So many cafes, so little time! On top of the Welcome Pack in the Pigeon Loft and the ‘Guide Book I’m currently setting up on Air BnB what is there to do when you get to Looe, what is there to see? That’s what this post is all about. I’ll concentrate on cafes I know and love this time.
Subjective and purely my personal opinion, but…
As it says on the heading above, you may think, ‘what’s she on about? these aren’t special’, but I love them.
The Chequered Flag Cafe / Services, A38, Liskeard
Not like any services I’ve ever known – not like any cafe either, but it is so off the wall, it’s amazing. Unless you are allergic to motorbikes, this place not only serves great breakfast, but a selection of made-on-premises, gluten-free and gluten-ful cakes. Not in Looe but if you are exploring Cornwall, leave Eliza and head over the bridge, bear sharp left and follow that road. Stay on the road (don’t branch off to Plymouth), following signs for Liskeard, until you join up with the A38. As soon as you’re on this road, indicate as the Chequered Flag cafe is the second turning. Oh, and they have games and toys for kids to use while you’re there.
Larson’s Coffee House
My long-standing favourite, ever since Martin opened the doors of this tiny cafe to sell and serve the best crepes and coffee in town (the tea’s not too shabby either). And don’t just think about ‘pancakes with bananas‘, he serves a variety of savoury filling crepes, mostly featuring cheese – except the breakfast crepe. No cheese there.
Daisy’s is a tiny retro-cafe tucked up in Castle Street. It’s a bit of a hike up to it (get to The Olde Salutation Inn, turn your back to it and march up the hill to Daisy’s – think of it as the exercise that rids you of the guilt of the great English breakfasts, cakes and scones). Ask if they still do their amazing ginger scones. Friends who love ginger in any shape or form go crazy for them.
FYI, I can’t STAND ginger, but I love their ginger scones.
The Old Sardine Factory
Meeting someone with kids? Got a child or children in tow? The the Old Sardine Factory is a must. Let the kids loose in the free, interactive heritage centre (although it’s interesting for adults too) and then let the kids go on to the climbing wall at the back – ‘clip and climb’, instructors there at all times, while you enjoy tea or coffee and freshly baked cake overlooking the estuary of the Looe river.
As I’ve mentioned, I can only take bookings made through Air B&B. Here is the link to make a booking.
Cars and parking
They didn’t build garages back in 1492. It is safe to pull up outside to unload then, when you’ve finished, park on the quay (pay and display). Note that between the hours of 18:30 and 8:00 (that’s 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 a.m. the following morning) parking is charged at £1.50. You can pay for parking online.
The Cornish of old were not tall. I am descended from them. A word of warning for tall people, there are low ceilings and even lower doorways throughout the cottage.
Where would you stay? In The Land of Isanor, a twin-bedded room in the attic with its ancient beams, probably dating back to the 1300s (when they were still floating around in French or Spanish ships). Small area to hang clothes and your own chest of drawers.
Step out of Isanor and into the Pigeon Loft, the guests’ private sitting room (the pigeon loft), with a wood burner (electric!) to make it extra-cosy.
Like an ancient foot solider, defending the castle you would climb the first flight of wooden stairs to the first floor, turn right and take the first right up the circling stone steps to the Pigeon Loft.
The guests’ own bathroom is on the floor below (on the first floor) as the family use the en-suite bathroom in The Book Room.
Bed AND breakfast?
A voucher will be supplied per person, per number of nights for ‘breakfast at Jake’s’ (AKA The Tasty Corner) up to the value of an English breakfast. Bed linen and towels supplied, tea, coffee facilities in your room.
An old house, a beautiful house but not without challenges. You need to not only climb stairs easily, but also be comfortable with the different levels on each storey, frequently a step or two to climb or descend.
There is nothing level about Eliza. The garden too is quaintly unusual, as it starts at roof level, reached by a flight of stone garden stairs.
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