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Port Eliot: delightfully frustrating, annoyingly brilliant

Rachel Wilson-Couch

Top Quote: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Would Get Out of Bed For: A full English and a full monty

Dirty Secret: Pork scratchings, cheesy Italian pop, skinny dipping whenever feasible

Hot Under the Collar: Paying for parking, socks and men in Mazdas

Quintessentially Cornish: A dogged insistence on transporting Cornish fare wherever I go: Cornish Blue to London, pasties to Bristol, Camel Valley white, whenever and wherever.

Writers Block: A bunny’s perspective on all things foodie Saffron Bunny and a bi-weekly column in the West Briton and Cornish Guardian What’s On section, food and wellbeing for Cornwall Today

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Port Eliot: delightfully frustrating, annoyingly brilliant

I am still struggling with my first Port Eliot festival experience. My reaction to this three day festival of literature, fashion, food, music and “spontaneous performances”, which wound up late Monday evening seems to be expressing...

World Belly Boarding Championships

This Sunday 4 September, Chapel Porth Beach is home to the biggest retro fest in the South West: The World Belly Boarding Championships. Entry is free, just bring your plywood and jump in (no wetsuits...

A great Cornish institution: Skinner’s Brewery

It’s a man’s world: the smells, the beards, the brewing kit, the devout following. We’re talking ale, but not just any old ale, this is the finest Cask Ale in Cornwall, Mecca for CAMRA members and ... me: Skinner’s...

Small venue – big credentials: The Taphouse St Agnes

It’s Friday lunchtime and there’s definitely that Friday feeling in Aggie’s Taphouse, the place is buzzing with customers, and James the manager is welcoming them all by...

Bubbles galore at binTwo Padstow

No lady could refuse an invite to quaff champagne in the company of gentlemen on a Friday night in the civilised and buzzy town of Padstow. Unbeknown to us, David, owner of binTwo the Independent Wine Merchant and Champagne Bar, was to...

Stithians, the second coming

Cornwall’s biggest one day show exploded into action yesterday. For those of us who look forward to beer in the members’ tent, strawberries, sheep shearing and the bunny tent at Royal Cornwall every year, then Stithians is the best...

A Day in ... St Agnes.

St Agnes is a place with impact beyond its environs: everyone has their own opinion of it, be they Aggie residents or not. It’s cliquey; men with beards; a bit too cool for school; full of doctors; you have to be a pro to surf there...

The Circus of Eden

Lose yourself in the Labyrinth, a unique collaboration between NoFit State Circus and Eden, this summer, for 21 nights only: 29 July to 29 August. Swinging trapezes, tightwires, the Chinese pole and a flying trapeze are just some of the...

A touch of Hollywood glamour: Amélies

Formerly an old smokehouse, then a derelict building, Sam and husband Mark have breathed some much needed love back into what is now Amélies At The Smokehouse: café, bar and restaurant in Porthleven. Just over a year old, the venue...

At home with Barbara Hepworth, St Ives

Walking into Barbara Hepworth’s former home and garden is little spooky: tools are poised for action, cats wander through with familiarity and smocks of shadowy hues hang waiting to be worn again. The monumental statues in the garden...

Kestle Barton: where art and the natural world meet

What happens if you flip a village flower and vegetable show on its head? Turn up to Kestle Barton’s own flower and vegetable show and you’ll find out. Prize-winning Blooms and Best Vegetables will be sitting alongside Wilt and...

Tardis Projects Truro – Turner prize in a toilet?

A 44 square foot former pumping house in the grounds of Truro cathedral which was once a toilet is being transformed, Doctor Who style, into an art gallery by contemporary artist Liam...

Blacker Designs: the only blankets for a summer spread

Summer is occasionally here in Cornwall and what better way to soak up that fickle Cornish sun than by lying out in a field on a blanket surrounded by bowls of homemade (please) picnic food, Pimms and/or bubbly (depending on what you...

Port Eliot: a house with a difference

Uniquely a house within a museum, a museum within a house, this is a place, you instinctively feel, where anything could happen. And it does. As I arrive, American Vogue are in the middle of a photo shoot in what must be one of the...

Camel Valley: world champion wines

The devil is in the detail if you want to produce the world’s best wine and that is exactly what the Lindo family at Camel Valley have achieved over the last twenty or so years: best rosé at the Italian World Sparkling Wine...

Shelterbox ‘All That Glitters’ Ball at The Esplanade Hotel

‘All that glitters’ may not be gold but on Saturday night, money raised at the Shelterbox Glitter ball may well save the lives of families caught up in natural disasters across the globe. The GCG team made a sparkling appearance,...

Thoughtful about fish

The uniquely MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) accredited online retailer of seafood – Fish for Thought - is dripping with accolades, notably as one of the top recommended suppliers behind Channel 4’s Fish Fight, as well as featuring...

Falmouth’s best kept foodie secret: The Wheelhouse

On a tip off from a Lonely Planet journalist, GCG headed down to the harbour in Falmouth for what promised to be some of the best crab and shellfish in the corner...

Get to grips with crab

There are blue ones, coconut ones (that crack coconuts), tiny ones and massive ones (the Japanese spider crab has a leg span of up to two metres) and in total there are around 4,500 species; in China, you can get live ones from a...

Sharing the spoils: Great British Menu, Paul Ainsworth

Winning BBC2’s Great British Menu dessert category was not enough for Padstow-based chef Paul Ainsworth, the indomitable force behind Number 6 and...