Welcome to The Olive Tree in the heart of St Merryn, just a few minutes away from Padstow and the beautiful North Cornwall coastline.

Our aim is to serve simple but delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere. Whilst many of our dishes are influenced by Italy, a country we both love, we draw inspiration from all over the Mediterranean – in fact, wherever you might expect to find olive trees growing!

At the same time, our focus is on making the most of the fantastic Cornish larder and we source our meat, fish, cheese and as much as possible of our fruit & vegetables from local producers & suppliers.  For example, our meat comes from the award-winning Padstow Farm Shop and our fish comes in daily from the various Cornish markets.  We make most of the bread used in the restaurant with some sourced from a local baker.  Please see our suppliers page for more details of our fabulous suppliers.


We do not operate more than one sitting so if you book a table for (say) 7pm, it is yours for the evening.  Given that all food is cooked fresh to order, and we have no microwave, we offer reservation times at regular intervals through the evening, depending on table sizes, to allow for a smooth service.  With that in mind, we greatly appreciate you keeping to your reservation time or to let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to keep your reservation. 

Special Dietary Requirements

We can cater (with notice) for vegetarians, vegans and those wanting to avoid gluten or other ingredients.  Please call us in advance with any specific requirements and we’ll do our best to provide as much choice as possible.


We welcome well-behaved children.  We don’t have a special children’s menu but we can prepare smaller portions of most dishes on our main menu and may sometimes be able to offer an alternative choice.  During the school holidays, we will offer a choice of dishes for children (eg pasta with homemade tomato sauce, meatballs & linguine, fishcakes) but will have a limited amount of each dish at any time so please tell us if you would like a specific children’s option when you book your table and we will do our best to have your preferred option available.

Normal opening times

Tuesday to Saturday (and some Bank Holiday Mondays):  from 6.30pm

Opening times subject to change - please call or e-mail to make a reservation.

We often cater for large groups and private parties for up to 36 people – please call us for information about booking large groups and/or exclusive use of the restaurant.

We look forward to welcoming you very soon.

Kevin & Flo Parsons



Telephone: 01841 521 560