Cornwall is one of my favourite places on the planet. I was lucky enough to spend practically every summer as a child in the beautiful village of Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsula, as this is where my Mum was born and bred. Many years on I continue to travel down as often as I can. I generally stay in Porthleven which is chock full of eateries! Last week we spent a week there and this was the first visit since I set up my blog so thought I would report back on my findings.
On the first night that we arrive we always make a beeline to the local chip shop, Roland’s Happy Plaice (love the name!), to fill our bellies. I had heard on the grapevine that they have gluten free flour on hand but thought it was just an urban myth – I am glad to say I was wrong! They have Dove’s Farm batter flour on hand to coat the piece of fish that takes your fancy (we ate there twice and I had haddock and hake). At this point, I need to point out that they do fry the fish in the same fryer as gluten containing foods hence there is the risk of cross contamination. I am fully aware that as a coeliac this is supposed to be a no go area but I must admit (and I may get shouted at for this) but once a year for the satisfaction of having fish and chips I am willing to push this to the back of my mind. They were delicious and obviously being next to a working fishing harbour the fish is so fresh and the chips were perfect chip shop chips. Roland’s is full of character and Roland himself always interacts with his customers and always had a smile on his face. This place is well worth a visit and we will be back.
Cornwall is not Cornwall without ice cream and situated on the harbour is a lovely little place called Nauti but Ice. Nauti but Ice is a cafe and ice cream parlour where they serve breakfast and lunches as well as local ice cream, Roskilly’s, and a selection of cakes. I like ice cream but will always choose cake over ice cream if offered a choice. Imagine my happy face when I noticed that two of their cakes had a gluten free label – Lemon Polenta and a chocolate brownie. I opted for the brownie and there was no sharing this piece of happiness! We also ate there for breakfast on our last day and they were very knowledgeable about what I could and could not eat (bye bye sausages) and were more than accommodating when I asked if they would toast a couple of pieces of my Genius bread. Nauti but Ice is in a perfect location and if you are lucky you can grab a deckchair outside (a lovely touch).
When I googled St Ives a plethora of choices popped up. We chose to eat in The Tea Roomon the harbour and I am so pleased we did. They have a massive gluten free menu and are extremely knowledgeable. It was nice to have a choice and not have to opt for the old fall backs. I had a Cornish crab and saffron tart with a salad and it really hit the spot. The Tea Room is a lovely place with friendly staff and I could not recommend it more highly. On sunny days try and nab a table outside and take in the view and people watch – watch out for the seagulls though! They have some lovely cake on offer but as I had eaten so much cake over the preceding days my tummy advised me to walk away on this occasion – I won’t be next time.
If you have the chance to make a trip to Kyance Cove on the Lizard do. It’s breathtaking and the perfect place to just sit and be. There is a lovely little National Trust approved concession cafe there and you could not ask for a better view. Gluten free lunch options were salads (I had a smoked mackerel salad) and jacket potatoes. They also had a gluten cake on offer and I had to have a slice – check out this bad boy!!
Every time we visit Porthleven we dine at SeaDrift. This place is a little slice of heaven especially if you like fish. It is run by a lovely couple and it always gets rave reviews. I had the scallops followed by gurnard. I advised the server that I was gluten free and she did not look at me like an alien (always a good sign!) and simply advised me that the only gluten present may be if the chef dusted the fish before pan frying. She stated that this would not happen for my dish and I felt very comfortable that she knew her stuff. The food is amazing and as such, it is always advisable to book ahead. If you have room for dessert they do an amazing meringue! They are also dog friendly so if you have your pooch with you and they are on their best behaviour you are in luck. Do pop upstairs to the gallery where the owner, Carla, showcases her brilliant photos if you get the opportunity. Apologies no photo on this occasion as I was too hungry and forgot – doh!
I have a few more fab places to tell you about that we visited in Cornwall but will save this for part two next week!