Saturday, 23 August 2008

Grazing in Cornwall

On our recent trip to Cornwall, we had the chance to sample some restaurants in the area around the Lizard peninsula and Falmouth. Our base was nearest to Mullion - a pretty village on the western edge of the Lizard peninsula. In our first evening we decided to try the local chippies there.

The Galleon in Mullion
The fish and chips shop is called The Galleon Mullion.

Fish n Chips
We were quite impressed with the freshness of the fish and how tasty it was. You could almost taste the sea with every bite. The batter was crisp and cooked just right. The chips looks a bit soggy but it was good as well though not as crispy outside as the ones we were used to. Could it be because of the variety of potato they used? The mushy peas were nice though we noticed that the baked beans were microwaved.

Overall, this unfancy fish and chips shop is recommended if for just the fresh fish that they use. We will certainly be back if we are in the area. It's a shame it is currently on sale. I do hope the next owners will at least keep the quality of their offerings.

The Galleon Mullion
Nansmellion Rd
Cornwall   TR12 7BZ

Falmouth Harbour
The other one worth mentioning is the Waterside café in the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. They’ve got a daily board specials in addition to the standard café fares of sandwiches, tea fodders, and snacks. The food was great with the fresh produce they used shining through in all the dishes we ordered. Besides the food, the café has a wonderful setting of having a front-side view of Falmouth harbour. While there we saw boats big or small come and go including a huge luxury cruise ship. I was so engrossed with all the goings on in the harbour that I forgot to take pictures of the food. All I have is the picture of our view (see above) isn't it great?

National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Discovery Quay
Cornwall   TR11 3QY

The downer we experienced was with the restaurant of the Roskilly’s organic farm in St.Keverne, Helston. It’s an organic farm that produces dairy products. The small farm was charming looking more like someone's backyard. Their ice cream was simply fabulous. I especially love the unusual flavours they have.

Naturally we thought their restaurant offerings would be great as well so we stayed on for their evening grill. Well, we were let down by the cooking to say the least. The grilled mackerel I had was not grilled enough on the outside. My husband's steak was the same. The grill probably was not hot enough. The accompanying leaf salads were limp with the rice curried one looking a bit too gooey for me never mind that the rice was undercooked. We should have known the portends of things to come when we sat down and there was the pervading stink of cow poo all over the place. I know it's a farm but ... well ... I don’t think it's ever appetising to eat with that smell hanging in the air. Sorry Roskilly we'll gladly take you ice cream, yoghurt, clotted cream and milk but we will have to give your restaurant a miss. I didn't get to snap any picture of the food because my family was just too anxious to get out of there.

Roskilly's Ice cream & Organic Farm
Tregellast Barton
St. Keverne
Cornwall   TR 12 6NX

What we had in Cream
On a visit to Tintagel to take a peek on King Arthur's fabled castle ruins, we stumbled on a great find. There is this modern-looking cafe in the main road of the town where we had afternoon tea. We thoroughly enjoyed the nice spaghetti bolognese (for my son) and my scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Downed of course with Earl Grey tea. They were delish!

The prices were reasonable plus the dining areas at the back get a great view of the coast. If ever you're in the area we recommend you try Cream Cafe.

Cream in Tintagel

Cream Cafe Bar
Atlantic Road
Cornwall   PL34 0DD

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