MY PERFECT DAY IN CORNWALL: BEN QUINN
With so much to do, see, eat and drink in Cornwall, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to planning our weekends, and we love to hear what your dream day in Cornwall would consist of.
We caught up with Ben Quinn, chef and co-owner of Canteen Cornwall, and asked him how his perfect day would play out.
RISE AND SHINE
Early! I have fallen into the habit of getting up and brewing up. Origin Coffee is our staple and once the coffee is made the house is in full swing. Loki (the dog) needs walking, Blossom (our daughter) is ready to jump on a pony and Sammy (my wife) is planning the rest of our day.
Breakfast is so important to us. We always have the legendary Da Bara Bakery cinnamon buns in at Canteen, so a quick trip to Wheal Kitty sorts out our breakfast fix.
Blossom is pony mad, so off to the stables at Goonbell it is, a busy place and a far cry from the perfect stables of the home counties, this place is full of like-minded individuals whose knowledge and passion is infectious. A morning well spent sharing in Blossom’s passion and a chance to ‘re-set’ after the busy week.
We are so lucky in Cornwall because of the sheer numbers of places to choose from, but also because we have a community of friends who all own or run some of the best kitchens in the county.
Lunch at Schooners in Aggie is always good and Adam, the chef, is a dear friend. So our lunch is accompanied by a good chat and a friendly face. This, for us, is just as important as how tasty the food is.
Because we run our businesses me and Sammy often take the opportunity of an afternoon walk around the Beacon to chat, plan, download and re align. Communication is so important and we find that after so many years together as a couple we have to actively talk about our visions.
The walking around Aggie is stunning and our best ideas have come from topping out on the beacon or watching the sun set off the headland. Blossom then gets the chance to run wild, with Loki (our dog and stand-in pony!).
Our businesses are known for the emphasis on the experience, and we learnt a long time ago that we are selling memories not just plates of food. So for me a supper at home with our friends and family is the perfect way to enjoy our time and the food is always a pirate menu of the people and produce that inspire us.
The pubs in St Agnes are amazing, they open year round, all have their own quirks, and the landlords and ladies are truly passionate about what they do. I often find myself at The Driftwood Spars, they brew their own beers and Lou, the landlady is a brilliant example of a strong female entrepreneur.
Based at Wheal Kitty in St Agnes, Canteen Cornwall is just one branch of Ben and Sam Quinn’s business that has taken off over the last year, suppling breakfast, lunch and delicious coffee every weekday to whoever drops by, and we’d highly recommend a visit.
Woodfired Canteen, another project the couple run together, is usually a sell-out event, offering one off food experiences in beautiful locations such as Heligan Gardens, which we had the pleasure of attending last year (read all about it here).
Follow Canteen Cornwall on Instagram and Facebook for the daily-changing lunch menu, which features one meat option and one veggie option for a very reasonable £5, and sign up to their mailing list to be the first to hear about any Woodfired Canteen events. If you happen to be tying the knot anytime soon, the duo also host Woodfired Weddings.