A Cornish cafe crawl!
Who loves a great café? We’re thinking about beautiful locations, wonderful service and fabulous food and drink! At Treffry Towers, when we’re not stitching or working in the shops, we love to get out and about in Cornwall and sample the delights of local cafes and coffee shops. We’ve put together a list of our favourite ones just for you.
Starting off on the A39 just outside of Wadebridge you will find Strong Adolfo’s at the Hawksfield retail development. Faye from our team says they serve great coffee, superb smoothies and the selection of cakes is always pretty impressive too!
Strong Adolfo’s is quickly becoming a bit of a mecca for vintage and custom cars and motorcycles with regular subcultural happenings!
On the south coast between Looe and Polperro, you will find the Talland Bay Beach café. It’s right on the shore of the pretty cove, and you can eat either al fresco or in one of the delightfully decorated beach huts, some of them even have our own Poppy Treffry designs. As well as serving traditional Cornish dishes such as pasties and cream teas (remember, jam first!) they make amazing coffee, cakes, sandwiches and ciabattas. There are 11 flavours of Roskillys Cornish Ice-Cream for dessert too, Yum!
Further down the south coast, about a 20 minute drive from Falmouth towards Constantine, we love to visit Potager Garden café. It used to be a run down Nursery, until the current owners turned it into beautiful gardens. The cafe has loads of outdoor seating and in the main cafe you can dine in the greenhouse for when it gets a bit cold. The greenhouse is Stanya’s favourite to dine in (unless it's boiling outside), lots of lovely plants, it's quite different! Food is very yummy, they do soups, curries, sandwiches, breakfasts and cakes, including vegan and gluten free. The staff are very happy and friendly. There are huge grounds to wander around after a meal (or you can just fall asleep in a comfy hammock!).
The Rockpool café at Mousehole (pronounced Mowsal!) has amazing views towards St Michael's Mount. Apparently, if you're lucky, you can spot dolphins and seals swimming in the bay! Lovely food, milkshakes, cream teas and cocktails! Cute beach hut that seats up to 4 comfortably on the terrace (that's something different). Very friendly owners, they have a small gift shop inside and make their own tiles (their workshop is next to ours at Trereife). It has a very homely shabby chic feel to it inside and is a perfect spot for a lunch in any weather, and very instagrammable too!
And lastly, back up to the North Coast, near to Port Isaac, home of Doc Martin from the TV! We discovered the Gastropod, which is a sister to the Snails Pace Café at the start of the Camel Trail at Blisland. The Gastropod is an off-grid café in a beautiful Tipi village setting. It only opened earlier this year, but is fast becoming a quiet mecca for locals who want to get away from it all!
The café itself is in the polytunnel, where they also grow tomatoes, herbs, flowers and salad leaves for the dishes. You can also sit outside in the sun (sometimes there is some, honest!) and it really has a great outdoor casual dining vibe!
That concludes our whistlestop tour of the best cafes in Cornwall. We have tried to cover the county and cater for a large range of different tastes. Please get in touch if you find any more hidden gems that we should be visiting, purely for market research purposes, honestly!
This blog was written by Karen who manages the shop in Padstow. She had assistance from the rest of the team at Poppy Treffry, who seemed ever so keen to go to cafe's and drink coffee and eat cake, most strange!