I visited several restaurants in Newquay while there, going to start with Pizza Express, a new restaurant under a set of new flats along the cliffs, looking over Great Western Beach. They have indoor and outdoor seating in the restaurant. When we visited, in July, the outdoor seating area was closed and looked like it had taken a battering in the wind and rains!
It was pretty busy, probably about 75% full on a Friday night. We only visited as the flat we had rented had left us a voucher for 50% off our food bill at Pizza Express so we thought we'll have a bit of this. We've visited Pizza Express before in Southampton and Brighton, so know what to expect. We were greeted quickly and taken to a table near the front of the restaurant with a good view over the coastline. The restaurant was buzzing and fairly noisy but not overly so.
The menus were given out and drinks offered, which were brought over in a few minutes. Our order was taken a few minutes later when we were ready. The menu in Pizza Express is quite large, giving you choices of pizza and pasta dishes. All the usual pasta dishes are available if you don't fancy pizza so you won't feel left out. There are also a good selection of side dishes and starters, I choose a flatbread, trying to avoid having Garlic Doughballs like usually (far too filling but soo delicious). They have a huge selection of pizzas, on normal and extra thin bases, as I'm not a big fan of olives and anchovies, it does limit the selection down by quite a few.
The starters were served up after about 10 minutes, and were well cooked and delicious. The plates were taken away and the mains delivered after another 15 minutes. When we had finished our starters we had also finished our drinks, and at that point our waiter seemed to disappear and we never saw him till we finished our main courses, so we did save ourselves wasting money on drinks, shame on you Pizza Express for not looking after you're customers. Perhaps they didn't have enough staff or weren't trained very well, but it was lax service!
The food itself was up to the great standards it usually is, and when you're only paying 50% of the cost of it you don't mind at all. Just the service let it all down. Still it won't put me off visiting Pizza Express at home, especially when you can pay with Tesco Deals vouchers!
The Watermark Brasserie is in a fantastic location, just outside Newquay, with one of the best views in Cornwall. The restaurant is on a rugged headland which overlooks Porth Bay - it even has steps cut into the cliff which lead down to the sandy beach below. Both the decor and menu have a fresh, contemporary feel and the food is surpirisingly good value for money. Most dishes are brasserie style with Mediterranean and Asian influences, plus lots of local Cornish fish and seafood. Some interesting ingredients are featured on the Specials Board such as Ostrich fillets and Butterfish. The ambience is relaxed and the staff are friendly. It has a kind of informal feel - you could easily spend a few hours relaxing in the bar, reading the papers while enjoying a cappuccino and the view!
Well the best curry I have ever, ever tasted was in Newquay. It is a little restaurant over looking towan beach, can't remember the name. We went there one November and it was lovely. The food was great and the korma was made with the good old clotted cream. They had a good selection on the menu and all the food was out of this world. It was over looking the beach and a nice log fire burning in the back ground which gave it a cosy atmosphere. As you walk in the door you are handed a menu and a drink order is taken. You sit in the lounge area drinking your drink and placing your order. When the food is on the table ready to be served you are called. This really makes a difference to the evening, especially if there are a few of you. At the end of the evening i was given a liquor to warm my cockles and a red rose which was a perfect end to a perfect evening. It was a bit pricey, but worth it. Just found out the name; THE MAHARAJAH.