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Smugglers to re-open on Mother’s Day after thatch ‘makeover’

18 March 2012

Enjoy this years Mothers day at Smugglers Cottage with a 3 course meal.

Nestling on the banks of the tranquil Fal estuary lies part of the Tregothnan estate; historic Tolverne, home to Smugglers Restaurant and The Tea Bar. Smugglers will be re-opening for Mother's Day and will be looking better than ever thanks to an epic re-thatching of its roof by local company Greystone Moore. Based in Helston, Guy Moore and his team are master thatchers, having worked on rebuilding Pandora Inn after it was destroyed by fire last year.

A hefty two week job on Smugglers has restored it to its former glory - an essential and worthwhile job on the 13th century thatched cottage. Despite the recent frosty conditions, the workmen have been greeted by perfect sunshine which has lasted throughout the project. One of the thatching team said: "Even though it's been cold recently, the days are thankfully staying lighter for longer, and it really is a lovely spot down here on the River Fal."

A date for everybody's diary and a chance to see the new restoration work will be Sunday 18th March. Special early-bird deals include a 2 course meal for £15.95 and a 3 course meal for £19.95, from 12pm - 4pm. Smugglers' Manager Joss said: "Our menu is sure to delight visitors on Mother's Day with as many ingredients as possible sourced from Tregothnan estate and surrounding farms."

"A medley of indulgences will include starters such as courgette and mint soup, sage and pancetta pigeon breast, and baked goats cheese with pine nut crust. For main courses, you can try crisp cider braised pork belly with mustard cabbage and apple mash, butternut squash with parmesan and sage risotto, traditional roast beef with all the trimmings, or spinach and feta stuffed chicken with sautéed new potatoes and herb oil."

"Our pudding choices are an overload of treats such as bread and butter pudding with vanilla custard and ice cream, chocolate nemesis tart with clotted cream, plus sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and honeycomb ice cream. Spaces are limited so we are encouraging people to book early online to avoid disappointment."

Also on the menu from 2pm - 5pm will be extravagant Cream Teas, with freshly baked scones, rare Kea plum jam created at Tregothnan, Cornish clotted cream and a range of Tregothnan teas, for £7.95 per person. A beautiful posy of seasonal British flowers grown on Tregothnan estate can be added for £15 extra.

Getting here
Reach Tolverne by road or by water. Patrons are welcome to moor at our private pontoon, or take the King Harry Ferry from Trelissick by car, bike or on foot. Click here for the King Harry Ferry timetable. When you arrive by water, getting here is just the start of your adventure...

More info
Tolverne is one of Cornwall's unspoilt secrets in an area of outstanding natural beauty. However, it is also very much at the heart of the fully functioning Tregothnan estate and has been a communication centre for millennia. Serving as a vital transport link from Penzance to London, Tolverne also became a favourite haunt for smugglers. Brandy and contraband were brought up the river and a game of cat and mouse with the government was played out over the 5 miles of water and woods between Smugglers and Falmouth.

During the Second World War, Smugglers played an even greater role in communications when General Eisenhower was based here to oversee the D-day embarkations of 27,000 US troops for Normandy. It is said that 6 phone lines serviced the cottage while it served as a secure command post. The concrete access road was built in the preparations for June 1944 so that tanks could embark onto special landing craft off the purpose built beach.

Tregothnan estate has actively managed the Fal River reaches for many centuries. It is this continuous stewardship that has created this unique estuarine valley, complete with the world's only Kea plum orchards. Recent innovations at Tregothnan include tea plantations, with the nearest being directly opposite Smugglers. Thousands of tea bushes are helping Tregothnan put the English into English tea for the first time.

Tregothnan was home to the first outdoor ornamental camellias around 1800; it is from the camellia sinensis bush that tea, the world's number one beverage, is created. Tregothnan Estate has remained within the same family since 1335 and its Botanic Garden is the largest historic garden in Cornwall. Passionate about growing and collecting plants, many of them rare species, Tregothnan has a history of botanical firsts and still maintains the only tea plantations in the UK.