Ben’s chalkboard-style menu reads like an ode to the sea. Mackerel, cod, brill, bream, scallops, crab, mussels, bass, john dory – all of these and more feature according to seasonal abundance.

Working closely with our local fishmongers ensures that the freshest fish is delivered to our door each day. It also enables us to play our part in safeguarding the sustainability of Cornwall’s precious fisheries for future generations.

The catch of the day is complimented by fresh produce sourced from small local growers, market gardens and community farms. The harvest from land and sea is combined instinctively and with a lightness of touch; Ben’s signature style allows the finest ingredients to speak for themselves.

There are vegetarian options, and dishes can be adapted for children or specific dietary requirements.


Ben has been a champion of Cornwall’s food scene since he settled here in 2001. Having held a Michelin Star at The Abbey in Penzance, he went on to oversee the launch of the food offering at The Scarlet – Cornwall’s leading luxury hotel.

Looking for a project of his own, and hankering after a humble setting in which his food could take centre stage, Ben took over The Tolcarne in 2012.

Sheltering behind the sea wall in a busy fishing port, just a stone’s throw from Newlyn’s famous fish market, the pub was the ideal vessel for showcasing the bounty of Cornish waters.


A lintel above the pub’s door marks the date of construction: 1717. For more than 300 years this building has welcomed miners, seafarers, artists and – most recently – food lovers.

Come along and enjoy a few pints of local ale on a Friday night, feast on our small plates menu at lunch, or in the evening sit down to three courses and a bottle of wine from our list, which has been specially selected to complement seafood.

In the winter, our wood burner will keep you cosy, as you while away a Sunday with delicious plates of satisfying seafood.

In the summer, grab a glass of something perfectly chilled and head to our sunny terrace; a light alfresco lunch of fresh fish may just be the ultimate Cornish food experience.

The pub is dog-friendly, making it the perfect pit-stop for dog owners out and about exploring West Penwith.


Newlyn is a vibrant little town and well worth a visit.

Aside from the fascinating port and bustling fish market, you will also find a thriving artistic culture and food scene.

Clustered around the historic Newlyn Art Gallery, there are several small independent galleries showing a cross-section of contemporary Cornish artists. Newlyn Filmhouse – a fish warehouse transformed into a beautiful arthouse cinema – is just around the corner from the pub.

Fantastic local food stores include proper fishmongers and greengrocers, a natural wine bar, Newlyn Cheese and Charcuterie, plus the famous Jelberts Ice Cream and legendary Aunty May’s Pasty Company.