Guest post: Exploring North Cornwall

Today’s guest post is written by Samantha from Coco Butter Blog if you would like to know more about Samantha, please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find her details.

Last month I was lucky enough to go on a lovely staycation to St Merryn in the north of Cornwall. Although I was only there for three short days, I had an absolutely amazing time and it’s really got me excited for exploring the rest of Cornwall. Here’s what I got up to whilst I was there…

Things to do


Padstow is a lovely little fishing port town and we got the bus there from where we were staying which I would totally recommend as parking there looked a little tricky. It’s a really nice town to explore and potter around and it’s full of little shops, bars and, of course, Rick Stein’s famous restaurants.


While you’re in Padstow, you might as well take the ferry across to Rock. The ferry costs about £4 each for a return journey and Rock is a fishing village on the opposite side of the Camel Estuary to Padstow. It’s full of lovely bars and restaurants with fantastic views over the estuary.

Sharps Brewery

Sharps is the home of Doom Bar, amongst others, and offers beer tasting sessions for just £10 per person. I don’t like beer or ales unfortunately so my boy tried this out. It was really good value for money as he was there for about three hours and got to try lots of different kinds of beer including chocolate beer and a beer and prosecco mix!

Exploring the beaches

My favourite part of north Cornwall was the beautiful beaches, I absolutely fell in love with Harlyn Bay and Treyarnon Bay which are gorgeous sandy beaches with cliff top walks between them. The water is a beautiful blue colour and it’s just like being abroad. I’d definitely like to visit a few more beaches on my next visit to Cornwall – Kynance Cove looks incredible!

Food & drink

Cornish pasty

Obviously you can’t visit Cornwall without eating a Cornish pasty! I grabbed one from Rick Stein’s Patisserie in Padstow and absolutely wolfed it down – it was delicious!

Cornish cream tea

We got a little bit worried that we wouldn’t actually have a Cornish cream tea while we were down there as the timings just hadn’t worked out for us to have one yet but luckily we spotted a sign on the road as we were driving through Rock. This led us to a lovely lady’s house where she served us homemade scones and jam.

The Cornish Arms

The Cornish Arms is one of Rick Stein’s pubs which is situated in St Merryn where we were staying. The pub menu changes regularly and offers a choice of local favourites and traditional pub grub. I chose the mussels and chips which was delicious.

Wax, Watergate Bay

We ended up at Wax in Watergate Bay as a bit of an accident. I thought I’d booked Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen but I’d actually booked the one in London…oops. Wax was a chilled alternative situated overlooking the beautiful bay and with some delicious food. I had seafood pasta which got a big thumbs up.


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