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Cottages near award winning pubs

March 9, 2016 No Comments

We go on holiday to relax, to saunter, to wander and to lounge. And there’s nothing like a good pub to saunter into, relax and lounge around in.

A good pub is a great place to soak up some atmosphere, get in touch with local culture (or local beer) and watch the world go by. We all have our favourite pubs here at Cornish Holiday Cottages; my personal favourite is The Front in Falmouth. It’s a vibrant local pub down on the waterfront an ever revolving selection of beers and ciders.

But we’re not here to talk about our favourites. There are award winning pubs within a stone’s throw – or a tipsy totter – of our holiday homes. These are the sort of pubs that our guests seek out before they ever cross the Cornish border. They are pubs that have history, individuality and excellent food. They have roaring fires in the corner, friendly staff and a fine selection of local ales, spirits and wines to choose from.

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Down on the banks of Restronguet Creek sits the Pandora Inn. Stepping into the 13th Century thatched building is like stepping back in time. Low beamed ceilings, crooked flagstone floors and warming fires create a cosy atmosphere inside;  whilst outside, a long pontoon stretches over the water for languid summer drinking.

That’s without mentioning their fantastic grub. Steamed mussels, fish and chips and doorstop sandwiches are the order of the day.

Nominated for Tourism Pub of the Year at last year’s Visit England Awards – it came third – as well as winning gold at the Cornish Tourism Awards, The Pandora is a short walk from our two holiday homes, Acorn Cottage and Willow Cottage, in the centre of Mylor Bridge. Both holiday homes boast wood burners for cosy nights in, beautiful modern furnishings and sun trap gardens.

Down on the Helford river there’s not one, but two award winning pubs within walking distance of our Cornish Holiday Cottages.

Our Polwheveral holiday homes, including Trenant, Gwel-an-Dowr, Little Trenant and Melyn Goth, and the famous Calamansac properties are both just down the hill from the Trengilly Wartha, a family run traditional country pub with a silver award from The Taste of the West. The bar staff are incredibly friendly and you are bound to bump into some loquacious locals. The Trengilly boasts one of the largest whisky menus in the counties and a food menu full of locally caught seafood and meat from nearby farms.IMG_8129-47

 

For those of you eyeing up our Durgan holiday cottages or the panoramic views of our expansive Helford Point home, the Ferryboat Inn is a holiday gem. Dating back to the 16th century the Ferryboat sits on the banks of the Helford river and is a mere stretch of the toe away from a sheltered beach, so you can have a drink while the children play. It’s the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon. There’s a fine selection of local beers and a comfy sofa placed right in front of their fireplace to warm your cockles in front of on chillier days. Their menu offers a selection of seafood dishes and there’s an ever changing specials board to look out for.

The View From The Star and Garter

Finally, for those reading our blog posts on a regular basis you will have noticed us mention the Star and Garter in Falmouth a lot over the last few weeks. So it’s a pub that will need no introduction to our Cornish Holiday Cottage guests. An enticing view of Falmouth Harbour, creative food and a relaxed, stylish bar are ready to greet anyone staying  in our Packet Quays apartments and houses. There’s the Crow’s Nest with its unparelleled living room views, the newly refurbished Harbour View with its beautiful attic bedroom or Cross Trees with its 39ft balcony and lavish L shaped sofa. That’s without mentioning Janes Court and its slipway, or Cormorants. Basically, if you want to be close to the fine pubs of Falmouth, there’s no shortage of options.

 

 

 

Star and Garter, Falmouth

March 2, 2016 No Comments

Last week we recommended Falmouth’s ‘The Star and Garter’ as the perfect place for Easter lunch. There’s a reason for that: it’s our new favourite foodie haunt.

Opening in August of last year, we were a little dubious at first – The old Star and Garter used to host a pretty mean jazz night and was pretty legendary in its own right – but were won over as soon as we sat down to a lunch of seafood linguine one autumn afternoon. The décor hits the right balance between vintage and modern, but its stand out features are the windows that stretch across the back wall offering an unparalleled view of the river.

The Star and Garter

The Star and Garter has a rich history, having been open since 1892, so new landlords, Elliot and Becca Thompson, have taken on a thick slice of Falmouth’s culture. In fact, if they hadn’t stepped in, it would likely have become a block of flats.

Being a trained chef, Elliot could well have stepped into the kitchen himself, but their kitchen is bursting with talent, manned as it is with three chefs from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. They have a lot of toys to play with too. An open-plan kitchen contains a ceramic bbq, pickling area and butchery room. So you know that there’s a lot of love and fun going into the food.

Seafood Linguine

There’s ideology to go with the expertise. ‘We have a strong ethic about our food, respect the animals and produce we use. We waste nothing – properly subscribing to the ‘nose to tail’ philosophy,’ Elliot has told Cornwall Living magazine. They do all their own butchery, make their own sausage meat and are always smoking or brining things.

The View From The Star and GarterCornish Holiday Cottage’s first experience of their home butchery was when we shared a platter of venison with friends one evening. Huge, roughly hewn chunks of venison melted in our mouths, accompanied with roasted fennel and a rich jus. Our window seat looked out over the Falmouth estuary and the lights of Flushing twinkled across the water. The atmosphere was buzzing.

You do have to be warned though: the menu is never going to be what you expect. Everyday there’s something different going on and they’re not afraid to experiment. Wood pigeon may be on the menu one night, a rabbit ragu at lunch time, so you definitely need to go in with an open mind. They make their own pork pies, scotch eggs and things do run out – so get there for an early sitting in the evenings.

Sunday Roast

We last visited the Star and Garter for Sunday lunch and luckily we had booked. People that turned up on the day were all sadly turned away. What set The Star and Garter’s roast apart was the seriously seasonal veg and the detailed preparation behind each joint of meat. The beef was a succulent medium rare with a delicate smokiness, whilst the pork was slow roasted to the point where it was more shredded than sliced. Chard cabbage, roasted beetroot, crisp high rise Yorkshire puddings and Beef fat roast potatoes offered a crispiness on a par with anything we’ve ever managed to cook ourselves.

The only complaint we’d have about the Star and Garter is that we wanted, no needed, more.

Top Dog Friendly Pubs

December 1, 2014 No Comments

photo (4)Anyone who has been into the Cornish Holiday Cottages offices knows that we are massive dog lovers. There’s nothing better on a crisp autumn day than a coastal or woodland walk with man’s best friend darting between the trees, jumping in puddles or diving head first into the sea, playing fetch. These walks usually have us wrapped up warm in our hats and scarves, enmeshed in a cagoule and our feet are wrapped up warm in woollen socks and squeezed snuggly into a pair of wellies.

 

As dog lovers we know how important it is to be able to find those places that welcome dogs when you’re out and about: places that will allow you and your pet to dry off, enjoy a hot chocolate, a beer or a refreshing bowl of water.  Dogs are well catered for here in Cornwall, but we do have a few favourites in and around the Helford and Falmouth area.

 

The Trengilly Wartha Inn, Constantine

The Trengilly is a proper country tavern serving fantastic food, local beer and strangely, one of the longest lists of whiskeys we’ve ever seen. Tucked away behind the village of Constantine, and short walk from Port Navas, the pub itself has six acres of gardens to explore.

 

The Ferryboat Inn, Helford Passage

With a prime location on the Helford River, The Ferryboat Inn serves as great base for visits to Trebah Gardens, Glendurgan garden or numerous coastal walks and boat-trips around Mawnan Smith, Durgan and the Helford Estuary. Dogs are made extremely welcome at anytime of day. There are various dog bowls dotted around and there are normally dog biscuits on the bar. With a small beach a literal stone’s throw away, you can enjoy a relaxing drink or nibble while your dog dips its paws in the water.

 

The Pandora Inn – Restronguet Creek, Mylor Bridge

All low beamed ceilings, flagstone floors and a thatched roof, parts of the Pandora date back to the 13th Century. A cosy and intimate establishment with lots of nooks to hide yourselves away in, The Pandora offers bowls of water for your dog and some stunning local food for yourself, whether you fancy a sandwich or a substantial three-course meal. For their recent website revamp The Pandora’s owners commissioned outdoor writer, Sue Viccars to create some circular walks around Restronguet and Mylor. On the site you’ll find a map with all the routes on as well some handy parking spots too.

 

5 Degrees West, Falmouth

5 Degrees West can be found near The Maritime Museum and is a modern, relaxed pub with no dog restrictions, water bowls, the odd dog biscuit and very friendly staff.  Their restaurant area is family friendly and unpretentious and there is an open fireplace to cosy up to as well.

 

Halzephron Inn, Gunwalloe, Helston

Perched on the cliff top near Gunwalloe beach is the 500 year old Halzephron Inn. The pub is ideally situated for coastal walks south, towards Church Cove and The Lizard or west, across a mile of golden sand towards Porthleven. The beauty of this rugged coastline cannot be underestimated in any season. The Inn is home to Olly, the Red Irish Setter, and you just know they are a dog friendly bunch when they have a photo gallery dedicated to dogs propping themselves up at the bar, on their website.

 

 

 

 

Books and Beer, who would have thought it!

September 18, 2014 No Comments

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Cornwall: In The Know – Beerwolf Books

Beerwolf Books in Falmouth started as a book stall on the weekly market and is now one of the trendiest pubs in town.

By day they have an olympic sized table tennis table, a fantastic book shop selling cheap second hand and new books, and a bar serving a large selection of different ales, coffee and soft drinks.

By night the bar is alive with people of all ages, buying books, drinking and playing games.

Although they don’t sell food other than snacks, they are happy for you to bring your own, and there is a good choice of outlets nearby! The Courtyard Deli next door sells delicious local produce, or a couple of minutes walk is Belly Timber, a delicious pizza takeaway. Dogs welcome too!

Beerwolf Books is located in Bells Court, opposite Marks and Spencers.

Mylor Headland Walk

April 18, 2014 No Comments

Just enjoyed a beautiful walk from Mylor Quay around the headland stopping off for some refreshment and a relaxing rest at the Pandora Inn.  Including our many stops to enjoy the fabulous views the whole walk back to the village took less than three hours.  Ideal if you are staying in one of our village properties such as Acorn Cottage, Trehovel or Fox Cottage (coming soon to CHC)