Sixty Tea Rooms and Two Wheels – Cornwall Day 2

We woke up to another beautiful day, the sun was shining, and the sky was clear, an excellent day for riding. Plans for the day was to ride down to south Cornwall and visit the Lost Gardens and then on into Mevagissey, memories of past times as a child. We decided to take the long route, by going west first to the A39 then south west back down to the A30 across to St Dennis, then St Austell and then down to The Lost Gardens of Heligan. The ride was good, lots of scenery, wind farms, coastal views, through small valleys and over hills.

On arrival at the lost gardens, the motorcycle bay was taken up by cars, so we had to find another parking area. By the time we arrived it was lunch time, all we could smell was good old Cornish Pasties. So, two steak and one cheese with tea and coffee was ordered. The gardens have a great selection of food outlets in and outside the gardens, quick snack to restaurant food and all reasonably priced. The gardens are on a hill, so be prepared to walk some very step paths (alternatives routes available). There is plenty to see and do for all the family, so children would have just a good time as the adults. The gardens consist of many plant forms from natural habitat to tropical plants and trees. The trails have various sculptures made from mud, rocks, plants and metal. There are various view points around the gardens that provide good panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and views of the sea.  As you walk around the gardens there are various refreshment points including BBQ, ice cream, drinks and a tea shop.  Having stopped ice cream (a must have) we made our way back to the bike ready for the next part of the trip.

We proceeded from the Lost Gardens to Mevagissey, a small fishing port that has lots of memories as we used to holiday just up the road at Pentewan Sands. We parked up on the outskirts and walked down in to town. Lots of little quirky shops and was surprised to see shops such a Fatface and other similar brands. Anyway, time to find a tea shop for the lucrative cream tea and making sure you get it right with the cream and the jam, especially while in Cornwall.  (Cream first with Jam on top). We arrived at the Harbour front, a quick look and saw a tea shop and head for it. We were lucky really, we arrived about 45 minutes before they were about to close. The tea shop we visit was “Tea on the Quay”, cream teas ordered with Earl Grey and we were in out element. Both plain and fruit scones order and the size of a fist, pure indulgence, but delicious… if you are in Mevagissey, try it out, there are others, but as usual spoilt for choice.

 

We left Mevagissey and rode towards St Austell, Bodmin then back on the A30 towards Launceston for an even BBQ at our friends, relaxing ready for the next day.

Sixty tea rooms and two wheels – The Malet Arms

OK, I know what you are thinking! “The Malet Arms” yes its a hostelry of the alcoholic kind and not a tearoom. With such wonderful weather we decided to have a beer and some lunch as an alternative. How did this come about? Well friends of ours have just packed up the two life and decided to move out in to the country. So today we thought we would going an be nosey and have a peek at this county life thing…

I (we) have never really ridden around the Wiltshire country side, so we thought it would be a good idea to day.  The problem with country side and an American made motorcycle, the built in Satnav will not find the small villages. had to rely on visual and a finger in the wind to get there. Consequently, we saw a lot of Wiltshire, but what lovely roads to ride, and little traffic.

The Malet Arms is a small public house in Newton Toney, and I mean small.. its what a village pub should be like. good beer and home grown food.

 

 

 

 

 

The menu was just right, enough to chose a decent lunch and a good selection of beers.  We had traditional scampi and smoked haddock fishcakes.  We were only looking for a sandwich initially, but unfortunately they do not have them on the menu. Anyway, to food selected was hot and very tasty, so no doubt we will be going back.

Overall the day was good, we have now seen our friends new home and met some locals in the pub, tried the food and drank a decent beer (NB: within the legal limits of riding).

I think pubs may be added to our tour on two wheels… but we will still endeavour to get the tearooms in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow we are heading for Sussex to see what we can find, probably a tea room tomorrow and maybe a pub later. Safe riding peps 🙂

Sixty Tearooms and Two Wheels – Arundel

Spring, summer what ever you want to call it, has finally arrived, its Bank Holiday and the weather according to forecasters is likely to be hottest on record for the UK May Bank Holiday.

So what do you do, you catch up with the tearoom challenge. Today’s trip took us to West Sussex and the town of Arundel where a magnificent Castle sits and a lot of Tearooms.

Having a pleasant ride in warm weather along the A27, we parked up in the main car park, and head for the first tea shop.

Lulamae’s

Located on the Arundel High Street, this “little” cafe yes little seemed a little sparse on arrival. However, we where taken aback with the choice on the menu and that all the cakes where homemade… I believe I heard the owner say that the only thing they don’t make is the Teacakes.

For eleven o’clockers we had coffee each and an amazing chocolate cake between us, well I had a third…

If you are in Arundel, try this lovely little tea shop out.

Arundel Castle Restaurant and coffee shop

Next stop was the Castle, having lived in Hampshire for a number of years, we have driven past Arundel, many times, but never made it to the Castle and Grounds, mainly because it is a seasonal visit establishment.

After viewing the Castle and its Keep, we needed refreshment, so not needing a full meal we decided to try the Coffee shop. Coffee was good and they had a good selection of sandwiches and cakes. It is limited in seating, but comfortable. Ideal for a quick and refreshing drink.

From there we walked around the grounds to view the gardens and abbey. Arundel Caste is steeped in History and was built initially in 1067 and has been added to over the years right through to the 18th and 19th Century. The grounds and garden are beautiful and there is plenty of them, so lots of walking.

On completion of the Castle and Grounds, we strolled down the road to Swanbourne Lake and Tearoom, probably a 20 minute walk from the Castle gates.

Swanbourne Lodge Tea Room

After walking around the Castle and grounds and the 20 minute walk to the Lodge, we were a bit peckish. We had been advised that the Lodge was really good, so we were looking forward to having something nice. Well, someone’s else’s good, can and is definitely different from our likings. On arrival at 2.45pm we went to order and was greeted with, sorry we have stopped serving food, we only have tea, coffee and cake now… not even a cream tea. Disappointed and hungry, we opted for tea and cake, well what was left… and I must say, nothing to write home about…

We started walking back to the car park and by the time we got there, we hadn’t felt fulfilled and decided to try one last place as we wanted something savoury. There it was right in front of us and next to the river.

Waterside Cafe

This is another cafe that doesn’t look much, a bit shabby around the edges and is outside seating with veranda cover and parasols. Be warned it is cash only, no technology here… but, there is a cash machine near by. Anyway we both had water, a sausage roll and a bacon, Brie and cranberry sandwich on Brown. Well what a surprise, the sausage roll was nothing special, but tasty. However, the sandwich was delicious, freshly cooked back bacon a good helping of Brie and cranberry and a side salad and the bread was nice thick granary.

What a way to end your day.. A nice waterside cafe in the sunshine, some would call it greasy spoon, but it delivered the best sandwich of the day. I think they need to get technology as well, cash never hits my pockets these days, I always use a card….

So this trip we were out for seven hours, took in a Castle, its grounds and chapel and four tea rooms. Happy Days.

The next instalment will be Bank Holiday Monday, I wonder how many tea rooms we can get in…