Monday, 28 October 2013

A little about Cornwall and Rayle Farm..

Cornwall is well known for some exceptionally good restaurants run by some of the country’s most notable chefs.  However the chances of you getting into a number of these without foresight and preemptive planning some six months in advance, is slim.  Luckily though, Rayle Farm Holiday Cottages are well placed for a great variety of good eating places locally, some of them dog friendly which does complement our dog friendly holiday cottages at Portreath.  

We are based at the top of the hill and 200 yards from the farm gate in the village, our local village pub The Bridge Inn offers a friendly welcome and traditional pub food with the occasional Quiz Night.   Carry on down the road to Portreath and you will find good fish and crab at the Portreath Arms Hotel.  For the big sporting events too, they cater to the fans who need to keep up with their teams activities.  Also in Portreath, the Bassett Arms  near the beach offers a good Sunday Lunch as does The Waterfront.   Actually, rather incongruously for a small Cornish coastal village there is also a Chinese take away, the Tung Sing which is surprisingly good.  However for an article about places to eat, perhaps it doesn’t count.

Heading left out of the farm gate and about half a mile away is Illogan where Richard Trevithick was born.  Known more for his high pressure steam engines than his interest in gastronomy but no doubt, were he alive today, I am sure that he would have enjoyed passing an hour or two at the Robartes Arms.  This pub has recently been refurbished and offers an excellent all-day menu ranging from breakfast, to morning coffee right through to evening meals, although Illogan is a large village now it is not well served by places to eat.  Therefore it is no surprise that the the Cornish Arms at Sparnon Gate, is always busy.  This is a lovely old traditional pub open in the evenings with an extensive menu of locally sourced food.

For our guests that visit Rayle Farm for family holidays in Cornwall, many of them come here to surf and naturally gravitate towards Porthtowan, just a few minutes up the coast.  Once they have worked up a decent appetite, most make straight for the Blue Bar  this is a rather chilled hangout for the young which does excellent food.  Although my presence impacts seriously on the mean age of the patrons, I can’t stay away too long because I really do like this place.

Cornwall as you probably know is becoming very well known, not only for its restaurants but also for some really delicious produce.  Therefore if you fancy a Cornish Brie, rocket and onion chutney sandwich head for the Godrevy Beach Café – a perfect way of rewarding yourself after a decent walk along one of my favourite beaches in Cornwall.  Alternatively, a steaming bowl of fish chowder at Hells Mouth Café is simply brimming with locally caught fish.

Pubs in the area that are keen to source their ingredients fresh from local farmers include.Tricky’s at the Tolgus Inn near Redruth.  Put aside any preconceived ideas that you might have about anywhere with this name and you will be rewarded with a large, welcoming pub with a good choice on the menu and heroic sized portions for Sunday lunch.   Additionally the Treleigh Arms near Redruth is a very well run pub providing excellent and imaginative food.  

There are many things to do in Cornwall but for a number of people eating out is an intrinsic part of holiday enjoyment.  When you visit us at Rayle Farm, you are very well placed to enjoy some truly special places to eat.  I have mentioned a number here already but the list is not exhaustive by any stretch of the imagination.  Because we are pet friendly at Rayle Farm, I do appreciate that many of our guests need to know where they will be able to take their four legged friends.  Next time, I will be outlining which restaurants I can recommend to you where Lupo, Bo, Sunny or one of their brethren will be welcomed

 I look forward to telling you more about our dog friendly holiday cottage other things to do in Cornwall soon.

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