Today is exactly one month since we travelled down to Cornwall to celebrate the nuptials of Mr & Mrs Flower. Lately our lives have been taken over by weddings – either making preparations for our own or attending other peoples (that’s also why we’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front. 🙂 It’s also our one month anniversary since we were adopted by our new Cornish Uncle – Steve, owner of the award-winning Wadebridge B&B. And today I had the pleasure of discovering that Steve has been nominated for B&B of the year in the Cornish Tourism Awards 2016!
Tom and I made Wadebridge B&B our home for four nights (in fact, we were originally only set to stay three, but we were having such a scream, that we decided to extend our stay) and we were impressed, in particular with Steve’s AA Breakfast Award – now that’s got to be a good sign for a B&B. His accolades include the prestigious AA 5* Bed and Breakfast Award, 2015 Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor and he currently has the only Green Tourism Business Scheme Silver Award in the Wadebridge area.
Steve was a great host and clearly well-connected, easily finding us a taxi at late notice for the wedding the following day (some or our other fellow wedding guests clearly had a more taxing experience finding a ride home.) Arriving later than expected, Steve was easily able to recommend a great local pub – The Ship Inn and was even able to give us a sneak peek at the menu before we headed down there. Here’s some highlights from our dinner at the Ship Inn.
When we booked the Wadebridge B&B we were feeling quite flush and booked Steve’s plush room with balcony – which looks over the rooftops towards the delta of the River Camel. Each room is named after a local town, Polzeath, Padstow and Rock. We loved the vintage posters which adorn every room, so much in fact, that it’s inspired us to build in a nautical vibe into our own spare room.
I suspect a lot of people when they think of B&B’s think of the old-fashioned Fawlty Towers image, with overbearing owners locking up the front door by 9pm. Wadebridge B&B is doing a lot to dust off that tired stereotype. We had all the benefits of a hotel – a cooked breakfast, someone making the bed, fluffy towels and freedom to come and go as you please, with the comforts of home – an easily accessible fridge with proper milk to make proper cornish tea. It makes a difference!
Now my ‘review’ of Wadebridge B&B wouldn’t be complete without a full on gallery just devoted to the breakfast. We picked from the full Cornish breakfast with hogs pudding, porridge with Cornish clotted cream, boiled eggs with soldiers and warm buttery crumpets – and with it all, enough toast to feed an army! We ate it all! It was all gorgeous (and I actually day dream about the toast.)
We thought Wadebridge was charming although probably not as tourist packed as nearby Padstow or Port Isaac. It is home to the Camel Trail, an 18-mile cycle route between Padstow and Bomin Moor. It’s got a fair amount of local eateries and independent shops including, Relish – run by Hugo Hercod, who won UK Barista Championship in 2008. And Steve is leading the way with the green credentials as the town is aiming to become Cornwall’s leading eco-town generating all its energy from renewable sources.
When Tuesday morning came, after our extra unexpected night, I was gutted to leave. It had been nice to just get away, kick back and join Steve for a friendly cuppa in the mornings.