Ultimate Guide for Cornish Seafood!

There’s no better place than Cornwall to enjoy fresh delicious seafood. Look out across the sea and dig into the freshest of fish at one of these amazing restaurants dotted along the Cornish coast. From harbour-side cafés to Michelin star restaurants, we’ve hunted out the very best, now all you have to do is try them all out for yourself!

 

1. The Basement, Padstow

Whether you fancy a hearty Cornish breakfast, a flavoursome fish dish or an imaginative dessert, The Basement in Padstow ticks all of the boxes. All of the food, from the marmalade at breakfast through to the ice cream for dessert, is prepared on the premises and with the seafood arriving on a daily basis, it’s about as fresh as it can get. We recommend that you try the Seafood Spaghetti, or the Fish and Chips – you’ll never want the traditional battered cod version ever again!

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2. Squid Ink, Looe

In a characterful building along the narrow streets of Looe you’ll find seafood restaurant Squid Ink. Specialising in local fish and seafood caught from small trawlers, netting boats and line fishing boats in Looe, their menu fuses British with Asian and Mediterranean influences to create an eclectic and delectable selection of dishes.

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3. Fresh From The Sea, Port Isaac

Raved about for the fresh crab and lobster sandwiches and salads, this family run business offers sustainably caught shellfish, landed daily by their own boat, ‘Mary D’. Fresh From The Sea also specialises in sustainable Cornish fish, with delicious locally caught mackerel and pollack alongside a fabulous range of mussels, oysters and clams from Rock. If the weather permits, sit in the courtyard and indulge in some juicy, beautifully presented lobster with an ice-cold glass of white wine!

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4. The Wheel House, Falmouth

This cosy and rustic crab and oyster bar likes to keep it simple, serving just seafood and allowing the fresh, melt-in-your-mouth taste of their seafood to shine. With a calm ambience, excellent service and a great selection of wine to accompany your meal, you really won’t be disappointed by your experience at The Wheel House. Rated the best seafood restaurant on TripAdvisor, the reviews speak for themselves!

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5. Hooked on the Rocks, Swanpool, Falmouth

Lazy lunches. Decadent dinners. Sublime shellfish. Hooked on the Rocks is a quick walk away from the bustle of Falmouth town and is all about relaxed and fun dining experiences. With Swanpool Beach below and views over to Pendennis Castle and St Anthony’s Lighthouse, it’s a spectacular setting whatever the weather. The ever-changing platters are a great way to try local shellfish and the crab and lobster tank is an old favourite for crustacean fans, so head along for a morning coffee in the sun, a long and lazy al fresco lunch, or a magical evening meal.

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6. The Shore, Penzance

The Shore, a new neighbourhood restaurant in Penzance, is run by chef Bruce Rennie (previously head chef in Michelin starred restaurant Martin Wishart, The Gurnard’s Head, Gary Rhodes and Rick Stein) and offers a small menu, crafted using the best ingredients available on a daily basis. Serving unfussy yet ridiculously tasty dishes (including Dreckly’s crab & lobster florentine and succulent line caught pollack), this is a wonderful addition to Cornwall’s seafood eateries and well worth a visit (or three!).

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7. The Breaks Beach Bar and Seafood Kitchen, Newquay

Expect laid-back vibes, a cool beach house interior and jazzy sounds at this buzzing beachside restaurant. Producing inspirational dishes, packed with flavour and using the finest local ingredients, The Breaks Beach Bar and Seafood Kitchen is a unique venue for pre surf breakfasts, lazy lunches and sunset dinners. The day-boat caught fish and shellfish dishes are the true stars of the menu, just make sure that you wash them down with a great cocktail or local cider for ultimate relaxation!

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8. SeaDrift Kitchen, Porthleven

On Porthleven’s picturesque fishing harbour is the SeaDrift Kitchen, a contemporary cafe specialising in fish and seafood. The atmosphere is cosy and quirky, the menu suits all budgets and tastes, and the experience is unpretentious and relaxed. It’s a true gem just waiting to be discovered!

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9. The Ferryboat Inn, Helford Passage, Falmouth

The Ferryboat Inn sits on the stunning Helford River, overlooking the beds of the Wright Brothers oyster farm. Bring your family to the adjacent beach, walk the coastal path and savour the incredible views from the large terrace whilst you taste the freshest oysters, harvested direct from the adjoining waters. The Ferryboat Inn serves a menu of the finest locally caught seafood and regional, seasonal dishes freshly prepared by head chef Robert Bunny.

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10. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

Nathan Outlaw‘s 2 Michelin star restaurant serves a seafood tasting menu for lunch and dinner packed with delicious and sustainable fresh seafood, caught by small day boats on the Cornish coast. As one of Cornwall’s leading chefs, it’s no surprise Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant made it onto our list. So prepare to be amazed by one of the very best seafood dining experiences you’ll ever have!

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11. Amity, Newquay

A new venture by oyster specialist Katy Davidson, Amity serves a variety of seafood specialities including tasty tapas, tempura and ceviche alongside the more traditional crab and prawn sandwiches. Fresh from Newquay Harbour and local fishermen, all of the seafood is prepared and cooked by Katy, ready for you to whisk away and enjoy in the sunshine. Amity also offers a seafood platter service – give just 24 hours notice you can pick up a seafood feast of epic proportions. Follow Amity on Facebook for updates about the daily specials.

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12. Rum and Crab Shack, St Ives

Located on a stunning position on the harbour front in St Ives, The Rum and Crab Shack has quickly become a favourite in this foodie town. Cooking is focused on shellfish with a Creole influence so expect a cracking Gumbo and Crab and Chorizo Jamalaya alongside Lobster Macaroni and a Soft-shell Crab Burger. The bar stocks over fifty rums from around the world and this summer the shack launched their very own rum, Dead Man’s Fingers.

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13. Falmouth Bay Seafood Café, Truro

Situated within a beautiful grade II listed building in Truro, Falmouth Bay Seafood Café is dedicated to sustainable fishing. Working closely with local suppliers and fishermen, the restaurant serves delicious seasonal produce, from line caught fish and lobster main courses to ‘A Taste of the Cornish Coast’, a mouth-watering medley of the finest Cornish seafood. Keep an eye on their website for regular themed events and live music to enjoy while tucking in and soaking up the sunshine in the dog-friendly garden.

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14. Ostraca, Crinnis Beach, Carlyon Bay, St Austell

Ostraca is an exciting pop up restaurant and bar, serving plenty of scrumptious fish and seafood dishes throughout the summer on Crinnis Beach. There is seating for eight inside, but if the weather is good, we recommend that you dine alfresco and enjoy delicious Cornish sardines, scallops, crab or oysters while admiring the bay. Book online for a special lunch, an evening meal or one of their BYOB feast nights!

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15. The Sharksfin, Mevagissey

Watch the fishing boats meander in while enjoying local beers and fresh seafood specials at The Sharksfin. Serving locally sourced Cornish produce with a hint of an American twist, items on the menu include a mouth-watering smoked mackerel and tuna dip (great to share), divine crab on toast with brown crab butter and excellent fish tacos. If you love bold flavours, generous portions and local ales, this one’s for you!

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 16. Lamorna Cove Cafe, Lamorna

Nestled into a pretty, privately owned cove, Lamorna Cove Café serves chunky crab sandwiches, scrumptious crab and lobster burgers in Baker Tom buns, divine smoked mackerel salads and much more. Stop off for a snack while wandering the picturesque coast path from Mousehole to Porthcurno or treat yourself to lunch after a morning kayaking or exploring the family friendly beach below.

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17. The Godolphin Arms, Marazion

The Godolphin Arms is on the water’s edge of Mount’s Bay along a two mile stretch of beach in the historic market town of Marazion. It overlooks St Michael’s Mount, with one of the most magnificent beachside views in the country. You can walk straight in off the beach to the chilled-out beach bar to peruse the all day dining menu or linger on the beachside terrace with friends, enjoying a platter of seafood whilst the waves lap at the sea wall below.

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18. Sea Kitchen Looe, Looe

With sea views of the bay from Looe Island to Rame Head, the Sea Kitchen Looe is open daily from 12 noon and offers an exciting, ever-changing menu. Specialising in local fish and shellfish along with steaks and scrumptious vegetarian options, there is something to suit every taste. Lounge in the patio area with a cool drink or indulge in a tasty meal in the comfort of the restaurant before strolling along the coast path to Polperro.

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19. Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, Newlyn

A sister branch of Mackerel Sky Cafe in Penzance, Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar opened its doors for the first time this summer. Offering ‘tasting plates’ of fish and seafood from Mount’s Bay and the local area, it is the perfect place to meet a friend for lunch, share a selection of dishes and unwind in the wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. Situated in one of Britain’s busiest fishing ports and home to the famous Newlyn fish market, the supply of fresh fish is fantastic and the proof really is in the tasting!

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20. Life’s A Beach, Bude

With incredible views overlooking Summerleaze beach in Bude, Life’s A Beach serves up easy beach side treats during the day and incredible fish specials in the evening. Open from 7pm, enjoy their wide ranging and creative menu of fresh local produce, including their famous salt baked bream, pan fried local hake fillet with shellfish, tray baked bass fillet and tiger prawn and monkfish curry. Highly acclaimed amongst the locals to Bude, this place books up fast, and it’s no wonder why!

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The Definitive List of Cornish Cream Teas!

We love a Cornish cream tea all year around, here are some of the best places to enjoy them:

 

The Cornish Scone Company

With a completely Cornish ingredients, and homemade scones that really hit the spot, The Cornish Scone Company is a family run business near Saltash. The company offer a relatively unique postal service that delivers scones, hampers and cream teas with next day delivery all from their 5-star rated kitchen, at at prices starting from £8.50, this is a company not to miss!

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St Mawgan Stores and Tea Room

It doesn’t get more traditional than a cream tea from St Mawgan. Jenny’s scones are large, light and fluffy, whilst her partner Roger makes up a selection of jams, marmalades and relishes in the kitchen next door. They even serve a tasty range of gluten free breads, scones, soups and cakes for those on special diets. What more could you ask for?

St Mawgan in Pydar, Newquay

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www.stmawganvillagestores.co.uk 

 

Cabin Cafe

Nestled in the picturesque hamlet of Crackington Haven, the Cabin Café offers a cream tea with a view to match. You can settle down on a sofa or on an outside table (blankets are provided!), and enjoy one of Andrea’s homemade scones in front of the dramatic north coast.

Crackington Haven, St Gennys

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www.cabincafecrackington.co.uk

 

Picnic Cornwall

Try local baker Da Bara’s scones with a Tregothnan tea, Trewithen clotted cream and artisan producer Sue Hubble’s strawberry jam at this brand new independent cafe and delicatessen in Falmouth, serving only the very best of Cornish produce.

Falmouth

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www.picniccornwall.co.uk

The Weir Coffee House

Tickle your alternative taste buds at The Weir. Their take on an age-old classic may raise a few eyebrows, but is an ideal choice if you’ve found yourself getting a bit bored of the traditional jam/cream combo. Choose between ginger scones topped with honey and cream, or lemon scones with curd.

Whalesborough Farm, Marhamchurch, Bude

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Berryfields Farm

Enjoy your cream team at a picnic table under a pergola terrace, framed by climbing clematis and potted flowers at Berryfields Farm. Try their delicious heart-shaped scones with sweet strawberry jam and clotted cream, finished off with fresh local strawberries.

Berryfields Farm, Porthcothan

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Apple Tree Cafe and Bakery

Near the tip of Land’s end, visit this family-run cafe to try an afternoon tea that is adored by locals. With a vast array of homemade delights, including gluten free and vegan options, there is something here for everyone. Sip on a Clipper’s tea with your homemade scone, Trewithen clotted cream and Boddington’s jam.

Lubbock, Sennen

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www.theappletreecafe.co.uk

Rosemergy Farmhouse

At this quaint family-run farmhouse deep in the west of Cornwall, delve into warm scones fresh from the aga. Their delightful garden overlooks quiet countryside and the sea views, perfect for enjoying their homemade cream teas and cakes.

Morvah, Penzance

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Dolly’s Tea Room

Head up the creaky stairs and be transported back in time in Dolly’s tea room. Decorated with chapel chairs and reclaimed tables, this is a traditional Cornish cream tea with a difference.

Falmouth

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Trelawny Tea Room

Finish your coastal walk or bike ride with a stop at Trelawny Tea Room overlooking Widemouth Bay. Serving up homemade delights and irresistible cream teas to get you ready for the road again.

Widemouth Bay, Bude

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www.trelawnytearoom.com

Siblyback Lake Cafe

Overlook the stunning Siblyback Lake at this airy little cafe. After experiencing some of the activities going on at the lake, from kayaking, segway tours and sailing, it’s a perfect spot to unwind and relax with a good ol’ afternoon tea. Their cream teas come with a pot of tea, two scones, strawberry jam and Trewithen clotted cream.

Near Liskeard

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www.swlakestrust.org.uk

Roskilly’s

For something a little different, have a taste of Roskilly’s cream tea flavoured ice cream. What two better things to combine than Cornish ice cream and Cornish cream tea?

All across Cornwall

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www.roskillys.co.uk

Cardinham Woods Cafe

Nestled in the trees of Cardinham Woods, the Woods cafe is an ideal location to have your afternoon cream tea after a walk with the dog or mountain bike ride with the family. Baked fresh every morning, their scones are to be enjoyed with a pot of Tregothnan tea and a breath of fresh air!

Bodmin

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Find Out who was the World’s First Stand-Up Comedian!

In recent years, Cornwall has produced some excellent comedians that have provided their audiences with a laugh out loud release from everyday life. However, comedy isn’t just a recent export from the Cornish shores. Samuel Foote, an 18th century Cornish funny man, is considered to be the first ever stand-up comedian. We explore his life and his impact he had on comedy, and how comedy quickly turned to tragedy in his later life.

Early Life

Born in Boscawen Street, Truro in January 1720, Samuel Foote was born into a family of lawyers and positions of power.
Educated at Truro Grammar School, before entering Worcester College, Oxford, Foote was instructed to follow his family into law, but as a prankster and a joker, he soon became tired of education.

Reckless spending, excessive gambling and time spent at various debtors’ jails plagued his early life, and an ill-fated marriage to a woman with a substantial dowry didn’t last long when the money ran out. His next visit to jail landed him in London upon his release, in which he began to frequent the stylish coffee houses of Covent Garden.Gainsborough

London Bound

With a larger than life persona and a natural talent at impersonation, coupled with a quick wit, he quickly made a name for himself as ‘The funniest man in London’, and ‘The Coffee House Comic’. He was to become the first ever stand-up comedian.
In 1747, his first satirical play ‘Diversions of a Morning – to drink a dish of tea with Mr Foote’ (the origin of the term ‘Tea Party) became a rage of the season, succeeded by ‘An Auction of Picture’, whereby Foote would impersonate notorious and public figures of the time. This was the first time a performance of this kind had ever been done.

The Wrong ‘Foote’

However, in 1766, Foot had a terrible accident that was also the resulting cause of the most successful point in his career. Whilst visiting friends at the Duke of York’s residence, he took a bet he would be able to ride an untamed horse around the grounds. The horse bucked, flinging him off and breaking his leg to such a severity, it had to be amputated above the knee.
Foote recovered remarkably well, and went on to wear one of the first designs of moveable prosthetic legs. A comedian with one leg, called Foote – comedy gold! Foote did not shy away from using to his advantage. The Duke felt responsible for Foote’s misfortune and procured him a Royal Patent for a Summer Theatre.

 

Later Life and Death

However, sadly in Foote’s later years, his performances turned less light-hearted and a lot sourer. It is believed that during the fall, Foote also hit his head and caused some brain damage, resulting in a marked shift in his personality. He became more aggressive, targeting people on stage, which resulted in few court battles, and contribute to his demise as a celebrity.
In 1775, he sold his patent, theatrical wardrobe and only appearaed on stage three times after that. He died of a stroke on 21st October 1777. Foote’s portrait hangs in London’s Garrick Club.

Top 5 Facts about Jellyfish.

They’re a pretty familiar sight to our Cornish beaches over the summer, and always provide interesting photos, debates and conversations but truthfully how much do you know about jellyfish? Here is myCornwall’s Top facts list about these gelatinous guests, as adapted from our article in the latest myCornwall magazine:

1: Jellyfish are closely related to sea anemones and corals, but instead of living attached to the seabed, they’re at the mercy of the ocean currents.

2: They’re so delicate that even one tiny air bubble caught inside their body will tear it apart.

3: Jellyfish have a two stage lifecycle. The ‘parents’ of the jellies we find in our seas are actually tiny anemone-like creatures called jellyfish polyps.

4: Within a few hours’ millions of baby jellyfish are produced at once, and these hungry little stingers then drift with the currents, and if the conditions are right, a swarm of jellyfish will be created.

5: The most common jellyfish found in Cornish waters only give a mild sting, like a nettle. However, some very rare visitors to our waters (reddish coloured Lion Mane’s jellyfish and the Portugese Man of Water) can give stings that can be very painful and very serious.

A huge thank you to Matt Slater of the Cornwall Wildlife Fund who gave us all this interesting information along with these great photos.

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Meet the Chef: Stuart Macguire at The Rum and Crab Shack.

This month’s ‘Meet the Chef’ is with Stuart Macguire of The Rum and Crab shack in St Ives. Discover the relaxed atmosphere, favourite food and best rum drinks around.

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So, tell me a bit about yourself:

My name is Stuart Mcguire and I am the head chef and Part owner with my brother Chris and friends Neyth and Matt. We set up the Rum and Crab shack in 2012 inspired by our love for all things rum and Crabs. We have been open over 3 years now, it has been great experience and I continue to really enjoy it.

 

Being in such a competitive industry what do you think makes a good chef?

I believe you really have to love what you do. The commitment needed to make a success means you spend a lot of time in the business and if you don’t love what you do I believe it shows. Secondly surround yourself with people you trust. Having a great team around you makes you the chef you are. We have a great team here of honest, hardworking talented chefs who make my job easier every day.

 

What do you love about the Rum and Crab shack?

Its relaxed atmosphere, we pride ourselves on serving great food and amazing cocktails in an informal manor. That way you can really relax, listen to some great music and enjoy the view while you’re here.   IMG_5739

What is your favorite dish to cook?

We make really good crab bisque. This is the base we use for a lot of our recipes. I love the smell you get from roasting the crab shells in the oven before mixing them with star anise, saffron and whole peppercorns for a really good stock.

 

What rules do you live by in your kitchen?

Being passionate about the food we serve. We are fortunate enough that we get to deal with some real great ingredients sourced from our local suppliers. You can’t help but be inspired to cook great food when the ingredients we get are so good.

 

The Rum and Crab Shack is pretty famous in St Ives, why do you think people love it so much?

We offer something different. We carry about 50 to 80 different rums matched with a varied cocktail list, it means there is always something new to try.

 

What rum is the most popular with you and your team?

We make our own rum called Dead Man’s Fingers. It’s a spiced rum blended with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Its really popular with the staff, great mixed with coke or ginger beer. Or if your adventurous we do a “Dead Man’s Grip” cocktail were its mixed with a passion fruit syrup and egg white. So good, you might never drink anything else!RumShack-5316F

 

What rum do you think goes best with crab?

We have so many its hard to choose. Personally I love the Blackwell Black Gold Jamaican rum. It really compliments are crab. We also have great anchor porter ale, which goes down really well with our guests.

 

In three words, how would you describe the Rum and Crab Shack?

Tasty, vibrant and a lot of fun.

 

One ingredient you couldn’t live without?

Every bit of crab we use is dressed in freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest and parsley. So I’ll have to say lemons. Can I say parsley as well?

 

What is your guilty pleasure?

When I do mange to spend an evening at home with my wife and I’m feeling lazy I do love a takeaway. Chinese, Indian or pizza. I really don’t care long as I have my family around me.

 

Finally, why should people come to the Rum and Crab Shack?   

We are really proud of not only the food and drink we offer but off all our friendly staff who will make your visit to the rum and crab shack a really enjoyable experience.antony4 2

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Check out the Best of Old Cornwall

In a new addition to the magazine, we explore Cornwall’s photographic archives with a selection of arresting images capturing the county’s past.

All images kindly supplied by The Cornish Studies Library.

Fun and shenanigans at Lostwithiel Carnival in 1948

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The Queen and Prince Philip visiting Lostwithiel in 1962

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Redruth Railway station in 1905

 

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For the rest of our captivating images, find it in our latest issue of myCornwall. Available now!

My Cornish Days Out – Top 5 Scenic Train Journeys.

Down in Cornwall, we’re pretty lucky with our transport. If you fancied a day out in the car, there’s plenty of gems tucked down country lanes, and a large variety of routes to enjoy. However, for those who can’t or just don’t want to drive, we’ve got plenty of options for you. Open-top scenic bus tours operate throughout the county, and take you to landmarks such as the Minack or Lands End, along with coach parties and even sea-faring voyages.

But if you fancied something different, Cornwall offers a wide variety of train routes to take advantage off. In this post, I’ll be listing my Top 5 Scenic Train Journeys.

1:St Erth-St Ives

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Enjoy the spectacular view of miles of golden sea and crystal blue seas unveil themselves as you venture onto St. Ives from St. Erth. Wizzing past Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay, this journey to the bustling tourist destination is speedy and perfect for a day out. Why not treat yourself to a cup of tea whilst you wait at the St. Erth cafe, or wait to enjoy ice-cream in St. Ives? Remember, watch out for those pesky seagulls!

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2: Truro-Falmouth Docks

(£4.20pp for one-way)

As Cornwall’s only city, Truro receives a lot of attention for the variety of shops and culture it supplies. However, Falmouth is a busy student town that offers a fascinating maritime history, as well as being host to a beautiful marina and museum. This branch-line is also perfect for exploring all around the area.

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Image credit – Mark Lynam

3: Penzance-Exeter St. Davids

(£20.40 pp for one-way)

Want a day of serious shopping and to see what Devon has got to offer?  Jump on the train at Penzance and relax back for a few hours whilst we travel along the high-speed service to Exeter St Davids. During the journey, you’ll be treated to the sight of Plymouth from the Brunel Bridge and then the stretch of coastline between Dawlish and Exeter, where the railway hugs the coastline and offers unspoilt views of the sea.

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Image credit – Great Western Railway

4: Looe-Lizkeard

(£4.20pp for one-way)

With views of woodland opening up onto the estuary, this half hour journey offers any birdwatchers the chance to spot rare finds along with river. Perfect for nature lovers and families alike.

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Image credit – Mark Lynam

5: Par-Newquay

(£4.70pp for one-way)

Want to cut out the traffic jams and expensive parking? Get on the train at Par and get into Newquay in style. After travelling through the beautiful Luxulyan Valley and across the wild Goss Moor, this train journey is breeze in the park.

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Image credit – Mark Lynam

So here are my favourite train journey across and through Cornwall. They provide an alternative way to travel through the county, and completely cut out any parking hassle. But what are your favourite journeys? Tweet us or send us a message via facebook.

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Germany’s Cornish Idol – Rosamunde Pilcher’s Story!

 

When you think of Cornwall, what comes to mind? Sapphire seas? Sandy beaches? Scrumptious cream teas? These are all suitable answers but for some tourists traveling to Cornwall this summer, there is an attraction that surpasses the landscape and breathtaking scenery, and that is the world of Rosamunde Pilcher.

Born in Lelant, Pilcher spent much of her young life exploring the coves and beaches around her local area. Her adoration for her homeland fills the pages of her work.

Today her stories are beloved by Cornwall and all over the world, but most notably there is one keen market that have taken a true shine to her works.

In Germany, Rosamunde Pilcher has been turned into a household name, thanks to the highly popular television drama adaptations of her books that have become the Sunday night fixture of TV viewing.

So why are these tales so beloved? Read the full feature by Alice Dempsey in the August/ September issue of myCornwall.

 

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Top 5 Seafood Bars and Restaurants – 2016 Edition.

In Cornwall, we’re very proud of our abundance of seafood bar and restaurants. Fresh from the pages of our August/September issue (available now in shops and via subscription), we’re giving you a small selection of our top choices of where to eat and try this sunshine season.

1: Boscastle Fish Company – Boscastle.

With fresh fish being landed daily from their fishing boat, The Beeny, Boscastle Fish Company offers whole crab and lobsters live or cooked. Also, with sumptious freshly made lobster rolls, crab sandwiches and their new product, ‘a crab dog’ – a toasted brioche filled with crab mix, pancetta, red onion and lemon zest, this is such a fresh unique take on a seaside picnic.

2: Kota Kai Kitchen Bar – PorthlevenKota-31

With the name meaning ‘shellfish’ in Maori, this restaurant takes the best catch from local fishermen and creates exciting dishes using chef Jude Kereama’s Asian fused influences. With a menu that has been featured on the BBC Great Brish Menu, and a Michelin Bib Gormand under it’s belt, this restaurant is not one to miss.

3: Nathan Outlaw – Port Isaac

With a host of awards, Michelin Stars and AA Rosettes accredited to its name. Offering  a selection of tasty food and set menus which focus on the highest and finest sustainable seafood caught off the Cornish coast, chef Nathan’s unique approach provides a unforgettable dining experience.

4: Ostraca – Falmouth.

Set up at Carlyon Bay, Ostraca is the innovative pop-up seafood bar from Fal Oysters. Housed in a 20ft shipping container, it offers fresh seafood, local steaks and a full Cornish bar.

5: Prawn on the Lawn – Padstow

If it isn’t the catchy name that attracts you, then it will be the delicious seafood available from the kitchens of Prawn on the Lawn. From creative small places such as scallop ceviche, seared tuna and their signature Prawn on the Lawn dish, this restaurant also offers large platters of oysters, lobsters and Fruits de Mer. How delicious!

 

To see our entire Top Places to Dine: Seafood Bars and Restaurants feature, it’s available in our August/September issue.

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Seaweeds are amazing.

Along with seagrasses, they produce over half our oxygen in our atmosphere, provide living habitats for a wide variety of creatures to forage, spawn and nurse in, and they’re a refuge from predators for fish and invertebrates. So ultimately, they are pretty good all rounders. Here in Cornwall, we have fantastic access to the sea, and over 400 species of seaweed off our shores, we are on level with Ireland, Scotland and Wales in our rich variety of seaweeds.

However, in some parts of the world, seaweeds (which are technically marine algae, and not weeds at all), are also known as sea vegetables due to their fantastic source of nutrition. They contain carbohydrate, protein, iron, vitamin C, and a fantastic range of trace elements. All seaweeds are edible (apart from the Desmarestia family which grow mainly in deep sea areas and can cause stomach upsets), which makes them safer to forage than land plants, as well as offering a diverse range of flavours, textures and versality.

In the latest issue of myCornwall magazine (available on newstands now) we discuss recipes, particular seaweed types, and how you seaweed promotes weight loss and health gains. So if you want to give avocados a miss and jazz up your dinner with some delicious marine treats, pick up or subscribe to our August/September issue.

 

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