With a backdrop of stunning coastline and beautiful beaches, Newquay offers it’s own unique blend of laid back living, boasting a friendly, fun loving, close-knit and creative community. Along with a wealth of outdoor pursuits to enjoy, beautiful vistas and heritage to discover, Newquay has so much more to offer. With it’s aspirational lifestyle and beautiful setting, the town is currently experiencing a whole host of new developments, renovations and attracting more entrepreneurs, so now adds an influx of high-end shopping and dining to its list of charms.
The past year has seen the arrival of a range of new foodie experiences starting up and settling on the Newquay shores and with the town’s creative edge, they all have something unique to offer. The Stable and Rick Stein’s have brought quality casual dining to Fistral Beach along with the Fish House who are drawing in happy diners to their beachside restaurant – including Gordon Ramsay who called it ‘A great foodie hotspot’.
Gusto’s on Beach Road is a firm local’s favourite, offering lunch time treats of melt in the mouth slow-cooked Cornish meats and vegetarian falafels on homemade flatbreads and generous salad boxes. On Sundays they create delicious takeaway roasts to enjoy on the beach.
Gilmore’s on Tower Road is a laid-back Mexican inspired eatery with it’s own 18 hole mini golf course. Using the freshest ingredients and inspired by surf trips to Californian, breakfast delights include burritos, Mexican eggs and fruit bowls served with Origins coffee and perfect enjoyed outside on the terrace in the morning sunshine. The lunch and dinner menu focuses on homemade tacos, burritos, nachos, daily specials and cocktails.
The Jam Jar is arguably the best place in town for coffee and a chat - a tiny but perfectly formed café opposite Sainsburys at the Harbour end of town. Run by the friendly Jess, who as well as making the delicious coffee from Origin also creates gorgeous home made cakes (with gluten and sugar free options), smoothies, baked goods and lunch treats. This is the best place to catch-up with friends, get the gossip and hang out – a gem of a place with a friendly local vibe.
A must-do Newquay classic is to head to the Fern Pit Café on Pentire, for a locally caught crab sandwich. Pick a spot in the gardens overlooking the breathtaking view of the Gannel Estuary to enjoy lunch and then walk down the stairs and take the row boat ferry across to Crantock Beach when the tide is high.
At the heart of Newquay’s culture is the great outdoors – whether surfing, barbeques on the beach, children playing on the sand and rockpooling, dog walking or cycling on the coast paths, fishing, gig rowing out of the harbour, or dining at a restaurant with an ocean view - life in Newquay revolves around the surrounding sea and provides visitors and locals alike with a giant open air playground.
Well known as the surf capital of England, you are surrounded with surf culture in the town with countless opportunities for lessons and equipment hire all over town. Newquay is also the perfect place to go snorkelling or head out on a sea safari where you will have the chance to spot for seals, basking sharks and dolphins in the sparkling clear waters off the North Cornish coast. If you fancy mackerel for your dinner, then head to the harbour and join one of the fishing boat trips where you can try your hand at catching local delicacies.
Every September at the harbour, the town celebrates its fishing heritage with the Newquay Fish Festival– a 3 day feast of everything that’s fresh from the sea.
Newquay is leading the way in the style stakes with more and more designers and creatives choosing this part of the world as their home and inspiration. In the early 1900’s, Newquay became the major centre for the UK’s knitting industry led by one determined lady called Madame Hawke and today this pioneer fashion spirit still thrives. Neon Wetsuits and their eye catching designs have graced the pages of fashion magazines all over the world including Vogue and have changed the face of women’s wetsuit design with their colourful wetsuits and swimsuits made in the workshop in Newquay and dispatched all over the world to stylish surfers.
Little Binks childrenswear creates exquisite designs for girls and boys from vintage and recycled fabrics and is the creation of talented Newquay mother of two, Frances Binks.
Silly Old Seadog and their collection of vintage inspired womenswear are also designed and made in Newquay.
For a spot of retail therapy, MMW Store on Fore Street is a beautiful treasure trove of highly desirable pieces sourced from around the world. As well as selling a gorgeous curated collection of fashion, interior and gift items the store has a beautifully designed interior and has already been featured in Conde Nast Traveller and Coast Magazine as a must-visit stylish store.
The Watershed, on the pedestrianized Bank Street, is a super-stylish surf store which as well as clothes, accessories, boards and wetsuits also has a café and barbershop. Selling the more unusual and niche surf and skate labels for men and women alongside their own brand of Watershed products, the double story shop is also a social hub and a great independent store.
Roo’s Beach is a directional fashion and lifestyle store which has rapidly gained a great reputation for bringing a fresh new standard of shopping to the SouthWest, offering an eclectic and vibrant selection of globally sourced products. Located on the outskirts of Newquay at Porth Beach and with a laid-back air of coastal cool and unique sense of style, this perfectly curated collection encompasses clothing and swimwear, accessories, beauty, interior pieces, outdoor living, books and gifts.
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