Romantic rail journeys around Britain

Romantic rail journeys around Britain


We’ve been mentioned in today’s Telegraph in an article about the wonderful London to Penzance railway journey:

One of the most delightful long-distance journeys in England, it even offers the rare chance to eat in a proper dining car on some trains. It threads the bucolic Kennet Valley and Vale of Pewsey with the Kennet & Avon Canal for company, and from Exeter onwards – when the line is restored after the storms – follows one of the finest stretches of railway beside the sea, through Dawlish and Teignmouth. Views of Dartmoor lie to the north as the train assaults the South Hams hills and crosses the Tamar by Brunel’s last great work. Dozens of viaducts and bridges carry the line over Cornish valleys before the final run beside the sea into Penzance, from where there are local trains along the clifftop branch to St Ives.”

Having recently done the journey myself I can say that despite the minor disruptions due to the weather, it’s well worth the trip!

Summer Menu

Over the season our menu will be changing on a regular basis as head chef Toby takes inspiration from the local area. Here is a sample of our Dinner Menu to give you a ‘flavour' of what's on offer. 



If you wish to book in please call The Slipway on 01736 333 714. 

Party in the Park at Trereife


In 2011 Party in the Park attracted an impressive 1,500 revellers in only it’s 3rd year!  With two stages of excellent back to back entertainment from midday to midnight, Party in the Park generated rave reviews from both the press and it’s audience.  Set in the idyllic surrounds of Trereife Park, a Country House Estate just outside Penzance, Party in the Park can boast of having one of the most impressive locations of any music festival. 

Now in it’s 4th year Party in the Park in association with the Studio Bar is set to go from strength to strength with exciting bands being added over the next few months. This event follows it’s original ethos of presenting a showcase of the best of Cornwall’s live music scene with a total of 16 bands across several genres entertaining an eclectic crowd from all over Cornwall on stages set under cover in large marquees.  A licensed bar and a variety food outlets as well as a free shuttle bus service running every 20 minutes from the railway station and the ‘Greenmarket’ area of Penzance’s shopping centre to event is sure to keep the audience in high spirits.
Party in the Park is proving to be the perfect addition to the Bank Holiday Weekend and looks set to establish itself as a firm fixture on Cornwall’s music calendar.

Trereife Park is located ½ mile west of Penzance on the Lands End A30 road.  Tickets are £12 on the door or £10 in advance from Hall for Cornwall 01872 262466, in Penzance from Hairforce1 01736 366000, www.2012party-in-the-park.eventbrite.com or call 07968 818664 for more info

   

Newlyn Fish Festival


What’s it all about?

Celebrating all things fishy in Britain’s premier fishing port where you can satisfy your appetite with the best seafood you’re likely to find anywhere and help to raise money for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. 

What happens?

For fish fans, you can see one of the biggest displays of fish, watch a rolling programme of cookery demos by top local chefs and watch the Cornish Fishmonger of the Year  competition. There are three music stages, plenty of boats including luggers, gigs, fishing boats, lifeboats and jet skis, a DVD show, lots of arts and crafts, the Fish Tales Tent with some of the best local story-tellers and there is plenty of fun for kids with bouncy castles, face-painting, crazy theatre and the ever-popular Fishy Trail.  

How can you take part?

It all happens on August Bank Holiday Monday, in and around the harbour in Newlyn, just west of Penzance. From the A30, follow the signs to the Newlyn Fish Festival and look out for temporary car parks. Doors open at 09:00 and close at 17:00. Admission is £5. Under 16s are free.

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Cornwall Design Fair


The Cornwall Design developed from the Design Fair first run by Hidden Art Cornwall.

Hidden Art Cornwall ran a design fair in 2006, with 65 designer-makers, growing to over 80 in 2008 with an exhibition of selected work inside Godolphin House itself called Hidden Art Curated, as well as design-led entertainment for families.

Cornwall Design Fair in association with Hidden Art

In 2009, the first Cornwall Design Fair in association with Hidden Art took place successfully at the inaugural fair at Trereife Park with 51 designer-makers. In 2011, 74 designer-makers booked in for the fair attracting more than 3,500 visitors.

Comments from exhibitors from the past three years include:

“The transition from Godolphin to Trereife was made very easy”, “A very high quality of work on show”, “It was a lovely event, well organised and well attended”.

“Thanks to all of you at Trereife for your hard work, it was a lovely weekend”, “Excellent event – well done, a lot of hard work obviously went into it”, “Great atmosphere, really enjoyed the venue and feel very positive about the contacts made at the event”, “My best Hidden Art/Cornwall event”, “On par with Country Living event held at Hampton Court”.

The Curated Design at Trereife showcased seven designer/makers work in the rooms of Trereife House and this was opened up to the public. There was a mixed exhibition of local artists in the main gallery and above the Courtyard Café was a photographic exhibition. In 2011, entertainment was provided for children as well as music and workshops and demonstrations. There were a number of specialist food outlets complimenting the menu being served by the Courtyard Café

2013 sees the return of this prestigious event to Trereife. The location has the benefit of direct access from the busy A30 Land’s End road and is situated just one mile west of Penzance.

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One of Britain’s best seaside hotels

According to The Telegraph we’re one of them!



The Abbey Hotel, Penzance, Cornwall

With its blue-painted Georgian Gothic façade, The Abbey stands in old   Penzance, commanding views across the harbour to St Michael’s Mount (sunrise   is marvellous). Step inside and enter a comforting, mildly bohemian haven created by its owner, the fabled model Jean Shrimpton, nearly 30 years ago, and now run by her son, Thaddeus. The six bedrooms and two family apartment are all entrancing, and there is the prettiest of walled gardens. The hotel also has its own restaurant, The Slipway, next door.

One of Britain’s best seaside hotels

According to The Telegraph we’re one of them!



The Abbey Hotel, Penzance, Cornwall

With its blue-painted Georgian Gothic façade , The Abbey stands in old   Penzance, commanding views across the harbour to St Michael’s Mount (sunrise   is marvellous). Step inside and enter a comforting, mildly bohemian haven   created by its owner, the fabled model Jean Shrimpton, nearly 30 years ago,   and now run by her son, Thaddeus . The nine bedrooms and one family   apartment are all entrancing, and there is the prettiest of walled gardens.   The hotel also has its own restaurant, The Slipway, next door.

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum


A short video guide to Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Penzance, Cornwall. A fascinating family-friendly museum. Discover the hub of Britain’s global communications in the secret WW2 tunnels.

Slipway Restaurant featured in Sunday’s Times


Although it’s only been open a few months, it seems that our restaurant next door, The Slipway, is starting to make an impression. ​We were mentioned in Sunday’s Travel section of the the Sunday Times in a piece about the film ‘Summer in February’. It’s always nice to get accolades, but this is especially rewarding as we haven’t been open long and all the hard work put in by the Slipway team is starting to pay off.



A big congratulations ​to (in no particular order) Jon, Gitte, Craig, Toby, Josh, Syrus, Warren, Becka, Oliver, Calypso, Lily, Lisa and everyone who’s contributed so far!