If you know me well, then you will know that eating is my favourite hobby - and I'm pretty damn good at it.
During the recent lockdown period, one thing that I have really missed is the freedom to go out for food. Despite most pubs and restaurants now being back open for business, I still have no desire to venture out after shielding for the past 5 months.
Although I am quite a fussy eater, I love to try new and exciting venues. So when the opportunity came to dine in a safe and secure manner, I bit their hand off.
Not literally, but ya know... I was hungry.
When Boris said we could form "bubbles", I don't think this was quite what he had in mind...
As someone who loves his own privacy / space, I could not recommend this experience enough. Not only did I feel completely safe to be back out in public, the novelty of the dome really did make for a special evening.
Prior to booking, I was slightly concerned that my wheelchair wouldn't fit through the entry. However, the team at Cape Cornwall Club were so friendly and helpful that they even provided me with some measurements before my visit (71cm width to be exact).
The width of my wheelchair is around 68cm, so it's safe to say that I've got some madddd driving skills. It's important to note that the dome also has a low threshold, which made the overall access so much easier.
Once inside the dome, the atmosphere was a lot more spacious than expected - with plenty of room to manoeuvre and distance ourselves around the table. I was lucky enough to enjoy the experience with my family, yet the dome can hold up to 8 people in total.
One thing that I particularly loved was the fact you were completed protected from the weather. As someone who is cold 99% of the time, this was the perfect balance of al-fresco dining for me.
We were lucky enough to choose the perfect evening as well, so it was great to be able to enjoy the sun, whilst also being shielded from the wind.
Oh my days, where do I even begin?! Fine dining at it's very best...
The hardest decision of the night was definitely what to choose from the menu. I often describe myself as a "foodie", however this usually involves me eating burgers and chips - so it was a real treat to experience such high quality dishes.
My sister and I opted for the pan-fried sirloin steak, which was honestly one of the best I've ever had. My mum chose the oregano and lemon chicken breast, whilst my dad opted for the tagliatelle with a beef ragu sauce.
For dessert, we chose to sample all four options: chocolate brownie, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate fudge cake and a three layer cookie stack.
Don't be fooIed by the picture below. I may or may not have shared them...
What an incredible night of food - we were truly spoilt and I cannot fault the quality at all. For anyone interested in booking an evening meal here, you should also keep an eye out for Michelin Star Masterchef Peter Gorton, who hosts various theme nights such as Italian, Thai, Japanese and Gourmet French.
The outdoor dining area at Cape Cornwall Club is a modern open space, providing the ideal environment to relax. The overall atmosphere was exactly what I had hoped for, especially for my first proper outing since shielding has been paused.
Described as one of Cornwall's "best hidden gems", the 3 domes are perfectly positioned overlooking the Cornish coast, which added to the overall sentiment of the night.
Watching the sunset with great food and great company - it really doesn't get much better than that!
As well as their awesome restaurant and dome dining experiences, Cape Cornwall Club are most famously known for their 18 hole golf course.
Based near St Just in Penzance, you can also stay the night in one of their 15 luxury rooms, whilst enjoying other benefits of the club, such as their indoor heated pool, spa or gym. (Variable access available)
In terms of my "review", I honestly have nothing but positive things to say. The location was beautiful and the food was just amazing. All staff were incredibly friendly and there was plenty of parking on site which is always a bonus.
The dome dining experience gave me confidence to eat out whilst maintaining complete social distancing - so I hope to see more venues adopt safety measures like this in the near future.
For more information about CCC and the facilities they offer, please check out their website. Or you can hire the dome directly from DineAtDome.com, where they have 4 different locations across the UK.
This experience was kindly gifted to me by the team at Cape Cornwall Club - including all food, drink and hire of the dome. As always, my opinions are entirely my own.