Following on from last week’s Cornwall gluten free salutes I have three more places to rave about today.
The Pandora Inn is quite possibly my favourite pub and when I realised they were g/f friendly they then, of course, went even further up in my estimations. The Pandora Inn is set in the gorgeous surroundings of Restronguet Creek, a stone’s throw from Falmouth. On warm days (or even on cold days) you can sit on the pontoon which stretches out into the estuary. It is a perfect spot to just sit and watch the boats on the water (if you happen to have access to a boat you can reach the pub using this mode of transportation and moor it up at the end of the pontoon). The Pandora Inn sadly suffered a serious fire in 2011 but a year later it was back to its former glory. If you like old pubs with heaps of nooks and crannies and roaring fires then you HAVE to pay this place a visit. Anyhoo, on to the food. They have g/f symbols on their menu making it easy to navigate. I opted for the burger (which came with gluten free bread) and it was gorgeous. Proper juicy meat which you can tell was home-made teamed with the most amazing chips. We just about found room for a pudding which we shared. All in all, this was a fab way and place to spend our last night in Cornwall and we will certainly be back.
My Mum recently returned to her homeland for a visit and was due to meet a friend for lunch in Truro, she wasn’t sure where would be gluten free friendly (she is also a coeliac) so I did a little googling on her behalf and discovered The Secret Garden Cafe. The cafe serves predominately vegetarian fare although they did have a couple of chicken dishes. They had a brilliant gluten free selection, I opted for the quesadilla and I am so pleased I did as this was a new cafe find for me and it was done brilliantly! Oozing with cheese and instead of your typical meat, it was chock full of veggies so you could feel slightly virtuous. It came with a side salad and we shared some sweet potato wedges which were sprinkled with Cornish sea salt – perfect. The service was lovely and the staff very warm and accommodating as was the ambience of the cafe itself. They also had a selection of cakes (lemon meringue being one of the many choices which looked amazing) but again I resisted as my belt was starting to tell me something. If you find yourself in the Truro area do pay The Secret Garden a visit, you certainly won’t be disappointed.
Who doesn’t love a mooch around a farm shop? On our first morning we went all out and headed to Trevaskis Farm for a full English. Having read the post on Not a Trace’s blog I was keen to check it out. I could eat the sausages but unfortunately not the Hogs Pudding (only once, many years ago, did I find a gluten free Hogs Pudding). I was advised by our server that they often have g/f bread which is baked in house but unfortunately not on this occasion (they tend to have this more often than not during the high season). This was not a bad thing as the breakfast was huge. I think it was the whole eyes bigger than the belly scenario, to be honest but I managed it all. All of the breakfast items I believe are grown/reared at the farm itself. There is a nice farm shop to wander around too selling lots of Cornish food items as well as a good range of gluten free goodies. You can also pick your own if you fancy it. The only one thing I would say is I did email Trevaskis Farm ahead of my visit and they did not respond which was a bit of a shame. This did not put me off visiting them though as who doesn’t like a cooked breakfast, especially when on holiday.
I hope the Cornwall blogs help anybody who is planning to visit and I would love to hear from you if you know of any gluten free spots in Cornwall.