Family holidays to the West Country have always revolved around food and, because of my unabated squeals for animals, some kind of sanctuary or wildlife trip. So a trip to The Monkey Sanctuary was a dead cert, especially because we were a ten minute drive down the road.
Should you find yourself even remotely near Looe in Cornwall, you must make an effort to got to this wonderful cliff side forested haven for abused and mistreated monkeys. The campaign part of the organisation, Wild Futures, works to highlight the plight of primates predominately from the pet trade (yes, people really are silly enough to think it’s ok to keep a monkey in a domestic setting) as well as educating the public and providing support to overseas projects working to protect the natural habitats of primates.
Aside from visiting to find solace in happy rescued monkeys and give your money to an excellent cause, you can stuff you face full at the Tree Top veggie cafe. The predominantly vegan cafe uses the awesome Fry’s range to bring you an array of burgers, hot dog, nugget pitta and salads. The Cajun wedges are finger lickingly delicious and the tasty dressed salad, sprinkled with seeds is highly recommended.
Then if you over do the lunch somewhat (ahem, not me of course) you can always go for a wander round the beautiful gardens to make some room for cake! A large slab of chocolate cake and vegan custard finished me off for the afternoon. Other vegan cakes were available, including carrot cake and fresh scones with jam.
A beautiful day, but it was time to say goodbye to the monkeys and goodbye to any kind of flat holiday tummy!