The UK’s August weather was more akin to autumn than anything approaching late summer, so when summer made a surprising resurgence in early September, we made a bee-line for the Cornish Coast…and what a damn good decision that was! The kids are all back at school so the beaches & campgrounds were ours and ours alone just about.
Constantine Bay is one of our top beaches so we based ourselves in the lovely wee village of St. Merryn, which is just a stone’s throw from Constantine as well as Harlyn Bay. On our previous trip we had tested Nin’s Tea Room out & it ticked all the breakfast boxes so we decided to stick with the tried & true for our first holiday meal.
Hound #2 opted to go the ‘healthy’ route and ordered the Smoked Haddock with Poached Eggs (£7.95) – it was declared estupendo! And almost a meal & a half with the full plate of toast that came with…
Hound #3 made a more conventional breakfast choice – a BLT Bap (£4.50 – Nin’s also have a Breakfast Bap) which, again, was almost a meal & a half but a great way to load up on some fuel for the day’s activities.
Even though St. Merryn’s is tiny, it has 2 pubs: the Farmers Arms which is located smack dab in the village centre and Rick Stein’s place the Cornish Arms which is just a hop, skip & a jump on the way to Padstow. We hit the Farmers Arms for an evening beverage and dropped into the Cornish Arms for a holiday lunch.
The Cornish Arm’s menu offers good, solid pub food done to the highest order and is in no way a too fancy joint. We both decided the BBQ Chicken Caesar (£10.95) was what most tickled our fancy and indeed it did the job. It was nice to try some of Rick Stein’s food without partaking of the Rick Stein commercial frenzy you are exposed to in Padstow.
For our drive back home to Frome, we wanted to cruise via Dartmoor National Park as it is one of our most favourite Devon spaces. Our old Land Rover mechanic Kevin had highly recommend the Rugglestone Inn in the heart of the park @ Widecombe in the Moor so lunch was put on the agenda. And our mate Kevin nailed this one in spades – we loved it so much we forgot to shoot any food pics! But we are planning to return for a long weekend in the autumn & camp out in the cottage & hike the moors.
And as much as we love & enjoy our holidays, our Jack Russell Billie loves them even more…except when visiting National Trust Estates where he has to be tied up.