Friday, March 30, 2012

Cornwall Adventure Part 3 - Newquay

Rounding out the Cornwall adventure blog with the town we stayed in.


Here is the famous Island House.

Check out the colourful history of the house, Towan Beach and island.

Views of the beach from the Barrowfields area.

Newquay is definitely a favourite with surfers.

Here is a pasty inside and out.

"A genuine Cornish pasty has a distinctive 'D' shape and is crimped on one side, never on top. The texture of the filling for the pasty is chunky, made up of uncooked minced or roughly cut chunks of beef (not less than 12.5%), swede, potato and onion and a light peppery seasoning."

Their popularity spread by Cornish miners. I was told that it is a myth that one pasty contains both lunch and dessert, in the same pie.

Cornish pasties have a protected status and a true one must be made in Cornwall.

Walk in the park....It was!

Up the Gannel river, a tidal river, miners deposited waste and it is not navigable as it once was.

"Gannel estuary is another area of Newquay that is believed to be haunted. The legendary Gannel Crake often cries out to weary travellers. Its eerie and haunting sound, has been likened to the cry of a tortured human soul or the death cry of an animal as it becomes victim to fate."

All over Cornwall there are smugglers coves and pits.

The fencing starts out looking like the first picture, always in that same pattern. Then, plants cover the fencing. The fencing lines the roads all over Cornwall. To the eye the fencing looks like a soft landing to a car avoiding a bump with another car.....Surprise! Not the soft landing they thought. OUCH!

The Cornish Rattler on tap is probably the best cyder I have tasted yet. Miss it already! I knew I missed it with the first cyder I had outside Cornwall.

The Cornish do cream teas the right way in my humble opinion. Scone with jam, then cream, not the other way around like other areas do. The cream must be Cornish though....Yes, it has protected status this way.

Finishing up with a few views around Newquay. The shown pub Towen Blystra is named after the original, Cornish name for Newquay. It means "blown sand" in the Cornish language.


"The true Cornish way to eat a pasty is to hold it in the hand, and begin to bite it from the opposite end to the initial, so that should any of it
be uneaten it may be consumed later by its rightful owner. And woe betide anyone who take's another person's "corner"!"
-Cornish Recipes Ancient and Modern 23rd edition with supplement by the Cornwall Federation of Women's Institutes
(the way that pasties were originally eaten)

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