47 brilliantly cheap places to eat in Cornwall

Cornwall is just full of affordable restaurants, cafes and street-food vendors, keen to serve you tasty food at an even tastier price.

We all know eating out can be expensive but visiting one of these excellent low-budget eateries offers the perfect chance to try some of the county’s mouth-watering, often locally-sourced, cuisine without breaking the bank.

And we’re not talking about big-chain burger deals or supermarket sarnies, either – we’re talking salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pasties, fish and chips, Sunday lunches and brunches, as well as more exotic fare.

Read more: 22 of the best places to eat in Cornwall in 2022

In fact, these restaurants, cafes and vendors offer some of the most delicious dishes in Cornwall – it just so happens that many of them will cost you less than a tenner.

So to whet your appetite, here’s our expert list of the best cheap eats in Cornwall. We started at 50, we’ve lost a few along the way, but would love to hear your favourites to add to the list too. Let us know in the comments below.

Nice Baps, Wadebridge

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This incredibly popular roadside cafe and takeaway serves a range of breakfast baps and cold baps, as well as full Cornish breakfasts, burgers, melts and drinks. He once turned down a £750,000 bid from Costa for his roadside cafe.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The excellent prices, brilliant food and friendly service.

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Ben’s Crib Box Cafe, Padstow

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This busy cafe right on the harbour is loved by locals as much as visitors and is known for its freshly-cooked classic breakfasts using locally-sourced ingredients.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, big portions and wonderful service.

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Le Snack, Wadebridge

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Just a few minutes’ walk from the Camel Trail, this small take-away sandwich shop sells paninis, Italian flatbread, baguettes, wraps, jacket potatoes, brownies and a range of daily specials.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The great prices, home-made food and friendly service.

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Little Bay Cafe, Pentewan

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This quaint and quirky tearoom in a picturesque setting sells Cornish produce, brunch and home-made delicacies which you can take away or eat on the decking.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, amazing scones and friendly service.

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Rest A While Tea Garden, Padstow

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This little tea garden on the coastal path overlooking the estuary offers cakes, sandwiches, home-made snacks, teas and coffee, as well as some stunning views.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, perfect cream teas and fantastic views.

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Inkie’s Smoke House BBQ, Liskeard

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This busy restaurant in the Golitha Falls car park offers wood-smoked barbecue made using local meat as well as home-made rubs and sauces, all served straight from the smokers. It’s becoming THE place to eat in Cornwall – just ask Dawn French.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, large portions and gorgeous location.

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Rosemergy Farmhouse Cream Teas, Morvah

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Offering views onto the Atlantic Ocean and the North Cornish moors, this family-run tea room serves entirely home-made Aga-baked cakes and scones, baked throughout the day. Check out our favourite cream teas in Cornwall here

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, amazing scones and lovely views.

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Gusto Grill & Roast, Newquay

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This unique lunchtime-only Cornish-Mediterranean takeaway specialises in extravagant hot sandwiches and all-in salad boxes, as well as brunches and Sunday roasts.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The unbelievable prices, delicious food and large portions.

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Daisy’s Cafe, Looe

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This small family-friendly cafe serves all-day breakfasts, soups and home-made daisy-shaped scones in a range of flavours, as well as knitted cakes, tea cosies, keyrings and Cornishware.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The great prices, retro decor and large portions.

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Quay Bakery, Fowey

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This real Cornish bakery boasts freshly-made and baked Cornish pasties and artisan bread produced using slow traditional methods, as well as a range of cakes, scones, muffins and biscuits.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, fantastic pasties and proper scones.

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Moomaid of Zennor, St Ives & Porthtowan

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These popular parlours serve locally-made ice cream in a wide range of unusual flavours, as well as home-made sorbets, cakes, cream teas and sundaes.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, fabulous ice cream and amazing flavours.

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Harbour Rest Cafe, Newquay

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Located at the top of the harbour, this small cafe serves locally-sourced freshly-cooked lunches and meals, as well as home-made cakes, cookie stacks, tray bakes and fresh cream teas.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, wholesome food and relaxed atmosphere.

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The Singing Rooster, Penzance

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This cafe specialises in Polish and European delicacies such as golabki, pierogi, croque monsieur, goulash, coq au vin, and salads, as well as cakes and desserts.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, wonderful dishes and excellent service.

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Jelberts, Newlyn

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One of the oldest ice-cream makers in the county, this incredibly popular shop sells only deliciously dense, creamy vanilla ice cream made using a closely-guarded secret recipe. Obviously in our picks of the best ice creams in Cornwall.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, gorgeous ice cream and generous scoops.

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Wavecrest, The Lizard

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Overlooking Lizard Point, this long-standing eatery sells fresh Cornish produce, including breakfasts, waffles, teacakes, baps, sandwiches, light bites, main meals, sweet treats and cream teas.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, stunning location and fabulous views.

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Cafe Cloud, Newquay

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This revamped cafe with a vintage twist serves breakfast and lunch all day, including toasties, freshly-made waffles, pasties, quiche, fishcakes, cream teas, sundaes and other sweet treats.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The affordable prices, gluten-free options and friendly atmosphere.

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Duckies Cafe, Hayle

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This popular Cornish cafe and deli serves breakfasts, brunches and lunches as well as coffees, cakes and cream teas.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, superb lunch and excellent service.

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Sarah’s Pasty Shop, Looe

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This old fishing cottage turned family-run shop sells fresh hand-made pasties, pies and other pastry delights cooked using locally-sourced produce and home-made pastry. She made it into our shortlist of the best pasties in Cornwall – check out the winner here.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, amazing pasties and friendly service.

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Bunters, Newquay

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This family-run licensed cafe and restaurant specialises in home-made food, like burgers, salad, light bites, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, toasties, Cornish cream teas and sweet treats.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, brilliant food and excellent service.

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The Thirstea Co, Porthtowan

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This award-winning food truck serves pasties, rolls, cakes, ice cream, brownies and scones to take away down the path to the beach.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, beautiful location and friendly service.

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Mr B’s Ice Cream Parlour, Hayle

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This busy parlour serves artisan ice cream, made seven days a week with locally-sourced Cornish produce, home-made fresh sauces, chocolate-dipped cones and fine Italian ingredients.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, marvellous ice cream and wide selection of flavours.

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Toby Jug Cafe, Boscastle

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Just a short walk from the harbour, this family-friendly licensed cafe serves breakfasts, cream teas with home-made scones, and a good variety of meals.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, extensive choice and friendly service.

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The Gem Fish Bar, Falmouth

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This fully-licensed traditional family-run fish and chips shop boasts a varied menu serving freshly-cooked food made from sustainable ingredients. It’s one of our top places to eat in Falmouth for under a tenner.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The excellent prices, fantastic fish and chips and good portions.

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Margaret’s Rustic Tea Garden, Bude

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Just a stone’s throw from Northcott Beach, this friendly venue is well-known for its fantastic cream teas but it also boasts snacks, cake and some stunning views.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The great prices, superb cream teas and friendly service.

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108 Coffee House, Truro

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This family-friendly independent coffee house serves ethically-sourced premium coffee as well as a selection of home-made cakes made from local ingredients.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, helpful service and relaxed atmosphere.

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Oceans Cafe, Newquay

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This licensed cafe is known for its wide range of breakfasts and steak dishes but it also serves sweet treats, ice-cream sundaes and cream teas.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, friendly atmosphere and speedy service.

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Hearts Kitchen, Torpoint

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Complete with its own dedicated indoor play area, this award-winning cafe serves home-made soup, chef’s specials, sandwiches, omelettes, toasties, jacket potatoes, salads and ice cream.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, impeccable service and family-friendly atmosphere.

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Genki Cafe, St Agnes

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This chilled beach-hut-style cafe boasts a large Japanese-style garden and serves healthy breakfasts and lunches, as well as coffee and cakes.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The great prices, friendly service and lovely garden.

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The Cornish Bakery, Mevagissey

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This award-winning bakery, with outlets across Cornwall, serves proper home-made freshly-baked pasties with an unusual range of fillings, French pastries, scones, hand-roasted coffee and speciality breads.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, the variety of pasty fillings and lovely service.

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Harbour View Cafe, Porthleven

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Boasting lovely views of the harbour, this family-friendly licensed cafe serves all-day breakfast and lunch, as well as cakes, home-made cream teas and coffee.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, lovely food and great view.

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Nicky B’s Pasty Shop, Port Isaac

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As well as award-winning Cornish pasties, this shop also sells fresh crab sandwiches, sausage rolls, cream teas, sweet treats and cakes.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, friendly service and lovely pasties.

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Bread and Butter, Truro

This cosy cafe and coffee shop, formerly known as Emily’s, is well-known for its fluffy American pancakes but it also serves homemade sandwiches, salads, sweet treats and hand-crafted artisan coffee.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, sunny courtyard and delicious pancakes.

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Andy’s Cafe, Newquay

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This small independent family-run and dog friendly cafe and restaurant serves all-day breakfasts, sandwiches, home-made cream teas, steaks, omelettes, jacket potatoes and various grill dishes. Check out more dog-friendly pubs and cafes here

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The great prices, amazing service and friendly atmosphere.

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St Mawes Bakery, St Mawes

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This century-old family-run bakery on the quay sells traditional pasties made with local ingredients, hand-made bakery products, tea, coffee and light lunches.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, exceptional pasties and friendly service.

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Cliff Top Cafe, Torpoint

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Offering breath-taking views across the Rame Peninsular, this cliff-top cafe serves all-day breakfasts, daily specials, ploughman’s lunches, jacket potatoes, sandwiches and cream teas.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, lovely views and great service.

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Flounders, Newquay

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Just a few hundred yards from the beach, this family-run traditional seaside takeaway serves award-winning locally-sourced fish and chips and has indoor and outdoor seating.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, fantastic fish and chips and excellent service.

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The Lifebuoy Cafe, Fowey

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This quirky little cafe boasts a super-kitsch retro interior and serves award-winning breakfasts, as well as bagels, soups, crab cakes and savoury Cornish teas.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, quirky atmosphere and friendly service.

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Tall Ships Creamery, Charlestown

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This family-run business is home to nationally award-winning hand-made dairy ice creams in a wide variety of flavours, as well as sorbets, frozen yoghurts, cream teas and pasties.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, outstanding service and delicious ice cream.

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Lewis Fish and Chips, Newlyn

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This award-winning fish and chips shop near the harbour is popular with locals and tourists alike and serves daily specials depending on what fish has been caught that day.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, friendly service and beautiful fish and chips.

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Grounded, Truro

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This quirky little coffee shop sells coffee, cakes, soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as daily specials of home-made frittata, shakshuka, scotch eggs and so forth.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, fantastic food and generous portions.

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The Fishermen’s Chippy, Mevagissey

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This traditional fish and chips shop near the harbour sells a wide variety of fish, as well as sausages, chicken, pies, sides and meal deals.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, fresh fish and generous portions.

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May Contain Nuts, Port Isaac

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This shop sells award-winning Chough Bakery pasties, bread and cakes, as well as smoothies, shakes, locally-made cheeses, and gifts including fudge, jams, chutneys and biscuits.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, friendly service and great gifts.

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The Haven Takeaway, Gorran Haven

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This shop overlooking the bay sells locally-sourced and freshly-cooked fish and chips, as well as burgers, crab cakes and Cornish dairy ice cream.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, amazing fish and chips and friendly service.

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Talland Bay Beach Cafe, Talland

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This eatery serves freshly-ground cappuccinos, lattes, and espressos, home-made cakes, muffins, tray bakes, sandwiches and ciabattas, as well as 11 flavours of Roskilly’s Cornish Ice-Cream.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, lovely food and outstanding views.

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Tatams, Portscatho

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Right down on the waterfront, this hip venue serves freshly-ground single estate coffee, real hot chocolate and croissants, breakfast pasties, flapjacks and Portuguese custard tarts.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, excellent coffee and sublime food.

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The Cabin Beach Cafe, Perranuthnoe

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Sat in a small field just above the sea, this cafe offers a wide range of home-made dishes, baps, baguettes, cakes, scones and freshly-ground fairtrade coffee.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The reasonable prices, great menu and beautiful views.

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Truscotts, Newquay

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A mainstay for over 40 years, this Newquay eatery serves locally-sourced fish and chips, home-made chilli, and proper Cornish pasties, to eat in or take away.

Bargain-hunting foodies love: The good prices, excellent fish and chips and generous portions.

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