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Cafe trail celebrates ventures with a real commitment to true Cornish produce

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: May 04, 2013

  • Wendy's Coffee Barn at Morgan's, St Agnes, is family friendly and has free parking

  • Baker Nick Pearson at the community-run Apple Tree Cafe in Sennen

  • Above and right: The St Kew Harvest Farm Shop has a cafe, woodfired bakery and market garden. Left and main picture: The Apple Tree Cafe in Sennen

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A map celebrating some of Cornwall's best independent cafes has been launched to encourage both locals and visitors to seek out and support the county's culinary gems. The stops along the Truly Cornish Cafe Trail all pride themselves on sourcing local ingredients, supporting local producers and serving top-quality food and drink from the Duchy.

There are 33 non-chain cafes on the trail, which is available online and from tourist offices, shops and attractions. Here's a selection of ten to whet your appetite.

The Apple Tree Cafe and Bakery, Trevescan, Sennen

This community cafe and artist studios is a welcoming oasis near Land's End, open all year for delicious homemade breakfast, lunch, cakes and cream teas. The design-your-own burger – created to showcase baker Nick's mighty sourdough – has steadily gained a reputation as a hearty favourite, and although vegan and gluten-free, it can be made less healthy with toppings including Cornish Blue cheese, bacon and cider apple chutney.

01736 872753/theappletreecafe.co.uk.

Archie Browns, branches in Truro and Penzance

Not for the carnivorous, these two cafes tailor for those who want to enjoy healthy, fresh and wholesome food to nourish body, mind and spirit. The daily changing menu sees clas sics like homity pie and quiche compete with specials such as spicy potato bhondas and stuffed field mushrooms.

01736 362828/archiebrowns.co.uk.

Deli Cornwall Cafe, St Erth

This newly opened delight by the Penwith Pitch & Putt course is in a converted chicken shed, but its vaulted beam ceilings and fresh interior leave you feeling anything but cooped up. Owner Steve says he personally opts for a large Cornish coffee, spicy noodle salad and slice of granola. The chef works in view from the open kitchen and is happy to cater for special requests. Muddy boots, dogs and children welcome.

07738 924675/delicornwall.co.uk.

Wendy's Coffee Barn at Morgan's, St Agnes

On the outskirts of the town, this little find serves expertly prepared Origin Coffee alongside simple light lunches and delicious homemade cakes. Their separate "coffee snug" seats 12 and can be reserved for free.

01872 553007/morgans-online.com.

Cafe Roseland, St Mawes

This bright, friendly seaside cafe specialises in handmade cakes, desserts, quiches and pies, all lovingly crafted by proprietor Tom Merritt, 21. The Cornish breakfast and cream teas are popular, but Tom's current favourite is his own-recipe Cornish cider cake.

01326 270099/caferoselandstmawes.co.uk.

Melinsey Mill, Veryan

A charming 16th-century watermill in a picturesque valley serving home-made cakes, pies and pastries, soup and a dish of the day as well as generous doorstep sandwiches and cream teas, it also offers local arts and crafts, a pond walk and historical artefacts.

01872 501049/melinseymill.co.uk.

Heligan Tearoom and Bakery, Pentewan

Located in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, this popular tearoom serves treats from the on-site bakery as well as seasonal and rustic meals all year round. With outdoor and indoor seating, a cosy woodburner warms visitors left chilly after exploring the magical setting on crisper days.

01726 845100/heligan.com.

St Kew Harvest Farm Shop, St Kew Highway

A real food farm shop with a cafe, woodfired bakery and market garden. All ingredients are sourced ethically, locally and organically where possible. Highlights include hearty meat dish of the day with salad for £5.95 and tantalisingly unusual sandwiches such as goat's brie on walnut sourdough with fig relish.

01208 841818/stkewharvest.co.uk.

The Weir, Marhamchurch, Bude

An unusual, contemporary cafe and bistro with an interactive wildlife centre overlooking a fishing lake, south of Bude on the main A39 road. The unpretentious menu uses only fresh ingredients from local suppliers and there are regular events such as quizzes, jazz music and curry nights. Open for breakfast, lunch and supper.

01288 362234/weir-restaurant-bude.co.uk.

Tamar Lake Cafe, Kilkhampton near Bude

This popular lakeside cafe has recently been refurbished and is a great pitstop after undertaking the family-friendly three-mile walk or cycle around the lake. Serving light lunches, Cornish cream teas, local ice creams and cakes, the cafe can also cater for larger groups upon request.

01288 321607/swlakestrust.org.uk.

The Truly Cornish Cafe Trail is part of the year-long 'Choose Cornish' campaign, initiated by Cornwall Food & Drink and Cornwall Chamber of Commerce to reinvigorate local purchasing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and generate value within the local economy. For more information and to download the trail visit choosecornish.co.uk.

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