When you’re blessed with a spare day around North Cornwall, you’ll want to make the most of it. Here are some wonderful ideas for days out either a short walk or drive from the Scarlet – full of delicious food, beautiful views and even a bit of retail therapy.
A Scarlet lunch and a visit to the Japanese garden
We admit to being biased, but a long leisurely three-course lunch at the Scarlet whilst watching the sea below, is a wonderful way to start a day out. Follow by visiting the beautiful Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery in St Mawgan with it’s traditional fish pond, beautiful bonsai trees and bamboo – it’s an unusual find on the Cornish coast.
Browse around Mawgan Porth
Mawgan Porth has a number of boutique shops including the Arts and Crafts studios, Roos Beach full of beautiful beachwear and accessories, Transurf for all your surfing needs and Disco beads which sells lovely handmade jewellery. You can also grab a ‘laid-back’ coffee from the independent mobile coffee van or a snack from the local deli. Then retire to the Scarlet for an indulgent Afternoon Tea with finger sandwiches, artisan cakes and scones and even a glass of fizz.
Cycle along the camel trail
Hire bicycles for the day and take to the Camel Trail. A leisurely bike ride takes just under an hour from Wadebridge to Padstow. Once at Padstow, enjoy the best fish and chips you’ve ever tasted at Rick Stein’s whilst soothing your tired feet on the white sandy beaches.
Wander around Padstow
Alternatively, spend the entire day at Padstow. There is some excellent shopping to be done, from Seasalt to Stein’s gift shop and a number of other independent boutiques. You’ll be spoilt for choice for eating places, but we’d recommend Rojano’s for a delicious Italian inspired lunch, The Basement Cafe for beautiful local produce, or Paul Ainsworth’s No. 6 for something a bit fancy. In the afternoon you can then take a boat trip to Rock, take a stroll on the beach and enjoy a drink overlooking the estuary at the Rock Inn or the Blue Tomato.
A trip around Newquay’s highlights
Newquay has been going through a transformation recently – with some really lovely places to eat and some of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches to explore. In the morning, wander through Newquay’s boating lake and gardens and stop off for some tea and cake at The Garden tea rooms. In the afternoon you can walk the coast path visiting Newquay’s beaches, start at Fistral before moving on to Little Fistral, Newquay Harbour, Towan and Tolcarne. Then end your day with a game of miniature golf and some delicious Mexican food at Gilmore’s.
Visit St Agnes
Take a trip to St Agnes with it’s beautiful turquoise green seas. The town itself has lots of shops and studios to browse and afterwards you can explore the steep cliff paths. There are a number of places to eat, from the Driftwood Spars pub next to the beach, to Lewsey Lou’s fish and chips shop with daily changing specials such as sushi, cajun fish wraps and scallops.
Ice creams at Chapel Porth
Just down the coast from St Agnes is the tiny cove of Chapel Porth – where the National Trust cafe sells its infamous hedgehog ice creams: an ice cream cone rolled in clotted cream and toasted hazlenuts. Or for something savoury, try one of their sandwiches with onions slowly fried it clotted cream. Then you’ll have the energy to wander the coast path – go north to St Agnes, or south to the white sandy bay of Porthtowan.