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Camel Valley Vineyard

25 Jul

I’m counting down the days (20) until Phil and I load the car up and drive down to Cornwall. We’ve been together now for 3 years, and every summer we make the trip to Phil’s parent’s for a week away.

It’s always a really relaxing and lovely place to be, and it’s great to spend time with Phil’s family. One of things I look forward to the most is all the local produce that Cornwall has to offer. From pasties, to cheese, to fudge, you name it, Cornwall has it to offer. But the best bit HAS TO BE the booze. There really is something there for everyone, some amazing local ciders, some great ales, and the one that matters the most, wine.

Each year we take a trip to Camel Valley vineyard, and go on their tasting tour. For anyone who likes a good glass, I highly recommend it. The tour only costs about £12 per person, including wine (and there is a lot of wine!), and they guys at the family run vineyard always create a really interesting, light and humoured tour to follow as well.

And when the tour is finished, don’t forget to pop into the shop and stock up on your favourites. Being a traditional independent vineyard, their wine is stocked in a lot of Cornwall’s local wine merchants and restaurants, but it’s much harder to get a hold of when you’re back up North… so we always ending up leaving with quite a few bottles.

Each year my favourite seems to change. I started off very much an Atlantic Dry kinda gal, but last year I was all over the Bacchus Dry. It’s got some lovely citrusy notes, that I love to serve with Italian (or pretty much anything else!). If Phil had his way, he would drink nothing but Cornwall Brut, their delicious award winning sparkling wine (the boy has expensive taste).

But don’t take my word for it. Go on the tour, try it for yourself, and pick you’re own favourites! For more information, or to book a tour place, check out their website www.camelvalley.com , and maybe I’ll see you there!

Look out for more posts next month as I work my way through as much of Cornwall’s local produce as they have to offer on our little holiday!

Camel Valley Vineyard:

 Camel Valley Ltd , Nanstallon, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5LG


How Do You Eat Yours?

23 Jul


I’m talking of course, about scones! This is an ongoing argument in our house. Well, it’s a rather one sided argument, as my point of view is either way they taste great. However, my other half grew up in Cornwall and as a result has very strong feelings about the matter.

Apparently, if you’re a jam then cream person, you’re doing it the Cornish way (and therefore the more tasty way). The other way round, cream then jam, is how they do it in Devon (Phil insists the only thing Devon is good for is creating a bridge to get into Cornwall).

It’s very heated. On Saturday afternoon when we sat down to our Cream Tea treat, I did slightly fear for our relationship…

Like I say, to me, either way, you can’t beat a good scone, some proper clotted cream (Rodders-Cornwall- of course), and some lovely local jam.

But how do you eat yours?

The Reindeer Inn

21 Jul

We found this lovely little pub whilst exploring Nottinghamshire’s country side.

The menu is very small, but very good and incredible value for money. I had a Ham Hock Terrine which was served with an Apricot Puree and Rocket Salad to start, and a lovely little Shepard’s Pie for main, whilst Phil had Broccoli and Stilton Soup to start and a fillet of Ling with Chorizo, New Potatoes and Mange Tout.

All the food was delicious, and in total we spent about £25 including drinks.

Whilst the pub doesn’t look like anything special either inside or out (blink and you’ll miss it), the food was well presented, and staff were incredibly friendly. It was clear from the visitors around that it’s an obvious hit with the locals (always a good sign if you ask me!). My only criticism, if i’m being really picky, was that it took quite a long time to get the starters, but when you’re not in a rush, and the food is THAT good, who really cares?

If  you’re out that way, I would also highly recommend a visit to Gonalston Farm Shop. Wonderful meats, fishes, cheeses and general fresh country produce! Now that we’ve found this place, I expect my wallet to be much much lighter in the future!

The lovely Gonalston Farm Shop.



The Reindeer Inn: Main Street, Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire, NG14 7J7.
Gonalston Farm Shop: Southwell Road, Gonalston, Nottinghamshire NG14 7DR