Published: June 1st 2010May 25th 2010
25th May dawned with a sunny day. After a good night’s sleep w both felt refreshed and ready to go for our long trip down to Cornwall to the very western tip of England.
Before we headed off west we had a couple of places to visit in Fareham. A visit to the bank for dad and then off to the most famous bakery in the world - Soothills. The quality of the products in this bakery has to be seen and tasted. All baked fresh and for the last 63 years the most popular bakery in this area. We spent £12 on cakes. Lardy cakes, jam doughnuts and huge rum balls. I don’t think I have ever spent that much money on cakes at one time. It was well worth it though. If ever you get to this part of the world, this is one place to visit, but get here early, as these treats sell quickly.
Once we collected all our goodies, it was off on our long drive to Cornwall. We picked up the M27 at Fareham and headed through Southampton and the New Forest on our way to Dorset. The English countryside at the
moment is just as green as can be and driving through it is a great pleasure.
At about 11.30, we decided it was time for some brunch and so we looked for somewhere to eat hand have a coffee and pit stop. We stopped at a roadside cafe called The Roadside Cafe at Corfe Mullen on the A31. The food here was amazing, in fact the best bacon we have had for a very long time. We can certainly recommend this place to anyone passing this way.
We continued west through Dorset and into Devon where we picked up the M5 to Exeter and onto the A31 through to Penzance. We stopped at a service centre at Whiddin where we met a man who was visiting souvenir shops selling prints his great grandfather painted in the 19th century. We gave him our email address and he said he would forward copies to us. Here’s hoping.
We started off again and a short time down the road did a wheelie when we saw a sign for a winery and cider place (ciderary? - new word?) called Lyme Bay Cider Company at Shute near Axminster. It was nearly 2
miles off the road but it turned out to be a good decision. They had a huge range of local wine flavours from just about any fruit and veg you can think off and several types of cider. Because the shop was in the brewery itself, the smell of fermenting cider was in the air and not at all offensive. We purchased some wine and cider and then started back towards Penzance.
We arrived at St Just about 7 pm and all the Edwards clan was there to meet us. It was good to see them all and meet little Mawgan for the first time. This evening we went out for dinner at the Kings Arms, a traditional Cornish Inn right in the market square of St Just. This place was built in the 14th Century as accommodation for the builders of the church next door. They must have been small as the beams are really low. Just remember to duck. The company was especially good and the meal was typical pub fare.
So another day draws to end and so on to tomorrow.
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