So the peak season is upon us. It is a mad six weeks when we are full to the bream, Richard and I speak to each other only as we change over shifts and that is about it and we lay in bed praying and hoping for sun for everyone. This last week those prays have been answered. Today I have had young helpers on the desk, proudly wearing their new shirts. The only problem is Jess is in charge of the till and likes giving people £10 notes. She is so kind, however it is not that great for business!!!
Yesterday we had a lovely time down on the trail, Jess on her bike and Bethany and I chasing behind. We were meant to be on the bike trailer but a flat tyre put pay to that, so a small blackmail with a mini milk we headed out on foot. The trail, accessed directly from site is ideal for short or long walks and offers a free afternoon of entertainment. About 3 quarters of the way is a little ford which is by far our favourite stop off. We could spend hours just playing in the water. There are plenty of benches to rest little legs and lots of paths going off into the woods to explore.
Cornwall is brilliant for exploring on bike – why not head over to Wadebridge where you can hire bikes and explore the peaceful trail all the way to Padstow. Or more locally why not hire bikes from Pentewan Cycle Trail and bike up to Heligan or into St Austell. For the more adventurous try heading up to Eden on the cycle trail. It is a hike, but then it is all down hill on the way back!
Food is well and truly on my mind at the moment. I have punnets of strawberries on the counter smelling divine, freshly cooked, warm bread from Heligan in the bread baskets and a packet of Cornish Pasty crisps open for sampling. Yes, that is not a typo – we do now have Pasty flavour crisps. Quite interesting and worth a try. So with food all I can think about here is our humble round up on recommednations for food:
Fish and Chips: White River Fish Bar, Trinity St, St Austell. Very very good.
Proper Cornish Pub – Walking Distance: The Ship Inn Pentewan is about a 20 minute stroll away. Gets very busy and parking is limited.
Proper Cornish Pub – short drive (or a bit of a walk): The Polgooth is now far up the road and very family and dog friendly. Run by a young family they are very welcoming, lots of locals use it so it must be good!
Posher Food – The Kingswoods, a short walk away is lovely offering a very good quality of food. The large restaurant gets very busy most nights so book. There are swings in the garden to keep the children entertained. I had the Fish Curry they a few weeks ago and it was amazing.
A special meal: Austells, it doesn’t look much from the outside but the food is some of the best we have had in Cornwall. Well worth a visit.
Food with a view –Lenwinnick Lodge, about a twenty five minute drive on the North coast this is a pub with a view. Brilliant for breakfast right through to dinner.
Breakfast -It is a close call between Lewinnick Lodge and Fifteen. Fifteen you can book 7 days in advance for breakfast so get organised a book a table with a great view.
With children – The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Their cafe is amazing with a great selection and you can team it with a visit to the gardens. Lots and lots of seating inside and out and dogs are welcome. Or Gyllys Beach Cafe in Falmouth. The busy cafe is right on the beach but has a really great selection for young and old.
Remember Cornwall is about to get VERY busy, and you need to book any sit down meal or you can expect a long wait.