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Fowey (pronounced 'Foy') [1] is a small fishing town on the south coast of Cornwall at the mouth of the river Fowey. It is set on the west side of a steep valley so be prepared for much walking up and down. There are many pubs and restaurants. The place comes alive in the summer. The Fowey Regatta, in mid-August, attracts many yachts and sailing boats.

Get in[edit]

Fowey is around 4 mi from Par, 8 mi from St Austell and 6 mi from Lostwithiel, all of which have their own train stations. A train to Par, and either the bus or a taxi to Fowey is sensible.

There are infrequent "Hopper" buses, allegedly every hour or so from both Par and St Austell, but they are known for being late.

Car parking is available, mostly on the outskirts of the town.

The nearest airport is Newquay, on the north coast of Cornwall and a few miles outside of Newquay town. It is a mainly domestic airport, although there are scheduled flights (some year-round, some seasonal) from Ireland, Germany, Spain and Portugal. It is around a 40-minute drive from Fowey in good traffic. Getting from Newquay airport to Fowey by public transport is possible but much slower, taking over 2 hours. The quickest way is usually to take the Atlantic Coaster A5 bus service from the airport to the Kilbirnie Hotel in Newquay town centre, and then the 25 bus from there to Fowey. However, whether this is possible will depend on when your flight lands. It may also be possible to get the train from Newquay to Par, and then to complete your journey to Fowey with a short bus or taxi ride.

The nearest large airports are Exeter and Bristol, both some hours away but with good European connections from low-cost carriers, such as Ryanair and Easyjet.

Get around[edit]

This is a small town and walking is the easiest way to get around. There are taxis available, and during the summer, there is a minibus serving the Town Quay and the car parks.

Driving is not recommended, especially for those who get scared driving through very narrow streets, and there is little parking available in the town itself. Parking in the "Central Carpark" at the top of the hill (the main road into Fowey takes you straight to it) or driving in the back way and parking at "Caffa Mill Carpark" (next to the Bodinnick Ferry) is generally advised. Both are serviced by the Town Bus during the summer months.

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The Regatta is a week of events and races in the middle of August.

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There are many restaurants serving a mixture of cuisines:

  • Sam's Restaurant - In the middle of the main Fore St, Sam's is always busy with a great vibe and great tunes. Offering simple good food without the frills, it specialises in fresh seafood and filling handmade burgers with all the trimmings.
  • Tiffins - Next to Sam's is the newcomer to the block, headed up by ex-Fowey Hall chef Glynn Wellington. It managed to tempt some custom away from Sam's at the posher end of the market.
  • The Other Place - Tbe boys who have run this place for years have brought it out from Sam's so ir isno longer a direct franchise. Quality fish and chips and more for takeaway from downstairs, or eat in the restaurant looking out over Albert Quay upstairs.
  • Food for Thought - The long-reigning king at the exclusive high end of the market, Martin Billingsley's restaurant is located in prime place on the Town Quay. Great food if you feel like splurging, including lots of local seafood.
  • The Boathouse - Next door to and sharing some of the kitchen side with Food for Thought, this restaurant has been completely redecorated and renamed for 2010. Aiming more at the middle of the budget range than its swanky big brother, it prides itself on its pizza oven and quality ingredients, bringing family-friendly French and Italian fare to the other corner of the Quay.
  • The Taipan - Situated next to the church is Fowey's Chinese restaurant and takeaway, pretty much your only option after 9pm on a Friday night to get your munch on after a few beers. Although the food is usually very nice, the placs has a habit of changing their kitchen staff every season so it can vary a bit.
  • The Toll Bar - This bistro mainly attracts the lunchtime crowd who want to sit in the sun and sample some fresh local seafood.
  • The Globe - Opposite Sam's, in the centre of Fore St.
  • The Galley in The Gallants - Downstairs at The Gallants Sailing Club next to the Post Office, this eatery specialises in "food for hungry sailors". Evening fare mixes classic "pub grub" with authentic Thai food. Eat inside or outside, on the waterfront.
  • The Red Herring - Halfway along the Esplanade near to Whitehouse Beach, this cool cafe/bar has a certain European vibe and a pizza oven to match.

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Many good pubs catering for all tastes:

  • The King of Prussia
  • The Lugger
  • The Ship Inn
  • The Safe Harbour
  • The Galleon

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Get out[edit]

During the summer months is a regular passenger ferry between Mevagissey and Fowey, which is a nice way to spend 30 min on a sunny day. Alternatively, walk along the coastal path in either direction passing by some beautiful and quiet beaches, or hire cycles in nearby Pentewan village and go for a ride along the many cycle paths nearby.

The Hall Walk stretches around the other side of the river from Polruan to Bodinnick and can be walked in either direction. Both ends of the walk are linked to Fowey by ferry, and the walk gives wonderful views of Fowey, the river and its tributaries. Even more importantly, there are pubs at each end so you can finish your walk with a well-deserved local ale or a bite to eat.

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