The Lizard is the most southerly point in the UK, and is located in Cornwall. We parked our car in Lizard Village and walked 15 minutes or so to the point (where we saw a National Trust carpark, but that’s beside the point). The first thing that struck me was what a wonderful difference the National Trust makes. In comparison to the Disney-esque (in a bad way) Lands End, Lizard Point is lovely and quaint. There’s a little souvenir shop and a cafe, and not much else to spoil the incredible natural landscape. Located out on the point, high up on the cliffs and overlooking the ocean is the UK’s most southerly cafe – Polpeor Cafe. The cynical American in me figured the prices would be incredibly high and the menu very touristy due to it’s location and it being the only food choice available. How wrong I was! The cafe is friendly and welcoming, with a large and diverse menu (from sandwiches and jacket potatoes to steak and tuna Nicoise salad), and the prices were on the inexpensive side – especially compared to Oxford! There’s almost nowhere you can get a sandwich in Oxford for 3.50, and this one comes with an ocean view! We grabbed one of the only available tables outside, directly overlooking the sea. It was strangely sheltered (by what?) and not windy at all. It was pretty glorious, in fact. The staff are all nice, bubbly young girls, very quick with a smile, and it’s a dog friendly cafe, with water bowls every few feet.
Hubs and I shared two dishes – the tuna Nicoise salad and the veggie burger. Both were very large portions (yay! greedy!) and both were very good. The tuna was a bit overcooked unfortunately (I like it medium rare, and it was well done), but otherwise was very tasty. The salad had good amounts of tomatoes, roasted potatoes, sardines, olives, boiled eggs, and sprouts. The restaurant gets extra points for not dressing the salad at all, and bringing a huge bottle of homemade french dressing to the table. I love that. The veggie burger tasted delicious! It seemed an afterthought on the menu (listed with the beef burger, saying that a veggie burger may be substituted if necessary), but a lot of care and thought went into the making of it. There were lovely slices of carrot, whole lentils, a mild taste of cumin (I think that’s what it was), and not one, but two patties put on the big, soft, floury bun. And it was served iwth homemade onion relish. Yum yum. I thoroughly enjoyed both dishes, and with that view, gets the highest marks.
Helston, Cornwall TR12 7NU