Sunday, 6 September 2015

The Minack

After leaving the sanctity of quiet little Mousehole, Ollie took me somewhere spectacular. I wasn't sure what to expect when he told me we were visiting an old theatre, but when we arrived I was truly blown away. 

The Minack Theatre is an open air theatre carved into the Cornish cliff-face. The first performance (a dramatic rendition of Shakespeare's The Tempest) was performed with the sea as the backdrop, and over the years it has grown and been maintained to create the spectacular structure that appears today. 

You enter down the steps to the most breathtaking view imaginable; the stunning blue sea, the neverending coastline and the beaches below. 

Despite all the people, the theatre is surprisingly tranquil, especially when you stand on the edge of the cliff and stare out to sea, as if nothing else were behind you. 

We descended further down into the theatre towards the stage, stepping cautiously down steps and clambering over stone seats with the names of plays carved into them. 

During August the gardens are in full bloom and you can even purchase shrubs and succulents from the gardens to take home with you. 

The structure is truly magnificent and one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. The more I sat there the more I wanted to be alone there. Just me and the sea.

All outfit details can be found in my previous post here.

They even allow dogs on leads, so little Oscar was more than welcome to share in the history. 

It was honestly one of the best ways to spend our anniversary and I was so happy that Ollie thought to take us there. 

As it was our last night in Cornwall and such a special day, we decided to go somewhere a bit more fancy for our final meal in St Ives. I booked us a table at Seagrass, a seafood restaurant that was recommended to us. 

The restaurant was stylish and modern and pretty busy when we arrived. 

Ollie had his favourite cocktail, a margarita in perhaps the funkiest glass I've ever seen. Seriously I need a set of these in my house. 

Ollie had a starter (as usual, I much prefer a dessert over a starter); homemade herb gnocchi with woodland mushrooms, cream and vegetarian parmesan. 

The main event of course was the main. Ollie went for the fillet steak with triple cooked chips (which Ollie said were better than the ones he had Heston Blumenthal's restaurant!) a heritage tomato salad and peppercorn sauce. It was lovely but there were so many tomatoes it was a bit nuts! Two whole heritage tomatoes and the cherry tomatoes as well. Ollie said he would have preferred if they had given a field mushroom rather than the extra tomatoes as they were a bit overwhelming. 

As I wasn't feeling too hungry I went for the lighter option of Cornish mussels steamed in white wine, butter, garlic and honey mustard sauce served with freshly baked bread. They were absolutely delicious and just what I needed after a diet of chips and ice cream for the past few days! 

We both had the same thing for dessert, as we were both tempted by the salted caramel and banana cheesecake. It was absolutely delicious except the cheesecake was technically just a banana cheesecake with salted caramel on the side. Nonetheless it was gorgeous and one of the best cheesecakes I had in a long while. 

To finish up Ollie had the cheeseboard. 

We walked back to the B&B with full stomachs and hearts, having been overwhelmed by the beauty of Cornwall and our wonderful trip. Of course it was our last evening, so we curled up in bed and had a good night's sleep before the long journey home. 

I wasn't expecting much from our little holiday but I came away feeling entirely refreshed. I would recommend the beautiful St Ives to anyone.

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