This spot on the Roseland is one I’ve been meaning to explore for a long time!
If you haven’t heard of The Hidden Hut, well, where have you been? Seemingly famous throughout Cornwall (and a lot of the South of England too!), this unique little outdoors cafe can be found nestled between the cliffs between Porthcurnick and Portscatho beaches.
Accessed via the South West Coast Path on a beautiful stretch of coastline on The Roseland peninsula, The Hidden Hut is a family run wooden hut cafe with outdoor seating facing out toward the ocean. During the day, they serve simple lunches with local, fresh ingredients (including ‘soup Sundays’), hot drinks and cakes.
However, one of the main reasons they are so well known is for their amazing feast nights, of which they host several each year. Think fresh fish dinners, lobster evenings, Indian feasts and mezzes, hosted on their huge wooden trestle tables throughout Spring and Summer, perched at the edge of the ocean in the open air.
I’m yet to experience one of these events, as they get booked up pretty far in advance, but I’m hoping to grab myself a spot on one in 2019. I believe the Hut has been featured on TV and in national press before as well, hence the popularity.
In fact, they’ve even brought out their own cookbook*! It’s all about creating atmospheric and memorable experiences with the family with simple and delicious recipes.
Frankie and I decided to visit yesterday as it was a stunningly beautiful and crisp winter day (we haven’t had one of these in a LONG time, thanks to constant rain and storms). We made the 30 minute drive from Truro over to the village of Portscatho, and parked in the Porthcurnick beach car park.
With Pepper in tow, we walked 5 minutes along the coast path (stopping to take plenty of photos along the way) until we arrived at Porthcurnick beach. It was so beautiful, and with the tide out there was plenty of space for Pepper to run about in the sea.
It was a super calm day, and the sea looked incredibly inviting. Even I was tempted to take a dip, in December! If it’s anything like this on January 1st, I think I’d be keen for a New Years Day swim you know…
After our beach walk, we headed to the edge of the beach where you can find The Hidden Hut perched with hot food and drink awaiting. Frankie got a coffee while I had to go with one of their famous hot chocolates – sure enough, it was just as creamy and delicious as I’d hoped!
The Hidden Hut is closed throughout winter but has been open this Christmas week for the festive season. I believe it shuts after the 1st January, and re-opens again at the end of March. I’d highly recommend heading there over the weekend for a tasty chocolatey treat, and definitely keep an eye out on their website or Facebook page for when they launch their 2019 feast nights too!
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