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.

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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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Review: The Copper Spoon in Marazion

Last week Clare and I (along with Clare’s dad and his dog Watson) hopped over the border from Devon to Cornwall for a winter holiday. Looking for places to eat that were both vegan- and dog-friendly, we uncovered a few gems.

The Copper Spoon is a vegetarian café located a couple of minutes’ walk from the beach in Marazion (pronounced two letters at a time: ma-ra-zi-on), the town at the end of the causeway to St Michael’s Mount. Storm Eleanor brought 110 kilometre-an-hour winds to south-west Cornwall during our stay, and the Copper Spoon’s friendly atmosphere (and hot drinks) were very welcome after invigorating walks along the beach.

The Copper Spoon

The café offers several vegan lunches — including filled ciabattas, salad, and the soup-of-the-day — but Clare and I were more interested in the sweet options. The contents of the cake cabinet vary from day to day, and we enjoyed vanilla bean cupcakes topped with dark chocolate buttons. What really excited us, however, was the hot chocolate. While many cafés now offer vegan hot chocolate (with the best using oat milk), the Copper Spoon has an entire hot chocolate menu.

Hot Chocolate Menu

Each hot chocolate can be made with vegan whipped cream and vegan marshmallows, and over the course of three visits we sampled the entire menu. The tasted as good as they looked.

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The café also sells a selection of products ranging from the expected — reusable coffee cups, Cornish tea, and jams — to the more unusual: we picked up a bottle of basil-infused olive oil.

If you’re visiting the area (or are lucky enough to live in the far south-west of Cornwall), be sure to pop in. We’ll certainly be coming back on a future holiday.