Friday, 9 July 2010

Gastro Camp-a-rama; Cornwall, 2010

For me sampling the local cuisine is the highlight of any trip away, but the South West of England, in particular, presents exceptional opportunities for a gastronomic holiday experience. Tuck into fish ‘n’ chips, a proper pasty, enjoy a traditional clotted cream tea or local ice cream and sample the many ales, ciders and wines on offer. From the freshest seafood straight off the local day boats to the very best meat, cheese, fruit and veg - the South West has it all. It's also a celebrity chef heaven, if that's your bag (most famously Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver & Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall have establishments here).
All this keeps us going back for more and this year was no exception; we have just returned from an amazing trip to Cornwall.

And what better way to sample the delights of a region than camping? Of course choice of campsite is key; as the saying goes, location is everything and you really can't get much better than Dennis Cove in Padstow.

Located right on the edge of town, just off the Camel Trial, it is within easy walking distance of the foodie wonders of Padstow (crucially thereby avoiding the parking pandemonium in Padstow itself). This site is an old favourite of ours - picturesque, well maintained & quiet. On this stretch of north Cornwall coast there are more great restaurants and gourmet destinations than you can hope to eat at in one visit, so once again we based ourselves here for 4 nights to make the most of the areas gastronomic delights.

This post is the first in a series about our 2010 gastro camping trip in Cornwall.

First stop Stein's fish & chips…

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