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Not only does the north Cornish coast have miles of golden sands and crystal blue waters, it’s also got loads going on in 2016. So we’ve put together a list of our top things to do in the area when on your holiday, so that you’re in the know, up to speed and in the loop.

The Sandbar:

Just across the road from Polzeath beach, the Sandbar café and takeaway is casual, friendly and convenient, useful for grabbing coffee and a seriously tasty sandwich on the run. If you’re in need of something more substantial, treat yourself to a thin, crispy pizza or beer battered fish and chips, not forgetting daily specials such as sweet potato, coconut and coriander soup. Choose from delicious, varied fillings for ciabattas, sandwiches, chunky wraps and freshly made salads. So handy after a day out on the beach, savour a smoothie or a fresh juice at the bar while you wait. With large screen TVs, table football and Wifi.

No 1 Rock Road:

Under new ownership this year, this restaurant is superbly located, overlooking Rock’s moorings and across the ever-changing waters of the Camel Estuary.  Situated on the first floor above The Beach House shop, relax on the balcony with its amazing views and sea airs; snuggle up in fleecy blankets provided as the sun sets or during breezy weather. Specialising in super-fresh local shellfish such as mussels, lobster, oysters and scallops; treat yourself to the seafood platter for two – perfect for hungry seafood lovers whilst pasta, chicken, burgers and vegetarian dishes with daily specials will keep non-pescatarians happy.  With friendly, efficient service, No.1 Rock Road is open from 10.30 am for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Four-legged friends are welcome too.

The Oystercatcher:

A 5-minutewalk up the hill from Polzeath beach, The Oystercatcher is a popular pub with a cracking view of the coast from its outdoor terrace; a great spot for a well-earned après-surf drink and bite to eat. The menu offers freshly cooked classic pub favourites such as burgers, jacket potatoes and sandwiches plus of course Cornish fish and chips and mussels, all at reasonable prices. Managed by St Austell Brewery, this lively pub and bar is popular with both locals and holiday-makers and enjoys the added bonus of a large free car park, sports TV and pool table. Dogs and sandy boots welcome too!

Ruby Tuesday’s Café:

A lovely little café on the hilltop in between Port Isaac and Port Gaverne, Ruby Tuesday’s is run by friendly mother and son team Ann and Harry, and together they whip up excellent breakfasts, barista coffees, cream teas, home-made cakes and delicious light lunches. Relax at a table with the newspapers provided, or perch at the window bar and watch the hustle and bustle of Port Isaac through large picture windows. Very reasonably priced.

Rojano’s in The Square:

A few steps away from Padstow Harbour, Rojano’s in the Square creates rustic, uncomplicated Italian and Mediterranean-style food in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere. With pastas, crispy-based pizzas, grills and other classic Italian fare such as antipasto, dough balls and arancini, Rojano’s finds top quality Cornish and British ingredients as well as the best Italian produce. With excellent, professional service, this restaurant has become very popular so it’s worth booking ahead to avoid disappointment. Open for lunch and dinner from 10am.

Port Gaverne Inn:

An inviting pub, just a few steps away from the sea, the Port Gaverne Restaurant serves really delicious, contemporary twists on classic pub food. With a feast of local seafood on the menu, including Porthilly mussels and Cornish crab, oldfavourites such as good old sausage and mash feature too. Cosy, intimate dining rooms that lead from one into another are quirkily adorned with sea-themed decorations, adding tothe characterful, historic atmosphere.  Excellent value.