Stylish waterside dining in Fowey
Once a refuge for sailors, the present-day incarnation of this whitewashed Victorian building is destination found for tourists heading to Fowey in pursuit of sea air, smart dining and a well-curated bar list.
The smart estuarine town, with its yachty vibe and winding narrow streets, offers excellent pottering and strolling opportunities for those who enjoy mooching about in design-led stores. However, being on the South West Coast Path, a serious stomp is also in the offing.
However you spend the daytime, there’s nowhere like The Old Quay House Hotel’s terrace, with its exquisite views across the water, for sun-splashed dining on summer evenings. It’s just the spot for feasting on locally sourced, high-quality seafood such as torched mackerel and cured sea trout against a tranquil backdrop of boats bobbing on the water. And, while diving in to a dish of the freshest fish and shellfish might feel like the natural option in this location, piscatorial delights are accompanied by West Country meats, cheeses and veggies as well as locally sourced bread.
As the hotel houses a small but elegant Champagne bar – which also delivers fabulous cocktails – the sensible option is to plump for an overnight stay in one of the bespoke bedrooms.
Spend a peaceful night’s repose being lulled to sleep by the gentle clinking of the boats beyond your window, before refreshing yourself next morning with a gourmet breakfast of the highest order.