So there’s an upside to the rubbish weather we’re having. Sunday lunch at the Bolingey Inn. Quite possibly the best Sunday lunch in the area.
It’s great for us too, because it’s about a mile from our house, across the Newquay Road and then a footpath all the way down the valley. Which means you can justify one of their amazing deserts.
We ate around quite a bit when we first moved here about 6 years ago, on the hunt for a good Sunday lunch – which was especially important at the time as we were building and didn’t have an oven of our own. And Bolingey was by far the best quality and value for money.
For about £9 you get a huge plate of locally sourced meat – take your pick from beef, pork and lamb – a big old Yorkshire pud (regardless of meat choice), a separate serving of freshly cooked al dente veg, crispy roast spuds and the icing on the cake, an extra helping of gravy served alongside. ‘Coz there’s nothing worse than running out of gravy half way through your dinner, eh?
And the deserts can be pretty special too. I can definitely vouch for their pavlovas – which are made from crispy, chewy meringue, and mighty cheesecakes – which are creamy and usually laced with some sort of booze.
The pub is of course dog friendly – if your pooch is looking particularly hard-done-by they’ll probably be slipped a dog chew from behind the bar. Dogs aren’t allowed in the restaurant area, so if you want to turn up and eat inside it’s worth phoning in advance and booking a bar table.
There’s no garden, but the pub is tucked away in a corner of this tiny hamlet, with a few benches out the front and a south facing aspect, so a perfect little sun trap for a summer drink away from the crowds.
We dragged ourselves back up the footpath to Perranwell, past the golden Cornish gorse, an ivy clad engine house, the old railway viaduct and a huge, ancient cedar tree.
Penwartha Rd Perranporth, Bolingey, Perranporth TR6 0DH
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