Contact : 01736 364424
Wharf Rd, Penzance TR18 4AB

The Family Friendly Restaurant

the waterside meadery


The History Behind Our Restaurant

our story

The Building first became a Meadery in the Easter of 1970. For a while before its evolution, it was a café and Bar.


Originally the building was clay sheds, and in excess of 100 years old. Four re-enforced walls, that allowed the arriving boats to unload their china clay into the top of the building.


In 1970, the Leiworthy family made the building into what you see today, after the success of the first Meadery at Newlyn, and very little has changed. The Meadery was originally only half the size it currently is and the menu consisted of Chicken in the Rough, Scampi and Fish Fries, with chips. Not even any desserts were offered.


As time and popularity went on, the menu grew to offer desserts, salads and eventually what you see today. The Cornish Mead remained the same!

The Meadery still remains in the same family, although it’s the 2nd generation leading it now.


We have 3 floors here at The Waterside Meadery. The main restaurant and Kitchen on the ground floor, the function room/restaurant and bar on the second, and on the third is our best kept secret, added 25 years ago, The Roof Terrace, that has indoor and outdoor seating that looks over the working harbour.


Although the restaurant has seen many developments and weathered some ferocious storms, there is little that has altered from the original idea. A medieval style of dining by candlelight, served by waitresses and eating with your fingers, whilst enjoying the locally brewed Cornish Mead.


We Have Plenty To Offer

our services


From birthdays to weddings, here at The Waterside Meadery we will happily cater to your specific needs. Party of 5, 25 or even 100? No worries! Don’t forget to pre-book as we could fill up on the night you’d like.

Bar Services

One drink or a full night for the party, we have two bars to keep you afloat during your visit. We know that its never good looking at an empty glass.

Family Friendly Too

That’s right, we are happy to welcome all ages to our restaurant on the dock. With high chairs available and colouring pads for the kids, you can continue to enjoy your meal while they are preoccupied.

contact the waterside meadery

Please do not use this contact form for reserving a table. If you would like to reserve a table at The Waterside Meadery please call: 01736 364424.