Part one of Snaptrip’s secret hotspot series and we’re turning the spotlight upon little-known Zennor. Often out-shined by it’s louder neighbours, Zennor is a lost-in-time village, where dark crags descend into the turquoise shine of hidden inlets and mumbling calves patter across the hillside. It’s a place where you’d expect to find Poldark, galloping with the warmth of the horizon at his back, a place where a slow crawl to modernity hasn’t lessened any of the olde-world romanticism. Interested? Us, too! So let’s unearth this Cornish paradise together and take a look at the UK secret hotspot of… Zennor!
Did you know?
Controversial English writer D.H. Lawrence moved to the remote village of Zennor in 1915 with his German wife, and wrote some of his most prolific work in this picturesque patch of Western Cornwall. He called it ‘a most beautiful place. A tiny granite village nestling under high, shaggy moor-hills, and a big sweep of lovely sea beyond.’ High praise, indeed!
Where is it?
You’ll find Zennor over in West Cornwall, positioned in a scenic sandwich between St Ives and Pendeen. Situated right along the shoreline, it forms a part of the Penwith Heritage Coast.
Crowd-free, glorious at sunset, sparkling waters… Zennor’s coves spell quintessential Cornish charm.
Where to eat
From rustic dining to on-the-go snacks that are worth walking for, Zennor is a low-key foodie paradise.
The ice cream parlour
With a catchphrase that riffs of the village’s mermaid folklore – ‘Nobody can resist a Moomaid’ – this company’s ice cream has become as legendary as the mythical creatures upon which it based its name. Moomaid of Zennor overlooks the spot where the ice cream is made (can’t get much more local than that!) and is often famed as the best ice cream in the whole of Cornwall. You can try a ‘Moomaid Mess Sundae’, made with crushed meringue and clotted Cornish cream, or a maybe just simple cone of salted almond, brandy and clotted cream, raspberry ripple, chocolate… the list goes on!
The gourmet pub grub
The top-rated restaurant in all of Zennor, The Gunard’s Head really takes the biscuit. Rustic country pub vibes meets exquisite dishes, this restaurant is all about cosy opulence. You’ll find it in the warmth of the log fires, the dark wood tables, the russet-red walls, and of course, the food. From their chicken and Serrano ham right down to their cappuccinos, you’ll find the little bit of West Country soul in everything you try.
The sandwich shop
Home to Zennor’s most praised breaded creations, The Cornish Deli is a sandwich mecca and all-round good egg. It’s a small, dog friendly cafe four miles outside of Zennor, and the perfect place for a stop-off lunch on your day trip to neighbouring St Ives. Here you’ll find grilled cheese on thick crusty bread and fluffy crab filling. They are also particularly accommodating to those with gluten and dairy intolerances, so no one has to miss out!
Where to stay
This gorgeous 18th century cottage lies in the heart of Nancledra, and a handy 10/15 minute drive to lush village vibes of Zennor. Renovated to an incredibly high standard, there is a terraced garden with dining patio, state of the art farmhouse-style interiors and all the mod-cons you could want (iPod dock, smart TV, log burning fire etc!) It’s also within 5 miles of the nearest train, making it wonderfully accessible. If this isn’t the perfect accommodation for your Zennor short break, we don’t know what is! See the property for yourself here.
Are you ready for your staycation to Zennor?