With a selection of great bistros, cosy pubs, quirky cafés, and fine dining restaurants lining the waterfront, Fowey is full of fantastic places to eat.

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Sams Fowey

Situated right beside the River Fowey, Sam’s Fowey is a culinary gem with a rich history dating back to 1987. Housed within a charming 13th-century building, this restaurant, cocktail bar, and lounge have been a beloved hub for locals and visitors alike, offering a warm, lively atmosphere that stands the test of time. Sam’s prides itself on serving a delectable array of dishes, from hand-pressed award-winning burgers to locally caught fish from their own day boat, affectionately named “The Emperor.” Fresh mussels from the nearby bay, lobsters, and succulent scallops from trusted local fishermen, who’ve been part of Sam’s family since the ’80s grace their diverse menu. What truly sets Sam’s apart is its unwavering commitment to celebrating Cornwall’s finest produce, utilising locally sourced ingredients to craft mouthwatering and straightforward yet exquisite dishes.

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Organicafe Fowey

Organicafe Fowey

Tucked away in the heart of Fowey, Organicafe promises a unique dining experience for those who savour authentic, organic dishes. This new cafe has been popular in Fowey in recent months, and is enhanced by its cosy environment and the warmth of its staff. It’s the ideal spot to enjoy a cup of Fair Trade coffee or a rejuvenating herbal tea. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned health enthusiast or just someone who values quality organic food; a visit to Organicafe Fowey promises a refreshing visit.

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Named after the shipping forecast area, Fitzroy’s is housed in an old bank between Fore Street and Webb Street. The interior is minimalist, with a changing daily menu offering small and large plates designed for sharing. The food is seasonal and, where possible, sourced locally and even foraged. Dishes have included starters such as Clams, bacon, sweetcorn & cider, Rabbit & Cep Pie mains, dandelion, and Poached Apple, custard & shortbread. They also have a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options. Open only during the season from Easter through to the end of September.

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Appleton’s Bar & Restaurant

Andy & Lyndsey Appleton are the dynamic husband and wife team behind the hugely successful & popular Appleton’s Restaurant & Bar on Fore Street.  They have a loyal following of fans who have fallen in love with their Italian-inspired dishes with a Cornish twist. The reviews say it all about their relaxed atmosphere and lovely dishes.

Sensational! We visited for supper last night, and we were in food heaven. Every single mouthful was joyous – and the beef fat croquettes were the best food I have ever eaten (TBH – pretty much everything was the best I’ve ever eaten). The service was superb, attentive but not intrusive, and we enjoyed a long, lazy evening of fabulous food and chat.

“If you are in Fowey any time, this restaurant is a must. For any foodies, this is an amazing experience and with a lovely friendly welcome”

We advise you to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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Pintxo – The Esplanade

A little gem of a place on the Esplanade, Pintxo is a celebration of Spanish culture tucked away in the scenic town of Fowey. With tables on the pavement and inside the small but perfectly formed bar area, this Fowey restaurant provides an intimate setting for socialising and indulgence. Spanish music softly playing in the background, authentic décor, and a welcoming ambience; this place oozes Continental charm and atmosphere. The owners have gone to great lengths to source fabulous Spanish wines, sherry, and tasty tapas, creating a menu that’s both diverse and rich in flavour. This is one of the best Fowey restaurants to visit if you want to watch the world go by as you immerse yourself in a Mediterranean experience.

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Captains Hanks Crab Shack

If its dry day and you fancy an al fresco lunch with a view, then I’d recommend Captain Hank’s seafood restaurant at Berrills Yard, which is fast becoming known as the town’s seafood quarter. Its Fowey Street Food at its absolute best serving the tastiest crab sandwich, fish finger sarnies, Fowey scallops and other less known seafood delicacies such as charred Cornish cuttlefish from a charming French vintage van right next the river with a gorgeous view over to Ferryside , Daphne Du Maurier’s home and still lived in by her son Kit Browning. On definitely not to be missed if you visit during the season.

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Brown Sugar

Nestled in the heart of Fowey, Brown Sugar is more than just a café; it’s a culinary haven for those who crave quality and comfort. Recognised as our favourite place to savour great coffee, it offers an exquisite and varied breakfast menu that ensures every morning starts on a delightful note. The selection caters to all tastes whether you prefer a traditional English breakfast or something light and fresh.

But the experience doesn’t stop at breakfast. As the day unfolds, Brown Sugar presents an array of daily specials for lunch, including warming homemade seasonal soups that embrace the flavours of the season. Healthy salads, infused with creativity and flair, offer a refreshing alternative, while local fish and meat choices promise a satisfying protein hit for those with a hearty appetite.

Whether it’s the start of your day or a pause in the afternoon, Brown Sugar offers a blend of culinary excellence, local flavour, and a comforting atmosphere, making it a must-visit destination in Fowey.

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The Lugger Inn

The Lugger Inn is a haven for burger enthusiasts, offering a menu that celebrates this beloved dish in all its glory. Each burger is meticulously crafted, balancing flavours, textures, and ingredients to create a masterpiece. Whether you prefer a classic beef patty or want to explore more adventurous combinations, The Lugger Inn ensures a burger experience. With a commitment to quality and a passion for innovation, it’s the ultimate destination for those seeking a familiar and refreshingly new burger.

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Nestled in the heart of Cornwall, Fifty is a family-run restaurant that exudes warmth, tradition, and culinary expertise. Every dish tells a story, reflecting the rich heritage and passion of the family behind this establishment. From classic recipes passed down through generations to contemporary creations that showcase culinary innovation, Fifty offers a diverse menu that promises to delight every guest. The restaurant’s ambience, characterized by its welcoming vibe and attention to detail, ensures that every visit feels like a return to a cherished family home.

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Exploring Fowey After Your Meal

Once you’ve enjoyed amazing food in the heart of Fowey, the adventure doesn’t have to end there. The town is brimming with delightful spots to explore. Take a leisurely stroll by the River Fowey and breathe in the refreshing evening air. Don’t forget to take a moment to admire the serene beauty of the Fowey Estuary, a natural gem that adds to the town’s charm. Fowey offers a plethora of experiences to make your evening memorable.

Finding Your Perfect Stay in Fowey

When it comes to finding a cosy place to rest in Fowey, there’s no place like the Retreat To Fowey apartments. Nestled in the heart of the town, we offer visitors a blend of comfort and local charm. As you browse our website, you’ll discover the unique features and amenities that make Retreat to Fowey a choice for many.

From elegantly designed rooms to breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, every detail is curated to ensure guests have an unforgettable experience. So, whether you’re here for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, Retreat to Fowey promises a stay that feels like a home away from home. Dive into our offerings and book your next stay with us!


Restaurants in Fowey FAQs

We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about restaurants in Fowey below:

What are the most popular restaurants in Fowey?

Fowey’s dining scene is rich and diverse. Among the most popular restaurants are Appleton’s Bar & Restaurant, renowned for Italian-inspired dishes with a Cornish twist Fitzroys, housed within an old bank and offering seasonal dishes; Pintxo on The Esplanade, oozing Continental charm; Captains Hanks Crab Shack, for seafood lovers; and Organicafe, a favourite café for coffee and breakfast.

What are the best restaurants in Fowey for cheap eats?

While the town of Fowey has many wonderful dining options, the blog doesn’t specify restaurants known for cheap eats. However, casual and affordable dining experiences might be found at places like Captains Hanks Crab Shack with its al fresco seafood dishes. Why not try some fish dishes on your next visit? Or, there’s The Lugger or The Ship, Either way, Fowey is home to amazing food cooked with local produce and a smile.


What are the best restaurants in Fowey for families with children?

Brown Sugar could be an excellent choice. However, we’d like to add that the ‘best’ place will be unique to your and your family. For example, you may have gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan requirements, so it will be best to call and book ahead. Haverners is also a good option.

Is Fowey worth a visit?

Absolutely! Fowey is a picturesque gem on the Cornish coast, offering visitors a delightful blend of historic charm, natural beauty, and vibrant local culture. From its scenic estuary views to its narrow winding streets lined with independent shops and eateries, Fowey is a destination that captivates the heart of every traveller.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking for a tranquil escape, Fowey has something to offer everyone along with scenic beaches. Its rich maritime history, coupled with an array of festivals and events throughout the year, ensures that there’s always something happening in this enchanting town. So, if you’re contemplating a visit, our answer is a resounding yes – Fowey is worth a visit and promises an experience you’ll cherish for years to come.