Porthluney Cove Beach Shop & Café sits in the most picturesque position; behind – lies blue seas and golden sands…
either side – the beautiful estate grounds with a coastal foot path running through…
and, ahead – Caerhays Castle….. All in all, a little oasis of calm and beauty.
The café is run by Jan Pheasey and this is her first season. Jan’s husband Mark works on the estate and when the opportunity arose to run the café she jumped at the chance. “I love this beach, I only live up the hill and I really believed there was great potential here.”
Jan has updated the little hut and given it a bit of a make-over but it has kept its soul and is still very much a down-to-earth source of all things beachy. It offers all the paraphernalia one needs for a beach trip including the compulsory buckets and spades etc. but also a great range of eats, treats and ice creams to keep you going through the day.
Jan is lucky to attract lots of repeat business “once people find us they just come back and back, I think it’s down to a combination of the beautiful beach, the walking, the castle and hopefully because they are happy with the selection of good value local food we serve. It’s one of the few dog friendly beaches in Cornwall, so we have lots of canine customers too!” Jan stocks lots of local products, all her pasties and ham come from Tregonissey Butchers, Callestick Farm Cornish ice creams and, believe it or not, Maggie Semmens bakes the cakes in the right hand turret pictured below!
Jan offers a good range of 4 cones and 7 different flavours of ice cream with a generous dollop of clotted cream on top, if that’s your fancy. Clotted Cream & Blackcurrant is Jan’s favourite, in fact she has to position it strategically so she can’t see it from the kitchen otherwise she gets a craving and eats all the profits herself!
If Jan could chat to anybody over a Clotted Cream & Blackcurrant cone who would it be? “ John Bishop or Billy Connolly – someone funny!”. I wasn’t surprised at that answer and, in fact, the thing that struck me most about my visit to the café is the characters I met. Jan herself is a real bundle of energy and great fun, her brother in law used to be a sales man and now helps in the café with a wonderful repertoire of banter, I also met a group of walkers (two of whom had been following the coastal footpath all the way from Minehead and were just making a pit stop for an ice cream – can’t blame them), a chap who was on holiday and had to buy a pair of shorts when he got here because he’d never been to Cornwall when it wasn’t raining, a psychiatric nurse, Tony, who finds relaxation from his work at the beach snorkelling, body boarding and falling off his long board… the list goes on… so apart from the ice cream, the beach goods, the lovely cakes etc. Porthluney Beach Café is also the place to come for a jolly good chat and a giggle, what more could you want?