THE FOODIE DIARY: AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
WHAT’S NEW ON THE FOOD SCENE THIS MONTH
The past five years have seen pasties and Stargazy Pie taking a backseat to crab shacks, gourmet pizzas and Michelin-starred restaurants across the county.
We’re often trading tip-offs and rumours around the office about the latest restaurant openings and pop-up events around Cornwall. So, we thought we’d compile a monthly round-up of foodie news for you to enjoy…
AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
Little Plates, a new tapas-style Mediterranean restaurant, is coming to Wadebridge this autumn under the experienced hand of Rupert Wilson, former manager of The Seafood Restaurant, and his wife Sarah. Scallop and sea bass ceviche and pork belly cutlets with broad beans were just a few dishes we tasted at their recent St. Kew pop-up event.
The Wilsons have also spent the summer revamping The Ship Inn in Wadebridge. After a big, blow-out opening at the August Bank Holiday weekend, the new gastropub is open for business with the promise of superb food – and a whole new lease of life to the old locals’ pub.
Just around the corner, Blue Bus Catering Co. have taken over Relish Deli in Foundry Court every Friday and Saturday night for Blue Bus @ Relish. The idea is that the simple menu rotates every week with a two or three-course option. It’s the intimate setting and temporary nature that makes Blue Bus @ Relish just that little bit different from your normal Saturday meal out.
On the theme of small dishes, Nathan Outlaw has just opened a new restaurant in Port Isaac, based around sharing dishes. Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen has taken over the harbourside premises formerly home to Emily Scott’s Harbour restaurant at No. 1 Middle Street. Shared plates is not a great concept for pudding-hoggers, but the menu looks intriguing enough to break the rules for once – particularly the Port Isaac lobster roll and succulent-looking fish burger with herb mayonnaise.
In Truro, there are rumblings of an American-style diner opening its doors in September under the name Mustard & Rye. They aren’t giving much away just yet. However, their Facebook page has been dropping hints of salt beef sandwiches, gourmet hot dogs and sliders – plus a 1920s speakeasy bar upstairs. With over 1,000 likes already, it looks like they’ll have customers banging on the doors.
Across in Porthleven, our favourite Cornish coffee roasters Origin have opened their new Brew House. An extension of the roastery, The Brew House promises to showcase fresh crop seasonal coffees from around the world using brew methods including espresso, V60 and Aeropress. Housed in the Harbour Head building in Porthleven it’s an ideal location to drop in and grab a hot drink post-surf.
To finish off, Dolly’s Tea Room and Wine Bar in Falmouth are holding a supper club with Lucas Hollweg, the Sunday Times columnist and cookery writer. Tickets are just £25 and Lucas will be signing his new book Good Things To Eat, a collection of simple recipes for those evenings when you just want something straight-forward and delicious for dinner.
Are you opening a new restaurant in Cornwall? Planning on setting up a pop-up food event? Then let us know by emailing [email protected]
Photos: Nathan Outlaw; Blue Bus Catering Co.; Dolly’s Tea Room and Wine Bar