Happy Valentine’s Day! Unfortunately, I won’t be seeing Matt today as we’re both working hard and currently live too far apart to meet up this evening. However, we had a wonderful weekend away in St Agnes and celebrated then instead.
Matt booked us some lovely accommodation in the heart of St Agnes called Enysvilla B&B. They normally stay closed during the Winter until March but they made a special exception for us and made us feel really welcome. The en-suite room was really spacious and decorated beautifully, with views across the main street and the stunning countryside. We devoured tasty cooked breakfasts on both mornings; the full works with sausages, bacon, eggs, sautéed potatoes, baked beans, tomatoes and mushrooms. They also made me some fresh coffee (Matt doesn’t drink caffeine!) and they had plenty of fruit juice, cereal, toast, jams, fruit yogurt etc. on offer.
We arrived on the Friday at about 2 pm. After checking in, we headed out to explore the area. A few of my friends from school lived in St Agnes so I spent a lot of time there as a teenager. It was great to be back and I adore the community feel of St Agnes; it seems like everybody knows each other and it’s such a friendly place.
We walked down the main street and down the hill towards Trevaunance Cove, stopping at the bakery on the way for some proper Cornish steak pasties which we ate whilst walking. We sat down overlooking the beach for a while, taking some pictures of the choppy waves. It was high tide so we couldn’t walk on the beach and it was far too cold to sit in one place for too long! That evening we had fish and chips for tea and Matt made some rum cocktails with ginger beer and lime. Perfect.
After a little lie-in and our first home-cooked breakfast, we wrapped up warm in preparation for our cliff walk. We walked from Trevaunance Cove over to Chapel Porth, a walk I have done many times as a child but not in such wintry conditions! Luckily, the strong gusts of wind didn’t blow us off into the sea and we were only caught in one sleet shower! Although we had both been hoping for some Winter sun, we didn’t let the rain and wind deter us and just had a lovely time walking and chatting; and stopping for the occasional cuddle to keep warm!
When we arrived in Chapel Porth, we headed straight to the little café, which I am delighted to say has not changed since the early 1990s. We both ate croque-monsieurs and I had a cup of tea while Matt had a hot chocolate. Eating this made me feel really nostalgic as it reminded me of many happy childhood days out at Chapel Porth beach. The café still had the same delicious flapjack on display and they still serve the famous hedgehog ice creams; I can’t wait to return in the summer!
After eating lunch sitting on the rocks (it was only raining lightly!) we walked back to Trevaunance Cove, this time taking the inland route through fields and farmland, rather than the coastal path. We relaxed in the B&B for a while before driving over to Perranporth, only five minutes away, for pints of cyder and ale with a sea view. Unfortunately, the cloudy day meant that we didn’t get to see the sunset we were hoping for, but we watched the messy waves and saw the tide come in before heading back to get ready for our Valentine’s meal.
St Agnes has got quite a few lovely restaurants and pubs but we opted for the Taphouse because they had live music on at 9.30 pm and the menu looked incredible. We weren’t disappointed. We ordered some white wine and the deep fried baby squid to share as a starter. The presentation was spot on and I loved the combination of flavours with the fresh rocket and sweet chilli dipping sauce.
Next, Matt chose the red mullet linguine from the specials menu and I went for the Malaysian beef rendang curry. My main was full of all the flavours I love such as lemongrass, chilli, coconut and coriander and was served with jasmine rice and a citrus tomato salsa – delicious. I couldn’t have asked for anywhere better to share our romantic meal and I know that it will always be a special place for us.
I am so looking forward to more weekends like this, full of coastal walking, sea views, gorgeous food and amazing company. And hopefully some sunshine too, of course!