**Closed Flora Day [Saturday 6th May 2017]
FOUR UNDERGROUND TOURS DAILY***
11:00am 12:15pm 1:30pm ***2:45pm
***Advanced booking recommended on 2:45 tour. On quieter days we dont always run this tour unless we have some advance telephoned reservations
DAILY PERSONAL RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE BY TELEPHONE - We DO NOT require prepayment - 01326 573 173 - please do not e-mail reservations as we dont always look at our e-mail every day.
GROUP & PRIVATE PARTY BOOKINGS for 25 persons & above should be made well in advance by telephone and followed up with an e-mail & all pertinent details.
GARDENS, MUSEUM & SWITZERS BUTTERY & TEA ROOM*
APRIL 1st to OCTOBER 28th OPEN DAILY
FROM 10:30am to around 3:30 pm*
*LAST ADMISSION ONE HOUR BEFORE CLOSING TIME
[so that you have ample time to look around]
REFRESHMENTS - Please note that our Switzers Buttery is a licensed coffee & refreshment counter. There is a limited service in early and late season, cafetières of exceptional quality freshly brewed roasted Colombian coffee with hot frothy local sourced Jersey milk & teapots of high quality loose leaf tea with good Cornish organic local milk are always available. Food is sometimes limited to biscuits & toasted teacakes, or perhaps a Cornish Cream Tea with a fruited scone [Baker Tom] with Cornish butter, Cornish clotted cream & high quality jam. We usually have high quality locally baked [Baker Tom] carrot cake, flapjacks, Bakewell tart, brownies, or perhaps a filled locally baked roll [high quality ham, John West Red Salmon, Tuna, crispy mixed salad & mayonnaise, mature cheddar cheese, salad & chutney] or a freshly locally baked [Penny Williams] pie with salad.
Award winning Helford Creek organic drinks & apple juices are made on a farm just 7 miles from the mine, and other glass-bottled chilled drinks are available - we dont use plastic but re-cycle our glass, the drinks taste far better and are not tainted by the plastic. We try our best to reduce food miles but always aim for the best taste and quality. San Pellegrino mineral water comes from Italy but at present its our favourite.
The refreshment counter closes for hot drinks & afternoon teas around 2pm at quieter times of the year - so if you wish to avail of the tea room or take tea in the lovely garden, please make sure you are here well in advance of your mine tour or call in advance. Cold drinks, ices etc. are available until we close for the day.
FOOD TO GO Cornish food on the move!!! We can provide an economic hot-pasty-in-a-bag service for small groups or coach parties - these are baked less than 2 miles away and are very tasty - they arrive piping hot whilst you are underground, ready to eat in the gardens or to take away in a greaseproof bag together with a napkin for a nibble on the coach with a chilled juice or organic drink to go.
DINING & ENTERTAINMENT .... Our professional experienced team of local caterers can provide a range of high quality food services, from canapés with champagne or fizzy to hog roasts with beer or a garden BBQ, from a mug of soup & a crusty roll to a full banquet or perhaps a carvery - luxury packed lunches & salads - cocktail Cornish Pasties - all costs are reasonable - easy speedy arrangements can be made. Marquees can be provided, small gatherings on our bandstand which can be a stage for performance - or at a great venue premises very close to us. We can usually arrange live brass bands or a choir.
PRIVATE PARTIES or GROUPS Small or larger groups can arrange for delicious hot locally made pies or hot baked pasties, soups or sandwiches if booked in advance. Please telephone at least a few days in advance to make such arrangements. We aim to be friendly and helpful.
TEA ROOM & BANDSTAND or STAGE We have a cosy heated tea room that seats 12 and overlooks the gardens, the bandstand is by the waterside and can also be used to take tea and refreshments.
Our Walker & Hall vintage silver-plated teapots came from the Heaves Hotel near Kendal in Cumbria. This country house hotel closed after 70 years in 2016. Many famous guests stayed there including Prime Minister Harold Wilson; Lord Whitelaw; Everton FC team; Ian Botham; Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen; Rick Wakeman; singer Ralph McTell played the hotels grand piano and signed Catherines copy of Streets of London, his 1974 hit. The teapots were acquired from the Whitlock family in 2017 and were made by Walker & Hall, they are made of copper (most likely from Cornwall) which is silver-plated.
PICNICS IN THE GARDENS Picnickers are most welcome but we would explain that the bandstand, upper lawn and our small tea room are 100% reserved, for those visitors who purchase our own refreshments.
If you do bring your own picnic you are welcome to sit on the covered verandah [ideal in wet weather] where there are tables, seats and chairs, or on the lower lawn, or on the traditional wooden picnic tables on the lower lawn. We can provide hot drinks or cold ones too. Private Picnickers are politely requested to be green and take your own litter home with you and to leave our tables clean and tidy.
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