Cornwall LivingIssue #97

Coastal dining

We discover what inspires Samuel Jones, Head Chef at the The Bay Hotel restaurant in Coverack.

Based in the picturesque fishing village of Coverack on Cornwall’s stunning Lizard peninsula, The Bay Hotel offers a genuinely homely feel. The hotel restaurant provides spectacular sea views in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, allowing you to enjoy a wonderful meal in beautiful coastal surroundings.

a very relaxed and enjoyable evening for all diners”

Samuel Jones took up the position of Head Chef at The Bay restaurant in February this year. When discussing what drew him to Coverack he tells us: “I’ve lived here for nearly six years. Before that I used to come to Coverack for summers with my family. I’ve worked in a couple of places in my time here but most notably and fondly at Kota in Porthleven with Jude Kereama. The opportunity was offered to me to be the Head Chef at The Bay, and a chance to have a job running my own kitchen in the place I love the most was too good to miss.”

Sam’s focus is on sourcing food locally, and in particular from the Lizard peninsula. He is curating a more contemporary menu with foreign influences that draw on his time training in London, his travels, and the years spent at Kota. “Being a fisherman as well as a chef allows me to draw on the absolute best in food provenance, traceability and seasonality. Where we are in Coverack, our surroundings are so dominant it’s essential that they are a leading influence in creating food here.”

The Bay offers a unique experience showcasing the best local produce that the land and sea has to offer, with a direct link between the kitchen and Cornwall’s heritage, culture and environment. “Many restaurants have good links with suppliers and guarantee good provenance on the produce they use,” Sam tells us. “But I don’t know where the guests can sit at dinner eating a piece of fish or beef and be looking at the patch of sea or field where it came from. As a child I remember saying to a good friend of mine, John Strike of Quayside Fish, that I want to be able to tell a customer, the fish they are eating, I caught, in that boat, over there. Furthermore, being a hotel, we have a wonderful bar and lounge with stunning views, making for a very relaxed and enjoyable evening for all diners.”


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If you want to indulge in a delicious meal full of fresh, local produce, make sure to give the team a call to book your table and enjoy an unforgettable meal in a stunning location.



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"a very relaxed and enjoyable evening for all diners"

Sample Menu


Warm Filo Pastry Parcel of Camembert and White Onion Confit, Aged Balsamic

Tian of Handpicked Cornish Crab, Micro Herbs, Lemon and Chive Dressing

Duck and Wild Mushroom Parfait, Spiced Plum Chutney, Toasted Brioche

Roasted Vine Tomato Soup and Basil Pesto with Herb Croutons (v)

‘Moules Mariniere’ ~ Mussels, White Wine, Cream, Garlic, Herbs

Carpaccio of Venison, Horseradish Cream and Organic Lizard Leaves


Cornish Sole ‘Meuniere’

Pan Fried Fresh Fillets of Coverack Sea Bass, Samphire, Lime and Herb Butter

Roast Breast of Guinea Fowl, Sage and Orange Stuffing, Madeira Jus

Cornish Steak and Kidney Pie

Slow Cooked Belly Pork with Calvados and Thyme Jus

Mediterranean Tart of Roasted Vegetables, Cornish Yarg (v)


Platter of West Country Cheeses, Fig Chutney and Oatcakes

Warm Pear Frangipane, Clotted Cream

White Chocolate Mousse, Dark Chocolate Sauce, Raspberries

Grand Marnier Crème Brulee

Lemon Curd Eton Mess