Cheap Eats: Bites, Snacks & Sandwiches

Cornwall isn’t known as the cheapest place to holiday in…

Despite our glorious Summers, abundance of activities and beautiful beaches – it can sometimes be tricky to keep costs low, especially when you’re visiting with a large family.

If you’re trying your best to keep your holiday on a shoestring budget then you’ll want to avoid having dinner in any major tourist town in Cornwall. Towns like Penzance, St. Ives and Mevagissey cottoned on long ago that they could take advantage of the visiting tourist population by overcharging for the simplest of meals. As more houses in these major tourist towns have been commandeered as time-shares or holiday rentals, the prices in these restaurants have only increased – but don’t think that they’re representative of every eatery in Cornwall.

Before you cry out in dismay at the extortionate prices that some restaurants are charging for their food, make a note of these affordable eateries that will help you keep the whole family happy whilst not breaking the bank:

Jolly Jacks

Well situated on the Mayflower Marina, Jolly Jacks is a Cafe Bistro opened by a couple of old friends from Warwickshire. The ever-changing menu at Jolly Jacks provides diners with a wide-range of options from a handful of simple appetisers to a full blown roast dinner. Although the prices certainly aren’t the cheapest on this list, for a well-prepared meal in a lovely environment you could do a lot worse than Jolly Jacks.

Top Shop Fish and Chips

Not to be confused with the hip high-street retailer, Top Shop Fish and Chips is run by Frank and Elaine, a husband and wife team who upped sticks and moved from their home in the North to run this popular chippie. They’re committed to selling quality takeaway food that is made without mechanically reclaimed meat or hydrogenated fat, they’re also advocates of sustainable fishing techniques.


Serving up tasty, affordable grub for over 15 years, you’ll find Kilby’s at Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club – but don’t worry, you don’t have to be a member to enjoy the fantastic food here. There’s everything you’d expect from a quality cafe here, from classics like Garlic Mushrooms and Prawn Cocktail to more adventurous such as Chicken Alfredo and Portuguese Chicken & Mushsroom Bake. A tidy selection of desserts are also available for the whole family.

Hearts Kitchen

One of the more recent additions to Torpoint, Hearts Kitchen has a commanding view across the Tamar and probably serves the best coffee in town. You can buy a cracking breakfast here, including a full English, as well as cream tea and a big selection of sandwiches, toasties and other cafe grub. A bright, clean cafe area makes for a pleasant place to relax in, there’s an area for kids to enjoy as well as a lovely garden terrace – perfect for the summer.

Namaste Cafe

During the evening, the Namaste Cafe opens as a restaurant offering quality Indian and Nepalese food, however during the day you’ll find food that’s much more Anglicised in nature. Full English Breakfasts sit alongside sandwiches and burgers on their cafe menu, although you can also get a taster of the evening menu with their Tikka Massala, Korma and Onion Bhaji featuring on the menu.

Big Events for Caravans & Motorohome Owners

Caravan owners rejoice!

Major music events come to the Torpoint area each year.

What’s the fun in owning a caravan if you don’t get to take it out on the road?

Sometimes the English Summer just isn’t as long as you want it to be. So often the UK can be blighted with grim weather throughout the summer months, leaving motor-home owners wishing they’d simply bought a static caravan in a warmer part of the country. But before you dump your beloved caravan for a deposit on a static holiday home for sale in Lytham St. Annes, perhaps you should see what us Cornish can offer you first.

There really is no need to give up on your dream of enjoying a balmy, fulfilling English summer. Thanks to our extremely southerly position us Cornish folk get to squeeze these warm months for all they’re worth, allowing us to hold some of the UK’s best festivals well into September. Many of these award-winning, family friendly events are just a stone’s throw away from the Torpoint area, so there really is no excuse to drop by and see us whilst you’re down!

Every year there are a raft of fantastic big-ticket events that you can bring your home on wheels along to, here are our absolute favourites:

Port Eliot Festival

Port Eliot Festival is a family-friendly event full of colour.

There are few festivals in the UK which allow the revellers free reign to explore the grounds of a historic house and park, Port Eliot Festival is one of them. Set within the idyllic estate grounds, the historic seat of the Lord and Lady St. German is transformed into a playground for culture vultures. In addition to excellent underground and established music artists you can also treat yourself to life-drawing lessons, cookery masterclasses and even a dip in the river!

Where? St. Germans, 17 min drive from Torpoint. When? 26th-29th July 2018

Looe Music Festival

Revellers pack out the seafront each year to enjoy the music.

Calling all caravan owners with a love for a ho-down! For the majority of the year, the sleepy town of Looe quietly goes about its business. Its peaceful cafes and idyllic pubs make it a magnet for holiday makers during the summer months, but the town only gets truly packed out once a year. For one weekend each year 100+ international and national music acts cram themselves onto stages all across the town. Stages are erected on the beaches and in the pubs – you’ll even find music tucked away in secret side alleys…

Where? Looe, 27 min drive from Torpoint. When? 21st-23rd September 2018

Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival

Thousands of pints of cider are drained each year at this popular event.

If there’s one thing that South West is famous for its our delicious cider and the Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival certainly seeks to capitalise on that. Now in its sixth year, this gloriously Cornish fest offers caravan owners the opportunity of parking right next to a massive selection of local ciders and top class music acts. Amongst a dizzying array of apple-based beverages there’s also an impressive lineup of food vendors, as well as a music stage curated by BBC Introducing…

Where? Penhallow, 1 hr drive from Torpoint. When? 14th-16th September 2018

Places to Stay in the Torpoint Area

Our Pick of the Hotels, Inns and B&Bs in the area

The Grand Hotel in Plymouth is just one of many Victorian-era establishments still in business.

Torpoint itself might not be rammed with places to stay but the area, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a decent night’s stay in the surrounding area.

Plymouth was once one of the most popular holiday destinations in England and as such it has a well-earned reputation for hospitality. There’s much more on offer here than just bog-standard hotels though. In the Torpoint area you’ll find something for everyone, including cosy inns, aparthotels and pubs.

Edgcumbe Arms

On the banks of the River Tamar lies the Edgcumbe Arms, a wonderful example of a Cornish pub complete with lively locals, tasty ale and great food. With all this to offer you might be surprised that this well-established pub also has some very comfortable rooms for guests. Couples can stay for as little as £70 per night – a price that includes free Wi-Fi and full Cornish breakfast.

Drakes Wharf Aparthotel

One of the hottest properties in the area, the Drakes Wharf Aparthotel sits right on the waterfront offering guests stunning views out over the marina. Situated in Plymouth’s historic Grade 1-listed Royal William Yard this old building has been given a fresh update in recent years, complete with modern internal doors and a clean design aesthetic. Apartments start at £140 for a 2 bed flat.

Pure Serviced

Choose from one of three classy Plymouth locations on offer from Pure Serviced – a company specialising in bespoke apartments that put you right in the heart of this historic city and in the lap of luxury. Stay in the Royal William Yard, Durnford Street or Admirality Street and benefit from huge open spaces, private parking and top of the line services. Rent whole apartments for as little as £216 per night.

The Rusty Anchor

Housed in a Victorian town house just across from the harbour, The Rusty Anchor is an elegant six bedroomed property offering chic, stylish properties that are perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Described as ‘shabby chic’ on the website, this is a truly unique place to stay and one that you shouldn’t hesitate to book – if you’re staying in the area. Rooms at The Rusty Anchor start at around £75 per night (including breakfast).

Copthorne Hotel Plymouth

Whilst some may argue that the Copthorne Hotel harks back to a rather retro age of hotels, this is an establishment that can still compete with the best of them. Set right in the centre of Plymouth, this 135-room hotel has more than enough choice and range for most budgets and makes for a great introduction to the area. Rooms start at a very reasonable £55 per night.

The Invicta Hotel

Light, modern, airy and effortlessly cool – this Victoria-era building has been carefully renovated and updated over the years, resulting in the handsome hotel that you’ll find today. Run by the Martins since 2002, they have been showered in praise in recent years from recognised brands such as Trip Advisor, and the AA. Book a double-room here for as little as £125.

Torpoint Foodie Getaways

Eat your fill and then stay the night.

There are plenty of excellent takeaways in the Torpoint area.

Spring is finally here and there’s never been a better time to take a trip down to Torpoint!

We’re major foodies down here in Torpoint and there’s nothing we like more than a slap-up meal to sort us out at the end of the day. If you’re thinking of making the long trip down to see us here then you should think about booking a table at one of these restaurants before you set off. Whilst there are a wealth of decent takeaways that open late most nights, we also have a handful of cracking restaurants that you should really visit whilst you’re down with us.

These are our favourite Torpoint restaurants along with a comfy place to put your head down – once you’ve got your fill, that is:

The View

The view from this restaurant has to be seen to be believed.

There are very few restaurants in Cornwall that can rival the landscape afforded the aptly name View restaurant. This family-run establishment has been serving precisely cooked, locally sourced meals for the last fifteen years. Chef Matt Corner escaped the world of fine dining to set up his slice of seafood paradise; his restaurant is stylishly subtle, the meals are artfully prepared and the seafood is always fresh. Dinner courses start at around £20, or you can drop in for a fixed 3 course lunch from £18.

Book a couple of nights in at Rame Barton, just a half an hour walk from the restaurant. You can leave the car at this 18th Century farmhouse and stumble home with a torch in hand. Twin suites including breakfast start at £110 p/night.

The Devonport Inn

The Clock Tower Suite at the Westcroft Guesthouse offers this roll top bath.

Renovated in 2010, this immensely popular local pub is ram-packed during the summer but they’re open all year round! Dawn and Jerome Leopold are the owners here and they run a tight ship. Hailing from Lorraine in France, Jerome takes local ingredients and puts a French twist on classic pub grub dishes. Kingsand is a truly picturesque corner of Torpoint and the al fresco dining areas of the Devonport make the most of the tranquillity, with plenty of tables offering gorgeous of the bay. Lunch meals start at £6, whilst mains for dinner are around the £15 mark.

Get the true locals experience by booking into the Westcroft Guesthouse for the weekend. This artfully decorated B&B is just down the road from the Devonport Inn and makes for a fantastic home from home. Room start at a very reasonable £90 p/night.

Pirates Galley Cafe

The Chicken Kebab at the Pirate Galley Cafe is a hidden gem of Torpoint.

Keep it distinctly nautical (and affordable) by diving into the Pirates Galley Cafe for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This cosy nautically theme cafe is quintessentially Torpoint: humbly decorated with nice sea-faring touches and mismatching furniture. It’s an unfussy place that makes, amongst many other things, one of the most raved about kebabs in Cornwall. Should you wish to be lazy, you can even call in a food delivery and get this lovely grub delivered right to where you are. Get the much raved about Chicken Kebab for just £5.50.

There aren’t many Airbnb options in Torpoint but the aptly named Captains Quarter is one of them. For just £80 p/night you can stay aboard this converted boat. There’s plenty of room to relax in the cabin, which also has a couple of cosy leather seats to recline in after a day of exploring.