Cornwall Food Bites July 2017
What's great about food and drink in Cornwall this summer.
It’s heating up out there and that means lazy afternoons relaxing with a picnic and hot summer nights with a BBQ on the beach watching the sun set. All around Cornwall there are some wonderful foodie things going on and we have picked out a few below to tempt your taste buds.
Rock Oyster Festival
2017 sees this festival move venues and it now takes place at Roskear Farm, overlooking the Camel Estuary near Wadebridge, over the weekend of the 7th - 8th of July.
Expect a summer celebration of food, music and art, where visitors eat their way through hundreds of Cornish oysters, highlighting the county’s rich seafood traditions, while enjoying some of the best music around. As well as the ever-present oysters and music, there are circus acts, endless kids’ entertainment, alternative performing arts and a shopping bazaar.
Strings by the Sea with Laurent-Perrier
The Atlantic Hotel in Newquay has a very special evening of live music by Duo on Saturday 15th July. Classical strings playing contemporary and classics (wait to be surprised!) champagne, and canapes with a pop up Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar on their sun drenched, ocean view terrace, starting from 6pm. Luxury accommodation and post dining packages are available.
Penrose Kitchen, nr Truro
Serving the very best of local and home grown produce in the beautiful surroundings of tranquil lily ponds, the award-winning Penrose Kitchen, just outside Truro, has prepared a great set of menus for the summer months. Opening at 9am for breakfast, they stay open till 5pm offering cream teas after lunch.
On Fridays and Saturdays, they open in the evening for dinner (last food orders 9.30pm) creating tantalising meals from a range of fresh Cornish produce. We particularly like the sound of the Cornish fish soup with orange and saffron…..
Sugar and spice and all things nice…
Indian Feast Night at Philleigh Way
For one night only in July, Philleigh Way Cookery School is putting an Indian spin on one of their Woodfired Sessions. Ben Martin and Jasmine Sharma from the Maha Masala Spice Company will be cooking up a feast of Indian delights on the Philleigh Way outdoor wood grills and oven. . You can expect a tantilizing menu of Indian delights such as; Bhutta Challi, Tandoori Jeera Piaz,Baingan Bharta, Aloo Kadai Masala, Goat Sule’ (Penweathers Farm goat cooked on skewers, marinated in aromatic spices and finished in smoke using an age-old Indian charcoal method ‘Dhungar’), Chicken Reshmi Tikka, Lamb Gilawati Kebab, Spatchcock Tandoori Chicken, Gobi Mussallam, Mithai (Indian Sweets) and Kulfi (Indian ice cream).
More info here.
Delicious desserts at Philleigh Way.
Would you like to wow your friends and family with extravagant desserts made using modern techniques and specialist ingredients? During Philleigh Ways new desserts course, you’ll learn a variety of skills used by today’s top chefs including foams, gels and chocolate work as well as mastering traditional skills including how to prepare the perfect pastry. During this hands-on day course, Philleigh Way will give you the skills and confidence to prepare a wide range of show-stopping desserts! If you have a sweet tooth, this course is a must!
More info here.
A new place to eat and drink in the Penzance area.
The recently opened Vine House Kitchen at Polgoon serves local food and the wines, ciders and juices are all made at the vineyard and orchard! It’s run by Lou Thomas, founder of Healthy Boxes and the menu includes her homegrown, freshly picked vegetables and salads.
The Vine House opens every Wednesday to Saturday from 11.30am. Menu ranges from fresh Newlyn crab sandwiches through to Cornish cheese and charcuterie platters – lovely with a glass of award-winning Bacchus. For sweet treats, there are bowls of juicy Gwithian strawberries and cream or homemade bakes that pair perfectly with Sparking Raspberry Aval.
Outside seating area for sunny days and undercover area to shelter from the wetter Cornish weather!
And while you’re there, why not take a look at the vineyard, tours and tastings are available throughout the summer.
Bedruthan Hotel Fire and Feast Night
Enjoy Bedruthan's Fire and Feast Night on the 28th July, with a long table feast, served from an open kitchen with stunning sea views across the coastal dune garden. Grab a plate and tuck into a delicious selection of food served by the Bedruthan Chefs. Meal over, end the evening sat around the warmth of an open firepit with a drink and toasted marshmallows!
Arrive at 7:30pm and gather around the table, dinner is served at 8pm. Fire and Feast nights cost £35 per person. Each Feast Night has different menu, so please check the website for more information:
A true Tribute to Cornwall
St Austell Brewery has launched its biggest ever marketing campaign to support its flagship beer, Tribute. It’s already Cornwall’s largest independent beer brand, and it is hoped this campaign will bring to life Tribute’s strong provenance and taste credentials. Quality speaks for itself.
Tribute is now firmly fixed as one of the UK’s leading premium cask ale brands. As well as being well stocked in pubs across the country, Tribute is available in supermarkets nationwide, on British Airways and Flybe flights and on GWR trains.
It’s also available at the St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, where you can take a guided tour of the brewery before tasting the fine ales. The new campaign will be supported by advertising, digital and PR activity. A new brand video and website have also been launched.
Latest from Rick Stein
Bookings for dinner now available at Rick Stein, Fish, Falmouth
Just in time for the arrival of summer, Rick Stein Fish in Falmouth is now taking table bookings for dinner. To give you plenty of flexibility they'll still be offering selected seating for walk-ins too, so you can enjoy firm favourites like their gloriously messy Singapore Chilli crab, Indonesian seafood curry or classic cod and chips. All with views out over Events Square.
Asian Tasting Evening at Rick Stein’s Cookery School
Prepare for a glorious assault on your senses on Thursday 13th July, as you watch the chefs at Rick Stein’s Cookery School demonstrate three Asian dishes - including one of Rick’s personal favourites, Amritsari fish, alongside Mie Goreng and Balinese slow-cooked pork. The evening costs £35 per person, and includes a taster of each dish and a glass of wine.
Ruby’s Bar in Padstow
Serving a wide range of wines, spirits and beers, and specialising in cocktails, Ruby’s can be found just a two minute walk from the harbour in Padstow. Perfect to escape the crowds and treat yourself to an early evening cocktail or two.
Summer afternoons in the Looe Valley
The Conservatory Tea Room & Bar at Polraen Country House, two miles inland of Looe, is the perfect spot to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Looe Valley, overlooking the gardens of an 18th century former coaching inn. Fresh Looe crab sandwiches, and platters using high quality Cornish produce feature on a light lunch menu. There's home-made cakes, scones and really good coffee, plus a licensed bar!
At the moment, they offer 10% off your bill when you take the train on the scenic Looe Valley Line, Polraen being only a four minute stroll from Sandplace Station.
There’s wheel chair access and dogs on leads are welcome.
More choice at Fifteen Cornwall
Overlooking the beach at Watergate Bay on the north coast of Cornwall, Fifteen Cornwall offers a unique blend of exceptional food, dedicated service and an inspiring commitment to make a difference in young people’s lives.
They have just introduced a new Sharing option to their evening dinner menu, in addition to their A la carte and Tasting menus, to offer their customers more choice when dining. Gather some like-minded friends to experience five courses of delicious dishes which are served to the table for everyone to feast on and share. Starting with a selection of small plates, moving onto insalata and primi courses before being served the main course which may include large cuts of meat, or whole fish. The sharing menu is £75 per person and includes five courses and coffee.
Meanwhile, down on the Roseland
The weather is warmer and the evenings longer, the Great British summertime is in full swing! One of the best things to do on a lazy Summer afternoons is to soak up the sun with a refreshing drink and relax while catching up with friends, read a good book or enjoy the sights and sounds of the bay. Over the next few months The Rosevine Hotel will be running a HAPPY HOUR from 4pm – 6pm (Yes that’s right two hours, one is just not long enough!) where they will be making and serving exclusive cocktails, ice cold beers and a large wine selection to add your pre – dinner relaxation and to toast the end of another great day spent on the Roseland Peninsula. During this time cocktails will be prices at £10.00 for 2.
New summer menus at The Working Boat
The Working Boat is a proper pub on the waterfront in Falmouth where you can sink a few on Cornish time whilst admiring the view across Falmouth harbour. Established in 1876 and rebuilt in 2015, it is open daily from 11am. They will be launching their new summer menus this month. Featuring summer tasting pots (such as spiced pickled herrings with lemon, and Cornish crab with dill mayonnaise), fresh salads, seafood grills, and their infamous burgers – there’s something for everyone on offer. The pub’s weekly specials will continue, with their new addition of Goan fish or vegetable curry every Thursday for £9.95.
Last chance for a Prosecco lunch at the Headland.
Come and join us at The Terrace at The Headland this July and indulge in one of our tempting ‘Prosecco Lunches’. Choose from two or three courses of delicious locally sourced food, relax and take in the stunning ocean views, and sip on a chilled glass of Prosecco on us.
Two courses: Just £19, Three courses: Just £24
Booking essential – please call 01637 872211.
Only available until Thursday 13th July, Mon-Thurs only.
Fish & Chips return to Fowey
On glorious summer days, Fowey has always been a popular destination, but the one thing missing from a perfect visit was that quintessentially British and Cornish seaside offering - a takeaway fish and chip shop. That’s now a thing of the past as, St Austell Brewery’s Havener’s Bar & Grill has launched the Havener’s Fish & Chip takeaway. Follow your nose to the divine smell of fresh fish & chips being cooked at the shop just off the main Town Quay in Webb Street, where you can choose from cod, haddock, calamari and scampi served with superb, crisp chips made from specially sourced and locally grown potatoes. There’s also a gluten-free choice that can be made specially on request.
Open from midday to 9pm every day, in addition to the regular fish, there will a catch of the day choice plus a selection of fish, scampi and sausage with chips for little ones.
The crisp, golden, delicious batter is made using St Austell Brewery’s award winning Tribute ale and as the premises will also be licenced, customers will be able to purchase cans of St Austell Brewery’s beers to wash down their meal.
…and we finish off the month with a gin.
Welcome to the Secret Gin Garden…
Where undercover experts have been out and hand selected the most flavoursome and unique spirits on the market, along with some very fine music and delectable mixers, to create a summer garden party at Penzance’s premier summer venue on July 28th!
There will be delicious food, live music, festivity and escapism deep in the grounds of Penlee Park. Good old fashioned fun, great times, great entertainment and great friends all in one place! How else could you while away a summer day ……..
Early booking recommended… the Saturday event is already sold out!!