Indian Summer in Cornwall…

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Cornish Indian Summer

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.

CORNNinConstantine 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.

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Smoked Haddock & Poached Eggs

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…

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BLT Bap

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.

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Rick Stein’s Pub – The Cornish Arms

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.

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BBQ Chicken Caesar Salad

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.

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The Fab Rugglestone Inn in Dartmoor National Park

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.

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A Billie Holiday – Woof! Woof!

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.

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Same, Same But Different – Bath

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I’d hate to say we ever fall into too many ruts, and I am not sure I’d call this a rut, but whenever we venture into the Big Smoke of Bath from our humble abode in Frome, we always end up at Same, Same But Different. It just does what it does so exceptionally well – the food is honest, the wine list short but each is a gem (Red & White Wine Merchants of Devon get the nod), the prices are fair and the staff mod def define the word ‘hospitality’.

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On our most recent visit we only had one disappointment – the Sticky Pork Ribs had sold out…so forced to make alternative choices, Hound #2 went veggie with the Haloumi & Mushroom Burger (£9.50 – I’d had it the week before) and was dutifully most satisfied. The Triple Cooked Chips are the way all chips should be done, a rarity to be savoured if you find them.

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Haloumi & Mushroom Burger with Triple Fried Chops

Hound #3 opted for one of the several sandwiches on offer and the most appealing on the day was the Slow Braised Beef Brisket (£6.95) on bread from the locally worshipped Bertinet Bakery (we had to stop by post lunch & snag a loaf). The beef was meltingly tender and perfectly cooked and a splurge was decided and the triple cooked taters (£1.30) were included in the order. All washed down with a pint of draught Estrella (£3.60) …that’s a lunch.

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Slow cooked Beef Brisket Sammie

So if you find yourself in Bath or headed to Bath, put Same, Same But Different on your food SATNAV and enjoy….