This weekend, we had the pleasure of visiting The Waymarker near Constantine in Cornwall, in order to assess them for their listing with Approved Family Friendly. This restaurant had already been recommended by other families and I can certainly see why.
The restaurant is located on farmland in a lovely quiet, rural setting. The area around Constantine is very beautiful and a great base for a holiday. The restaurant makes the most of its location by offering a sunny terrace alongside a large wildlife pond (fully fenced off so no need to worry about any little ones falling in.)
It is just lovely to sit by the pond and watch the numerous dragonflies dipping in and out of the water. Children can safely enjoy the outside play area whilst you are waiting for your meal. Lily and Thomas made some new friends whilst playing in the little wooden house and we got to enjoy a glass of wine in peace!
On rainy days children can be just as easily entertained with the colouring, toys and games that have been provided for them inside. It is obvious that Kevin and Rhiannon genuinely welcome children and they really go that extra mile to include them. We met one family who had returned for their second visit that week. They told me that they found it quite hard to eat out somewhere that appealed to the whole family and that when they found The Waymarker they knew they were on to a winner.
Breastfeeding is very welcome in the restaurant, there are baby changing facilities and a good selection of reasonably priced children’s meals. The owner tells me that they are currently extending the children’s menu further to offer additional healthy side options. Lily and Thomas were very happy with their meal and their pudding was a real treat. They chose ice cream and it arrived so beautifully decorated. A nice change from the boring dollop of ice cream and a wafer that you usually get!
The Waymarker also offers a nature trail for families. This takes you through the farmland and is a great walk for wildlife spotting. We saw lots of butterflies, more dragonflies and some farm animals too. Just make sure you are wearing sensible walking shoes. (Unfortunately we were not!) It’s a great little route for Blackberry picking too!
Although I was there with my ‘Family Friendly Assessor’ hat on… I couldn’t resist reviewing the food too. Green Daddy and I are quite picky when it comes to eating out. We both consider ourselves fairly good cooks so we have high standards when eating out. In this case, we were not disappointed. The food was very, very good. We talked to the chef, who is extremely passionate about using fresh, local ingredients and this certainly pays off.
My starter was amazing! It was so tasty and I loved the addition of pomegranate to the salad which took it to a whole new dimension. The added bonus with my starter was that I was able to have it served on a gluten free baguette. It looked so good that I had to double-check it was gluten free!
My main course was a scrummy omelette, it was huge! Green Daddy chose a lovely linguine dish which he said was very tasty. It certainly looked amazing.
Unfortunately I scoffed my lovely pudding before taking a photo. Such a shame as it was a work of art. It was the most gooey, sticky, yummy Pavlova I have EVER tasted. I may have to make the two-hour journey to The Waymarker again just to have some more.