THE FOODIE DIARY: AUGUST
Welcome to the August edition of our Foodie Diary. Cornwall is getting busy as we welcome summer visitors, and restaurants are filling up so don’t forget to reserve your favourite table.
In season now are bright green peas and broad beans, runner and green beans, beetroot, courgette and salad leaves, crunchy radish and fennel. Crab and sea bass, succulent scallops and sardines, raspberries, cherries and juicy peaches.
Wishing you a fun-filled, fine-food-fuelled and sunny summer.
STRONG ADOLFO’S NOW OPEN EVENINGS
Strong Adolfo’s, the coolest café on the Atlantic Highway (A39), is now opening for evening meals due to popular demand. From Saturday 26 July selected wines and a range of craft ales and beer will be available alongside a new evening menu. N.B. You can spot Strong Adolfo’s by the huge red CAFÉ sign on their roof.
Dishes include gourmet burgers and sliders: beef and caramelised onion Davidstow cheeseburger; BBQ pulled pork with sage in a brioche bun; Guinness slow roasted beef brisket with crispy onions and horseradish cream; crispy chicken caesar burger in parmesan breadcrumbs; and a roast nut burger with homemade chilli jam. All served with homemade coleslaw and chips. Daily specials will consist of lighter meals such as salads, soups and daals.
WHERE: Strong Adolfo’s, Hawksfield, A39, Wadebridge, PL27 7LR
WHEN: Open from 8.30am-5pm Mon & Tues, 8.30am-10.30pm Wed, Thurs & Fri, 9am-10.30pm Sat & Sun
CONTACT: Phone 01208 816 949 or email [email protected]
LAUNCH OF THE SEASIDE KITCHEN
In her 20s Rachel Dunn cooked her way around Europe before working in various restaurants and pubs in the West Country.
After a career break to have her three boys she has set up The Seaside Kitchen, producing tasty, home cooked, locally-sourced food for holiday makers and busy families who want to eat good food without spending hours in the kitchen.
Dishes include lamb and vegetarian tagines, creamy fish pie, lamb meatballs and fish cakes, with puddings such as treacle tart and key lime pie, and tea time treats available too – see the full menu. Holiday makers can order online before leaving home, and Rachel will deliver the meals, currently to addresses within 20 miles of Mylor. Free delivery on orders over £40.
WILDFIRE BANQUETS ARE BACK!
We were delighted to hear of the return of the Wildfire Banquet boys, who gave us some memorable evenings in 2013, in particular a fabulous meal in the yurt in Cardinham Woods (see above).
Run by talented chefs Barry Horne, Steve Knowles and Andi Richardson, and specialising in super-fresh, wild and foraged foods, Wildfire Banquets will be popping up around Cornwall this summer.
They are also taking bookings for private parties so if you fancy an amazing banquet in your own garden get in touch.
KERNOW SAUSAGE CO. ACQUIRES VEALLS OF NEWQUAY
Tregony based Kernow Sausage Co. has acquired Vealls of Newquay, a Cornish food wholesaler which was founded in 1964 by brothers Ron and John Veall, who are retiring after growing the business to a £1 million plus turnover.
Vealls supplies over 200 businesses in the South West with a range of chilled, ambient and frozen foods. The deal will safeguard 13 jobs at the company’s St Columb base, bringing investment and improvements to the existing systems and equipment.
Gavin Roberts, Managing Director of Kernow Sausage Company, set up the Kernow Sausage Co. in 2007, making sausages inspired by his grandmother’s family recipe.
Since then the company has grown rapidly and their multi-award-winning artisan sausage product range has been expanded to include dry cured bacon and fresh Cornish pork. The business now supplies some of Cornwall’s most prestigious hotels and restaurants, with supporters including high-profile chefs Paul Ainsworth and Chris Eden.
For more information on Kernow Sausage Company see www.kernowsausages.com. Trade enquiries should be directed to 01872 531888.
BUTTERMILK FUDGE CELEBRATE THEIR 50TH BIRTHDAY
This year is very special for The Buttermilk Confectionery Co as they celebrate 50 years of producing delicious Cornish fudge.
Ever since Buttermilk’s very first batch in 1964, they’ve been traditionally hand-making fudge in open copper pans. The Wadebridge-based company offers over 70 different flavours of fudge alongside truffles, brittle and Turkish delight. Our favourites have to be Caramel Cornish Seasalt and Clotted Cream.
You can buy Buttermilk’s products from their shops in Port Isaac and Padstow or get it delivered straight to your door by ordering online. If you love fudge as much as we do, then you’ll love the Fudgey Fridays subscription.
A second generation family business run by Tracy and David Goad, Buttermilk has big plans to increase fudge production to ten tonnes a week when they move to their new Bodmin factory in 2015.
For more information visit www.buttermilkconfections.co.uk.
SAM’S @ THE BAY
Sam and Emma Sixton’s latest project for their rapidly expanding and well regarded Cornish Sam’s brand will be at Crinnis Beach on Carlyon Bay. Due to be ready at the end of July/early August, the beach café represents Sam’s dream to bring Carlyon Bay back to life.
The café will be a temporary structure, something similar to The Hub Box on Lemon Quay, situated in front of the information centre and will include a covered area with heating for cooler days.
Expect chilled tunes, laidback but professional service, simple and delicious food like burgers and mussels, cocktails and wines, Sam’s branded cider and beer, and Sam’s own “Coolbeans” coffee.
There will also be beach art classes for kids from the Red Hand Gang and pop up event nights – keep an eye on Facebook for details.
ITALIAN TRATTORIA AT TREDETHY HOUSE
If you fancy holding a dinner party but don’t want to cook, then try out Marco and Cristina Mombelli’s beautiful trattoria at Tredethy House in Helland Bridge, near Bodmin. They are offering private dinner parties for ten or more people with a tailored menu for under £20 per person. Available Monday to Thursday.
During August the trattoria opens its doors daily for afternoon teas and Italian merenda (afternoon snacks).
In the evenings enjoy aperitifs and drinks on the terrace (Sunday to Thursday) and don’t miss the delicious, authentic Italian à la carte dinner menu on Fridays and Saturdays.
For more information visit tredethyhouse.com or phone 01208 841707.
STREET FOOD NIGHTS AT PADSTOW TOURING PARK
Padstow Touring Park has regular street food nights during summer, open to non-residents as well as visitors to the park.
From 7.30pm on Tuesdays, drop in for freshly fried fish and chips. Wild Bake will be cooking their delicious wood fired pizzas from 5-8pm on Wednesdays – try their new churros with caramel for pud. On Thursdays The Shellfish Pig will be serving up delights such as fresh Cornish crab and slow cooked smoky pulled pork in a Cornish Rattler glaze from 5.30-8pm.
WHERE: Padstow Touring Park, Padstow, PL28 8LE
MORE INFO: Phone 01841 532061 or [email protected]
The 25th Newlyn Fish Festival will take place on August bank holiday Monday. The festival celebrates all things fishy whilst raising money for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.
There will be a stunning display of fish and a huge selection of stalls. Don’t miss the chance to eat some of the freshest seafood available.
This year’s programme includes cookery demos by Fiona Were, Sanjay Kumar and Ben Tunnicliffe, amongst other top local chefs, and the Great Cornish Fish Off cookery competition will take place during the event.
There will be three music stages, plenty of boats (including luggers, gigs, fishing boats, lifeboats and jet skis), arts and crafts, and the Fish Tales Tent with some of the best local story-tellers. There will be plenty of fun for kids with bouncy castles, face-painting, crazy theatre and the ever-popular Fishy Trail.
WHEN: 9am – 5pm, Monday 25 August
WHERE: Newlyn Harbour
COST: £5 for adults, under 16s free
MORE INFO: see www.newlynfishfestival.org.uk
THE STABLE COMING TO FALMOUTH
Hot on the heels of their new restaurant at Fistral, The Stable is mid-way through the refurbishment of The Old Custom House on Arwenack Street in Falmouth. They will be serving up delicious pizzas (we can vouch for that) and a great selection of local ciders – see the menus. Keep up to date via their Facebook page.
NEWS JUST IN – The Stable’s Fistral restaurant will be offering free breakfasts between 8.30 and 10.30am on Saturday 26 July. Form an orderly queue.
If you are interested in cooking, tasting and discussing Cornish food then check out Potluck Cornwall. They meet every six weeks to “Chat and Nibble” at various restaurants and cafés. Every eight weeks they meet for a Potluck themed cuisine night where each person contributes a dish of food to be shared among the group. The next Potluck night has a vegetarian theme.
Another organisation aimed at getting people together over food, the Social Dining Network puts on networking events at great venues. Membership normally costs around £10 per month, but they are currently offering three months’ free membership. 10% of membership fees go to charity.
Fore more details visit www.socialdiningnetwork.com.
BRUCE RENNIE MOVES TO THE BAY
Bruce Rennie has moved from The Gurnard’s Head to become Executive Development Chef at The Bay in Penzance. Previously Head Chef at Rhodes & Co and Wishart’s in Edinburgh, Bruce has lived in West Cornwall for five years, where he loves the strong sense of community and fantastic local produce.
The Bay’s new brasserie style menu is true to the restaurant’s ethos of “fine food all day”, but gives diners the option of just coming in for a bavette steak with beurre Café de Paris, for example, or Cornish mussels with home-made bread. Or pull out the stops and go for the luxurious fruits de mer platter.
In his new role, Bruce will be promoting menus for the private dining room, which holds groups from 8 to 16. Perfect for special occasions, guests are greeted with canapés, and can have a three or four course menu designed especially for them and their party.
WHERE: The Bay, Briton’s Hill, Penzance, TR18 3AE
TEL: 01736 366 890
EMAIL: [email protected]
NEW HEAD CHEF AT POLURRIAN BAY HOTEL
2013 finalist in South West Chef of the Year, Andrew Chan has joined Polurrian Bay Hotel as Head Chef. Chan worked previously at Bristol Marriott Royal, Cadbury House, Loch Fyne seafood restaurants, and Thornbury Castle.
Non-residents are welcome in the hotel restaurant with amazing view across Mounts Bay. Their Sunday lunch deals are worth a look, and locals’ membership gives a 10% discount on food and drinks.
SUMMER FOOD CELEBRATION ON LEMON QUAY
On 29 and 30 August Lemon Quay in Truro will play host to the biggest local produce market in Cornwall. The regular stall-holders of Truro Farmers Market will be joined by an army of award-winning producers, artisan enterprises and street food stalls.
With entertainment and chefs demonstrations adding to the festival atmosphere, the Big Produce Market is a seasonal celebration of Cornish food in the heart of the city. You’ll find fabulous summer fruit and veg alongside Cornish fish, freshly baked bread, locally brewed cider, ales and gin, artisan cheeses, olives, outdoor-reared pork, organic lamb and beef, as well as preserves, honey, chilli sauces and charcuterie. Plants and cut flowers from local nurseries will add a flourish of colour.
HIDDEN HUT FEAST NIGHTS
Our favourites this month are…
“Sole Night” on Friday 8 August: Whole local lemon soles stuffed with fennel, lemon & soft herbs and roasted slowly in sea salt over the wood-fire. Served with steamed greens and sautéed new potatoes. £16pp.
“Whole Crab & Chips” on Sunday 17 August: Spider crabs caught from the bay by the Portscatho Harbour Master and his sons. Served whole with a hammer and pick. Lemon & garlic aioli and hand-cut chips. £16pp.
“Porthcurnick Seafood Grill” on Saturday 30 August: A mix of fresh locally-caught seafood – whatever the fishermen lands. They’ll have the barbecue grill fired-up and you can take your pick of what you fancy. Served with a selection of sauces, side salads and sautéed new potatoes. £18pp.
Thank you to Elisa Cunningham, the talented artist behind this month’s header image. Elisa loves drawing food – to see her portfolio visit elisacunningham.com – and for commissions, including menus, invitations, maps and posters, send her an email.
Wadebridge Bookshop, one of our favourite independent shops, has opened a new second hand section – the Used Book Room. We’ve been told they have lots of lovely cookbooks so pop in for a browse.
Bude for Food is holding a pop-up tapas evening on 1 August in The Granary at Norton Barton. There will be a paella making demo followed by a feast of Spanish inspired tapas sharing plates by Cornish Charcuterie and Made With Love. £35 per person. For the full menu and booking details see here.
Hooray – Relish Food and Drink in Wadebridge is now open on Sundays. Serving great breakfast, brunch and lunch, gorgeous coffee, smoothies and shakes, and delicious treats available in the deli too.
Congratulations to the Cornwall Food & Drink team whose book, The Great Cornish Food Book, won the Waterstones Truro prize at the Holyer an Gof Awards for Cornwall related publications on 15 July.
Truro’s hugely successful Hub Box is taking over The One Eyed Cat on Kenwyn Street. More details when we have them…
We love the sound of Picnic in Falmouth’s Summer Picnic Wildlife Cruises. Running twice a day on Thursdays all summer, the three hour cruises include a picnic lunch or tea and glass of Cornish bubbly. Priced at £95 per person, see full details.
Congratulations to Helston’s Origin Coffee on the launch of their Espresso Bar in Selfridges. This is the first speciality coffee concession in Selfridges’ London Food Hall and has a full menu of espresso and filter coffee including trendy cold brews. Customers can also get their Origin Coffee beans freshly ground in-store.
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