Just back from a wonderful few days in St Keverne staying with my brother and his partner in their holiday home, Trythance Farm Cottage, www.classic.co.uk/holiday-cottage/desc-2805.html.
St Keverne is the largest village in the Helford area. The village square contains a number of shops, a restaurant, 2 pubs (the White Hart and the Three Tuns), a handful of cottages and is overlooked by the church of St Akeveranus. We met a lovely old character (Barry) who sells an assortment of vintage items from his garage. I am now the owner of this little beauty!
I really liked the local town of Helston. Lots of good charity shops for vintage rummaging. We had a pint of the famous Spingo at the Blue Anchor, http://spingoales.com, with the local Cornishmen and were made very welcome. Spingo is the name given to the strong and slightly sweet ales brewed in the small brewery on site. At Easter and Christmas, there's a 7.6% Special that has been known to prolong the festivities by several days. Prints are available from artist Sally Cole, http://sallycole.co.uk.
On the way back to St Keverne we stopped off at Roskiilly's, to buy fudge, some of the famous ice cream and to have a look around the gift shop. The milk comes from the 125-strong herd of Jersey cows which graze on the surrounding pastures. Visitors can visit the farm too, a great stop off for families. In the evening we headed for the local pub in Coverack for a delicious scampi and chips and a pint of Proper Job. I always feel a trip to Cornwall is not complete without a taste of Proper Job!
The following morning we went for a breezy walk at the secluded National Trust Kynance Cove, two miles to the north of Lizard Village and considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We felt invigorated after all the walking and felt as though the cobwebs had definitely been blown away!
In the evening we tucked into fish and chips at the Five Pilchards in Porthallow, www.thefivepilchards.co.uk.
Back in London now, feeling energised and looking forward to our next trip to Cornwall to celebrate the New Year.