Over Easter weekend I was lucky enough to take some time off and explore South West Cornwall. Living in Cornwall I often feel we don't explore what's on our doorstep enough.
On the Friday I took some friends who were down on holiday out for the day. We decided to stop for lunch at Polkerris overlooking St Austell Bay. As expected Sam's on the Beach was fully booked but we were lucky enough to get an outside table at The Rashleigh Inn. It was just about warm enough to sit outside. The view was the best bit of, kids playing on the beach and a dinghy lesson out in the bay; golden sands and lovely blue sea. I've not had a proper prawn sandwich and chips for a long time. Perfect 'holiday' food.
We then went down into Fowey, and I found it interesting to visit slightly out of season and to see so few boats in the harbour. I'm used to visiting during Fowey Royal Regatta Week when the harbour is completely packed full of boats. There are some great shops to explore, and we decided to sit on the harbour wall and enjoy the sun, view and peace of the river rather than explore the tea shops this time.
Later in the day we went to St Mawes and stopped for a drink outside The Rising Sun. They have a great terrace, in a sheltered position looking towards the harbour. They serve all day so it is a very popular location when the weather is right. The obligatory ice cream was purchased and we wandered along the harbour wall. A lovely end to a busy day driving around the county.
I haven't been to Gylly Beach Cafe for years, and the next day we had a lovely long lunch. They are far more than a cafe, much more like a restaurant. We were celebrating and sampled some great food and drink, to include Camel Valley Brut, Smoked Haddock & Salmon Fish Cake and Grilled Halloumi Kebabs. We sat outside and when the weather turned they covered the terrace with awnings and put the heaters on. Along with the lovely fleecey blankets they provide it was great being outside right on the beach so early in the season.
Continuing the celebrations we went to The Roseland Inn at Philleigh for dinner. They very kindly agreed to seat all 14 of us even though it was Easter Saturday and they were very busy. They offer a great locally caught fresh fish menu in a thoroughly traditional pub setting serving local ales. We were the last to leave and had a fantastic night.
Porthcurnick near Portscatho is a great dog friendly beach, and the next day we took my springer spaniel and his tennis ball to the beach and had a fantastic walk in the sun. The tide was very low so we wandered across the rocks and found a quiet stretch of sand where the boys and the dog fought for control of the ball.
It's weekends like these that remind me how lucky I am to live and work in Cornwall. For anyone who has yet to visit, I can't recommend the place enough.