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Friday, 21 February 2014

Visit Cornwall (part 1)

During the summer of 1994 I travelled down to Cornwall to stay with a friend that I'd made during a recent holiday to Corfu, and decided to stay for a few months. I had, just a couple of months previous, been made redundant from a job that I'd been in for 4 years and was enjoying the freedom of being able to do as I pleased.

I managed to bag myself a seasonal job waitressing at The Smugglers Cottage in Tolverne, serving cream teas to locals and tourists, and then another job for British Telecom in Truro. I shared a house in Falmouth and had such a great few months before moving back up to the Midlands when the constant rain became too much to bear.

Since then I've only visited Cornwall maybe once or twice and not for around 8 years so it was great to be invited back by Visit Cornwall to enjoy a few days away at The Valley in Carnon Downs.

We had a lovely welcome when we arrived at The Valley (more on that in another blog post) before heading down to Falmouth for a couple of hours and then back again for an evening meal at the Cafe Azur Restaurant.

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The special for the evening was 'Posh Fish & Chips' which we all opted for, as you cannot come to the seaside without having fish & chips.

First though we all shared three starters - Salt & Pepper Squid, Olives and Bread and Bread & Dips.

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Whilst I'm not a big fan of seafood I do like calamari, as long as it's a good one. I haven't eaten a good calamari since I was in Falmouth all those years ago and now, 20 years later, I wasn't disappointed this time around either. In fact it was so good that all three children tried and loved it too. All three of the starters were so good that they were devoured within minutes, mostly by the kids.

The fish & chips, arrived on a slate platter with a portion of minted mushy peas and tartare sauce on the side, and was piled high on the plate. Whilst on first appearance it didn't look like a large portion, the fish was extremely thick and extremely fresh, and the chips tasted just like home made and it more than satisfied the large appetite of a teenage boy. The child portions were also a good size, and served with little pots of peas, tartare sauce and ketchup.

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Dessert for the older kids was chocolate brownie and ice cream, for Jack it was chocolate ice cream with popping candy and for the husband it was Apple Crumble and clotted cream. I opted for a healthier liquid dessert of Espresso Martini!

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We didn't have any complaints with the meal at all, as it was all very high quality and fresh. The service was also extremely friendly and helpful.

The Cafe Azur caters for appetites of younger children under the age of 5 who eat for free, and there are various dining packages available to guests, allowing them to eat in the restaurant or within the comfort of their own cottage. I would definitely recommend the restaurant to anyone staying at The Valley.

We were provided with a complimentary meal at the restaurant for the purpose of this review.

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