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Places to Stay and Eat in Lostwithiel

There's quite a lot of accommodation available in the area surrounding Lostwithiel but over the years recommendations have come through from folks on the wild food courses, and there are other folks I know personally who will look after you during your stay. Sadly two of my favourite, really local, B&Bs have decided to call it a day. Anyway the following ones should give you a starting point and there are also others available via the town's TIC website at www.lostwithieltic.org.uk.

On the food side there are a number of eateries that cater for all sorts of tastes and wallet size for evening meals and I've given a brief precis. On the day you'll have to decide for yourself.

PLACES TO STAY

The Old Chapel
West Taphouse, Lostwithiel, PL22 0RP
T: 01579 321260

The Old Chapel is run by a friend, Mike Fleet, and is located a few miles out of town. In his words: 'The Old Chapel B&B is four miles from Lostwithiel with very comfortable, spacious bedrooms and the finest breakfasts with the best in local produce to prepare you for a day's foraging in the fields and lanes.' www.broadoakschapel.co.uk

The Old Chapel, West Taphouse PL22 0RP - Foraging courses in Lostwithiel
The Kings Arms
Fore Street, PL22 0BL
T: 01208 872383

A cheery 'locals' pub run by Mick and Kath right in the centre of town. On the top floor they have 3 en-suite rooms. The reason for mentioning this is that on Saturday eve's they sometimes have live music, however being on the top floor provides plenty of insulation away from the bar area. The Kings does B&B only, but they also have a public access WiFi internet connection if you need to communicate with the outside world.
www.thekingsarmslostwithiel.co.uk

Kings Arms Hotel, Lostwithiel, PL22 0BL - Foraging courses in Cornwall
Benthams
50 Grenville Road, PL22 0RA
T: 01208 872472

Benthams is about 5 minutes walk away from base. Run by Shirley Sanders Benthams is an old Edwardian house set in grounds which include a small orchard area - no doubt you'll be allowed to pick an apple or two for breakfast when in season. Free WiFi connection available. www.benthams.net

Byways
15 Bodmin Hill, PL22 0AJ
T: 01208 872576

Located on the other side of town (though that's not very far away) in a big old 18th or 19th century house which overlooks the town. I've had several repeat visitors on courses who always try and book into Byways so they must be doing something right. :) Very much a come and go as you please B&B. Contact Margaret Hoskin.

Hartswell Farm B&B
Lostwithiel, PL22 0RB
T: 01208 873419

I had some folks stay here for the first time in 2010 and they really enjoyed their time. Apparently the breakfasts were good. It's a working farm about 5 minutes drive out of town. Contact Wendy or Ron. www.connexions.co.uk/hartswell


If you're more into camping and the outdoor life then there a few places locally to suit your budget...


Rambling Rose Caravan
T: 01208 871600

For something really different, how about a stay in a traditional old Gypsy caravan?

More details at their website:
www.ramblingrosecaravan.co.uk

Rambling Rose Caravan
Eden Valley Holiday Park
T: 01208 872277

Several intrepid outdoors' folks have stayed here in the last couple of years and commented favourably and so I took a look for myself. The site is about a mile or so out of town and caters for caravans as well as folks with tents. The grounds are broken up into smaller areas so that you don't feel as it you're among an ocean of campers. Facilities are reasonable (showers, TV room etc.), although there's no on-site shop. Check the website more info.
www.edenvalleyholidaypark.co.uk

St. Winnow Campsite
T. 01208 872327

For hardy souls who really want to escape the bustle of Lostwithiel (not that it's a busy place) or city life, then there's a fabulous little campsite 2 or 3 miles out of town and right on the River Fowey.

It's a bare-bones affair set in an orchard, with just a cold water tap and portaloo. But they allow open fires and you wake up to the view opposite (assuming it's not a misty morning). This part of the Fowey is actually part of Cornwall's South Coast - Eastern AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). I stayed there with some friends in 2010 and one thing I would say is that being right by the river the morning air can be damp. Contact Frank Stevens.


St. Winnow Campsite - Foraging courses in Cornwall

TWILIGHT EATS

There are a number of places to have an evening meal, with prices to suit most pockets. One thing to beware of however (particularly if visiting 'out of season'), is that some venues do not take orders after 20.00 hrs. So it's advisable to make a reservation.

Without exception, I believe, the main food players in town try, wherever they can, to source their produce locally from Cornwall producers. Quite right too since Cornwall produces excellent foodstuffs, many are top-class, the odd one or two world-class.

In alphabetical order then, places to graze...

Earl of Chatham
39 Grenville Road, PL22 0EP
T: 01208 872269

Another chatty 'locals' pub, and run by Jackie and Kate, the Chatham serves real ales alongside homemade, hearty, meals. Some dishes are usual pub-grub, others more adventurous, with a specials board available. The Chatham does have accommodation but it's directly above the bar area, but it is a good place for pub-grub. And in the summer there's a beer garden to eat out in.
Earl of Chatham webpages

Globe Inn
3 North Street, PL22 0EG
T: 01208 872501

The Globe Inn is a freehouse with a reputation for being a foodie's place. In fact it's sometimes quite difficult to secure a table without booking. You can eat in the bar, restaurant or smart patio garden (the smoker's area), and there's a variety of fayre including a specials blackboard. Various real ales are available (and there's usually a 'Guest' ale which changes regularly). B&B accommodation is also available but none of my visitors have ever stayed so I cannot honestly make any comment. http://www.globeinn.com

Trewithen Restaurant
3 Fore St., PL22 0BP
T: 01208 872373.

Possibly the restaurant in town with the best reputation for food with imagination and flare, though perhaps a little too costly for those on a tight budget. But then you can always check out the website or the menu in the front window and make your own choice. www.trewithenrestaurant.com

OTHER PLACES FOR TWILIGHT EATS

Golden Dynasty, the local Chinese takeaway on Albert Terrace, PL22 0AF / T: 01208 873199

Country Fryer is the town's fish and chippy at
2 Parade Square, PL22 0DX / T: 01208 872673



DAYLIGHT SNACKING

Duchy Coffee Shop
Another, and more traditional-looking, Coffee Shop offers a range of breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas. Open most days. 10 Fore Street, PL22 0BW / T: 01208 873184

SHOPPING FOR PROVISIONS

Londis - a small outpost of the retail chain run by Jeff and his team. They generally have a quite interesting selection of local (and other) cheeses and speciality meats and items on the coldshelves, plus the usual daily necessaries. Not bad for a small Londis franchisee in an equally small town. Located right opposite the Kings Arms.

CO-OP - What can one say? A small version of the retail chain which has most things you might need, including an external ATM in case you need cash.

& not forgetting....

Bellamama Deli - proper local deli that wouldn't look out of place in Ken. High Street or Kings Road, with all the trimmings including fresh pizza, sandwiches, etc. - generally open during daylight hours only. 24 Fore Street, PL22 0BL

Fran's Pantry - who will supply you with dairy products, baked goods, locally produced Cornish foods &c - and Lostwithiel Bakery which, as its' name suggests, is a pit-stop for baked breads, pastries, &c.

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