Lively casual dining at Charlestown
Each summer, picturesque Charlestown finds itself abuzz with visitors who, having seen it in the hit TV series Poldark, want to experience the historic harbour and grand tall ships for themselves. Happily, when they’re ready to swap 18th‑century romance for 21st‑century dining there’s lively hospitality waiting at The Longstore.
The industrial‑chic restaurant is part of a next‑gen family of foodie finds in the village – the portfolio includes a speciality coffee shop, wine store and pizzeria. At The Longstore, diners get to feast in a vibrant open‑plan dining room that’s been decked out by a team of local craftspeople who’ve mixed rustic and industrial styling to pleasingly casual effect.
Artistic flair is as prevalent in the kitchen where executive chefs William Spurgeon and Matthew Liddicoat create a crowd‑pleasing menu. The pair excel at steaks (dry aged in‑house) and seafood as much as upscale dishes like rosemary and garlic lamb rump with parmesan polenta and bitter leaf salsa verde.
To go uber casual, plump for the epic cheeseburger served with smoked cheddar beer sauce or get stuck into barbecued ribs with chipotle glaze. It’s not all meaty treats and fresh fish however, as veggies and vegans are well catered for too.
For dessert, dig into revised classics such as the dark and stormy sticky toffee pud with rum-soaked raisins and vanilla ice cream.
Great cooking is complemented by an extensive wine and cocktail list which runs from not‑to‑be‑messed‑with stalwarts to newly invented concoctions.