Culinary Cornwall & Arthurian Legends

What’s not to love about Cornish cuisine? This new tour will be a hit with foodies, with a pasty making masterclass, cream tea tasting and plenty of time to sample the freshest fish and creamiest ice cream going in Cornwall’s charming fishing towns. We also visit the magnificent Eden Project, dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ by some, and take a daring walk across the new footbridge that links the two separated halves of iconic Tintagel Castle, famous for its association with King Arthur. Even our hotel has got a story to tell – housed within the former Bodmin Jail, we can see the infamous Execution Pit that took 55 lives!


Mark says…
“This historical building has now been converted into an excellent modern hotel with delightful period features and provides an excellent high quality setting for this foodie tour.”


Please note, some of our experiences – especially our walking tours – require a reasonable degree of fitness. If guests are unsure, they are advised to contact their health professional before booking. Please note, walking/hiking gear will not be provided unless otherwise stated.

Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Philleigh Way Cookery School & St Mawes
This morning we make our way to the Philleigh Way Cookery School, located on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. We sip on tea/coffee as we meet our tutor and enjoy a proper Cornish pasty making demonstration, discovering the history and culture of the beloved Cornish pasty. Then it’s our turn! With guidance – particularly when it comes to crimping – we craft our own pasty and pop it in the oven. While our creations cook, we are treated to a homemade scone demonstration, before tucking into our freshly baked pasties and classic Cornish cream tea (remember, jam first!). We then make our way to the pretty fishing village of St Mawes where we spend the afternoon at leisure. We may wish to enjoy a boat trip from St Mawes or take a short ferry to Falmouth and visit the National Maritime Museum Cornwall or Pendennis Castle.

Day 3 Bodmin Jail, Fowey & Eden Project
We make the most of our extraordinary base this morning with entrance to the adjacent Bodmin Jail visitor attraction. We find out about the origins of the prison and get an insight into what life was like behind bars in the 18th and 19th centuries, learning about some of the inmates and their crimes. We also see the infamous Execution Pit, which has been restored to full working condition. We then head to the beautiful, historical harbour town of Fowey for lunch with some free time to explore. We can browse the lovely independent shops, boutiques and galleries, or make the most of Fowey’s reputation for delicious seafood and tuck into a tasty seafood lunch or browse the Fowey Shellfish Company shop, home to some of the best seafood in the country! This afternoon, we visit the world-famous Eden Project. Stroll around the stunning Rainforest Biome, the largest indoor rainforest in the world, and meander through the Mediterranean Biome, discovering the amazing variety of plants that grow in the warm temperate regions of the world. For an alternative view of the biomes, we could even take to the skies with a thrilling zipwire ride over the Eden Project, which hurtles us along 660 metres at speeds of up to 60mph!

Day 4 Padstow & Tintagel
This morning we make our way to Padstow, where we spend time at leisure exploring this charming fishing port and famous foodie destination thanks to its reputation for fabulous seafood restaurants and links to the celebrity chef Rick Stein. Whether we opt for fish and chips or a tasty pasty from the highly regarded Chough Bakery (how does it compare to our own creations?!), lunch simply must be followed by a taste of Roskilly’s Ice Cream... delicious! In the afternoon, we head to Tintagel to visit the renowned Tintagel Castle, which is set high on Cornwall’s rugged north coast and entwined with the legend of King Arthur. A recently installed footbridge now links the two separated halves of the Castle, crossing the dramatic coastline from the mainland to the headland. In the Middle Ages, a narrow land bridge connected the two, but the crossing disappeared between the 14th and 17th centuries, so this new footbridge gives us the chance to experience Tintagel Castle the way its medieval inhabitants did!

Day 5
After breakfast, we make our way home.

The Bodmin Jail Hotel

Bodmin, Cornwall
AAA+ New to Albatross Uniquely Different
Opening in 2021, Bodmin Jail Hotel is housed in the historic former prison, which was built in 1779 and closed in 1927, on the edge of Bodmin Moor. It has received a stylish overhaul, combining luxurious and contemporary comforts with some original features for a quite extraordinary stay. The 70 stylish bedrooms feature the former cells’ weathered stone walls alongside modern, neutral décor with contemporary furnishings and bathroom suites. Located in the jail’s Old Chapel, the Chapel Restaurant combines gothic elegance and sleek furnishings while the cosy Chapel Bar was once the Governor’s Office. Groups dine in the Jolly Hangman Tavern diner and wine bar, which also has an outside seating area.

The Bodmin Jail Hotel

Bodmin, Cornwall
4 Nights Half Board
Twin from £449pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £144
Based on Monday arrivals

• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Return transfer St Mawes - Philleigh Way Cookery School - St Mawes
• Traditional Cornish pasty & scone cookery class at Philleigh Way Cookery School including tea/coffee & cream tea
• Entrance to Bodmin Jail
• Entrance to Eden Project
• Entrance to Tintagel Castle
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Prices starting from...

£499 for 5 days

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Features of this tour

• Holiday on the Cornish coast
• Unique stay in a former prison
• Traditional Cornish pasty & scone making masterclass
• World-famous Eden Project
• Cross the new Tintagel Castle footbridge