Cornish Capers

I love Cornwall, I used to go down there as a kid in the summers playing on the beach, visiting family, it was great and I had hoped that it wouldn’t have changed. And it hadn’t.

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The next stop on our little road trip was Padstow. We camped here. I was dubious, but it turned out fine. We stayed at the Padstow Touring Park, which I can thoroughly recommend, and the added bonus was there was a path from campsite down into Padstow – which was lucky as we had booked a table at Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant, but more on that later!

Before setting out on a spot of sightseeing, first we needed breakfast and I had found that not too far away there was a cafe with a bit of a good view! The Rest A While Tea Garden, along the coastal path of the Camel Estuary. After parking up, walking about a mile through what seemed to be peoples gardens we came across this little garden at the back of someone’s house, where amazing cakes and cream teas where served through their back window! It was great and this is certainly cake with a view

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As Stuart had never been down  in Cornwall before, we decided to take a trip to Lands End – there really isn’t anything there other than a tourist centre and the sea. But now we can say we have been!

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So after getting our fivers worth (that’s how much the car park cost!) we headed back up towards Padstow to St Ives.  Another beautiful seaside village. We walked round the lovely little streets, watching people fishing for crabs and ate a Cornish Pasty, which we decided to share but in hindsight we should have really had one each as they were so tasty.

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After some more walking around and people watching we stopped for some dinner and brass band started playing on the harbour wall, which was a tuneful end to the day.  This was followed by a beautiful sunset as we left St Ives behind and headed back to Padstow.

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On our final morning in Cornwall we headed into Padstow itself in the search of some breakfast (I do like my breakfast!).  And boy did we find it in the form of Cherry Trees Coffee House. Stuart ordered a huge Cornish Breakfast and I went for the Fluffy pancakes with Strawberries and Greek Yogurt. Both delicious and they had the most amazing cakes on display too!

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Padstow is another lovely little seaside town, though it would seem that Rick Stein owns most of it – well it isn’t nicknamed Padstein for nothing! He has about 3 restaurants, a chip shop, deli, cook school – you name it he has it! Walking round the harbour walls there again was many children fishing for crabs, and also speed boat rides up the estuary!

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Sadly though our time in Cornwall had come to and end, but we managed to make one last stop at the Camel Valley Vineyard.  A family run business on the slopes of the Camel Valley near Bodmin.  Stuart was unfortunately driving (for him!!) so I got to sample quite a few of the wines before purchasing a box to take home!

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I had a little snooze in the car after all that tasting, as we made our way onto our next stop!

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