Cornwall has some fabulous places to visit, especially if you’re on holiday. However, it’s always tricky to know where to stop for food. It’s even more difficult if you’re looking for somewhere offering healthy food or food to please the whole family. I’m always on the lookout for cafes offering healthy, fresh food. Even better if they’re using local produce. I’ve compiled a list of my top 3 favourite cafes in Cornwall which serve food to please all, particularly those looking for a healthier option!
Duchy of Cornwall Cafe & Nursery – Lostwithiel
This hidden gem is an absolute delight. The cafe is surrounded by beautiful woodland and greenery, a beautiful place to sit and enjoy a coffee (or even a glass of wine). There is also a wonderful little shop selling a range of unique items and gifts. My favourite is the toy section, selling traditional wooden toys and nostalgic books and teddys. Additionally, they have a wonderful nursery to look around. I’ve bought some lovely herbs from there and you can tell their plants are very well looked after.
The cafe has a very rustic/industrial feel, very well designed. The food never disappoints. They are passionate about using local produce and offer a diverse menu to suit everyone – from bacon sandwiched between thick chunks of fresh bread to light, seasonal salads. They also offer an array of homemade cakes, including gluten free options. I love the fact they offer tasty vegetarian options too as I don’t like to eat a lot of meat. If you’re looking for a quirky place to visit then you should definitely pay a visit to the Duchy Cafe. It’s a lovely afternoon out, but it can get very busy so I recommend getting there a little before lunchtime. If you do have to wait though I promise you it’s worth it! There’s always plenty to look at in the shop and nursery whilst you wait.
Lily’s of Truro Cafe and Creative Space
This unique cafe is the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch – particularly if you’re looking for the healthier option whilst shopping in Truro. Their menu offers vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options. I was delighted to see this diverse menu, as it’s often difficult to find a place that offers both indulgent and healthy/clean options. If you’re a fan of good coffee, I definitely recommend stopping here for a little break from your retail therapy.
However, if you’re looking for a more refreshing drink then try one of their healthy juices/smoothies for a quick vitamin boost – great for this hot summer weather. This cafe is not only great for lunch with the kiddies, you can also bring your dog along too! It really is a place to chill with the WHOLE family! Everyone I know who’s visited always comments on the relaxed atmosphere and I must say that’s my favourite thing about this cafe. I’ve also always felt comfortable to feed my baby in here too, so it’s definitely a great place to stop if you’re breastfeeding, and why not treat yourself to a yummy slice of cake whilst you’re there – afterall, it’s hard work feeding and nurturing a baby! If you’re stopping for lunch I highly recommend their sandwiches, my favourite being the ham and cheese. You can truly taste the quality of the ingredients – from the crumbly cheese to the thick moreish bread, it’s a winner every time for me!
Arts Cafe, Truro
Another one of my favourite cafes in Truro is The Arts Cafe. Again, this cafe utilises the best of local ingredients for their extensive menu. There’s always plenty of seats and different areas to sit in. It’s always a very inviting and bright atmosphere, perfect for a girly catch up or a lunch with the little ones. If you’re a coffee coniseur, this is definitely the place for you in Truro. You can tell the baristas have been trained to a high standard as the coffee is always served at the perfect temperature and has a lovely smooth flavour.
If you’re looking for fresh, vibrant salads then you’ll be in salad heaven here. They have a wonderful salad counter offering a range of interesting ingredients. I’d definitely recommend stopping here if you’re looking for the best place for salads in Truro. However, if you’re after something more traditional then you can have anything from beans on toast to a delightfully crispy jacket potato. There’s also an enticing cake counter offering lovely homemade cakes. This cafe really does have something to suit all palates, great if you have fussy eaters.