Thursday, 13 May 2010

Old-Fashioned (in a good way) Beach Cafe

Harbour Lights Cafe, Coverack in Cornwall is a lovely spot. Indoors there are pine tables that seat around 30, but you have to sit outside and gaze at the sea. This cafe has been freshly done up in simple seaside colours, white, pine, duck egg blue with 1960s mismatching crockery.

They provide simple cafe fare and a specials board - I've previously had the freshly picked crab sandwich and it was excellent. But today we were here for 'tea' so we had milkshakes and scones alongside a magic pot of tea. One of those amazing pots of tea that looks weeny but provides enough for three cupfuls.

The chocolate milkshake was garnished with a fresh strawberry and obviously had plenty of ice cream whizzed into it. The scone was homemade and served with decent raspberry jam.

The service was smiley and friendly - this is how a seaside cafe should be. It has a feeling of being a well-run family business that tries hard and charges modest prices and wants its customers to enjoy their brief sit in the salty sea air. Price: £7.40 for two teas, one milkshake and a scone with jam. Good, old-fashioned price too!

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