Review: Working Boat (Falmouth)

The earliest date for the Green Bank Hotel is 1640. I know this because it said so in the ladies’. Round the back is Working Boat, a busy bar and dining room with hearty options and a view to die for. I kept noticing that my Dad and Watson were disappearing mid-afternoon. Turns out they were going for sneaky cider walkies. Eventually they took me with them.

flatbread

The first night I ordered the vegan flat bread which comes with seasonal toppings. On season when I visited were olives, artichokes and very large tomatoes. Personally I would have preferred it with something like sun dried tomatoes: stick to the jar theme, it’s January after all. As it was, the tomatoes were a bit too watery. It didn’t ruin the flatbread, I’d still recommend it, but it would have been better without them.

burgerburgerburger The second time we stopped by I went for the burger. It’s beetroot red with beans inside, it’s also a hell of a mouthful. The burger is very loosely held together so each bite leaves you with a splatter on your plate. Although the taste is good it’s very irritating to eat. I’d give this one a miss in future and stick with the flat bread. Because with the food, the views, the warm atmosphere, and a generous welcome for Watson (and probably other dogs) we’ll be back.

Review: Fuel (Falmouth)

We spent a few days in Falmouth recently, which allowed us to try out a few different breakfast places. We really like breakfast. Good Vibes remains a fantastic option but it was time to broaden our horizons. We went into Fuel because it offered both meaty (Clare’s Dad and Watson the dog) and vegan (Clare and Kate) options.

fuel outside

We walked into a warm greeting. All of the staff were friendly and ready for a chat. Watson was fussed over. In fact when we went in for a return visit Watson was greeted by name and welcomed back. Inside it’s warm, spacious, and inviting. And we were ready to settle in and eat breakfast.

fuelbreakfast

This is the Vegan Full Cornish Breakfast (vegan pancakes are also available). It comes with tomato, spinach, mushrooms, bubble and squeak, falafel, hash browns, and baked beans. Filling without stuffing you too full and cooked absolutely perfectly.

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.

munchies

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.

indianburger

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.