Strong Adolfo's, Wadebridge PL27 7LR
This peculiarly named roadside café is the only one to make our list without a sea-view. Instead, the large windows and outdoor seating area look out over rolling Cornish countryside. The café has scooped a raft of prizes, and is locally well-known for its sweet-treats and breakfasts. It's also handy if you're driving down Cornwall, as it's just off the A39 - well worth a pit-stop!
Boscastle Farm Shop Café, Outside Boscastle, PL35 0HH
This farm shop and café occupies a stunning vantage point on the hills above Boscastle overlooking the rolling Atlantic. Surrounded by National Trust land, this one is popular among walkers who come in for a light lunch or a cup of tea in the charming, dual aspect café. In fact, it’s so popular that in peak season you may need to book or wait a while to be seated.
TJ's Surf Cafe, New Polzeath, PL27 6TB
New Polzeath has been a top hang-out for surf dudes and beach lovers for decades, and is also very popular with families for the sandy gentle beach. As its name suggests, TJs is a trendy spot that includes a surf shop with a small but popular cafe upstairs. Book ahead if you want to be sure of a seat
Life's a Beach, Bude, EX23 8HN
This venue is better know as one of Bude's most popular bistros, serving an alluring range of local seafood and gourmet dishes in the evenings. However, during the day it is a relaxed and friendly cafe, offering light lunches, coffees and cream teas. It could hardly be better located, overlooking Summerleaze beach.
Rest a While Tea Rooms, Hawkers Cove, Padstow PL28 8HW
Rest a While is the perfect pit-stop when walking the coast path to Stepper Point (up from Padstow), and commands a stunning vantage point overlooking Daymer Bay and the Camel estuary. The cafe has become known for its cream teas and crab sandwiches. Whichever you go for, you'll be sure to enjoy the beautiful view. Bonus fact - the opening scene of Poldark Series 2 (where Elizabeth nearly falls from her horse) was filmed on the coast-path very close to this cafe at Butter Hole.