SUNDAY LUNCH AT ST TUDY INN
Emily Scott took over St Tudy Inn just before Christmas and the pretty village pub has rapidly become a foodie destination.
The St Tudy villagers must be delighted to have such a gorgeous local in their vicinity, and those who like to prop up the bar of an evening are treated to new guest ales on a regular basis, alongside a very good bar menu.
The wine list is superb (many available by the glass) and the friendly and knowledgable staff are always happy to help.
Emily runs regular events, such as charity pub quizzes and raffles, live music and, coming up on Sunday 17 May, Pig and Cider, a traditional wood-fired hog roast with live music and real ales.
The pub is also open for proper coffee and jolly good cake from 10am every day (closed on Mondays, apart from bank holidays).
The building itself has been tastefully redecorated, with soft muted colours, comfy furniture and gorgeous prints (mostly by her talented sister-in-law Nicole Heidaripour, who runs Hooper and Shaw with Emily’s brother Daniel Scott).
Emily’s cooking is simple and fresh; her attention to detail means that every plate and bowl that comes out of her kitchen is beautiful, both in taste and appearance.
We visited St Tudy Inn for Sunday lunch on a cold day back in March.
I chose monkfish tails in rosemary focaccia crumbs with fries and citrus mayo (£13). It was presented in a pretty wire basket, with a jug of perfectly dressed baby salad leaves.
The fish was succulent, the herby crumb crispy and full of flavour, and the fries were perfectly cooked. (I have a simple test for chips: if they taste good cold, they are good chips.)
The children both opted for the roast rolled rib of beef (£10.50, or £8.50 for a small portion), and a perfect child-sized, but grown up, roast was put before them with a jug of gravy and bowl of baby carrots and peas. Emily has got it just right.
We managed to try three puddings (£6 each) between us. The treacle tart and clotted cream is non-negotiable; somebody has to order it every time it’s on the menu.
This one didn’t disappoint, and neither did the warm, flourless orange and almond pudding with crème anglaise. The smooth chocolate mousse was gorgeously rich, and coffee, served with little cubes of fudge, brought the delicious meal to a close.
If running the pub, rearing three children and walking two dogs wasn’t enough, Emily also has a successful outside catering business, The Harbour Kitchen.
Born from Emily’s old restaurant The Harbour in Port Isaac (now Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen), her team will cater for weddings and events. The canapés are personally and highly recommended.
St Tudy Inn, St Tudy, Cornwall, PL30 3NN
Telephone: 01208 850656 | Website: www.sttudyinn.com
Photography: All rectangular interior and food images by Daniel Scott. All other (square and less professional) images of our lunch by me, Ellie Michell.