February Food Bites
Have we all recovered from the excesses of the festive season? Are we ready to eat out again? With half-term coming up in the middle of February, along with Valentine's Day, why not head down to Cornwall in the next couple of months for a short break and fit in a meal out or two?
Here's a few ideas to tempt you....
Enjoy ‘The Catch of The Day’ with a glass of organic Cornish wine for £19.50 per person.
Nestled on the stunning Roseland peninsula in Cornwall is the charming fishing village of St Mawes. At the very heart of this village sits The Idle Rocks, with its multi-award winning restaurant. The setting is relaxed, the views stunning 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. It is a true celebration of Cornwall and offers an unforgettable culinary journey, with strong emphasis on seasonal flavours, whilst keeping true to their sustainability ethos.
Recently voted as ‘Best Restaurant’ in the prestigious Trencherman’s Guide, as well as ‘Best Chef’ and ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ by Cornwall Life; The Idle Rocks invite you to lunch between January – March 2018* and celebrate their recent awards.
Please call 01326 270270 to book, quoting ‘Catch of The Day’.
*Lunch offer Monday – Saturday, throughout January, February up until March 22nd, subject to availability.
For information on the Idle Rock's Valentine specials, CLICK HERE
In support of Shine for ShelterBox, The Cornish Arms in St Merryn is hosting two special evenings this winter - Monday 5th February and Tuesday 6th March. Join them for dinner lit solely by candlelight to enjoy a varied main menu, plus an optional £2 cover charge per person going straight to the charity with the total amount raised during the evenings being matched.
This popular harbourside restaurant currently has a series of offers running including a Set Seafood Menu: Available Monday to Saturday lunch and from 5:30 – 6:30 every evening. They were voted one of the top 20 places to eat seafood by the sea by the Times newspaper and this is a great chance to check this out for yourself.
Tuesdays they have an Over 60s lunch set menu for just £7, and on Wednesdays its pizza night with a buy-one-get-one-free on eat-in pizza (includes one topping).
Sundays are Special at Amélies with live piano every lunchtime and a 2-course menu for £19 and three for just £21. Bring the whole family (including the dog), get out the lego, colouring and board games and make an afternoon of it. Cornwall Life voted us the best place to eat a Cornish Roast thanks to your nominations — so you’re in for a treat!
Pentillie Castle returned to our screens as the Penrose Hotel in the second series of Sky One’s ‘Delicious’ throughout January. Featuring Dawn French, Emilia Fox, Iain Glen and Sheila Hancock, ‘Delicious’ is a compelling drama set in a country hotel with food at the heart.
Pentillie Castle aka The Penrose are hosting a series of ‘delicious’ weekend packages & dinner dates inspired by the Italian dishes Gina (Dawn French) cooks throughout the hit series. The weekend of Friday 23rd February sees a 2 night package with an Italian hot buffet dinner on the Friday evening, a ‘Delicious’ themed 4 course dinner with reception drink and coffee to finish at Italian style family sharing tables on the Saturday night, breakfast on both mornings.
It also gives Pentillie a chance to welcome the new head chef, Tom Lyons.Cooking alongside his father from a young age, Tom furthered his passion to cook on the other side of the world in New Zealand. He then went on to cook in Australia, Vietnam and France furthering his experience of life as a chef and vast knowledge of food, which he now brings to the kitchen at Pentillie Castle, creating mouth-watering dishes using the most seasonal, fresh and local ingredients.
If a weekend stay is not on the cards then we are offering the chance to book just the dinner on the Saturday night. We are also offering the same dining experience again on Saturday 7th April.
After a relaxing wander along one of Falmouth’s beautiful beaches, head to Rick Stein’s Fish to take advantage of their special Fizz and Chips offer. For £9.95 you can enjoy classic cod & chips and a chilled glass of Prosecco – available every day at lunch and dinner.
“Our new menu is all about taste and flavour. Deep winter is a difficult time of year for exciting ingredients despite the milder climate we have seen this year, so I’ve used exotic spices and vibrant, thrilling reductions to create a range of dishes that bring warmth and joy! Of course, our main ingredients including meat and fish are all very local and Cornish; but that is a given - all of our ingredients are from local artisan producers, year round. We’re looking forward to a very successful year pleasing customers with straightforward tasty food!”
Lunch and Dinner is served daily with fresh cakes and scones available on the all day menu for a quick refreshment after a leisurely walk along the South West Coast Path.
The Danes have a word for winter wellbeing, ‘hygge’ (pronounced hue-guh), meaning cosiness and comfortable conviviality. Where better to enjoy some cosy conviviality this winter than the Talland Bay Hotel between Looe and Polperro. Head chef Nick Hawke and the team will be serving Chateaubriand from local butchers Philip Warren throughout February. The superlative steak comes with beef dripping, chips, trio of onions, girolles, seasonal greens and a béarnaise sauce, and costs £65 for two. Stay throughout February from just £169 per room per night including dinner for two in the Terrace Restaurant, named the Best Restaurant in the South West in the Taste of the West Awards 2017 (a £20 per person supplement applies on 14 February to include the Valentine’s supper).
Coombeshead Farm, is a guesthouse, restaurant and bakery created by chefs Tom Adams and April Bloomfield in the heart of Cornwall’s countryside near Launceston. They offer, along with dinners between Thursday and Sunday, Sunday lunch every week to farmhouse guests and non-guests alike. Lunch is served in the new feasting barn at £28 per person for three set courses and uses produce either grown or made on site or from a small selection of local suppliers. They also run popular bread workshops on a Sunday which include a half time break for lunch in the barn as a group. For more information or to book please take a look at their website.
Philleigh Way is the only purpose built cookery school in Cornwall, located on the beautiful Roseland Peninsular near Truro, offering a wide range of different courses. Coming up soon...
French & American Bread; on this course France meets north America, students learn how to bake baguettes, brioche, croissants, bagels, and cornbread.
Italian Cookery; Students learn to make classic dishes including, pasta, pizza, breads, risotto and sauces but using only the finest seasonal Cornish produce. The combination of Italian techniques and Cornish produce will leave your taste buds singing. Some of the cooking will be done in our authentic Tuscan wood oven.
Turning the spotlight on Cornwall’s favourite and most iconic food, the first ever Cornish Pasty Week will be celebrated throughout Cornwall and across the country. From Sunday 25th February, there will be a whole week of activity, culminating in the ‘Oggy Oscars’ the seventh-annual World Pasty Championships, held on Saturday 3rd March at the Eden Project.
The Bowgie Inn at Crantock, nr Newquay is making sure 2018 gets off to a flying start with a jam-packed start to the year. First up, the pink pub is planning a flippin’ fabulous Pancake Day on 13th February. With a variety of toppings including maple syrup, chocolate sauce and the old favourite - sugar and lemon - leave the frying pan in the cupboard and let the experts do it!
St Michaels have recently welcomed a new Executive Chef, Stuart Shaw. After being inspired by his Chef Father, Stuart built his career at the Savoy Grill in London, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Manor House in Castle Coombe and most recently at the 3 AA Rosette Thornbury Castle. With a wealth of knowledge and passion for combining local ingredients with the influence of different cuisines from around the world, we can certainly say there are some exciting changes for St Michaels in the future. 2018 will also see the opening of a new Spa Café, with an emphasis on healthy eating and a wood fired oven serving comforting favourites in the evenings. The 2 AA Rosette Flying Fish Restaurant continues to delight, with its seasonal fare and stunning views of the St Michaels Gardens and Falmouth Bay.
The Greenbank Hotel have prepared the perfect solution to winter woes. On 22nd February they will be hosting their inaugural Gin Club evening, and will be joined by the lovely folk from Curio Spirits Company. The Gin Club will be held in the Sundeck. Perfect for an intimate evening like this, it is a few steps from the Water’s Edge bar and in its own room just metres from the harbour. Curio Gin boasts curiously delightful and distinctive craft spirits. Their quadruple-distilled gins are bursting with character and flavoursome natural botanicals that reflect our Cornish culture, heritage and locality.
Held on a Friday and Saturday night, including two five-course dinners with different pre-selected wines served with each course, two nights accommodation and full English breakfast on Saturday and Sunday (the menu is set but vegetarian options are available for those who require them). The weekends have a “House Party” feel to them and guests may be seated on large tables of eight or ten. This dinner party style has resulted in many new friendships being formed. The combination of good food, wines and relaxed company with some rounds of golf, relaxation in the swimming pool hot tub plus a treatment at our Natural Health Spa has resulted in these weekends selling out extremely quickly! The next one takes place on the 2nd & 3rd of March, with another planned in November.
On 23rd March we will be holding our next tasting supper. Starting at 7-7.30pm and hosted by Rich Hamblin of More Wine. Once upon a time it was 'ten green bottles standing on the wall' but now, for our “Wasted Wine Supper”, green takes on its more popular definition and the bottles are to be done away with. We’re delighted to introduce Rich Hamblin of More Wine, whose mission it is to source and supply low intervention, high quality wine from small vineyards with a focus on sustainability, eco-friendly packaging and transport logistics. There’ll be a scrumptious, seasonal, nothing-gone-to-waste menu from the kitchen and Rich’s excellent wines poured from pouches, bags in boxes and even a can. It’s time to #thinkinsidethebox. £60 pp.
...AND...click here for our guide to Valentine's Day food bites