After a long day at the beach (either surfing or falling off a surf board), you need sustenance and music - probably tasty ones for the former and melodious ones for the latter. As luck would have it, Newquay has both in abundance. Check out our pick of the town’s best local eateries and night spots. That aside, the golden rule remains: when in doubt, follow the crowd to find the best restaurants and clubs.
If you’re in the mood for something luxurious and classy, check out Lewinnick Lodge Restaurant. This boutique restaurant is perched on the veranda of the Lewinnick Lodge at Fistral Beach, overlooking the Cornwall coast in all its splendour. The whitewashed brick walls and faded wooden floors and railings serve as a perfect backdrop for the chef-prepared meal using fresh seafood. A selection of premium lagers and wines will flawlessly round up your meal.
For a touch of the stars, head over to Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay. Owned by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and managed by a team of at-risk youths, Fifteen Cornwall serves some of the finest seasonal Italian cuisines in the region. The bill will be a bit steep, but the food is great and the service is top class, so it’s a fair trade-off.
The Dolphin Bar & Restaurant is another great choice. Located near the harbour, the restaurant serves traditional Cornish fares using high quality and always fresh ingredients. Pro tip: the slow-cooked lamb shank is reputedly to die for.
When the lights go down, the festivities and vibrant nightlife at Newquay is said to rival even that of Ibiza. How’s that for a former sleepy fishing village? There are too many bars, pubs, clubs and outdoor venues to mention here, so we’re going to make three random selections to get you going. Please keep in mind though that anti-social behaviours and street drinking are banned by the authorities, and the police responds to any complaints quite quickly.
First up is Bar Socio. Situated right in the heart of Newquay, Bar Socio is spacious, plush and attracts large crowds on most nights. Live DJs sets the mood here with an eclectic selection of punk and rock music. There is an extensive range of cocktails and craft beers at Bar Socio, but no food, so it’s probably a good idea to eat first before coming here.
If you’re looking for a laid back and chill drinking experience, look no further than Pebbles Bar at the Esplanade Hotel, just a stone throw away from Fistral Beach. There’s a large selection of food to complement the wide range of drinks, and live performers are present on most nights.
For couples, the Fistral Beach Bar is our top pick owing to the breath taking scenery and romantic atmosphere. On the flip side, the core demographic here tilts toward the younger crowd, and it can get a little lively as the evening progresses.