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“Perfect for trysting”
Review of The Cuddy Shack - CLOSED

The Cuddy Shack
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 877 helpful votes
“Perfect for trysting”
Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

Met an old girlfriend in slash and wanted a discreet spot to rake over and rekindle memories. Buddy Shack perfect and relaxed fun with good home made lunches.

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9 Thank creasedup
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Brian K, Manager at The Cuddy Shack, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Hi creasedup!

Glad you visited our little cafe, and delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to seeing you again, and remember that Mondays and Thursdays are pasty heaven at the Cuddy Shack!

Brian
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“Great, for what it is, a small hut with tables in and out by a working boatyard.”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

This is not smart or neat. It is a little tantalising and seductive because you can't really imagine choosing to go here by choice or even intentionally. It is very much as described by others below. A small hut/shed/shack probably concrete blocks with a simple roof and a couple of rooms one with a counter and very small open kitchen area. There are a few tables inside and maybe three or four outside with a light roof or awning. The view is across the rough yard. There is a small but tasty choice on the menu. But or is just so unusual, different, away from the holiday or working world. The hard seems a bit sleepy. We saw one old couple walking to or from their yacht. But there were six others using the cafe at lunchtime. All friendly. We had a relaxed hour or more, snack after snack and several teas and soft drinks. The weather was warm. I am not sure I would want to come down here in the cold or wet. If you have a curious or off beat streak I suggest you try the Cuddy Shack.

Visited September 2012
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10 Thank DougalM_12
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Brian K, Manager at The Cuddy Shack, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Hi Dougal,

Thanks for coming and visiting us, and I'm glad you had a nice afternoon at our cafe! We look forward to seeing you again, and why not pop down during the winter when the yard is (strangely) more busy and the food in the cafe will be more hot-potty and winter-stewy to keep out the chills!

Brian
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Devon
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“Unexpected idiosyncratic rural eating hut.”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

Exceptional. Very other. Verging on the bizarre but actually homely and tasty. Almost beyond description. I agree with the other comments. If we are in this area, we will come back. Really liked it without being able to explain the formula or undoubted magnetism. Entirely friendly.

  • Visited August 2012
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12 Thank Jannerbloke
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Brian K, Manager at The Cuddy Shack, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Hi Jannerbloke,

Thanks for the great review, and we look forward to seeing you again down at the cafe... we've got a few plans for the winter - nothing hectic, but we might put a little wood burner in so people can enjoy a stew or a nice cuppa next to a roaring fire whist still enjoying the fresh air. Maybe we'll save you a spot next to the fire this winter! :-)

Brian
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Devon
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“Simple, friendly, tasty.”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

Only been the once. Very out of the way but a couple of good cups of tea and deli sandwiches. Friendly lady behind the counter and an older gentleman who either had a boat or worked in the yard.

  • Visited September 2012
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11 Thank Cr0wM
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“Great little rough and ready caff.”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

You won't find it unless you know it's there and are determined to find it. Best to look briefly at the website. It is literally a shack to the side of the notional entrance to this isolated and very out of the way boat yard down some long narrow lanes perhaps a mile south of Landrake, nearer to St Erney and probably more easily accessible by boat from the upper reaches of the tidal Lynher.

The slick website page which belongs to the Boat World business gives no idea of how it actually is. It is this small dilapidated hut with a couple of rooms and a little overhanging roof at front covering a few extra table, surrounded (as I remember it) by some bamboo fencing. It is an absolute delight. You park anywhere close by, perhaps the flat cleared area a few yards back by the disused quarry. Inside the right hand door is a cluttered, busy and obviously working kitchen. Some listed items include deli sandwiches and lots more. When we were here, the lady chef was making a vast number of excellent pasties. I wished we had been able to stay for more than the smallest snack and cup of tea but we had wandered down here from an excellent fish lunch at the Rod and Line in Tideford.

The boat yard looks a bit of a mess but has that air of controlled chaos and there was a good deal of coming and going and a good many boasting and out of the water. While we were here there was plenty to see although the main feel is of an isolated rural setting by the river. The Cuddy Shack kept reminding us of a Beverly Hillbillies outbuilding or the like. None the worse for that. Almost charming and no doubt you will pick up the cultural waypoint. What I am trying to describe here is a likeable off the wall backwoods spot for tea and munches. Never previously been anywhere like it. Very friendly. Not the slimmest hint of tourist ripoff Cornwall here. Try it. Open from early morning till mid afternoon and it seems they close it when ever the nearby Sail Loft bar/restaurant is open which seems to be weekends lunch till late.

Please don't let Tripadvisor shift this listing to the underused Landrake heading or no one will ever find the Caddy Shack or my stumbling review..

  • Visited September 2012
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11 Thank PlongeurV
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