Cocktails, tacos and networking by the beach – what better way to spend a Thursday evening?
Last month I shared a review of Lawrance’s bakery and bar in Truro, for a networking event hosted by Inner Social Cornwall. This month it was time for another quirky meet up, this time located at the awesome ‘12 Beach Road’ in Newquay.
One of the best things about these events (other than meeting some fellow creatives here in Cornwall), is getting to discover these really cool venues around the county – and of course try some of their tasty food and drink too!
The all day eatery sits on the edge of the town between Newquay harbour and Towan beach, looking out towards the Island (one of Cornwall’s coolest, most famous holiday homes on its own private island out to sea). It’s a fantastic view, and that evening the tide was pretty much all the way in, so it literally felt like it was right outside the doorstep.
You could easily sit in here and pass away the hours watching the surfers on Towan beach with some freshly ground coffee. It’s definitely a ripe spot for people watching!
Inside, 12 Beach Road is decorated beautifully, with plenty of palm leafs, greenery, natural materials and a relaxed beach-house vibe. I’m a sucker for vintage rattan chairs and lots of natural wood textures, and this place has all of that, plus funky patterns and colours spread throughout.
The Inner Social event took place in the upstairs bar area, which can easily be cordoned off for private functions, and had loads of space for all 20 or so of us to walk around and chat, without feeling too cramped, or too empty.
It’s pretty big up there, but even with all of us chilling upstairs, there’s still plenty of room downstairs for bar and restaurant customers as it’s such a big building. It was so nice to have our own bar area and barman though, serving us incredible cocktails all evening!
The menu here is pretty relaxed, comfort-type food (think burgers, pizza, and seafood), but we were here to try out the tacos, and boy did they set up a feast for us. I must admit I’ve only ever had one taco before in my life, and I wasn’t a massive fan, so I wasn’t sure what to expect – but these were delicious!
The options included popcorn shrimp, crispy fish, miso & soy roasted aubergine (vegan), sticky pork and spicy cauliflower (vegan), and came served with pickled veg, side salads and cajun fries. The menu in general has lots of vegan options which is great to see, and I ended up trying the popcorn shrimp and cauliflower tacos – super tasty!
It was such a nice evening meeting and chatting with everyone, and while YES I did spend most of the evening stuff my face with incredible food and cute cocktails, it was such a nice, relaxed way of networking with no pressure.