Charming foodie cafe nestled deep in the Cardinham Woods

You wouldn’t be mad to think you’d stepped into a fairytale as you approach the charming Woods Cafe in Cardinham Woods. Deep within 650 acres of woodland, this cottage cafe is the pinnacle of traditional country style, with a roaring fire in winter and homemade floral curtains framing the windows.

A popular retreat for visitors heading off on the surrounding mountain bike and walking trails, this family run eatery prides itself on using fresh and local ingredients, especially when it comes to the daily baked cakes and homemade lunches coming out of the kitchen.

There’s a small but perfectly formed menu here, so you’ll always find favourites like the seasonal soups and savoury scones along with a variety of specials such as pulled pork ciabatta with apple coleslaw and locally smoked mackerel with potato salad and pickled cucumber.

With a newly converted holiday apartment above the cafe, visitors can spend a magical evening in the woods. The two bedroom accommodation has a small but well equipped kitchen, lounge, bathroom and outside seating area, making it the perfect base to exploring the wild Cornish countryside.

Sample menu


Slow cooked beef chilli with cheesey cornbread


Carrot cake with orange cream cheese icing

Insider’s tips

The scones at Woods Cafe are home-made and freshly baked with passion every morning. Served with a dollop of Williams Dairy clotted cream and Boddingtons jam and washed down with Cornish grown Tregothnan tea, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon in the woods.

Woods Cafe, Callywith Cottage, Cardinham Woods, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 4AL

01208 78111

Opening hours

Open all year round except Christmas day.
10am – 5pm in summer
10am – 4pm in winter

Chef: Lara Spurrell and Kristian Cox

Owners: Lara and David Spurrell

Bedroom rate: From £450 per week

Bedrooms: 2

  • Kids welcome
  • Dogs welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Gluten free options
  • Beer garden

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