Places to visit near the restaurant

St Austell was once the centre of Cornwall’s china clay industry; today it lies at the centre of some of the county’s most beautiful – yet sometimes overlooked – coastline and countryside. So it’s perfectly placed to explore some of Cornwall’s (indeed Britain’s) most magical places.

It’s close to the brilliantly-named Eden project, the so-called eighth wonder of the world; “a miracle” according to the prestigious New York Times, and “the most talked about garden on Earth” (Homes and Gardens Magazine). Then there’s the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and a whole host of exquisite country houses and gardens such as Lanhydrock, with its fifty rooms, its incredible Long Gallery with its extraordinary ceiling depicting scenes from the Old Testament, and set in a glorious landscape of gardens, parkland and wood overlooking the valley of the Fowey river.

There’s the Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre at Charlestown; for the industrial historian there’s Wheal Martyn – the China Cay Museum; and for the enthusiast (or perhaps those with just a touch of nostalgia) a steam engine journey on the Bodmin and Wenford railway.

There’s Daphne du Maurier’s Fowey, of course, with its winding streets, tiny hills, beautiful river and inspiring church (for a real-life history lesson read the inscriptions of those buried there !!!); the Jamaica Inn, an easy drive away on Bodmin Moor; and a whole host of fishing villages like Mevagissey or (even tinier) Polkerris.

Or try something different. Go to Fowey, take a ferry across the mouth of the river to the tiny village of Polruan, stroll past a couple of boatyards, (yes, working Cornish boatyards and boat builders still exist), then walk the horseshoe of small hills around the river (around an hour, and not strenuous), before taking the Boddinick ferry back into Fowey.