by Great British Chefs 11 June 2021

For a small county in the southwest of England, Cornwall is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to food and drink. Join us as we take a look at all the incredible ingredients, producers, chefs and restaurants that make Cornwall the most culinary county in the UK.

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There's an awful lot to enjoy in Cornwall. Stunning scenery, rich history, more outdoor pursuits than you can shake a gwelen at – but for many of us, it's the food and drink scene that draws us down there. Its tourism industry means hospitality is big business in the region, and accompanying the incredible hotels, B&Bs and camping catering for all types holidaymakers, there are knockout restaurants. From Michelin-starred tasting menus to beachside shacks serving seafood caught literally on the doorstep, there's so much to get your teeth into.

Even if you're not in the county, you can still get a taste of Cornwall wherever you are. It's responsible for some of the best dairy, meat, fish and seafood in the UK, along with beloved products such as clotted cream, cheese and of course Cornish pasties. Then of course there are the chefs who continue to push the region's food scene ever-forward, taking the best of what's around them and turning it into truly amazing menus.

Whether you want to know more about Cornwall for a potential trip, fancy cooking a Cornish-inspired dish at home or simply want to know why this small, rugged tip of England is so famous for its food and drink, take a look at all our features and recipes below to get a taste for this incredible part of England.

Flavours of Cornwall

The Mexican connection

How did a small community in central Mexico become home to the world's first pasty museum and festival? The answer dates back to the 1800s, when a group of Cornish miners emigrated across the Atlantic.

Cornish producers

In pictures: the Cornish seaweed harvest

Emli Bendixen heads to the beautiful Cornish coast to watch seaweed pickers in action and discovers just how many different species of seaweed are making their way into our cooking.

Cornish cheese

The chefs of Cornwall

A meal to remember

For Michelin-starred magic brimming with Cornish ingredients and influences, you can't do better than dinner at Nathan Outlaw's or Paul Ainsworth's lauded restaurants.

Cornish pasties at home

While a pasty has to be made in Cornwall to truly be called a 'Cornish' pasty, this recipe stays true to the original and gives you a chance to try your hand at the classic crimp. Watch the video now.

Recipes and ideas