Exploring Cornwall, one glass at a time
You don't have to look far in Cornwall to find beautiful scenery, secret hideaways or hidden gems, no matter where you are in the county, but add a refreshing glass of English wine and an enticing Cornish menu to the setting, could there be anything more perfect?
Here's a selection of our favourite spots throughout Cornwall to enjoy a glass of Knightor with cracking views and delicious local produce.
The Idle Rocks, St Mawes
Take a day trip exploring the Roseland Peninsular and explore the picturesque villages and secret coves before rounding off the day with a visit to The Idle Rocks Restaurant in St Mawes.
Complete with a beautiful waterfront location and a delectable menu of French & Asian influences, the restaurant was recently named 'Best Restaurant' in the Trencherman's Guide 2018, as well as 'Best Dine & Stay Experience' for this year's Trencherman's Guide.
We recommend: Knightor Vintage 2011
A special wine for a special occasion, just 2000 bottles of this English sparkling wine were made and where better to enjoy this elegant bubbly than in St Mawes?
The Pandora Inn, nr Falmouth
With a long jetty extending onto Restronguet Creek and a cosy 13th century building complete with thatched roof, flagstone floors and low-beamed ceilings, the The Pandora Inn has it all, whatever the season!
We recommend: Knightor Madeleine Angevine
A wonderful English alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, combine our Madeleine Angevine with delicate white meats, fish, creamy cheeses and salads - you'll be in heaven!
Penrose Kitchen, nr Truro
On the outskirts of Truro lies Penrose Kitchen, an award-winning restaurant serving the very best local and homegrown produce. Enjoy a glass of Knightor wine and relax into the surrounding Cornish landscape, tranquil lily ponds and water garden.
We recommend: Knightor Classic Cuvée White
A fun and fruity blend well suited to the tranquil setting and delicious produce of Penrose Kitchen.
Sardine Factory, Looe
Having recently won their place in the Michelin Guide 2020, The Sardine Factory is one to watch and definitely one to explore when visiting Looe. With a stunning waterside location and a strong Cornish heritage translated through their ethos, menus and styles, their fresh, seafood dishes are a perfect match for Knightor wines.
We recommend: Madeleine Angevine 2016
It's always a delight when wine is an excellent match to other local produce and that's exactly true for our light and delicate Madeleine Angevine. Cornish mackerel or skate - the perfect pairing!
Bin Two, Padstow
Located in the heart of Padstow's bustling centre, this independent wine merchant is a treasure trove of wine and a must visit when exploring North Cornwall's secret coves, harbour villages and striking landscapes. With an impressive selection of wines by the glass and irresistible tapas dishes of local produce, you'll easily while away a couple of hours at this harbour hotspot, Bin Two.
We recommend: Carpe Diem White
This English example of a Vinho Verde is just the thing for a sunny afternoon, sitting harbourside with nibbles and a cool glass, watching Padstow go by. Who needs Portugal..?
Fistral Beach Hotel, Newquay
Complete with jaw-dropping ocean views and an enviable setting on Newquay's scenic coastline, foodies and adventures alike will be in seventh heaven at the Dune Restaurant of Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa. What could be better than a coastal inspired menu, with the Atlantic beside you and a glass of crisp Cornish wine to compliment?
We recommend: Madeleine Angevine 2016
Incredibly light and delicate in body with good acidity and ripe flavours, this blend is great with spicier dishes.
The Rock Inn, Rock
Just across the estuary from Padstow lies Rock, a beautiful village inspired by the white, sandy dunes and plentiful local produce surrounding it. Tucked right in the centre you'll find The Rock Inn, a hub of great local food with a sea-view balcony and great menu to boot!
We recommend: Madeleine Angevine 2016/201
Sipping on a cool glass of this after rounding off a day of Cornish adventures, what more could you want? Pair with local white fish, creamy cheeses from Cornwall or balanced with a fresh, summer salad - it's fantastic!
Le Vignoble, Bath and Plymouth
Now we know this one isn't Cornwall, but Le Vignoble is well worth a visit when exploring Plymouth or Bath and is a treasure trove for learning and experiencing wines from England and across the world.
From their central city locations, you can take a tasting, enjoy authentic tapas dishes, experience a wine talk or shop wines, guided by their knowledgable team.
We recommend: Knightor Mena Hweg
Inspired by the great wines of Germany, our Mena Hweg marries flavours of apple, sherbet and citrus to create an easy-drinking, balanced wine that's great with summer sunshine and mild evenings in the city.
From coast to coast, Cornwall is plentiful in exciting places to see and things to do, but take a jaunt from east to west and you could be forgiven for missing secret coves and hidden gems, waiting to be explored.
To help you make the most of your time in Cornwall, Neil Moore, Director of Portscatho Holidays which offers one of the largest selections of holiday cottages in South Cornwall, shares his favourite places to explore:
The villages of the Roseland Peninsular
Lots of little villages make up the Roseland Peninsula, each with their own personality, here are just
three: St Mawes is classic and chic, set against a backdrop of traditional cottages and a pretty harbour;
where you’ll find the base for Portscatho Holidays. St Just in Roseland is where the poet Sir John
Betjeman declared the churchyard ‘the most beautiful on earth’; you can see what he meant when
you wander through the grounds of one of Cornwall’s most visited churches. Portscatho has a
wonderfully sheltered beach for swimming and the all-important sandcastle building; it’s also an
active fishing port where you can buy fish straight off the boat’.
A stop at Knightor Winery is a must-do for me; a working winery nestled in 4 acres of Cornish
hedgerows, pasture and orchard above St Austell Bay. They make you very welcome at both their
winery and shop where you can sample some of their wines and vermouth, or on their pre-booked
tours. They also host wonderful feasts and celebrations, with the finest local produce and of course,
Lamorran House Gardens
A haven of Italianate design and subtropical planting, I can spend hours wandering round its gravel
paths and through hidden archways. I like to take in the spectacular views over to the lighthouse at
St Anthony’s Head and enjoy a coffee and cake at their café ‘La Terrazza'. Lamorran has been
featured on Gardeners World, as well as in the top 10 of a 'BBC Nation's Favourite Gardens' poll.
Portscatho Holidays take bookings for Lamorran Lodge which is a holiday home right next to the
gardens and gives guests complimentary admission to the gardens.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
I often hop on the ferry from St Mawes and head to the aptly named Discovery Quay in Falmouth to
the National Maritime Museum. It’s a fabulous building housing objects from round the world,
telling stories of life on the sea both in Cornwall and internationally. They’ve got family activities on-
site and run education programmes in Cornwall and beyond – a fascinating place to find out more
about how the water has shaped life here in Cornwall. The admission ticket includes unlimited
return visits for the following 12 months!
Built upon on a peninsula jutting out into the Carrick Roads, this artillery fort was constructed by
Henry VIII between 1540 and 1542 to protect against invasion from France. Today it’s managed by
English Heritage and they do a great job of telling its history – amazing to think it remained in use
until the end of WWII where it was used as a secret military base. There is a nice café and plenty of
grassy areas to sit and admire the views.
Portscatho's ‘main beach’ is wide and sandy, with beautiful views both inland and out to sea, at low
tide there is plenty of space for beach games and dogs are welcome all year. As it’s a National Trust
beach it’s well preserved and the real delight here is that you might spot porpoises, dolphins or even
basking sharks. And after a good walk, a game of football or a nature spot you’re not far from the
Hidden Hut café which is becoming a must-go destination in the area.
Explore from the water
And once you’ve explored from the land it’s so easy to get onto the water - mini cruises, water taxis
fishing trips and coastal safaris are available all along the coast. The ferry from outside Portscatho
Holidays' base at St Mawes will take you to Falmouth 364 days of the year, swapping a 29 mile road
journey for a 20 minute cruise.
If you want to be more active on the water then The Roseland Peninsula provides some of the best sailing and paddling areas in the country – so many ways to get out there.
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