Cornwall locals have named their favourite restaurants - and a certain African eatery in Falmouth is dominating the responses.

Readers of the Falmouth Packet were asked to share their top choices for local dining establishments.

The responses featured a range of diverse options, with Amanzi, an African restaurant situated in Falmouth repeatedly coming out on top.

It has been a popular presence in Arwenack Street for a number of years now and was even visited by the Packet's 'Mystery Diner' in 2019.


The selection also included other notable establishments such as The Harbour in Newquay, and the widely appreciated Rising Sun in Truro.

While some locals preferred Falmouth's Italian eatery, Pomodoro, others favoured The Waterside in Flushing and The Regent at The Lizard. 

Falmouth Packet: Residents of the county, and readers of the Falmouth Packet, were asked to share their top choices

The poll came after three Cornish restaurants, namely Cellar Bistro in St Ives, The Bank at Bude, and Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling, were recently featured in the OpenTable’s Top 100 restaurants in the UK rankings.

This reputable list is compiled, considering diner ratings, advance reservations, and the number of five-star reviews.

Cellar Bistro, a cosy and relaxed restaurant prioritises customer service and strives for delightful dining experiences.

Despite its winter closure, it is lauded for unique atmosphere achieved through its soft lighting, candles, and an array of vintage upcycled furniture.

Similarly, Bude's resident Cornish tapas bar, The Bank at Bude is located by the River Neet, offers a serene dining setting.

This restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday.

Ugly Butterfly run by Adam Handling, the third Cornish restaurant on OpenTable's list, promises a comprehensive dining experience.

Located a mile from St Ives, with breath-taking views across Carbis Bay, it blends locally sourced ingredients for exquisite dishes.

Its menu also features drinks and snacks made from leftovers as part of their sustainable practices, reflecting the belief that there is no such thing as food waste.

Cornwall locals continue to show support for their local dining scene, proving its strength, diversity and high-quality offerings.