Bedruthan Steps are an hours drive from The Sail Loft Studio, Looe and well worth the visit to experience the full majesty of the North Cornish coast. Stark cliffs rising above a flat tidal sandy beach are dominant in this rugged landscape a few miles north of Newquay and close to Watergate Bay where Jamie Oliver’s 15 Restaurant is based. The Bedruthan Steps are accessed from National Trust owned land and there is ample car parking, however if you don’t have your membership card for the National Trust you will have to pay to leave your car. The walk to the steps is reasonably easy if you are mobile, its a hard walk down to and up from the beach but take your time and its well worth it, but watch the tides!
After trudging around the beach and walking to the near headland we drove the short distance to Jamie Olivers Restaurant, 15 in Watergate Bay. The food was brilliant and the staff superb with a view to captivate. With the energetic kite surfer, whizzing along the shallow tide line, we found it difficult to concentrate on the menu but we did manage it eventually with some brilliant results. Its worth making a booking for a good seat near the window, but we were squeezed in and ate at the bar. 3 courses is a small luxury but saves on supper later and the flavours will linger.
Our next venue was Trerice House, 10 minutes away from the restaurant, another National Trust house, its a smaller manorial farm and garden, with yummy tea room and restaurant, entertaining volunteer guides and lots of activities, it was altogether a super day out, with a bracing walk, a fine lunch and a bit of history before a short trip home on easy roads and no holdups!