THE FOODIE DIARY: AUGUST
So we’re slap bang in the middle of the school holidays and I promised my children that I wouldn’t spend very long at the computer. Sorry kids.
I have been inundated with messages from those in the Cornish food industry (thanks to everyone who sent news), and the August Foodie Diary is bigger than ever. Even the one-liners in the “In Brief” section are worth checking out.
Whether you’re in Cornwall on holiday, gulping fresh air (and salt water) on the beach, or hiding from the tourists in your back garden, I hope you have a fantastic summer.
HEADING TO CORNWALL THIS SUMMER?
If you’re holidaying in Cornwall, then check out our selection of gastronomic pit stops, where you can enjoy very good food en route to the West Country. No more soggy sandwiches.
CARLYON BEACH BANQUETS
With beautiful views over St Austell bay, Carlyon Beach‘s banquets on 9 and 31 August are sure to be a winner. These showcase the creativity of Sam’s at the Bay, Ostraca and Proper Pancakes in a three-course dinner at 6.30pm on 9 August accompanied by acoustic music, and lunch on 31 August. The dishes are local and fresh, and there’s also a special children’s menu.
On 9 August guests can enjoy Ostraca’s Mylor crab salad served with Baker Tom bread; fire-roasted spiced lamb with Moroccan couscous and minted coleslaw from Sam’s; all rounded off with American-style fluffy pancakes with a range of homemade toppings by Proper Pancakes.
There will also be the option to purchase wine supplied by a local vineyard, cocktails and other drinks from the bar at Sam’s and Ostraca.
Tickets are priced at £25 for adults and £13.50 for children and tickets for the first event are on sale until 6pm on Friday 7 August. For full menu details and to book click here.
North Cornwall orchard and vineyard Trevibban Mill, near Padstow, is now open from 12 to 6.30pm every day, with guided tours and tastings at 4pm.
Each Wednesday there is a Grand Walking Tour, with lunch and tasting, at 11am. Pre-book by emailing [email protected] or by phoning 01841 541413.
For more information about the vineyard and the wines produced there, please visit their website.
PADSTOW FARMERS’ MARKET
Padstow’s regular farmers’ market is held in Padstow Memorial Hall, opposite the harbour car park, and features a good selection of local producers.
August dates are: 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30 and 31, and the market is open from 10am to 4pm.
POOLSIDE FOOD AT THE PARK
Regular poolside events are now being held at The Park’s gorgeous outdoor pool in Mawgan Porth.
Paella on Mondays (£20 per person for seafood paella, chicken and chorizo, tortilla de patata, gambas prawns, tapas and crema catalana) and seafood nights on Thursdays (Newquay harbour crab, Fowey mussels and Fal Estuary scallops, bread, new potatoes and mixed salad, cheese board or Eton mess served with local berries).
On Sundays you can enjoy a day relaxing by the pool, with a barbecue on the go during the afternoon.
For more information please phone 01637 860322 or visit www.mawganporth.co.uk. Booking recommended.
SAM’S AT THE BAY
The latest addition to Sam’s at the Bay is an “eating, drinking and dancing oasis” right on the sand at Crinnis Beach.
Pallet day beds can be reserved for the day whilst a waiter tops up your cocktail glass (and the children play around you on the beach) and you can pretend you’ve escaped to Ibiza with chilled Balearic beats in the background.
The menu includes Sam’s scallops, garlic prawns, mussels, burgers and spiced salad boxes. This year has also seen the addition of the Tikki Rum Bar.
From 10am on Saturday and Sunday mornings you can also take part in a yoga class on the sun deck, followed by fresh coffee, smoothies and granola breakfasts. Email Emma Mansfield for more details.
MOORISH ALTERNATIVE MARKET
The Cornish Street Food Collective is holding an alternative market on The Moor on Wednesday 19 August. There promises to be a great mix of exciting stallholders and creatives.
Last year we selected our favourite family-friendly restaurants, where children get proper food. No more pasties and chips.
This has proved one of most popular posts, so if you’re looking for somewhere the whole family can enjoy fantastic food, then check out our top ten.
Since publication, we have a few more suggestions, where our children (aged 10 and 8) have tucked into some superb meals: Surf-Side in Polzeath, Strong Adolfo’s near Wadebrdge, Sam’s in Truro, Fowey, Carlyon Beach and Polkerris, St Tudy Inn and The Living Space at Watergate Bay.
TAKE A SEAT AT THE BAR
If you have a last minute urge to visit Fifteen Cornwall, you can now make reservations at the bar, on the day, for evening drinks, antipasti, or the full evening menu.
Bookings will be taken for 6.15, 7.30 and 8.15pm time slots, perfect for watching the sun setting over the sea. Seats will only be available to book on the day by phone (01637 861000) – they cannot be booked online.
There will still be some places at the bar available on a first come first served basis. No under 12s are allowed at the bar and there are no children’s menus available in the evening.
PADSTOW SHELLFISH CO.
Fisherman Jason Nicholas has teamed up with partner Annie Vivian and best friends Pete and Emma McLard to form The Padstow Shellfish Co., bringing customers the best local shellfish, hand picked just a few miles from the shore, ready for the plate within hours.
They will be offering white and brown crab meat, dressed crabs, ready cooked claws and crab cakes, supplying local delis and farm shops, attending local farmers markets and doing pop-up events throughout the season.
RECIPES FROM EMILY SCOTT
Fans of Emily Scott’s food can now recreate some of her delicious dishes, previously only enjoyed at her pretty pub, The St Tudy Inn. Emily has shared her recipes with Sainsbury’s magazine; grab a copy of the August edition.
Emily also posts recipes on her Facebook page, along with news from the pub, and beautiful food photography.
THE GLOBE, FOWEY
Popular restaurant The Globe in Fowey has got off to a good start, having re-opened earlier this year with Glynn Wellington as Head Chef.
This month Glynn has shared with us news of their new duck tortellini, which has been flying(!) out. This dish is made using duck breast for the pasta and drakes’ pudding mousse for the croquettes (both from The Cornish Duck Company) and quails’ eggs from their sous chef’s own quails.
NEW CANS FROM HARBOUR BREWING CO.
We love the new cans from Harbour Brewing, who have installed a new canning facility at their factory near Bodmin. We hear there’s brand new website with an online shop launching imminently.
For more information and stockists visit www.harbourbrewing.com.
One of Cornwall’s biggest festivals is held over the first weekend of August at the Port Eliot estate in St Germans.
The line up is epic – check out their website for full details – and the Flower and Fodder stage is our particular favourite, featuring culinary superstars such as Rose Prince, Rick Stein and Thomasina Miers.
Day tickets are still available for 1 and 2 August, buy online.
There are also two new courses at the cookery school:
On the Hot Smoking at Home course on Tuesday 4 August (7-9pm) students will be guided through the process of curing and smoking in their own home including learning about the different types of wood suitable for smoking.
On the Filled Pasta course taking place on Sunday 9 August (10am-12pm) students will be guided through the process of producing their own fresh pasta as well as making their own ravioli and tortellini.
For bookings visit www.philleighway.co.uk or phone 01872 580893.
PICK YOUR OWN
You can’t beat freshly picked fruit which has never seen a fridge. Check out our pick of the best fruit farms in Cornwall. There are still plenty of strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants left, and it’s a great family-friendly activity, with delicious results.
The Rum & Crab Shack in St Ives and Soul Spirits of Mullion have collaborated to create a brand new, Cornish, small batch spiced rum, called Dead Man’s Fingers.
The Caribbean rum is blended with spices; think saffron cake, Pedro Ximinez ice-cream, caramel and vanilla with cinnamon, nutmeg and orange notes.
The first batches of bottles are available this August, and for more information and stockists visit cornishron.com.
EAT BACKSTAGE AT THE HALL FOR CORNWALL
Thom Hunt (7th Rise) and Simon Stallard (The Hidden Hut) are collaborating with the Hall for Cornwall’s theatre crew to create a special backstage banquet on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August.
Hosted at a uniquely dressed ‘set’ full of interesting props – behind the scenes – the feast will be served to 100 guests each night.
Diners will enjoy flatbreads and a selection of mezze, slow roasted lamb with local summer vegetables, and a secret fruity fig dessert, followed by coffee.
There will be a fully licensed bar selling local craft beers and wines.
Tickets are priced at £25 per person and available from the Hall for Cornwall box office.
BYSTRO OPENS IN ST AUSTELL
The restaurant is open from 8am for breakfast, with the main menu served from 11am to 9pm, and the bar is open until 11pm.
Each week Bystro will host comedy nights and live music – see their Facebook page for more details.
The fabulous SkyBar returns to St Agnes headland from 27 to 30 August, with a brilliant line-up of live music, plus bar (lots of cocktails) and street food. Not to be missed.
Tickets available online.
NEWS FROM RICK STEIN
Rick Stein will be demonstrating his favourite dishes from his new book, ‘From Venice to Istanbul’, at a special demonstration at 7pm on 6 August. Priced at £85 per person, which includes a tasting of all the dishes, and some lovely wines.
We love the children’s cookery courses at Padstow Seafood School (read our blog post from earlier this year) and this summer’s children’s courses will be held on 13 August, priced at £72 per child for a half day course.
Ross Geach and Mark Puckey are leading the From Field to Fork: Kitchen Garden Workshop on 14 August. Starting off at Ross’s Padstow Kitchen Garden, participants will pick vegetables and edible flowers, which they will then learn to cook at the Padstow Seafood School. After a refreshment of tempura summer vegetable canapés with a glass of wine, Mark Puckey will teach you how to cook ragout of sauteéd John Dory with Serrano ham. £70 per person.
18 August sees a Cornish seafood tasting evening at the Padstow Seafood School. £35 per person, demonstration dishes include grilled miso sea trout with rice noodles, spring onions and beansprouts, bourride of monkfish, John Dory and gurnard and fruits de mer.
LOLLY POP STOP
Andrea and Tom Brooker have launched the Lolly Pop Stop alongside their Coastal Coffee takeaway and coffee stops at Treyarnon, Constantine Bay and Boobies Bay. The gorgeous lollies are all made by hand by Andrea.
Set your alarms for 7pm on 2 August when tickets for The Hidden Hut‘s ever popular feast nights go on sale.
- Thursday 6 August, paella picnic, £12
- Tuesday 18 August, wood-roasted chicken, £15
- Friday 28 August, burger night, £13
- Friday 4 September, crispy pork belly, £14
- Thursday 10 September, mussel night, £10
- Saturday 19 September, Moroccan lamb, £15
The Hidden Kitchen has recently opened in St Ives, and holds supper clubs from Wednesday to Saturday each week.
Guests are seated on a long table, and supper is priced at around £30 per person, depending on the menu, which includes a welcome drink, canapés and three courses.
The food looks mouthwatering. Keep an eye on Facebook for details of menus and prices, as well as their monthly wine club suppers.
Little Kitchen Magicians have a special summer children’s cookery workshop on Friday 7 August at Heartlands. They will be rustling up mini burgers with homemade bread rolls and salsa.
The workshops are suitable for preschoolers (with an adult) and upwards (up to 11 years old).
PRAWN ON THE LAWN OPEN IN PADSTOW
Prawn on the Lawn has opened on Duke Street in Padstow.
This fishmonger/restaurant serves fabulously fresh fish and shellfish. We haven’t visited yet, but it’s definitely on our hit-list.
THYME AND TIDE POPS UP IN ST AGNES
Thyme and Tide‘s chef Lee Lake is popping up at the Q Tearoom in St Agnes with a series of informal feasts during August. Soft and hot drinks available to buy; BYO wine, no corkage fee.
The Seafood Grill on Friday 7 August is priced at £17 per person. Enjoy Indonesian nasi goreng on Friday 21 August (£15pp) and the lobster BBQ on Friday 28 August (£25pp) is sure to be popular.
For full details visit their Facebook page.
POP-UPS BY RUBEN LEON-ACOSTA
Ottolenghi-trained Ruben Leon-Acosta is planning some summer pop-ups, with venues including Guild House in Poundstock and “The Mediterranean comes to Cornwall” in his garden.
He will also be appearing at POP in Wadebridge on 31 July. The POP event kicks off at 5pm, and is priced at £10 per person.
The Old Coastguard is hosting “Sail the Bay” on 29 August (to coincide with the Newlyn Fish Festival) where guests can spend a day on a traditional sailing ketch, sailing around the peninsula, with a delicious sea food lunch prepared by The Old Coastguard.
They are also holding a teddy bears’ picnic with storytelling at 11.30am on 12 August, which is free of charge and open to all. Author Emily Fishpool will be reading Teddy Pasty, The Wildest Westcountry Tale of James Rabbit and the Giggleberries by Babette Cole, and The Disgusting Sandwich by Gareth Edwards. Children are invited to come along with their teddies. There will be a simple picnic for those that want to stay (£2 per child, very much optional).
For more information please contact The Old Coastguard.
NEWS FROM NORTON BARTON
Norton Barton Artisan Food Village is one of two newly appointed Food Enterprise Zones in Cornwall.
Norton Barton has recently announced the relaunch of North Coast Cider and also the relocation of their farm deli alongside the cider barn.
Visitors are welcome to sample the array of artisan foods and ciders from Norton Barton including award winning produce from Cornish Charcuterie, POPTI Cornish Bakehouse and North Coast Cider. More information, plus details of their new monthly Supper Club evenings, can be found at cornishcharcuterie.co.uk.
THE STAR AND GARTER REOPENS IN FALMOUTH
The Star and Garter in Falmouth opens on 4 August under the ownership of newlywed couple Elliot and Becca Thompson.
Following extensive restoration, the couple plan to wow customers with their smart new pub, with meat butchered, smoked and cured on site, and fantastic Sunday roasts.
Chefs Steve Knowles, Andi Richardson and Adam Banks, who met when working at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, are creating a British-Mediterranean style of food, cooking locally sourced produce over an open fire, and with a nose-to-tail philosophy.
They have promised a “daily-changing and never boring” menu, with a bar menu featuring snacks like home-made pork pie, home-cured sausages and pig’s head nuggets.
For more information visit www.starandgarterfalmouth.co.uk.
ZUMA AT THE IDLE ROCKS
On the evenings of the 21 and 22 August, ZUMA will be presenting a specially created menu at The Idle Rocks. The modern Japanese menu will reflect ZUMA’s ‘izakaya’ style of dining using local Cornish produce.
For the full menu and booking see website.
Congratulations to Fowey Hall Hotel, which has recently been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence.
Look out for Mullion-based Curio Spirits‘ new cardamom vodka. This should make an interesting addition to their current range of rock samphire gin and Peruvian cocoa nib vodka.
The Waymarker is holding an afternoon tea with live jazz, 3-5pm on 10 August, and their next themed evening takes place on Friday 4 September.
The Trereife Summer Festival of music, food and craft takes place over the weekend of 31 July to 2 August.
Bruce Rennie’s new restaurant, The Shore, in Penzance is now open. I’ve heard great things from those who’ve visited, and hope to try it out soon….
The Sorting Office in St Agnes is opening very shortly – a new dog-friendly coffee shop serving Origin coffee and freshly baked cakes and pastries.
Genki in St Agnes is holding two more sushi nights, on 8 and 22 August. Grab some tickets from [email protected] before they sell out.
Cornish residents are now entitled to a locals’ discount card at Cornwall Services, which gives card holders 15% off food from Sausage and Roll and The Open Oven Pizza Company.
Launceston Beer Festival takes place from 11am to 11pm on 22 August.
Rosewarne Manor is holding a Murder Mystery evening on Friday 21 August.
The Truro branch of the Habaneros Burritos Bar opened this week.
Guy Owen, who has worked at Claridge’s, L’Etranger and La Trompette, has recently joined The Idle Rocks as Head Chef.
Just along the road, Ben Bass has taken over as head chef at The St Mawes Hotel, where fresh stone-baked pizzas are now available to take away.
Look at these lovely dips made in St Agnes by the very gorgeous Seadips. If you’ve tried them please let us know.
The next vegetarian pop-up at the Snail’s Pace Café will be held on Saturday 15 August.
The Cornish Food Box is holding a satay club on 8 August. For more details see their Facebook page.
The Driftwood Spars is holding summer barbecues every Sunday lunchtime from 12 to 2.30-pm, and at Lewsey Lou’s from 5 to 9pm each Sunday.
The North and South Seafood Bar opened in Helston in July; both the North (eat in) and South (takeaway) menus look delicious.
If you’re keen to grow your own veg then sign up for a Padstow Kitchen Garden course. The next courses run on 3, 17 and 31 August and are priced at £65 per person.
Camel Valley’s Grand Tour and Tastings are available at 5pm on Thursdays, as well as the usual Wednesdays, during August. £15 per person, book online.
Craftworks in Truro is offering “2 for 1 tacos” on Tuesdays.
The Llawnroc is holding a jazz barbecue every Sunday from 12 to 4 pm, with scallops and sea bass from Mevagissey.
Congratulations to Wing of St Mawes, The Cornish Fishmonger, who has scooped ‘Best Independent Online Food Retailer’ in the Great British Food awards.
Please comment below, or email your food news for the September Foodie Diary to [email protected] by 20 August.