Fan­tas­ti­cally friendly food

Abby Driver heads to Corn­wall’s for­got­ten cor­ner for a meal to re­mem­ber

Cornwall Life - - FLAVOURS OF CORNWALL -

It might be called Corn­wall’s for­got­ten cor­ner, but there is so much to do on the Rame Penin­sula. You could go surf­ing at Whit­sand Bay, wan­der the deca­dent rooms of the 18th-cen­tury Antony House or ex­plore the quaint twinned seafront vil­lages of Kingsand and Cawsand. And in-be­tween your ad­ven­tures around South East Corn­wall, if your stom­ach rum­bles or you need a caf­feine fix, you’d do well to swing by

The Salty Dog Café where you’ll re­ceive a friendly wel­come (dogs in­cluded).

Af­ter 20 years as a nurse, Michele Lovell was crav­ing change. And so The Salty Dog Café was born. The idea was a good one: a jolly friendly space serv­ing up proper fresh food for tourists and lo­cals alike. And one year in? Things are go­ing very well.

Sit­u­ated near the vil­lage of Mill­brook, in a con­verted old gas shop, it’s not the most likely lo­ca­tion for a café. Yet when I ar­rived at just gone mid­day on a Tues­day threat­en­ing miz­zle, it’s al­ready half full with cus­tomers grab­bing an early lunch or in­dulging in a proper Cor­nish cream tea. The at­mos­phere is im­me­di­ately friendly; there’s a splash of bright wall­pa­per and pic­tures of cus­tomer dogs on the wall.

Af­ter or­der­ing a cou­ple of cof­fees we took a seat and read through the lunchtime menu. It was my favourite kind: small and well thought out. I opted for the av­o­cado and tofu salad and my din­ing part­ner couldn’t re­sist the baked camem­bert. We or­dered a cou­ple of por­tions of chips too. The menu ad­vised us that here they spe­cialise in fresh food, not fast food, so we set­tled down for a chat over our (very good) cof­fees.

As it turns out, the ser­vice was fairly speedy and we were tuck­ing into our lunch just 20 min­utes or so af­ter or­der­ing. The camem­bert was topped with chilli jam and scat­tered with nuts, it came with sev­eral rounds of crusty bread and a fresh side salad. I didn’t try any but my din­ing part­ner re­marked: ‘I’m not sure if you’re sup­posed to eat the rind, but I can’t leave any it’s just too good!’ – which is the best kind of com­pli­ment if you ask me. As a ve­gan I’m used to salad be­ing the only op­tion and they are of­ten a wimp dis­ap­point­ment that leave me hun­gry. But not this one. It was packed full of spinach and topped with well over half of an av­o­cado, de­li­ciously mar­i­nated tofu and stud­ded with aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing pomegranates. The chips were proper chips, thick and freshly fried. They made, or so I’m told, ex­cel­lent camem­bert dip­pers.

“The idea was a good one: a jolly friendly space serv­ing up proper fresh food for tourists and lo­cals alike.’

With its mod­estly priced menu, gen­er­ous por­tions and fresh cook­ing at­ti­tude, I’m not sur­prised that the Salty Dog Café is do­ing well. Next time I’m in the area, I know where I’m go­ing for a post-coastal walk feast. To find out more look The Salty Dog Café up on Face­book or call 01752 823361.

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