November Food Bites

Cornish food and drink, Cornwall, 2017

The clocks have gone back, the last golden leaves of autumn have been blown from the trees and Christmas songs are playing in every shop you visit.. it must be November! It's time to dig out the jumpers, light the fire and open a bottle of red wine and eat! Meals should be wholesome, hearty and warming, soups, stews and traditional puddings.

It's a great time to venture out and try those restaurants you have avoided during the summer when they were busy, and before they fill up with Christmas parties! There's also a few special events going on that look very tempting, and helping others....


Shine for ShelterBox at The Godolphin Arms, Marazion

Shelterbox, Godolphin Arms, Cornwall, Food & Drink

Get together to brighten lives at The Godolphin Arms’ inaugural Shine for ShelterBox Candlelit Feast on Saturday 11th November. As you dine, you'll be raising money to provide light and emergency shelter for families who need it most by supporting ShelterBox, who provide essential relief to people who have lost everything. Every ShelterBox sent to disaster-stricken areas include solar lights that can brighten lives in the darkest hour.

A Caribbean Feast will be created by Head Chef, Nick Eyre. The evening will include a raffle to raise funds for the charity, a talk from a member of ShelterBox who has recently returned from overseas, and live entertainment, generously provided by Slapdash Trio.
Purchase your tickets here.

Amelies at Porthleven are also taking part in Shine for Shelterbox and are having an event on December 1st.


Help raise funds for WaterAid

WaterAid at Padstow, Rick stein, St Petrocs, Food & Drink

This autumn St Petroc’s Bistro in Padstow will be hosting a month of charity lunches to raise funds for WaterAid, the international charity which transforms the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities by providing access to safe, clean water, sanitation and hygiene. Last year the lunches raised a fantastic £4500 for WaterAid. Enjoy a three course lunch with dishes inspired by Rick Stein's travels for £13.95 plus a £2 cover charge donated straight to the charity.  Lunches available from Monday 30th October - Sunday 3rd December 2017 12 noon till 3pm  More info here.


November Chef Night Experience at the Idle Rocks

Chefs, Idle rocks, St Mawes, Cornwall

On Saturday 11th November a special evening will celebrate produce and recipes from some of the UK’s finest regions, as we welcome chefs from highly acclaimed Michelin starred restaurants across the UK.

Gareth Ward of Ynyshir in Wales, Mark Poynton of Alimentum in Cambridge and James Knappett from Bubbledogs and Kitchen Table in London, will join forces with our head chef Guy Owen and his team for one special night. Guests will enjoy an eight course-tasting menu, with each chef presenting two dishes throughout the evening. All courses will incorporate the very best of local and seasonal ingredients, with each chef showcasing their culinary excellence from their region. For more info click here.


A Taste of Morocco on a cold winters day.

Sands Moroccan Spa

On Fridays and Saturdays, the Sands Resort Hotel at Newquay is offering a 6pm Moroccan Spa Experience Session followed by a 2-course dinner in our restaurant, all for £39 per person. These Twilight Sessions are available from 3rd November to 24th November and from 5th January to 3rd February (except 19th & 20th January). Alternatively you can also book the 4.15pm Session on those days and enjoy an earlier dinner. Served from 6.30pm. More info here.


Baking bagels, BBQing beef and basic suppers...

BBQ Turkey, Philleigh, Cornwall, Food & Drink

This November why not enrol on a course at the Philliegh Way Cookery School? You can learn how to use a BBQ to cook the Christmas turkey, how to bake a selection of French and American breads or just easier ways of cooking simple suppers. All courses include demonstrations, hands on lessons and a meal. Why not include one in a weekend away in Cornwall?  More info here.


Enjoy a Nationally Acclaimed Afternoon Tea in Newquay

Silks Afternoon teas, Newquay, Cornwall

Voted in the top ten amazing places to enjoy Afternoon Tea by alongside The Ritz and The Sanderson Hotel, Silks Afternoon High Tea includes freshly made finger sandwiches with a choice of luxury fillings, homemade cakes, sweet treats and fluffy homemade scones with lashings of Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam, plus a of pot of tea or your favourite coffee.
At just £28 for 2 persons, enjoy a stunning Afternoon Tea in stylish surroundings…. Afternoon Tea is served daily from 12pm-6pm More info here.


Brunch at the Bowgie.

Brunch at the Bowgie

Nothing beats a long and leisurely weekend breakfast with friends, so you’ll be pleased to hear that The Bowgie Inn, Crantock, has launched a brand new brunch, available from 11am-3pm every Saturday. In collaboration with Cornish Butcher James Kittow, the brunch features in the new 'A Taste of the West Country' recipe book by the Taste of the West Awards and was the brainchild of The Bowgie's Grill Chef; Richard Killingbeck. Using all prime Cornish produce, you'll tuck into a Beef Burger, Hog's Pudding, Proper Job Ale Sausages, Black Pudding, Tomato, Free-Range Eggs, Mushrooms and Sauteed Potato Wedges. All for just £10, the Bowgie Brunch also includes a refillable tea or coffee, or a bottle of orange juice or tomato juice. You can even take the recipe home with you - ’Taste of the West Country’ is available to buy from The Bowgie for £17.99. Absolutely ‘ansom'


And finally….
Congratulations to all those food and drink providers who were successful at the Cornwall Tourism Awards recently. Amongst Visit Cornwall members who grabbed golds were The Pandora Inn, The Fish House at Newquay and Rick Stein's Cookery School.  Silvers went to The Star Castle Restaurant, on the Isles of Scilly, amongst others, whilst both The Gurnard’s Head near Zennor and Amelies at Porthleven were awarded Bronze’s. For a full list of winners, click here.