I love exploring new places, especially places to eat, but we all have the one spot we gravitate back to. For my Mum and I, that place is the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery. For many reasons, it’s close to where we live, it’s incredibly beautiful and it offers not only fantastic quality foods but the prettiest of plants.
The Duchy of Cornwall Nursery is located in a rural location near Lostwithiel. It’s perched overlooking a valley and the cafe has the most fantastic view across to Restormal Castle. The garden centre is easy to locate and signposted, with ample parking and indoor and outdoor seating. The nursery began many years ago, right back in the 60’s but it underwent its transformation in 2011 and it now is one of the most beautiful locations I could recommend.
The cafe offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or drinks and baked goods. It offers a very cosy atmosphere with a log fire and overlooking the garden centre and the valley. In the summertime, there’s plenty of outdoor seating also and extended seating in the glasshouse. On this occasion, we visited for breakfast and had the mackerel on toast and the eggy bread with bacon – absolutely wonderful!
If you only require a hot drink and something a bit sweet, the nursery cafe has delicious baked goods on offer which are freshly made. It’s definitely worth a stop off, open 9am – 4:30pm.
The garden centre offers everything and anything your garden could want or need. There’s a huge variety of plants, fruit trees, succulents, indoor plants and everything in between. I love a good plant, but I’m not the most knowledgable but fear not. The staff in the nursery are the friendliest and most enthusiastic people to ask.
If good food and beautiful plants aren’t enough for you, Duchy of Cornwall Nursery also offers a fantastic gift shop. Complete with Cornish crafts, fine homewares and country fashion from brands such as Barbour. It’s an absolute pleasure to browse, from the intricate candles, coffee table books and cornish ceramics.
I think I’ve expressed how much I love this spot, be sure to pop it on your Cornish itinerary and come both hungry and with space in your car for some new cacti!