Review: The Rum and Crab Shack (St Ives)

As a non-drinker who makes friends with crabs rather than eating them, The Rum and Crab Shack might seem like an odd choice. But it has a lot going for it. It’s up a flight of stairs so it’s fairly quiet, they let dogs hang out in the bar area and they have a selection of great vegan options.

I was tempted by the tofish and chips and then I was tempted by the crab cakes and then the jambalaya. Sometimes I get so used to only having one thing that I can eat that I’m paralysed by indecision. Eventually I settled on the Dirty Rice. I was kind of disappointed when I first saw it. It looks like a small portion, a tin of rice with the guac heaped on top. But then I started eating.

It had all of the flavour. Earthy, delicious and packed with unexpected texture. The pistachios were the perfect touch. And it turns out that that is a deceptively large amount of food. I was happy with my choice but I feel sad that we live so far from St Ives. There are still those other three vegan options…

More Tips for Staying in Polperro as a Vegan

As a sort of conclusion to the last three posts about eating in Polperro I thought I’d offer a few other tips for staying in Polperro as a vegan.

Don’t Bother Driving

There is a car park at the top of town. The roads through town – where they exist at all – are narrow and access only. Pack light. Don’t bother driving.

Bring Some Bits

There is no supermarket, because tiny fishing village, so you might want to bring some of the more speciality foods you love. We packed tofu, tofu wieners, and vegan bacon. Also Candy Kittens. We made an order from Vegan Kind for the occasion.

You Can Find A Few Things Though

Roly’s Fudge stocks vegan fudge, the general store has vegan cheddar crisps (and other essentials), and there are other pubs and cafes that have vegan options that we didn’t have a chance to try.

Review: Crumplehorn Inn (Polperro)

The sprawling Crumplehorn Inn is the first thing you see in Polperro, apart from the car park. It’s huge, they have rooms, a bar and a waterwheel. Recently they started offering takeaway so when my dad couldn’t be bothered to leave the sofa (he’d been driving all day) we phoned up for a takeaway. There are three (three!) vegan options on the takeaway menu. I went for the Vegetable Rogan Josh.

It wasn’t the most brilliant curry in the world. The sauce was pretty good but the mix of veggies was a little on the soggy side. But I’m still impressed that you can get a vegan curry in a small Cornish village that you can’t even drive through.

Later in the holiday we decided to sit outside with doggie for a bit of sunshine and another vegan option. This time I had the falafel fritters. They’re super yum and they come with a delicious, huge salad. This one is a winner.

Review: Munchies (Polperro)

To continue our tour of vegan eating in Polperro let me tell you about Munchies. Munchies is a burger and fast food stand right in the middle of town. And you know it’s good because you see builders hanging out there.

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Munchies takes good care of vegans (and non-vegans, according to my Dad) with three vegan burger options. Pulled pork, a lentil and quinoa burger (Fry’s brand) and the Indian spiced burger. Indian spiced for me.

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The Indian spiced burger was mildly spiced, not at all lacking in flavour. After saying yes to salad it was stuffed full of lovely lettuce and a giant slice of tomato. No sad iceberg here. I was really impressed by both the selection and the execution here. it’s simple food, done well, with great vegan options.

Review: Coffee Cake Create (Polperro)

Hello from sunny Cornwall. We’re about to leave the small coastal town of Polperro where we’ve spent the last week enjoying sunshine, walkies and naps. This is our fourth trip but our first time as vegans so we’re enjoying seeing one of our favourite places in a new light.

We’ve really fallen for cute coffee shop Coffee Cake Create which has non-dairy milks for all your hot drink needs. Inside is nautical themed with some great seaside art that you can take home with you. Lacking the cash for a bigger piece, I grabbed a few cute buttons. They also have workshops so you can create something yourself.

What we really loved though was the cake. Vegans have two options but the toasted chocolate banana bread is the one for us. With melted chocolate chips and maple syrup drizzled on top. Love it.

Vegan Pasties at The Eden Project

This weekend I supervised a trip to the Eden project and while I had packed a lunch I’d also set out pretty early and was in dire need of a snack. Thankfully the Eden Project provides. Eden Kitchen has a couple of dishes that can be made without dairy but I snuck round the corner and went for a pasty instead.

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V is for Vegan 

Hello Vegan Pasty. It’s chock full of vegetable and lentils, surrounded by a lovely, crisp, flaky pastry. All in all a rather decent offering for a tourist attraction. Though Eden has always been a step above with these things. To drink I went for some freshly pressed apple, orange and sweet potato juice. Well that was after I’d started the day off with a free tasting of Pukka Teas. I got to try Three Fennel and Three Cinnamon. The Three Cinnamon came home with me. The Eden Project saw me coming.

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Very filling filling.

Good Vibes Falmouth, More Awesome Cornish Vegan Food

Unlike our usual trips, which turn into a mad dash to try every vegan option in the local area, we didn’t eat out all that much on our recent visit to Cornwall. Kate covered the Copper Spoon in Marazion in her post which leaves Good Vibes in Falmouth for me.

As we hadn’t been to Falmouth for over a decade I googled for a dog friendly cafe with vegan options before we set off and Good Vibes appeared. Thank goodness I had because the weather was foul. Blowing a gale, showers on and off. It didn’t take much to persuade us inside. Anything with a roof and four walls would have done right then. The place was very welcoming with its brightly painted walls, funky furniture and, of course, the coffee machine. The staff happily confirmed that Watson was allowed inside and in we went.

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At this point it stopped raining. We barely noticed because we’d started to read the menu. Even if the sky broke into unseasonal sunshine we were going to stay. How can you resist Almond Butter, Chocolate, and Chia Seeds on Toast (Kate’s Choice) or a Vegan Breakfast that includes avocado, hummus and home made baked beans (my choice)? You can’t. Silence descended as our food arrived. Kate was especially uncommunicative, trying to eat her masterpiece of toast. My Dad had the home made baked beans on his meaty plate and we both praised them. So delicious. Then there was the hummus, and the avocado and the oil drizzled toast, and well just everything. We practically rolled back to the car and promised to go back next time we were in Falmouth.

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