If you love your food you’ll agree that these days you don’t need to book yourself a table in a fancy shmancy restaurant to experience top notch cookery skills or a taste extravaganza. Street Food has fast become one of the nation’s favourite ways to enjoy delicious, freshly prepared dishes from a plethora of cultures and cuisines; just about anywhere you happen to find yourself. And we’re big fans!
Down here in the south we’re quite fond of the beach, so it stands to reason that finding a spot for great food in our favourite beachside locations is going to go down pretty well. Thankfully there are plenty of them, and we love what they do. Pulled pork tacos after your surf session? Mocha and cake as your coast path pitstop?
Whatever foodie delights takes your fancy, this fleet of phenomenal food vans and gastro cafes in Devon and Cornwall has you covered, so do check them out next time you’re in the area – your taste buds will thank you.
Cornish seafood at its best and with a cracking view to go with it. Sitting in Berrill’s Yard overlooking Fowey’s beautiful estuary, this pretty vintage Citroen Van is one of the best places in all the county to grab seriously fresh, locally caught, lovingly prepared seafood.
Owner Holly has built her business on an ethos of giving back to the local community with nearly all of her produce sourced directly from resident fishermen and producers in Cornwall, so you’ll be eating well, and supporting local!
Our favourite bite: Scallops, Asparagus & Pea shoots (with a pancetta & smoked almond crumb)
The Tin Box is the perfect pit stop on your coast path walk along the promenade in Penzance.
Serving wonderful artisan coffees and locally made bakes and cakes, you’ll be treated to beautiful sea views and fresh sea air as you pull up a deck chair and quaff away.
Owned and run by local man Chris whose barista skills and friendly service have earned him a growing reputation among locals and visitors alike.
Our favourite bite: Mocha and Walnut Crumble Cake washed down with an Iced Latte
Settling in one of Torbay’s prettiest coves, Fishcombe Cove Café is a favourite spot for families, kayakers and cold water swimmers to grab brekkies or lunch in the sunshine. The café has its own deck with seating, but the beach is just metres away so there’s always a spot to sit and enjoy one of their delicious cakes, cream teas or famous bread bowls.
Our favourite bite: Crab Bread Bowl
There’s a reason this superb little venue has in excess of 60k followers on Instagram alone. Found tucked away along the coast path near Portscatho on the remote Roseland Peninsula, the Hidden Hut is a one of a kind spot to enjoy beautifully cooked local food out in the sea air…
Serving fresh seasonal lunches from an outdoor beach kitchen by day, visitors can just turn up and order from their stunning menu of soups, chowders and spiced dhals during the spring and autumn, and big beach salads and grilled seafood in the summer. All items are packed to takeaway onto the beach as a picnic.
By night, the hut hosts incredible ‘feast’ events, and these outdoor, all-weather, ‘bring your own plate’ affairs book quickly so you’ll need to reserve your seat pronto.
Our favourite bite: Smoked Haddock Chowder
Surf-inspired street food just a 5-minute walk from Croyde Beach. Inspired by his worldwide wanderings to places like Morocco, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Guatemala and Vietnam, intrepid surfer and foodie Biff whips up a smorgasbord of dreamy dishes to delight both surfing and non-surfing punters.
Our favourite bite: Moroccan Pulled Pork Wrap & Crispy Potato Puffs (mini hash brown balls of happiness)
What can we say. This exceptional little food venture is something of a ‘not so best kept secret’ of the locals anymore. Thanks to its gorgeous setting on one of Cornwall’s loveliest beaches and the utter yumminess of its offerings, the Hungry Horsebox Co. has a reputation that’s already reached far and wide. A must-stop if you’re visiting the area.
Our favourite bite: Low & Slow Beef Brisket Chilli Nachos
Don’t be put off by the queue. It’s testament to just how good the food is from this gastro bus, and you’ll have a stunning sea view of one of Devon’s most special places to occupy you while you wait (which won’t be long!).
The Gastrobus arrived at Bantham in the summer of 2012 and has been delighting patrons ever since with local produce conjured up into fresh air feasts.
Our favourite bite: Fully loaded Gastrodog
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