Cornwall was one of the first places I visited as a grown up without parents or school to steer my way.
A friend and I packed our bags and rode four consecutive trains over several hours from Lincoln to arrive in Newquay in the height of summer and spend a week soaking up everything the place has to offer. I haven’t been back in years, but mention of Cornwall always makes me think of blue skies, sea air and sandy beaches. I loved it so much, I even considered transferring my uni place to Truro – what a different life that would have been.
And of course, when you think Cornwall, you think Cornish pasties, right?
And scones with jam and clotted cream? Strictly jam, then cream, naturally.
Well, wonderful as those things are, there’s much more to discover in the gorgeous coastal county of Cornwall, which stretches over 3,500 square kilometres and is home to half a million people.
That’s why Sykes Cottages have put together this video, showcasing some of the best places to eat and drink that Cornwall has to offer.
There are some gorgeous local businesses profiled including Gusto Deli Bar, a unique take away based on flavours that circumnavigate the Mediterranean. Meats from the hot plate, baked falafels, and All-In salads await in this little Newquay gem, while over in St Agnes, the Cornish Pizza Co offers authentic thin crust pizza, celebrating the area’s colourful mining history with pizza options such as Wheal Fire, Wheal Prosper and Wheal Friendly, one of their vegetarian options.
On my next trip to Cornwall, we’d also love to experience Rick Stein’s famed passion for seafood in his collection of restaurants, accommodation, shops and cookery school in Cornwall, as well as making my way down to Penzance and you can take a tour around family run Polgoon Vineyard and Cider Orchard. Wonderful.
Which eateries and attractions appeal most to you? I am toying with the idea of renting a camper van for a fortnight and touring Cornwall as a family – I don’t think we could possibly get bored.
The video makers, Sykes Cottages offer holiday cottages to rent throughout the UK, and they have a special hub devoted to helping you Discover Cornwall. It’s packed with all sorts of valuable local info about the best places to eat and drink from Bude in the north to Penzance in the West. There’s a fantastic list of the top restaurants to visit, organised by area (North, South, West and Bodmin Moor & Tamar Valley) and you can even delve into any area to get a taste of the best villages and beauty spots to add to your itinerary.
If you’re considering a trip to Cornwall this year, do check it out and let me know where you plan to visit.