Friday, 7 September 2012

Newquay.Cornwall. Elizabethan house,Trerice, National Trust.MacMillan Cancer Support. Celtic Sheepskin.

Godolphin Arms
Newquay featured this year on the Channel Five TV programme The Hotel Inspector, when Olga Polizzi, from the formidable Forte family, advised Margaret Ashwood at the Godolphin Arms in Newquay. Olga redesigned the hall and dining room and told Margaret she was not charging enough for the excellent value for money she was giving. There is also a tame parrot at the hotel.

Headland Hotel

The Headland Hotel is the place to go, next to the famous surfing Fistral Bay. It is the sort of hotel where people go time and time again, with a relaxed country house atmosphere and where dogs are actually welcome and given bones or whatever from the excellent kitchen. It is the place where daughter Alice and son-in-law Jake first caught each other’s eye, I think, at the Surfers’ Ball. The hotel has featured in films, and has good, original paintings even in the Ladies, but Rambulation did not dare venture into the Gents to see if there were some there too.
Newquay is the best place to surf in the U.K, and has other exciting activities like deep sea fishing, quad biking, paintballing, zip wiring, zip cat racing, abseiling, coasteering, hard rock biking, kayaking, kite surfing, land yachting, power surfing, rock climbing, scuba diving, snorkelling, water skiing and golf.

It is popular for stag parties and groups of school friends after their exams, as well as for families and honeymooners. Wetherspoons does a roaring trade. There are simple pleasures like the rock pools, magnificent views, beaches, the quaint little harbour   and some lovely walks along the cliffs. The town is a not a bit quiet, full of traffic and people having fun. The powers that be have recently put a bit of a brake on revelries and mankinis are no longer allowed.

Road Train

Newquay's quirky Road Train will take you round the town. The zoo there is utterly charming, and if you want night-life, that’s where it is in Cornwall. There are some good restaurants too all over the place, and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant is just up the road at Watergate Bay.

House Boots £99

Celtic Sheepskin has a factory shop in Newquay, with excellent quality hand-made leather  boots, slippers, clothes including cashmere socks, a catalogue and a good website:


Only three miles outside the town is a beautiful Elizabethan National Trust property, Trerice, which has a Great Hall. It was built by the Cornish branch of the Arundell family. The house and traditional gardens with orchard and herbaceous borders are visited by tourists from all over the world. There is a well-run restaurant in the old barn with homity pie on the menu at times, plus traditional Cornish cream teas. Homity pie is an open pie with leeks, potatoes and onions and was often made in World War II, owing to the shortage of food. An excellent shop has high-quality interesting things to buy, for example their traditional picnic rugs, which are good value.

Last month Macmillan Cancer hosted the premiere of the year, the new James Bond film, Skyfall, at the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay and raised over £1000. The cinema is modern, comfortable and well-equipped.