‘The most incredible place in the UK!’ U.S tourists film their first visit to Cornwall – ‘somewhere Americans don’t realise exists’ with ‘breathtaking scenery’ and ‘next-level’ pasties
- U.S tourists Cara Atwell and Jeremy Davis spent three days in Cornwall
- They visited Falmouth, the Lizard Peninsula, Penzance, Marazion and St Ives
- The video they made of their three-day trip there has clocked up 150,000 views
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Cornwall is a hugely popular holiday destination for Brits – but ‘most Americans don’t realise it exists’, according to U.S tourists Cara Atwell and Jeremy Davis.
They filmed a fascinating video documenting their first-ever trip to the region that has clocked up over 150,000 views. It uncovers some of the attractions that their fellow countrymen and women have been missing out on, from (very large) pasties to ‘delicious’ fish and chips and ‘breathtaking’ views.
After spending three days in Cornwall – visiting Falmouth, the Lizard Peninsula, Penzance, Marazion, and St Ives – they concluded that it’s ‘the most incredible place in the UK’.
The video starts in Falmouth. Here they visit ‘Stones’ bakery, where they try their first-ever sausage roll.
‘We don’t really have sausage rolls in the U.S,’ reveals Cara.
U.S tourists Cara Atwell and Jeremy Davis filmed their first-ever visit to Cornwall. Cara is pictured above at Ann’s Pasties in Helston, where she enjoyed ‘a very large pasty’
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Sausage rolls are ‘ground sausage meat in puff pastry’, she explains.
She reveals that the closest snack to a sausage roll in America would be a ‘wiener wrap’.
‘I just love the savouriness of the sausage with that delicate puff pastry,’ says Cara after taking a bite. ‘It’s a really nice combination. Something you definitely have to try if you’re in England.’
After the sausage roll stop, they make their way down to the Lizard Peninsula and call in at Ann’s Pasties in Helston for ‘a very large pasty’.
The steak pasty Cara tucks into is ‘almost as big as Jeremy’s head’ and ‘the perfect golden colour’.
She explains how the pasty is a Cornish tradition – they were created in Cornwall for tin miners with thick crusts they could use as ‘handles’, so they could eat the main part of the snack (known locally as a ‘crowst’) without contaminating it with their dirty hands.
Their itinerary included St Michael’s Mount in Mount’s Bay, where they marvelled at the speed the tide comes in on the causeway that links the site to the mainland
Jeremy and Cara described Cornwall as ‘incredible’
Cara ‘loves how crusty the outer shell is’.
She adds: ‘It almost tastes like Christmas. It’s beautiful.’
While eating, she ponders whether it’s OK to eat a Cornish pasty with a knife and fork and whether they are a breakfast item.
Nearby Lizard Point, Britain’s most southerly point, proves to be another winner for the couple – ‘it’s gorgeous’. While there, they visit ‘Mungo Lils on the Hill’ gift shop and meet local seagull celebrity – ‘Bob’.
Their itinerary also includes St Michael’s Mount in Mount’s Bay, where they marvel at the speed the tide comes in on the causeway that links the site to the mainland.
There’s also a pitstop at the 13th-century Turks Head Inn, the oldest pub in Penzance, which, Cara notes with glee, has a smuggler’s tunnel.
At St Ives, which Cara notes has some ‘intense roads’, the couple call in at the Mermaid Seafood Restaurant and eat fish and chips (one cod serving and one monkfish meal).
‘It’s the No.1 dish to try in England,’ says Cara, adding that their meal was ‘delicious’.
They also ordered ‘Cornish smokies’ – Cornish smoked haddock with cheese and potatoes, which they summarise as ‘the highlight of the evening’.
Jeremy and Cara spent three days in Cornwall, and were bowled over by the landscape. Cara told MailOnline Travel: ‘The Lizard Peninsula [above] has some of the most awe-inspiring scenery I’ve ever seen’
‘The coastal walk between Lizard Point [above] and Kynance Cove is spectacular and should not be missed,’ Jeremy and Cara said
After their meal, the couple take a sunset wander down to the harbour, where Cara declares: ‘This is some of the most gorgeous scenery I have ever seen.’
They round the trip off with a trip to Dolly’s Tea Room [under new management since their visit] in Falmouth (‘a heavenly haven of Georgian splendour’), where they indulge in scones with clotted cream and jam – the jam on first, of course, as is the tradition in Cornwall.
‘That was just lovely,’ Cara says afterwards.
Cara told MailOnline Travel: ‘Cornwall introduced us to a different facet of the UK, one that I think a lot of Americans don’t realise exists.
‘We found ourselves utterly taken aback by the breathtaking beauty of Cornwall. The Lizard Peninsula has some of the most awe-inspiring scenery I’ve ever seen and St Ives is a really picturesque town as well.’
Cara is pictured above during a sunset walk around St Ives’ harbour
The roads in St Ives are ‘intense’, declares Cara
The couple take a pitstop at the 13th-century Turks Head Inn (above), the oldest pub in Penzance
What was their overall impression of the food in Cornwall?
They said: ‘The Cornish pasties were incredible. We’ve had some amazing pasties around the country, but I don’t think any of them quite meet the level of the one we tried at Ann’s Pasties in Cornwall.
‘We loved the fish and chips we had in St Ives. We’d never had monkfish before and it made for a really nice fish and chip experience.’
And what were the best sights?
They said: ‘St Ives is a must. It has an artsy charm that left a lasting impression on us. We were there at sunset and it was magical.’
At St Ives the couple call in at the Mermaid Seafood Restaurant and eat fish and chips
Cara says of a fish and chip meal – ‘it’s the No.1 dish to try in England’
Cara and Jeremy round the trip off with a visit to Dolly’s Tea Room in Falmouth, where they indulge in scones with clotted cream and jam – the jam on first, of course, as is the tradition in Cornwall.
Dolly’s Tea Room is billed as ‘a heavenly haven of Georgian splendour’
And the best views?
They said: ‘Cornwall has a lot of amazing views, but my favourite has to be the Lizard Peninsula. The coastal walk between Lizard Point and Kynance Cove is spectacular and should not be missed.’
They said: ‘It can be hard to get food in the UK, often due to needing a reservation at restaurants or because they only serve food during certain hours. There were a few places we tried to eat at, but they were closed or not serving food at the time. We learned from our time in Cornwall that you often have to have more planning or patience involved to find a place to eat in the UK.’
And would they recommend Cornwall?
They said: ‘Cornwall was beyond our expectations. I would highly recommend a trip to Cornwall. There is so much more to see and do than what we saw in our short stay. We’d love to go back for an extended trip.’
Cara and Jeremy post on social media as The Magic Geekdom. They can be found at www.instagram.com/themagicgeekdom; twitter.com/magicgeekdom; www.tiktok.com/@themagicgeekdom; and www.facebook.com/themagicgeekdom. The original Cornwall video can be found here.
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