The best local delis (and nearby picnic spots)
From 8 March picnics on benches are THE hottest social event. Dig out your hamper and waterproof blanket, and order your pasties and salads from these divine Cornish delis.
Fee’s Food, Rock
The food: The current takeaway menu at Fee’s Food is picnic perfection. In the morning you can pick up a gourmet bacon sandwich, made with Philip Warren’s bacon, to drink alongside your Yallah coffee. Come lunch time, Fee’s sandwiches are deliciousness between two slices of ciabatta, with all sorts of sweet treats available too. Expect soups and sausage rolls to be added to the menu shortly.
The picnic spot: Plenty of spots to choose from including walking down to the beach by the sailing club, or up into the dunes to get the best views across the Camel Estuary – those in the know head for Porthilly beach as it is a little quieter.
Moomaid in the village, Zennor
The food: Tucked away in the village of Zennor, next to the Old Wayside Museum, just down the road to the left of The Tinners pub, Moomaid in the Village doesn’t just serve up their famous ice-cream. Open currently for take-away only, they serve sandwiches and tea/coffee.
The picnic spot: So many good places – the coast path either way has some of the most gorgeous views, but then so does the moorland inland. In the village itself there is a teeny orchard to the side of the carpark which would make a nice place to grab a bite out of the wind as you re-fuel before taking on the return walk that we recommend here.
Sabzi Deli, Truro
The food: No sandwiches at Sabzi, just boxes of beautiful Middle Eastern inspired salads, like the ones above, which change daily, as well as an aromatic red lentil Dahl served hot. Their signature dish is a Persian love cake but they serve plenty of sweet treats for afters. Stock up on your larder whilst you’re at it, they stock many unique produce and ingredients alongside Middle Eastern supplies.
The picnic spot: Owner Kate Atlee recommends heading to nearby National Trust gardens, Trelissick, and walking down to the beautiful sheltered beach there to enjoy your picnic, but if you want to stick closer on foot, try Victoria Gardens, the riverside park in the city centre.
The Teashed, Trewithen Gardens
The food: The Teashed is a lovely cafe at Trewithen Gardens, serving up delicious sounding hot food for takeaway – the options change daily but include things like a warming bowl of chana masala, red pepper and tomato soup and chorizo & red pepper casserole, alongside scones, pasties and other home-made goodies.
The picnic spot: Owner Rachel’s favourite spot is in the Trewithen Gardens itself which, conveniently for the bags of food you’ll no doubt soon be lugging, are only steps away. The garden is famous for its camellias and magnolias, so it makes an ideal location for a picnic and walk as spring begins to edge into view.
Delibox, Port Isaac
The food: So new that we don’t have a pic yet, the Delibox serves up baked goods, alongside cheese and meats. Plans are afoot for sandwiches, coffees and more, meaning it will become a go-to for the residents and visitors to Port Isaac just as soon as lockdown ends.
The picnic spot: Take your goodies to Port Gaverne (above) which is a short walk down from the top of Port Isaac village – it’s a lot quieter and perfect for a pre-picnic dip, yes, even in March you’ll find the locals having a swim here. Either sit on the beach, or you’ll find benches in handy spots on both the walk down from Port Isaac, or, out onto the headland the other side. Fancy a longer walk before you eat? Take the coast path out of Port Isaac in the other direction and head for the deserted village of Port Quinn (not for those who can’t do steps, there are, and I barely exaggerate, about 1000 on this part of the coast path).
Stargazy Cucina and Pantry, Penryn
The food: Locals rave about Penryn High Street’s Stargazy Cucina & Pantry, which sells delicious Mediterranean foods and local produce, open currently from 10am – 2pm for takeaway lunches, drinks and supplies for your larder.
The picnic spot: Head down to the harbour where you can enjoy your lunch watching the boats, or, instead of heading to Falmouth, try the other way and seek out the beach front at Flushing, from where you can watch Falmouth across the water.
Stein’s Deli, Padstow
The food: Pick up a pasty, or the bits to make your own picnic, from Rick’s Deli which is super easy and contact free using the app – or, you could also order fish and chips from his chippie next door (we think that totally counts as a picnic). You can also stock up at the same time on items for your larder, as well as cheese, meats and local fish.
The picnic spot: You don’t need to go for to enjoy the view above, as it is within about 10 paces. If that doesn’t suit (!) and you’re after somewhere even quieter, try one of the so-called ‘Seven Bays’ all of which are beautiful. Want wild and remote? Head to Hawker’s Cove and take the coast-path out to the headland.
North Street Kitchen, Fowey
The food: From the team behind Fitzroy came North Street Kitchen last summer. Running a weekend pop-up deli during the last lockdown, head chef Ethan and his wife Hazel have been baking goodies and growing veg, and getting the restaurants ready to re-open. One to bookmark for when they open the daily take-away and deli at the start of April, rather than having to wait for Saturday morning.
The picnic spot: The terrace where I took this photo is literally riverside, so that’s the obvious choice, but, you could also take the road down into Fowey and out to the other side to Readymoney Cove, which is perfect for a dip.
Cornish Hen, Penzance
The deli: Penzance’s Cornish Hen deli serves the best of Cornwall’s produce with a decent dose of Spanish and Italian products, alongside sandwiches, pasties and coffees, plus juices, wines and beers – and, owner Sarah, is also one of the creator’s of Penzance Gin, so you can pick up a bottle of that too!
The picnic spot: Well, you’re right in the centre of Penzance, so you’ve got many choices, including heading for Long Rock beach, down to the harbour, or Penlee Memorial Park.
Prefer a hot drink on your socially distant meetings? Try one of these walks with coffeee pitstops instead.