September 2017 Food Bites

Lost Gardens of Heligan, food and drink, Cornwall, September 2017

                                                       Autumnal produce at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

T'is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, the hedgerows are full of berries and the apples hang heavy in the trees...  With all this fresh produce around, what are our Cornish chefs and food and drink providers up to this month?   With thier help we have put together a storeroom full to bursting of events, new menus and offers to tempt your tastebuds.

Eat and drink your way around Cornwall

September is the month of food and drink festivals, with details of many on our website. These are a great place to sample local produce and get to meet the producers. For many the highlight is The Great Cornish Food Festival on Truro’s Lemon Quay, which will be transformed into a foodie heaven for three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment as the festival celebrates all that is good about local produce.

But away from Truro there will be a fish festival in Newquay, a pasty festival in Redruth and beer and cider festivals in Duloe near Looe, Newquay and the Eden Project. For those who want to venture further afield, the whole month see’s the Taste of Scilly Food & Drink Festival taking place at various venues on the Isles of Scilly, you’d be a fool to miss it!

To see details of all the foodie festivals on in September, go to our What's On pages.  


Mindful Eating & Story Telling at St Mawes.

The Idle Rocks is a privately owned 19 bedroomed seafront Relais & Chateaux hotel, with an award winning restaurant; perfectly poised within the Cornish fishing village of St. Mawes.  The setting is relaxed and the hospitality is genuine and engaging. The menu is designed around stories brought to fruition through carefully developed relationships with local suppliers, fishermen and farmers; more recently with one of Cornwall’s most beloved estates, The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Each month Head Chef Guy Owen creates an inspired dish using key seasonal ingredients direct from the gardens and September sees him using Pink Fir Apple potatoes, Painted Lady and Scarlet Emperor runner beans. Full recipe at


..and talking of Heligan.

With the traditional principles of farming, food provenance, sustainability, taste and seasonality at the forefront of our culinary being; we once again invite you to join us this Harvest to celebrate the fruition of the gardening year and share a taste of our heritage.

This year’s Heligan Harvest has a cornucopia of events lined up and sees the home of the ‘Finest Productive Garden’ in Britain celebrating its gardening year in traditional style, culminating in two incredible Feast Nights!

We will catapult you into the very heart of productive life and welcome you to celebrate the fruits of our labour, where you will be taken on a journey steeped in Victorian history and horticultural heritage, through the medium of food. It all takes place from Saturday 23rd September until Sunday 8th October.

For more information, please visit


Jams, Pickles and Preserves at Philleigh Way, plus it's your last chance to attend the Woodfired Sessions

Not sure what to do with all that surplus fruit and veg? On Saturday 30th September, Philleigh Way launches a new preserving course. Sarah Marsland of Cornish Meadow Preserves will provide students with expert tuition on the art of preserving and pickling.  A real hands-on course, students will get to prepare their own jams, pickles and preserves using a variety of freshly picked seasonal fruit and vegetables which may include Kea plum jam, apple cheese, crab apple jelly and much more. For more info click here.

Philleigh Way’s popular Woodfired Sessions come to an end this month but there’s still time to go along and enjoy either a ‘Pysk’ (fish) or ‘Best’ (beast) feast night. With food cooked in front of diners on Philleigh Way’s huge Parrilla, in the wood oven and over the fire pit, these nights are a real spectacle and a great opportunity to get together with friends and family to enjoy some fantastic food. Not only can you enjoy great food, Philleigh Way has also lined up some fantastic live music to entertain you whilst you dine. Acts appearing this month include, Philleigh Way friend and star of Boardmasters, Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Port Eliot and Looe Music festival to name a few, Suzie Mac, well-known local male voice group Rhos Keur and the dulcet tones of solo artist Nicola Tyrer.  More info here  Woodfired Session


Treat the kids at Sands Resort Hotel, plus a Taste of Morocco

If you find yourself with a hankering for a burger, the family friendly Beachcomber Restaurant at Sands Resort Hotel might be just the perfect choice. Visit Monday to Friday and take the kids for a later afternoon splash in the indoor pool before tucking into a delicious burger. Children can enjoy a kids’ burger and an ice cream as part of the offer. Dinner is served from 6.30 to 8.30 pm.

Adults - £12,  Children under 12 - £9

Families with younger children who prefer to visit the hotel for a swim and lunch can take advantage of the Swim & Panini offer. Weekdays from 12.30 – 2 pm. 

Adults £10,  Children under 12 - £6

 Ample of free parking available. Both offers valid from 11th September – 20th October.

Moroccan Twilight Sessions

Start the weekend in style with an invigoration 90-minute Moroccan Spa Experience at Sands Resort Hotel. Sit back and relax in the hot tub and cedar heat room in the Moroccan Indoor Garden, then be treated to cake, fresh mint tea and a glass of Cava in the colourful Moroccan Lounge. Complete your Friday evening treat with a 2-course dinner at the sea view Beachcomber Restaurant.   Available for £39 per person. Minimum age is 16. Twilight Sessions are available from 15th September until 13th October and 3rd November until 24th November.

For more information on all the offers at Sands Resort, click here.


Award-winning hotel goes to the dogs…

Every day is dog day at the Talland Bay Hotel, one of the most pet-friendly in the UK. The luxury South East Cornish retreat has introduced a special doggy menu to cater for hungry hounds. Whilst owners can enjoy the culinary delights produced by Michelin trained chef Nick Hawke - who has earned two AA rosettes for his cuisine - doggy diners are spoilt too. The new canine menu includes handmade dog treats from Alfie & Molly’s bakery as well as fresh, locally sourced chicken and Kittows Butchers’ sausages straight from the kitchen.


Polgoon Vineyard and Newlyn School of Art Create ‘Art for the Bacchus’

In Cornwall there’s always been a natural link between the artist and the landscape. This connection to land and sea is something John Coulson, winemaker at Polgoon, also feels strongly about and inspired him to approach Newlyn School of Art to commission the tutors to create artwork for the label of his latest vintage, the Bacchus 2016.

This will be an annual commission; with every new vintage a new label will be commissioned from one of Newlyn’s tutors to create a collection of art labels from the county’s best artists. Paul Lewin’s ‘Veor Cove’ was chosen for this year’s commission. Each bottle from the limited edition of 1500 is signed by the artist and winemaker and individually numbered from 1 to 1500.

Availability: Polgoon Vineyard Shop and selected outlets: The Gurnards Head, The Coastguard, Godolphin Arms, Mount Haven Hotel, The Nare Hotel, Tate and Porthminster Beach Cafe.


Masterchef Champion James Nathan champions Cornish Lamb

Lamb may be synonymous with the arrival of spring; however, St Enodoc Hotel Head Chef James Nathan and local butchers agree that September is the best time of the year to enjoy a well-cooked cut of lamb. Locally reared in Cornish pastures with warm sunshine and ample fresh air, the meat is at its finest - full flavoured, high quality and extra tender. Featuring lamb in his autumn menu at the St Enodoc Hotel, Masterchef Champion James is also looking to include local pigeon, and later, Cornish venison, to compliment seasonal fish dishes and the restaurant’s extensive wine list.

Open daily for lunch, dinner and Afternoon Tea, the St Enodoc Hotel overlooks the beautiful Camel Estuary, with panoramic views over Porthilly and the Mussel beds which supply the restaurant year round.

For reservations, call 01208 863394 or email

The Bay Brasserie at Hotel Penzance launches loyalty card..

Open all hours, whether you are looking for a leisurely breakfast till 11am, a light lunch or a delightful afternoon tea between 12.30 to 16.30 or a brasserie dinner from 18.00. Why not come and try The Bay with panoramic views across Penzance harbour and towards St Michaels Mount! Our Evening Brasserie menu combines the best of British culinary skills with dishes influenced by French cuisine and has been receiving rave reviews all summer from our guests. You can always arrive early and relax on the decking with pre-dinner aperitif whilst watching the world go by. Apply for a loyalty card today and receive up to 25% off food and beverage.


September at Rick Stein’s

Located just two minutes’ walk from the harbour in Padstow, Rick Stein’s Café is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch. Their new menu features old favourites from Rick’s travels, including salt and pepper prawns, moules frites, hake laksa with sambal and Vietnamese Pho - dishes that are great as starters or mains depending on how peckish you’re feeling.

And if your inspired by Rick's cooking....

Autumn is also a great time of year to brush up on your culinary skills, learn some new techniques and expand your repertoire of recipes before the busy festive seaon arrives. Why not come along to Rick Stein’s Cookery School in Padstow and learn a new skill?  From a one-day autumn cooking course to an apple tarte tatin evening masterclass or a day cooking Indian seafood, there’s so much to choose from in the coming months at Rick Stein’s Cookery School. To see what courses are on offer, click here.


John Burton-Race cooks at The Falmouth Hotel

To celebrate British Food Fortnight the Falmouth Hotel is pleased to announce that celebrity, 2 Michelin starred Chef John Burton-Race will be joining us for one night only on the evening of the 29th September.  British food fortnight celebrates the best in gastronomy that Great Britain has to offer and John and his team will be contributing by crafting a bespoke 5 course taster menu designed with only the very best British ingredients that can be sourced across Devon and Cornwall. 

Menu £55 per person with optional wine pairing £85 per person

Call 01326 312671 to book your table or email

Make a weekend of it and stay with us for just £259 for two adults, including bed & breakfast plus the fantastic meal.


Forage and Feast day at the Gurnard's Head

Taken by Caroline Davey of The Fat Hen, this day starts at 10am with a cup of coffee at the Gurnard's Head. There is then a two-hour circular coastal walk from the Gurnard’s Head pub during which we will be looking at wild edible plants native to the coast and grassland, the walk will involve examining and picking a whole range of plants and hopefully some fungi (though this is never guaranteed). 

Historical & contemporary uses, facts, anecdotes and recipe ideas for each plant will be discussed on the walk.

We will head back to the Gurnards Head for a three course wild lunch which will be pre-prepared using seasonal foraged ingredients supplied by Caroline and cooked up by Max Wilson, Head Chef of The Gurnard’s Head.

£55 per person,    contact: 01736 796 928


Light bites on the Lizard?

At Mullion Cove, great food and drink are a way of life. Our mission is to bring outstanding food to your table and make every meal exceptional. We take no shortcuts in bringing you the freshest and best of the season.

Awarded two AA Rosettes for excellence, our Atlantic View Restaurant is widely regarded as one of the best places to eat in West Cornwall and runs along the wonderful South West Coast Path. Meanwhile, our Glenbervie Bar provides lighter bites and perfectly mixed cocktails in a delightful Art Deco setting.  Don’t just take our word for it though; come and see for yourself. More details here.


...and finally, up in the Tamar Valley.

At Pentillie our Eat the Seasons dinners celebrate the very best of local, seasonal produce, much of it from the Tamar Valley and the Pentillie estate. Join us for a wonderful seasonal dinner starting with an arrival drink and canapés served in the drawing room, followed by a fine dining 3 course dinner in the dining room and finished with coffee and handmade petits fours, for just £42.50 per person.

Chefs Casey and Peter head out into the woods and fields on the estate to find tasty ingredients such as wild garlic, sorrel, elderflower, samphire, sea purslane, medlars, apples, pears, mushrooms and blackberries, while the Tamar Valley producers provide wonderful fruit and vegetables grown in the market gardens of the valley e.g. kale, carrots, rhubarb and strawberries and raspberries.  Meats are sourced from within a 10 mile radius, with beef, pheasant and venison coming directly from the estate. Casey purchases fish from S&J Fisheries who source sustainably and directly from Plymouth fishing boats.

Autumn dinner dates include: 25th September, 21st October, 22nd November

Aalso, after the success of our monthly seasonal tasting dinners, we are delighted to announce that we will also be offering a 3 course ‘Dinner in the Castle’ on selected dates. This is a superb opportunity to enjoy a unique dining experience in our beautiful Castle overlooking the River Tamar for £29.50 per person. We are now taking bookings for the following dates: 25th September & 16th October 2017.

For more information on each of these dinners, please visit event page or to make a reservation, please call 01579 350044.