Did you know the reason for a thick crust in a cornish pasty was so the working miners could hold their meal without contaminating it with their fingers, and that bit would then be thrown away? I always liked the thick crust, but there’s a practical history to the design of a pasty.
When I think of Cornwall I think of cornish pasties and the cornish coast. And on this trip, both did not disappoint. We had a pasty every day (piping hot out of the oven every time), and admired the coastline and rough waves in Newquay, St. Ives, Land’s End and Mevagissey.
This is a delayed post as I visited Cornwall back in October for my birthday. Although it rained almost every day, the long weekend away was such good fun and the weather wasn’t going to stop us from venturing out and enjoying what Cornwall had to offer.
Behind the scenes:
- We did a day trip that covered Newquay, St. Ives, right down to Land’s End. The total drive was about two hours each way.
- Newquay is a surfer town. Despite the stormy weather, the surfers were out and the beach was packed. It was surreal to see so many people in the water as I thought it would be a ghost town.
- I had a tasty ‘deluxe hot chocolate’ at Pauline’s Creamery. Their cream tea was also nice.
- St. Ives is another beautiful seaside town with small shops, cafes, hotels and waterfront apartments. I can imagine it being beautiful in the summer months, especially if you score some good accommodation with a view.
- We walked past Pengenna Pasties twice because we ‘weren’t ready to eat yet’, but after watching the dough being hand rolled and a batch of pasties come out of the oven, we knew it was time (11am lunch? why not). This place was amazing and had the best cheese and onion pasty. It just hits different in Cornwall, ya know?
- Land’s End is also worth a visit with the clifftop views and beautiful scenery. It’s one of Cornwall’s most famous landmarks and reminded me a bit of Durdle Door in Dorset.
- On the last day we visited a small village called Mevagissey. This was recommended by one of the hotel staff and it was local to where we were staying. A nice walk around where you can enjoy ice cream, more pasties, chips and vinegar, and get souvenirs.
- The Eden Project is a must-see when in Cornwall. Fun fact: when we purchased two adult tickets, there was an option to turn your tickets into a year-long annual pass for no extra fee. Why not?
- While many people come to Cornwall in the summer months because of the beaches and seaside towns, I still enjoyed it in October and would happily come back off season. I can totally see why people come in summer as there’s lots to enjoy, but I also imagine it will be very busy.
- My one suggestion would be to speak to locals and ask for recommendations, whether it’s the taxi driver, hotel staff, cafe staff, Airbnb host. We ended up enjoying some quirky cocktails at Rebellion on my birthday evening thanks to someone’s suggestion. Especially with the smaller towns, it’s always worth asking a local for the go-to spots.
PS – Another great suggestion offered to us – we tried porridge with cornish cream (instead of milk) and well. An indulgence but so comforting and tasty. So try that, with sugar of course.
Cobble streets of St. Ives
The Eden Project
View from our balcony at The Cornwall Hotel & Spa