The Hon William Boscawen, Director of Mereworth Wines
What do I love most about Cornwall? I’m sure most people say it’s the beaches, the cliffs, the unique light in the small harbour villages. But actually it’s the people that make it. There’s a great honesty in Cornwall – and a tremendous pride. Good beer, seafood, pasties and the best cream teas in extraordinary scenery make it all the better. In the winter it’s wild and woolly – and deserted. In the spring the county explodes into life, the gardens thrum, and by summer, the coastline and businesses thrive.
Of course, agriculture and food production is a big part of Cornwall – which is what I grew up seeing. And while I’ve worked abroad and in other sectors, I’ve always held a deep love for rural business. Without question, I have taken great inspiration from my family’s estate, Tregothnan, which encompasses tea production, agriculture, property and horticulture. The products are shipped all over the world now, and sharing the experience has been invaluable in bringing my own wine business on.
For families or friends to go and have their own Cornish adventure, the whole of the coastline is walkable. Walking all 300-plus miles of it is high on my bucket list. But definitely getting a cottage for a week is the best way to see the place. Having lived around there, I’m obviously a fan of St Mawes, Falmouth and the Roseland peninsula – I’m more of a south coast chap. Lantic Bay is absolutely stunning – and tough enough to get to, to deter a few ‘emmets’. But you should head down to the Lizard and walk along the coast there, especially the stretch from Cadgwith to Kynance with a dip in the sea, which is phenomenal. And further down still, I’d heartily recommend spending an evening at the Minack Theatre – weather permitting, of course. Get it right though, and there’s not a theatre in the world that compares.
For my last supper in Cornwall, I would make a bee-line to The Lugger in Portloe. I’d go with my wife and as many pals as I can squeeze into the place. I’d eat as much seafood as I could – and drink as much of my own Mereworth English Sparkling Wine as possible. Another classic is The Watering Hole in Perranporth; ‘the UK’s only bar on the beach’, or so they say. But pints and pasties make for a heavenly pairing. All of which is even better after a dip in the Atlantic. mereworth.co.uk