Cornish capers: Another F word

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This morning we’re leaving behind the delights of Fowey. The town (pronounced like Joy but with an ‘F’ presumably for food – or fish) provided a perfect first stop.
There’s so many great places to eat in the town with an inevitable fishy theme.
We stayed at the imposing grand old Fowey Hotel – an impressive Victorian building set up in the cliffside overlooking the harbour. It’s one of those very English hotels with its verandas and high-ceillinged rooms, its formal dining room, a general air of faded fleur-de-lys understated styling and best of all – spectacular views of the estuary.
Head chef Mark Griffiths did us proud last night with a five course meal which included a succulent and perfectly cooked rack of local lamb as well as a chunky seared scallop kebab and a soft asparagus soupy mix as an amuse bouche.
It was good honest cooking with an emphasis on ingredients and a robust presentation style.
Fowey is definitely a pit stop for the food inspired although I’m told that winter visitors make their way to the town to take part in storm watching.
Seeing the waves breaking over the rocks at the foot of the cliffs this morning, on what is a calm and bright day, I can imagine the dramatic scenes the area must witness in the storms.
After all this is the coastline which inspired the writer Daphe du Maurier to write classics such as Jamaica Inn.
But it’s farewell to Fowey.Time now for the main event. Padstow here we come.
This food themed journey around Cornwall will continue over the weekend at this blog, on Twitter and at

2 thoughts on “Cornish capers: Another F word

  1. Thanks for the recommendation Chris. We couldn’t stop another day in Fowey (sadly) but we did look in at Sams. Great menu and the atmosphere was buzzy. I hope we will visit Fowey again and then this will be on the map!

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