Our little break in Cornwall feels like it was months ago, such is the pace of life at the moment. While we were there, we decided on having brunch at the Muddy Beach restaurant in Penryn and Phil found a nice little walk for us to do beforehand, that we can do more of another time. We didn’t do the whole Penryn to Flushing walk, but we did a good chunk of it. The bit we did was okay, though I’m thinking we didn’t get to the best bit. Plus I’ve heard that Flushing is quite dog friendly so am keen to explore it next time.
To get to the walk, you have to walk along the main road. You take a sneaky little path just before the church to head down to the coast path. You then walk along, under the cover of trees, catching glimpses of the estuary. It’s a little bit like a secret world! After a while you head out from the trees to walk along at the bottom of a field, which had an electric fence. I always worry about walking Poppy next to these, not that she’s ever hurt herself on them, but I’m not a fan. This bit doesn’t last for long, until you can head down onto the river bed and get to walk among the reeds if the tide is out. That’s where we turned round and headed back, as we’d planned to have brunch at Muddy Beach. And we weren’t disappointed!
We had visited Muddy Beach years ago in it’s previous incarnation as Miss Peapod’s. Phil did a bit of a google to check out their vegan offerings and dog friendly potential. They have plenty of outside seating, which is perfect for dogs, but they also have a section inside which is the perfect area for dogs. Not only do they offer a veggie breakfast, but they also did a vegan breakfast, which was delicious. It was hearty, healthy and satisfying. While I was ordering, I also noticed that they had a vegan cake on offer, along with the regular fair and one or two non-dairy milks. We will definitely be going back there next time we’re in Penryn.
The Walk: The part of the walk we did was okay, some bits were much better than others. As the tide was out, we were able to walk down on the coast and Poppy loved walking among the reeds. Next time we go there, I’d like to walk the whole way to Flushing, as it’s not far. The walk through the cemetery was quite creepy! Make sure you wear good walking boots!
Cost: Completely free, unless you’re paying for parking.
Car Park: We parked at Exchequer Quay car park and paid £3.20 for three hours, which was plenty of time.
Refreshments: Muddy Beach restaurant is well worth a visit. It has plenty of seating, both inside and out, and has a special dog friendly area.
Toilets: There are some public loos in the car park.
Despite having visited Cornwall a number of times, I had never been to Truro. Since the opening of The Cornish Vegan, we had a reason to visit this time. We had a bit of a mooch about Truro beforehand. Phil wanted to go to a vinyl shop and I wanted to have a wander around. We had a look in a few shops, there’s a great mix of high street and independent shops in Truro, and we picked up a few things for the house.
I had seen people talking about The Cornish Vegan on Twitter and it was recommended by a number of vegans online so I was desperate to go there. I wasn’t disappointed. There was loads of choice and it all looked delicious. The people on the table next to us had lasagne and a salad, which I was tempted by, but in the end I opted for the BBQ Jackfruit, as I’d never had jackfruit before.
The jackfruit was delicious. The BBQ sauce, which is made by the restaurant was really tasty and it made for an excellent burger. The coleslaw was light, fresh and crispy too. Service was excellent and Poppy was made welcome too, by getting her own bowl of water and as many vegan dog treats as she could eat, which turned out to be quite a few! I really wanted a brownie with some ice cream, but by this time, Poppy made it clear that she was ready to leave so I got a brownie to go. It was immense! It was the best vegan brownie I’ve had since becoming vegan. If you go to The Cornish Vegan, get one!
I can’t blame Poppy. She had been an absolute star while we shopped and mooched about. She was able to come into most shops with us, including Lush, where she got a lot of attention! It’s so great to be able to take her into shops and cafes, even if she does want to eat everything in there!
We’ll definitely be going back to The Cornish Vegan next time we’re in the area. I’d love to sample one of their Sunday roasts as they look epic!
One of the things I was looking forward to, going to Bristol, was the food. I’ve followed Vegan Bristol for a while on Twitter and the food that they share on there is mouthwatering. There were two places I knew I wanted to visit: VX and Cafe Kino. VX is all about vegan junk food. And junk food is my favourite. They sell burgers, hotdogs and cakes galore. They also have a selection of vegan groceries, including the biggest variety of cheese I have ever seen! After a massive walk, we headed for VX. I had already decided on a classic burger with ketchup. What I didn’t know was that they also do milkshake – Vego bar and Oreo. As it had been over a year since my last milkshake, I ordered an oreo milkshake to wash down my burger. It was AMAZING! God I love milkshakes! Everything was spot on. The burger was tasty, came with tortilla chips, which had added a lovely bit of spice. I was pretty much in heaven and cannot wait to go back.
After we ate, Phil and I did a bit of shopping, buying up cheese, tofurkey and squirty cream. All the basics! We also got some cakes to take away. We shared the custard tart, which was delicious, and the cookie sandwich, which was a bit too sugary for me. I also got a slice of the chocolate and peanut butter cake for the next day and it was immense! It was the perfect reward for walking Cheddar Gorge the next day. If anyone thinks vegan diets are dull & mega healthy, you need to get yourself to VX!
On our last morning, we packed everything up and headed to Cafe Kino for breakfast. I’m always surprised that more cafes don’t seem to cater for vegans at brunch because how hard can it really be?! Look at this plate of deliciousness, all washed down with a brew. Cafe Kino is a cooperative and has sustainable food production and ethics at the heart of what it does. The food is locally sourced and is 100% vegan (they do have dairy milk for non-vegans to have in hot drinks). I ordered the Full Kino breakfast and it was fantastic. Phil had the small kino and had wanted a smoothie to go with it, but the blender was broken. I was gutted, because I wanted to sample their milkshakes. I saw on Twitter that they have a new one, so that’s good. The rest of their menu looks amazing and I’d love to go back to sample their salads. The cafe has a lovely feel and is a great spot to sit, chat, work or watch the world go by. They also have a Suspended Coffee jar on the counter, which is a great way of helping you do something small but kind for someone who needs it. Awesome 🙂
Both Cafe Kino and VX are dog friendly meaning Poppy was made to feel as welcome as we were. I was impressed by the options and standard of vegan food in Bristol. Oxford really needs to up its game.
One of the drawbacks (or benefits, depending on my mood!) about being vegan is that when you’re craving a specific type of junk food, you might not always have easy access to something. This was how I was feeling the other day. I fancied some cookies but didn’t have anything and had no where close by to buy them from. So I had to make my own.
For my birthday, I was given some oaty cookie mix, which only needs spread and water adding to it for the dry mix to become to become cookie mix. I also picked up some dairy free chocolate chips from somewhere and thought these would make great cookies that even the laziest baker could organise! Both are also gluten free and incredibly delicious, even before they’re baked.
It is incredibly easy to make the cookies. You simply add some melted dairy free spread and water to the dry mix. Then throw as many chocolate chips into this that you think your stomach can handle. In my case, this was quite a lot. What I didn’t think about was putting melted butter into cookie mix with chocolate chips. About half of them melted, which I thought would ruin them, but was actually a happy accident. The mix states that it makes about 10 cookies, but I only managed to leave enough mix for about 7! They were incredibly moreish and great broken up and mixed in with ice cream. Well, it is the holidays!