The Best Restaurants for Christmas Dinner in Cornwall
December 13th, 2021
With twinkling lights, nostalgic carols and festive celebrations abound, there’s a lot to love about the Christmas period. This is a time characterised by family and togetherness – and nothing brings us together quite like a good meal!
For many, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without turkey and all the trimmings. If you’re staying in Cornwall this year and are seeking a spot serving traditional Christmas meals, look no further.
From traditional turkey to delicious vegan options, you’ll find a seasonal sensation suitable for everyone at these great pubs and restaurants.
The Alverton, Truro
Indulge in the classic flavours of the season at this hotel restaurant, choosing options from their three-course menu or building your perfect Christmas feast.
An ideal location to kick back, relax and leave the cooking to the experts, you’ll be sure to leave full of festive cheer after enjoying spectacular Cornish cuisine.
County Arms, Truro
A classic country pub with a modern twist, the County Arms on the outskirts of Truro is the perfect place for families to spend the evening.
With peaceful countryside views and a tasty menu including a choice of three meats or a vegan roast option, this pub’s warm atmosphere is a wonderful place to enjoy the Christmas period.
Norway Inn, Truro
If you’re after a diverse and extensive menu, this is the one for you! A hearty mix of meat, fish and vegetarian options along with a range of desserts means there’s something for everyone here.
The historic pub sits in the village of Perranarworthal, between Truro and Falmouth. It’s full of cosy countryside charm, ideal for any yuletide gathering.
The Working Boat, Falmouth
Set alongside picturesque views of Falmouth Harbour, this pub makes a great spot for your festive lunch.
Enjoy a three-course meal with a menu full of Christmas classics, including turkey, all the trimmings and more.
Chain Locker, Falmouth
Another wonderful eatery in Falmouth, here you’ll find plenty of vegan and vegetarian options to ensure the whole family is catered for.
Relax by a cosy fire in this harbourside pub that dates back to the 16th century; revel in the history, fantastic food and perfect festive atmosphere.
The Cornish Food Box Company
If you’d rather spend Christmas Day in one of our self-catering Truro holiday cottages, why not settle in with a local food and produce delivery service?
The Cornish Food Box Company is a family-run business providing packages that include everything you need to cook a glorious festive feast for the whole family.
This is an ideal option for those who want convenience but also want to relax in the comfort of their luxury holiday home with a home-cooked meal on the big day!
When you celebrate Christmas in Cornwall, you’re sure to create some magical memories! If you’re on the lookout for more festive fun on your Cornish break, check out our blog on all the best Christmas markets to visit this year.
What’s On: October 2021
October 01st, 2021
Spooky season is here, and with it comes a wide range of autumnal events and activities that are fun for the whole family!
With food festivals and fabulous performances, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes – make the most of the changing seasons on your family-friendly holiday in Cornwall this October.
Truro Food Festival
1st – 3rd Oct 2021
If you believe that the best way to the heart is through the stomach, then you have to check out the Truro Food Festival!
This three-day event is a jam-packed celebration of all the amazing food and drinks that Cornwall has to offer. The festival takes place with pop-up shops and activities across the city of Truro, with its central hub at Lemon Quay.
During the day, you can watch chef demonstrations, follow the local restaurant trail, and enjoy live entertainment from local artists, all the while taking your pick of the street food stalls!
And it doesn’t stop there! Every evening, you can also enjoy live music from local bands while sampling the best of Cornwall’s beverages at the Beer and Cider Festival.
Mevagissey Shanty Festival
15th – 17th October 2021
It wouldn’t be a trip to Cornwall without celebrating the sea and all those who sail it. That’s why it’s well worth the trip to the 13th-century village of Mevagissey. Just five miles south of St Austell, this small fishing port plays host to the second ever Mevagissey Shanty Festival!
The festival invites a variety of shanty and acapella groups to perform across the weekend to help the village extend its holiday season and boost local businesses.
Whether you’re looking for a cosy, fireplace sing-song, or you’d rather spend your evening by the main stage at the Cornish beer festival, you’re bound to feel like a true swashbuckler in no time.
22nd – 24th October 2021
Get in touch with your Cornish roots by visiting the Cornish festival of Lowender Peran held in Perranporth this October.
This music and dance festival is a true celebration of Cornwall’s Celtic heritage, with live music and performances taking place all weekend.
If you can’t make the trip, don’t worry! The festival will also be live streaming their Great Big Cornish Music Session event for people to enjoy wherever they are.
Halloween Quest at Pendennis Castle
23rd – 31st October 2021
If you’re looking for a spooktacular way to spend Halloween half-term with the kids, then head on over to Pendennis castle for their fantastic Halloween Quest.
For one week, this 16th-century castle near Falmouth becomes the perfect backdrop for a Halloween day out you won’t forget.
Follow the adventure trail around the grounds inspired by Cressida Cowell’s Wizards of Once series, or join the quest to find the legendary Cup of Second Chances. If you come in costume, you may even be in with a chance to win the fancy dress competition!
There’s definitely something for you and the whole family to enjoy this October! Discover even more autumnal activities below.
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Best Winter Lunch Spots in Cornwall
January 13th, 2020
Cornwall is home to picturesque scenery, plenty of history and many delightful eateries. It truly is one of the most beautiful spots in the UK, so it is no surprise that people often choose Cornwall as a holiday destination. Come rain or shine, winter or summer; this place is brilliant all year round! You may wonder how you can enjoy the splendid countryside while it is cold and wet, but do not fear, as Cornwall has plenty of places where you can enjoy a spot of lunch and a stunning view. In this blog, we take a look at some of the best cafes, restaurants and pubs that offer delicious food and a breath-taking view, perfect for those chilly winter days.
Pandora Inn, Falmouth
25 to 30 minutes from The Valley
We will start our list of winter lunch spots in Cornwall with the award-winning Pandora Inn. Situated in the beautiful seaside town of Falmouth, this pub is a little gem of history as parts of it date back to the 13th century! It is a cosy and rustic pub, with beams on the ceiling and a thatched roof. The pub is located in a very remote location; therefore, you can arrive at the destination via foot, car, boat or bike. As the car park is of a smaller size, the pub does promote getting the boat across or enjoying a stroll or cycle. Once you arrive at the pub, you can read the fantastic menu that includes dishes such as fish pie, pork tenderloin and homemade Cornish beef burger. All ingredients used in the meals are fresh, sourced locally and the produce used is seasonal. Along with the delicious food, there is an extensive wine list and traditional real ales that are sourced from St Austell Brewery, so why not enjoy a beverage, some glorious food and take in the beautiful scenery? There is nothing better than sitting next to a roaring log fire and looking out at the delightful flowing water outside.
Charlie’s Boathouse, Charlestown
30 to 40 minutes from The Valley
Charlestown is a beautiful fishing village that is nestled in between Carlyon Bay and Porthpean. From coffee and a sandwich to prosecco and eggs benedict, Charlie’s Boathouse is a place suited for everyone! It is a quaint family-run restaurant that is perfect for casual dining. With comfy sofas and a cosy atmosphere, it is a brilliant spot to retreat to after some time in the cold of the winter. On the menu, you can find the Boathouse burger, the Italian job pizza and scorched mackerel, with plenty of choices, you can be sure to find the perfect dish for your lunch this winter.
Lewinnick Lodge, Newquay
25 to 30 minutes from The Valley
Lewinnick Lodge is situated in the cliffs of Newquay’s Pentire Headland and boasts some spectacular views of the sea. While it might be a little chilly in the winter, the deck is a brilliant spot to immerse yourself in the scenery, so we do recommend popping out there to have a look, even if it is for a couple of minutes. Something that is quite a selling point for Lewinnick Lodge, besides the beautiful food and scenery, is the efforts they make to be a sustainable business. They are actively trying to reduce their use of plastic and source all goods locally to shrink their carbon footprint. On the menu, you can find dishes such as Cornish shellfish linguine, Lewinnick burger and Moroccan spiced bean burger, so there is plenty of variety to choose from. The beautiful Fistral beach is only minutes away so you can enjoy a wintery stroll along the beach then get cosy in Lewinnick Lodge and enjoy a refreshment and some food.
Godolphin Arms, Marazion
45 minutes from The Valley
Located opposite the iconic St Michael’s Mount in Marazion, the Godolphin Arms is a modern beachside restaurant that boasts some fantastic views and delicious food. All food served is locally sourced, and the atmosphere is relaxing and chilled, so it is the perfect spot for unwinding and enjoying the scenic views. From the classic fish and chips to monkfish, the Godolphin Arms has a wide variety of options on their menu that should appeal to all visitors. As the restaurant is so close to St Michael’s Mount, why not get the boat out to the iconic spot and then retreat to the Godolphin Arms for a cosy sit down with delicious food and a toasty refreshment to warm you up.
We hope that no matter the weather, you can enjoy your time in the stunning countryside of Cornwall. There is nothing better than spending the morning exploring and then stopping for some lunch in a coastal spot where you can refuel and warm up. If you would like to visit Cornwall, why not consider staying at The Valley in Truro? We offer luxury Cornish cottages suitable for all, including families, couples and dogs! For more information on our retreat, visit our social media channels.
What’s On In September
August 12th, 2019
As summer is coming to an end and its time we welcome in autumn, don’t feel disheartened, because, in September 2019, Cornwall is hosting an array of exciting events! From food festivals and summer activities to car shows and sailing festivals, there is plenty to keep you busy during your holiday!
Summer on St Michael’s Mount
2nd – 4th September 2019
Summer on St Michael’s Mount is the perfect activity to spend some quality time with your loved ones and to let the kids get creative. Once you have paid admission to St Michael’s Mount, you can enjoy some crafty family fun free of charge! All of the activities are connected to the Mount stories, and the band of storytellers perform these tales every day during the school holidays!
On Monday, the event that takes place is called “Tall Stories of the Castle” and this is where you can learn all about Cormoran the Giant. You will also get the opportunity to model your own giant’s head using clay and other natural materials. As well as clay modelling, you can also make your own mini catapult!
On Tuesday, it’s all about the “Myths and Legends of the Sea”. Here you get the chance to create your own mini reed boat and test them on the rock pools! You can also collect some seashore treasures and create your very own underwater world.
On Wednesday, it is “Garden Magic on the Mount”, and this is your opportunity to explore the glorious colours of the gardens through the kaleidoscope or create a giant mandala! Furthermore, you can make your own flag using the art of Hapa Zome; this is where you collect numerous natural prints, such as leaves, and paint them to then decorate the flag by pressing the colour down!
St Ives September Festival
14th – 28th September 2019
Back in 1977, the first-ever St Ives September Festival took place, and it has been successful for the last forty years. St Ives is a picturesque seaside town in Cornwall that is very popular with visitors, primarily due to is stunning scenery! From music and comedy to workshops and street entertainment, this is a festival worth attending. With so much to do, you can choose how you spend your time. You could decide to take the active route and join in on walks and workshops, or you might prefer to relax and unwind by watching some plays and listening to live music.
Taste of Scilly Food & Drink Festival
1st – 30th September 2019
The Isles of Scilly are just off the coast of Cornwall and can be accessed by a boat service, plane or helicopter. There are multiple islands; St Mary’s, Tresco, St Martins, Bryher, St Agnes and the uninhabited islands! The stunning Isles of Scilly hosts a food and drink festival throughout the month of September and offers a range of locally sourced produce. To start the event, on the 1st of September, there is the Low Tide Experience; at the sandbank between Tresco & Bryher, visitors roll up their trousers and visit the mini food festival. Here you can try some garlic mussels, seafood paella and much more! Along with the delicious local food, you can enjoy some live music with a gin cocktail or prosecco.
Something new for 2019 is series of Distillery Tours and Gin Schools! At the Spirit Scilly distillery on St Mary’s, you can browse a selection of botanical cabinets, and craft your own juniper creation to take home – the perfect holiday souvenir! In the evenings, you can expect family-farm tours, gin tasting, baking competitions, and so much more! With an abundance of things to see, do, and of course taste, this is an event that cannot be missed. Visit the spectacular islands, meet the local producers and try some of their exquisite food and drink!
Cornwall’s Motorsport Month
1st – 30th September 2019
Cornwall is most well-known for sailing, but many forget its passion for motors! September is the month for cars, motorbikes and everything a petrolhead could dream of. Throughout the month there are different occasions; some of the highlights are the 4 x 4 event, Greenpower and Classic Car Show, Motorfest and Motor Cycle Trial.
Showcasing some fantastic cars and bikes, the Greenpower and Classic Car Show is hosted at the Truro Girls School and is a great day out. On the 8th of September between 11 am and 3 pm, there will be over 150 classic cars, motorbikes and a selection of military vehicles from WW2! As well as all this, there will be a market full of food and drink stalls selling some delicious goodies!
If you are looking to visit Cornwall in September, we hope we have encouraged you to visit some of these fantastic events while you are here. When planning a trip with the kids it can be tough to find suitable accommodation. Here at The Valley, we offer family-friendly holidays in Cornwall with our range of self-catering cottages! Perfect for a family getaway, we are situated in a great location, so you can visit as many events as you desire!
A Guide to Dog Friendly Cornwall
August 05th, 2019
Don’t leave your pups at home, bring them on holiday with you! A family holiday just isn’t the same without the dog joining you on your travels! Thankfully, Cornwall is a brilliant place for our four-legged friends as there are plenty of dog-friendly spots; however, some still have restrictions. We have put together this guide, so you know where is best for your family to visit with the dog!
On the Roseland Peninsula, this sandy and rocky beach is dog-friendly all year round, though your dog must be kept on a leash in the summer months. Nare Head rises above the bay and protects it, making it a lovely spot! At low tide, this beach joins with Pendower Beach, also a dog-friendly beach.
Perranporth is perhaps one of the most well-known and well-loved beaches in Cornwall. With its long stretch of golden sands, it is the perfect place for the kids and dog to run around! The beach also features a bar called The Watering Hole; this is also dog-friendly making it a great spot to stop for a bite to eat after an enjoyable coastal walk.
On the Lizard Peninsula, this sand and shingle bay on the Helford River is dog-friendly all year round! Close to Trebah Gardens, this quiet beach is beautiful and a fun place to have a family day in the sunshine!
Situated in Truro, this quiet, south-east facing beach is near St Mawes on the Roseland Peninsula and is dog-friendly all year round! The beach is sand and shingle and at low tide rock pools are revealed, making it great for kids to explore too.
Located between Maenporth and Mawnan Smith there is a footpath which leads you through some wooded areas and ends at the little beach of Nansidwell. Part of a National Trust area, this beach is dog-friendly all year, and it is an excellent spot for a picnic!
Dog-Friendly Places to Eat
One of the hardest aspects of taking the dog on holiday is finding places to eat out, but there are loads of great places near our dog-friendly cottages in Truro, Cornwall.
The Old School Bar & Kitchen, Truro
If you are looking for locally sourced food, great selection of ales and wines and some live music, this is the place for you! With fish and chips to 4oz beef burgers, there is a delicious array of dishes to choose from, and to top it all off; the pup can come too!
Penrose Kitchen, Truro
Situated right by the river, this picturesque location makes it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat. From delicious baked sweet potato to roasted monkfish fillet, this place has an exciting menu and is somewhere you can try something new! The dog can join you on your trip so long as you choose to sit on their terrace. While you are in the area, why not enjoy a walk around the water gardens!
The Old Coastguard, Mousehole
Perhaps most well-known for their delicious Sunday roast, The Old Coastguard is a great place to visit for some wonderful food, and an added bonus is that your four-legged friend can join you! Providing one of the best views seen in Cornwall, the restaurant has seasonal changes to the menu and offers the best fresh fish and seafood.
Potager Cafe, Falmouth
Serving home-made cakes, breakfast and wholesome lunches made to order, all using organic produce, this cafe is a great place to head to in Falmouth. Right next to the cafe is the garden, perfect for building up your appetite before you tuck into a hearty lunch.
Godolphin Arms, Marazion
Overlooking the stunning St Michael’s Mount, this restaurant offers a full English breakfast from 8 am, and the daytime menu includes delights such as crab sandwiches and classic fish and chips. On their dinner menu, you will find delicious dishes such as crab mac ‘n’ cheese and Cornish lamb steak. A children’s menu is also available, and dogs are welcome in certain areas.
The Working Boat Pub, Falmouth
Enjoy views over Falmouth Harbour while sipping on a pint of Cornish ale in The Working Boat. The place was rebuilt in 2015 and sits on the edge of the harbour. The authentic Cornish atmosphere will make you want to return every day and try everything on the menu! Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, the pub also invites you to bring along your pups!
There are over 60 self-guided and themed Treasure Trails in fantastic places across Cornwall, many close to our 5-star cottages! Order a package online and enjoy solving the clues along the trail as you take in the sights and give your dog the chance to stretch its legs and run wild!
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm
This attraction provides something for both the adult and kids! There is a guided tour of the cider making, a ride through the orchards on a tractor and you can finish off with a delicious cream tea. Dogs are welcomed so long as they are on a lead; the only part they aren’t allowed in is the production areas.
The world-famous open-air theatre in Cornwall is carved into the granite cliff face and set among gardens overlooking the spectacular Porthcurno. Whether or not you plan on seeing a performance, the theatre is a great place to explore with the dog and kids.
Tehidy Country Park
This country park has 250 acres of woodland, lakes and nine miles of footpaths to explore. In the summer, the park is beautiful with flowers, birds and butterflies, making it a wonderful place to go on a family walk with the dog!
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Hear about the dramatic rescues and meet the seals and sea lions at the sanctuary, as well as otters, penguins and much more marine wildlife who are recuperating there. The 42-acre centre also has a woodland trail to explore. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on their lead at all times.
Long Rock Beach
Between Marazion and Penzance is Long Rock Beach, which looks out toward St Michael’s Mount. You can walk along the shingle beach with the dog all year round, but only at low tide for safety. At low tide, you can also walk the causeway to the Mount and walk around the village there and visit the gardens.
This woodland walk has plenty of routes to choose from, the majority of them are flat, so young children, wheelchairs and elderly have easy access to them. Some routes also take you along the river, which at shallow points, is great for the dogs to splash about in.
Chapel Carn Brea
A countryside charm, from the top of Chapel Carn Brea, the view is spectacular, with St Michael’s Mount, the western moors, Lizard Peninsula, Sennen and Longships Lighthouse and the Scilly Isles on the horizon. The wide-open spaces make this a perfect spot for the kids and dog to run around and burn off some energy!
Towards the north coast is Pendeen Carn, crisscrossed by bridleways and footpaths suitable for dog walking. There are plenty of routes to choose from, many circular and you can take the level routes or try a bit of challenge by heading uphill.
This rough headland might not be the most popular part of Cornwall, but it does make for an exciting dog walking area. There are remnants of war bunkers and quarrying as you walk up to the headland point, and the views from there are fantastic, with Perranporth Beach in the background.
South West Coast Path
With Cornwall containing over 300 miles of the South West Coast Path, and covering a variety of terrain, your dog will love roaming along the trail. Depending on your own abilities, you can tackle the challenging sections or simply opt for a gentle stroll.
Dangers for Dogs
Though Cornwall is very welcoming and accommodating to dogs, you may come across some hazards you are not used to in your hometown. Cornwall has steep cliffs, and it is best to keep your dog close by when walking along a narrow precipice or by a cliff edge that has a sheer drop to avoid any accidents.
You should always be aware of the sea! Powerful waves and currents can quickly take your dog out to sea, a lot further than you may think, so play it safe in the shallows. Finally, when out in the countryside, be aware of adders, which can bite and kill dogs. Hiding in long grass, a dog could come across an adder before realising, so always be wary when out on a countryside walk.
Here at The Valley, we know that no family holiday is complete without the pup! We offer a collection of dog-friendly holiday cottages so you can bring your dog along with you on your Cornish getaway. Situated near both Falmouth and Truro, numerous attractions and stunning beaches are all within a 30-minute drive, making it a perfect location to discover Cornwall!
7 Best Seafood Restaurants in Cornwall
July 22nd, 2019
With over 400 miles of coastline in Cornwall, it should come as no surprise that seafood features quite heavily in many of the restaurants in the county. With the best foodie spots in Cornwall making the most of local cuisine, several restaurants serve up fresh catches each day, so that you can enjoy the best tastes of Cornwall. While fish and chips may be the most popular fish dish in the area, with plenty of takeaways to choose from, you will also be spoiled for choice with fancier fish dish options at some of the best seafood restaurants in Cornwall. We take a look at a few of our favourites!
Rick Stein’s Fish, Falmouth
You can’t get more fishy than a restaurant with the word ‘fish’ in its name! Owned by celebrity chef Rick Stein, you’re bound to be in for a good bite when you visit Rick Stein’s Fish. Located in Falmouth, with stunning views out over the harbour, you’ll be treated to the likes of lobster and moules mariniere. All of the produce used to create these fantastic dishes is locally sourced. If you’d rather something simpler, then Rick does have a delicious offering of the classic fish and chips on the menu too!
The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
Another offering from Rick Stein, who is clearly quite taken by the flavourful bites that seafood can bring, comes in the form of The Seafood Restaurant. First opened in 1975, The Seafood Restaurant is now a firm favourite amongst visitors to the Padstow area. The restaurant is now internationally renowned for offering the freshest fish dishes. With only a couple of meat dish on the menu, it really would be foolish to order anything other than fish at this fine eatery. Foodie fans will love sitting at the seafood bar in the centre of the restaurant to watch the chefs transforming the fresh catches into incredible dishes; from sashimi to oyster platters.
The Cove, Falmouth
Experience the tranquil side to Falmouth and enjoy a relaxing meal at the Cove. Nestled into the shoreline by Maenporth Beach, The Cove offers incredible views across Falmouth Bay, making for a picturesque and peaceful dining experience. The menus use local, seasonal produce and range from sushi to curry! For those in your dining party who would prefer not to eat fish, there are also a handful of meat and vegetarian options.
The Fish House, Newquay
A wide variety of freshly caught seafood can be found at The Fish House. The delicious food pairs excellently with the stunning views out over Fistral beach. A stone’s throw from the sea, the restaurant uses shellfish and fish caught fresh out of Newquay Harbour, and make the most of seasonal ingredients to keep each dish flavourful and fresh. If you can’t decide which delicious dish to try, then why not select the sharing board, and enjoy a mix of seafood treats!
Prawn on the Lawn, Padstow
Named one of the top 100 restaurants in the UK by The Times in 2017, Prawn on the Lawn is an exciting eating experience run by husband and wife team, Rick and Katie in Padstow. Combining a fishmonger with a restaurant, the food here is as fresh as it gets. The menu changes each day, depending on the fresh catches, allowing the restaurant to stay as sustainable as possible. Prawn on the Lawn offers tapas-style fish dishes, such as Szechuan prawns, as well as the option to share a whole fish between the table.
Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac
One of two Nathan Outlaw restaurants in Port Isaac, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen can be found within a 15th-century fisherman’s cottage that overlooks the harbour, making this the ideal location for a fish supper. The menu offers unique dishes, made with only the freshest of ingredients. With sustainability and quality in mind, the menu revolves around what the local fishermen have managed to catch. The fishermen with low-impact fishing methods and certified by the Responsible Fishing Scheme.
Hooked! Restaurant and Bar, Truro
A modern restaurant that serves award-winning seafood dishes in the heart of Truro. With an open-plan kitchen, you can watch as the chefs whip together some superb seafood plates. Order from the main menu, enjoy a mixture of tapas dishes or dig into the shellfish platter, where you can sample six different types of seafood – the choice is yours!
If you are staying in our luxury Cornish cottages, then why not spend an evening at our restaurant, Azura. Seafood lovers are sure to enjoy our catch of the day dish! For more food recommendations, why not check out these five places to eat on Cornwall’s south coast.
Places to Eat With a Sea View in Cornwall
June 17th, 2019
Cornwall is renowned for its gorgeous beaches and stunning seaside views. When these views are paired with the incredible tastes of local Cornish cuisine, you’ve got yourself an unbeatable experience. From seaside snacks to clifftop cuisine, we take a look at some of the best places to eat in Cornwall with a sea view.
Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick Beach
A visit to most beachside cafes will get you a scoop of ice cream, or a cone of chips if you’re lucky. But The Hidden Hut is no ordinary seaside snack spot, but rather an exciting eatery that offers hearty meals and delicious treats, as well as their famous feast nights! As its name may suggest, locating the hut is something of an adventure, but it’s certainly worth the delightful journey along the National Trust coast path from Porthcurnick Beach. During the day, hungry surfers and sun tanners can find freshly-baked pasties, scrumptious salads and bigger portions from the specials board, which changes daily.
The real reason The Hidden Hut is so beloved, however, is their fantastic Feast Night. With two to four events per month, the Hut puts on a picnic like no other, with themed evenings offering impressive dishes shared between all in attendance. Bring along your own plates, cutlery and cups and enjoy incredible eats with some new foodie friends!
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Watergate Bay
Watergate Bay offers a backdrop as impressive as the dishes served at Jamie Oliver’s award-winning restaurant. Fifteen was opened by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver as a way of helping disadvantaged and unemployed young adults to learn the culinary trade. Since its opening, Fifteen has taken on over 200 apprentices, who are trained by top chefs to create some delicious dishes. Many of the main menu dishes take inspiration from Italian cuisine, although the ingredients used will be seasonal. Profits from the restaurant are given to the Cornwall Food Foundation charity, which also helps to keep the apprenticeship scheme running.
Rick Stein’s Fish, Falmouth
Nothing can beat a good portion of fish and chips while on a seaside getaway in Cornwall. While a quality cod can be found almost anywhere in Cornwall, Rick Stein brings this classic dish to a new level with the fresh seafood experience offered at Rick Stein’s Fish. The restaurant overlooks the stunning scenes of Falmouth Harbour, making it the perfect location to enjoy such dishes as moules mariniere, grilled lobster, and, of course, the classic fish and chips. Making the most of what Cornwall has to offer, all of the produce used is locally sourced, so you’re guaranteed an authentic Cornish bite.
Sam’s On The Beach, Polkerris
Sam’s restaurants can be found in a few locations across Cornwall, as a local family-friendly chain. One of the best-loved spots is Sam’s On The Beach, found in the village of Polkerris. As the name suggests, the restaurant is right by the sea, making it the perfect spot for summer dining. Once an old lifeboat station, the building has been transformed to contain a wood-burning pizza oven that can cook up fresh slices of heaven, accompanied by the incredible views of St Austell Bay. Head on to the beach with a cocktail in hand and soak up the sun or sit by the open kitchen to watch the chefs whip up a delicious dish!
The Watch House, St Mawes
Few seaside eateries can match the beauty of The Watch House. Set in the quaint and quiet St Mawes harbour, nestled in the Roseland Peninsula, you can avoid the bustle of the busier tourist beaches and appreciate the impressive views with a more peaceful dining experience. Each dish is as local as you can get, with the lobster even being caught straight from St Mawes Bay! As you tuck in to a delicious dinner, you’ll be able to gaze over the harbour to the remarkable National Trust lighthouse, St Anthony Head. If you’d rather get out and explore the area, then you can also grab a bite on the go from The Watch House, with a few takeaway options available.
If you would like to experience the best tastes that Cornwall has to offer, then why not join us for a luxury family holiday in Cornwall! Foodie fans will also love our very own Azura Restaurant and Bar that can be found on-site, serving up delicious home-style cuisine using local produce. If you book a last minute holiday with us for June or July, then we’ll give you a £50 restaurant voucher to use at Azura. Simply add ‘FREEFOOD19’ to your booking notes when checking out online or over the phone!
Top 5 Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipes to Warm You Up This Winter
November 15th, 2018
With December fast-approaching, hats and scarves officially out the draws and sub-zero temperatures can only mean one thing. Winter is well and truly upon us. Here’s how you can get cosy on your Cornwall Christmas break with five fantastic, family-friendly hot chocolate recipes… and perhaps one just for mum and dad!
9 Iconic Cornish Foods
April 30th, 2018
Cornwall is undoubtedly one of the UK’s leading foodie destinations. Renowned for its thriving restaurant scene, with offerings from top chefs such as Rick Stein, you’ll find plenty of fantastic foodie spots around the coastal county. However, it isn’t all about the Michelin stars here, as there is an abundance of traditional delicacies created in Cornwall that rightfully hold their place as the most iconic of Cornwall’s food. The people of Cornwall are so proud of their food even that many of these delicious treats are geographically protected, meaning that no one else can make use of the reputable Cornish name! Here are some of our favourite dishes!
Cornish Cream Tea
While the origin of the cream tea has long been battled over with neighbouring county Devon, the scone is still as popular as ever Cornwall. If you are enjoying a nice cream tea in the Duchy, then it is important to remember the ordering rules, for fear of being deported back over to Devon! The scone must first be spread with jam before it is topped with a big dollop of clotted cream. Do this the other way round in Cornwall and you will be shunned!
There are over 60 varieties of cheese produced in Cornwall, but none are quite as famous as the Cornish Yarg. The semi-hard cheese is made from cow’s milk and has an edible rind formed from nettle leaves. Not to worry about getting your tongue stung though, as they are frozen first to remove the sting. The texture of the cheese is often likened to Caerphilly. Cornish Yarg has long been enjoyed in the coastal county, with recipes dating back as far as the 13th century!
Originating from the fishing village of Mousehole in the 16th century, Stargazy Pie is one of Cornwall’s most famous, and strangest, dishes. Beneath its pastry crust is a combination of eggs, potatoes and pilchards. However, what makes this dish truly special is the fact that the pilchards’ heads poke out of the pie crust so that they are gazing at the stars!
Cornwall is ubiquitous with the pasty, and the humble snack has seen a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years. A typical Cornish pasty consists of a pastry filled with diced beef, potato, onion and swede, with the crust crimped on one side. Only pasties produced in Cornwall can be recognised as Cornish pasties, thanks to its Protected Geographical Indication. Pasties are now so popular that they contribute a staggering 5% to the Cornish economy.
With over 400 miles of coastline in Cornwall, it is no surprise that the fishing industry was second only to mining in the 18th and 19th century. Many of the quaint coastal villages that we enjoy today, such as Polperro and Mevagissey, came to be due to pilchard fishing. As such, pilchards became somewhat of a Cornish food staple, making their way into many dishes, such as the famous stargazy pie. Also known as the ‘Cornish sardine’, these fish will be found at many food festivals and markets throughout Cornwall.
Similar to a teacake, the saffron bun is a popular Cornish teatime treat. This rich, spiced bun is flavoured with saffron, one of the most expensive spices in the world, giving it the distinctive yellow colouring. The bun also contains currants.
Also known as heavy cake, the hevva cake is also associated with the pilchard fishing times. To help the fishermen locate shoals of fish, a person, known as a huer, would stand atop a cliff and shout ‘Hevva!’ to alert the boats as to where the pilchard shoals were. Once the fish had been caught, hevva cakes would be baked, using lard, butter, flour, sugar, milk and raisins, to celebrate the catch. Traditionally, the cakes would sport a criss-cross pattern on the top, to represent the fishermen’s nets.
Considered to be the traditional biscuit of Cornwall, the Cornish Fairing is similar to a ginger nut, although they are a little more buttery. These biscuits get their name from having been sold at fairs around the country, particularly during the Victorian era.
While crabs can be caught in many spots around the Cornish coast, it is the ones found at Newlyn, near Penzance, which are undeniably the best. Setting the standards for crab meat, the Newlyn crabs contain both brown and white meat, coming from the claws. The white meat is exceptional in sandwiches, while the richer brown meat is used in stocks and soups.
Which of these delicious dishes have you tried? Be sure to give some a try during your stay at our luxury Cornish cottages!
May is Festival Month down in Cornwall
May 01st, 2017
After what has been a glorious April, here at The Valley (so much for all the April showers!) we’re really looking forward to a fun packed May and the start of the Festival season.
While the weather may not have been perfect for today’s May Day celebrations we are sure the rest of this month is going to treat us better with a great range of festivals happening across the county. Here’s a pick of some of our favourites.
Fowey Literary Festival
Celebrating their 21st year Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature have a wide range of events to suit all tastes. See bestselling author Michael Morpurgo, musician and composer Sir Karl Jenkins and former war correspondent and politician Martin Bell, plus an array of talks and discussions, film, and even Gardeners Question Time!
Fowey is a beautiful town well worth a visit anyway, and the festival give you no excuse not to make it down this way!
While we’re still recovering from all the chocolate we consumed over the Easter period here, it might be time to loosen that belt once again as St Ives hosts their annual Food and Drink festival from the 13th – 14th May.
You can expect a star-studded array of chefs showcasing the best Cornwall has to offer all happening right on the Porthminster beach in St. Ives. There will also be over 60 traders showing off their culinary delights for you to try.
A full music line up will also take place alongside the festival, continuing into the evening with an extended session on Saturday night with performances from Kernow King and Sandy Acre 7. Other acts performing during the weekend include Emily Howard, The Grenaways and many local bands and choirs.
As well as great food and live music, the festival boasts an abundance of activities and entertainment, promising a fun-filled day out for all the family, with a bouncy castle, beach games and cooking workshops with Little Kitchen Magicians also on offer.
Fal River Festival
To finish off the month and lead us into June Falmouth will be hosting their Fal River Festival. Running from the 26th May until the 4th June it promises 10 days of over 150 events varying from music & drama, the arts & heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking & lots more.
The festival was established in 2006 and will be running for its 12th year in 2017. It’s a chance to embrace the places, people, history, culture, sport & industry that are connected by this very Cornish river.
With its diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations around the Fal River, the festival offers something for everyone and is the perfect opportunity to engage with life on the river and discover some of its fascinating history.
Each year more than 100,000 people attend a range of different events helping raise a whopping £75,000 for charity while enjoying 3,000 pints of ale, lager and cider!
With all of this going on whilst still dodging the crowds of the summer holidays, there really is no better time to visit Cornwall and The Valley makes the perfect base for heading out on your adventures.