What to eat when you visit Cornwall


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

Live well at St Michaels
Kickstart a better lifestyle

Live well at St Michaels

Whether you're in supreme shape or your fitness routine has drifted, there's no time like the present to shake-up your game and embark on a fitness retreat in our coastal Cornish wellness resort from £450pp.

Your standard inclusions:
• Classic King/Twin Room
• Full Cornish breakfast
• Fully inclusive access to our Health Club including classes

Your Live Well inclusions:
• Personal training sessions tailored to you, plus Health Club assessments
• Dinner from our Wellness menu
• Access to our Hydrothermal Experience in St Michaels Spa
• Plus much more

Please follow the link below for more information

Coastal Yoga Retreat
4-day sanctuary

Coastal Yoga Retreat

11-14 Jun 2022 | 2-5 Sep 2022 | 18-21 Nov 2022 | From £825 per person

Explore flexibility and inner wellbeing in the generous surroundings of St Michaels, with the beach a few footsteps away, the award-winning spa available for deep relaxation and our yoga experts ready to guide you on a tailored yoga retreat.

• 3-night stay in Classic King or Twin room
• Daily Cornish breakfast
• Daily guided yoga and meditation sessions
• 3-Course Dinner in Brasserie on the Bay
• 2-Course Dinner in the Garden Kitchen
• Vegan-inspired High Tea on one day
• 2-hour Hydrothermal Experience
• Swim & gym Health Club access

Stretch your experience - add an extra night from £85 per person, including an ocean-view dinner in our restaurant.

Cornwall Wild Swimming Retreat
Take the plunge

Cornwall Wild Swimming Retreat

4-day wild swim retreats: 20-23 May 2022 | 22-25 Sep 2022 | 29 Oct - 1 Nov 2022  from £745 per person.

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 Retreat inclusions:
• 3-night stay in our luxury wellness resort
• 3-course dinner on one night in our ocean-facing Brasserie on the Bay
• Full Cornish breakfast
• Expert sea swim tuition
• Yoga session
• Gyllyngvase SUP experience or St Michaels Spa Hydrothermal experience
• Complimentary Health Club swim & gym access

Cornwall Paddleboard Retreat
Paddle south Cornwall

Cornwall Paddleboard Retreat

5 - 8 Jul 2022 (Novice) | 4 - 7 Oct 2022 (Experienced) | From £685 per person

3-night paddleboarding retreat with Long Paddle at St Michaels Resort

Hop on the board and cast off from one of the UK's best paddleboarding beaches on the Cornwall Paddleboard Retreat, led by Brendon Prince from 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.


• 3-night stay in Classic King or Twin room
• Daily guided paddleboarding sessions plus water safety and sea swimming
• Shore-based coaching sessions
• Beach yoga session
• Daily Cornish breakfast
• Dinner in Brasserie on the Bay on one 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 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.