THE FOODIE DIARY: JANUARY 2019
Happy new year! Here’s a quick round-up of some of the best food and drink news and events in Cornwall this month, as well as a few events further ahead that you should book for now.
Whether you’re on a detox, doing Veganuary, or comfort eating your way through winter, Cornwall is the place to be. It may be cold, but it’s beautifully quiet. It’s the perfect time of year to wrap up warm, stomp along the coast path, and treat yourself to a meal out.
NB Some restaurants, hotels and cafés are closed for their annual holidays, either for a well-earned rest or a quick refurb, so be sure to check opening hours before you set off.
FREE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY WORKSHOPS
Anyone working in the hospitality industry is invited to join Hospitality Hacks on their double decker bus roadshow, which is visiting St Ives, Falmouth, Newquay and Padstow on 21, 22, 23 and 24 January respectively. On board the bus there will be free industry workshops on useful topics including hospitality tech, using Instagram effectively, getting press coverage, and SEO trends. For full details and to sign up for a workshop, visit website.
Hospitality Hacks provides a platform for anyone working in Cornish hospitality to share the small things that together can add up to making a big difference. This is all about sharing, learning, and being inspired by each other, to make Cornish hospitality even better.
For more information, or to submit your own hack, visit hospitalityhacks.co.uk.
JANUARY OFFERS AT THE HEADLAND
The Headland Hotel in Newquay has some special deals in its Terrace Restaurant, running from Monday to Thursday throughout January.
On Mondays two people can enjoy an 8oz rib-eye steak, with a bottle of wine to share, for £50. On Tuesdays two courses are priced at £20, and on Wednesdays kids eat half price (up to two children per each full price main course). On Thursdays there’s a choice of burgers, priced at £16 including a pint of guest ale.
Visit website for full details, or phone 01637 872211 to book a table.
DIP AND DINE AT UNA
If you’ve got some time to unwind on a Sunday or Thursday, take advantage of Una Kitchen‘s Dip and Dine offer. Enjoy a free swim when you book a table for two (or more) people for lunch or dinner.
For full details, to see the menu (which includes delicious wood-fired pizzas, fish and steak, and a wood-fired roast on Sundays) or to book a table, visit www.unastives.co.uk.
LUNCH FOR A FIVER AT THE GURNARD’S HEAD & THE OLD COASTGUARD
This annual offer sounds too good to be true, but it is an actual thing! We made the most of it last year and had a superb lunch at The Gurnard’s Head – read all about it here.
For details of how to get your lunch for £5 click here. Ts & Cs: The offer runs 12 to 26 January; when one diner pays full price, the second pays £5.
NEW SATURDAY BRUNCH MENU AT THE LONGSTORE
Brunch at The Longstore in Charlestown could be our new favourite way to spend a Saturday morning. The menu is great, with a specials board which, on our recent visit, included n’duja potato hash with steak and poached eggs, toasted sourdough with avocado, tomato salsa and poached egg, and shakshuka with charred flatbread. There are also options for children.
SAM’S ALPINE LODGE
Sam’s in the City has transformed into a ski lodge this winter, with an appropriately alpine menu, so you can get get your après work/shopping fix. Dishes include raclette, schnitzels, apple strudel and Toblerone cheesecake.
On Ski Sundays and Mondays there’s 10% off the menu if pre-booked; feel free to dress up in your finest après ski attire! Sam’s will also be serving their latest cocktail “Snogg”, which is Eierlikör made with, and in collaboration with, St Ewe Eggs.
For more details see Facebook.
Holly’s Gin is a brand new Cornish gin created by Holly Harwood. Distilled in Cornwall, the gin contains nine botanicals, including orange, gentian root and passion flower, and the bottle is beautifully designed.
A 70cl bottle is priced at £36 and is available to buy online with expected delivery in the second week of January.
COOKERY CLASSES AT TRURO SCHOOL
Saturday classes continue at Truro School’s shiny new cookery school this month. Options include creating a family feast to be enjoyed that evening at home, teenagers’ street food classes, and kids’ baking workshops.
Prices vary from £25 to £65, full details can be found online. Also new for 2019 are children’s birthday parties. Get in touch with the school for more details.
NEW DOUGHNUT SHOP IN TRURO
New to Truro is Doughnut Addict, which sells an incredible selection of mouthwatering doughnuts, and very good Yallah coffee.
Doughnut flavours include lemon drizzle cake with lemon curd, Kinder Bueno with Nutella ganache, Oreo cookie crumb with Cornish sea salt caramel, as well as classic super soft brioche doughnuts filled with homemade jams and custards. For full details, visit their website.
CHARITY LUNCHES AT RICK STEIN’S
This January Rick Stein’s is supporting St Petroc’s Society, The Fishermen’s Mission and Children’s Hospice South West as part of their series of charity lunches.
Visit Rick Stein’s Fish, Falmouth between 8 January and 2 February to support St Petroc’s Society – a charity working to end street homelessness in Cornwall by providing accommodation, support and advice to homeless people. There is a special two course menu for £12, plus a £2.50 cover charge which goes directly to the charity.
At Rick Stein, Porthleven, between 24 January and 15 February, there will be a three course menu on offer, packed with Rick’s classic dishes, for £15, plus a £2.50 cover charge for The Fishermen’s Mission. .
The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow is running its charity lunches from 16 January to 15 February. The three course menu is priced at £21.50, plus a £2.50 cover charge donated to Children’s Hospice South West.
STEAK NIGHT AT THE OLD MILL BISTRO
Friday night is steak night at The Old Mill Bistro in Little Petherick. Guests can choose their cut of steak (e.g. 8oz rump or 6oz fillet), sauce (e.g. classic Béarnaise or smoked garlic and thyme butter), side dish (e.g. baked Portobello mushroom or red cabbage and fennel slaw) and wine (e.g. an Italian Barolo or a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc).
All steaks are cooked on the Big Green Egg, and are served with hand cut double cooked chips and a baby gem and red onion salad.
Steak prices range from £20 to £24, which includes a sauce, side dish and one bottle of wine per couple. Sauce and side dish choices will change each week, and the normal menu is also available.
To book a table or to find out more see oldmillbistro.co.uk.
Thursday 10 January French Supper Club at The Winestore
A French inspired feast, with matching wines, at The Winestore in Charlestown. £45pp for four courses and wine. Phone 01726 61777 to book.
Saturday 19 January Film and Curry night at Townshend Village Hall
A screening of “Bride and Prejudice” at 7.30pm preceded by a slap-up curry at 6.30pm. Curry supper £4 per person, film £6 for new members (includes 2019 C Fylm membership) or £3 for current members. To book phone 07842201950.
Wednesday 23 January Game Night at The Polgooth Inn
Local game takes centre stage at this Game Night at The Polgooth Inn. Booking essential. Phone 01726 74089.
Thursday 24 January Burns Night Supper at The Winestore
A Scottish feast to celebrate Burns Night, with whisky tasting, at The Winestore in Charlestown. Phone 01726 61777 to book.
Friday 25 January Burns Night Dinner at The Old Quay House Hotel
A seven course extravaganza by Scottish-born head chef Richard Massey, complete with whisky pairings. Read about last year’s dinner here. £55pp. Please phone 01726 833302 to book.
Friday 25 January Burns Night Supper Club at Philleigh Way
Philleigh Way’s new owner, chef Rupert Cooper, will be cooking up a Scottish feast to celebrate Burns Night at this “interactive dining experience”. £45pp. Book online.
Friday 25 January Burns Night Social at The Gurnard’s Head
Haggis, neeps and tatties, whisky cocktails, pipes and poems. From 6pm, £35pp, to book phone 01736 796928.
Saturday 26 January Seafood Cookery Masterclass at The Sardine Factory
Seafood cookery class with chef Ben Palmer followed by a three course lunch at The Sardine Factory in Looe. From 11am. £35pp including lunch and recipes. Phone 01503 770262 to book.
Saturday 26 January Feast at Nancarrow Farm
Cosy up in the beautiful barn at Nancarrow Farm for a wintery feast, featuring their homegrown organic meat and veg. £40pp. Dinner, bed and breakfast options also available, £200 for two people. Book online.
Wednesday 30 January Pasta masterclass at Bustopher Jones
Head chef Darren Millgate is running a pasta making masterclass, with demos and practical sessions, followed by lunch and a glass of wine. £85pp. To book a place phone 01872 430000.
Wednesday 30 January Pie Night at The Polgooth Inn
Pie night at The Polgooth Inn, normal menu also available. Booking essential, phone 01726 74089.
Thursday 31 January An evening with Steve Dustow at Talland Bay Hotel
Steve Dustow (from Colwith Farm Distillery) will be hosting a talk and gin tasting at Talland Bay Hotel as part of their “Ginuary” celebrations. Hear how Steve went about building Cornwall’s first plough to bottle distillery and making Talland Bay’s own gin. As well as sampling the wares guests will be treated to a gin-inspired menu by head chef, Nick Hawke. £80pp, with a limited number of rooms available at special rate of £100 B&B per room per night. For more info see tallandbayhotel.co.uk.
Friday 1 February Kate Attlee Supper at Emily’s in Truro
Kate will be cooking a three course winter-blues-busting meal in the cosy Emily’s in Truro. A bargain at £15, and half price for children, who are very much welcome. Two sittings, 6pm and 8.15pm. Full details on Instagram.
Friday 1 February Taste of Sri Lanka at The Beach Hut
Travel cookbook writer and chef Jon Lewin joins Neil Haydock to cook a feast of authentic Sri Lankan curry dishes at The Beach Hut at Watergate Bay. There will also be live music and a beach bonfire. £30pp, book online.
Friday 1 February ‘The Ground Up’ at The Warehouse in Penryn
Beautiful & The Feast and Origin are collaborating for this seasonal feast at Origin’s coffee shop, The Warehouse, in Penryn. Tickets are priced at £26.79, for full details and to buy a ticket, see here.
Thursday 7 February Tuscan Feast at The Longstore
This special winemaker dinner celebrates all things Tuscan with a feasting menu created by executive chef Ben Ambridge in collaboration with Italian wine producer Brancaia. Diners will be guided through each wine and hear stories of wine making in Tuscany. Booking essential. £75pp. Phone 01726 68598.
Thursday 7 February Fundraising Dinner for Age UK
The fabulous Helping Hands and Pans (members of Rick Stein’s team who dontate their time for charitable events) are cooking to raise funds for Age UK at this dinner in Newquay. The tasty sounding menu is £27.74pp, book online.
Friday 15 February Taco Friday at The Beach Hut
A “build your own, eat with your hands, pass and share kind of feast” accompanied by the sounds of a visiting mariachi band, and a beach bonfire. £35pp, book online.
Friday 1 March Middle Eastern Supper Club with Kate Attlee at Scarlet Wines
Big flavours at big tables for Kate Attlee’s Middle Eastern supper club, with matching wines by Scarlet Wines’ Jon Keast. £50pp for three courses and wines.
After five years running The Mariners in Rock, Nathan Outlaw and his team will step down from their partnership with Sharp’s Brewery at the end of January. Watch this space for exciting news about who is taking over!
Jamie Coleman has joined The Beach at Bude as head chef. Having worked under Gordon Ramsay and Michael Caines, we’re looking forward to sampling his new menus. He has also brought back the popular set lunch menu, which is definitely worth a try.
Claire Randall, previously a Michelin inspector and the MD at Lucknam Park, has been appointed as general manager of The Idle Rocks and The St Mawes Hotel from March.
A Crowdfunder campaign to open a ReFILL Shop in Bude is currently underway. So far the campaign has raised over £7,775 of its £11,000 target, and ends on 25 January. If you would like to make a donation, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk.
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We love to hear from you. Please email your news or details of any events by 25 January for inclusion in the February Foodie Diary.