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  • A Foodie’s Guide to Cornwall

    In the South West of England, you'll find Cornwall on the tip of the peninsula, surrounded by sea and a rugged coastline that wraps itself around for miles. The home of Poldark, Daphne du Maurier, cream teas, and old-fashioned holidays, there's more than a hint of magic to Cornwall.  

    It's where chef Emily Scott grew up, spending her childhood in Porthilly, Rock. Her days spent "sailing, skiing, eating beachside picnics and cream teas (always splitting, jam and clotted cream)" before she left to train as a chef in Burgundy. 

    She recently returned, initially to run The Harbour Restaurant in Port Isaac before settling in the beautiful village of St Tudy, tucked away off the beaten track near Wadebridge. Since taking over the St Tudy Inn, Emily has turned it into a destination for foodies and locals, using home grown produce and creating a constantly changing menu to reflect what's best in season. 

    So, to celebrate our current competition to win a trip for six to Cornwall (enter here!), we asked Emily to put together a food-filled guide to her native coastal county...

    How would you describe Cornwall to someone who has never been?

    Glorious beaches, hidden coves, surf, food, walks, culture and arts - it's a beautiful corner of England that you must discover.

    Describe your ideal weekend in Cornwall...

    A weekend at Ropehawn a secluded hideaway perched on the water's edge, a unique place only accessible by boat or by foot through a path that leads down to the house. Pack for wild swimming, dog friendly walks through the woods and plenty of mackerel fishing. A pure escape.

    Favourite Spot for Foodies: St Tudy Inn

    Most days, you will find me in my kitchen creating beautiful, seasonal food at my pub The St Tudy Inn. Seasonality always inspires what's on the menu - you can have so much fun with that. 

    Breakfast Out: Fifteen Cornwall

    Kick start your day with breakfast here, overlooking the beautiful Watergate Bay, that will definitely inspire you for your day ahead. 

    Lunch Break: The Gurnard's Head

    A lovely pub with rooms located on the Atlantic coast between St Ives and St Just. A place to escape the fast pace of life and just eat, drink and sleep!

    Dinner with Friends: The Seafood Restaurant

    A lively, fun restaurant set in the idyllic location of Padstow. Perfect for a long lunch or supper with friends. Delicious fish and seafood.

    Dream Date Night: Tresanton Hotel

    A wonderfully romantic hotel on the edge of St Mawes - such a picturesque place to wake up to. Enjoy a day on the water in Piniccuia, the hotel's beautiful classic yacht, sailing around Falmouth bay and the Helford and Fal rivers.

    Best Tourist Spot: Port Eliot House and Gardens

    Port Eliot House and Gardens, a magical place and home to the fabulous Port Eliot Festival (where you can find the "hush & friends" chill out venue this July!)

    Best Walk: Daymer Bay

    Daymer Bay is a favourite beach, and walk that I am lucky enough to do most days. It's a stunning place. At low tide, long stretches of golden sand backed by dunes form a shoreline from Daymer Bay to Rock, with pretty views across the Camel Estuary. This is where I gather my thoughts for my day ahead as I walk my dogs, Monty and Inca. Being by the sea inspires me in my kitchen, the changing seasons are breathtakingly beautiful.

    And lastly, describe Cornwall in three words:

    Beautiful, inspiring, creative.

    Emily is chef and proprietor of the St Tudy Inn, follow her on instagram @emilyscotthk and visit the pub website here to book a table!