Up earlyish for smoked salmon and scrambled eggs – saying cheerio to the professional hosts Mike and Carol and then circumnavigating the town to bring the car back to within case dragging distance of “The Keep”.
Off to The Lost Gardens of Heligan today before flying back later. We arrived just after 10 and it was already getting crowded. Having booked ahead it was great to beat the queue and in no time we were immersed in lovely walkways and grottos. We went down to watch the Tamworth pigs being fed – great fun for all involved.
Amazing to think the labour that must have been involved in the time when the gardens were active, before WW1 took its toll on the work force and the gardens fell into disrepair before being restored by Tim Smit and colleagues.
We went into the Fountain Inn where we had the best fish and chips ever. When we first arrived, there was no one in the small pub, but after ordering drinks and the food it suddenly filled up completely.
At £6.95 not only great value but totally delicious – triple cooked chips and beer battered cod. Beat Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth easily. I was talking about our trip when back at work and a colleague mentioned how much he had enjoyed Mevagissey. “We were there yesterday”, I said. “We had the best meal of our trip to Cornwall in Mevagissey”, he said. “Fish and chips?” “In the Fountain Inn”, he finished my sentence.
So it proved that expensive Michelin starred restaurants can’t always beat good honest pub food freshly cooked in the right setting. And it certainly helps the budget!
We had a brilliant trip to Cornwall and packed such a lot into our long weekend that we felt like we’d been away for a fortnight. It feels like another country down there and the locals are rightly passionately proud of their environment and culture. There is loads to like about both.
One more gratuitous photo of a quaint harbour with fishing boats? Why not. We’ve got loads…
The flight back was effortless and the reliable Rod was there on time and we were back home in a few hours. Flying down to Newquay worked really well in convenience and even cost.
Time to get back on a lower calorie diet….