There’s no denying that weekends in Cornwall make for a very relaxing or exciting trip. Cornwall is known for its beaches, beer and bells–cow bells that is. Whether you want to walk along the 433 miles of coast line, experience special stouts and ales or taste the flavors of ice cream that only 75,000 cows could produce, Cornwall is a dream come true when looking for food, entertainment and beautiful sights.
The Beaches of Cornwall
With miles and miles of North England coast, there are some pretty fabulous spots to sunbathe, take a walk or just kayak into hidden sea coves. Porth Saxon offers a particularly gorgeous walk down a half mile long stretch of beach and even has a little cove for wild swimming adventures. There’s also Lantic Bay in Fowey, which offers a sand and shingle cove that is dog-friendly and perfect for long walks or picnics. Gwenver is the choice beach for Cornish surfers that serves up rocking waves and the best beach breaks in the area.
Unique Villages and Harbours
In coastal villages of Cornwall, you always find the restaurants that are a foodie’s delight. Porthleven is no stranger to being a favorite of famous chefs. Chef Antony Worral Thompson loves the Porthleven Food Festival held every year in August. This giant festival plays host to over 12,000 hungry locals and travelers who want to experience the delight of Kota, a restaurant that serves Japanese and Cornish dishes. Amelies at The Smokehouse will also deliver crayfish and chorizo linguine for your delight.
Mousehole is another favorite stopping point in Cornwall. Known as a fishing village, you’ll find that this town is made of historic and quaint streets worth of any photographer’s spotlight. You’ll find a variety of gastro pubs, art galleries and magnificent water views to indulge your explorer’s spirit as well.
All the Amazing Food and Breweries
The above villages and restaurants are just a taste of what Cornwall offers. There are a variety of different offerings in these parts whether you enjoy freshly baked pizzas or one-of-a-kind contemporary dishes like lemon sole with white crab from Seagrass off Fish Street in St. Ives.
There are also a variety of good choices to eat on a budget weekend here. For example, the Porthmeor Beach Cafe in St. Ives offers a big breakfast right on the beach complete with Cornish crab and creme fraiche. Chapel Porth Cafe in St. Agnes also serves up a relatively cheaply priced plate of food that’s quite delicious. You also may want to try the “Hedgehog,” a cone of clotted cream ice cream that will melt your taste buds with glee.
Relish in Wadebridge is another favorite that offers a quaint cafe and deli right within a quiet courtyard. They offer fine cheeses, charcuterie, organic Vicky’s bread and artisan coffee. The owner is Hugo, the one-time champion in the UK Barista Championships. He works the espresso machine well and delivers a complex yet smooth cup of coffee.
Cornwall is known for its Cornish beer. These are a few top breweries to visit here including Driftwood Spars, Penzance Brewing Company, Skinner’s in Porthleven and Spingo. Driftwood Spars makes the Dek Hop, which is a pale amber hoppy beer you’ll surely love.
Unique and Unusual Scenery
The beach and village lifestyle of Cornwall offers a ton of beautiful spots to take pictures, contemplate life on a stroll or just enjoy a relaxing evening on the beach. There’s also quite a few places that are unusual in this area. For example, the old Gaol in Bodmin offers quite a historical view and still has some of the gallows up for tourists. Tintagel also has a castle and a 15th century house as well as quaint little shops to keep busy in for a day. If you want a truly unique view, head over to the small town of Perranporth, which offers beautiful cliffs and beaches loaded up with little caves to explore.
Sally writes for The Cornwall Hotel Collection who operate The Alverton Manor hotel in Truro and Falmouth’s The Greenbank hotel. For quality hotel accommodation in Falmouth visit The Cornwall Hotel Collection.