Cornwall LivingIssue #125
Whether you’re looking for a wilderness adventure or would like to take stock of your surroundings, our Penwith directory will help you make the most of this extraordinary area of Cornwall.
Mr B’s Ice Cream
As Hayle’s only ice cream parlour, Mr B’s is a must visit on any trip there. With an array of freshly made soft gelato using the finest local ingredients and Italian flavourings you’ll be spoilt for choice with the 16 flavours on offer. Perhaps try the Krazy Kinder Bueno, or the Intergalactic, and why not some of the fudge made in-house? Mr B’s attracts locals and visitors alike for their speciality gelato – you certainly won’t want to miss out on this one!
Blowing in from the west
Island Gallery St Ives
Set in the heart of St Ives’ historic Downalong, Island Gallery St Ives is a welcoming and intimate space specialising in high-quality, contemporary art with a focus on west Cornwall and still life painting, fine art ceramics and environmental sculpture by eight permanently represented artists. Gallery Director Sarah Frost says: “Each piece of work in the gallery has been personally chosen to create the sense of a curated space with different mediums and styles, all in conversation with each other.”
Founded on family
With a passion for interiors and home accessories, Marrie Oates took inspiration for Newlyn Maids from the Cornish fishing village where her family home is based, and her two young daughters. Her main focus for the business is to provide on-trend home accessories, such as planters, soft furnishings and kitchen accessories. Newlyn Maids is also branching into the world of markets this summer – find them at Porthleven Harbour Market once a week from 29th July, and at various other locations across Cornwall. Follow @newlynmaids on Facebook and Instagram for updates, or pop into their stores on the cobbled high streets of St Ives or Newlyn.
Off the beaten track
Experience Cornwall Tours
Penwith has multiple hidden gems, and hiring a local guide that knows their history, where to find them, and the magic they hold, really will bring this part of Cornwall to life. From Neolithic quoits, to Bronze Age stone circles, UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the ‘Tin Coast’ and much more. Book a tour with Experience Cornwall Tours to truly experience this far-flung corner of
A taste of Belgium
Bier Huis Grand Café
The Bier Huis Grand Café in St Ives is a firm favourite among locals and visitors alike, be they in search of great beer, incredible Belgian cuisine, or both! Open from 10pm, Bier Huis is also dog friendly, and offers a dog-friendly menu of treats including beer and fries, meaning literally everybody can enjoy a proper taste of Belgium.
Cornwall’s premier surf shop
Down the Line Surf Co.
Situated right on the doorstep of St Ives Bay, Down the Line Surf Co is one of, if not the leading surf shop in Cornwall, offering a massive range of surfboards, wetsuits, clothing, accessories and beach essentials. In short, it’s the go-to destination for anybody hoping to make the most of the ocean lifestyle!
The boardroom features Europe’s largest range of surfboards from the world’s best shapers, perfect whether you’re in search of a new ride, or are looking to advance away from the foamy and onto your first fibreglass steed. The store also stocks all the top wetsuit brands, and has been fitting wetsuits to customers for more than 25 years! And if you’re in need of gear hire, look no further; Down the Line has a full range of boards, wetsuits and equipment available for your day on the waves, ideal if you’re here for a short stay, or want to dip your toes before diving headfirst into the sea and surf lifestyle.
What else are Sundays for?
Lazy Sundays Bed & Mattress Store
We all know that a comfortable bed makes for a perfect lazy Sunday, not to mention that full night’s sleep we all need. Lazy Sundays Bed & Mattress Store is delighted to have opened in a new location in Penzance, in October 2020, offering an enormous range of beds and mattresses to soothe any slumber. The company has received an incredible amount of support from the community since opening, so why not pop into the showroom to see what all the fuss is about?
Is your pooch eco chic?
Cornwall is a paradise for our four-legged companions, and it’s definitely worth a trip to this eco-friendly dog boutique whilst wandering through the streets of St Ives. Ruff Life is committed to providing high-quality products for dogs that are reasonably priced and environmentally friendly, taking great care in sourcing goods that are recyclable and sustainable. The business was born from a love of dogs and of the ocean; for Ruff Life, the two go together. The shop is well worth a visit, and what better time is there to sustainably spoil your pooch?
Heart and heritage
Alfred Smith & Son
Specialising in making a house into a home since 1811, Alfred Smith & Son (Penzance) is the oldest independent furniture retailer in the country, and the oldest family run business in Cornwall, now into its fifth generation. Their in-house expertise and quality products make it easy to transform either a room or the whole house to reflect your personal taste. Their bespoke holiday home furnishing service takes the pressure off for those living away, turning your special space into an idyllic Cornish retreat for you to enjoy.
A fine-art collective
The Cowhouse Gallery
The Cowhouse Gallery is run by a group of local artists and craftspeople. This independence allows them to offer a wide range of affordable original works. Painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, woodturning and leatherwork are all displayed in this airy art space. Nearby is Perranuthnoe beach, coastal walks looking towards St Michael’s Mount in one direction and to Prussia Cove the other.