Wednesday, 25 September 2013

cream teas, clovelly and crab sandwiches

guess what? we've been away on holiday! since getting married, we've not had a proper holiday, and so we took a week in Devon in a gorgeous self-catering cottage near Halwill Junction... time to relax, cook, read, watch movies together and sleep. it was sublime.

i adore holidays in our own country. we've got such a diverse countryside, with ever changing communities as you drive through fields and forests across county lines - and there's still so much of our own country that i want to explore! i made a mental note a few years ago to try and explore the UK before i tried to discover the rest of the world again, because i felt like i didn't really know it as well as i should. i suppose this is the first step towards this exploratory mission...

anyhow, onto some holiday snaps:

breakfasts in pj's in bed is important from time to time on holiday. it was so fun making our own breakfasts each morning, at whatever time we liked and with the best Waitrose supplies. we had eggs, veggie fry-ups, fruit, coffee, all things we wanted. i even read through my own book for inspiration and we had mexican style baked eggs one day - yum!

we made sure to walk every day, whether that was around shops, by the seaside, along a river or in a forest. we even rented cycles along The Tarka Trail one day - which was perhaps my favourite day, even though i ended up with a sore behind. we stopped for lunch in Fremington Quay, and ate delicious fishcakes and scrummy lemon polenta cake.

it's also very essential when in Devon/Cornwall to make sure you get a good cream tea, and we made sure that the one cream tea i had was the best! we went to The Coffee Room in Bude, where the scones are made by the father of the woman who runs the place, and who also runs the bakery down the road (which make amazing pasties - better than Pengenna).

don't forget to put the cream on after the jam if you're in cornwall, and cream before jam if you're in devon!

ostler's cottage was gorgeous - it's a classic cottage, and as such was perfectly well appointed - we were even greeted with red roses and homemade cherry sponge on arrival. the gardens were phenomenal too - inspired by Sarah Raven (who I work for!) and brimming with colour. a little touch of paradise.

going on holiday in blackberrying season is awesome. we spent the whole week trying to find the biggest, juiciest, tastiest ones, and swapping our best finds for taste trials. i love blackberry season, so it was good to finally get out and try a few. 

we did our fair bit of sightseeing - bude, padstow, and clovelly to name a few towns we discovered. bude is my favourite, with random shops and cafes. at padstow we ate some amazing local fish, and went for a walk along the cliff path which was blustery but brilliant. clovelly is a very cute little town - you have to pay to get in, but it's worth it...

we ate a crab sandwich from the seafood shop at the bottom of the hill, and then we ate lunch at the New Inn at the top of the hill - totally unassuming place, but the food was just perfect. i had a veggie lasagne, and Pete had the seafood platter.

so there you go, a little glimpse into what we got up to! hopefully i'll be back soon with a couple of delicious recipes and lunchbox photos for you all. i hope you're enjoying the beginning of autumn too!

currently watching: breakfast on bbc1 - very important to catch up on what's been happening in the world whilst you've been away!


  1. Clovelly is such a beautiful place. Visited it a couple of years back and it felt like I time travelled.

    1. It does feel like time travel - loved meeting all the cute donkeys!

  2. It looks like you had such a wonderful holiday, and the most delicious food as usual!


  3. Your holiday souns and looks absolutely perfect!! Just recently me and my boyfriend were talking about how lovely would be to rent a little cottage in the UK - we were looking and I said I really want to go to Cornwall :) So thank you so much for this post and you are right, exploring your own country is amazing, especially if you live in such a beautiful one (I love UK and I will always come back). People ofter take for granted their country and prefer to go on holiday elsewhere, this is so so true in our country as well even though ours is gorgeous also:-) I live in Slovenia if you're curious :) cheers!


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