The Watch House

1 The Square, St Mawes, Truro, Cornwall, TR2 5DJ
The Watch House, St Mawes, Cornwall

Casual dining in St Mawes at The Watch House

‘We sell seafood by the seashore’ proudly asserts The Watch House team, and when the backdrop is the astonishingly beautiful seascape of St Mawes, it’s an alluring proposition.

The smartly upmarket south coast village is blessed with more than its fair share of excellent dining options but, for joyfully casual cooking in a relaxed and attractive setting, this is your go-to.

Swing by straight off the beach for a lunch or supper of classic steak frites, unctuous spinach and ricotta ravioli or (star of the show) the freshest dayboat catch, care of Wing of St Mawes and Matthew Stevens Cornish Fish. There’s no fuss or standing on ceremony here, just straight-up delicious local produce prepared by head chef Will Gould and served in a relaxed, family-friendly environment.

Will’s a huge proponent of supporting local artisan suppliers so you’ll find delivery vans pulling up early each morning from top-notch producers such as Da Bara Bakery, Philip Warren Butchers and Harbour Brewing. Treleavens Ice Cream provides the sweet scoops while Rodda’s delivers the clotted cream.

Those in the know visit for the Porthilly rock oysters and locally landed crab.

Trencherman’s tip: fancy eating supper on the beach as the sun sets over the water? Plump for The Watch House’s award-winning fish and chip supper to-go – just don’t forget your picnic rug.

Sample menu

Starter: Salt and vinegar crispy squid, garlic and chilli salt, Asian vinegar and sriracha mayo

Main: Keralan cod curry, coconut sambal, steamed basmati rice, raita

Dessert: Vanilla pannacotta, poached peach, elderflower granola, prosecco and lime

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Chef(s): Will Gould
course lunch from: £25
3 course dinner from: £35
Seats: 70
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