The best family friendly restaurants near Polzeath

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The best family friendly restaurants near Polzeath

Great food is something that many families look forward to when coming on holiday to Cornwall. At Highcliffe, we are well-positioned on the north coast with easy access to many Cornish foodie destinations. We’ve highlighted some of the best family-friendly restaurants in Polzeath below, as well as some just a short drive (or ferry ride) away in Rock and Padstow. With dedicated children’s menus and a fun, relaxed atmosphere - eating out with the kids in one of these restaurants and cafés in north Cornwall is all part of the holiday experience.

Mowhay Cafe, family friendly restaurant in north Cornwall.
Mowhay Café

Less than a 10-minute level walk from Highcliffe, this family-friendly restaurant in Trebetherick has a homely cottage feel inside, with a beautiful sun trap garden to enjoy a nice summer cream tea. It’s a fantastic place for breakfast, and they sometimes also host themed evenings such as Mexican and curry nights. With a gallery of work and crafts by local artists, there’s always something beautiful to look at whilst you enjoy your food.

The Cracking Crab

Boasting some of the best views of the surf over Polzeath Beach, this relaxed cafe and restaurant serves everything from a freshly-cooked breakfast, to bucket loads of fish, and juicy steaks. They like to make the kids feel as welcome as the adults, with a dedicated children’s menu, a garden to play in, and also a dressing up box. It is a great place to sit and watch the sunset with a chilled glass of their very own ale.

The Waterfront in Polzeath.
The Waterfront

Located right in the heart of Polzeath overlooking the beach, The Waterfront has a fantastic terrace to enjoy al fresco dining. You can sit and admire beautiful sunsets over Pentire Point, whilst sipping a refreshing drink and digging into hearty dishes after a surf. There’s something for everyone, from burgers and pizzas, to steaks and freshly-caught seafood.

Surfside Polzeath, north Cornwall.

This restaurant can be found on Polzeath Beach. Yes, actually on the beach. The menu has a cool street food style, featuring colourful local produce and a great choice of shellfish. The restaurant has massive windows to enjoy a panoramic view of the beach, as well as tables outside so you can enjoy your food with the sand between your toes. And for the adults, a secret rum bar, serving cocktails and different rums from around the world, has been built behind the restaurant using reclaimed materials in a pirate theme. It’s definitely a unique, must-visit place.

TJ's Surf Café in Polzeath.
TJ’s Surf Café

Sat above a surf shop on Polzeath Beach, whether you’re looking for breakfast, coffee, and cake, or a main meal, this trendy place serves a relaxed menu with a great view over the sand and sea. Pancakes, panini’s, nachos, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy - and there’s also a great balcony to catch some sun whilst watching the surfers amongst the waves.

The Rock Inn, north Cornwall.
The Rock Inn

Having undergone a modern refurbishment in 2010, this restaurant in Rock boasts some of the best views across the Camel Estuary towards Padstow, with panoramic windows for indoor guests to enjoy the scenery, and a large balcony to dine al fresco. It is child and dog-friendly, and serves hearty, homemade pub classics throughout the whole day.

Blue Tomato Café, restaurant in north Cornwall.
Blue Tomato Café

A laid-back cafe located in the heart of Rock, just moments from the beach, Blue Tomato offers relaxed seaside dining with a slight Mediterranean feel. Whether you’re popping in for breakfast and a smoothie before jumping on the ferry for a day out in Padstow, or enjoying a leisurely lunch of salad and a mezze plate whilst watching the boats sailing on the river, there’s something for all the family to delve into.

Greens of Padstow, north Cornwall.
Greens of Padstow

Without a doubt, this restaurant in Padstow has one of the best views in the town. Overlooking the harbour, you can also see out over the Camel Estuary looking towards Rock and Porthilly. And it’s not only the scenery which families will love. It also has an 18-hole mini-golf course to keep the younger ones entertained. Head to the sunny terrace for coffee and homemade cake, or stay longer to choose from a seasonal selection of simple but delicious main dishes.

Caffe Rojano, restaurant in north Cornwall.
Caffè Rojano

Owned by local celebrity chef, Paul Ainsworth, this Italian-inspired Padstow restaurant has a special ‘bambini menu’, which features many of the restaurant favourites as a smaller portion. There won’t be any need for younger ones to be stealing the adult’s food, as they can choose from delicious pasta, pizza, or fish for themselves. And don’t forget dessert in the form of a mini ‘Whoopsey-Splunker’. The popular homemade soft serve ice cream with a selection of sprinkle toppings if fun, whatever age you are.

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