When in Cornwall, it’s obligatory to have a cream tea or two and to that end we found a gorgeous quirky, shabby-chic cafe in Mousehole with a view to die for. We’d noticed the cafe a couple of years ago on our previous holiday just as they were getting ready to open. It looked shabby chic and quirky then, with it’s own definite style. It looked just the same today with the cafe and garden area full, so it’s obviously a popular place.
We had a wander around the pretty village of Mousehole, with its picturesque circular harbour and cottages. You’ll often find artists painting the village scene from the harbour walls. It’s well known for it’s Christmas Lights, where the harbour is illuminated each year and the legend of Tom Bawcock’s Eve on 23rd December each year remembered with the famous Stargazey Pie.
Mousehole is the home of the ‘Solomon Browne’, the last lifeboat of Mousehole and the tragic Penlee Lifeboat disaster in 1981 when all 8 volunteer lifeboat men from the small village lost their lives in a hurricane force 12 storm whilst endeavouring to save the lives of 8 crew on a drifting ship. There is a memorial garden by the old lifeboat Station on the road out of the village towards Newlyn.
After exploring the shops and galleries we walked around the harbour. The tide was coming in and the harbour was full of children playing and having fun in the shallow water. We made our way back towards the Rock Pool Cafe an hour before it closed. The cafe has probably one of the best spots ever! Perched above the shore path, the tidal sea pool and rock pools, the cafe looks out to sea and over Mount’s Bay. The pebbly beach below is home to many mini gravity defying towers.
The Rock Pool Cafe has a pretty little garden with seating, bunting and a quirky little blue summer house too. We had the garden to ourselves in the early evening sunshine and chose a prime sea-view spot to sit at. The menu had some tempting hot items, salads, panini’s and sandwiches along with irresistible cream teas and scrummy cakes. As we were on holiday we went with the Cornish Cream Tea.
Our cream teas arrived on a wooden paddle board along with gorgeous mis-matched vintage bone china tea service. The clotted cream came in a miniature milk churn and our milk in a miniature glass milk bottle. Our tea came in a lovely engraved non drip pot and the warm scones were the biggest I had ever seen! They were absolutely huge! All very quirky and served by the lovely staff.
While we ate our scones with Strawberry jam and a large dollop of Cornish clotted cream on top, we watched the fishing smacks leave and arrive from Newlyn and Penzance harbour just around the corner. We also had a good view of the ‘Scillonian’ ferry crossing the bay on its daily return from the Isles of Scilly.
I don’t think I’ll ever find a cafe with a view to match !
Find out more about the Rock Pool Cafe here. www.rockpoolmousehole.co.uk/ or www.facebook.com/rockpoolmousehole
The Rock Pool Cafe is situated at the bottom of the first car park (P&D) on your arrival into Mousehole from Newlyn. The steps lead down to the cafe and also on the shore path at the rockpools.