CORNWALL: WHERE TO EAT, REST AND PLAY
PUBLISHED: 12:15 16 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:39 30 August 2017
ABBY DRIVER has been busy this month hunting out the best places to eat, stay and shop
Fellow bookworms unite! The Morrab Library was established in 1818 as an independent library in Penzance. After an extension it now has enough storage for its collection of 55,000 books and a rich photographic collection. Find out more about this fascinating gem and book onto a tour. Fact: you will start wondering whether you could convert your spare room into your own private library (morrablibrary.org.uk).
A hefty £100k investment at Land’s End has given the iconic destination a revamp. The Cornish Pantry dining area has been refurbished and The Land’s End Hotel has been given a new look too (landsendlandmark.co.uk).
The Old Quay House Hotel in Fowey has undergone a contemporary refurbishment following a change in ownership. The hotel worked with local interior designer Kieron Cockley to refresh the décor and the result is cool and modern with a nod to its estuary views (theoldquayhouse.com).
Railholiday, a nostalgic collection of beautifully converted rail carriages, has won the Sustainable Tourism Award at the National Visit England Awards. They use low-energy lightbulbs, utilise recycling facilities such as a composter and offer £25 cash back if you arrive by train (railholiday.co.uk).
FOOD & DRINK
The Shore Restaurant in Penzance has been nominated for Menu of The Year by Caterer Magazine, so I decided to check out their tiny – but perfectly formed - menu. I had the leek terrine to start (which was as beautiful as it was delicious) followed by a wonderful bowl of pillowy gnocchi. My dining partner had the Morvah chicken breast with pureed potato and savoy cabbage, which he said was like a perfectly cooked, pared back take on a roast dinner (theshorerestaurant.uk).
The Coldstreamer Inn in Gulval has recently been taken over by its own chef! Along with his wife Hollie, Tom Franklin-Pryce, who has worked with chefs such as Paul Ainsworth and Marco Pierre White, has refurbished the pub and is now focused on creating a boutique foodie paradise (facebook.com/coldstreamer.penzance).
Harbour View is a chilled out, reasonably priced dining spot in Falmouth. The view looks over the harbour (as the name suggests) and thanks to a clever recent extension there are even more tables with a view to be had. I tried the tasty – and very substantial – veggie burger and my dining partner enjoyed beer battered fish with the most generous serving of hand cut chips - we definitely did not go hungry (harbourdining.com).
Head over to Peck’s Bar and try out the ever-changing cocktails, sample world beer with a tasting paddle or tuck into one of their new tasting platters. They even offer dog treats if you fancy bringing along Rover (pecks.bar).
Knightor Winery has released its very first vintage sparkling wine! Made from grapes from a single year’s harvest in 2011, it has aromas of apple, pear and buttery pastry with delicate citrus flavours. With only 2,000 bottles produced you’d better hurry if you want to bag a bottle (knightor.com).
The lingerie boutique Mish has been nominated for two prestigious Drapers Digital Awards, including Best Customer Experience. Mish offers a range of on-trend larger cupped lingerie (up to a JJ cup) with an excellent fitting service. Goodbye granny bras, hello Mish! (mish-online.co.uk).
The Padstow Bookseller has just opened in a 200-year-old building. Backed by local celebrity Rick Stein, the bookshop houses a range of titles across fiction, non-fiction, children’s and cookery (twitter.com/padstowbooks).