Cheap Eats: Bites, Snacks & Sandwiches

Cornwall isn’t known as theĀ cheapestĀ 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.