You know you’ve found an epic food spot when you visit the same cafe 3 times in 3 days – and not because Cornwall only has one cafe! The Blue Tomato Cafe quickly became our favourite spot to while away the time waiting for the ferry to chug us over to Padstow.
The cafe’s location comes into its own if you drive to the Daymer Bay car park and walk along the beach/sand dunes all the way to Rock Beach and to the ferry point- just a few metres above the beach is the welcome sight of the Blue Tomato.
The cafe is warm and inviting inside but the tables you want are the ones outside; distinctly less fancy with plastic awnings, but the view from the window of the Cornish sea is spectacular and definitely calls for a glass of wine or the Tomato’s homemade lemonade.
Over our long weekend in Port Gaverne, we rather conveniently timed it so that every day, our walk along the beach to the ferry point finished just at the moment when the ferry stops for a lunch break- 1.30 – 2pm. What else do you do when you have half an hour to spare? (n.b. the answer is not too extend the walk.)
The portions at the BT are generous. Very generous. The side of crostini with balsamic vinegar will definitely put some oomph back into you post clambering along the sand dunes!
If your indecisive like me, order the dip platter and get dunking pitta bread/gluten free bread into homemade tomato salsa, hummus and tzaski. A dreamy selection and perfect if you’re gluten free.
There’s something about being on holiday by the sea in the UK that screams WHITEBAIT. Plucked straight from the sea visible from your table, the Blue Tomato’s whitebait is some of the best I’ve ever had.
Having initially said I couldn’t possibly eat so many, I wolfed the lot. It was only a starter portion but unless you plan of sharing – which I wouldn’t advise – it is more than enough for one.
Any burger that comes with a knife sticking out of it means business; this place takes its burgers seriously. Especially the Cornish pulled pork. Served with some of the best homemade coleslaw and sweet potato fries I’ve had, if your a burger fiend you’re in for a treat.
Reasonably priced especially given the generous portion size and quality of the dishes, we gave the BT a massive thumbs up…but what about our four legged friend? Judging by the tail wagging that went on after Digby tucked into his gourmet sausage, I’m pretty sure he’d have liked seconds.
Having first glanced at the menu, I did think what on earth am I going to have? Nothing is clearly signposted if it is dairy/gluten etc free and surprisingly there isn’t a vegan or a fishy salad, so if you’re vegan or don’t eat meat then I would say maybe call up before hand and ask if they have any suitable specials on. But I personally feel, that when you’re on holiday, have what you want and enjoy it! (And a wet suit hides any subsequent bloating like a dream.)
Put your wellies on, get a road map to Cornwall and check the Blue Tomato out here!