Wednesday, 8 August 2018

A Week In Newquay, Cornwall

Between a 4-6 hour roadtrip away (dependent on the time you start your travels) Newquay, Cornwall can be at your finger tips. Just ensure that you make a killer playlist - or if you're like me fill it with songs from your past such as Westlife, Alexandra Burke, Busted, Britney Spears all that good cringe stuff that you can scream at the top of your lungs as your boyfriend looks onwards and like he wants to leave the car running and just jump and roll out the drivers door. The joys of driving is you can load up the car as much as possible and not have to pay for any luggage check ins and when you're camping this can be very handy. Not mention the foot well on the passengers side (which should preferably be yours) can be stocked with all the road trip snacks required.
Coming from Brighton, which yes we are lucky to have the seaside, city and field vibes all on one doorstep comes at a price. We don't get waves, which means no surfing and if we're lucky to get waves it's when the winds are vicious the rain is lashing down and it's probably also bitterly cold. So that's a big no from me. Instead heading to Newquay means wave and surf heaven. Not mention actual sand beaches which can be a nice change from pebbles. Although I do love the pebbles because it means no sand, which is bliss as that stuff gets EVERYWHERE.

We booked a camping site, which if it's really not your think they have plenty of B&B's which forever have vacancy or no vacancy signs in and I'm sure there are plenty of AirBnB's to go for too (but book early as they do go quick with sea views) But if you can hack a campsite ours had lots of clean showers, a heated outside swimming pool, an arcade - which we did go to for a couple of air hockey rounds and an onsite pub.

Most of our time was spent at the beach surfing but there were a few foodie spots that I thought were cute little gems worth mentioning and also the beaches need to be mentioned too.
Tolcarne Beach
Be prepared to get your butt into shape for this beach because there are ALOT of stairs going down and a lot going back up if you want to reach this beach. A personal favourite for me though. They have a kiosk for hot/cold food and snacks and they even do gluten free and veggie options so if you want their burgers (which I recommend) you can get it bunless and in a big salad leaf or two. You can also hire boards and wetsuits right on the beach so no worries about clambering up the stairs with a massive board, because if like me you are a beginner and only stand up 50% of the time you're going to need a sturdy 8 foot foam surfboard and those things are difficult to carry! They also recently created a very good looking restaurant which I have yet to try but something on my list for next year as it looked amazing and the food sounded delicious. Although quite a popular beach it was never overly busy, so when we went in the sea and spent 2-3 hours at a time in their I felt fine leaving our stuff on the beach, phones and all as you could always kind of see it. Also another bonus, the water was never too busy so you didn't have to worry to much with either being a wave hogger or someone getting in your way (although that doesn't mean to say it never happens so beware)

Driftwood Kitchen Coffee Deli
Every year there seems to be a new opening of some sort and while I think this was open last year we only ventured in this year and my goodness am I glad we did. It was insane. I ordered a buddha bowl which I was informed would be a selection of all salads on offer at the counter. I had pesto pasta, potatoes, cauliflower rice, a green leaf salad with croutons my goodness it was delicious and washed it down with a iced latte with a caramel syrup - my go to. Sam got a toasty. But all sandwich selections can come toasted or untoasted so if melted cheese isn't your thing and the best thing is. The deli comes with a view of the beaches, beautiful clear blue water and sandy beaches. How else would you want to eat your food and sip that coffee.

The Brew and Tattoo
A place visited last year, but not fully embraced. This time round we fully took advantage, I got a pot tea while Sam got a latte, which he said was tasty and we both upon the recommendation of Jodie got a brownie. EVERYONE needs to get this brownie. Firstly it is not a stingy little square that I find a lot of cafe's give you. It was a good big chunk. Secondly they drizzled it in caramel sauce. It was insane! The brownie even had caramel sauce in it so it was so nice and gooey, probably the best brownie I have had. As said in the title they sell coffee and do tattoo's. The coffee shop being downstairs and the tattoo studio upstairs. They offer walk in tattoos from £30, very tempting - how cute would a hibiscus on the back of my arm above me elbow be? But I resisted. However Sam did cave and he got his first tattoo! One thing I find intimidating about tattoo studios is the decor. It's all dark and full of skulls and the artists are covered head to toe, which I really don't mind but can be intimidating. However this space was open, airy and quite colour with summer hits from the 00's playing on the tv. The girl that tattooed Sam said that upon working in many studios she knew how intimidating they could be so wanted the polar opposite and it really works!
 Fistral Beach
One of Newquay's most famous but busiest beaches. This is one of the ones most people flag to so I do tend to stay clear. But I still can't help but visit once or twice as I do still love it and its where the photos featured in this post were taken. Plus when Boardmasters - Newquay's surf and music festival is on. It's where the surf contests take place and where the Boardmasters village is held. With events, food stands, clothing shops and all sorts are situated. (The music side is on the cliffs by Watergate Bay) Plus all the water can be very busy when the waves are flat at Tolcarne (due to it being in a cove) this can be a good second because as there is usually always something. Plus last year, on the sound side of the beach while climbing yet more stairs there is a cafe on at the bottom which does a delicious acai bowl!

Barefoot At The Beach
On the last night we decided to hit up this beaut place. Probably the newest bar/restaurant in Newquay and definitely decorated that way. Think hanging bulbs. Open and minimalist with beach features it ticked all the boxes. On this night I was VERY hangery. So ended up ordering a Pesto Fettuccine with a side of chips and Sam ordered a burger with a chilli jam and bread with hummus to start (we shared the bread of course) Some place I'd definitely go back to sample more because A their menu had so much to choose from and B I didn't have ID (due to passing my driving test and in England they take your provisional away so you get your license quicker) and they had a HUGE list of gins cocktails and an even bigger list of gins which you can pick from to create your own gin cocktail. So next year I will be going back to sample. Not to mention again lovely views of Towan beach.
 A short but sweet little post on the gems that is Newquay. Now as said because we spend the majority of the time in the sea we don't see enough of the surrounding area and sample the cafes and all sorts but I'm sure next year there will be new places to sample and a new post to follow. Not to mention we already have a place we want to visit a short travel from Newquay which I know I want to show you guys.

3 comments :

  1. These photos are BEAUT! Looks like such a fab holiday xx

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    1. Thank you lovely! It was a fab holiday xx

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