Yesterday we went to see the Eden Project. Well, that was intention. There was a massive accident on the A30. At 10.30 the motorway was closed because of a 4 vehicle pile up. A car transporter, a van and 2 cars. Major carnage. Not a great start to a bank holiday weekend. We were lucky enough to get off the motorway before they closed our side. Those coming the other way must have been trapped for hours. There were police cars, fire engines, ambulances and even helicopters in attendance.
So we took an early exit and finally headed onto the Eden Project but by the time we had parked, walked a long way to the ticket office complex amongst the school groups and then clocked the admission fee (NZ$110 for two of us) plus the fact I wasn’t feeling well, we decided to cut our loses and instead drove to the west of Cornwall to the lovely little town of Padstow.
Those foodies amongst us will know that chef and food writer Rick Stein put Padstow on the culinary map. He has numerous restaurants here, from fine dining to his Fish and Chippery. The town is very quaint, built slightly higglety piggelty from the beach up and around the little harbour. Lots of tiny colourful shops (including RS’s patisserie) sell clothing, jewellery, nicknacs, and of course plenty of pasties and Cornish fudge. Kids were trying their luck fishing, there was a busker playing guitar and the atmosphere was just lovely.
Feeling peckish after the long stop/start trip of the morning we decided to try our luck at the F&C cafe. You have to queue for a table (it didn’t take long) and then decide on the type of fish, how you want it cooked and if you want to add a sauce. On the waitresses recommendation we ordered Hake and chips with tartare sauce and a local lager to wash it down. The food came very quickly and I have to say it was delicious. The batter was light and crunchy and the chips crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Adding some salt and vinegar to the chips and I was a very happy camper. The ambiance is lively and the turnover fast. The bill came to £30 which is steep and probably would have been cheaper if we had gone the takeaway route, (also available) but we both thought it was worth it. We sat in the window which looked out over the car park so no water views here. Next door is Rick Stein’s cooking school on one side and his delicatessen on the other. He is everywhere. Not that we saw him although he is due there on Monday for a book signing.
Time to head back (avoiding the A30 and instead taking every country lane in between, some only wide enough for one car) to see the doggies and cats and take them for a walk. The sun came out and it was a lovely evening.
Might try the Eden Project another time.