Lerryn River Stores
With plants and flowers for sale under the awning outside, this pretty shop on the green is the hub of the village, popular with walkers who come for lunch and homemade cream teas to eat on the picnic benches outside. It’s a real ambassador for Cornish produce, selling Cornish cheeses, dairy products from nearby Trewithen, Roddas and Roskilly’s and bread and pastries from local bakeries. Shelves are stocked with cider from Haye Farm Cider in the village; they also make Fowey River Gin with vodka, distilled from potatoes at Colwith Farm on the other side of the river.
The Ship Inn
This unpretentious pub with rooms on the river in the heart of Lerryn dates back to the 16th century. The large menu features classic pub fare — pies, burgers and pizzas, as well as some less traditional options; they have a Japanese fish grill in the warmer months, cooked up on the outside terrace. There are benches to the front on the riverfront for summer dining, but if you want to enjoy your drinks down to the river you can buy them to take away. The pub also sells a range of real ales, such as Betty Stoggs, Cornish Knocker and Lerryn Ale. Check out the regular themed food nights.
Cross the stepping stones spanning the river and wander along the riverbank for a couple of miles to the tiny hamlet of St Winnow, on the banks of the Fowey estuary (or it’s a gentle half-hour paddle in a kayak). Here you’ll find Angie’s Kiosk, a converted horse box with tables and chairs out the front selling delicious hot rolls, homemade pasties, cream teas and cakes to be enjoyed on the banks of the river, served by the friendly Angie. There an intriguing agricultural museum next door — a big old barn full of vintage tractors and fascinating farm machinery — and the medieval church is worth a wander round, too.