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    Top 5 Cornish Cafes

    A Cornish cafe crawl!

    Who loves a great café? We’re thinking about beautiful locations, wonderful service and fabulous food and drink! At Treffry Towers, when we’re not stitching or working in the shops, we love to get out and about in Cornwall and sample the delights of local cafes and coffee shops. We’ve put together a list of our favourite ones just for you. Starting off on the A39 just outside of Wadebridge you will find Strong Adolfo’s at the Hawksfield retail development. Faye from our team says they serve great coffee, superb smoothies and the selection of cakes is always pretty impressive too! Strong Adolfo’s is quickly becoming a bit of a mecca for vintage and custom cars and motorcycles with regular subcultural happenings! cakes at strong adolfos top 5 cornish cafes   top 5 cornish cafes breakfast at strong adolfos   www.strongadolfos.com/ On the south coast between Looe and Polperro, you will find the Talland Bay Beach café. It’s right on the shore of the pretty cove, and you can eat either al fresco or in one of the delightfully decorated beach huts, some of them even have our own Poppy Treffry designs. As well as serving traditional Cornish dishes such as pasties and cream teas (remember, jam first!) they make amazing coffee, cakes, sandwiches and ciabattas. There are 11 flavours of Roskillys Cornish Ice-Cream for dessert too, Yum! Talland bay beach cafe poppy treffry blog   Talland bay beach hut interior cornish cafe crawl www.tallandbaybeachcafe.co.uk Further down the south coast, about a 20 minute drive from Falmouth towards Constantine, we love to visit Potager Garden café. It used to be a run down Nursery, until the current owners turned it into beautiful gardens. The cafe has loads of outdoor seating and in the main cafe you can dine in the greenhouse for when it gets a bit cold. The greenhouse is Stanya’s favourite to dine in (unless it's boiling outside), lots of lovely plants, it's quite different! Food is very yummy, they do soups, curries, sandwiches, breakfasts and cakes, including vegan and gluten free. The staff are very happy and friendly. There are huge grounds to wander around after a meal (or you can just fall asleep in a comfy hammock!). potager garden cafe staff at work in cornish cafe potager garden top cafe in cornwall www.potagergarden.org/cafe The Rockpool café at Mousehole (pronounced Mowsal!) has amazing views towards St Michael's Mount. Apparently, if you're lucky, you can spot dolphins and seals swimming in the bay! Lovely food, milkshakes, cream teas and cocktails! Cute beach hut that seats up to 4 comfortably on the terrace (that's something different). Very friendly owners, they have a small gift shop inside and make their own tiles (their workshop is next to ours at Trereife). It has a very homely shabby chic feel to it inside and is a perfect spot for a lunch in any weather, and very instagrammable too! interior of rockpool cafe in mousehole cornish cafes rockpool cafe in mousehole cornish cafe with a seaview   www.rockpoolmousehole.co.uk And lastly, back up to the North Coast, near to Port Isaac, home of Doc Martin from the TV! We discovered the Gastropod, which is a sister to the Snails Pace Café at the start of the Camel Trail at Blisland. The Gastropod is an off-grid café in a beautiful Tipi village setting. It only opened earlier this year, but is fast becoming a quiet mecca for locals who want to get away from it all! The café itself is in the polytunnel, where they also grow tomatoes, herbs, flowers and salad leaves for the dishes. You can also sit outside in the sun (sometimes there is some, honest!) and it really has a great outdoor casual dining vibe!   inside gastropod snails pace cafe cornish cafes gastropod cafe in a polytunnel best cornish cafes www.facebook.com/SnailsPaceGastropod That concludes our whistlestop tour of the best cafes in Cornwall. We have tried to cover the county and cater for a large range of different tastes. Please get in touch if you find any more hidden gems that we should be visiting, purely for market research purposes, honestly!   Karen the shop manager at Poppy Treffry, Padstow   This blog was written by Karen who manages the shop in Padstow. She had assistance from the rest of the team at Poppy Treffry, who seemed ever so keen to go to cafe's and drink coffee and eat cake, most strange!

    Our Top 5 campsites in Cornwall (and we've tried a few!)

    When we started writing this blog post Summer had well and truly arrived in Cornwall and we were in the middle of a heatwave! Fast forward a week as we prepare to publish the post and it's pouring down and we're wrapped in blankets! Just a typical Cornish Summer then! treen farm top campsites cornwall  Despite this seasonal unpredictability Team Treffry have been busy thinking about their summer holidays and many of us enjoy dusting off the tents and pitching up on a campsite. Even just for a weekend away, camping is really fun and relaxing for all ages. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 campsites we recommend when you’re visiting Cornwall this summer: treen farm top campsites cornwall by poppy treffry  First up is Treen Farm Campsite, right on the Coast Path, near to Penzance and boasting spectacular sea views stretching from the Lizard Peninsula to the Isles of Scilly. It’s great for the outdoors types, with lots of walking, cycling and surfing activities nearby. Next, on to Highertown Farm Campsite near Lansallos, within easy reach of the charming coastal villages and towns of Polperro, Fowey and Looe. Run by the National Trust, it is one of their greenest campsites and perfect for the natural campers as there are no formal pitches, you get to choose your own spot. This campsite has the best view from the wash station in our opinion! highertown farm campsite top campsites cornwall by Poppy Treffry No guide to the top campsites in Cornwall is complete without mentioning longtime favourite Trevedra Farm, located a mile from Lands End, which is as far west as you can go on the mainland. With a popular onsite café and shop, there’s no need for cooking yourself, unless you really want to! It is also a working farm and for 2017 they've upgraded the wash rooms and shower blocks, even better! Close to pretty, Cornish secluded beaches, there are also amazing sunsets from the site. Sunset from Trevedra farm campsites cornwall For those perhaps not as keen on pitching their own canvas there's Coastal valley camp and crafts, situated near to Porth, Newquay. It’s located in a hidden unspoilt valley location and they have a range of wooden lodges as well as a fully restored 1956 Airstream caravan, which we think is really cool! There are also camping pitches for the more traditional campers amongst you! During the high season you can take part in the craft activities on site - we know how much some of you hate to be away from crafting! Activities on offer include silk painting, vintage glamping sewing crafts, painting classes, decoupage art, fun with recycling, bush craft and weaving classes.Coastal vallery campers campsites in cornwall vintage airstream  And last, but by no means least, in our list of top campsites in Cornwall, moving further up the Cornish coast on the outskirts of Bude, we love Bude Meadows Touring Park. The nearest beach is Widemouth Bay, which is popular for surfers and families. The site itself boasts games areas, a shop, a heated pool and a bar. You're also well placed for the Bude sea pool at Summerleaze which is a partially man made natural swimming pool, and a brilliant safe spot to swim with the kids if you don't fancy the sea. Bude sea pool campsites in cornwall poppy treffry So whether you prefer natural camping, hiring an airstream or letting someone else do the cooking, there are 100s of different campsites to explore on your next visit to Cornwall and this was our roundup of our top 5. And remember, no visit to Cornwall is complete without a little trip to the Poppy Treffry shops in Padstow or St Ives! Hope to see you soon!

    This blog post was written by Karen Davey who manages the Poppy Treffry shop in Padstow. Campsites were road-tested by various members of Team Treffry who will stop at nothing to show you much there is to enjoy in Cornwall!

    #PoppyTreffryPadstow

    We recently began weekly 'blackboard fun' from our Padstow shop! Outside the shop you'll find a little blackboard and each week we'll be chalking up something different on there, sometimes a joke, sometimes perhaps something else... OK, maybe we're making this up as we go along a little bit! If you want to get involved then simply take a snap of the blackboard and share it to facebook, twitter or instagram using the #PoppyTreffryPadstow. Each week we'll choose a winner at random from those that have used the hashtag and they'll get a little PT treat in the post. poppy Treffry padstow shop blackboard outside the shop   You don't even have to come inside the shop if you don't want to, although we really think you should, but we love to see your photo's and we love to know you're there, like a virtual wave! #poppytreffrypadstow blackboard outside the padstow shopSo grab your phone or camera, take a snap and share with us using #poppytreffrypadstow and we hope to see you soon at our Padstow shop or on the world wide web! ;-)    

    Easter holidays in Cornwall

      After a pretty wet and windy February and March we're all really looking forward to the Easter holidays here in Cornwall, a time when the weather is supposed to be brighter and more spring like. (Take note weather!) We know lots of you are in Cornwall for Easter and so we asked the team at Poppy Treffry how they would be spending the Easter break, ready to share with you all. And so this is our list of things to do if you're visiting Cornwall this Easter: The National Trust at Godolphin Estate near Helston are holding a Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt throughout the holidays for the children. It’s an historic house with beautiful gardens and so well worth a visit for adults too. Find out more here. easter themed egg cosy by poppy treffry Want to take Easter to the Egg-streme?! Have a go at Coasteering with St Ives Surf School. Jumping off rocks, climbing, swimming and kayaking are definitely for the more adventurous types, but all that exercise means you'll have earned your Easter egg! Find out more here. coasteering in cornwall with st ives surf school A few members of the team suggested a wander around Levant Mine at Botallack. They made it sound very innocent but we have a feeling they mean in search of Ross Poldark himself, although can you blame them?! And ok, so he might not be filming there at Easter, but it’s still a beautiful stretch of unspoilt Cornish coastline between St Ives and Lands End to explore. levant mine at Botallack On Easter Sunday (16th April) you could have a go at Egg Rolling in Padstow? Decorate a hard boiled egg, take it to Duke Street for midday and help raise funds for the Padstow RNLI lifeboat - whilst having some fun too, yay! easter egg cosies and treat pots by poppy treffry And if you prefer bikes to eggs (?!) then in North Cornwall, the spectacular Easter Egg Run is an annual charity event organised by a group of motorcyclists and also held on Easter Sunday. Ride off is at 11am from Davidstow Airfield, near Camelford, where often in excess of 200 riders and their pillions raise money for local children’s charities across the county, quite a sight to behold. Find out more here. easter egg run davidstow on motorcycles And if none of that tickles your fancy then how about creating your own family Easter traditions? Some members of the team who we won't name (but surnames are Treffry!)  have a tradition from childhood. You hard boil some eggs and then carry them up a hill balancing them on a spoon. It's a race to the top where you can stop and enjoy the view, or have an egg hunt, and you then have to race back down the hill batting the egg with a stick. The one who makes it to the bottom first and still has some egg is the winner. Any good Cornish hill would be great for this but tried and tested favourites are Carn Brea, Bray Down and Roughtor! eggs on spoons ready for easter fun If you like the idea of something a little more active but less egg based then you could cycle along the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow. Beautiful scenery along the former railway track, it’s an easy ride of just over five miles, with many options for refreshments when you reach Padstow! Look out for Oystercatchers along the way. oyster catch beach bag by poppy treffry And speaking of refreshments... when you do get to Padstow, the team highly recommend a visit to Cherry Trees café on the Harbour to sample some of their amazing cakes. Oh and that just happens to be next door to our Padstow shop, well what a coincidence! cherry trees cafe in padstow And if all else fails then you'll always find a hundred nooks and crannies to hide eggs behind down on the Cornish coast line. Let's just hope the weather gets the memo! We hope you enjoyed our little list and we'd love to hear from you if you've got suggestions we should try out this Easter - do get in touch via the comments here or over on our facebook page and let us know.  

    Meet the Padstow shop team

    We’ve finally got around to introducing our lovely Padstow shop team, hurray! Turns out they’re all a little camera shy, so we had to use bribery! (Cake, who mentioned cake?! Karen the shop manager at Poppy Treffry, Padstow So first of all... Karen, our shop manager describes herself as creative, fun-loving and outdoorsy. She says the best thing about working in the Poppy Treffry shop in Padstow is being surrounded by cheerful and bright textile products and the fabulous location, she even plans to cycle in to work from Wadebridge! When she’s not working in the shop, she can be found in her own sewing workshop making lampshades, spending time exploring the coast, and sitting in dark rooms at the dead of night! (That last one is because she enjoys taking part in paranormal investigations!) Karen drinks her tea the way of the builders, with skimmed milk, no sugar. stanya from the Poppy Treffry shop in padstow Next up, Stanya, our shop assistant, who describes herself as creative, kind and cheeky! She loves all the beautiful products, friendly customers with similar interests and the view - did we mention the view?! In her spare time, she enjoys making candles (which we sell in the Poppy Treffry shops), walking and taking photographs of the beautiful Cornish scenery, visiting local cafes and sampling their cakes (well someone has to keep the Cornish economy alive!) Stanya takes her tea with milk, one sugar or sometimes with lemon and honey. Sinead from the Poppy Treffry shop in Padstow And last, but of course by no means least, Sinead, our other lovely shop assistant, who describes herself in three words as creative, funny and a mummy. She loves being in a creative, colourful environment at Poppy Treffry and getting to share her PT knowledge with the lovely customers, oh and she says the view isn’t bad either! When she’s not in the shop, she can be found at home running around after her two boys and crazy Beagle. If she gets two minutes to herself, she likes to get her canvas out and paint. Sinead can also be found sampling lots of delicious foods with her Hubby, who's a Chef, as they are real foodies. If she’s not doing any of that, Sinead can be found snuggled on the sofa reading a good book (and eating cake, shhhh!) Sinead never drinks tea, it’s Coffeeeeee all day, everyday. Strong, milky, one sugar please. The view from the Poppy Treffry shop in padstow We felt it would be rude to leave without sharing that infamous view with you, now you can understand, we're sure, quite why all the girls mentioned it! Hopefully you can come and visit us soon and check out that view for yourself. We're not sharing the cake though, sorry! Find out more about our Padstow shop here. Find out more about the rest of the Poppy Treffry team here.