THE FOODIE DIARY: AUGUST 2017
Welcome to a slightly-briefer-than-usual roundup of what’s happening on the Cornish food scene this month.
Happy reading, happy eating, and happy holidays!
NEW COCKTAIL MENU AT THE BEACH
The Beach at Bude has a new summer cocktail menu which features hibiscus margaritas, Aperol spritz, jugs of Pimm’s and non-alcoholic mocktails, including a cucumber and mint limeade and a ginger and jalapeño lemonade.
There is also a daily changing set lunch menu available, with two courses for £17 or three for £21. For a sample menu click here, and phone 01288 389800 to book a table.
Norton Barton Artisan Food Village is now open and worth a visit if you’re in the area. Just ten minutes from Bude, the Food Village is the home of Cornish Charcuterie, Popti Cornish Bakehouse, and The Cornish Distilling Co..
The Tea Room is open for brunch until 11.45am, lunch until 3pm, and afternoon tea. You can also pick up a picnic here.
There is a woodland walk through the surrounding farmland, which takes around an hour, and includes a nature trail.
Ideal for rainy days, there are chocolate workshops at 11am and 2pm, priced at £12 per person. Workshops last for approximately one hour and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Open 10am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Visit website for more details.
At Woodfired at West the team serves up wood-fired food from the drumbecues overlooking the beach, with sittings at 6pm and 8pm each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer.
Tickets are priced at £25 per person for nibbles and three courses, with vegetarian options available, and can be purchased online in advance. You can also turn up on the day and hope that they can fit you in. Drinks are available to buy from the bar.
PENGRILLIE BBQ FESTIVAL
Pentillie Castle‘s annual BBQ and food festival, Pengrillie, will be held on 6 August. Twelve teams will be competing to win the title of Pentillie Pitmaster in the BBQ competition, cooking their way through the four categories: ribs, burgers, fish and chicken.
With local suppliers and food stalls, this is a fun family day out for all BBQ enthusiasts, both eaters and grillers. Surrounding the competition will be BBQ demonstrations, a chilli eating contest, Skinner’s Brewery bar, street food outlets, and live music.
PILCHARDS CAFE OPENS IN PORT GAVERNE
New to Port Gaverne, Pilchards Café is open from 10.30am to 9.30pm every day. Run by the team from the Port Gaverne Hotel and Restaurant, you can expect good things here.
The daily-changing menu looks great, featuring dishes such as: flatbreads with spiced pork, spring onion, chilli and coriander; crab on toast; octopus with broad beans and capers; lamb chops with white beans and and smoked anchovy; and bavette steak with baby gems and chimichurri.
The café is on the beach at Port Gaverne. Drop in, or book a table on 01208 880891
SAIL THE BAY WITH THE OLD COASTGUARD
This month The Old Coastguard‘s guests will have the chance to sail on a topsail schooner, the Johanna Lucretia.
Johanna Lucretia is a two masted topsail schooner built at the Rhoos Shipyard, Ghent in Belgium in 1945. Between 12 and 18 August, Johanna Lucretia will be moored in Newlyn Harbour.
Morning trips include tea, coffee and pastries on arrival and a glass of sparkling wine on return to anchor. Afternoon trips will kick off with a glass of sparkling wine and a traditional cream tea on return to anchor.
Prices: £60 per adult, £40 per child. Minimum 10 passengers, maximum 24 passengers. Age limit of 8 years and over. Weather dependent, they won’t sail if there is more than a force six wind.
Save the date for 1,000 Mouths, Nancarrow’s “Festival of Feasts”, which will take place over four evenings from 5 to 8 October.
Some of the UK’s most inspirational chefs, producers and foragers will be joining Darren, Jack and the Nancarrow team, to put on an incredible event.
Over the four nights, the team of chefs will feed 1,000 people with the farm’s finest Red Devon beef, and guests will also be able to explore the farm, meet local craftsmen, sample campfire canapés and wild cocktails, and enjoy live music.
The event will raise funds for Action Against Hunger and tickets are available to purchase online.
300 guests will be treated to a delicious three-course dinner with live music from Bristol-based ten-piece band, On The Edge.
Tickets are priced at £70 each (on tables of ten) and are available from Tina Evans by emailing [email protected]. Any profits will be used to support the running of the festival, keeping it free for everyone to attend.
SKYBAR: POP UP BAR, EATS & BEATS
This month SkyBar is back at Polzeath (17 to 19 August) and St Agnes (24 to 27 August).
Purpose-built stretch marquees will pop up where you can enjoy street food al fresco style or dine in the marquee with some chilled, sunset DJ sets. There’ll be a Tanqueray gin bar, Ca’ Bolani Prosecco bar, Ciroc cocktail bar and Jaegermeister shots bar, as well as the main bar.
Tickets are limited to a maximum of 500 each evening, to create an exclusive, intimate “Apres-Sea” party vibe, with different themes each night: Throwback Thursday, Freestyle Friday, Beach House Saturday and Sunday Soul Session.
Tickets are £20, see the-skybar.co.uk for full details.
Set your alarms for noon, and be quick if you want to snap up some of the hottest tickets in town.
3 & 17 August Shellfish Feast Night at Philleigh Way
The ‘Krogen’ Woodfired Sessions are a celebration of Cornish shellfish, cooked on the huge wood grill or in the wood oven, £35pp.
4 August BinTwo Flight Club #8
Loire-themed wine tasting evening by binTwo at The Arc at Hawksfield. Six tasters and canapés, £30pp, followed by open bar.
Paella three ways: fish and shellfish, chicken and chorizo, and vegetable. Various wines to choose. Bring your own cutlery, crockery, etc.. £16pp.
4 August Hidden Hut Feast
Half chickens marinated in lemon, oregano & paprika, then spit-roasted over applewood fire. Hand-cut chips crisped up in the roasting juices. Served with spring salad and aioli. £16pp.
6 August Pengrillie
8 August Hidden Hut Feast
Cornish lobsters delivered straight from the sea by the fishermen. Cooked on the wood-fired grill and served with rosemary salted hand-cut chips. £25pp.
10 & 31 August Woodfired Sessions at Philleigh Way
Fish is the star of the Pysk Woodfired Sessions, £30pp, with live music.
The Box & Barber team is popping up at The Fish House for a street food feast. From 4pm.
12 August Padstow Brewing Co. Pocket Rocket launch
Try Padstow Brewing Co.’s first canned beer in their tasting from between 1pm and 5pm. From 5pm to 11pm join them for a brewery party with food and live music. £5pp includes your first pint and a beer glass.
12 August Wild Wine Club at Port Eliot Estate
Five French wines, with an accompanying five course feast, down by the river in the beautiful Port Eliot Estate £65pp.
12 August Secret Dining in the Company of Owls
Keep Cornwall Fed is catering for this feast near Fowey. Guests can meet the Bird Lady of Fowey and her owls and hawks while they are there. Paella and vegetarian risotto, £10pp.
Enjoy a whole lobster, with funky chips and salad, in The Old Market’s courtyard. £30pp.
16 August The Captain’s Table, Charlestown
An evening of food, music and tallships, set beneath the rigging in Charlestown’s inner harbour. Oysters, canapés and a glass of fizz will be followed by a meal from Keep Cornwall Fed. £50 for adults, £12.50 for 12 years and under, phone 01726 70241 to book.
12-18 August Sail the Bay
17 August Wild Wine Club at Port Eliot Estate
A five course French feast, with five matching wines, in the Orangery at Port Eliot. £65pp.
17-19 August Sky Bar at Polzeath
19 August Liskeard Ploughman’s Festival
Food and craft market on The Parade from 10am to 2pm. Music, food & beer in Westbourne Gardens, Dean St, 12 noon to 7pm.
23 August Hidden Hut Feast
Tomahawk steaks grilled over hot coals, served with wild horseradish leaf butter, dauphinoise potato, scorched tomato relish, and allotment watercress. £20 pp.
24-27 August Sky Bar at St Agnes
Warren’s delicious dry-aged côte de boeuf, cooked medium rare over oak flames, and served with gratin dauphinois, roasted tomatoes, horseradish cream, and green salad. £28pp.
2-3 September Landulph Craft Ale Festival
A festival to celebrate craft ale, with live music, children’s entertainment, food and drink, and camping.
6 September Feast at Nancarrow Farm
A fantastic farmyard feast, with delicious food and live music, £35pp. The mouthwatering menu features home-reared pork and lamb, and homegrown fruit and veg.
15 September Lobster Friday at The Beach Hut
Head down to Watergate Bay for a lobster feast. £50pp or £65pp including wine flight, book online.
16 September Padstow Christmas Festival 10th Anniversary Ball
22-24 September Great Cornish Food Festival
Save the date for this brilliant festival of Cornish food, on Lemon Quay in Truro.
5-8 October 1,000 Mouths Festival
Dream job alert: Chris Eden is looking for a talented chef to join the team at his Michelin-starred restaurant at the Driftwood Hotel.
BinTwo is looking for somebody with a keen interest in food and drink, with FOH and hospitality experience, to join their team at The Arc at Hawksfield. For more details see Facebook or email [email protected].
St Kew Inn is looking for full time chefs and bar staff, for permanent employment. Phone 01208 841259.
Trevibban Mill Vineyard is on the hunt for friendly bar staff, either one full-time person, or two part-time employees, who will be willing to take on additional hours for events/weddings. Please send CVs to [email protected] or for more information on the role visit www.trevibbanmill.com/jobs.
The Beach at Bude are looking for an experienced chef de partie to join their team, working under head chef Joe Simmonds, in a busy two AA Rosette kitchen. To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected].
NB If you apply for a job, please let your potential employer know that you read about it here.
Greens of Padstow has had a major refurb, and is now open with a new look and new menu, along with fantastic views over the Camel Estuary. Head chef Andy Snell (ex Nathan Outlaw) has created a really well-balanced (and reasonably-priced) menu which we’re looking forward to trying.
Check out Philleigh Way Cookery School‘s jam-packed diary of cookery courses, including several Cornish-themed workshops, Argentinian Asado on 25 August, and South East Asian Cookery on 29 August.
Una Kitchen in St Ives has re-opened after a refurb, and it looks beautiful. The mouthwatering menu consists of Mediterranean style wood-fired cuisine.
Excitement is mounting for new coffee roasters Rising Ground, whose new roaster has arrived at their HQ in Relish Food and Drink in Wadebridge.
The Ship Inn in Wadebridge is holding Big Green Egg BBQs between 5pm and 8pm each Sunday.
Fifteen Cornwall is running an Instagram competition to win a family breakfast.
Penperth Farm‘s new farm shop and café on the Roseland is open for business.
Hidden Craftworks is set up at Padstow Kitchen Garden for the summer. Reservations can be made by phoning 07920 107699; walk ins and takeaways also possible. Open 2pm to 8.30pm Wednesday to Saturday, and 12pm to 6pm on Sundays.
Check out the food, drinks and regular live music at Surfside‘s new Rum Bar in Polzeath.
The new look Fig Café in Lemon Street Market, Truro, has reopened.
If you have food news for the September Foodie Diary please email us by 23 August.