As far as we’re concerned, the best days out are all about three simple things: fresh air, great views and delicious food. Here are a few of our food-with a view favourites:
1.) Hedgehog ice cream on Chapel Porth beach
A walk along Chapel Porth Beach, with its large expanse of golden sand and golden sea beyond, is breathtaking. With the constant roar of the waves breaking on the sand, the breeze from the Atlantic and sea spray in your face, this is one of Cornwall’s natural assets at its best. When the tide’s out, there are rock pools and caves to explore and when conditions are right the surf here is fantastic.
The dramatic ruins of the old Wheal Coates tin mine are perched on the cliffs above the beach, and the walk from here around the coast to the village of St Agnes gives stunning views. Finish your stroll at the Chapel Porth Beach Café and reward yourself: in winter with a hot chocolate and in summer with one of the café’s legendary ‘hedgehog’ ice creams – Cornish ice cream covered in clotted cream and topped with crushed hazelnuts.
2.) Pizza overlooking Fistral Beach
The Stable restaurant has just opened overlooking Fistral Beach in Newquay, serving home baked pies, Italian-style pizzas, panoramic beach views and tasting boards of five different ciders. The atmosphere is hip but friendly, with trestle-style tables and lots of wood.
Ceiling-to-floor glass windows and a terrace mean you can feast your eyes on uninterrupted views of Fistral while you feast yourself on the food. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets catered to here.
3.) Crab sandwiches or freshly-cooked lobster at The Fern Pit Café
One bay down the coast from Fistral, you’ll find Pentire Headland and the picturesque Fern Pit Café. They’ll serve you up a crab sandwich at the drop of a sun hat, or call them an hour in advance and they’ll cook your own lobster (£18) or crab (£5.50) caught by The Fern Pit cafe’s own fishing boat, Zarvan.
After you’ve eaten, walk down the steps that meander through the cliff garden. There at the bottom, you’ll find a ferry (at high tide from March – October) to take you across the River Gannel to beautiful Crantock Beach on the other side (£1.20 each). And at low tide you can walk over the wooden bridge.
4.) The Park Café, Mawgan Porth
Another hip but friendly place to eat, chat and relax, at The Park Cafe you can sit on the indoor terrace or dine alfresco atop a spacious sun-deck on funky seating that’s sheltered by trees.
Food at The Park is amazing. If you love rustic comfort food and deli cuisine, then try the freshly-baked breads, cakes, pies, quiches and puddings – all lovingly crafted by Park artisan chef, Scottie. These hand-made treats taste spectacular with a freshly-brewed coffee or you can choose a suitable aperitif from the extensive wine list.
5.) Picnic at Mawgan Porth
Ask us for one of our Wild Café picnic lunches and head down to Mawgan Porth Beach, just below the hotel.
From here, you could walk your way to Watergate Bay along the cliff path, or head the other way towards the iconic Bedruthan Steps – a scattering of gargantuan rocks said to be the stepping stones of a giant.
Make it an evening picnic, and you’ll be able to do a spot of stargazing (we have binoculars at reception). Bedruthan has just been awarded Dark Star Discovery status as one of the best places in the UK from which to see the heavens.