Our visit to Cornwall this year was very much timed around the Crafthole Flower Show, Iron Man’s birthday celebration with family and his “Class of 82” Torpoint School reunion.

You may remember in a post shared last year, how Iron Man won 3rd Prize in the Flower Show for his Sloe Gin and how we had been picking again for this years brew in the hope of beating IM’s own record (Here We Sloe Again).

Well, he only went and got 1st Prize didn’t he.  Cleaned up in fact.  He also decided to try his hand at Blackcurrant Curd and a Mango Chutney and placed 2nd & 3rd.


Sloe Gin Blackcurrant Curd Mango Chutney


There is nothing like the pride of walking in at opening time and finding the little prize-winning certificates placed under your exhibit.

I will never know this feeling as I didn’t get a prize this year but the joy of seeing the rest of the family get handfuls of certificates was a very proud and well deserved moment.

The half East London and half Cornish background that is shared in our family means that we get to spend a fair amount of time in Cornwall.

This year has been a real exception though as we have just returned from a 17 day stretch which was actually unexpected in its longevity.  With a bit of local knowledge of south east Cornwall under our belts, I thought I would do a little review and shout out of our best bits in case you are ever visiting this area.

Best Pub Grub


The Finnygook Inn, Crafthole

Consistently good food served in this local Crafthole pub which also has a dining room with amazing views.  Lots of choice and, as you would expect,  the fish dishes are second to none.  The local lobster available over the last few weeks has been divine.  The Sunday Roast is the best by far and portion sizes are huge.  Run by Erika and her partner Neil (the Chef).  Also a great location if you just fancy whetting your whistle with a beer.

Best Newcomer


The Carew Arms, Antony

Formerly the Ring o’ Bells Public House, this venue has undergone a recent refurbishment and is now serving delicious fare in lovely surroundings.  Well worth a visit to sample some of the masterpieces.  Once again, the fish dishes were a delight.

Beach with best view


Portwrinkle Harbour Beach, Portwrinkle

A beautiful, easily accessible beach.  Relatively quiet in high season with lots of rock pools to explore for children.

Best Beach Snack Bar

The Jolly Roger Portwrinkle Cornwall

The Jolly Roger, Portwrinkle

This delightful beach café overlooking the beaches at Portwrinkle.  Beautiful views whilst enjoying a snack in the sunshine.  Open all year round, they also serve delicious hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows perfect for cold winter walks.  The coffee is the best in the local area.

Perfectly located for the Portwrinkle Harbour Beach (above).

Best sandy beach


Tregantle Beach, Whitsand Bay

If you don’t mind the long walk down with your picnic to this lovely sandy beach which lies beneath Tregantle Fort, you won’t be disappointed.  This beach has an area that is manned daily by the RNLI making it a safe place to head for families.  Don’t forget your body board which can be hired before you head down to the beach.  The surf is perfect here.

Best day out


Cotehele, St Dominick

A childhood favourite for Iron Man.  The unspoilt Medieval house with its natural gardens are perfect for exploring this lovely National Trust Property.  So much so that this is where Iron Man expressed a wish as a child to be able to drink champagne on the terraces looking down over Cornwall when he was an adult.

And that we did.

As part of his 50th birthday celebration on one of the most beautiful of the sunny days, we drank Champagne and ate our delicious picnic on the beautiful lawns.  Pre-arranged of course!

Cotehele National Trust

Part of the appeal of Cotehele are the natural gardens that lead down to the River Tamar.  A place full of childhood memories.

Cotehele Crafthole

And plenty for the children too as is always the case at the National Trust properties.


Best Pasties

The Chough Bakery, Padstow

Last but not least.  After 20 years of visiting Cornwall, it has taken this long to discover that Chough’s pasties are indeed by far the best by a mile.

Full of meat and the right vegetables and oozing flavour, it is little wonder there was no time to get a photograph.

Winners : Cornish Pasty World Champions 2016!

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