Back in October, Kieran and I decided to make the most of our first wedding anniversary by booking a two night stay at The Pig at Harlyn Bay, Padstow. Located just a four hour drive away from our home in Dorset, it felt like the perfect way to escape a little, all without having to venture too far.
Before we set off, we did a little planning and decided to pay a visit to The Yellow Deli in Honiton for lunch. Sadly, I didn’t take any photos of this lovely spot on my camera, but, with it’s cosy decor, welcoming staff and delicious menu, we’ll be sure to return (and I’ll make up for the lack of photos then!).
I opted for butternut squash soup, which was warming, hearty and flavoursome. I can honestly say it was a strong contender for the best soup I’ve ever had. Bold claims, I know. Kieran was equally enamoured with his Deli Sandwich, meaning we resumed our road trip with happy stomaches and eager for our next mini adventure.
We then set off to make it to The Pig in good time before our dinner reservation. However, as we made our way through Dartmoor, we knew a stop to take in as much of this beautiful area was inevitable.
Eventually, we stopped at Dartmeet Bridge, which, as you guessed, is a stunning bridge that frames a flowing river, dotted with lots of stones; perfect for rock hopping!
The car park is also home to a takeaway stand, so we made the most of our stop by picking up a warming drink to keep us going on our journey. Other useful facilities include a toilet block, making it the perfect stop off point.
Tip – If you’re planning on purchasing something from the takeaway, you can park in their section of the car park, which is slightly cheaper than the standard parking spaces. We only found this out after!
We set off again and arrived at the The Pig at Harlyn Bay just after 6pm, which is good going, considering our dinner reservation at the hotel was for 7:30pm. We had ample time to check in, unpack and get freshened up for an evening of good eats and delicious drinks in their cosy restaurant and lounge bar.
Upon arrival, we were greeted straight away not only by the sight of their lavish styling, but by their lovely staff, whose attention to detail and customer service was a key highlight of our stay.
The hotel – which is the seventh addition to The Pig’s highly impressive catalogue of locations – boasts its usual moody, atmospheric and quintessentially English design, with the beautiful Harlyn Bay just a stone’s throw away.
Many reassuring Covid-19 procedures were in place for our peace of mind, including a streamlined check in service, fully masked staff and hand sanitiser stations around every corner.
For our visit, we opted to stay in one of the Comfy Luxe rooms, which are situated within the main house and consist of a roomy double bed, monsoon shower and freestanding bath, with views of the courtyard, orchard and gardens.
When checking into our room, we were pleasantly surprised to see a bottle of Hambledon champagne waiting for us, courtesy of Kieran’s parents, who had called ahead and ordered it for us as a treat.
We were also provided with a selection of shower gels, lotions and bubble bath by Bramley Products, which I definitely made good use of. I could easily get used to having champagne in a fancy bath filled to the brim with bubbles!
The Pig had also kindly supplied us with a sanitary kit, which featured two face masks, antibacterial wipes and the loveliest Bramley Products peppermint scented hand sanitiser. A lovely and safe way to kickstart our stay!
The room decor itself was absolutely stunning. I think I’m one of the many people that refer to The Pig’s unique interior styling as house goals. I can only hope that I blend their cosy, luxe English heritage styling (with a little boho mixed in for good measure) as well as they do in our own home someday!
That evening, we ventured downstairs for our dinner reservation. While I didn’t take my camera with me, the lovely staff did allow me to snap a few photos the following morning, while they were setting the rooms up for their lunchtime run.
That being said, the food was wonderful and catered perfectly for myself and Kieran’s differing food requirements. First, we were treated to a complimentary selection of their “Piggy Pits” – a starter comprised of olives, crunchy kale and cheeses.
This was followed by delicious sourdough bread, butter, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I then opted for a delicious and light roasted cauliflower main with Kieran choosing the sea bass with garden leeks and potatoes, both from their impressive 25 mile menu.
We hadn’t yet had breakfast, so paid a visit to De Wynns at Barley Brown for brunch. With its beautiful curved black frame windows, it gave me a slight Harry Potter / Diagon Alley vibe, which of course Kieran and I were completely here for.
After brunch, we explored a little more of the town centre before making our way over to Falmouth Harbour. We took in the many lovely boats nestled within the bay, before heading back to the car.
We made it back to the hotel in good time, so we decided to make our way down to Harlyn Bay. With its imposing caves, wild mussel clad rocks and stunning view, I’m so glad we had the time to pay this beautiful bay a visit.
Getting to the bay itself was incredibly easy, as a kind member of staff gave us directions for this short ten minute walk. We simply made our way to the entrance to the hotel driveway, crossed the road and made our way across a small field, before walking down a longer stretch of road, which led us directly to this stunning spot.
After enjoying Harlyn Bay, which included rock climbing, cave exploring and stone skimming, we made our way back to the hotel to sneak in a drink and chips at The Lobster Shack; an outdoor eatery offering a selection of snacks from their wood oven and local charcoal fired grill. Thankfully the weather was on our side, but the outdoor heaters definitely helped with making us feel extra cosy.
We then decided to venture slightly further afield for our dinner that evening and made a reservation for The Pickwick Inn; a cosy pub and restaurant located just a short twenty minute drive away from the hotel.
Both the staff and restaurant themselves were lovely and we were fortunate to have a table situated next to the floor to ceiling windows, offering views of the Camel Estuary, Padstow and Rock.
Kieran and I shared a baked camembert to start. I then opted for a hearty linguine, chargrilled vegetable and pesto dish, with Kieran choosing a baked aubergine, miso, carrot and kohlrabi for his main, which didn’t disappoint.
We then made our way back to the hotel and called in for a gin nightcap in the lounge bar, which was a lovely way to wind down our evening.
On the morning of our last day, we made a reservation for breakfast at the The Pig at Harlyn Bay. You can opt to spend £10pp for a selection of fruits, yoghurts, toast and cereals and a variety of hot drinks, or £15pp for the aforementioned, as well as a hot food choice.
Menus could be easily and safely accessed by scanning a QR code on your phone, placed on each table. I opted for eggs florentine, with Kieran choosing eggs royale and his usual double espresso – the perfect way to kickstart our day of travelling home.
It was then sadly time for us to prepare to leave before our 11am check out time. However, once we had packed our suitcases and were ready to go, we decided to grab one last tea and coffee for the road in their snug lounge, and situated ourselves in front of their cosy log fire.
As far as first wedding anniversaries go, I have to say I don’t think we could have chosen a lovelier place to celebrate, and Kieran says on at least a weekly basis how keen he is to make a return visit to The Pig at Harlyn Bay.
If you’re venturing to Cornwall and looking for both somewhere to relax, rewind and recharge, as well as an ideal base for other Cornish based adventures, I would absolutely recommend The Pig in a heartbeat, and can’t wait for a return visit.