Trereife Stableyard Cafe
Tucked in behind the picture perfect Trereife House is the newest addition to the grounds, the Trereife Stableyard Café, complete with charming chequered tablecloths and a menu from Sarah Shaw of The Cornish Hen Deli.
So, the rain has set in, but what better way to spend an afternoon than eating something delightful in the grounds of a country house? As we parked, we met two residents – towering chestnut mares being walked (quite possibly by Papa Le Grice, come to think of it) from stable to field for a good gallop, and we made our way to the cobbled courtyard that recently doubled as a film set for the Cornish set feature Summer in February, starring Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame.
The newly opened café boasts a delicious selection of sandwiches, tarts and GCG favourites Grumpies, not to mention a welcome selection of wines to wash it all down with. We opted for the baked goat’s cheese with red onion marmalade and salad, the chorizo sausage roll, and couldn’t resist the citrus polenta cake and flour free chocolate and lime cake for afters with a pot of tea. The staff are warm, welcoming and helpful. The café itself is decorated with floral bunting and fresh flowers on each table. It feels like a tea party.
Above the little fireplace sat three pots of fresh herbs and what I strongly suspected were, and did indeed turn out to be, props from the film – two wooden signs featured in the photos framed and hung on the walls. These photos of the cast and crew of Summer in February, were taken by a member of the Le Grice family, the seventh generation of which still live in the house today. There are tables out on the cobbles amongst the potted plants, and even more overlooking the field and formal gardens at the front of the house. It’s the perfect place to wait for one of the tours of the house to commence.
From the 16th to the 18th of August, Trereife will play host once again to the Cornwall Design Fair. Featuring all manner of designers and wares, from the delicate Amy Cooper Ceramics to the smooth and sturdy Driftwood Surfboards, it’s a great opportunity to wander the grounds, meet local designer-makers and buy yourself something wonderful. You’ll be needing a cup of tea after all that of course.