How to Enjoy a Great and Inexpensive Weekend in Cornwall

If you want to experience the most picturesque side of England, Cornwall is the place to go. With rolling hills, fine sandy beaches, and still-sleepy coastal villages, Cornwall promises to be the perfect budget holiday destination. It’s the perfect rural retreat, a haven for surfers both old and new, and a favourite party destination especially during the warm months of summer. Here’s how to enjoy a great and inexpensive weekend in Cornwall.

Towan Beach in Newquay in Cornwall

Day One

Always start your journey in Newquay as it already connects almost all of the other popular destinations in this part of the British Isles. It’s also home to some of Britain’s best and most famous beaches whether it is for surfing or swimming. The town itself offers plenty of opportunities to partake in rich Cornish traditions while also shopping for the best treats and trinkets to bring back home. The clubbing scene is exceptionally fun and exciting especially during school break as students and backpackers pack the many clubs and bars of the town from June to September.

Hit the beach anytime, even if the weather seems like not cooperating. You’d simply miss a lot of Cornwall if you don’t. Start the morning Fistral beach and learn a thing or two about surfing or simply hit the waves if you’re already that skilled. If you want a swim in gentler waters, Towan beach is the place to go. Then fill your heart with the delicious goodness of Cornish pasty.

Once you’re done with the pasty, take a 1 to 1.5-mile walk towards Crantock while being mesmerised by the beauty of the craggy cliffs with the pristine blue waters of Cornwall providing a marvellous backdrop. Ride a dinghy and hit a secluded beach before exploring an old Norman church and its immediate environs. Before heading back to Newquay, make sure to try Old Albion’s authentic ale and hearty fish and chips. Cap the night with the clubs and bars of Newquay before hitting the sack at any of Newquay’s inexpensive backpackers’ hostels and inns.

Day Two

On your second day, hop onto a Greyhound and discover the Georgian buildings that line the cobbled streets of Truro. It may not have the volume of tourists as in Newquay, but it definitely has more shops and more locals to interact with and learn more about Cornish way of life. Don’t miss the Cornish cream tea especially with a dollop of Cornish clotted cream. Visit the tri-spire Truro Cathedral and head out to the Royal Cornwall Museum for its largest array of natural historical artefacts, industrial arts, and ethnological pieces. Don’t miss the kooky specialty shops as well as independent boutiques that dot Lemon Quay. Before heading back home, make sure to drop by and dine at The French Bistro and enjoy their ratatouille with goat cheese or chicken casserole.

There are some great websites to help you plan a visit and book accommodation in Cornwall. Spending a day or two in Cornwall need not be expensive. By starting in Newquay, you can head out to Truro or some other Cornish towns for a great and inexpensive weekend holiday.

Ten of the Best Restaurants in the South West

The good thing about Cornwall is that it is a fantastic area to visit for food and drink. There’s so much more to the local food scene than Cornish pasties and cream teas. The success of Padstow and St Ives have brought Cornish restaurants to the fore of people’s minds. But there are also many wonderful places to eat out over the border in Devon and throughout the South West region.

One of the reasons it can be worthwhile to visit the South West of England is because of the fresh produce that is available from the profuse coastline and fields. Similarly, when it comes to fine dining, the South West of the UK has plenty to offer in the form of restaurants that are being run by some of the most innovative chefs. Thus, here is a list of the top ten restaurants in the South West that will leave your taste buds tickling once you have eaten there.

1. Outlaw’s (St. Enodoc Hotel, Rock, Cornwall, PL27 6LA)

Outlaw’s is a fine dining restaurant that contrasted by the casual ambience and décor of St Enodoc Hotel where it is situated. The seafood menu at the restaurant frequently shifts and they offer a separate list of sauces. The restaurant’s environment itself is quite relaxed and you can enjoy a splendid meal there.



2. Bybrook Restaurant (Castle Combe, Near Bath, Castle Comb, SN14 7HR)

Bybrook is a Michelin starred restaurant where Chef Davies serves remarkably executed food that tends to be as intricate as the Manor House Golf Course adjoining it. Quality ingredients are a compulsory part of their seven course tasting menus and they have matching wines available, while they also offer a la carte.

3. Ellenborough Park (Southam Road, Cheltenham, GL52 3NJ)

The menu of Ellenborough Park has been crafted by David Kelman, the Executive Head Chef at the restaurant, who takes pride in serving splendid British produce. He and his team cook the food that is served from their heart; the classic dishes like Creedy Carver Duck Leg and Roast Hereford Cross Beef Fillet tend to have a refined taste.

4. Le Champignon Sauvage (24-28 Suffolk Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2AQ)

Le Champignon Sauvage has become known for its efficiency, modesty and panache. The dishes that David Everitt-Matthias and his skilled kitchen team serve there tend to be quite dynamic, combining gutsy flavors, while they also have an impressive offering some of the most dazzling desserts.

5. Rojano’s (9 Mill Square, Padstow, PL28 8AE)

There are loads of great restaurants in Padstow and Rojanos is one of our favourites. Rojano’s is a modern family-run Padstow restaurant where you can enjoy a nice meal in one of the many intimate booths. Along with an a la carte menu and an antipasti list, they offer a wide range of options. Cocktails and exclusively Italian wines are also available there, which can even be sampled at the grazing bar.

6. Number 6 (6 Middle Street, Padstow, PL28 8AP)

Paul Ainsworth’s Number 6 is an all-inclusive restaurant with a competitively priced a la carte menu and even a children’s menu. The dishes that Paul Ainsworth serves tend to be fresh and innovative, using well-sourced fine ingredients that are prepared with familiar techniques. The restaurant itself is breezy, elegant and nonchalant.

7. The Masons Arms (Knowstone, Devon, EX36 4RY)

The Masons Arms won a Michelin star only a year after it was opened. The custom-built interior of the restaurant is very spacious where comfort and luxury have been well-balanced. Depending on the weather, you can even dine el fresco. They serve everything from classic French cuisine to rural British food, along with a long list of superb ales.

8. The Elephant (3-4 Beacon Terrace, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BH)

The Elephant is situated in the peaceful bay while sporting an elegant and modern style. Two and three course dinners are the focus of the restaurant, while they also have a tasting menu prepared with fresh local ingredients, such as hand-dived scallops. The natural ingredients are often combined in an unusual manner, such as beef with seafood and flower petals.

9. The Pony & Trap (Knowle Hill, Chew Magna, Bristol, Avon, BS40 8TQ)

Unlike similar restaurants across the South West, the food served at The Pony & Trap is at a whole new level. It is actually a pub that holds a Michelin star. However, it is a very modern pub with roomy dining areas and they source their ingredients from trusted suppliers. Both local and seasonal ingredients make up their menu, which is somewhere between fine dining and high-end bistro cuisine.

10. The Elephant Brasserie (3-4 Beacon Terrace , Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BH)

The Elephant Brasserie is a comfortable and tastefully decorated restaurant where the service is friendly and personal. Their menu focuses on homegrown and local ingredients while the use classic European techniques to prepare their dishes, which often even include edible flowers and fine herbs.

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