Whether you’re looking for fine dining or a hearty family meal you’re sure to find it in Looe. Below is a selection of restaurants that are highly recommended and well worth a visit.
Middle Market Street, Looe, PL13 1AY
Built in 1420 and Situated in the heart of East Looe in the famous backstreets 100yds from the Seafront, the Smugglers has been serving quality food for over 50 years with a legendary 600-year-old History. The 65-seater Restaurant specialises in Local Seafood and Prime Steaks along with its now famous Carvery.
The Sardine Factory Looe
Quay Road West, West Looe, PL13 2BX
A converted sardine factory on the quayside plays host to this laid-back first floor restaurant which affords views across the harbour to East Looe. The extensive menu champions Cornish seafood, including mussels from Fowey and fish from Looe itself – much of it cooked on the bone.
The Fish Market
The Quay, East Looe, PL13 1DX
Specialising in the freshest fish and shellfish that Cornwall has to offer and situated directly on the quay in East Looe. Boasting uninterrupted views of the river.
The Fish Market has a continually changing menu offers small plates/ tapas style plates, mains and sharing platters, which chef/owner Fred Alsop prepares simply to showcase the stunning quality of the fish and shellfish. It is not unusual for the menu to change from lunchtime to evening if something wonderful has been landed 25 metres away! If one of your party is not a fish eater Fred is happy to prepare locally sourced stake. Amazing restaurant and highly recommended.
Great tree farm, East Looe, PL13 1NX
Little Barn sun-soaked terrace welcomes you from noon till dusk, with panoramic views of the Millendreath valley. The perfect spot for a spritz or two.
Little Barn Steak & Seafood restaurant offers a relaxed, sophisticated all-day dining.
The restaurant has views over the passè, where you can see the chefs in action and experience the excitement of a busy kitchen. The dishes are inspired by cuisine from around the world so expect to see a modern twist on a classically British menu. Their Sunday lunch is one of the best in Looe.
La Bocca Pizza
Higher Market Street, East Looe, PL13 1BS
Looe’s Traditional Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. Fresh, wood fired pizza hand stretched to order. Takeaway is also available. Find out more.
The Old Sail Loft
Quay Street, East Looe, PL13 1 AP
The Old Sail Loft is one of Looe’s top restaurants, fresh seafood straight from the quay from their sister company Simply fish Looe Ltd.
Dominic & Michelle have been owners of this historic venue for over 17 years. Open Evenings and for lunches. Fresh local fish is a speciality, along with a great selection of Cornwalls finest Steaks & Poultry also we cater for vegetarians, vegans, any dietary requirements. Sitting in the snug comfort of the very special atmosphere generated by no small part by its historical associations, it is not difficult to imaging the old sailing boats of the early 1500s moored to the quay outside.
The Coddy Shack
Great Tree Farm, St Martins, Looe, PL13 1NX
It started back in ’66, when Colin’s parents bought a chip shop in Looe. From those early years to The Coddy Shack’s launch in 2010, Colin’s never lost his love for the fryer. Known as Colin the Cod or the Codfather, he’s a well-liked local character, known for his sparky personality and exceptional fish and chips.
Over the years, Colin has trained many young Looe kids in the art of frying. One of his trainees, Jason, is now his business partner. Along with Hannah and Emma, they built a fantastic team and started the quirky Coddy Shack in a former farm building near Looe.
Over the last decade, The Coddy Shack has grown from a small take away in an old pig stye to a 60-seater restaurant and live music venue. But we haven’t forgotten our origins, and Colin’s team still fries the best fish supper in Cornwall. Find out more.
Talland Bay Hotel
Talland Bay Hotel, Porthallow, Cornwall, PL13 2JB
The experience is nothing short of a show-stopping culinary adventure. With many different components and performers contributing to the final dishes appearing on the plate. From the fishermen in Looe to the neighbouring farmer, the wild mushroom forager and Cornish cheese makers. Not to mention the hours of toil committed by Head chef Glen Merriott and the team in the kitchen. Find out more.