We didn't know that this place was there, but we were driving along, saw the sign, it was lunchtime, so we thought we'd stop. We're very glad that we did - it turned out to be a very serendipitous discovery!
This isn't one of those places that has a hundred different options on the menu, each corresponding to a bland, pre-prepared mass-made packet in the freezer that they heat up for you. Instead, there was a lovely, varied selection of proper home-made food on offer, with something for everybody. It took us quite a while to decide what to have, but personal preferences aside, I don't think we could have made a bad choice anyway.
This is a rare, traditional place that reminds you of just how good proper British food can still be, despite the march of the chain pubs and fast-food joints which, whilst often perfectly OK, leave no lasting impression on you, having met the basic requirements of your human need for sustenance.
There's a decent-sized car park and, from the outside, it looks like an unassuming barn, but the decor and atmosphere inside were very pleasant indeed. Everything about the place made it abundantly clear that the owners cared and took a real pride in their business. They could probably get enough passing one-off trade even if it was mediocre, but that most definitely is not their style.
You can often tell a lot about a the ethos of an eating establishment by the toilets and these were spotless, with posh soap and moisturisers on offer, as well as a very good baby-change facility.
There are plenty of tables inside and outside (roomy and not at all cramped), including different options for children - high chairs and booster seats. There isn't the normal kids' fare of chicken nuggets or turkey dinosaurs (boo hoo!), but there are several specific options for the children; although I expect a lot would also find something they liked on the main menu or specials board. And they (like their parents!) would certainly love the selection of home-made cakes and several flavours of truly delicious creamy ice-cream.
The table service is a nice touch and the wait for the food very reasonable (bearing in mind it isn't a chain fast-food joint with the food sitting there going cold before you've even ordered it).
The food was very tasty and really satisfying. The portions were very generous and you'd have to have rather large hands to be able to hold a chunk of excellent home-made bread in just one! (and, unusually, this came with more than enough proper butter, served just soft enough to spread straightaway).
All of the staff were very friendly and efficient, without making you feel at all rushed. We genuinely felt like valued customers and that the price that we paid was extremely reasonable for the amount and quality of food that we'd had. We barely needed anything else for the entire rest of the day!
We definitely plan to return next time we're in north Cornwall and would highly recommend it to anybody. Our one disappointment: it's 200 miles away from where we live; otherwise it would become our regular local haunt without a doubt!