Wadebridge is a Historic Market Town Providing Convenience and Entertainment in a Charming Setting
Wadebridge is a thriving riverside town with lots of independent shops and cafes to explore along a quaint pedestrianised high street. A walk around the town centre will give you a refreshing experience as you wander into unique stores and eateries with a whole lot more character than the big chains which dominate a lot of the towns in the UK these days. For a small town it also has a lot of great options for entertainment from a cinema to the Camel Trail which is one of the most memorable cycle trails in the country. There are also lots of really memorable pubs in the town, often with live music playing and some with great eating options to add to the mix as well.
A Town Centre With a Host of Independent Shops and Businesses
There are a lot of small inpendent retailers bringing colour to Wadebridge’s streets so if we have missed any our apologies. We’re always open to new suggestions so if you come across a business we’ve missed please let us know and we’ll make sure to feature them here too!
Foodie Shops for all Tastes
Some of our favourite foodie shops include Baker Tom’s delicious artisan bakery, the exquisite delicatessen and cafe at Relish, Elixir Health Foods for all sorts of nutritious goodies and the stellar independent fruit and veg wholesalers right in the centre of town.
A Clothes Shoppers Delight
For the clothes shoppers among you there are a range of independent boutique clothes shops. Beach-chic styles abound at Annes Cottage Surf Shop, while there are lots of designer labels to be found at Fusion. Ocean Blue offers a classy option stocking brands like Masai Clothing and Yumi. Another little gem of a clothes shop is Quirky, aunique ladies boutique which sells handbags, clothes and accessories, including up-cycled items from across Europe.
Cafes, Restaurants, Take-Aways and Bakeries to Please Everybody’s Tastebuds
Need a Coffee and Cake After all the shopping?
There are more little coffee shops in Wadebridge than we’ve been able to try in our time here so far. Now it may be that we’re not getting out for cake often enough but there’s also no doubt that there are lots of great options to explore for lunch here in Wadebridge! Some of our favourites are the funky Picture and Coffee House (who do great live music nights too), the more classic ‘hearty-lunch style’ Granary Restaurant and the quirky (and very tiny!) Shed Cafe and Brunch Bar. Definitely worth a look in at as well are The Old Teahouse, Tim’s Place and Carraways Cafe.
Cornish Pasties and Take-Away Sandwiches
Don’t worry if it’s a lunch on the run that you’re after, Wadebridge town centre has got that covered too. You have one of the finest pasty makers in Cornwall on your doorstep in the form of Malcolm Barnecutt. Now it might sound like we’re being biased but this lofty claim is made on the back of many years of rigorous testing throughout Cornwall by yours truly. In our humble opinion the only other contenders to come close are Philps bakery all way down in Hayle or possibly St Agnes Bakery, near Truro. There are also great takeaway options at Barnys (chips and pasties) or Le Snack, who do a fine range of sandwiches and baguettes.
For your Evening Meal
It might well be that the hardest decision that you have to make during your holiday is where to choose for your evening meal in Wadebridge. This may just be pipped by the decision on which of the awesome local beaches to visit during your stay. If you like Indian food you have a small but very excellent Indian restaurant called Sagor, just 2 minutes stroll away at the opposite end of the old stone bridge. There is also a very stylish Indian restaurant, The Raj, a couple of minutes walk further on. There also a dedicated Indian Takeaway called Spice Guru. For more of a fine dining experience the Bridge Bistro at the end of the old stone bridge serves some special dishes in a classy environment. Another great option for some fantastic menu options is The Stepping Stone where you’ll find perfectly cooked local fish and inventive vegetarian options. For a quiet setting and a nice range of dinner options, Warnes Bar and Restaurant has a cracking location tucked into its own private little courtyard area. For an oriental take on the evening Wadebridge’s, The Dancing Taipan restaurant does a great range of Cantonese and Chinese dishes and there is also the Wai Kui Chinese Take Away at the top of Molesworth Street. There are also two very quirky and truly delicious ‘pop-up’ takeaways which are only in Wadebridge on certain nights. Wild Bake Pizzas make a range of smokin’ wood fired pizzas and can be found outside the Pop Art Gallery every Monday evening from 5.00pm. Probably the hottest new dining experience in Wadebridge comes from The Tiny Thai which is again a ‘pop up kitchen’ outside the Pop Art Gallery. Open every Tuesday to Saturday from 4.30pm the Thai food from these guys is exceptionally good and well worth checking out but you’ll probably need to ring to order in advance as it is really popular!
Our Personal Favourite?
This is a very tough call! If we could only pick ourselves one place to at out it would probably be The Ship Inn which is 2 minutes walk from the house if you turn right before you cross the stone bridge into town. This unassuming gastro-pub at the bottom of the Gonvena Hill has quietly been winning a host of awards and a steady stream of loyal patrons since it was taken over a few years ago. Sometimes the plainest book covers hold the most delicious stories. The Ship is a great reminder of this as a closer inspection of this, somewhat plain looking establishment, will reward you with delicious food and a memorable atmosphere.