A mid-July, mid-week, mid-afternoon picnic on a quay off the Helford River. We picked our way through the best bits of the local farm shops on our Tour of the Lizard to create an enviable hamper full of goodies.
TIME: Mid-July, mid-week, mid-afternoon
PLACE: Tremayne Quay, Helford (Lizard side)
PEOPLE: Katie & Ed (walking), Adam & Ellie (boating), Emma & Pete (paddle boarding)
A decent hamper – choose wisely. We had a vintage picnic set, quintessentially British and holds lots of food safely, but beware the shin that passes a lightly swung wicker hamper… Also, Ed’s arms were aching a lot from holding it at an awkward angle.
To sup – a lovely little fruity number from The Old Cider Barn on the Lizard road. Well, we say fruity, but nettles aren’t a fruit. Still, it was refreshing, unusual and quaffably light.
To make – a sandwich and sides
Bread, two different loaves (variety is the spice of life) baked by Vicky’s Bread and purchased from Mawgan Stores, where we also sourced some delicious Helford White soft cheese and ripe-to-pop cherry toms on the vine.
Leaves, locally grown and chemical-free (so no washing required) ‘Lizard Leaves’ with some lip-smacking Halzephron raspberry and balsamic dressing. We found these in The Cowshed farm shop in the Lizard village, along with the tastiest punnet of strawberries you can imagine and the obligatory pot of Roddas clotted cream.
Nibbles, of the deli variety. We spoilt ourselves a bit with some posh sides courtesy of The Corner Deli in Porthleven. But it was worth it to indulge in self-service stuffed olives, sun-dried tomatoes, stuffed peppers and artichokes. Then we waved the West Country banner with a couple of bottles of Luscombe juices (made somewhere deep in Devon) and a good wedge of Cornish Yarg (a white cheese wrapped in nettle leaves). Oh, and for pudding, a slab of Gorse chocolate from local chocolatiers, The Chocolarder (yes, gorse – the bush of evil prickles that frequents most of Cornwall and whose flowers have a wonderful coconut aroma).
Tip: a hunk of fresh bread torn from the loaf is best dunked in raspberry and balsamic dressing.
Another tip: Thought you couldn’t improve on the perfect strawberry with a dollop of clotted cream? Try adding a bit of gorse chocolate to the mix…
A final tip: Please pick up all your litter
Stay: in a holiday cottage on the Lizard