The first day of my staycation was spent in Mousehole located in West Cornwall,I’d chosen to go to this quaint fishing village today as I only ever seem to visit there at Christmas time to see the lights. This beautiful little village is so pretty with the cobbled streets and picturesque harbour, I feel as though I am stepping back in time when I visit this place. It is so charming with only a few shops and some quirky art gallery’s. In 1930 Dylan Thomas described this place as the loveliest village in England, I have to agree that there is something very special and lovely about this fishing village.
As this is a small village there is a limited selection of restaurants in the area but we stumbled across a real winner it’s called 2forestreet
This lovely restaurant is situated on the corner opposite the harbour, a few of the tables over look the road with the harbour views in the background. As it was so busy and only had a few spare tables, we decided to sit outside in courtyard tucked away at the back of the restaurant, the weather wasn’t glorious on this particular day but it was dry and warm. I noticed that dogs are allowed if you sit outside and they have also provide blankets for you so you can cosy up if you feel a little chilly.
The menu has a great selection of food to choose from.. for starters I ordered a tasting plate to share, when I asked the waitress what this would consist of… She said it’s a mixture of things, olives, cheese, crackers, pâtés, chutneys and much more.. I was immediately sold by this concept and ordered one.
This was a real treat and a good mixture of tastes, something here for everyone. It had a chicken parfait, tomato chutney, an onion chutney, olives, feta and soft cheeses, asparagus, smoked mackerel pâté, anchovies, a small salad, samphire (which I haven’t tried before and don’t think I will be trying again, it’s a little too salty for me) all served with bread and crackers, a real feast on a plate.
Once I had shared this generous plate, we then shared some mussels and chips… again lovely tasty food.
After our delicious lunch we headed out for a walk around this idyllic village, looking at the harbour and walking around the shops.. I love nothing more than having that feeling that I’m on holiday in the summer and joining the crowds and taking everything in. Just ambling along without a care in the world and not rushing to be somewhere at a certain time. But don’t be fooled by me being a Cornish girl, I’m aware that this stunning place is pronounced “Mowzel” by the locals. A lovely relaxing start to my week.
As we walked up the hill out of the village towards Newlyn we passed the Old Coastguard Hotel, but it wasn’t this that caught my eye it was a little cafe. It looked as though it has been built into the rocks, it’s called Rockpool Cafe, it has a nice friendly atmosphere with benches inside and outside to sit upon and enjoy the views out to sea.. On a clear day you can see St. Michael’s Mount, we ordered a coffee and fruit tea and sat looking out to sea, so peaceful and relaxing.