The History Behind Our Restaurant
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.