Welcome to Kota


Stepping through the door of Kota you are welcomed into a warm and relaxed world where your taste buds are invited to experience the exquisite dishes offered by chef Jude Kereama and his team.
Since opening in 2006, Kota has been recognised by many eating out guides and is a consistently present name amongst the food and beverage awards.

2018 was an exceptional year that saw Kota receiving a third AA rosette (one of only four in Cornwall), and being named as ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards. Patron chef Jude has just been awarded ‘Chef of the Year’ in the 2019 Trencherman’s Guide Awards, and most recently awarded ‘Special Contribution’ to the hospitality industry again by Trencherman’s Guide Awards. We have retained our Bib Gourmand for the sixth year in a row and are highly acclaimed by The Good Food Guide. Kota was also named in Harden's 100 Best UK Restaurants 2022.

If you wanted to indulge over dinner and avoid the trip home after, our B&B rooms are comfortable, beautifully furnished and now awards 4* by the AA. Waking up at the head of the harbour in the vibrant village of Porthleven is never a bad thing either.

Chef/owner Jude Kereama is a New Zealander who has won awards for his restaurants in both London and Auckland before moving down to Cornwall. Chosen to represent the South West in Great British Menu, Jude strives to give their customers an experience to remember with their award-winning food, extensive wine list and relaxed yet attentive service.



Nearby there is a lovely beach in a bay backed by cliffs that offers a wonderful spot to spend the day. If you feel active, there are plenty of rock pools to explore and rock climbing to be done. Wonderful coastal walks go East or West from Porthleven, with the famous Loe Bar – the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall – being a real highlight. For experienced surfers, Porthleven is famous for its reef break, although not for the faint hearted! Other activities in the area include local boat and fishing trips, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking, all from Porthleven harbour. An active artistic scene for the more creative-minded visitors can be found throughout the village and surrounding area. Due to the strict conservation measures, Porthleven remains an unspoilt, working harbour that attracts visitors who want to get away from their normal hustle and bustle and be inspired by the surroundings and the way of life.

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