There’s no better excuse to explore your local area than when the sun is shining on a beautiful Bank Holiday. Last weekend, Alex and I were lucky enough to have the day off work and we were all so wonderfully treated with warm, spring sunshine so we decided to head down the road to Charlestown, a pretty little port on the South coast.
Charlestown isn’t far from home so it’s not somewhere we often visit but it’s awfully quaint and perfect for a stroll and a bite to eat. It is close to St Austell and offers pubs, eateries, a few local produce shops and a small beach by the front of the harbour.
Charlestown has a real history feel to it, with the old boats scattered along the harbour front and the rustic feel of the surroundings. It’s perfectly restored and not commercialised, which I personally really love.
For a bite to eat we headed to The Longstore, somewhere I’d been eyeing up for a while. In a beautifully renovated long barn, the Longstore offers delicious lunch and dinner food. I opted for the chicken club sandwich and a fantastic passionfruit mocktail – perfect for the sunshine!
On a hot day, be sure to head downstairs underneath Longstore and grab an ice cream tub from Strong and Short!
Once you’ve meandered down through to the waterfront, there’s a small beach which opens up to dip your toes. A classic ice cream van behind really set the scene of the perfect spring afternoon.
There’s a wonderful collection of traditional boats lined up, we even saw a man dressed up as a pirate head into one!
We all visit these places and think ‘imagine living here!’ but really, imagine living in this beautiful pink cottage perched at the top of the hill! I loved our little afternoon in Charlestown and I’d very much recommend a stop off on any trip around Cornwall!