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Angels in the Kitchen

Homemade food on holiday, without lifting a finger? Angels in the Kitchen is a unique Cornish catering company offering gourmet prepared meals that you can pop in the oven.



Holiday time is precious, and we want you to make the most of it. If you’ve chosen a self-catering holiday we know it’s probably because you enjoy real food without having to eat out every night. But after a long journey to your property, or a hard day out on the beach, we also know that cooking is often the last thing on your mind.

We’re pleased to be going into a second year working with Angels in the Kitchen – a unique Cornish catering company that offers a healthy and wholesome alternative food; think great Cornish produce and no additives or preservatives. All the dishes are lovingly hand-prepared by Kirsten and Sarah, two busy working mums who know the value of quality time with the family. Meals can pre-ordered before your holiday and be found waiting in your freezer on arrival. Simply pop in the oven while you unpack.

Top frozen main meals on the menu include Cornish fish pie and butternut squash and spinach rotolo (v).


Healthy children’s food

Fussy eaters? All meals in the kids’ range (with the exception of chicken goujons) contain hidden vegetables. Avoiding the teatime battle means more time for you and the kids.



Private chef service

Or, bring the restaurant experience to your own holiday accommodation with Angels in the Kitchen’s private chef service. Kirsten and Sarah shop, prepare and clean up, ideal for special occasions or for those that who want to put children down early. Choose from a range of set menus or work with create something more tailored. Buffets, cakes BBQs, canapes and sit down meals are all happily catered for.

Angels in the kitchen

New for 2016

Fridge meals

Thai green chicken curry
Chicken Korma
Tikka Masala
Saag Aloo (side)

New Private chef set menus

Set dinner menu (£65 per head)
Surf and turf menu (£85 per head)
Tapas menu (£55 per head)
Thai menu

Special offer – curry nights for parties of eight or more

Curry without popping out? Angels in the Kitchen are now offering fridge meals for parties over eight with all the trimmings at no extra cost (ie. any of the curries with rice, popadums and mango chutney).

To view the full menu, pre-order online or for more information, visit

Amélies Restaurant – Porthleven

We head over to the other side of Porthleven Harbour for fresh local ingredients and relaxed dining at Amélies (with a side of baby grand piano).

Amelies Restaurant in Porthleven Cornwall

Boats bob in the water, fisherman come and go, and people wonder past with ice creams in hand. Well, it would be ice creams but it’s a crisp March morning and most people are wrapped up enjoying frosty blue skies.

It doesn’t matter though as we’re toasty inside staring out of the glass-fronted restaurant door at Amélies. Come summer you can enjoy the same panoramic views from the terrace, but the view is just as good this time of year. We’ve just swapped the cool class or rose for a morning’s cup of coffee.

Amelies Restaurant Porthleven in Cornwall

You may have spotted Amélies on Alex Polizzi’s Chefs on Trial on BBC 2 where Paul James won his place as head chef. But if not, we’ll explain.

By day, Amélies is an informal café bar, serving sumptuous seafood lunches, light bites and a coffee or a glass of fizz as you watch the world go by.

At night, share a romantic steak dinner or treat the family to a wood-fired pizza. When the sunsets the tealights are lit and Amélies is transformed into a relaxed and intimate restaurant on the waterfront.

If you want to dine on lobster plucked fresh from the waves, or tuck into a hearty burger, you can of course.

Sundays are for savouring at Amélies, and on Sundays here it’s all about the roast. A special lunchtime menu also runs, so you can choose what you fancy while chilling out to some favourite local music acts.

Amelies Restaurant Porthleven
Amelies Restaurant Porthleven

On key, there’s a tinkling as someone tunes the baby grand piano in the corner. Amélies is as passionate about food as its music. With a house band, and guests such as Tina May and Kai Hoffman performing here in the past, Amélies likes to think of itself as a mini Cornish Ronnie Scotts.

But if you miss one of their Summer Sessions or a Sunday special then you might be lucky to catch a talented guest serenading you instead.

Picnic on the beach?

Check out Amélies’ sister company Gourmet Picnics who make and deliver perfectly packaged luxury picnics for 4+ guests – think celebratory picnics on the sand minus the hassle or Cornish weddings overlooking the sea using local produce from Porthleven.

Smaller picnics orders can be placed directly from their sample menus or for larger orders, use them as a jumping off point to create your own, bespoke menu.

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Mindful Chef offer

Here at Beach Retreats we’re very much for the healthy outdoor life. From coastal running to cycling, surfing and walking, or yoga on the beach, it’s all part of beach life down here in Cornwall. That’s why we’ve joined forces with Mindful Chef for an exclusive offer for guests.

Mindful chef meal

When we heard about The Mindful Chef, we were intrigued to learn more. They’re a new business, founded in 2015, dedicated to providing healthy meals delivered to the homes of busy professionals in and around London.

But these are not convenience meals. The food is sourced from the South West for a start. The rolling hills of Devon where the business’ three founders grew up, along with the plentiful rainfall, make it the perfect environment to grow greens and rear grass-fed livestock. Organic red meat from Dartmoor and fish and game from St. Ives gives you a flavour for what to expect. The ingredients are cultivated into delicious and healthy meals by their in-house chef, then delivered to your doorstep.

Eating healthily remains central to Mindful Chef’s offering – co-founder Myles was a professional trainer and nutritionist prior to setting up the business. Recipes are filling, balanced, gluten-free and contain no refined carbs or sugars on the premise that adding a few healthy evening meals to your week can have wonderful health benefits. Giving you greater energy for the life by the beach, and being able to treat yourself at the weekend.

“Healthy living is holistic – getting the balance between being active, eating well and relaxation is vital. Eating fresh and nutritious food helps you to get the most out of your activities, whether that be a costal run or a paddle in the sea – in fact, it helps you get the most out of life! What better way to replenish and boost your body than by eating local fresh produce, full of nutrients. Fish is a great example of this – it is packed with protein to maintain healthy muscles, bones, skin and hair … and better yet it keeps your hunger satisfied. Some types of fish are also full of healthy fats, like omega 3, and contain essential vitamins and minerals too, like vitamin D”.

Sophie, Mindful Chef Ambassador

The offer – save 25% on your first order

Because Mindful Chef shares our values, we are delighted to be working with them through 2016 and beyond. Stay in a Beach Retreats property and cook up something special in one of our contemporary kitchen spaces. Orders must be shared with Mindful Chef by Thursday each week, to secure a Monday delivery. Minimum order must consist of two meals (one box), per property delivery.

And save 25% on your first order with Mindful Chef when you quote BEACHRETREATS when ordering online.

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The View Restaurant – Whitsand Bay

Simple, modern and vibrant seafood that has been described by The Guardian as being up there with some of Cornwall’s big-named restaurants – we gawk at the food, and the view, from The View in Whitsand Bay.

Perched high on the clifftop at Whitsand Bay in South East Cornwall is one small but very fine restaurant. It’s led by head chef Matt Corner who packed up his chef whites from some of the country’s top county house hotels for a less stuffy life by the sea. Sat on the decking, drinking in the view from his restaurant of the same name, it’s not hard to see why.

The View’s focus is simple and modern, using the freshest produce it can find – the fish often comes straight off the boat from Looe. The views are, as you can guess, breathtaking, looking out over the sea to Rame Head, the Eddystone Lighthouse and far down along the west Cornish coastline to The Lizard and Goonhilly.

While Matt purposefully cut his ties with fine dining, the food is still fine. Open for lunch and dinner (weekends only off season), the menu is vibrant: watermelon, basil and feta salad; and steamed langoustine for start; and grilled turbot, streaky bacon, peas and lettuce; and John Dory, tiger prawns, lemon and garlic for main.

Or for a taste of what The View does best at a very reasonable price, take a look at their two or three course set menu.

Twelve year’s on after moving in to the former café and The View has gained a lot of media time, appearing on ITV’s Cornwall with Caroline Quentin and one of three chefs on ITV’s Little Chefs, as well as retaining a Michelin Bib Gourmande for eight years.

Of course Matt still finds time for a surf in between shifts.

Please check The View’s website for more details and opening times.

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Nathan Outlaw – Port Isaac

If you’re seriously into fish then Nathan Outlaw is your man. And Port Isaac is the place. Rick Stein’s protégé has put our island’s seafood on the map with Britain’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the dramatic North Cornwall coastline – just over the road from our new two-bedroomed properties Lundy and Lobber.

Whether it’s an eight-course tasting menu of Britain’s finest seafood, small tapas-style plates for sharing, or proper pub grub, Nathan Outlaw’s restaurants in Port Isaac and nearby Rock have made a name for themselves. Making time to visit at least one of his restaurants when you’re staying in Cornwall or in the local area is a must.

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac

Previously based in the St Enodoc hotel in Rock, Nathan’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant relocated to Port Isaac for its panoramic views across the bay. The seven-course seafood tasting menu (lunch and dinner) showcases Nathan’s culinary flare with pickled, cured, poached, fried and grilled seafood likely to make an appearance. At lunchtime a shorter menu of four set courses is also available.

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Port Isaac

Set in a charmingly wonky Grade II listed building in the heart of Port Isaac is Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen. According to Nathan, the sea and fisherman here dictate the menu of small and original plates of tapas-inspired dishes. It has been awarded one-Michelin star.

The Mariner’s, Rock

Overlooking the Camel Estuary in the heart of rock is Nathan’s pub, also owned by the local Sharp’s Brewery. On the menu is fish of course, but you’ll also find steak from the charcoal grill, pork belly and even the ubiquitous fish finger sandwich. All best washed down with a pint of Sharp’s Doom Bar ale.

Not in Cornwall? You can get a taste of Nathan in London too.

Outlaw’s at The Capital Hotel, London

Opened in 2012 and recently awarded one-Michelin Star, Outlaw’s at The Capital is the place to enjoy the finest seafood in London. And within walking distance of the Hyde Park and central London.

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Visiting Cornwall's Museums This February Half Term

Children to entertain this February half term? Cornwall is home to some 60 plus museums of all shapes and sizes. Here’s a run down of our favourite Cornwall museums, plus what’s on at each over during the holiday period.

February half term in Cornwall
All images credit: Cornwall Museums Partnerships and Royal Cornwall Museum Truro

National Maritime Museum Cornwall


As the winner of Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2014, there’s lots going on for kids alongside great exhibitions for adults. Every Thursday of every school holiday is ‘Thorsday’ – meet the Norse men and women from the Viking Voyagers exhibition and experience living history with Morvleydh, the Sea Wolves. This February half-term will also see a ‘startruck’ extravaganza, with 360-degree views from the planetarium (13-15 February, book and pay £3.50 on arrival), and interplanetary crafts and a constellation hunt around the museum (both 13-21 February).

Penlee House Gallery and Museum


Penlee is at the heart of West Cornwall’s history and is the only public gallery specialising in the world renowned Newlyn School of artists. Surrealist artist Ithell Colquhoun is in exhibition this spring and children can get involved too – using the surrealist technique of decalcomania combined with collage and monoprint to replicate Ithell’s surrealist seascapes.

Telegraph Museum Porthcurno


New exhibitions, new experiences and a new café were all part of a £2.5 million refurbishment for the museum built on the hub of international cable communications. Tying in with the Museum’s First World War exhibition, at half term kids can imagine life as an World War Two evacuee and go underground in mock-trenches, get frugal at a ‘make do & mend’ workshop (15 February), and dig for victory by growing their own vegetables.

Falmouth Art Gallery


Falmouth Art Gallery has a vibrant exhibition programme and lots going on for kids. This half term you’ll find a doodle table as well as:

• Frost Family Mobiles (18 February)
• Ben Nicholson Cut-outs (19 February)
• Still Life Painting (20 February)

Find out more online.

Royal Cornwall Museum (RCM)


Calling Poldark fans! The RCM has the unique position of holding Poldark author, Winston Graham’s original notebooks showing his internationally best-selling novels in long hand. For kids, there is an interactive space exhibition – try illusionary puzzles and games and tease your senses. Young and old alike will be amazed. No materials required, just bring your brain.

Wheal Martyn


Set within 26 acres in the heart of Cornwall Wheal Martyn offers a great day out for all the family, even the dog! Discover how Cornwall’s largest mining industry changed the world and the amazing uses of China Clay in our everyday lives today. This half term children can enjoy roilet roll butterfly and bug making.

Don’t forget to check our late availability for properties available over February half term, and our special offers page for any seasonal discounts.

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Walk through – Port Isaac

Immerse yourself in the Doc Martin TV set, tuck into freshly landed fish from celeb chef Nathan Outlaw’s kitchen, or simply sit by the harbour wall to take sublime views from the 700-year old village of Port Isaac.

Tucked away on North Cornwall’s dramatic coast, Port Isaac has become synonymous with the Doc Martin series and now the Hollywood blockbuster, Fishermen’s Friends.

Port Isaac

It’s just ten-minutes walk along the South West Coast Path from Port Gaverne, once a thriving port for landing slate, coal and pilchards. This sheltered narrow cove has remained pretty much unchanged for hundreds of years. Now owned by the National Trust, it’s become a popular spot for coasteering, paddleboarding and sea swimming. There’s plenty of space for dogs to play at low tide, and you can make a pit-stop for a pint or a snack at Pilchards beach café – part of The Port Gaverne Hotel.

Follow the coast path into pretty Port Isaac, which really is one of Cornwall’s most picturesque villages, with its narrow lanes and 18th century fishermen’s cottages tumbling to the water’s edge. Browse the art and craft galleries, gaze out to the big blue abyss and soak up the historic vibe as you wander through this characterful village.

Port Isaac harbour

Fishing boats putter in and out of the harbour, landing the freshest of the ocean’s bounty that you’ll find plated up in a scattering of waterside cafés and restaurants. As well divine seafood served by one of Cornwall’s best-known chefs, Nathan Outlaw, there is a range of cafés and eateries serving everything from haut cuisine to Cornish cream teas.

Port Isaac

If you’re a fan of Doc Martin it’s just 200m to the other side of the harbour to spot his home in the fictional coastal village ‘Portwenn’. The Old School Hotel & Restaurant also features in the series, and makes a great pit stop for a steaming bowl of mussels or a slap-up dinner of seasonal produce.

If you fancy tucking into one of the best crab sandwiches in Cornwall (in our opinion), make a beeline for Fresh from the Sea. Owner Calum heads out on his fishing boat daily, to bring in the succulent local crabs that are hand-picked and served in home-baked wholemeal bread. As well as crab you can also tuck into lobster, fresh fish and Porthilly Oysters, all plucked from local waters.

Port Isaac Cornwall

Situated on Roscarrok Hill, the local Methodist chapel – now the family-run Port Isaac Pottery and Chapel Café, makes a good coffee stop. If you’re lucky, you might even hear the popular sea shanty of the group of Fisherman’s Friends stretching their vocal chords there over a crate of ale – as Billy Hawkins, a baritone player, now owns it.

Port Isaac Cornwall

Port Isaac Cornwall

If you’re up for a more challenging stomp along this staggering section of the coast, head out of Port Isaac and tackle the undulating South West Coast Path to Port Quin. This narrow cleft flanked by cliffs is a stunning and safe location for sea swimming or kayaking, and as the tide ebbs it’s a haven for rockpooling. The beauty of this rugged inlet attracted the original Poldark film crew and a pod of dolphins also regularly comes to play.

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Two extra days free in Cornwall in November

If you book a three or five-night break between 1 November and 20 December 2015 with Beach Retreats, we’ll give you two nights extra for free. What would you do in Cornwall with your extra days? If you’re interested in booking your holiday just search for your dates and call 01637 861005.

For families

Bonfire night

Cornwall goes off with a bang on 5 November. At Porth, The Mermaid Inn puts on a fantastic firework display set off from Porth Island (6pm-9pm) with the £3 carpark charge going to charity. In Penzance, head to Penzance AFC for a BBQ, music from the Golowan Band and fireworks at 7.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm).

For families

Ice skating at The Eden Project

Eden’s popular ice-skating rink has frozen over and opened up early this year from Saturday 17 October until Sunday 28 February 2016. It’s worth booking in advance are sessions are popular. Penguin skating aids are also available for younger and more wobbly skaters.

Book your tickets online here.

For foodies

Fifteen Cornwall Winter Fayre

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall is putting on winter version of its popular food festival overlooking Watergate Bay on Saturday 28 November. This is your chance to pick up Christmas treats from local producers or some cooking tips from the demonstrating chefs. Jack Stein of Stein’s with Ross Geach of Padstow Kitchen Garden and Mathilda and John Eldridge from Strong Adolfos have been confirmed for the chef’s theatre. The free event will also have plenty of activities for children.

Here’s what happened at their Spring Fayre.

For that festive feeling

Christmas processions and fairs

The Christmas City of lights Parade in Truro

The City of Lights parade will light up Truro on Wednesday 18 November with handmade withy lanterns, dance and music – there’s late night shopping too. The Christmas City Markets will be open from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 November selling a high quality selection of food, drink, art and crafts. Or try the Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair in Truro’s Piazza from 25-29 November for a handmade focus. On the weekend of Friday 20 to Sunday 22 November, its Trereife Christmas Fair near Penzance, where you’ll find carol singing, a traditional brass band alongside food producers and craft stalls.
For culturists

The Nutcracker by St Petersburg Classic Ballet

The award-winning St Petersburg Classic Ballet is brining the eternal seasonal favouite to The Hall for Cornwall in Truro between Wednesday November 18 and Saturday November 21. The Nutcracker is the perfect introduction to ballet. With Tchaikovsky’s endearingly familiar score performed by a live orchestra, this an unmissable family treat.

Book your tickets online via The Hall for Cornwall.

For culturists

Building Cotehele’s giant garland with the National Trust

Cotehele will be building this year’s 60ft Christmas flower garland on 10 dates between Thursday 5 and Saturday 14 November. ll of the flowers were grown and dried on the estate. There were 36,000 in 2014. How many will there be in 2015?

If you book a three or five-night break between 1 November and 20 December 2015 with Beach Retreats, we’ll give you two nights extra for free. Search for your holiday dates and call 01637 861005.

Eat out – St Agnes

It may be small, but this perfectly formed Cornish village has plenty of places to eat out and something to suit all tastes. Here’s our top places to eat out in St Agnes.

The Taphouse

You won’t miss the bright orange exterior of the Taphouse situated on the busy village square, open year round and providing a laid back dining experience. Favourites on the menu include nachos, burgers, Singapore noodles and homemade fishcakes. Music also features large, with excellent local and further-a-field bands playing in the evenings throughout the year.


Technically a summer pop-up from March through to October, Genki – meaning health and happiness in Japanese – is a tiny café serving our favourite Origin Coffee, smoothies, cakes, paninis and salads. In summer it’s all about tapas and cocktails while taking in Genki’s Zen-landscaped gardens.

Driftwood Spars

A pub steeped in history where they love the food as much as the drink. The Spars in refer to the hug beams or ‘spars’ salvaged from shipwrecks along the coast when it was built in the1650s. Overlooking Trevaunance Cove, the Fitty Pysk seafood bistro offers fine dining. The annual Sausage and Ale Festival held on May Bank Holiday is not to be missed.

Lewsey Lou’s

Just over the road from the Driftwood Spars is Lewsey Lou’s quality fish and chip shop, serving simple, fresh and Cornish fish. A great lunchtime stop for coastal walkers or if you’re having a day down on the beach.

The Cornish Pizza Company

You may have sampled a slice of their award-winning thin-crust pizza from the back of their classic VW campervan at various food festivals around Cornwall, but St Agnes is where it all started. Here it’s takeaway only, with all pizzas made to order (they make their own pizza dough too) from their open-plan kitchen.

The Sorting Office

Our new favourite coffee shop in St Agnes. Mark and Sophie opened The Sorting Office in August 2015 – a quirky little coffee shop buried in the heart of St Agnes – serving great coffee, fresh pastries & delicious cakes. Open daytimes apart from Mondays.

Don’t miss the Chapel Porth Café on the beautiful National Trust beach of the same name. The family-owned café is famous for its ‘hedgehog’ icreams – Cornish icecream covered in Cornish clotted cream

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Your favourite Cornish beaches

When we asked our social followers to name their favourite Cornish beach we were overwhelmed with your response. We sifted through some 1,377 comments to produce your top 10 favourite Cornish beaches. Here’s what you had to say:

Watergate Bay

1. St Ives

St Ives by Adam Gibbard, Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

151 votes, or 20.7% of total entries

Barbara Madden: “Carbis Bay at St Ives is just wonderful. I loved it, the children loved it ,and now the grandchildren love it, what more can I say”

2. Fistral

Fistral Beach

135 votes, or 18.5% of total entries
Leanne M Phillips: “It has to Fistral… we had an awesome day bodyboarding here.”

Mia D Clarke: “Fistral Beach is amazing. It keeps the whole family entertained – surfing, lovely walks and cafes.”

Take a look at our Fistral properties.

3. Looe

Looe by Adam Gibbard, Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

114 votes, or 15.6% of total entries

4. Perranporth

Perranporth by Adam Gibbard for Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

48 votes, or 6.6% of total entries

Denise Scally: “Perranporth is my favourite Cornish Beach. So many fond memories over the years.”

5. Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay

32 votes, or 4.4% of total entries

Peter Davidson: “Cornwall is my favourite part of the world. There are so many I could choose from but Watergate Bay takes some beating.”

Joyce Reeves: “How on earth can you have a ‘favourite’ in such a beautiful county? I visited Watergate Bay in May – LOVED it and so did my two Miniature Dachshunds and Grandson! As a child, we used to visit Looe & Plaidy Beach, St. Ives, Porthcurno, Padstow…”

6. Porthcurno

Porthcurno by Monika Kludcka and Visit Cornwall
©Monika Kludcka and Visit Cornwall

20 votes, or 2.7% of entries

Laura Tacey: “I love Porthcurno beach, it’s beautiful.”

7. Padstow

15 entries, or 2.1% of the votes

Kelly Annette Townsend: “Padstow is fab. The water is so clear and I have great memories of spending time seeing basking sharks while sailing there.”

8. Crantock

Crantock by Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

14 votes, or 1.9% of entries

Julie Jones: “Crantock is an awesome family beach. We have been going there for years.”

9. Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove by Visit Cornwall
©Adam Gibbard and Visit Cornwall

14 votes, or 1.9% of entries

Tressa Lapham-Green: “Kynance Cove near The Lizard. It was my Mum’s favourite beach too and I spent many childhood summers down there, exploring the caves and collecting serpentine stone.”

10. Polzeath


13 votes or 1.8% of entries

Zoe Ridgway: “Polzeath. Shallow sloping beach, but waves! Great for little ones. And mobile ice cream vans!!!”

And there were a few surprises too

– Tregantle Beach
– Bossiney Haven
– Hemmick Beach
– Lankidden Cove

Oliver Evans: “Vault Beach just along from Gorran Haven. It’s a bit hidden out of the way which makes it more special. I usually go fishing between Gorran and Vault too. It always seems a few degrees hotter on this beach, perhaps that explains the naturists at the far end!”

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