We made the decision to take the kids out for the day before the baby arrives. After receiving an invite to come and look around we decided that we would pay a visit to Cornwall Gold. As it’s not too far from Higher Trewithen we hopped in the car and it took us about 15 minutes or so to get there. They have a large car park that is free to use and has a fantastic monument of giant gold miners. Simon and the girls couldn’t resist posing for the camera!
We were informed that parts of the property were closed due to damage they’d suffered during the heavy rain Cornwall experienced in September 2016. Looking around the site you would not have thought that they had suffered any damage at all, as everything was so clean and tidy. After speaking to a lovely lady in the gift shop it transpired that it was mainly internal parts of some of the buildings that were still in need of repair. We knew some parts were closed like Tolgus Mill, Cornwall Pearl and Simply Cornish Hampers were still closed before we left as I had looked on the website before making the journey – always a good idea! I believe these are now open for business but do check before you travel.
We spent the first part of our visit looking at the beautiful jewellery that was available. They have quite an extensive range of items which are very reasonably priced and unique. The girls of course came out with a long list of items that they wanted! We decided to hot foot it to The Cornish Pantry Restaurant and get some lunch.
Despite it being very quiet an extensive menu was on offer which again we found the food to be of a reasonable price. Our order was taken with a smile, despite the children being choosey, and our food arrived not very long afterwards. I must say the coffee was great! It can be really hit and miss when ordering coffee sometimes but my Mocha was delicious.
I could not believe my eyes when the food arrived. Ella had ordered a hot dog and it was massive! She really enjoyed it but could not eat it all. Hannah had a Macaroni Cheese which unfortunately was not cheesy enough for her but I did remind her that it was form the children’s menu and was probably milder than she is used to at home. (We love cheese in our house!) She was fine though as she helped Ella finish the humungous hot dog.
Simon tried the very interesting sounding Miners Friend which consisted of two modest sized pasties; one was savoury while the other was filled with apple. This came with homemade coleslaw, homemade tomato chutney and a dollop of Rodda’s Clotted Cream. Needless to say, Simon loved it! In the interests of complete honestly, he was a little disappointed with the steak pasty due to the use of what he thought was mince as opposed to chunks of steak but he adored, and is still raving about, the Bramley apple one! I had the Steak and stout pie which is not on the menu but from the specials board. Like Simon, I was very happy with my choice. It came with peas and mash potato which normally I hate but it was perfectly seasoned and very tasty. Like a child, I am not so keen on peas but they were very tasty and not boiled to death. And what can I say about the pie? Small but perfectly formed, packed with flavour and chunks of steak that just melt in your mouth!
After filling our belly’s we ventured out to the gift shop and to have a go at panning. The girls really enjoyed this and came away with a nice hoard of gems. (Hannah loves rocks, fossils and gems and is building quite a collection.) It’s a modest charge for around 20 minutes panning time and this was quite enough time for me! Once finished there we were dragged over to the Crazy Golf course and another little gift shop which had some very sweet little items. We love a game of crazy golf and although I was not able to take part, what with being 9 months pregnant an all, it was great fun watching Simon and the kids play.
When the final ball was putted we made our way back to the cafe for another delicious coffee. Simon decided he had to try one as well. I had made the mistake of little the children order for us and they returned with two hot chocolates with all the trimmings and a massive chunk of cake each! Ella again could not manage all of her order. It was a raspberry and white chocolate cake which was nice but incredibly sweet. I tried to help her eat some of it (as you do) but it was a big bit of cake and too sweet for both of us in the end. Hannah ended up taking her cake home.
Our day out had been lovely. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and so was the coffee. We will defiantly be making another trip to Cornwall Gold again to take a tour to Tolgus Mill (Guided tours can be arranged but I think you need to book and they are not available all year.) and to try their famous breakfast! The kids had also reminded us of the jewellery they liked as we made our way out so birthdays and Christmas presents are already sorted!
Cornwall TR16 4HN
Tel: 01209 203280
Our next family outing planned for March is to The Lost Gardens of Heligan hopefully with baby in tow!