Places Rock


Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

6 Middle Street
PL28 8AP
01841 532 093

Paul Ainsworth is another of Padstow’s famous chefs, and No. 6 is a Michelin starred restaurant in a pretty Georgian townhouse. Open Tuesday to Saturday, the thoughtfully-sourced produce is used to create tasty dishes such as raw scallops with kimchi and Padstow crab in a bouillabaisse. There’s  a big lean towards fish, but there is plenty of local meat choices too.

The St Tudy Inn

St Tudy
PL30 3NN
01208 850 656 

Close to Trebarwith Strand, this Michelin rated Cornish pub serves excellent local produce. For a pub, the food is of the highest quality created by celebrated local chef Emily Scott. It’s a perfect stop off after exploring the rugged north Cornish coastline with cosy open fires and an excellent range of real ales and wines.

The Rosevine

01872 580206

Overlooking Gerrans Bay and Portscatho, above Porthcurnick Beach, this is a great big house by the sea with a relaxed atmosphere and a sensibly priced menu. Thinking a good hearty brunch following a blustery walk or a stylish take on a proper Sunday lunch. A stylish set-up with a breezy New England style dining room you could also eat outside. Worth a venture too!

The Old Grammar School Cafe and Bar

19 St Marys Street
01872 278559

Tucked away off the main street, TOGS offers the best in home-made lunches, from the TOGS burger to open ciabatta sandwiches. Origin coffee, home-made cakes or cocktails and tapas in the evenings **(highly recommended). Check the website for music events.

Bustophers Bar Bistro

62 Lemon Street
01872 279029

An old favourite here, expect ‘Retro’ dishes such as Lasagne and Chicken Pie to be on the menu but it works, its reliable and its fun. Pop in for a cocktail before dinner, or a burger at lunch time. A pretty building with a small outside courtyard. The wine list is pretty spectacular too.

Eden Project

St Austell
PL24 2SG
01726 811911

The Eden Project is an extraordinary vast global garden. It’s set in the site of a disused china clay pit which houses 2 giant greenhouses the largest of which contains a rainforest and the other the more temperate plants of the Med.

If nothing else we think it’s worth a visit just to admire the ingenuity of it all, the biomes are intriguing pieces of architecture and wondering around an indoor rainforest has its perks.

During the summer it does get busy so we recommend getting there early.

Admission: £15 (babies go free)
Opening times: 10.00 – 6.00 (last entry at 4.30)
Journey time: 1 hour 20 minutes from Mousehole

St Michael’s Mount

TR17 0HS
01736 710507

St Michael’s Mount provides by far the most exciting journey either by foot across the causeway at low tide or by amphibian lorry if the tide is high.

The Mount is a spectacular castle perched atop a giant crag of granite. It’s one of Cornwall’s most famous landscapes with uninterrupted views across the bay to Newlyn, Penzance, Land’s End and The Lizard. You get to explore parts of the house and gardens, and there’s place to refuel so no need to bring anything with you.

Opening times: 10.30 – 5.30 (last entry 4.45) from April – October
£9.90 per person (babies free)
£4 National Trust members
Journey time: 15 minutes from Mousehole

Trengwainton Garden

Nr Penzance
01763 361348

Set at the foot of the granite hills which lie behind Penzance, Trengwainton is a garden rich in exotic plants with spectacular views across Mount’s Bay to the Lizard.

The extreme mildness of the climate means that visitors can see here plants that can be grown nowhere else on the mainland of Britain and the garden has plenty of colour throughout the year, from camellias and the magnolias of early spring to the hydrangeas of late summer.

Opening times: 10.30 – 5.30 (last entry 4.45) from April – October
£5.40 (babies free)
Free for National Trust members
Journey time: 15 minutes from Mousehole