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Thursday 7 March 2019

Top 10 Foodie Treats in Cornwall

We recently made the long drive down from Northumberland to spend a week travelling around Cornwall, visiting places like Bodmin, St. Ives, Newquay and Padstow. With so many stops we had loads of choice for our food and I've decided to share with you my top 10 foodies treats we enjoyed in Cornwall. Some of our trip was paid for through Mrs. Cool's work with North East Family Fun, I've put a star next to the meals that were complimentary.

Traditional Cornish Pasty from Waterside Cornwall, Bodmin*
You can't come to Cornwall and not have a Cornish Pasty. I friggin' love a pasty and a Cornish pasty is like a whole meal in a pastry casing. The pastry was really flakey and not soggy at all, which can sometimes make a disappointing pasty. Also this one was full to bursting, filled with potato, beef, swede and onion and was heavy on the pepper (always a winner in a Cornish Pasty).

Cornish Breakfast from The Bee Hive, Bodmin
The Cornish version of a Full English but the only difference I could make out was instead of Black Pudding they had Hoggs Pudding. This was a meaty wedge of deliciousness kind of like a cross between White Pudding and Lorne Sausage. The whole breakfast was really good, great eggs, excellent bacon, even the beans were on point.

Cream Tea from Waterside Cornwall, Bodmin*
Cream tea is a staple in Cornwall (and everywhere else in England) with Finger Sandwiches, Cakes and Scones with Cream and Jam (strictly jam first in Cornwall). These scones were incredibly crumbly and the Cornish Cream was really good. The Finger Sandwiches were also great, I especially liked the Beef and Horseradish and Mrs. Cool loved the Cheese and Pickle.

Cornish Sea Salted Caramel Ice Cream at Perranporth Beach
On Perranporth Beach Me and Mrs Cool were able to have a Beer in the Sunshine while the kids explored (and Conquered) a giant rock on the Beach and then we went looking for snacks. There were loads of Ice Cream parlours with all manor of flavours. This cone with Salted Caramel Ice Cream made with Cornish Sea Salt was just what we needed on an unseasonably warm February afternoon.

Battered Oyster from Stein's Fish & Chips, Padstow
Rick Stein is basically the King of Cornwall and Padstow has several of his restaurants. These Oysters from his Fish and Chips shop were amazing. Deep fried in Batter with a lime, Soy and Sesame dipping sauce. If you are a bit squeamish about fresh oysters then try them this way and you won't be disappointed.

Three Cornish Cheese Calzone from Little Italy, Newquay
Mrs. Cool did a lot of research about where we were going to eat before our trip and this little pizzeria in Newquay was really special. The staff were very friendly and the Pizzas were all amazing. I went for the Three Cornish Cheese Calzone which was Cornish Yarg, Brie and Cheddar all sealed in a pizza base and Stone Baked to perfection. The Ooze of the cheese when I cut into it was lush.

Calamari from The Sands Resort, Newquay*
Calamari is one of our favourite starters, there is always a fight between Me, Mrs. Cool and now even Harry about who will get the most when we order it. This was lightly battered with Green Pepper Corns and a Chilli and Soy dressing. Really well cooked and with a little bit of heat.

Burrito Cancun from The Mex, St. Ives
Another great find from Mrs. Cool this Mexican restaurant in St. Ives was right up my street. I love pretty much all Mexican food and could've ate the whole menu here but I decided to go for one of the Specials which was Burrito Cancun. This was a Burrito filled with Chicken Fajitas, Chorizo and Avocado. I really liked the presentation of this too as they had grilled cheese melted right onto the plate to keep the Burrito in place.

Cornish Rarebit from The Sail Loft, St. Michael's Mount
We had a very tiring day at St. Michaels Mount the climb up the mount was exhausting but totally worth it. The Sail Loft had some great little dishes for us to refuel before the next leg of our trip. I went for the Cornish Rarebit which, like it's more famous Welsh counterpart, is like the best Cheese on Toast. This had the addition of Smoked Haddock with a Beetroot and Horseradish Pesto.

Cod and Chips from Stein's Fish & Chips, Padstow
Well, you can't come to the coast and not have Fish and Chips, I've been a Fan of Rick Stein for a while now, I have a couple of his cook books and have always wanted to visit Padstow after watching it on his TV shows. Having the kids with us we didn't think it would be right to go to his fine dining restaurant (Next time when it's just me and Mrs. Cool maybe) so we decided to try his Fish and Chips shop instead this time. I can honestly say this is the BEST Cod and Chips I've very had. The cod was flakey but still succulent and the batter was crispy and delicious. Both fish and chips are cooked in beef dripping and it really makes a difference.

I can't wait for my next food filled adventure, We're off the The Netherlands in a few months and I'm excited for what this will have in store for us.

Well, that's all for now.


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