Sigma author Sue Kittow does enjoy a cup of coffee (or two!) when she’s out walking! "I have a high metabolic rate and need refuelling regularly, so it’s much nicer to do it in the warmth with friends, and enjoy a piece of cake or biscuits!” she says. Here’s Sue’s guest blog about the dog-friendly cafes in Cornwall she has visited recently:
1. Jampot Cafe at Gwithian, near Godrevy Lighthouse
The Jampot Cafe overlooks Godrevy Lighthouse and lies snuggled in the towans like the gingerbread house in a children’s fairytale. Its owners bought it 18 years ago; it was once a look-out station in the Napoleonic Wars but now supplies wonderful homemade cakes and bacon sarnies to hungry hikers and visitors. It has an indoor seating area for when it’s cold, as well as tables and benches outside. There’s also even a book swap scheme if you’re staying nearby! Be assured of a warm welcome and great homemade food, whatever the time of year.
2. Trebah Gardens, near Mawnan Smith, Falmouth
Trebah cafe, shop and gardens are very popular with walkers and holidaymakers alike - all are always busy, whatever the time of year - and it’s one of the few large cafes in the area where dogs are allowed inside all year round. The produce is supplied by local suppliers and is always delicious, as is their coffee. Fortify yourselves with coffee and cake before walking it off on one of the many lovely walks nearby.
3. Bissoe Cycle Hire Cafe, Bissoe, near Devoran
This cafe is sited at the cycle hire office at Bissoe and is popular with those cycling or walking along the path from Devoran to the north coast of Cornwall. Bikes of all kinds may be rented here and any walk along the trail is punctuated by sideways leaps to avoid cyclists! The cafe is always warm and welcoming, with excellent coffee, vegetarian options and locally made soup, bread and cakes. Dogs welcome inside and out.
4. Cafe Mylor, Mylor Yacht Harbour, near Falmouth
Situated in the heart of Mylor Yacht Harbour, this cafe is very popular with sailors and walkers. The cafe also runs a Wednesday morning social dog walking meet, so people can walk with others, whilst dogs get water and dog biscuits. Locally-sourced Tregothnan tea, wonderful homemade cakes and dog treats are supplied before ramblers head off to Flushing or further afield.
5. Inkie’s Smokehouse, Golitha Falls
Unusual eatery Inkie's is situated in the car park at Golitha Falls, opposite: a very popular place to visit, particularly for dog walkers. It’s wise to check opening times in the winter, but this mobile cafe offers barbecues year round and is raising money to build a permanent smokehouse. They also offer cake, coffee and hot drinks.
6. Chapel Porth Cafe
There are so many walks to explore on this wonderful part of the north Cornwall coast before queueing up at Chapel Porth Cafe for the amazing food on offer, including homemade French onion soup, breakfast sandwiches, baguettes filled with cheese, onion, mushrooms and clotted cream, or their hedgehog ice creams and flapjacks. Once you’ve been here, you’ll certainly come back - even the dogs have their own tin of leftover flapjacks!
Sue Kittow is the author of Walks in the Footsteps of Cornish Writers, Walks in the Footsteps of Winston Graham's Poldark and Discover Cornwall, which is being updated in a second edition for 2017. Follow Sue's adventures on Facebook!