Cornwall – June 2012

It was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend – what a time to be in London! Or alternatively, what a time to escape London to explore wonderful Cornwall instead :-)

Em and I travelled (along with what seemed like the rest of the UK) along the A30 down to near St Austell in Cornwall to stay at the fabulous Pankiln cottage at Wheal Rashleigh Dry. The full photoset can be found on flickr, and a highlights set in the slideshow below.

Despite the occasionally British weather, we crammed in a lot of highlights. We particularly enjoyed the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, where we bought some delicious boned and rolled leg of lamb from the Lobbs Farm Shop. This was for our dinner on the Monday, cooked according to the tried and tested recipe from our friend Ren Behan over at Fabulicious Food.

There were naturally several Cornish cream teas involved, particularly at the Cornish Cyder Farm near Newquay.

Back to our reason for escaping London – as well as the Queen’s Jubilee, it was also the birthday weekend for my Mum. For a special treat, we had booked at Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 in Padstow. For those who watch the Great British Menu, you’ll know what an inventive and talented chef he is. And his menu at the restaurant didn’t disappoint. Without doubt, it was one of the finest meals I’ve ever eaten. I started with smoked haddock and poached egg yolk on a bed of black pudding. This was followed by Galloway fillet and ox cheek with charred leek and horseradish mash, which brought a smile to my face with each bite. But the real giggle came with dessert. We shared a “Trip to the Fairground” and chocolate ‘cake’, both of which have featured on the Great British Menu. Awesome flavours and cheeky presentation.

It’s always a pleasure to discover areas of your own country that surprise and delight, and our trip to Cornwall did just that. Many happy memories…

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