Mrs. B&B has been in the kitchen again, this time making mango chutney. Now I know I have said it before, but, this is a real winner. Now just for the curry for it to accompany. Marmite on crumpets with poached eggs apparently is a “thing” tried it, liked it and will soon make an appearance on the breakfast specials board, so watch this space. Mrs. B&B did have a trial run making her own crumpets and they were delicious, however, couldn’t be made competitively time and price wise.
We have been out and about again, travelling down to The Pandora Inn, Restronguet. A beautiful thatched inn right on the river bank, in fact it is on The South West Coast Path. It has a floating pontoon right outside the door so you can dine on the water. We will be back during the summer, assuming we can get away. The food was great and the location even better. We were invited out to play by good friends Justine and Nigel and off we went to Tavistock. They must be a bad influence as they introduced us to Whiskey Sours at Christmas, which are currently our tipple of choice. They had never been to Tavi before. Mrs. B&B and I chose the venue for lunch and this was at The Annex. We all shared some hearty Tapas and very nice it was to. Mrs. B&B took the opportunity to visit the haberdashers there just across from The Pannier Market. She needed some extra wool for the Blood Bikes mascot dog she has been persuaded to knit for them, there is just no end to her talents, you know. We are also looking forward to having dear friends from Swindon come visit it us at the end of March and we have planned to re-visit Little Barn. This will be our second time there and if it’s as good as the first we will all be contented diners.
We have welcomed our first guests who have come to Looe to discover Shipton Abbott. Hopefully more will follow and local entrepreneurs have started to offer Shipton Abbott tours, that didn’t take long. We were pleased to see that Schooner Point Guest House does appear in the third episode of Beyond Paradise, all be it, briefly.
Todays t shirt is of the legend and founding member of Fleetwood Mac, Mr. Peter Green. A large multi coloured image of the main mans face. This guy really is right up there as far as I’m concerned. I am thinking of adding a pop trivia question to the blogs just for a bit of fun, no prizes though. So just to see how it goes try this – In The Sound Of Silence what were my eyes stabbed by ?
Well, it’s come round again we are open from Friday 3rd. March and Schooner point is ready and waiting for our lovely guests. We are looking forward to the new season and all that it brings. A special treat is due this year as we see The Lugger Regatta return to our quayside from 18th. - 21st. of May. If you haven’t seen it the spectacle is amazing, come and have a look for yourself.
I have had my second partial knee replacement and recovery is going very well. I have been ably supported and looked after by Mrs. B&B, where would I be without her. I would like to thank everybody for their best wishes and also a special thank you to all the staff involved in my operation at Practice Plus Group in Plymouth for their care and professionalism.
I feel I must mention the tv programme Beyond Paradise, partially filmed on location in our beautiful town of Looe, masquerading as Shipton Abbott. Mrs. B&B and I did see the crew in and around town back in the autumn. It was great to see many familiar haunts and we look forward to seeing more of the town in future episodes, as we will be watching. Schooner Point could be seen on some of the promotional clips but, unfortunately, not during the title scenes, shame. There has been a bit of consternation though, a Cornish Town being portrayed as Devon, heavens! Keep your eyes peeled for cream teas being shown, as Devon puts the jam on after the cream not the proper way of jam first. Book a stay at Schooner Point Guest House and use it as your base to see if you can recognise the filming locations. Hopefully, Looe can be the new Port Wenn, a.k.a. Port Isaac from the fabulous Doc Martin series.
Just to finish up, the t shirt of the day is the last of the Creedence Clearwater Revival ones I have. A black shirt with a red disc on the chest with CCR emblazoned across it.
Mrs. B&B and I would like to send a very big thank you to all our guests and friends that have supported us through 2022, it is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to greeting friends new and old through the coming year.
We have enjoyed the company of Heidi and Peter before Christmas and Sue and PJ during Christmas, it really was a pleasure to be able to see all of them at this special time. It has to be said that Mrs. B&B excelled herself with her culinary efforts once again this year and as is customary new t shirts were supplied. One of which is todays shirt and is The Jams Funeral Pyre single cover, a great drum solo at the end of this track by Rick Buckler. We still have one visitor to look forward to seeing at the start of The New Year. Harry will be coming down from Wales to spend a few days with us and to continue the tradition of 2nd. Christmas, we can’t wait to see him.
In the meantime, we have Looe’s New Year festivities to look forward to and prepare for. Fancy dress costumes are almost complete and are in a broader Cornish theme than we usually do. I am sure Mrs. B&B will post pictures on our Instagram page after the event. Keep a look out for these. This year sees the return of both firework displays, sadly missed over the last two years.
We are already looking forward to 2023 and all the special events it will bring. This year sees the return of The Looe Lugger Regatta, a great spectacle for all. All the usual events will be back such as the raft race, duck race, Looe Carnival Week, Looe Live Music Festival and of course the next Christmas and New Year celebrations. We would love to welcome you to Schooner Point Guest House, so why not book now, while we have vacancies and don’t forget to book direct on our website, for the best prices.
Wishing you all a happy New Year from Mrs. B&B and myself.
We do hope you managed to see the last fancy dress outfits that we wore for new year. Mr. & Mrs. Chough. Not so much a Looe connection but definitely a Cornish one. We thought our costumes were fun but many we met said we were a bit scary!!!
Mrs. B&B has been in the kitchen again this time preparing a new marmalade for the season ahead. We now have Seville Orange marmalade, very nice it is too, if I may say. In addition to this the first batch of homemade baked beans are now complete. Good work Mrs. B&B.
I have nearly completed the planned maintenance for Schooner Point Guest House so took the opportunity to have a couple of days out. Firstly we planned a trip to see Halliggye Fagou, ancient settlement site but could not get there as the tracks were impassable. British Heritage could do with making the signage easier to follow though. So from there we went onto Cadgwith, one of my favourite coastal villages. It’s like a land that time forgot as Santa was still stuck up a rope on the side of a house! We then went onto The Lizard and still did not manage to get an “Anne’s” pasty as the place was closed, never mind. We briefly stopped in at Church Cove before heading home. We had a really nice day out visiting places we had not been for some considerable time. More recently we went off to Polridmouth Cove, much closer to home this time. This is true Daphne Du Maurier territory as her house Menabilly is close by and is the scene for her novel, Rebecca. The tattered remains of a ship wreck can be seen at low tide. We walked eastwards towards St.Catherines Castle at Readymoney Cove, on the edge of Fowey. This completes another section of The South West Coast Path for us. During the walk we noticed a large industrial wheel of some sort in the water near the bottom of the cliffs, really not sure what it was or why it was there, so will have to do some investigating.
T Shirt of the day is another new one from Christmas and is a multi coloured Rolling Stones tongue, fabulous and iconic.
We are almost ready for the new season and cannot wait to welcome you into our home in Looe, South East Cornwall. Come and sample our hospitality for yourself, not forgetting to book direct for best price.
Since the last blog we have had two separate guests stay with us, at Schooner Point Guest House, whilst on quests to catch Blue Fin Tuna. The Government has set up The CHART Scheme (Catch and Release Tagging) and a number of boats in Cornish waters have been given permission to operate under this scheme. Both guests were successful on their first outings with Nigel catching a 260lb+ fish and Roger with a 420lb+ both were on Looe boat Sowenna. More and more Blue Fin Tuna are being spotted in our waters and it will be interesting to see if this sport becomes a Looe success.
Mrs. B&B and I will be open for bookings until the 18th. December this year and are currently running a special offer of a £5 reduction per person per night on bookings of 3 nights or more for this period. There are plenty of events going on such as The Lost Gardens of Heligan Night Garden lights from November 18th., The Looe Lantern Procession on 2nd. December, Polperro Lights switch on and Saturday market on 3rd. December and Lostwithiels Dickensian night on 8th. December, all great events in their own right. Why not come down to Looe for a winter break to check them out and you can still get all the local goodies such as the best fish ‘n’ chips, pasties and cream teas. If you have been to Looe during the run up to Christmas you will already be aware of the fabulous display that The Olde Salutation Inn puts on, if not make sure you check it out it is stunning.
Todays shirt is one from Credence Clearwater Revival, Born on the Bayou. Great band and great tune.