THE FOODIE DIARY – JULY
Cornwall, as ever, has so much to offer us food-lovers this month. We are lucky enough to have top quality fish and meat on our doorsteps, and with fruit and veg patches going into overdrive there’s no excuse not to get your five a day.
Long, warm evenings are made for feasting with friends. Whether you’re barbecuing sausages on the beach after a surf, fine dining on a sea view terrace or partying in a field under the stars, there’s something here to suit all tastes.
Where to begin? The line-up for this year’s Port Eliot Festival is mouth-wateringly good.
There will be a new Flower and Fodder Stage, sponsored by Fortnum & Mason, who will also be setting up a Cornwall based outpost of its award–winning restaurant, The Fountain, in Port Eliot’s beautiful Orangery. Open from 8am, ‘Fortnum’s Fountain’ will serve an all-day breakfast and brunch with some signature Fountain favourites.
During the evening, friend of Fortnum’s and chef extraordinaire, Mark Hix takes over the kitchen. For two sittings, the first at 6.30pm aimed at families, and the second at 9pm, Hix will be cooking up a range of British classics and a selection of staples from the menu at his Shoreditch restaurant, Tramshed. Reservations for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner can be made at www.porteliotfestival.com.
The Flower and Fodder Stage will host chefs, growers, gardeners and food writers, covering many subjects, including the best ways of eating healthily, common culinary mistakes and how to grow your own food. Polpo‘s Russell Norman and Luke Bishop will give a detailed insight into starting up a restaurant.
In the Big Kitchen, Kay Bolitho will show how to make a genuine Cornish pasty and Murphy Williams will create natural, luxury marshmallows. Also appearing are Hemsley + Hemsley, Rose Prince, Nathan Outlaw, The Ethicureans, Thomasina Miers, Tom Parker Bowles and Skye Gyngell.
In the Orangery Garden there will be a beautiful pop-up bar decorated by Port Eliot’s creative director, Michael Howells, working with decorations from the celebrated windows at Fortnum’s Piccadilly store. The bar will serve Fortnum’s Brut Champagne and cocktails, including the signature ‘Hix Fix’.
As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also be able to dine at Moro, Rum & Crab Shack, Kua’aina Burgers, Indian Superfood, Fresh Rootz Vegan Street Food, wood fired pizzas from Devon, a fully stocked farm shop, organic cheese boxes and many more incredible food stalls.
WHEN: 24-27 July
WHERE: Port Eliot, St Germans, Saltash, PL12 5ND
LUCAS HOLLWEG’S SUPPER CLUB AT DOLLY’S
Lovely Lucas returns to Dolly’s Wine Bar in Falmouth for another of his popular supper clubs. You can expect a fun evening with lots of delicious courses and live music in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. Be warned, tickets will sell out quickly for this popular event. For further details visit their Facebook page.
WHEN: 8pm, Friday 18 July
WHERE: Dolly’s Wine Bar, 21 Church Street, Falmouth
TICKETS: £25 per person, please phone 01326 218400 to make a booking.
SAM LINDO SHORTLISTED FOR INTERNATIONAL AWARD
For the first time in history, an English winemaker has made the shortlist for ‘International Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’. Three times ‘UK Winemaker of the Year’, Camel Valley’s Sam Lindo has been shortlisted for the award along with two top Champagne winemakers. Sam has previously won the International Trophy for the best sparkling rosé in the world.
For a chance to try out some of Camel Valley‘s award-winning wines, book in for one of their “Grand Tour and Tasting” evenings, from 5pm on Wednesdays (and Thursdays during August). £12.50 per head, including tasting at least four wines. Guided tours are also held at 2.30pm every weekday, priced at £7.50 each (including one glass of wine) and £2.50 for under 18s. All tours run from 1 April until 30 September. Tickets available online.
BEAUTIFUL BREAKFASTS FROM THE ESPRESSINI KITCHEN
Falmouth’s Espressini has welcomed Ben Coxhead (ex-The Scarlet) to the team and have introduced food to their busy coffee house in the form of the Espressini Kitchen. Their food is based around provenance and seasonality, and guided by ingredients from local artisan growers and producers. As with their coffee, taste and great quality are paramount, and a personal first name basis relationship with their suppliers is of utmost importance.
Try their gorgeous new breakfast menu, full of light dishes with continental and antipodean influences which go hand in hand with their outstanding coffee.
NOODLES IN NEWQUAY
Open every day from 10am to 11pm, The Noodle Kitchen in Newquay opened on 14 June and offers a mouth-watering selection of fresh and healthy pan-asian food – see the full menu. Also serving fresh juices and smoothies, coconut water and a great list of cocktails.
As well as two days of world class polo and entertainment for the whole family, if you head to Watergate Bay over the weekend of 5 and 6 July, you can enjoy fabulous food and drink.
Polo on the Beach‘s headline sponsor Veuve Clicquot will be bringing their Airstream Champagne bar down to the beach, complete with up and coming DJ duo ‘Billon’ who will be playing on the Saturday night. The Champagne bar will be open from 12pm each day, serving chilled Champagne alongside a delicious menu from The Beach Hut barbecue.
Polo matches will be held as follows:
Ladies Match, 4pm, Saturday 5 July
Watergate Bay Trophy Mens’ Match, 6pm, Saturday 5 July
Cornwall vs Rest of the World Match, 4.30pm, Sunday 6 July
FIRE UP THE BARBIE
The arrival of summer can only mean one thing: men wearing silly aprons and brandishing tongs take charge of the cooking and make jokes about sausages. For the tastiest barbecue food buy the best quality meat you can afford. If you don’t have a good local butcher then you can buy some fantastic Cornish meat and fish online:
Kernow Sausage Co‘s award winning sausages are hard to beat. Their Cornish BBQ pack is great value too – 6 Trelawney Traditional sausages, 4 Original Cornish hot dogs, 4 pork burgers and a pack of BBQ pork ribs, all for just £10.
Fish for Thought‘s online shop is vast and they offer an impressive 24 hour delivery service. First timers get free delivery on orders over £40, plus two free Cornish fish portions. Try barbecuing garlicky langoustines, simple sea bream or mackerel stuffed with herbs.
AFRICAN STREET FOOD AND TAPAS AT AMANZI
This summer, Amanzi in Falmouth will have their braai (Afrikaans for “barbecue”) outside serving Boerewors (South African sausage) rolls and Bunny Chow (hollowed out bread filled with curry). Their new lunch menu has takeaway options, so you can take your food down to the beach, and they will be serving African tapas between 5.30 and 6.30pm.
PERFECT PASTA AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL
Overlooking Watergate Bay, Fifteen Cornwall is one of the best spots for a meal with a view. The lunch menu features grilled meats, Cornish fish and delicious pasta. The pasta is made from scratch each day in many shapes and sizes: from wild garlic garganelli and squid ink taglierini, to these pretty tricolour tortellini.
The menu changes daily and currently you can enjoy three courses for £28. Look out for dishes such as taglierini of mussels and clams with fennel tops and pangrattato, farfelle with duck livers, Italian peach and pecorino, or pappardelle of salt beef ragu with horseradish gremolata.
WHERE: On the Beach, Watergate Bay, TR8 4AA
RESERVATIONS: Phone 01637 861000 or book online.
Miss V’s mobile vintage tea parties have taken permanent residence at St Benet’s Abbey in Lanivet. Open daily in summer from 12-5pm, you can enjoy a traditional Cornish cream tea in the abbey’s beautiful tea room and tea garden. Miss V is proud to use Cornish Trewithen cream and Tregothnan teas as well as serving her delicious homemade scones and cakes – and we can vouch for the quality of the cakes! Also on offer is a special savoury cream tea. For more information visit Miss V on Facebook.
THE FISH HOUSE AT FISTRAL
Paul Harwood is the owner and head chef of The Fish House, a rustic timber clad building serving great seafood right on the beach at Fistral. The restaurant is now in the final stages of refurbishment and is due to open on Monday 23 June.
Paul has spent 14 years learning his trade with Rick Stein and is looking forward to bringing his knowledge and passion for food to Fistral. His emphasis will be on relaxed dining with a light lunch section at reasonable prices. The restaurant will serve super-fresh seasonal seafood, with crab and lobster coming from local fishermen landing at Newquay Harbour.
Keep an eye on their Facebook page for menus and for reservations phone 01637 872085 or 07975945832.
We made it to the recent lobster and chips feast (see image above) and it was heavenly. If you can get tickets for any of the July events, you won’t be disappointed. Remember you’ll need to take your own cutlery and crockery, drinks and nibbles, waterproofs and blankets.
Tickets go on sale online at 7pm on Monday 23 June. All events start at 7pm.
Tuesday 1 July, Scallop Night £18
Wednesday 9 July, Pie Night £9
Sunday 13 July, Seafood Bouillabaisse £12
Tuesday 15 July, Wood-Roasted Chicken £14
Friday 18 July, Paella Picnic £10
Wednesday 23 July, Surf & Turf £20
Saturday 26 July, Goan Seafood Curry £15
Thursday 31 July, Aubergine & Lentil Moussaka (v) £9
The 2014 Rock Oyster Festival will be held on 11-12 July in the grounds of Dinham House near Rock. New to the festival this year, a farmers’ market will run from midday until 4pm, with a selection of fabulous local produce including Deli Farm Charcuterie, Tarquin’s Gin, Cloud Nine Marshmallows, Padstow Brewery, The Brownie Baker and Rick Stein‘s bread and pastries.
Tickets available from www.rockoysterfestival.co.uk.
ANTIPASTI AND LOBSTER AT BINTWO
Padstow’s popular wine merchant, Champagne and coffee bar, BinTwo, has recently launched its own range of antipasti. As if kicking back with a glass of fizz on the harbourside terrace wasn’t enticing enough, you can now order platters of British charcuterie paired with Spanish Manchego and other delicious antipasti. Perfect for a light lunch or early evening snack.
Bin Two wine club members will be enjoying a special Billecart Champagne lobster and chips lunch at Margot’s Bistro on Friday 18 July. Hosted by the BinTwo team and Billecart’s Master of Wine, John Atkinson, guests will be guided through at least seven Champagnes and wines, whilst enjoying Adrian Oliver’s fabulous lobster feast, followed by Eton mess. £65 per person.
Wine club membership costs £20 per year and gives a 10% discount on purchases, specially chosen cases of wine with tasting notes, and invitations to exclusive wine tastings and events. For details on joining the wine club please visit their website or phone 01841 532022.
WHERE: The Drang, Padstow, PL28 8BL
CONTACT: Phone 01841 532022 or email [email protected]
Bedruthan’s resident chef, forager and award-winning preserve expert Adam Clark leads this course, covering jams and marmalades, pickling, brining, flavoured alcohol, and vinegars as well as learning about the different types of sugar, jars and equipment used. Adam will talk you through the different processes so that you know how to identify the vital stages and to ensure you create wonderful preserves.
WHEN: 10am – 4pm, Saturday 5 July
WHERE: Bedruthan Hotel, Mawgan Porth
COST: Free to hotel residents, £35 for non-residents. Lunch is not included but you can eat in the Wild Café from £6.
BOOKING: Please phone the hotel on 01637 860 860 to book your place.
NEW LOOK TREVENSON RESTAURANT FOR CORNWALL COLLEGE
Pierre Koffman and Nathan Outlaw helped staff and students at Cornwall College celebrate the opening of their new multimillion-pound educational restaurant. The £3.4 million project incorporates the fine dining Trevenson Restaurant and Koko Hair and Beauty, and was built with the help of £2 million from the ERDF.
The world class facilities include a demonstration theatre, teaching space, salon and restaurant. Combined with brilliant teaching, the college is sure to produce some of the future stars of Cornwall’s food industry. For more information, sample menus and college course details visit their website.
BOSVENA RESTAURANT OPENS IN BODMIN
Situated on Mount Folly Square, Bosvena is Bodmin’s newest restaurant/café, run by head chef Jamie Andrew, with an emphasis on Cornish food and drink prepared and served to a high standard.
At the moment the café is open from 8am until 6pm for breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas, coffee and cakes. In July the restaurant will be opening on Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner, and then in August it will also be open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, plus the outside courtyard will be available for al fresco dining.
WHERE: 4 Mount Folly Square, Bodmin, PL31 2DG
RESERVATIONS: Phone 01208 264561 or email [email protected]
A VIEW TO DINE FOR AT THE ROSEVINE
The Rosevine is offering “Coastal Lobster Suppers” in the garden or restaurant with views across the bay. Enjoy a sharing slate of tapas to start, local lobster with new potatoes and salad, dessert and a bottle of bubbly. £90 per couple. 24 hours’ notice required.
Rosevine Friends Card holders can enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz when ordering a full afternoon tea. £15 per person for a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, jam, Cornish clotted cream and a pot of tea. Advance booking required. The Rosevine Friends Card is free for locals to join, with exclusive monthly offers and the chance to claim a free main course.
WHERE: The Rosevine, Portscatho, TR2 5EW
RESERVATIONS: Tel 01872 580206
MORE INFORMATION: www.rosevine.co.uk
THE BULLPIT OPENS IN NEWQUAY
The Bullpit Smokehouse and Bar on Beach Road, Newquay, serves proper American style smoked barbecue food in their 120 cover restaurant and bar. The menu includes smoked beef brisket, baby back ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken, steaks and burgers as well as salads and vegetarian options, with smaller portions for children. The first floor houses a themed bar with an American frozen cocktail machine and a separate bar menu with tasting platters. A family friendly restaurant, complete with authentic Texan decor, is situated in the top floor of the building, with stunning views over Towan Beach.
Polzeath Beer Festival is being held from the 26-28 July at The Point at Polzeath. The Friday kicks off with a golf roll up – open to all – just turn up from 4.30. There will be music all weekend, 12 beers selected by Stuart Howe from Sharps brewery, family entertainment and children’s activities. Call 01208 863000 for more information or visit www.thepointatpolzeath.co.uk.
Kota Kai in Porthleven has a new outside seating area overlooking the harbour, called Kai on the Green. Serving coffees and drinks from 11am and lunch from 12pm.
Sam’s have announced that they are expanding their empire with a new restaurant due to open at Crinnis Beach on Carlyon Bay at the end of July. Expect chilled tunes, simple but delicious food and drinks, and Sam’s usual laid back yet professional service. The restaurant will have a covered area with heaters, plus pop up event nights and beach art classes from the Red Hand Gang. More details in next month’s Foodie Diary.
If you like eating and socialising then have a look at the Social Dining Network. Combining on-line messaging with dining, members get to meet at events, which include a seafood night at Picnic on 10 July, an Indian and Asian feast at Asha on 16 July, and a seafood tasting at Hunkydory on 29 July. Membership starts at £10 per month.
St Austell Brewery’s Old Custom House in Padstow have opened a Brewer & Bean coffee shop.
Fowey Hall and Polurrian Bay Hotels are currently offering special family Sunday lunches, including a 3 course lunch at Fowey Hall Hotel for £19.50 (phone 01726 833866 to book) and at Polurrian Bay Hotel under 10s eat for £10 (phone 01326 240421 to book). Their locals’ membership schemes are free to join, and you will receive a 10% discount on all food, drinks and spa treatments.
Mullion Cove’s Head Chef Fiona Were is putting on another #fishmishbash, raising money for The Fishermen’s Mission. The sushi pop-up will be held on 18 July at Espressini in Falmouth. Also on the horizon is Duchy Game’s first pop-up event. More details as we get them…
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