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Kitchens where meals and memories are made

October 3, 2017 No Comments

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and we couldn’t agree more.

It’s always exciting to experience local restaurants on holiday and Cornwall has its fair share of the best, from country pubs with roaring fires, fine dining and stunning beach front cafes.

Yet, there is still something very special about the whole family preparing, cooking and enjoying a delicious home cooked meal together and it seems so much more fun to cook on holiday.

If you’re planning a large group-getaway or a romantic couples retreat, here’s a selection of our holiday homes with kitchens that make cooking a special occasion.

When you’ve found your perfect holiday home we recommend talking to The Cornish Food Box Company. They have hundreds of Cornish products including fruit and veg, fish, meat and dairy which they will pack and deliver direct to your door.

Eat. Drink. Enjoy!

Perfect for large groups:

Calamansac East Wing

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East Wing sleeps up to 11 people and the glorious open plan kitchen with granite worktops, two electric cookers and hobs plus two dishwashers is the perfect room for entertaining. After a delicious home cooked meal head into the playroom for fun and games, including two RS Barcelona Ping-Pong tables, piano, library, games, indoor swing and comfortable seating area.

Nancenoy Farmhouse

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New to our portfolio in 2017, Nancenoy Farmhouse is a beautiful country cottage full of charm and character which extends to the kitchen. Sleeping 7 people it has a traditional Aga and log burner for the winter months along with big comfy sofas and a Nespresso coffee machine… bliss.

The Coach House

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Originally build in 1904 as a coach house and stables, The Coach House is now a stunning, contemporary home in an idyllic position within The Trerose Estate. Perfect for up to 8 people the kitchen is a vast room with solid wood cupboards, two under counter fridges and two ovens, the perfect place to feed a crowd.

Grown-up Getaways:

Kerensa an Mor

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Another new property to the portfolio in 2017. The no expense spared interior of Kerensa an Mor exudes a feel of calmness and quality. The spacious kitchen with AGA and separate cooker and hob will appeal to keen cooks while everyone will enjoy dining on the sunny terrace.

Seventh Heaven

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With open vaulted ceilings and quirky interior the state of the art kitchen has breath-taking sea views of Falmouth Harbour. The kitchen is high-tech with black gloss units and wonderfully capacious drawers. Perfect for two couples.

Pumpkin Cottage

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Picturesque charm with a modern powder blue electric AGA in a large open plan kitchen/dining room, just perfect for a family get together. Pumpkin Cottage offers everything you need from your holiday home.

Sunrise

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Don’t be fooled by the elegant outer façade of this Edwardian period property. The interior is surprisingly contemporary, spacious with underfloor heating throughout. The quality of the fixtures and fittings are second to none.

 

Universally Accessible:

Calamansac Sail Loft

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Guest comfort is paramount at The Sail Loft. If you have a mobility impairment this is the house for you. Equally if you are completely able bodied and looking for a five star retreat close to the sailing waters of the Helford River, two private beaches and fifty acres of meadow garden and woodland then this is also the place for you.

The kitchen is fully accessible, u-shaped with Corian work tops and a NEFF ‘slip and slide’ fan oven. The worktop and sink are capable of being lowered and raised to suit the user’s preference.

The Sail Loft really does cater for your every need.

 

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Fish ‘n Chips in Falmouth

September 22, 2017 No Comments

Whilst the precise origins of the humble British fish & chips might be shrouded in mystery, it’s safe to say that the simple combination of battered fish and fried chips have become one of the country’s best-loved dishes, evoking memories amongst many of childhood family holidays by the sea.

Here in the Westcountry; home of cider, pasties, farmers and some of the best stereotypes around. We do things differently down here, and much like everything else, even our fish and chips are different from ale batter to pollock instead of cod; from bog-standard to posh nosh, you’ll see a great variety of chippies in Cornwall.

But whilst no one doubts the popularity of the dish, with more than 10,000 chippies selling a staggering 382 million portions of fish & chips in the UK each year alone, the best chippie invokes some hearty debate amongst the Cornish.

So, if you want to sample some true Westcountry-style fish and chips, (here at the CHC office, we’re not brave enough to pick a side), here’s our completely non-biased take on the local fish & chip shops around, here in Falmouth.

 

Harbour Lights – Arwenack Street, Falmouth, TR11 3LH T: 01326 316934

http://www.harbourlights.co.uk/

It would be rude not to note that the Harbour Lights were crowned ‘Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year 2017’ at this year’s National Fish and Chip Awards in London.

Harbour Lights use fish from fully sustainable sources and they are currently the only MSC certified restaurant in Cornwall!

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Rick Stein’s Fish– Discovery Quay, Falmouth, TR112XA

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Rick Stein’s Fish on Discovery Quay is a foodie’s favourite and a highlight of a visit to the town.

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Gylly Beach Café– Cliff Road, Falmouth, TR11 4PA

http://www.gyllybeach.com/

Open throughout the year the Gylly cafe is the ideal place to enjoy everything from a relaxing coffee to tasty locally caught fish and chips.

 

Penmere Fish & Chips– 2 Penmere Hill, Falmouth, TR11 2RD

http://www.penmerefishbar.co.uk/

Traditional values from a family run business since 1980.

 

Gem Fish Bar– 6 Quarry Hill, Falmouth, TR11 2BP

http://www.thegemfishbar.co.uk/

Outstanding food quality and very friendly service.

 

Perham’s Fish & Chips– 103 Boslowick Road, Falmouth, TR11 4QD

 

There can’t be many people who don’t have their own views of precisely what constitutes the ideal fish & chips, and where to find them. What’s yours?

Haddock, Cod, Skate or Pollock, what’s your poison?

A room with a view

September 15, 2017 No Comments

On a sunny September day is there anywhere nicer than being next to the river? We thought it was the perfect opportunity for a photoshoot at The Upper Deck in Port Navas and wanted to share a selection with you.

Sitting right on the quayside, on the edge of Port Navas creek of the Helford river, the views most definitely have the wow factor. Upper Deck is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of ‘normal life’ whilst relaxing and watching activity on the water.

Renovated in Spring 2017, the Upper Deck features a cosy multi-aspect sitting room, plus open plan modern fitted kitchen and dining area

Imagine your first cup of tea of the day with that same stunning view from your sumptuous king-sized bed.  Bring those unread novels and take time to really relax.

There are a further two bedrooms, one double and one bunk room.

French doors open from the indoor living space onto the balcony that runs the full width of this stunning, five star apartment. This really is dreamy accommodation we know you will want to return to year after year.

Upper Deck welcomes a well-behaved dog and there are some delightful walks nearby including many dog-friendly beaches and coves.

Read more and plan your stay at the Upper Deck.

Can You Have An All Cornish Beach BBQ?

September 12, 2017 No Comments

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Sumptuous burgers, sizzling sausages, freshly caught mackerel combined with homemade salads and sandy feet make for the perfect Cornish BBQ. Is it possible to have a delicious al fresco meal with family and friends that’s completely Cornish? Let’s just say, we were very keen to find out…..all in the name of research of course!

Cooking outdoors is a practice truly suited to Cornwall and it feels like the most natural thing in the world to be whipping up even the most basic of offerings in this environment. Surrounded by the freshest seafood, crops and livestock, Cornish residents and visitors have the best of all three at their fingertips. We’ve taken some time to find the best local suppliers to ensure a truly Cornish experience, one you can enjoy with loved ones and friends. Let’s face it, life doesn’t get much better than cooking to the sound of the waves rolling in, the spellbinding sight of a golden, fiery sun setting and the smoky smell of a crackling fire.

With supermarkets stocked with German beef burgers and sausages from Northumberland, where do you start if you want to experience true Cornish cuisine?  Here’s our helpful guide to dazzle your taste buds and expand your mind of what Cornwall has to offer.

For your meat, Falmouth butchers Myatts can satisfy all of your BBQ requirements, or Baileys Country Store stock an impressive selection of local free-range meats. The Cornish Food Box Company is known as the ‘Cornish’ supermarket, they work with more than 150 local farmers and producers so you can be guaranteed your food has truly been raised or grown locally and is of the highest quality. Their convenient BBQ Boxes (which can be delivered to your door if required) make outdoor dining easy and hassle free and are filled with the best of Cornish meat, salads and sauces. Now, where are those matches…

When in Cornwall, it would be a crime to not consider fish or seafood as part of your outdoor feast!  Fish and smoke go together fantastically well and smoking your own fish is not as complicated as you might think. Procure a whole trout or side of salmon and some oak chips and cook like the caveman you always knew you were. If you’re feeling fancy, slice a whole fish open and stuff with lemon, dill and pepper.

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If you want tasty, seasonal fish during the summer months, mackerel is abundant around the Falmouth coastline, sometimes literally jumping out of the water! This is one of the best and most popular Cornish seafood choices – sustainable, delicious, easy to cook and very good for you. Stocks are healthy and well monitored and catching mackerel is unbelievably easy. Children will enjoy hauling them from the sea with hand lines.We recommend Falmouth Fishing Trips from Custom House Quay for all the family or hire a Kayak from Falmouth Surf School on Maenporth beach for a more solitary experience. For other varieties of fish, check out our local friends Seaborne Fish., they have a shop in Penryn or will happily deliver to you. Their range of locally caught seafood is awesome – from seabass to scallops, you’ll find something just right to sizzle on the barbie.

It is common knowledge that barbecues are great for meat eaters, but charcoal or fire does wondrous things to vegetables too, if you get the technique right. What you want is that lovely charring along the bars – it looks amazing, and tastes even better. This summer we’ve discovered the joys of large flat mushrooms with a dash of balsamic and charred sweet long red peppers amazing. All your Cornish vegetables for salads and dips can be sourced from The Natural Store, Falmouth, who deliver too. Or it’s quite likely to see local growers selling their produce outside their houses within the village of Mawnan Smith, you can’t get more local than that!

Hot sauce goes well with meats and salads so take a look at Volcano sauces who sell their incredibly zingy homemade sauces from Avenue road. If you’re not keen on spicy food Halzephron Herb Farm chutneys and pickles are superb and made on a weekly basis so they’ll change depending on what’s in season.

Many people enjoy a cold lager with a barbie. Popping open a frosty can to go with your grilled goods seems like a no-brainer, but which beer or cider to choose? Healeys Cyder Farm is Cornwall’s longest standing cider producer. Their famous Rattler is available in pubs and restaurants throughout the country, and has recently expanded nationally in the supermarkets.  Award-winning Skinners Brewery is hands down the best producer of bottled beer in Cornwall. With their quirky names such as ‘Penny Come Quick’, ‘Cornish Knocker’ and Cornish folklore star ‘Betty Stoggs’ you’ll find a mouth-watering ale to complement your food.

When pairing wine with barbeques, you can’t really go wrong with a crisp, crowd-pleasing Sauvignon, or for some fizz, a sparkling Camel Valley Pinot Noir Brut or a non-alcoholic Cornish Elderflower presse by Polgoon will always rise to the occasion.

Of course this will all need to be accompanied by some fresh sourdough bread from the award winning Stones Bakery on the High Street which has taken a prominent place in Falmouth’s foodie revolution. Lightly toast it on your BBQ, a little bit more effort, but well worth it!

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So with the food and drink sorted, if you are unsure of how to conduct the perfect Cornish BBQ and in need of some guidance, here are our top tips:

-Find the perfect beach BBQ destination. We highly recommend Grebe, Durgan or Maenporth beach for the best possible chance of extending the sunshine for as long as possible. These beaches will provide a backdrop and silhouette to absorb and reminisce over for years to come.

-Keep an eye on the weather. Make sure you check the forecast a couple of days ahead so you can plan where you go, what to take and what time to get the coals going. Remember that Cornwall can have four seasons in one day and even 4 seasons on three coasts!

-Prepare your ingredients and gear in advance. Think the meal through from start to finish and you will begin to think of things to pack that you may have forgotten in a rush. Think sauces, salads, buns and utensils.

-Set your BBQ up in an area with some shelter from the wind. The local beaches we have recommended above, have the most wonderful (and practical) stones and pebbles to prop up your barbie and provide some shelter.

-At the risk of teaching granny to suck eggs….let the coals turn grey with no flames before cooking. Trying to cook with a flame is a sure route to burnt outsides and raw insides. Better known as salmonella poisoning.

-Keep one eye on the skies…. Seagulls pose the ultimate threat to your chipolatas and have developed quite daring dive-bombing techniques to snaffle your snags !

-Other essentials would include: bin liners, paper towels, cool bag with ice packs and tin foil.

-Lastly, leave the beach as if you were never there. It’s so important that we stress this. There’s nothing worse than seeing litter in the beautiful Cornish coves and it can have a real detrimental effect on the wildlife and people’s enjoyment of these places. Did you know that sand absorbs heat so much so that if you cheekily buried your hot coals in the sand – in a few hours people would seriously burn their feet walking over the top?

 

Get fired up, it’s grilling time! So here you have it, a guide to the perfect Cornish Beach BBQ. Let us know how you got on and send us your snaps. Have you got any local suppliers to add or perhaps a recipe you think make a barbeque extra special?

 

 

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Exploring the Helford on foot

August 25, 2017 No Comments

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Come rain or shine the Helford amplifies all the brilliance of a perfect Cornish walk.

This is the county’s coastal scenic splendour at its best. All routes are well-signed and lead to picture-perfect locations, whether woodland or by the water.

Tiny hamlets, time almost at a standstill, pebbly beaches and sandy shoreline, plus rockpools and rocky outcrops to explore. Shells and all manner of splendid distractions, it’s a feast for the eyes, picturesque and easy on the foot.

Take your time, stop, look and listen. You’ll see, hear and feel the natural beauty, the sweeping curves, the treeline edges of the Helford River and the glistening seascape. Calm or storm, there’s nothing to compare with a walk by the sea.

Fascinating houses in picturesque, ‘chocolate box’ villages like Durgan and wildlife in abundance. Tiny tracks and trails giving hints of the plentiful nocturnal activity.

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Sweeping to the shoreline, natural garden mixed with planted perfection of Trebah and Glendurgan.

And always a buzz, put-put of tiny boat engines, yachts and boats at anchor dotted about. In the creeks at higher tide all’s awash with hustle and bustle. Fish jumping, boats bobbing and waves lapping. Low tide brings its wealth of wonder too. Perfect for ‘Swallows and Amazons’ playtime as children skim stones and small dogs pant as barbecues sizzle at the waterside.

Mostly sheltered from the ravages of wind and tide, it’s an excellent place and space for on and off the water. There’s nothing like walking round then taking a boat trip to see the ‘other side’.

This is postcard-perfect Cornwall, where holiday memories are made. This makes all the things we have do to get here… worthwhile.

Here’s one of our favourite Helford River walks:

Mawnan Church to the Ferry Boat Inn, Helford Passage

Park at the pretty church at the end of Church Lane just outside the village of Mawnan Smith. From here walk through the kissing gate and into the sweeping field down towards the Helford River onto Parson’s Beach. A gentle stroll for about an hour along the coast path pass Porth Saxon, Grebe Rock and on to the tiny fishing village of Durgan, like stepping back in time. Carry on along the coastpath past Trebah Gardens and onto the Helford Passage.

Here, you can reward yourself at the family run Ferry Boat Inn. Take a seat in the pub’s outside terrace and enjoy homemade pub classics, whilst drinking in the view, ready for your return journey back.

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Afternoon Tea in Cornwall

August 18, 2017 No Comments

Afternoon tea is all the rage these days, birthdays, hen do’s or just your average Friday. There is nothing like a relaxing afternoon tea followed by a dip in an outdoor hot tub with a view…

We’re celebrating Afternoon Tea Week by researching the best options around.

Here are a few Cornish afternoon teas we think you should know about:

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The Scarlet – Adults only

A romantic hotel built into the hillside on the north coast of Cornwall. Why not stay for a massage or a dip in their outdoor hot tub on the cliffs?

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The Greenbank

Sit back and enjoy the view. Watch the bobbing boats and the ferries going to and fro up the river. What a variety to choose from, there is certainly something for everyone, here are their current options:

Greenbank Afternoon Tea, Children’s Afternoon Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea, Chocoholics’ Afternoon Tea, Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea

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Dollys Tearoom

Located on Falmouth High Street, Dolly’s is well known for their selection of over 200 gins! Not only do they do a delicious afternoon tea, you can choose between tea or gin in your teapot.

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Tresanton

A little bit of luxury, pop on the St Mawes Ferry and arrive in style to one of the most exclusive hotels in Cornwall. The Tresanton has breath taking views and its own beach. Perhaps the best part is the outdoor terrace with stunning views, baked in sunshine it’s the perfect place for afternoon tea.

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Budock Vean

Our lovely neighbours at the Budock Vean offer a lovely spread. Take a stroll through the gardens down to the Helford River, or why not take your swim stuff and have a dip in their pool/outdoor hot tub?

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SPACE Make-Share-Eat-Breathe

August 2, 2017 No Comments

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Hello, I’m Polly Radford, a Cornish artist, food lover and creative PR person, who now runs ‘SPACE’… a little, local company offering creative escape days for busy people, anyone in need of some time out.

Space, it’s what we all crave, right?!. That’s why we love Cornwall. My creative escape days offer you the chance to truly relax, retreating from everything for a day, to my beautiful garden studio, near Mawnan Smith. Hidden away from the business of life, work, children and all the other things that seem to make modern life so hectic. We come together to make things, share a nutritious two course lunch and indulge in a professional massage from the brilliant local masseuse, Sally.

My creative escape days are primarily about relaxation, so not a  craftworkshop per se, or lessons in how to create a beautiful piece of art. I offer an alternative to a spa day… less expensive and far more relaxing. Imagine a selfcare package where you arrive in a quiet space, have a coffee, chat over some making options, share inspiration with others, indulge in a tasty two course lunch and then unwind with a massage, some yoga or a guided relaxation session.

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Whether making coil pots from clay, imprinting leaves and cow parsley to make tiles, cutting your own lino prints, or therapeutically arranging found slate and sea glass beach treasures to create a take away wall hanging, you will find that engaging your hands in the simple task of making, will quickly and naturally relax you. Creative activities are proven to reduce stress and increase your positive state of mind. Selfcare is no longer simply about nipping down to your local beauty parlour for a manicure or pedicure,a spot of craft with like-minded individuals can be far more relaxing and indulgent. Throw in a head massage and some rich chocolate brownies and what could be better?!

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In the spring, you might even find yourself taking a short stroll into the woods, as a group, to gather wild garlic, returning to the garden studio to turn it into jars of wild garlic pesto, orhand printing your own labels with lino cuts you’ve designed yourself (with my help if you like). Making, be it arty or culinary is at the heart of all space days and evenings. We can do virtually anything your heart desires in order to help you to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Space days run on Tuesdays all year round, as well as on the occasional weekend and evening. I also run candle lit space nights throughout the Autumn where you can make sea glass Christmas decorations and cards, while enjoying a light supper and glass of mulled wine in the garden studio. You can book your own private space session if you have a minimum of four people. These work brilliantly for birthday parties and hen dos or for an alternative evening out with friends wanting to get together, and catch up, away from it all. To book a place on any of my space days or night, please call me on 01326 372444 or book via my Facebook page. See you soon!

Upcoming Space sessions:

Tuesday 15th August 10-3 ish

Tuesday 22nd August 10-3 ish

Tuesday 12th September 10-3 ish

Tuesday 20th September 10-3 ish

 

Falmouth Restaurants with Good Accessibility

July 12, 2017 No Comments

Cornwall has some of the most diverse and interesting places to visit, many with facilities for visitors with accessibility needs. Most restaurants and pubs will provide access and facilities for less mobile visitors, but it is best to check specific requirements with the venue before your visit.

Here is our guide to eating out at restaurants in Falmouth with great accessibility. You’ll find Fish and seafood restaurants, fine dining, bistros and brasseries, Gastro pubs and café bars with photos, menus and all the essential information at your finger-tips. *

Prezzo – Located close to the seafront and local shops and bars and within easy reach of the rail station. Housed in the old post office, Prezzo is a large open plan restaurant seating up to two hundred guests and features a patio area for al fresco dining.

The Old Post Office The Moor Falmouth Cornwall
01326 314564

The Waymarker

The WayMarker – The current menus range from classic Brasserie style dinners, splendid light lunches & mouth-watering cakes whether gluten & dairy are your friends or not!

Constantine Falmouth
01326 341323 Pub / Bar that serves food

 

5 Degrees West – A Modern bar and grill located in the heart of Falmouth. There is a side entrance to the right of the building for wheelchair users
7 Grove Place Falmouth

Zizzi

Zizzi – Italian chain restaurant for pizza and calzone on wooden boards, plus traditional pastas. 1 Maritime House, Discovery Quay, Falmouth

Lemon Arms

Lemon Arms – Traditional village pub in Mylor Bridge, with car-park and a small garden, serving award winning St Austell Brewery ales and food.

Lemon Hill, Mylor Bridge, Falmouth

Pandora

Pandora Inn – In a spectacular setting on the edge of Restronguet Creek, their attention to detail in everything – from the food and service to the décor and furniture – has established the Pandora as an award-winning pub that aims to give you an enjoyable and memorable experience whenever you visit.

Pandora Inn, Restronguet Creek, Falmouth

 

*Our understanding is that these establishments are ‘accessible’ however we advise that you check with them directly and confirm both accessibility and facilities available.

 

 

 

 

A walk at Chapel Porth

April 7, 2017 No Comments

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Just next to St Agnes, Chapel Porth Beach is run by the National Trust. The long sandy beach is completely covered at high tide but the walk along the cliff is simply stunning (used in the Poldark filming).

 

Casa Juan

March 28, 2017 No Comments

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What a wonderful welcome we received from the recently opened Casa Juan Restaurant in the village square in Mawnan Smith.

The staff at our office were invited along for an evening where we sampled, amongst other things, Calamari, paella, Albondigas, tortilla and traditional Spanish almond tart.  All very tasty and flavoursome.

Casa Juan a family run traditional Spanish licensed restaurant specialising in tapas.  The authentic Spanish cuisine is prepared by Juan who comes from Tenerife.  The family are excellent hosts – happily describing the recipes and obviously keen for their guests to have a  fulfilling enjoyable meal.

They open for lunch and dinner Tuesday – Saturday, perfect for a mid walk lunch as they are happy for dogs to join at lunch.

 

 

 

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