I originally thought we do a different pub each night, but Katharine rightly thought this would be a bit much so we booked just three. And the Rising Sun Inn’s hard to beat. It remains a proper traditional pub, unspoilt by its restaurant or guest accommodation. We got a family room for the first two nights and a very large double room for the third (we’d booked a little late) both over looking the harbour. The family room felt like a two-bedroomed suite and both proved the benefits of a proper old coaching inn over a modern hotel: unbeatable comfort and space. Age suits a traditional pub and the small bars are certainly warm. This is a mazelike building that manages to hide a restaurant serving a well presented contemporary British menu that would be hard to beat anywhere.
Sadly the photo makes the day look warmer than it is (we left the best of the sunshine in Manchester) and Mevagissey’s a short walk from Portmellon Cove over that steep hill. A proper (just about) working fishing village on the south coast, it’s bustling at this time of year. Centrally located, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, essential background to Eden, are a short drive away and there’s plenty more to keep you busy.
Uploaded: 12 July 2005