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Let the Adventure Be’gin’

Having survived our first night wild camping in Ada without being moved on, arrested or attacked in our sleep, Mr. B & me were in high spirits. We set off excitedly and as we crossed the Tamar Bridge into Cornwall, we felt like the adventure had properly began.

Always a bonus to wake up without being robbed or arrested!

We were eager to try out all kinds of overnight stops including official campsites as well as out of the way roads and car parks where overnighting is allowed. Our next stop however would be something different again. Britstops is a scheme which many farm shops, vineyards and pubs belong to. They allow motorhomes to be parked and slept in overnight on their premises with the hope and expectation that owners may patronise their business.

Using one of our mobile apps, we had found The Jubilee Inn at Pelynt, near Looe, we phoned ahead and after viewing their website, booked in for breakfast. On arrival we parked up and enjoyed a home cooked dinner in Ada then wandered down to introduce ourselves and naturally, treated ourselves to a pint of local ale, it would have been rude not to!

We were the only customers to begin with so we were able to bag the prize seats in front of a roaring log fire. The Jubilee Inn used to be a traditional Cornwall Farmhouse and dates back to to the 1700s, it oozes character!

The Jubilee Inn is a St. Austell Pub

They also have a fabulous gin selection!

It wasn’t long before we got chatting to the Landlord Derek and Ruth who were enjoying a well earned drink. It’s personality and hospitality that makes a perfect pub, that, an excellently kept cellar and a great gin selection and The Jubilee Inn has it all!

Derek introduced me to some lovely local gins and when we returned to the van, not surprisingly, both of us had a wonderful night’s sleep.

At breakfast, we were delighted to find our same table reserved for us with the fire crackling away. Our vegan breakfasts were delicious and Derek insisted, on evidence of the previous night that I was a gin connoisseur, on plying me with a shot of Tarquins peach iced tea gin, again, it would have been rude not to accept, I thought and I must say it slipped down nicely!

We set off, excited for the next adventure but sad to say goodbye to Derek and Ruth and reflected that other Britstops would have to go along way to beat the warmth and hospitality we had received at The Jubilee Inn.

Always take a torch with you for when you’ve parked at the back of a very dark pub car park!


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