The South East Cornwall Campaigning Adventure
On Saturday 8th July Aboard our First bus driven by our regular driver Dave a group of Kernow CAMRA members headed to Polbathic and the Halfway House as the first stop on our tour of pubs in the forgotten corner.
The first order of the day was to raise a Glass to our departed and sorely missed friend "Dear Boy" Gerry Bazin.
The Halfway House is fantastic pub which is the heart of the community. Ran by Russ for the last two years the pub hosts the village library and the soon to village play ground supported by Pub is the hub funding. the pub hosts it very own yearly beer festival over the august bank holiday weekend. Today we were greeted by 4 smashing beers and real cider. Well worth a visit if your driving past, pop in and say hello.
The next stop was Wilcove Inn at Wilcove. Situated right on the estuary across from the Devonshire dockyard. Nicky and her son Ben, served some great Tavy Best and a great pint of Taunton original cider. The does offers some fantastic food including a local crab salad, and locally renown Sunday Roasts. After a nibble on a fantastic selection of sandwiches and a rest in the beer garden we proceed up the tight lane and on to the next stop on our adventure.
The Carew Arms at Antony, is a traditional local from the outside and a glamorous swanky bistro from the inside, including local shop. The extensive Real ale bottle section supplemented the 2 ales and real cider on the bar. The Skinners Porthleven was in tip top condition and was consumed outside in the summer sun.
Next stop was in the town of Millbrook and the Devon & Cornwall, A friendly locals pub with some more fantastic ales including a Green King Rugby special ale and Sharps Atlantic.
Our final stop was in the villages of Kingsand and Cawsand both delightful character places with narrow streets on the waterfront. The 4 pubs (all free houses) are within 3-5 minutes walk of each other were a real treat. The Rising Sun at the top of the town has a special local cider called Rime Head Cider, The waterfront pub Devonport offer some great Bays beer and fantastic views across the bay. The full summers sun gave this costal village a feeling of the French Rivera with the added bonus of Real ale, what more could you ask for? The Halfway House and the Cross Keys gave us a final couple of opportunities to sample some great Cornish hospitality before boarding the coach home.
We boarded the train back home from Liskeard station bidding farewell to Dave our trusted driver. Yet again we visited some wonderful Cornish gems tucked away in the forgotten corner of the county, a massive thanks to Roger for putting together and guiding us on this Tour. A brilliant day was had by all.