this week i came to see my good friends Jon and Kim in padstow – and sadly the weather was rainy and stormy; on a plus side this makes the landscape more striking and dramatic. we managed to dodge the rain with a brisk walk on harlyn bay -and on the way back we passed by hawksfield, a recent enterprise of vintage furniture, health food and deli products, flowers, homeware by Jo and co. apparently the cafe there is also a fun place to meet. hawksfield is just outside of wadebridge.
fortunately we did have a dry day and we decided to visit St Mawes, somewhere i hadn’t visited before. we took the lovely king harry ferry which makes the journey shorter, but also great fun – as with most of cornwall, there are stunning views. we ate the best fish and chips at the watch house – a lovely restaurant just near the front. i noticed that st mawes is quite upmarket with its two hotels, the idle rocks and the tresanton.
i love cornwall out of season, the beaches are empty, you can get a table at all the restaurants and although the weather is erratic, the skies and vistas are just breathtaking.
a great place to eat is appletons, a very tasty rustic italian style food restaurant at trevibban mill. the food is locally grown and raised, with some of the vegetables grown on site. this is a local cornish vineyard that produces its own wine and cider, you can have wine tasting tours which sound fun – if only i drank wine! i noticed that you could buy home spun wool too. its always lovely to see new places opening up – i realised that we have been coming to padstow for over 20 years now.