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Funky Newquay Brunch Spot: The Garden Café

15 Feb 2017

Every mum needs an emergency coffee-and-cake destination for those days when you feel you can’t go on and this is how, two years ago I discovered The Garden Café in Newquay’s Trenance Gardens. Being near the zoo, Waterworld swimming pools and a decent playground, it’s inevitably popular with the buggy brigade in the mornings but for a little café it wears a lot of hats (and serves up a really good coffee too). From casual lunch meetings to weekend beers and brunches, monthly supper clubs to biannual DJ nights – there’s plenty to please the loyal, local following.

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Muddy Eats: The Front Room Penzance

21 Jan 2017

Have you ever sat drinking coffee after a rough week and thought ‘perhaps I’ll give it all up and run a café by the sea’? Well Katie and Tristan of The Front Room in Penzance, are just like you — but with a little more follow through.

The couple took the reins at this super-popular, quirky/cool café less than a year ago but are already very much part of the furniture. A troupe of regulars and loyal staff give the café a friendly, community feel and the eclectic décor is as Instagram-friendly as the coffee.

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Muddy kids visit: Tamar Otter Sanctuary

1 Jun 2016

One of the good things about 16 people camping in your garden over half term, is that they can take the mudlets off your hands while you are waist high in Muddy Awards votes.

The clans pitched up early and headed to The Tamar Otter Sanctuary, just outside of Launceston. ‘Follow the brown signs’ I said, ‘and let me know if its Muddy – they’ve been nominated for an award!’

My spies report very good things; this is one for every animal crazy kid.

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Muddy eats: Muddy Beach

13 May 2016

Those of you still mourning the loss of Miss Peapods in Penryn will be happy as a pig in er mud at her reincarnation as Muddy Beach (Isn’t that a great name?) – and with more cosmetic surgery than Renée Zellweger. Visually, you won’t recognise the place – but reassuringly, you might recognise some of the staff, including chef Dave who worked at Peapods (more on him below).

I had to pop in and meet my fraternal muddy twin Christian Dann – the face behind the hugely popular restaurant in Jubilee Wharf on the Penryn River.

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Muddy finds: Pintxo Fowey

22 Apr 2016

I’m a massive fan of Fowey – its a super chilled little seaside town on the south coast. But, if I’m honest, there’s not a great deal to gratify die hard foodies. That little fact changed last month when Pintxo opened its doors. The owners are huge fans of San Sebastian in Spain’s Basque Country, with its picturesque bayfront promenade and world-renowned restaurants. And wow! They’ve brought a bit of Basque to Fowey, with their Esplanade front tapas bar.

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‘Fairly well known’ fodder is back! Catch Lazy Jack’s Kitchen season 4

26 Mar 2016

Just a quicky between hurricanes to let you know that after regular winter closure, Lazy Jack’s Kitchen the delightful ice-cream parlour and take away is OPEN (in capitals!) for business again, selling ice cream, sarnies, hot drinks and toasties.

Rest assured, the ‘LJK Fairly well known three cheese toastie’ is back (made with three types of cheese, three types of onion, garlic and tomato) and wearing the crown of top of the shop favourite.

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Muddy loves: The Lifebuoy Café, Fowey

21 Mar 2016

I’d heard great things about the quirky The Lifebuoy Café, so on birthday Wednesday, we hit it on our jolly to Fowey. The place is so goddamned gorgeous I just had to share. Such a giver me.

We love the bold and the brave here at Muddy Stilettos and owners Cathy and Mike (who also own Lazy Jacks Kitchen in town) are just that. After many happy holidays in and around Fowey, they saw The Lifebuoy Café for sale.

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Muddy walks: Cardinham Woods

7 Feb 2016

Cardinham Woods is no secret to anyone living near Bodmin – evident from the fact the cottage pitstop Woods café (In a cottage In a wood yes ha ha…) was rammed on a cold wet Friday in February. But I’d lived near here for more than a year, and not visited yet (I know I know) despite recommendations that I should check it out from just about every one.

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muddy lunch: Little Bakehouse @Launceston

7 Feb 2016

Popped in to Launceston for a new gum guard, as you do (no not for me!) and happened upon this cute little family-owned indie café/bakery you’ll want to stop by…

Intimate is an understatement – but true to its name, Little Bakehouse @ Launceston is the tiniest bakery ever (possibly), serving hot soup, the best coffee in Launceston (probably) and absolutely delish home baked sour dough bread (definitely).

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