Mousehole

Not pronounced how you’d imagine, Mousehoule (mouz-hul) is a beautiful spot near to Penzane, sitting right on the edge of the water.

We found it purely by accident as we hired bikes from Penzance to cycle along the coast and initially thought we’d stop at Newlyn but found most spots to be closed (its was Sunday after all).

If you are visiting Newlyn then we were recommended the Duke Street Cafe and the Mackerel Sky Seafood bar. If it were another day and another time we would’ve definitely stopped by as they certainly looked great on our cycle past.

Anyway, if you find yourself in Mousehole I would definitely recommend a visit to the Rockpool cafe. It’s tucked away at the bottom of a carpark and right on the edge of the cliff that looks down at the rockpools below (you get the name now right?).

The cafe is a cute little spot which serves up either Cornish cream teas or more substantial lunches such as Cornish Crab sandwiches or Cornish mackerel pate. Personally, I tucked into an Aperol spritz and a mackerel pate dish and it was incredible. Not only that but we came back the following day for a Cream Tea (you really can’t beat that view!) and I managed to indulge in a proper Cornish dish – even if I apparently put the cream on first incorrectly – it’s the better option in my opinion!

Once you’ve filled up on all the Cornish cuisine Mousehole is definitely worth an explore by foot (not by car, the roads are tiny and I’d definitely recommend sticking to foot and bike). It’s a beautiful seaside village that may appear tiny but has it’s own little beach and plenty of spots to stop for a drink or a scone.

More posts on Cornwall will be coming to the blog soon but in the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

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Porthleven

When I started planning our Cornish adventure I really didn’t think I’d be writing about Porthleven as it wasn’t even on our to-do list of spots to visit, but here I am! As our campsite was nearby the main town we could access was Porthleven so we found ourselves coming back several times.

Whether it’s seafood, wine or oven baked pizza you’re after, then Porthleven is a great spot to try. Our first venture was to grab some takeaway pizzas from the town to enjoy by our campfire, and luckily we stumbled across The Corner Deli which is a brilliant little spot for some incredible wood fired pizza or to pick up some Cornish delicacies – and by delicacies I meant Cornish gin and garlic mayonnaise.

If you’re after a trip to a beach that feels like you’re on the Mediterranean then Porthleven is certainly a great bet, as we happened to visit on a pretty good, Sunny day and it felt like we were properly abroad. Even if you don’t fancy a dip there are large concrete steps right at the beachfront which are a handy spot to sit with a book.

Some other spots to mention in Porthlevn are Amelies where we enjoyed a really love two course meal on our final evening. Or The Ship Inn which is a little, unassuming pub until you walk through the door and find a very colourful and busy bar with cosy tables and great views of the port.

Another pub to try is The Harbour Inn, across the other side of the port and a great spot with outdoor seating right next to the boats. Another thing to mention is they show live football with small screens on the pumps so you can still watch the game when you turn round to buy a drink, madness. Whereas we didn’t visit either spot we were recommended both the Kota Kai and Kota restaurants which are owned by a New Zealand man which incorporate New Zealand and Thai influences on local seafood dishes. If they weren’t closed (it was a Monday after all) then we would have definitely gone to try there.

I think especially as we were so lucky with some gorgeous weather it really made the place seem beautiful, and because it’s so quiet you really feel like you’ve got the sleepy little spot all to yourself.

More posts on Cornwall will be coming to the blog soon but in the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

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St Ives

St Ives certainly isn’t the capital of Cornwall, but it’s the places most people would mention when I spoke about our Cornish adventure. And I can certainly see why, as it’s an idyllic little village right on the coast. There are sandy beaches and plenty of spots to eat which makes it a brilliant place to visit, or stay at.

If you’re looking to visit Cornwall then St Ives is certainly a great spot to start. It’s a  beautiful town with little shops and cafes lining the port where you can grab a coffee or a Cornish pasty and go and sit in the sand. All I’ll say is be careful of the seagulls…

It’s easy to hear and laugh at that warning, as I did, but after ordering a scoop of Vanilla Kelly’s Cornish ice cream and tried to enjoy it by the pier but a seagull swooped in and comically made off with the scoop before I could even have a lick. So, like I said, be careful of the seagulls…

Whereas I didn’t have the chance to eat at St Ives I was recommended the Rum and Crab Shack which, looking at the menu, looks like a brilliant spot to enjoy some Cornish rum and crab! I did grab a coffee from Pels of St Ives and can confirm the Cornish Pasties on offer there looked absolutely huge. 

It’s such a shame the clouds were out on our visit as it gives these pictures a bit of a gloomy vibe, but St Ives is anything but that. As we were there on a Saturday afternoon the place was bustling with tourists, and small children playing on the beach.

If (actually, when!) I return to Cornwall I’ll make more time to stay in St Ives as it seems like a spot that would be gorgeous to stay at, especially in better weather.

More posts on Cornwall will be coming to the blog soon but in the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

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Padstow and Rock

I don’t think I’ve ever recommended two spots in one go on this website, but here we go – Padstow and Rock, perfect spots in Cornwall to be enjoyed on their own, but even better when you connect the two.

On our most recent trip we took the 1.2 hour walk from Polzeath to Rock along the cliff front, taking in the incredible views of the Cornish coast on our route. When we arrived at Rock we hopped on the connecting ferry to Padstow with a return ticket.

Padstow is quite infamous as a little village in Cornwall, being the home of Rick Stein’s restaurants and cookery school after all. There’s plenty of spots to stop for a drink or a Cornish pasty, or even a small (ahem) bag of Cornish fudge.

Personally I wanted to give Stein’s Fish and Chips a try seeing as I’m a huge fan of his television shows. Luckily the food served up was really tasty, albeit quite pricey. Safe to say though, I’ve never been to a fish and chip shop and been encouraged to have a glass of prosecco to accompany my cod and chips, and I have to admit I certainly enjoyed that part. My partner ordered the battered mackerel and I can confirm it was delicious, with a side of aioli as well which put it top of my estimations.

After lunch it was time to explore the village, and if it weren’t for the rain we would’ve definitely stuck around for longer, perhaps enjoying a Cornish ice cream whilst at it. We did stop by a Cornish fudge shop, obviously enticed by the smell, and picked up some Rum and Raisin, just in case we were peckish on the walk back.

We then headed back to Rock on the boat, which is certainly quieter than Padstow, but that shouldn’t put you off as it’s a great way to enjoy the view of the bay in a quieter setting. Rock isn’t as chock-a-block with spots to sit and eat or drink, but we found somewhere that allowed us to have a drink and look across to Padstow where we’d jus been.

If you haven’t been worn out by the boat ride, the fish and chips or the fudge, then have a go at walking along the coast towards Polzeath to enjoy the view.

More posts on Cornwall will be coming to the blog soon but in the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

Thanks for reading x