Fowey is a quaint and delightful town on the South coast of Cornwall, near the big town of St Austell. It is waterfront with Fowey estuary and is a very popular holiday destination for tourists. With the narrow streets, boat trips and up market restaurants, it’s not one I take to often in the busy months but I did venture recently and fell in love with the place all over again!
Access to Fowey is windy but not too narrow and very well signposted. There’s a main car park at the top of the town, which although the walk back up is a little tiring, it’s the best option to ensure you don’t get wedged in a narrow street! If you are with anyone who needs flat access, there are places to park in the town and there’s a little community bus to take you in from the top.
Fowey is a quaint Cornish village in all the right ways, there’s boutique shops (including a chocolate boutique – don’t miss it!), ice cream parlours, galleries and views upon views. It’s colourful and vibrant but charming, you can easily pop here for a morning, afternoon or stay here and explore the area at a slow pace over a few days. If you’re staying here or popping by, the afternoon tea at Fowey Hall Hotel is often voted the best in Cornwall!
As all towns and villages throughout Cornwall, Fowey has a very interesting history. It was the home of Daphne du Maurier, an English writer, and in May every year the town hosts its popular festival of arts and literature, the du Maurier Festival. There are many events which take place in this town, such as the regatta, so check the schedule when you’re visiting!
There’s a lot of lovely places to eat in Fowey and on this occasion we opted for Appletons, a beautiful restaurant with an Italian based menu. The owner, Andy Appleton, originally worked for Jamie Olivers Fifteen and now boasts a prime position here in Fowey. We had the Sunday brunch and look at this lobster roll!
What’s a Cornish town without a beach? A short stroll from the town and you’ll stumble upon Ready money beach, a lovely little cove with a shop, cafe and a lot of charm. It’s a lovely place to escape the bustling town come rain or shine, and you can continue your walk up to the castle.
If these photos don’t sell Fowey as a top spot for your Cornish travels, I don’t know what will!