Last year I quit my job in law in London and traded in the frantic commute for a life in Cornwall. Newquay, located on the north coast, is one of my favourite places and the inspiration for my move. Although Newquay may have had a questionable reputation in the past (Stag Do’s) it is now has some incredible high quality independent coffee shops, restaurants and a surfing culture which buzzes throughout the whole town.
I would like to share with you my insider tips for an unforgettable trip away…
COFFEE AND FOOD
Newquay is full of original independent coffee shops. Origin coffee, which is roasted in Cornwall, is popular and high quality choice. The majority of coffee shops have almond/hazelnut/coconut/soy milk options as well as serving nutritious and tasty smoothies. I recommend visiting both Box and Barber and Jam Jar. Box and Barber is a great place for brunch and Jam Jar serves healthy sweet treats, with gluten free and vegan options. If you fancy something sweet then indulge in a cream tea. Many cafes now also offer gluten free cream teas, which taste just as nice. There is a real culture of supporting local businesses, so please do show your support when you visit.
If you are a fan of seafood then you must try the Fish House which is located on Fistral beach. The owner of the Fish House was head chef at Rick Stein’s fish restaurant for many years and I have never experienced such wonderful seafood, all locally caught! If you visit this restaurant then please try the chocolate brownie (which is served with clotted cream) you will not regret it.
I also recommend the Stable. Set on Fistral beach with ocean views this family run business serves sourdough pizzas made with all local ingredients. It also serves a (very popular) cider tasting board and often has live music at the weekends, which makes for a great atmosphere.
Newquay is the UK’s home for surfing. There are plenty of surf schoolsâ€“ book yourself a lesson! Another popular option is paddle or body boarding. There are plenty of places to hire equipment, such as wetsuits and surfboards, all at reasonable prices. If you don’t fancy a dip in the sea then why not grab a coffee and a cake and sit on the beach and watch the surfers?
There is an abundance of coastal walks with incredible views across the Atlantic Ocean. I recommend walking from Fistral beach along the coast, past Crantock beach, to Porth Joke. This beach can only be accessed by foot. If you are lucky you may see seals sunbathing by the cove! The National Trust also owns many properties and beaches across the county â€“ there is no shortage of places to explore.
Every August the Boardmasters festival is held in Newquay. This festival is gaining traction and has a lot of good music as well as a surfing competition, something you don’t often see at a music festival!
When you are booking your summer holiday this year, why not give Newquay a go? You may be pleasantly surprised.