea that day.

Oysters and Mussels
Oysters and Mussels

Similarly to crab, mussels and oysters are another food that are commonly served out of Cornish waters and tastes much better when freshly caught. Seafood restaurants like Rick Steins in Padstow offer some of the very best seafood dishes including mouclade of mussels, hot shellfish with parsley and fruits de mer to name just a few.

Oysters and mussels are both commonly found in British waters and are a delicacy that many love. Mussels are traditionally served in a white wine sauce or in past and Oysters can be served with garlic or a squeeze of lemon.

 If you’re planning to visit St Michaels Resort soon and want to get a taste of traditional Cornish cuisine, then hopefully this article has given you a little inspiration. For more articles like this, then head to the St Michaels blog.

Foodie Spa Days
Eat, drift, feel good

Foodie Spa Days

Delight in delicious ocean-view dining and grab a little Cornish wellness with a healing hydrothermal experience.

Our selection of foodie spa days:
• Relish in bliss with our Twilight Spa Evening including a 2-course dinner
• Enjoy a tranquil Saturday afternoon with Afternoon Teatox including afternoon tea 
• Experience a revitalising afternoon with our Detox Retox including 2-course Lunch

Slow Flow Yoga & Sound Bath
March 2024

Slow Flow Yoga & Sound Bath

Find your centre with a slow-flow yoga session, a meditative practice that allows you to get acquainted with each move as you find your inner calm.

End the session with a sound bath for a full-body meditative experience to end the evening feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

14 Mar 24
18:00 - 20:00
£25pp

Coastal Yoga Break
Find your sanctuary

Coastal Yoga Break

12 - 15 May 2024 | 20 - 23 Sep 2024 | 04 - 07 Nov 2024 | From £582* per person

20% Off Now - Use code WELLNESS20 at check-out

A special group experience with likeminded souls. Explore flexibility and inner wellbeing by the Cornish coast, with the beach a few footsteps away, our award-winning spa available for deep relaxation and our yoga experts ready to guide you through your tailored yoga retreat. Highlights include:

• 3-night stay in our luxury wellness resort
• Daily Cornish breakfast
• Daily guided yoga and meditation sessions
• Dinner on every evening
• 2-hour Hydrothermal Experience

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*When booked using the Wellness Discount Code

Cornwall Wild Swimming Break
Take the plunge

Cornwall Wild Swimming Break

17 - 20 May 2024 | 03 - 06 Oct 2024 | From £745 per person

20% Off Now - Use code WELLNESS20 at check-out

Invigorate the senses, improve technique and become immersed in the mental and physical benefits of cold water swimming during an unforgettable wild sea swimming retreat at St Michaels.

Your Cornwall Wild Swimming Break inclusions:
• 3-night stay in our luxury wellness resort
• Dinner every night
• Full Cornish breakfast
• Expert sea swim tuition
• Yoga session
• Gyllyngvase SUP experience or St Michaels Spa Hydrothermal Experience
• Complimentary Health Club swim & gym access

 

Cornish Cocktail Experience
February 24

Cornish Cocktail Experience

Fully Booked

Create unique flavour combinations with Knightor Winery.

Combine your favourite flavours to create your own signature blend for a unique and delicious cocktail in this hands-on workshop at St Michaels Resort.

Fri 23 Feb 24
18:30 - 20:00
£35pp

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Cornwall Paddleboarding Break
Paddle south Cornwall

Cornwall Paddleboarding Break

07 - 10 June 2024 | From £795 per person

3-night paddleboarding break with The Long Paddle at St Michaels Resort

20% Off Now - Use code WELLNESS20 at check-out

Hop on the board and cast off from one of the UK's best paddleboarding beaches on the Cornwall Paddleboard Break, led by Brendon Prince from The Long Paddle. Discover secret beaches and hidden coves from the comfort of our luxury beachside Cornish wellness resort, then kick back, relax and take in the surroundings.

Included 

• 3-night stay in our luxury wellness resort
• Daily guided paddleboarding sessions plus water safety and sea swimming
• Shore-based coaching sessions
• Beach yoga session
• Daily Cornish breakfast
• Dinner every night
• Garden Kitchen grill/bbq on one night
• 2-hour Hydrothermal Experience
• Complimentary Swim & gym Health Club access

Learn about water safety and sea swimming basics and work on your technique with Brendon Prince of The Long Paddle, who has paddled every inch of the British coast. Then wander back up to our Falmouth hotel from the beach, dry off, and enjoy everything the resort has to offer: stretch it off with our yoga team, drift in the spa, and tuck into the best of Cornwall's farms, fields and seas in our ocean-facing restaurants.

Latin Dance Night
March 2024

Latin Dance Night

Something new, join us for an evening of Latin Dance.

A night full of passionate dancing, teaching you new steps and sparking a love for all things dance with a fast-paced and fun time. Perfect for Latin beginners or dancing divas, this will be an unforgettable evening.

10 May 24
18:00 - 20:30
Health Club Member £15pp / Non Member £20pp

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The Wim Hof Break
Expert-Led

The Wim Hof Break

3-Night Wim Hof Break

Train your mind, harness your body


26 - 29 April 2024 | From £932 per person | Only 5 Spaces Left!

20% Off Now - Use code WELLNESS20 at check-out

When you think of the Wim Hof method, you might envisage plunging into icy waters. But that is quite literally the tip of the iceberg, there's so much more to learn about your mind and body on our 4-day journey.

Learn how the power of breathwork, mindfulness and cold water endurance combine to bring about a lasting, positive change in the way we live our lives, under the expert tutelage of Level 2 Wim Hof instructor Cat Paterson. 

Your break includes:

• A 3-night stay in a Classic King/Twin Room
• Daily Cornish breakfast
• Introduction to the Wim Hof method
• Wild swimming and ice baths
• Dinner every night
• 2-hour Hydrothermal Experience on two occasions
• Yoga, breathwork and meditation

Energising Arm Balancing and Breathwork Yoga Workshop
Multiple Dates in 2024

Energising Arm Balancing and Breathwork Yoga Workshop

A morning retreat led by a qualified Yoga Instructor. Reset and rebalance with a grounding meditation, calming breathwork and an energising yoga flow.

04 May | 28 Sep

08:30 - 11:00

Health Club Members £25 / Non Members £32

Candle-Lit Therapeutic Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Multiple Dates in 2024

Candle-Lit Therapeutic Yoga & Yoga Nidra

A guided session exploring yoga and new practices by candlelight in this relaxing and unique workshop. Expert yogi Ruth Sandall will lead you through the flow as you focus on your body and movements for two hours of internalised care and concentration.

28 Jan 24
17:00 - 19:00
Health Club Members £20pp / Non Members £25pp

Yoga For Hips & Lower Back
February 24

Yoga For Hips & Lower Back

A yoga session focusing on mobility and flexibility in the hips and lower back, Lauren Bloxham will guide you through a series of moves designed to decrease discomfort, allowing you to practice yoga with ease.

23 Feb 24
16:00 - 18:00
£27pp

Yoga For Cancer
April 2024

Yoga For Cancer

Allow yourself to release control and follow an expert-led yoga practice for a day of well-deserved wellness.

Yogi Lauren Bloxham will lead you through therapeutic and somatic yoga movements, alongside useful anxiety management techniques and a nutritious lunch.

20 Apr 24
10:00 - 16:00
£85

Women's Health Day Retreat
May 2024

Women's Health Day Retreat

Join us for a women's only rejuvenating and empowering yoga workshop designed to nourish both body and mind.

19 May 24

10:00 - 16:00

Health Club Members £85 / Non Members £105

Ayurveda and Yoga for the Season
June 2024

Ayurveda and Yoga for the Season

Welcome in the Summer with a Yoga Ayurveda Session beside the beach.

16 Jun

09:30 - 12:30

Room To Move, Space To Breathe
July 2024

Room To Move, Space To Breathe

Explore the beautiful mechanisms of breathing and learn how to shift and optimise breathing patterns for emotional and physical wellbeing in this helpful wellness workshop.

12 Jul 24

16:00 - 18:30

Somatics Workshop
October 2024

Somatics Workshop

Focus on your experience with a series of somatic movements, learning about your body and how it moves as you go.

04 Oct 24

15:30 - 18:30

3-Night Tennis Break
Date TBC

3-Night Tennis Break

Date TBC | From £795 per person

20% Off Now - Use code WELLNESS20 at check-out

Enjoy three days of getting into the swing of it with like-minded people as you experience our unique Tennis Break.

Find time to explore your swing and other useful techniques under expert guidance, playing friendly matches and enjoying seaside tennis courts and our luxury facilities.

Highlights include:

  • 3-night stay in our luxury wellness resort
  • Daily Cornish breakfast
  • Daily sessions out on the courts
  • Dinner each evening
  • Group coaching sessions
  • Hydrothermal Experience

 

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