Cornwall LivingIssue #112

Taste of the sea

A beach-chic seaside restaurant with the best view of the surf in Polzeath, serving all things seafood and beyond.

Overlooking Polzeath beach, The Cracking Crab is a seaside restaurant with the best view of the surf, serving everything from light bites to seafood platters and all the bits in between. Open for lunch, dinner, teas, coffees, and plenty of ice cream throughout the week, The Cracking Crab is a family friendly and family run restaurant – the sister to The Winking Prawn in Salcombe.

Wander inside and enjoy the eclectic interiors, featuring local artwork and a combination of cosy booths and tables – perfect for groups of friends, families, and couples, whether you’re popping in for a quick cup of tea and a brownie (or two) or celebrating a special occasion over dinner.

As the name might suggest, the menu focuses largely on seafood, especially as they’re so lucky to have such wonderful local produce close by. However, they also try to provide something for everyone. So, if a fish feast isn’t quite your vibe they also serve juicy West Country steaks off the grill and the bar is always fully stocked with chilled craft beers, ciders and wine – including their very own bespoke cider, created in partnership with a local brewery. Classic foodie favourites include Fruits de Mer and Popcorn Shrimp in the best of Cornish surf style.

They have a small selection of gluten free and vegetarian options available too, and while the size of the kitchen makes it hard for them to stray too far from the menu, if you would like to visit for dinner and have a particular dietary requirement, just get in touch and the friendly team will do everything they can to adapt a chosen dish.

In short, The Cracking Crab can be whatever you want it to be; fun for the whole family (including the dog), a hotspot for a leisurely lunch watching the surf, a resting place for a cup of tea after a walk along the coast path, or an awesome place to watch the sun setting over sundowners before supper.

The Cracking Crab

01208 862333