The thing about Cornwall is that no matter how well you think you have got to know the Duchy, there is always something new to discover. Our latest secret discovery happened last week, just outside Launceston.
The Cowslip Workshops are a quintessentially Cornish Tearoom, offering proper English cream teas, cakes, sandwiches and light lunches. Nothing says English like a proper cup of tea, which is exactly what we indulged in alongside generously filled baguettes, crammed full with prawn marie rose sauce and fresh crisp salad. The baguette was warmed through, with that just baked smell wafting up from the plate. I can confirm it was just as tasty to eat as was hoped for!
Inside, you can expect to find a cosy interior painted in heritage shades, with well plumped cushions scattered to make you feel comfortable and at home. Beautiful textiles hang from the wall (Cowslip Workshops are also a destination for quilting and patchworks) and just outside the rear entry, you can walk straight out to views over the open fields to Dartmoor, with Brentor Church visible in the distance.
When we visited, the cafe garden was in full bloom, showcasing tall elegant hollyhocks and foxgloves that splashed purples, violets and pinks around the well stocked garden borders. Busy bumble bees made their way amongst the flowers, gathering pollen from the long stem daisies that were filling up any spare spaces. Particularly charming were the traditional willow cane archways that led through to the cafe’s kitchen garden, where they grow their own produce, which is used in the cafe. It’s good knowing that this particular cafe is serving up food that is as fresh as possible, with just a few feet from ground to plate.
All in all we can’t recommend a visit highly enough, but you better get there quick before the secret gets out!
You may not have heard of Rowena Cade. Born in Derbyshire, she was the amazing woman whose legacy will stop you in your tracks if you visit the marvellous Minack Theatre in Cornwall.
We all need to support each other at this time, being kind and careful, adhering to social distancing and staying at home. Local businesses in Cornwall have been super-awesome in their support of their local communities, and Facebook is awash with community groups and small, independent businesses all keen to help others who are feeling isolated. It is heartwarming.