Seafood by the surf
The South West isn’t short of decent seafood restaurants, but to feast on the freshest catch while overlooking the big blue in which it swam takes the experience next level.
At The Fish House in Newquay, guests gaze out over Fistral Beach, watching surfers bob in the rolling waves, while tucking into some of the best seafood Cornwall has to offer. The family‑run restaurant may be small in size, but its location and reputation for fantastic food has made it a big‑hitter in the popular holiday destination.
Chef owner Paul Harwood knows a thing or two about turning seafood into star‑quality dishes: before establishing The Fish House he worked for Rick Stein for over a decade. His menus reflect both the skills he picked up at the Stein restaurants and his travels chasing big waves and big flavours.
The menus change depending on the local catch, but there is usually a selection of sharing boards to start – most notably the seafood medley which includes the likes of crispy squid, piquillo peppers with salt cod, crab cakes, tempura prawns, tiger prawns with sweet chilli, and bouncy homemade focaccia.
Main courses are a globetrotting collection of Paul’s favourite finds. Feast on the likes of Indian fish curry, seafood risotto, Balinese‑style monkfish, and crab and tiger prawn linguine.