Minions is the highest village in Cornwall, and it also has the highest pub - the Cheesewring Hotel (which was opposite the old 'Temperance Hotel'), and which is now a Pub and Restaurant that serves excellent food - try the Cheesewring Pork that comes with all the trimmings, if you have a healthy appetite! Or the Lamb Cobbler and Dumplings... or the Lamb Shanks or the Steak and Kidney Pudding... or any of the rest of the spectacularly long and appetising menu! 995 feet above sea level, as the plaque on the side of the pub states, it seems a shame that it wasn't built on the other side of the road, which would probably have gained it the last 5 feet! Such is life.
Minions is an excellent centre to base your walking on this corner of the moor, and there are plenty of refreshments available in the village either before, after, or during your walks. Animals and livestock are free to wander through the village, and are to be found all along the roadsides in the area, so driving should be done with care here.
Minions was originally called Cheesewring Railway, and it grew as a central junction and shunting area on the Liskeard & Caradon Railway, and provided much needed housing for miners, quarry workers and railway workers. It was the mining boom of the nineteenth century that brought about the growth of this and several other villages in the area, and the railway ran straight through the centre of the village - no level crossing and health & safety in those days!
Further information about the village is available on the Minions Village website.
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