The Slope- Great Western Beach, Newquay

If you are looking for somewhere to sink a few beers, eat some beautifully made burgers  as you watch the waves crash and the sun sets on a warm summers evening then The Slope is the place for you.

Along with Great Western Beach holding  blue flag beach status what more could you wish for? oh just that they also have polycarbonate glassware which allows you to dine on the beach, with their full menu available to take-away with compostable Vegware plates, cups, and cutlery! 

Based on the sand at Great Western beach, The Slope takes it’s name from the hangout of Newquay’s inaugural surfers in the 1960s. Surrounding the outside seating area are images from those old school days featuring local surfing legend Roger Mansfield. Great Western was brought back to life by 4 times UK surf champ, Adam Griffiths. 

Keeping with other local business their beef, pork + chicken comes from the award-winning local butcher James Kittow, their brioche burger buns + bread is baked by Pavilion in Newquay. You will also find a beer selection from Sharps Brewery . They also serve breakfast all weekend from 10am – 12pm.

We spent an afternoon watching the waves and relaxing at this perfect little gem of a location.

 

Find them at:
Great Western Beach
Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 2NE

Contact them on:

01637 878772
https://www.facebook.com/theslopenewquay
https://www.instagram.com/theslopenewquay

Cornish Wine Tours

Back in March I met and photographed the owner of Cornish Wine Tours Kate McBurnie and we have just updated her profile imagery with some bright and summery images. If you are wondering what Cornish Wine Tours is all about basically as Kate puts it: 

 

Its a day of wine tasting while being driven around, eating the best local produce, and admiring the views  – whats not to like?

I asked Kate to tell us a little bit about herself for the people who do not know of her and her business. This blog features some of our imagery taken at Camel Valley Vineyard, Trevibban Mill and Appletons bar & restaurant

 

 

My name is Kate and I own and run Cornish Wine Tours from my hometown of Padstow.  I started the business this year and started the tours at Easter.  On a Cornish Wine Tour we visit up to three locations in a day, to include Camel Valley, Knightor Winery, Trevibban Mill and Bosue.  We also run separate events with Polgoon Vineyard near Penzance.  Each tour finishes with a beautiful lunch served at Trevibban Mill, and depending on what type of tour it is this will be served either at Appletons (onsite restaurant) or in the winery bar itself. The tours run up until November, but can be requested throughout the winter months.

The tour aims to provide guests with a day of wine tasting in a friendly and enjoyable environment where you don’t have the hassle or worry about driving.  Everything is fully catered for throughout the day and guests can sit back and relax. Each vineyard is different and offers a different experience and on this tour you can get a feel for the Cornish Wines in one day, and what Cornwall has to offer.  The day is fully guided by myself, but in a very relaxed way, and guests can ask as many or as little questions as they want.  This isn’t like going back to school, it’s an informal environment which is a lot of fun, and its the best way to learn about the different styles of wine produced in this country. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
If you wish to contact Kate regarding her tours then you can find her here: Kate McBurnie  |  Cornish Wine Tours
kate@cornishwinetours.com
+44 (0) 7537194088
www.cornishwinetours.com
https://www.facebook.com/cornishwinetours/
https://www.instagram.com/cornishwinetours/
 

The Travellers Rest

Is there anything better than a costal walk followed by food and a drink under the sunshine in a pub garden?
Well we think not, so we headed over to the beautiful The Travellers Rest based in Mawgan Porth after a wonderful coastal stroll.

   

We spoke to the owners Natalie and Martin who said that they took over the Travellers in November 2016 after moving to Cornwall from Edinburgh where they spent 8 years in hotel management.  Our families had already  moved to Cornwall and we always knew that we’d like to move here eventually.  We fell in love with the pub as customers and would always visit when down on holiday.  

Natalie continued that in June 2016, she spent 6 weeks in Cornwall and having driven passed the Travellers thought to myself it ever came up for lease then we would go for it.  Two days later we received a newsletter from St Austell Brewery with available pub tenancies which featured the Travellers.  We are firm believers that everything happens for a reason so went through the application process and haven’t looked back since.  
 
 
What wonderful people to take over a well established pub and create such wonderful food, whilst visiting Travellers Rest I sat in the sunshine drinking a Tarquins and tonic before heading inside for food. I had the two dishes which are much loved favourites of the customers who come to the pub, The Calamari followed by the Teriyaki Beef which were both packed full of flavour and cooked perfectly.
 
 
 
 
 
 
At the Travellers Rest they aim to provide a warm and friendly welcome, a relaxed atmosphere, serving home cooked dishes that have wherever possible been created from locally sourced produce.  

They are able to cater for dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals.  As well as being dog friendly and catering for families/

They also like us love their live music and have at least one band night a month as well as acoustic music every other Sunday.  

You’ll find them serving up and delicious carvery on a Sunday  served 12-3pm. They have extra plus sides to their venue of Free parking, free Wifi and a beer garden perfect for those summer days.  

 
They are also up for a Muddy Stiletto award like us you can vote for them by pressing this link https://cornwall.muddystilettos.co.uk/vote/destination-pub/ 
 
 
You can check them out here at
 www.travellersrestcornwall.co.uk
 
Facebook: @thetravellersrestcornwall
 
Instagram: travellers_rest_cornwall 

The Rockpool

Situated out on Godrevy towans is the beautiful The Rockpool whether you fancy a coffee to something a little fancy or a just a sandwich they cater to all needs. 

We had a catch up and photo shoot with them last week to show off their newly refurbished back room ready for live bands, open mic nights creating a really relaxed atmosphere to accompany their brilliant menu. They present a surf vibe styled interior teamed with fresh fish dishes from the local Cornish seas. In the sunnier months the outside areas are a wonderful addition to this brilliant place, with the view of the sea out of the back. 

If you fancy a surf lesson or you just simply need to hire equipment to work up and appetite situated next to them is Gwithian Academy of Surfing

They have Boca 45 & Ash Walker playing this weekend, its one not to be missed: https://www.facebook.com/events/2008864842713900/ 

 

The Fox’s Revenge

Theres nothing like spending a rainy afternoon tucked away in a beautiful location. This afternoon I decided to head over to The Fox’s Revenge which is situated on Carvynick Farm in Summercourt just outside of Newquay. After having a few meals there before I thought it would be a great place to have some lunch and catch up with a friend. Their food is fine dining pub style and the atmosphere is relaxed and the interior matches the beautiful exterior perfectly. I cant wait to attend the events this venue hold in the summer.

 

There is nothing quite like a Tarquins & Tonic on a rainy day to help push your spirits towards the summer feeling. Photographed here is a Tarquins Raspberry & Rhubarb.

An absolutely perfect lunch, with a generous portion size to match the price, I would highly recommend it here if you wish to be slightly outside the busyness of town pubs and restaurants.

Amanzi Restaurant

Do you ever visit a restaurant and fall completely in love with its food & drink along with its atmosphere?

I totally did this over at Amanzi a South African restaurant based in Falmouth, after being introduced to it by my other half Matt it was following our numerous visits that I decided it was time to write about it and it’s totally quirky and like nothing I had experienced before restaurant.

As we entered Amanzi from the busy Arwenack street in Falmouth, we were welcomed with a friendly face of one of the wonderful owners Caroline checkered our booking and took us to our allocated table, whilst her husband and co owner Ian works in the kitchen. We then sat admiring the decor of Amanzi, surrounded by wooden statues of African animals along with cute salt and pepper pots and animal print cushions and perfectly placed cutlery, giving off a warm and cosy vibe teamed with adventure. Whilst browsing the food menu I gazed above me to board which housed the cocktail list and quickly I choose a beautifully made Amaretto, rum and tropical fruit cocktail for myself called Zombie and a home made ginger beer chosen by Matt, something you definitely have to try if you love ginger beer. As we browsed through the wood covered menu, Matt in excitement was instantly drawn to his usual choice of Espetada -Braaied (char-grilled) and marinated juicy rump steak cubes on a skewer with peppers and shallots, served with chunky chips and garlic butter which is absolutely perfect, to which we released we hadn’t picked starters yet!

So back flicking back to the starters I chose deep fried crumbed Brie with pomegranate molasses, and Matt chose Trinchado Bunny Chow which is a Durban and Mozambique inspired Cornish beef dish which is slow cooked in garlic, chilli and red wine placed over a sourdough roll, in his words it was outstanding. On to the main course, I went for the seafood platter having not eaten much in the day I decided this would be perfect, not realising just how big it was until it came out leaving me open mouthed and shocked. It was wonderful a selection of king prawns, calamari and hake with a creamy garlic sauce to cover along with wonderfully cooked saffron rice.

After being completely overwhelmed with our food, we sipped our drinks and relaxed, over hearing another customers comment to his wife of “This will be the fourth time I have been here, and it has been spot on every single time, it never fails to disappoint” which in our books is another reason for you to go to Amanzi. When it comes down to dessert myself and Matt don’t normally indulge but being the night before valentines we thought why not lets go for it.

We followed on the evening with a Coffee Mud Pie – a chocolate and coffee flavoured pudding with Van Der Hum chocolate sauce, clotted cream, vanilla ice cream and spice kumquats and a Cape Dutch Melkert a milk tart dusted with cinnamon on a coconut base with fresh fruit both were absolutely amazing.

If you are looking for something different and unique to your usual go to restaurant and are  wondering as to whether to head over to Amanzi then I highly recommend it. They don’t just do evening meals they also have a wonderful lunch selection. They also dry and cure their own Biltong.


 

Coffee & Coast

Well its Monday I have woken up with a cough but its a sunny day here in Cornwall and I’m determined to make the most of it. So I decided to start my week off with a visit to the wonderful Sorting Office in St Agnes to talk coffee with Sophie followed by a bracingly chilly but blue sky walk from Chapel Porth to Wheal Coates using the National Trust coastal path.

The Sorting Office

The Sorting Office coffee house was previously run as a Sorting Office since 1902 next door to the village Post Office, with is quirky industrial feel it welcomes a large amount of local customers along with the customers visiting the beautiful quaint village of St.Agnes. It produces beautiful smooth coffee from Origin Coffee and stunning almost too good to cut cakes from Rustic Cakes.

Chapel Porth to Wheal Coates National Trust

After a coffee I decided to wrap up in my Finisterre jacket and put on my Oak and Hyde boots and stroll along the coastal path from Chapel Porth to Wheal Coates.  A very quiet walk with only the sounds of the waves rolling in and the birds chirping, a few hello’s from a couple of hikers as the sun beat down on my backpack and my feet crunched the rocky landscape, there is just something so magical about the Cornish winter.