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29 July 2014

Top five beach cafes in Cornwall

Here in Cornwall we’re lucky to have hundreds of amazing beaches where you can while away entire days playing on the sand with your family, or just relaxing in the sun.

When you do one thing that’s for sure is you’ll get hungry, but you don’t have to pack a picnic to visit all of Cornwall’s beaches.

Some have amazing eateries right on the shoreline and we thought we’d round them up for you into a top five for lunch (although obviously you’ll want to wait for dinner at Café Azur back at the Valley’s luxury cottages in Cornwall!).

Porthminster Cafe, St Ives

Porthminster has been named the best beach in the UK by lonely Planet and its amazing soft sands and azure waters are complemented by a café offering delicious lunches.

St Ives may be a fair trip from The Valley but with a town full of boutiques and galleries, this beautiful beach and a great café to visit it’s worth the journey.

As you’d hope the café does fantastic fish dishes and a range of Mediterranean and Asian flavours. It’s open for breakfast too, should you get to the beach early, and serves seasonal and locally sourced grub.

The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay is another beach that often tops lists of the best beaches in Britain, partly because of its sheer size.

Given how large it is you could work up quite an appetite walking around it, so it’s lucky that The Beach Hut is based there, just below Jamie Oliver’s more formal Fifteen Cornwall.

The café has a great atmosphere and is great for families and people with dogs. Turn up in casual clothes and enjoy a classic menu with plenty of Cornish fish.

Kynance Cove Cafe, Kynance Cove

This beach has been named as one of the UK’s best picnic spots, but if you don’t fancy carrying lunch with you then this café could be a godsend!

The National trust run café is solar powered and feeds electricity into the national grid, so you can dine with a warm glow knowing you’re helping the environment while you eat.

In typical National Trust style the food is also eco-friendly, with the crab in the delicious crab sandwiches caught just offshore from the café.

Gylly Beach Cafe, Gyllyngvase Beach

The closest of all these cafes to the Valley, Gylly Beach Café is another eco-friendly eatery which serves up tremendous food.

It’s overlooked by Pendennis Castle and is on the outskirts of Falmouth which means you can get to the beach, and the café, in style using the park and float taxi boat scheme.

Not only does the café do a range of lovely light bites and hot and cold drinks it also has a barbecuce which is fired up mid-afternoon, meaning you can grab a flame grilled burger, a bucket of prawns or a peri-peri chicken to stave off hunger.

Godrevy Beach Cafe, Hayle

The final café on the list also has green credentials – which is good because you wouldn’t want to spoil beautiful Gwithian!

Everything is recycled at this ccafe, with the cooking oil even used to fuel the café’s vintage Airstream catering trailer.

Local produce makes the breakfasts fantastic while the café also does a wide selection of sandwiches, wraps and home-baked goodies to keep you going during your day at the bea

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