Friday Favourites – A Visit to the Canteen at Maker Heights
We were invited to a dear friend’s surprise birthday party at the Canteen at Maker Heights. Together with some of the Ladies that Lunch group, we met up at Tavistock, and travelled to Maker Heights. It was an interesting and fairly long journey, up some very narrow, winding roads which were nigh on impossible if you met another car. But the intrepid Sue managed it with style! Well done Sue! You’re a better driver than I am.
We reached our destination, and parked up in the car park provided behind the Canteen. What a location – it was breathtaking. It is at the top of the hill, on the very last hill of the Rame Peninsula. To get here you need to turn off the road between Millbrook and Cremyll, near Whitsand Bay. It is such a wonderful spot. Some people, especially people from Plymouth and the surrounding areas, may remember Maker Camp? Well, the Canteen is housed in one of the old barrack buildings, very distinctive and iconic.
Maker Heights itself is a great example of a small garrison barracks, originally built around 1804, then rebuilt again in 1860. Maker Camp was established in the summer of 1926 and has a long history of providing holidays and fresh country air for children.Between 1926 and 1985, thousands of children from many towns and cities in Britain came to Maker and enjoyed holidays, and the children of Plymouth were no exception! I have a memory of visiting a member of my family there, I can’t remember which one! but it was during one summer holiday, long, long ago. In 2003 the nissen huts were rebuilt and welcomed school groups once again back to Maker Heights for their holidays. It is such a great place, perfect for those summer adventures. Views of the sea can be found on all sides, it is simply stunning!
We managed to tear ourselves away from the views and ventured inside the Canteen, away from the biting winds. It was well worth it. The inside is warm and welcoming, and the staff very friendly and helpful. The food is wonderful, very colourful, tastefully displayed and mouth wateringly gorgeous. The chef once worked at River Cottage, which I guess helps. As we were there for a pre-ordered occasion, we had a set meal, lamb burgers for the main, and apple crumble for the desert. But it was with a difference, so much better than anything I have tasted before. So if you haven’t been before, and up for an adventure, and fancy something different, you must try it – and let me know what you think.
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.