THE FOODIE DIARY: JANUARY
Here’s our pick of Cornwall’s best foodie events and winter menus this month.
We recommend you tuck into some of the delicious, seasonal food on offer, with hearty dishes and proper puddings, perfect for warming you up on a grey winter’s day.
Happy new year, and happy eating!
WILD CORNWALL LUNCH AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL
The Wild Cornwall lunch menu will be available six days a week from Monday 4 January to Friday 12 February 2016, excluding the period from 11 to 22 January when the restaurant will be closed. Three courses are priced at £24 per person.
The Italian-inspired dishes will be created using the very best Cornish ingredients, with a daily changing menu, which we can highly recommend.
For starters, expect to see dishes such as pappa al pomodoro – a classic heart-warming Tuscan tomato and bread soup. As a main course, potato gnocchi with romanesco alla barese; or fillet of hake, crushed herby potatoes, winter greens and aioli. And for pudding, pinolata della nonna or grandma’s pine nut and custard tart.
Book online or phone 01637 861000.
POP UP SUSHI RESTAURANT IN MAWGAN PORTH
The six course menu includes miso soup, sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls, locally caught fish, locally sourced ingredients and the finest exported Japanese produce.
Tickets are priced at £35 per person. Please phone Chef In My Home Events on 07496 886554 to book your place.
The Park is offering a special rate on accommodation for those attending the sushi evening, with a 30% discount on a two-night break for those arriving on 29 January. Lodges are available from £24 per person per night. For reservations phone The Park on 01637 860322.
The Beach Hut at Watergate Bay is continuing their popular Fish Supper Fridays into spring, with the next event taking place on Friday 29 January.
Think big dishes of locally-sourced seafood that are made for sharing. Sample dishes include: fish fritto of goujons, prawns and calamari, with sauces for dipping; focaccia, lemon and parmesan crusted fish in parsley sauce; Spanish seafood rice with mussels and clams; and slow cooked kale, peas and beans, followed by poached sticky toffee pear pavlova.
A vegetarian option will be available and children are welcome. Tickets cost £25 (£12.50 for children). For full details and to book online visit the website.
This year’s Top 50 UK Gastropubs will be announced on 25 January.
Emily Scott’s St Tudy Inn has been shortlisted as “One to Watch”.
The five course tasting menu looks mouthwateringly good – see the website for the full menu – and includes dishes such as crispy fried salt cod, roasted scallops with white port and garlic, spaghetti con frutti di mare, monkfish roasted over coals with fennel gratin, white bean and rosemary, and an olive oil cake with grappa for dessert.
The menu is priced at £95 per person, including a matching wine flight.
Phone 01326 270270 to book or visit www.idlerocks.com/eat/theseahorse. Accommodation options also available.
SET LUNCHES AT ST TUDY INN
The set lunch menu at St Tudy Inn is great value, and the food served is some of the prettiest around. My favourites are the rosemary focaccia crumbed monkfish tails, and the perfectly wobbly panna cotta.
Two courses are priced at £18, three courses £23.
Available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes. Phone 01208 850656 or book online.
BETTER BREWING COURSE AT RELISH FOOD AND DRINK
Join Hugo Hercod, sometime UK Barista champion and self-confessed coffee geek, for a coffee-fuelled morning at Relish in Wadebridge.
Participants will learn all about coffee in a three hour hands on course, full details online.
Price includes breakfast – fresh croissants and pain au chocolate while you learn – and as much coffee as you probably want to drink in one morning, as well as a 250g bag of beans to take home and 10% discount on coffee equipment.
£60 per person, 9am to 12 noon, Sunday 24 January and Sunday 31 January.
BRUNCH AT THE BEACH HUT
The Beach Hut’s popular brunch will be served from 10am to 4pm every Sunday until 20 March.
The food on offer is fantastic – have a lazy, late breakfast (the French toast is divine) or a long lunch. From noon there’ll be roast chicken alongside favourites such as moules frites and fried fish burritos.
I could spend hours here reading the Sunday papers, working my way through the menu and watching the waves.
Congratulations to those shortlisted in the Food Reader Awards 2016.
The Cornwall contingent of the grand finalists includes Emily Scott of St Tudy Inn, who has been nominated as best chef and Paul Ainsworth who is shortlisted in the food hero and best restaurant categories.
Also listed are: Watergate Bay Hotel (best foodie hotel), Strong Adolfo’s (best café), The Star and Garter in Falmouth (best foodie pub), Tarquin’s Gin and St Austell Brewery‘s Tribute (best drink), Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream (best foodie product), Philip Warren and Stein’s Deli (best independent food retailer), Tin and Thyme (best food blogger), Stein’s Padstow Seafood School (best cookery school), Fistral Beach Hotel and Fifteen Cornwall (best wine list), Trevaskis Farm and Padstow Farm Shop (best farm shop).
Mmmmmm. We love this picture, and we love Craftworks‘ tacos.
As well as tacos, Craftworks serves burgers, burritos, salads, squid, nachos and quesadillas from their street food container on Lemon Quay. Don’t miss their specials, and regular deals such as Taco Tuesday and Student Thursday.
Open 11am to 6pm Monday to Thursday, 11am to 8pm Friday and Saturday, 11.30am to 4pm Sunday.
BLUES AND BRISKET AT THE STAR AND GARTER
From 7pm each Monday evening enjoy live blues and mountain music from Tom Dale at The Star and Garter in Falmouth.
Team that with their mouthwatering food and a wide selection of beers, and it sounds like the perfect way to start your week.
Expect slow smoked brisket, campfire beans, homemade chilli cornbread and pickles for just £8. For dessert it’s either bourbon brownie or sticky toffee pudding.
Book a table by phoning 01326 316663 or online.
NEWS FROM LUSTY GLAZE
From 7 January, Lusty Glaze will be open seven days a week, with the first Woodburner session of the year on 8 January, then every Friday evening.
Thursdays see the popular steak and wine offer – you can enjoy rump or tuna steak with all the trimmings, plus a bottle of wine, for £30 for two people. Available from 12 noon until close each Thursday.
Cocktail hour runs from 5 to 7pm every Thursday and Sunday, when all cocktails are £5.
The next Secret Supper takes place on Thursday 21< January. The menu is a secret, but promises seven delicious courses. Tickets are priced at £45 per person which includes a drink on arrival. Book online.
You can enjoy lunch or an early supper at the beach with a set menu priced at £13 for 2 courses and £16 for 3 courses, and available from 12 noon until 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
On Sundays there is a different set menu featuring roasts alongside other favourites. Main courses are priced at £10.95, two courses £15.95 and three courses £19.95.
Finally, if you have a birthday in January, February or March you will receive a free bottle of prosecco or wine when you celebrate with friends at Lusty Glaze. For full details see website.
ORGANIC POP UP RESTAURANT AT COSTISLOST
Costislost in Washaway, near Wadebridge, is holding a four course pop-up dinner on Friday 22 January.
The meal will consist of local organic and foraged ingredients and dinner will be served on the handsome long kitchen table, in front of a roaring log fire.
The set four course menu costs £30 per person. Vegetarian options available. BYO drinks – no corkage charge.
Costislost is a beautiful boutique B&B and there are four luxury bedrooms available for those who wish to stay. Prices start at £80 for a double room.
To book, please phone 01208 840031 or email [email protected].
NEWS FROM RICK STEIN
The Seafood Restaurant is running charity lunches from 12 January until 12 February. Three courses are priced at £19, with a £2.50 cover charge donated directly to Children’s Hospice South West.
See the sample menu, which includes a classic fish soup (pictured), Amritsari fish with green tomato chutney, Chettinad masala fish Curry, fillets of plaice piperade, Seville orange tart with lemon yoghurt sorbet, and a salted caramel cheesecake with meringue.
The set lunch menu at St Petroc’s Bistro is great value and always delicious. Two courses are £15, and three £20, and the menu includes dishes such as chargrilled sardines, grilled hake fillet and steamed ginger pudding.
Tuesday is student night at Rick Stein’s Fish in Falmouth, with cod and chips and a beer or glass of house wine for £9.95 – usually £17.
Rick Stein Fistral‘s curry nights are held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, when you can enjoy two curries, two chapatis, two sides and two beers – £19.95 for two people. This offer is available every lunchtime too.
Curries include lamb karahi, buttery vegetable makhanawala or Goan chicken curry and side dishes include homemade kachumber salad and mango chutney. Home delivery also available – see website for more information.
Fifteen Cornwall is holding two special events over Valentine’s weekend:
Cupid’s Carnivores’ Night – Friday 12 February
This meal begins with a glass of prosecco and a sharing board of authentic Italian antipasti. For main course it’s a juicy Cornish steak, Fifteen style, and the evening will finish with a selection of sweet treats.
The menu is priced at £55 per head. Vegetarian option available.
Valentine’s Dinner – Sunday 14 February
This special six course tasting menu includes Cornish rock oysters in the “Seaside to Share” starter, agnolotti of short rib with a lobster ragu, a choice of three main courses and a dark chocolate, salt caramel and blood orange torte. The menu is priced at £75 each, with a specially curated wine package for an extra £60 per person.
To book for either event phone 01637 861000.
FISHERMEN’S MISSION MEALS AT SAM’S
Sam’s Fowey and Sam’s on the Beach in Polkerris are running a special menu in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission.
Available from 12 to 5pm, Monday to Friday until February half term, three courses are priced at £20 per person, with £2 donated to the charity.
The menu features French classics such as fish soup and bouillabaisse, along with a fish trio of sardine, tempura mullet and garlic scallop, and oven baked code with herb crust and celeriac mash. Desserts include a Cointreau and apricot bread and butter pudding, and chocolate torte.
To book a table phone Fowey on 01726 832273 or Polkerris on 01726 812255. For more details visit their website.
TAPAS AT PHILLEIGH WAY
Philleigh Way cookery school has launched a new Tapas course adding to its already extensive programme of courses.
Covering delicious dishes including crispy squid with a tomato salad, Spanish empanadas with chimichurri and salt cod fritters, this hands-on day course will give students the confidence and skills to prepare a range of delicious dishes at home to share with family and friends.
The first course takes place on Wednesday 9 March and is priced at £135 to include a glass of prosecco mid-morning and wine.
For details of all their courses visit www.philleighway.co.uk.
Brew Cornwall’s pop up café at The Cornish Food Box is remaining open due to popular demand, and will be named The Workers Café. It’s open from 9.30am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday, and they’re also thinking about putting on some supper clubs. Keep an eye on Facebook for more details.
We love their daily free coffee for someone with a particular name (see picture above).
THE OLD COASTGUARD‘S CLOSURE FEAST
The Old Coastguard is holding a feast this Sunday, 10 January, before they close after check-out on Monday for painting and decorating. The chef is allowing the larder to be emptied and the buffet will run from 7pm until the cupboards are bare.
A larder raid is fun, but a cellar raid is funerer; £2 a pint from open barrels, and all remaining open wines at house wine price.
£15 per head (£8.50 for under 12’s). Phone 01736 731222 to book.
LUNCH FOR A FIVER
Eat Drink Sleep’s famous January lunch offer is back from 16 to 30 January, Monday to Saturday.
Please mention “Lunch for a Fiver” when booking your table. Contact details can be found on their websites by clicking through the links above.
The New Yard Restaurant at Trelowarren will be hosting a special game night to celebrate the end of the shooting season.
The menu includes woodcock and pigeon terrine with pickled mushroom and beetroot compote, roast venison with a chocolate sauce, hazelnuts and sprouts, and a chilled chocolate fondant with salted caramel sauce.
The dinner will be held at 6.30pm on Saturday 6 February and is priced at £25 for three courses.
FREE DESSERT AT ROSEWARNE MANOR
Next week, Rosewarne Manor is offering a free dessert with any à la carte main course or fillet steak. To claim this offer, book a table by emailing [email protected] and ask Cyril for the free dessert!
On Friday 29 January don’t miss their monthly seven course tasting menu evening, priced at £45 per person. Phone 01209 610414 to book your place.
The Driftwood Spars in St Agnes host a pie and a pint night every Thursday, with a delicious homemade pie and a pint of Driftwood ale, lager or a soft drink for £10. Also now every Saturday is steak night, with two rump steaks for £20.
The Social Dining Network returns to Oliver’s in Falmouth on 5 February. Book early as this event was fantastic last year, with a superb menu priced at £32.25 per person.
Don’t miss Paul Ainsworth on BBC Saturday Kitchen on 9 January.
Potluck Cornwall are holding a Japanese supper club on Thursday 28 January at Naoko’s Kitchen in Truro. The menu looks amazing and is priced at £30 per person.
Get 15% off Buttermilk Confectionery’s full range using the code JANSALE2016 from their website.
Newquay Orchard’s scavenger hunt sounds great fun. It costs £4 per child and takes place from 10 to 11.30am on Saturday 16 January. Booking essential.
Kernow Eats has developed a new farm shop map so you can find your closest farm shop.
Check out The Cornish Syrup Co.’s Crowdfunder campaign, looking for support to launch their new brand of all natural coffee syrups.