Our favourite places to eat in Looe

Cornwall is renowned for its outstanding culinary offerings and high-end eateries, many serving award-winning meals showcasing the best of the region’s produce. From battered fish and chips on the quayside to creamy Cornish ice creams, five-star meals and an array of tempting local produce to try, Looe has it all. 

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With so many tasty options it can be hard to choose where to enjoy a meal out so here is our guide to our favourite places to eat in Looe, just a short drive away from our 5-star holiday park in Cornwall.

The Old Sail Loft

Located in one of the oldest buildings in Looe, The Old Sail Loft is one of the town’s top restaurants serving an array of freshly prepared meals all packed with the finest local produce. Popular with locals and tourists alike, choose from lazy lunches or delicious evening meals and dine on mouth-watering meals surrounded by over 450 years of history. Booking advised.

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The Sardine Factory

For the freshest, and arguably finest seafood in town head to The Sardine Factory where you’ll find award-winning Chef Ben Palmer. Having reached the quarter-finals of Masterchef: The Professionals, Ben has gone on to run The Sardine Factory in his home town of Looe where he and his team proudly bagged a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2020. Over-looking the bustling harbour diners here can take in the pretty views whilst feasting on an abundance of sustainable fish dishes. Booking essential.

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Smugglers Cottage Restaurant

Tucked away in a narrow side street just yards from the seafront the Smugglers Cottage Restaurant dates back to 1420 but has been serving up fine food for over 50 years. Famed for its prime steaks and local seafood, the restaurant is also a popular carvery and the ideal spot to while away a Sunday afternoon. With over 600 years of fascinating history to discover, this popular restaurant fills up quickly and booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

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Papa Nino

If pasta and pizza are your thing then visit Papa Nino, a small family run Italian restaurant serving a range of fabulous Italian dishes as well as freshly caught fish including their house specialty Lobster Thermidor. In true Italian style, diners are encouraged to round off their meal with a heavenly dessert complemented with a coffee and liqueur, bellissimo! Booking advised.

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Catch Take Out

One of our absolute favourite places to eat in Looe is right on the quayside and one of the best ways to enjoy doing this is with a lap full of freshly battered fish and chips. With sustainability always at the fore front of our minds, our recommendation for this tasty treat is Catch Take Out. Here you can order high quality fresh cod or haddock all purchased through the Marine Stewardship Council. All fish is sourced directly from the local fishing boats with potatoes dug out of the ground at nearby Hoskins Farm – it doesn’t get much more Cornish than this!! Place your order then take-away your meal to savour along the harbour or on the golden sandy beach.

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With your luxury caravan or lodge in Cornwall at our stunning park, you can enjoy these and the dozens of other top restaurants and pubs nearby at your leisure! If you’d like to know more about Trelay, why not request a brochure here?