Cornwall in a Bottle
Of all the opportunities to enjoy and unexpected discoveries to make, have you ever considered a tour of North Cornwall’s local breweries, cider mills or vineyards? It’s a pleasantly refreshing and intriguing way to spend a day or two when overcast skies rule out time on the beach.
It’s probably entirely appropriate that a county with a long and fascinating history of smuggling should now boast a thriving (and legitimate) brewing industry, achieving standards resulting in the accumulation of awards from across the globe. Here are three of Cornwall’s finest that welcome visitors along with some recommended holiday cottages in which to stay.
Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm
Location: Penhallow, Truro, TR4 9LW
Visitor Opening Hours: Year-Round 0.900-20.00 daily.
Phone: 01872 573356
Not to be outdone by their neighbours in Devon and Somerset, Healeys has grown to become Cornwall’s largest cyder maker because it is… er… very good cyder! Don’t just go for the cyder. The other reason to visit is that it distils excellent cyder whiskey and cyder brandy. Visitors can enjoy watching apples crushed in a traditional press, indulge in a little tasting in a cobbled cellar, scoff Cornish cream teas (jam on first or risk deportation back across The Tamar) and a chance for an afternoon snooze in the apple orchard. As well as some liquid refreshment to take home, pick up some of Healeys’ delicious jams and chutneys.
Where to Stay:
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St Austell Brewery in St Austell
Location: 63 Trevarthian Rd, St Austell, PL25 4BY
Visitor Opening hours: All year-round. 09.00-17.30 daily
Phone: 01726 66022
Walter Hicks founded St Austell Brewery in 1851, so it has a long heritage which today has resulted in fine ales such as Tribute, Proper Job and Mena Dhu Stout (it’s about time stout came back into fashion). The current brewery is built as a four-storey tower building that dates back to 1893 and offers a classic brewery tour that includes a complimentary Cornish pasty. There’s an interactive brewing exhibition for CAMRA fans, a shop, bar (naturally), and a restaurant.
Sleep off your tasting experience on the beach at the lovely fishing village of Charlestown, a short drive from St Austell.
Where to stay:
The Vean near St. Austell
The Shippen in Fowey
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Sharps Brewery in St. Minver near Rock
While Sharps beer may not be a household name, it's award-winning Doom Bar certainly is. Named after a sand bar in the Camel Estuary opposite Rock, the beer has won countless national and international awards - as have other lesser-known but equally tasteful beers. Visit to discover the source of this fabulous ale and you'll find it hard to leave without slipping a mixed case in your car boot.
Location: St.Minver, Lowlands, Rock, Wadebridge, PL27 6NU
Visitor Opening hours: All year round 0.900-17.00 daily
Phone: 01580 862121
Where to Stay
Stargazy in Padstow
The Camel Valley Vineyard
Location: Nanstallon, Bodmin, PL30 5LG
Visitor Opening hours: Mon-Fri, Apr-Sep 10.00-17.00
Phone: 01208 77959
Description: If you’ve ever doubted the ability of English vineyards to produce top quality wines, then a visit to the Camel Valley Vineyard will put paid to that myth. Since it was established in 1989, the owners have won a succession of international wine competitions with sparkling wines made from vines planted on the south-facing slopes of an 82-acre farm. No interactive tours, museums or visitor centres here: just a gorgeous sun terrace on which to sample the vineyard’s wines while enjoying stunning rural views across the Camel Valley. Beats browsing indoors in an off-licence any day!
Where to stay
Head up to the North Cornwall coast, an easy drive from Bodmin to stay in one of these delightful coastal cottages.
The Barn, Lanhydrock near Bodmin