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We know we’re not alone when we at FFF cite Cornwall as one of our favourite places in the UK. With a coastline that’s almost 300-miles long, Cornwall has no shortage of stunning sandy beaches, imposing cliff faces and craggy coves to explore. From Polzeath and Kynance Cove to Sennen Cove and Fistral Beach, whether crab catcher, fisherman, surf enthusiast or sun worshiper, there’s a corner of coastal Cornwall to suit. Cornwall’s villages and towns are no less picturesque. Experience the charm of tiny Port Isaac, the sleepiness of National Trust owned Boscastle and the busy nightlife of Newquay, or enjoy the quiet bustle of Padstow and St Ives. Visit Lands’ End, the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Bodmin Moor or any of the numerous wildlife reserves, including the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, or perhaps enjoy an alfresco dramatic experience at the Minack Theatre. You’ll never be short of things to do and see.
Such is this West Country county’s rugged beauty and romantic scenery, that it has even inspired literary greats like Daphne Du Maurier to pen such classics as Jamaica Inn – you can still visit the novel’s namesake pub for a pint of local ale and something to eat. Which brings me neatly to Cornwall’s other great attraction – its food.
Of course you’ll find traditional Cornish pasties, Cornish clotted cream, ice cream, seafood, the famous Cornish Cider, Rattler, traditional ales from local breweries like St Austell and award-winning cheeses like the Cornish Blue. But great food doesn’t begin and end with great produce – you need great chefs too. The county continues to attract big names to its shores, so fine dining and traditional pub experiences are available in equal abundant measure. Perhaps the most famous of its foodie inhabitants, Rick Stein has a number of great establishments like The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow, while his son, Jack Stein, is making waves of his own. Nathan Outlaw continues to wow diners at his namesake restaurant in Rock, while Paul Ainsworth, also a Padstow resident, is impressing diners at both his Number 6 and Rojano restaurants. Traditional and gastro pubs are in abundance and the booming café scene shows no sign of losing momentum. Cornish Food Festivals take place throughout the year, celebrating the amazing diversity of quality food produced in this region of plenty. The Cornish take their food, and drink, very seriously, and rightly so. Residents and visitors should all consider themselves a very lucky bunch indeed. We can’t wait to go back.