When staying in a Cornish self-catering holiday cottage, the last thing you want to worry about is sourcing ingredients when preparing your own meals. Below we have gathered a list of the best local food and drink to make your short break in Cornwall totally painless and unforgettable.
Based in the heart of Rock, Fee’s Food Deli offers fresh sourdough and pastries daily, as well as homemade quiches, sandwiches and salads for lunch. Fee also supplies a full range of homemade ready meals to cover you for dinner. The shop stocks a full range of Cornish cheeses, homemade chutneys, and paté too. The cosy shop also offers some of the best artisan coffee in Rock, making them a great morning pit-stop when picking up the paper.
Lewis’s Deli and Coffee Shop
Found on Rock Road, towards St Minver, Lewis’s Deli offers everything that you could need to stock your holiday cottage in Cornwall. Specialising in groceries, as well as supplying local produce, it’s the perfect general store to use while being just a stone’s throw away.
Based in Wadebridge, Baker Tom’s bakes delicious, wholesome bread daily using century-old methods and natural ingredients to enhance flavours. From organic sourdoughs, frioche rolls and focaccia’s, Baker Tom’s is a necessity for a rustic loaf.
When coming down into Rock you may find yourself held up by the morning traffic that seems to gather around this wonderful bakery. Locals and tourists alike all love this Cornish institution. With many shops based throughout Cornwall, Barnecutt’s offers the best Cornish pasties, saffron cakes, and mouth-watering confectionary. One of Cornwall’s oldest bakeries, Barnecutt’s has been around for nearly 90 years. They also have started a new service of Pasties by Post, where they will deliver pasties straight to your door anywhere in the UK.
Located across the estuary in Padstow is Stein’s Deli. Here the shelves are stacked with jams, biscuits and chutneys (all recipes by Rick Stein). The deli also includes fishmongers who source their fish from the local fishermen, a cheese counter filled with Cornish specialities and a wide selection of accoutrements. Stein’s Deli also supplies Rick’s favourite lemon cordial, award-winning Camel Valley, and beer named after Rick’s late dog Chalky.
Going since 1974, Wadebridge Wines is THE place to buy alcohol. With a continually evolving selection of around 1000 wines, spirits and beers (both local and global finds) there is something for everyone looking for a big night in or dinner time tipple.
As well as offering some fantastic ciders, Cornish Orchards provides a tremendous variety of award-winning soft drinks for those who don’t do alcohol. Offering beverages such as mulled apple juice, ginger beer, elderflower and mixed cases, you are spoilt for choice. Cornish Orchards uses traditional craft practices, inspired by the Cornwall Council effort to save and rejuvenate conventional apple orchards.
Local roadside farms
Now this one may seem a bit strange, but hear us out. Some of the best local produce that you can get your hands on is sold at the roadside outside farms. You choose what you’d like and pay the amount you owe into a small money box. A system based on trust but as long as you have some change, you’ll be in for a treat. We recommend buying some local eggs; you won’t find yolks more orange anywhere else.
And so concludes our roundup of some of the best local food and drink to stock your Cornish holiday cottage. Thankfully we have such a great variety of food and drinks available that you don’t need to go far to fully indulge during your Cornish holidays.