THE FOODIE DIARY: APRIL
Once you’ve overdosed on chocolate this Easter, check out our selection of fantastic menus, foodie events and restaurant openings as Cornwall reawakens this April.
SPECIAL OFFER FROM THE FISH HOUSE
Paul Harwood’s The Fish House in Newquay is going from strength to strength since launching in summer 2014, and has gained a reputation for serving fabulous fresh seafood, with equally fabulous views over Fistral Beach.
Paul is offering Barefoot Cornwall readers a lunchtime special deal of two courses for £16.50, Monday to Friday during April. (Offer excludes the ribeye steak.) To book your table phone 01637 872085, quoting BAREFOOT.
You can salivate over the menu here.
SPECIAL SPRING PACKAGE AT THE BEACH HOTEL IN BUDE
The Beach Hotel has a special spring offer for guests staying before 26 May. Prices for a two night stay, which includes breakfast and dinner in their restaurant overlooking Summerleaze Beach, and an ice-cold bottle of prosecco awaiting your arrival start at £295, based on two sharing.
For further information or to book call 01288 389800 and quote SPRING.
It’s also worth remembering that there is a regular happy hour in the bar from 4pm until 6pm, Sunday to Thursday, with a wide selection of wines, beers and spirits available. The hotel is also offering our lovely readers 10% off drinks and 20% off lunch for the month of April, simply quote FOODIE DIARY when making a reservation.
ST TUDY ALE
The beer will be available in bottles from mid April. It is described as an easy-drinking session beer with citrus notes which will work well when drunk on its own but also when paired with food.
The limited edition St Tudy Ale will be sold at St Tudy Inn and via Padstow Brewing Company, priced at £3.50 per pint or bottle, while stocks last.
The 2016 Porthleven Food Festival takes place over the weekend of 16 and 17 April.
Antony Worrall Thompson kicks off the demos at 10am on the Saturday morning, and on the Sunday morning the chefs’ marquee hosts a bake off.
Full details can be found on the festival website porthlevenfoodfestival.com.
APPLETON’S AT THE VINEYARD IS OPEN
I can safely say that you won’t be disappointed if you visit new restaurant Appleton’s at the Vineyard at Trevibban Mill near Padstow. We put the kitchen to the test on their first evening – read our review.
With Andy Appleton (ex head chef at Fifteen Cornwall) in the kitchen, and Lyndsey Marshall running the show, a meal here is a real treat. Plus you get to enjoy the fantastic wine produced on site at the vineyard.
The menu changes daily, with dishes such as smoked dulse cavatelli with cockles and ‘Nduja, grilled octopus with red wine risotto, and chestnut ravioli with duck and burnt blood orange.
The restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday lunchtimes, and Friday and Saturday evenings. Booking advised – phone the vineyard on 01841 541413 or email [email protected]. For more information visit trevibbanmill.com.
Knightor Winery has launched a series of Friday Feast Nights which will be held in the handsome converted barns. I’ve looked at the menus, and they all look really good, and great value too with canapés, a glass of fizz and five courses priced at £30 per person.
Head chef Jah Hemming has designed the menus to suit each event:
“Foraging and Feast with Rachel Lambert” involves a two hour foraging session between 3 and 5pm, with the feast starting at 6.30pm on Friday 1 April.
“Meet the Butcher with James Kittow” is a meaty feast, with James introducing the dishes, on 15 April.
The final feast of the month is “Spiced Kitchen with Nature Kitchen” on 29 April, with Ally Watkins giving a talk about spices and a tutorial on how to make your own blended dukka.
All tickets can be booked online.
TASTE OF THE BAY AT WATERGATE
Watergate Bay’s spring Taste of the Bay offer combines fantastic food with superb accommodation at one of our favourite beaches.
Guests stay at Watergate Bay Hotel for three nights, with dinner in The Beach Hut, Fifteen Cornwall and Zacry’s.
Prices start at £324 per person, based on two people sharing a House Standard room, and is available from Sunday 10 April to Wednesday 25 May, arriving Sunday to Wednesday, excluding arrival on Sunday 1 May.
PADSTOW FOOD FAIR
Padstow Food Fair is a collaboration of Cornish food producers who host regular markets in the town’s Memorial Hall. Over the winter, Padstow Food Fair has redecorated the venue, including donating and fitting a new kitchen.
This spring they are taking the concept to Mawgan Porth, with a food market opening over the Easter weekend at Mawgan Porth Village Hall.
Dates for upcoming markets are as follows.
Padstow: 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25 and 26 April.
Mawgan Porth: 1, 2, 8 and 9 April.
NEWS FROM PHILLEIGH WAY
Tickets are now available for Philleigh Way’s popular Woodfired Sessions, which resume in May. Think the finest locally sourced meat, fish and shellfish cooked in front of diners in the huge oak-fired oven. £30 per person, buy tickets online.
The monthly supper club will take place on 29 April, £40 per person.
To book a place on any of the courses, and for further details, visit their website.
Potluck’s upcoming events include a tour of Lizard Lighthouse with pasty supper and a Treleaven’s ice cream tasting at 7pm on Wednesday 13 April.
Thursday 21 April sees their regular Chat and Eat Night take place in The Attic at Bustopher Jones in Truro.
Origin Coffee has been very busy opening a new coffee shop at The Aircraft Factory in Hammersmith and a pop up espresso bar in The British Library.
Their Porthleven coffee shop has reopened for the season. Previously known as The Brew House, it is now simply called Origin.
Team Origin did brilliantly in the regional barista championships, with three baristas progressing to the UKBC Nationals at London Coffee Festival on 9 and 10 April.
Set your alarms for 12 noon on Friday 1 April, when the Hidden Hut’s April feast tickets go on sale.
There’s a feast of razor clams, scallops, clams, cockles and mussels cooked over hot coals on Thursday 7 April. £14 per person.
On 12 April it’s a wood-fired rotisserie chicken feast, served with chips, salad and aioli (£16) and on 21 April tuck into salt-baked lamb shoulder with honey-roasted turnips and carrots and salsa verde (£17).
Full details on website.
We love Chris Eden’s cooking, and his Michelin starred restaurant at The Driftwood Hotel on the Roseland is definitely worth a visit.
As well as serving dinner every evening, the restaurant is open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from April to October.
A three course lunch is priced at £35 per person, and is served from 12.30 to 2pm.
JUICE CLEANSE AT COSTISLOST
This three day juice cleanse will put a spring in your step.
Luxury accommodation is provided at Costislost and nutritionist Jane Parker has a full schedule of organic raw cold pressed juices and broths, together with targeted nutrients, yoga, sauna, meditation, therapies and plenty of chill out time.
From £395 per person. Full details online.
NEWS FROM RICK STEIN
We love Stein’s Patisserie; the only problem is deciding which delicious treats to buy. The shop has re-opened for the season (open every day from 9am to 5pm) and is stocked with pasties, bread, cakes, pastries and truffles.
There’s a new set lunch menu at The Seafood Restaurant, with three courses priced at £40. Dishes are mainly classic French/Cornish fish and shellfish, with the occasional curry dish thrown in to spice things up.
A new Friends for Dinner two day cookery course starts at The Padstow Seafood School on 28 April. Priced at £360, students will learn some useful techniques as well as how to put together, and cook, food to impress your friends.
The new children’s menu at Rick Stein’s Fish in Falmouth sounds really fun, and includes classic cod and chips as well as a crispy fish goujon wrap, sticky chicken lollipops, and ice cream sundaes. 3 courses are priced at £7.45.
The final Fistral Sessions of the season take place at Rick Stein Fistral at 7pm on Friday 1 April. Music from Tobias Ben Jacob and Lukas Drinkwater. Free entry.
Finally, Rick Stein is offering a family foodie break in Padstow. The two night family bed and breakfast package includes a £100 dining voucher, buckets and spades, crabbing lines, books and board games. From £396 for two adults and two children. For full details see website.
I love the look of Cornwall Food Store’s 2016 menu.
This North Cornwall based catering company will provide locally sourced, seasonal food to your door, ideal for holiday homes, parties, weddings, film shoots, lazy weekends…
For more information or to place an order contact Lydia by email at [email protected] or phone 07970 276152.
GET AWAY TO ST MAWES THIS SPRING
The St Mawes and Idle Rocks hotels have “Spring Getaway” offers between 10 and 28 April.
Bed and breakfast, with a three course dinner, starts at £180 for two people at the St Mawes Hotel and £260 at The Idle Rocks. Having visited both hotels and enjoyed Guy Owen’s cooking in The Idle Rocks, guests can be sure of a relaxing break and delicious food.
Special mention for Nauti but Ice in Porthleven, who twice recently looked after us very well, despite us being in full walking gear. I can highly recommend their coffee, cakes, and super friendly service.
We recently enjoyed some fantastic pub food at The Star and Garter in Falmouth. Read the review.
Cousin Jack’s opens in Lerryn on 22 April. They will be serving top notch sausage and bacon rolls alongside grilled cheese sandwiches and great coffee, with plans to develop the menu further for summer.
Easter weekend sees the return of Padstow Shellfish Co.’s delicious lobster and crab rolls at binTwo in Padstow.
The new menu from Tatam’s in Portscatho caught my eye. Open every day from 8am to 4pm for coffee, and Wednesday to Saturday evenings for stonebaked pizzas.
Gilmore’s in Newquay reopens for the season on Wednesday 23 March. Hooray! Go get your cocktail, crazy golf and taco fix this Easter.
The Smugglers’ Den Inn’s pie and ale festival takes place over the bank holiday weekend from 28 April to 2 May, with over 80 ales and 20 ciders, plus lots of pies and live music.
You can now enjoy meals in the Med Terrace Restaurant at The Eden Project on selected evenings throughout spring and summer. Diners do not need to buy an entrance ticket for Eden, but can access the site from 5pm, with reservations available from 5.30 to 7.30pm.
Polurrian Bay Hotel‘s F&B Manager Yohann Thuillier (who won F&B Manager of the Year 2015) has launched his new spring cocktail menu, including a twist on the classic Tom Collins, entitled “Thyme Collins”, made with Yohann’s homemade thyme syrup.
Please send your May food news to reach us by 20 April. Email [email protected] with words, pictures and menus.