With a skittle alley, books, toys and beanbags, the family room at Kota Kai is surely better equipped than some of Cornwall’s nurseries. But rest assured that despite casual appearances (you can sink into a sofa or take a seat in the contemporary dining area) the food here will tantalise even the most sophisticated taste buds. Graze on tapas, suck on smoothies, or splash out on a slap-up meal from the varied menu that draws on the chef’s Chinese Malay and Maori roots.
www.kotakai.co.uk, 01326 574411
Whether you’ve been stomping in the sand or dipping your toes in the autumnal Atlantic, you can’t resist the lure of an Extreme Hot Chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream. But – where retro surfboards hang from the walls, sleeping dogs sprawl under tables, and jars of colouring pens are dished out to restless tots – it’s the likes of Cornish seafood, classic burgers and sticky puddings that ensure The Beach Hut is packed with wetsuit- and wellie-clad families year-round.
www.watergatebay.co.uk/thebeachhut.htm, 01637 860877
After a spot of rock-pooling at Greenaway beach, a long, lazy lunch is order of the day at Sea Side, where food is served until the winter sun starts to dip into the ocean. At the table children are made to feel like grown-ups as they sip ‘mocktails’ and dine on grilled fish; then there’s plenty of space to run around outside while the adults polish off antipasti, tempura squid and succulent steaks.
www.stmoritzhotel.co.uk/our-food/sea-side, 01208 862242
The Seafood Café isn’t one of St Ives’ eateries that spills out onto the beach, but time and time again it’s proved to be one of the best family restaurants in town. Here young diners scoff can lashings of Fisherman’s Pie and local Moomaid ice cream, while grown ups sip Prosecco and deliberate over which fish to choose from the seafood counter. The space isn’t specifically designed for children, but the combination of friendly staff and fine food seems to tame even the wildest toddlers.
www.seafoodcafe.co.uk, 01736 794004
If you thought Roskilly’s Farm was just the home of Cornwall’s award-winning ice cream and the cows behind it, think again. For here, alongside the farm trails, milking demonstrations and a vast array of organic ice cream, The Croust House serves up hearty Cornish fare in an old milking parlour. Tuck into pasties, soup and pies by the fire, or sit outside in the courtyard where kids love riding the big red tractor.
www.roskillys.co.uk/croust, 01326 281924