This week, let’s cover some of the many local restaurants, and as I said about cafes last week, so many restaurants, so little time! As well as the Welcome Pack in the Pigeon Loft (and I’m also setting up a ‘Guide Book 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.
Dusk in Looe Bay
Also subjective and purely my personal opinion, but…
As per last week’s post, these are places I love and hope you do too.
The Smugglers’ Cott
Over 400 years old as a building, the Smugglers’ Cott hasn’t changed in the 20 years that I’ve been in Looe. Which is fantastic news. This restaurant maybe not be for you if you are on a strict budget although you get value for money. Lovely meals of a very high standard and none of this ‘nouveau cuisine’ nonsense; a posh chicken nugget and three peas, tastefully arranged on a plate and decorated by a bit of parsley and a few drops of ‘jus’. No, whilst the price may not be cheap-cheap, a decent serving of beautifully cooked meat or fish is brought to you on a plate then generous platters of both new potatoes (or boiled) and chips as well as a good selection of in-season vegetables are brought out. If you go for a starter, you will get a bread roll with it – baked on the premises. No starter? Ask if you can have a bread roll for a small addition on your bill. Brilliant fish restaurant that also gives good meat and veggie choices. After twenty years, it is still my favourite. I can’t find a website for the restaurant, so I’ve done the next best thing, the Trip Advisor listing.
The Old Sardine Factory
It featured as a cafe (with a free, interactive Heritage Centre and a climbing wall for kids) and now it features in this post as a restaurant. Cafe, centre and wall are downstairs and a full restaurant with A La Carte menu upstairs. Yes, it has a lift to the first floor. Its one big advantage for Eliza’s visitors is that it is in West Looe, a five-minute walk from the house along the pretty riverside path called Pennylands.
The Plough on the Quay
Used to be known as Trawlers and Trawlers on the Quay it has now changed it’s name. Apart from struggling with the concept of a plough being on a quay, The Plough on the Quay is a not cheap but it is a fab restaurant. Mainly seafood, but with a selection of meat and veggie options. And, if you have an intolerance to potatoes, they do sweet potato chips!
The Jubilee in Pelynt
Pronounced ‘Plynt’, the village of Pelynt is situated about five miles outside of Looe. The Jubilee Inn provides an excellent standard of gourmet pub-grub. Good food at a reasonable price AND it’s got a decent amount of parking next to the pub.
Bookings for Eliza Cottage
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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