6 Ideas for Valentine’s in Cornwall
Schmaltzy cards and cellophane-wrapped roses are not my thing but any excuse for a naughty overnighter or an amazing meal out is a good one. So call me Cupid – here are some great Valentine’s Day options you’ll only find in Cornwall.
Full-on Foodie Indulgence
You’ve got to feel the love for Cornwall’s brilliant chefs and restaurants, many of whom have amazing foodie feasts planned for Valentine’s. The team at Fifteen Cornwall are pulling out the big guns with a five-course tasting menu, complete with Porthilly oysters, lobster risotto and fillet of beef (£65pp and £50 for the wine pairings). Nathan Outlaw will be guest chef at the Great Cornish Food Café in Truro, where he’ll be serving up three incredible-looking fish courses, plus cheese and a cosy winter pud (£60pp, in aid of The Fisherman’s Mission). And at The Old Quay House in Fowey, the love lasts all week, with a sumptuous six-course tasting menu on offer from 13-18 Feb. Book one of their beautiful balcony rooms for extra brownie points.
To book at The Cornish Food Café call 01872 306063 or email [email protected]
Ditch the kids (and resist the urge to constantly talk about them), with a couple of nights at one of Cornwall’s idyllic, adults-only hotels. We love The Scarlet Hotel for its amazing views and eco-luxury vibe (two nights with 5-course dinner and champagne tea, from £350). Or try The Headland House Hotel at Carbis Bay (from £95 per room, per night). This stylish and serene, boutique B&B is a few minutes from the heart of St Ives, where there’s lots of options for food and fun.
His ‘n’ Hers Spa Treatments
Having recently arrived back from an indulgent overnighter at the St Moritz Hotel, I’m busy trying to think up reasons to go back. Even though it’s a family hotel, it still has a really elegant, grown-up feel at this time of year and the Cowshed Spa has a couples room that’s perfect for Valentine’s. So whether you pop in for a luxurious, stress-dissolving massage à deux (choose the horny cow body oil to get you in the V-day mood) or stop the night, it’s well worth a visit. Another Muddy favourite – Polurrian Bay Hotel on the Lizard is also running a special offer on a spa day for two this Valentine’s, with champagne, lunch and treatments all included (£240 for 2).
Bit strapped for cash? Keep it low key and enjoy a breathtaking cliff top walk with a happy ending . Option one – park at St Agnes Beacon and wander the coast path down to Chapel Porth (channeling Demelza and Ross Poldark) for one of the beach café’s famous hedgehog ice creams – rich vanilla, smothered in clotted cream and rolled in toasted hazelnuts. I’m in love! Alternatively, take a stroll on the craggy Lizard peninsula; ending at Poldhu Beach Café, where the team takes hot chocolate so seriously, it has a dedicated column on the menu. A touch of decadence and change for a tenner!
Cornwall is famous for its classic cream teas, but for me, these two take the biscuit. If you love chocolate, make a beeline for The Greenbank in Falmouth, where the Chocoholic’s Afternoon Tea is an homage to the cocoa bean, with cupcakes, truffles and macaroons all laced with rich, chocolaty goodness. Or, if you like your scones washed down with champagne, then you’re a lady after my own heart and it’s back to The Scarlet Hotel for a refined high tea that’s a thing of beauty.
Cornish Culture Fix
Finally, for those of you who like something a little more highbrow – how about a day of culture in and around Penzance? Start at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens and take in the Rose Hilton & Friends exhibition in their new gallery space. Then hit The Exchange (re-opening on 11 Feb) and check out the Joy Gregory photography exhibition. Finally, end the day at Cornwall’s coolest cinema the Newlyn Filmhouse, for wine and a movie.
And if you still can’t be bothered to go out for some organised romance. Do remember a card! Here are some good ones (all from Papier.com)…