With Christmas well and truly behind us, and a long dark January ahead everyone needs something to look forward to. Why not surprise your loved one or get a group of friends or family together and book a weekend in one of our cottages for a real chance to switch off, unwind and re charge.

You will find this is one of the best times to explore Cornwall. The roads are clear, beaches are empty and the pubs are warm and cosy.

Coastal walks are a must. Just make sure you pack a flask or pick a café enroute where you can grab a steaming mug of hot chocolate!

Whether you can already surf or have always wanted to give it a go this is a great time to do so. Also there are less people to witness your epic falling skills and lots of companies offer cheaper rates (wear a wetsuit and boots you won’t be cold)!

After an active day outdoors there are a multitude of fantastic restaurants to enjoy the best food and service North Cornwall has to offer.

Here are 4 places to suit varying budgets close to The Laurels Cottages that serve incredible food.

1. The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow.

Rick Steins flagship restaurant opened in 1975 and continues to wow with exquisite seafood and local produce.

If you are a foodie then we recommend booking onto one of Rick’s Cookery School masterclasses. Covering everything from Asian Streetfood to British Seafood and Italian Cooking there is bound to be a class for you.


2. The Tiny Thai, Wadebridge.

Run by husband and wife team Paul (front of house) and Bpuu (Head Chef) they have recently opened this premises due to demand having previously operated out of a catering trailer for many years. Influenced by growing up in Southern Thailand Bpuu’s creations are unique, fiery and flavourful. Indeed Mr Gordon Ramsay himself frequents the spot with his family (last seen tucking into plates of Pad Thai) when at his home in Rock.



3. Appletons, Trevibban Mill, St Issey

A restaurant located in a vineyard – ideal! Andy Appleton and his partner Lyndsey have created a magical dining experience here. Rustic Italian dishes with a contemporary twist, using the finest ingredients from the South West. As you would hope the wine list is superb as well as the cocktails. If you are sticking around for the weekend they also host a fantastic Sunday brunch serving everything from Steak and Eggs to Buttermilk fried chicken and waffles.


4. Port and Starboard Fish & Chips, Indian Queens.

If you don’t fancy dressing up then we recommend a takeaway from here. By far the best around in our opinion ( we have tried them all)! Fresh cooked to order local ‘meaty’ fish,  tasty chips and perfect mushy peas. They fry in beef dripping for extra flavour and deliver generous portion sizes.

It is well worth the 15 minute drive to collect them – follow the brown signs!