We’re well into bake-off season now and amateur bakers up and down the country are whipping up cakes, proving their breads and praying their tarts have a nice dry bottom. But what if you prefer someone else to do the baking, while you do the hard work of eating?
This month we’re taking you on a tour of the best tea rooms, serving the best bakes in Mevagissey. So take a seat and set out the best china, as we enjoy the best that this quaint little harbour village has to offer.
Tea on the Quay
Our mum always told us that if we didn’t eat our mains, there would be no pudding. So let’s start with something savoury. Tea on the Quay sits prettily on the quayside, a perfect vantage point from which to watch the boats bobbing up and down on the harbour, whilst eating a homemade spicy sausage roll. With crisp short pastry that melts in the mouth and a blend of beautiful spices, this is no ordinary sausage roll and you may even be ordering seconds.
If sausage rolls are not your go to snack of choice or prefer a meat free option, why not try something slightly different… the lesser spotted savoury Cornish tea. Cousin to the traditional Cornish cream tea, but with a different take on serving scones. At The Lighthouse, you will be served two buttered Davidstow cheddar cheese scones, with wedges of more Davidstow cheddar cheese and Cornish brie, topped off with a ‘proper’ tomato chutney. Let’s not forget the tea to wash it down with as well. Yum!
Over the harbour from Tea on the Quay is She Sells. She Sells has more glorious views over the harbour and is a great place to people watch out of the window. As you would expect, this little cafe offers all the usual light lunches and cakes. However, what we love (and okay, not technically a bake but we couldn’t miss them out) are their crepes! Serving both sweet and savoury crepes, you will think you have died and gone to Paris. This is 100% Cornish though and has the ingredients to prove it, with fillings such as Cornish blue cheese or fresh local crab. Make sure not to miss this one.
The Teacup Rooms
It’s time for the main event, the one you have all been waiting for…. The essential Cornish Cream Tea. It is the rule that you must eat at least one cream tea for each day you are in Cornwall and if you live here, then all the better! The teacup rooms are much loved in Mevagissey. The cafe is a cute as a button and serves up lots of delicious treats but their cream teas are a must with proper clotted Cornish cream and fruity strawberry jam piled onto delicious scones. A pot of tea finishes things off nicely and you won’t regret stopping by here during a trip to Mevagissey.
We hope you can visit all these fabulous cafes on your next visit and let us know what you thought. In the meantime, we will be tuning in, glued to our TVs willing on the bakers to get a handshake from Paul and let’s hope someone keeps Pru off Twitter until it’s all over for another year.
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.
With 74 working boats in the harbour, Mevagissey is still the place for a traditional Cornish fishing village vibe. Its authenticity captured the BBC’s imagination in its series, This Fishing Life, a close look at what life is really like in the ‘wild west’ of Britain.