October Food Bites

Falmouth, Oysters, Cornwall, Whats on 2017

Falmouth celebrates the Oyster 

The Falmouth Oyster Festival is just around the corner, taking place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th October.  This year is its 21st anniversary year, having begun in 1996, and celebrates the start of the oyster season, which runs from October to March. The festival has become a must for all oyster, seafood and maritime heritage enthusiasts. With an ever-expanding range of mouth-watering Cornish food and drink on offer, the festival has gathered a loyal following of thousands who gather to celebrate the unique local heritage of the fishing town. More information here.

..and once again its main sponsors are the St Michael’s Hotel.

In celebration of the Oyster Festival, from 1st to the 30th October, our award winning Flying Fish Restaurant will be offering a number of oyster inspired events including a ‘Taste of the Sea’ dinner, a four course menu including dishes such as Lobster Bisque, Crab Bon Bons and Atlantic Squid, plus a selection of opulent desserts for those with a sweet tooth!  Priced at £35pp and available from 6.30pm-9.30pm each day.

On Sunday 15th October come along and experience some nautical culture alongside a musical three course meal at our Sea Shanty Lunch for £25pp. Food will be served and live performances from Falmouth’s local musicians will start at 12:30 and run on until 4:00pm
St Michael’s Hotel will also run the Oyster and Seafood bar at the festival’s main marquee, offering a range of locally sourced seafood dishes and freshly shucked oysters for visitors to enjoy. 


And to wash down the oysters…

Polgoon Vineyard near Penzance won Producer of the Year at the Cornwall Life magazine Food & Drinks Awards in mid September. The prize was nominated by the public and the top 3 producers from the shortlist were then judged by Waitrose. Polgoon not only produce fine wines, they also do a nice line in ciders, all produced by fruit grown on site.

And talking of wine….

The Old Coastguard at Mousehole has an Atlantic Wine Supper on the 3rd November. This wine tasting supper will be hosted by Ben Llewelyn from Carte Blance Wines. Ben will be introducing some of his wines from around the Atlantic seaboard. There will be canapes followed by four courses all carefully matched to the wines. £60 pp
Meanwhile, The Old Coastguards sister inn, The Gurnard's Head at Treen, between St Ives and St Just, has its monthly informal supper club taking place on 12th October from 6pm. The theme will be Claws on the Moors and will cost £35 per head. 

Time for a Treat..

The Atlantic Hotel at Newquay are offering the ultimate Sunday experience. Go along and  relax in their newly renovated four star Ocean View spa with hot tub, heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Then enjoy a special 30 minute treatment from our bespoke Ocean View Treatment Menu, using the luxurious and irresistible scent combinations of Cornwall’s Trevarno Organic & Vegan skin care range, each treatment combines intuitive massage therapy and Reiki energy healing.
Finish the perfect Sunday with a stylish Sunday lunch served in Silks, their AA rosette restaurant, using locally reared meats and delicious vegetarian options carved and served at your table. The whole day costs from £44.95 per person, so make some time in your diary for a soothing Sunday with friends.
Call 01637 839048   

The Best in the West!

The Talland Bay Hotel at Porthallow near Looe has been named the top restaurant in the South West at the Taste of the West 'champion' awards 2017. Already a Gold Taste of the West award winner in both the Restaurant and Hotel categories, the independently-owned hotel took home the champions’ gong as Best South West Restaurant.
Fresh on the heels of this latest success diners are invited to an exclusive Autumn Wine Tasting Supper on Friday 13 October. The evening of wine and fine-dining will welcome in Game Season and the launch of the new Autumn Menu with a journey through six courses, accompanied by a flight of exceptional wines. Tickets cost £85 per person. Call to book on 01503 272667. Visit www.tallandbayhotel.co.uk for more information.


And the awards continue..

The recent ‘Cornwall Life’ Food & Drink Awards saw Guy Owen of The Idle Rocks Hotel at St Mawes awarded Best Chef, and the hotel, Best Hotel Restaurant.  To celebrate their accolades you are invited to dine at there between October and March and in doing so, experience unique stories through the medium of food. 
The setting at The Idle Rocks 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 near Mevagissey.
Why not try a glass of Trevibban Mill, Black Ewe Cornish sparkling white wine, with local fresh Porthilly Rock oysters, followed by the Heligan’s Garden dish, with heritage vegetables direct from ‘Britain’s Finest Productive Gardens’.
So go along and enjoy lunch overlooking the water in their award-winning restaurant and have a complimentary glass of organic Cornish wine. Simply quote Story Telling when booking.

And while on the subject of Heligan, the Heligan Harvest event that featured in the September Food Bites will run through the first week of October.


October is a great month for walking…

And one of our favourite places to enjoy the autumnal colours is Mount Edgcumbe Country Park in South East Cornwall, where you will find The Orangery Garden Café and wedding venue.
Built in 1775 this historic venue offers enchanting views of the Italian gardens and indulgent, delicious homemade English food, from our decadent afternoon teas to our hearty Cornish lunches. Our dishes are inspired by local produce and homemade by our passionate in-house chefs.
It’s a great place to stop after a walk in either the adjacent formal gardens or further afield in the country park, stunning at this time of the year. Keep an eye out for the deer or enjoy the views out into Plymouth Sound.


Further down the Coast

Loveday’s in Charlestown opened in March, directly above the Shipwreck and Heritage Centre.  With a colonial feel and a focus on food paired with spices from the trade routes of the high-seas, it delivers an unexpected culinary experience. Highlights include “sharing platters” including fish and a vegetarian option and tapas-inspired “Deck Plates”.
The biodynamic wines on offer are sourced from The Grayhound, a Cornish built sailing ship that delivers direct into Charlestown Harbour, all of which make for great tastings and are specialist unique offerings, rarely on offer anywhere else in the UK.


..and even further.

The Rosevine at Porthscatho is located right on the beautiful South West Coast Path, with miles of spectacular coastline to discover and explore right on their doorstep. Every Sunday from September onwards their popular ‘Easy Sundays’ take place, combining their love of the path and of great food. Start your day by parking your car at the hotel to collect a walking map, bottles of water and treats for your four-legged friends. Set of and explore the area, which includes many routes to complete and beaches to discover. Once you have worked up an appetite, head back to The Rosevine and enjoy a delicious Sunday lunch overlooking the sea.
Set Sunday Lunch; 3 Courses £19.95, 2 Courses £14.95, Children’s Menu £9.95   Bookings are highly recommended on 01872 580 206


Autumn breaks and lunches at Watergate Bay

Not sure which restaurant to go to? Taste of the Bay is a three-night stay at Watergate Bay Hotel near Newquay. Alongside your stay in this top hotel you will get dinner in a different restaurant each night. Those being, Zacry’s, The Beach Hut and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall. Dates from October through to December 2017.
Book online

If you haven’t yet visited Fifteen Cornwall since the arrival of new head chef, Adam Banks in May, their latest lunch offer will bring you the opportunity to taste beautiful flavours in delicious new dishes alongside Fifteen favourites.  Experience the new season flavours with the best of the autumn produce and enjoy 3 courses for £24 from the daily changing lunch menu. Their usual menus with 2 courses for £26 or 3 courses for £32 will also be available.
Available Monday to Saturday, till the 21st October. Book online now,


New autumn menus from Rick Stein

St Petroc’s in Padstow is the perfect place for cosy autumn meal out. Their new seasonal menu features best end pork chop with cider and crackling, and a firm favourite of Rick’s, fillet of hake with bacon, cabbage and Doom Bar. Stop by for lunch or dinner. More info here.

Malaccan black pepper crab with garlic, ginger, chilli, curry leaves and black beans is just one of the seafood treats you can look forward to trying this autumn at Rick Stein’s Fish, on Events Square in Falmouth. Look out for lots of other new dishes on their main menu, sitting alongside the ever-present fish and chips and Indonesian seafood curry. More info here.


..and finally, Pig in a Day at Philleigh Way

Along with several other courses, including a day foraging, October sees the return of Philleigh Way’s hugely popular Pig in a Day course. During this fun, hands-on course, butcher and sausage connoisseur Gavin Roberts, owner of The Kernow Sausage Company, will take students on a culinary snout to tail journey of all things Pig! Students will gain a sound grounding in pork butchery, sausage making and pork curing. By the end of the day, you’ll understand the importance of fine ingredients and craftsmanship, and will be well equipped to create your own delicious sizzling sausages and more at home.