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Where to get breakfast in Cornwall

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Cornwall is home to many wonderful sights and sounds. From beaches to extreme sports, from museums to historical locations. But Cornwall is also host to some fine food, and able to boast a bevy of fantastic locations to grab some delicious breakfast. So if you are planning on heading to the area soon, make sure to check out the below, and start the day off right before exploring all that is on offer.

Bush Pepper

egg breakfast

Bush Pepper in Newquay is a contemporary restaurant that is the perfect little stop for a nice morning meal before embarking upon your day’s adventure.

“Bush Pepper has a creative menu based on many dishes in Australia,” says Chris Brookes from Bush Pepper. “Australia has a popular breakfast culture of people who are going out for a food experience.

“My favourite dish is the Dukkah Eggs. Dukkah is originally an Egyptian spice and nut mix, on which we put a twist. The dish is served with halloumi, avocado, homemade focaccia, poached Cornish free range eggs, and a sprinkle of dukkah and lemon to combine the flavours.”

Olive & Co.

cup of tea

Another top spot is Olive & Co. – an independent café serving breakfast in Liskeard – who were happy to tell us a little about their establishment, along with their favourite breakfast dishes:

“We're a small independent cafe, our focus is on great coffee and tea and great food (which we try and source as locally as possible).

“All our food is homemade (we make all of our cakes ourselves) apart from the bread which comes from an artisan baker in Launceston (The Little Bakehouse).

“Liskeard is a great town with easy access to all points of the West Country so we get a lot of people stopping by on their way to and from Cornwall. It’s also a small train hop to Looe so we get a lot of people coming up from there to have breakfast / lunch with us.

“We're not huge but demand has become very high so we're often full (though turnover is relatively quick so our advice to anyone who can't get in is to come back in 10 mins!)

garden breakfast

“We also have a secret garden at the back of the cafe which was a collaboration with a local artist. On a sunny day it’s the perfect breakfast spot.

“We'd recommend any of our dishes but our current fave is homemade malted chocolate and buckwheat granola with yoghurt and honey.

“Another big favourite is Aussie eggs with bacon on sourdough toast (scrambled eggs, avocado, crispy streaky bacon and rocket). Delish.

“On the coffee side we're one of the very few places in Cornwall to serve Monmouth coffee and we're very particular about all our coffee and tea (the best flat white in Cornwall!).

“We also do great homemade lunches too. Our current fave is our chorizo quesadilla with homemade spicy beans in chipotle and coconut sauce served with papaya hot sauce and mango salsa.”

A Suggestion from iWalk

iWalk Cornwall is a guided walks mobile app and an incredibly helpful tool for exploring the county when staying at one of Cornwall’s luxury holiday cottages.

iWalk are tremendously passionate about Cornwall, and were on hand to tell us about the joys of exploring the area, along with suggesting their own favourite spot for breakfast.

“As we move later into the summer and towards early autumn, the sunrise time is moving forward from 6am towards more civilised hours. The Lizard Peninsula is the most southerly point on the UK mainland and so offers the longest time in bed before watching the sunrise! From the east-facing cove at Porthallow, you can watch the sun rise over the sea.

“You can then warm up and work up an appetite with a 4 mile circular walk guided by the iWalk Cornwall App (search the App Store or Google Play), initially along the coast to Gillan Creek on the Helford River, followed by a fairly quick return route via lanes and valleys as you are starting to get a bit peckish.

“On any day of the week, you can follow this with a relaxed breakfast at the Fat Apples café at Porthallow where the chicken that laid the egg might well wander around your feet whilst you dine on the tables outside!

“After a fortifying breakfast, if you're back in the mood for a bit more walking, you can browse iWalk Cornwall's library of over 200 Cornish circular walks to plan your next adventure.”

Twisted Currant

eggs on toast

The Twisted Currant Tea Room, a traditional tea room in Porthleven, is a truly cosy location to enjoy some delicious food when kicking off your day.

There is a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere at Twisted Currant, providing some sublime breakfast dishes, including a freshly cooked full English.

“We also offer a full range of gluten free, dairy free and vegan breakfasts,” said Michael Plant from Twisted Currant, “including gluten free bread and vegan bread, so that friends and family all have a choice from the menu, no matter what their health or lifestyles dictate.”

Michael also went on to recommend a few breakfast delights to try when you next pay a visit.

• “Crushed avocado on toast with smoked salmon and poached egg.
• “Toasted bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon.
• “Full English breakfast with a pot of Classic Tregothnan Tea.”

SeaDrift kitchen cafe

English breakfast

A contemporary and stylish establishment, SeaDrift Kitchen Café can be found at the idyllic harbour of Porthleven – a great spot for Cornish breakfast. We asked SeaDrift what makes them such a must-visit venue for breakfast in Cornwall.

“We might not have the best view but we are well supported as a 'local' place to be, with plenty of top choices, along with being doggie friendly and having a log fire in the winter! We also have one of the best choices of menus around.”

When we asked SeaDrift which dishes they would recommend for breakfast visitors, they responded enthusiastically with “Full Cornish, full English and a full menu of different egg dishes!”

Their breakfast menu also includes freshly made Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs on toasted muffins, and breakfast baps or sandwiches with a choice of fillings.

Truro Lounge

Our next establishment comes via the recommendation of Anna Clark over at the lifestyle blog The Cornish Life.

“There are so many great places to get a delicious breakfast in Cornwall, but one of my favourites is Truro Lounge. With plenty of seating and a quirky, 1920s inspired interior, positioned right in the centre of town, this is the perfect spot for a breakfast or late brunch! They serve a classic full English ‘Lounge Breakfast' (offering vegetarian and gluten free options, of course) as well as pancakes, French toast, and muffins, but my favourite is the ‘Lounge eggs’; delicious poached eggs with salmon or bacon!”

Anna also told us what makes her home of Cornwall such a wonderful part of the country to visit.

“Cornwall isn’t only a beach/seaside destination, it’s also a great place to visit if you like your food, with so many great independent eateries to discover around the county.”

Red River Café at Heartlands

Full English Breakfast

The Red River Café is located at Heartlands, the mining landscape World Heritage Site in Redruth. The Red River Café is known for its excellent meals, and Heartlands explained to us why visitors should be sure to pay them a visit come breakfast time.

“Heartlands is ideally located just off the A30 and promises a light, airy café environment suitable for a quick cuppa, breakfast meetings or even a leisurely al-fresco breakfast in our outdoor seating area.

“Heartlands sits within the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape that became a World Heritage Site in 2006, and the Red River Café was originally the mine’s Carpenters’ Workshop. We’ve retained as much of the original building as possible, and display various mining machinery within the Red River Café that was part of the working mine, so visitors are able to enjoy their meal set amongst real mining history.”

We asked Heartlands which Red River Café breakfast dish should be a visitor’s top priority.

“The Big Cornish Breakfast is a real favourite! Served throughout the day, it comprises bacon, hog’s pudding, sausages, mushrooms, sautéed potatoes, poached free-range eggs, baked beans and toast for just £7.50. And it’s as big as it sounds too, so it should challenge even the biggest of appetites!”