Newquay & the Cream of Cornwall – Choice Magazine Competition Winner’s Blog

Patrick, the winner of our Choice Magazine Holiday competition to Newquay has written us, a very nice diary/review of his winner’s holiday below.

On a sunny but early Sunday my companion and I were picked up promptly by a friendly mini bus driver, who then proceeded to pick up other people until we arrived at Thurrock. At Thurrock we boarded the comfortable coach for Newquay. There was no pushing & shoving as all seats had been allocated earlier. On our way to Cornwall a couple of interesting stops allowed us plenty of time to “refresh & relieve.” One of the stops was at Jamaica Inn, subject of a famous film & even more famous book.

Our hotel, the Esplanade over looked a large sandy beach which is famous for the many surfers who use the rolling Atlantic waves. The hotel was waiting to welcome us in a friendly, efficient way giving us time to prepare for the first meal of the holiday. Meals were well thought out and breakfast was excellent – my special haddock & poached eggs were ready for me each morning. The varied evening meals, with 4-5 choices were wholesome & English and special diets were catered for.

The excursions provided by Crusader Holidays enabled me to see more of Cornwall ranging from Lands’ End to Looe, including the many pretty villages & harbours. No compulsion of course but it would have been a pity to miss the sights, and the “free day” balanced the activities.

The weather was fine throughout the whole holiday – no rain, but that can’t be promised – of course we were lucky. We were also fortunate in having a skilled and approachable driver, Brian who had a good knowledge of each area. He was cheerful and very helpful with nothing being too much trouble.

All too soon it was time to return home, which we did, with no trouble & on time. It was a week well spent, enjoyable, good food, pleasant company and lovely weather. My travelling companion was 83 & at first worried about going because of his age, but everything went smoothly.

Thanks Patrick, a great piece!

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