1 Michelin Star Chefs: Tim Barnes, head chef, Outlaw's Fish Kitchen

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Tim Barnes is head chef at the one Michelin starred, Outlaw's Fish Kitchen in Cornwall.

Growing up in Manchester, Tim left school not knowing what he wanted to do for a career. He decided to visit a friend of his who was working for Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall and was offered a job as a kitchen porter. 

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen

outlaws fish kitchen

1 Middle Street, Port Isaac, Cornwall, PL29 3RH

Website: www.nathan-outlaw.com/outlaws-fish-kitchen/

Telephone: 01208 881 183

Email: [email protected]

Opening hours: Lunch Tuesday to Saturday 12pm – 3pm; Dinner 6pm – 9pm

Head chef: Tim Barnes

Twitter: @fish_kitchen

Facebook: Outlaws Fish Kitchen

Instagram: @fishkitchen


He says “I wasn’t doing it because I was interested in becoming a chef or anything like that.  I just needed some money and the job was on offer!”

However, his love for food and the industry soon grew and the more he saw, the more interested he became.

Whilst working as a kitchen porter, he started undertaking small culinary tasks in the kitchen which prompted Nathan to suggest to Tim that he should consider training as a chef.

tim barnes and nathan

Tim Barnes

and Nathan Outlaw

Tim started an apprenticeship at Outlaws whilst attending Cornwall College and says “It was the best thing I’ve ever done. I didn’t realise how lucky I was at the time; I don’t come from a background of cooking or fine dining so most of what I was seeing was completely new to me. 

"However, I soon realised that cooking had unlocked something in me and it was what I wanted to do. In fact, can’t imagine doing anything else.”

He is now head chef at Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac and has sole responsibility for the day-to-day running of this busy and popular restaurant.

He still works very closely with Nathan but is also allowed to ‘get on with it’ too.

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cured brill, anchovy mayonnaise

basil and pistachio

Culinary Style

Tim considers his culinary style to be very much the same as Nathan’s style. He likes to specialise in British seafood, that is simply cooked but is cooked with complexity in the flavour combinations. 

He also like to add influences from his travels from around the world and you can often find both Asian and Hispanic influences throughout his dishes.

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen

Located within a 15th century cottage, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen is a stone’s throw away from the harbour where guests can dine with views overlooking the harbour at the bottom of Port Isaac.

Opened in 2013, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen is one of four restaurants owned by Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall which also includes the chef’s eponymous two Michelin starred, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw; the pub, the Mariners Rock and Outlaw’s at St Enodoc Hotel in Rock.

The restaurant offers a more relaxed experience and encourages guests to choose dishes from the tapas menu.

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Editor 11th April 2018

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Tim Barnes, head chef, Outlaw's Fish Kitchen