THE FOODIE DIARY: JULY
School’s (nearly) out for summer.
Check out our pick of the wonderful food and drink events and festivals being held across the county this month, plus a smattering of new restaurants and chefs, and the chance to win dinner for two at Philleigh Way’s Woodfired Session on 16 July.
Islington’s Prawn on the Lawn is opening a Padstow outpost in July. Owners Rick and Katie are currently transforming what was Margot’s Bistro into a smart seafood bar and fishmonger.
The menu looks gorgeous, with dishes such as razor clams and cockles with a chorizo dressing, nettles and poppy seeds (pictured), Cornish king crab with adobo dressing and mooli, and scallop ceviche with chilli, coriander and passion fruit.
THE POOL BAR OPENS AT THE PARK, MAWGAN PORTH
There’s a new addition to the outdoor pool area at The Park in Mawgan Porth, in the form of The Pool Bar.
Regular poolside events include Monday paella nights (£20 per person for seafood paella, chicken and chorizo, tortilla de patata, gambas prawns, tapas and crema catalana) and Thursday seafood nights (Newquay harbour crab, Fowey mussels and Fal Estuary scallops, bread, new potatoes and mixed salad, cheese board or Eton mess served with local berries).
On Sundays you can enjoy a day relaxing by the pool, with a barbecue on the go during the afternoon.
For more information please phone 01637 860322. Booking recommended.
Philleigh Way Cookery School‘s Woodfired Sessions have been a roaring success so far, and here are some more dates for your diary: beef on 9 July and fish on 16 July. There are another eight events in August. Tickets are priced at £30 per person.
We have two tickets to give away for the Pysk (fish) Woodfired Session on 16 July. The evening kicks off at 7pm and the menu looks amazing. See here for more details and to enter the prize draw – there are no catches, just enter your name and email address for a chance to win. Competition closes at 12 noon on Friday 10 July.
If you haven’t visited Gilmore’s in Newquay yet, then you must do so! We had a fantastic evening there a few weeks ago – crazy golf, cocktails and tacos really is the perfect combination. Read all about it here.
They are currently running an “Early Bird Breakfast” promotion – get a breakfast burrito and Origin coffee for £5 between 7.30 and 8.30am (every day except Sundays).
Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more news.
TAKE A SEAT AT THE BAR AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL
If you have a last minute urge to visit Fifteen Cornwall, you can now make reservations at the bar, on the day, for evening drinks, antipasti, or the full evening menu.
Bookings will be taken for 6.15, 7.30 and 8.15pm time slots, perfect for watching the sun setting over the sea. Seats will only be available to book on the day by phone (01637 861000) – they cannot be booked online.
There will still be some places at the bar available on a first come first served basis. No under 12’s are allowed at the bar and there are no children’s menus available in the evening.
I’m loving the Facebook feed from Mr Surfy’s, a clifftop snack van at New Polzeath. As well as photos of their ridiculously good pancake stacks, you can check their regular surf reports.
From 17 July don’t miss their “Curry on the Cliff” nights, from 5 to 9pm every Friday until the end of August, weather permitting. There’ll be both meat and veg options. Bring your own picnic blankets or chairs, and drinks.
HAPPY HOUR AT ST TUDY INN
Fans of Emily Scott’s pub, the St Tudy Inn, will be pleased to hear that Emily is starting a happy hour, every Friday from 4 to 6pm.
A different drinks promotion will be running each week – see the latest news on Facebook – and you can enjoy something delicious from the bar menu while you’re there.
Both companies will stock your holiday house fridge and freezer ready for your arrival.
Angels in the Kitchen deliver in the mid-Cornwall area, from Perranporth to Roseland, and Port Isaac to Looe. The Seaside Kitchen will deliver within approximately 20 miles of Falmouth, or further for larger orders and by prior arrangement.
AFTERNOON TEA AT THE OLD QUAY HOUSE HOTEL
You can’t get much closer to the sea than The Old Quay House Hotel‘s terrace, and it’s a rather special spot to enjoy afternoon tea.
A cream tea comprises two scones with local jam and cream, with either tea or coffee, and is priced at £6.
The fantastic high tea costs £25 and is big enough for two hungry people, or even a family, to share: four scones with local jam and cream, a selection of sandwiches and cakes, with tea or coffee.
It is available daily, from 2.30 – 5.30pm (except for Tuesdays when it is from 4pm). For reservations phone 01726 833302.
GENKI SUSHI NIGHT
St Agnes’ beach hut café Genki is holding two more of its popular sushi nights this month – on Saturdays 4 and 18 July.
Tickets cost £25 per person and include a starter, dessert and coffee, as well as a spectacular platter of freshly prepared sushi.
Other events this month are cocktails and tapas on Friday evenings, and fresh barbecued mackerel baps on 11 and 25 July.
CRAFTWORKS COMES TO TRURO
Lemon Quay will soon be home to Craftworks Street Kitchen, a new venture from George Blomfield, Mick Warren and Dan Brightman, who serve exciting street food dishes from around the world.
The team already cater for weddings and events throughout the South West from their converted 1966 American Airstream trailer; we can vouch for their burgers being very tasty.
In early July, Craftworks will be taking over the converted shipping container in Lemon Quay (the former home of Hub Box); it’s the perfect spot for informal dining. They will be serving burritos, sliders, burgers, fish tacos and Thai beef salad, as well as daily specials including New York grilled cheese sandwiches, Moroccan lamb wraps and Korean fried chicken.
THOMAS DANIELL REOPENS
I particularly like the look of the “Hot Handfuls” menu, served 6-10pm, which includes beef brisket sliders (just £2.25) and homemade Scotch eggs.
The pub is open from 10am for coffee and cake through to dinner, with great pub food at lunchtime, and their Sunday brunches and roasts look very tempting.
Evening menus feature proper gastropub fare, such as mac ‘n’ cheese with spiced beef brisket, garlic bread and salad, fish and chips with minted pea purée and pickled onion mayonnaise, and steamed Fowey mussels with chips.
For table reservations or more information phone 01872 858110 or visit their Facebook page.
TURBOT AT THE FISH HOUSE
Paul Harwood is making the most of turbot season, with a whole roasted fish for two people to share for £48, until the end of July.
For reservations phone 01637 872085 or 07975 945832 or visit the website.
TOAST THE COAST AT THE BIG BEACH PICNIC
The National Trust are organising The Big Beach Picnic on Saturday 4 July to celebrate 50 years of caring for the coast. You can find out where your nearest picnic is taking place by checking their website.
The picnics are an opportunity to get together with family and friends, as well as helping the National Trust raise essential funds to support local projects on the south west coast.
You can also join in on Twitter using #toastthecoast and mentioning @NTSouthWest.
If you can’t attend but would like to contribute, you can donate online or by phoning 0344 800 1895, or text NTCOAST to 70123 to donate £3.
SEA, SALTS AND ALES AT THE OLD COASTGUARD
This is a fun filled family event celebrating Cornish music and ale. Alongside the 24 ales and a full weekend of music there will be face-painting, traditional garden games, pot throwing, an art workshop taken by Penny Rumble and an interactive Beowulf performance by Dominic Russell.
You can get food from the barbecue on the lawn, and the restaurant will be open as usual – booking advised.
Free entry. For more information see Facebook, or phone 01736 731222.
FOOD JAM AT ENYS GARDENS
Food Jam takes place on 11 and 12 July in Enys Gardens near Penryn, where you can graze your way around the gardens.
Entry is £2 (free for children) and the event promises “street feasts and local treats, inspiring talks and demonstrations, locally crafted beers, an indoor produce market, live music, a tour of Enys house, a children’s discovery trail and art workshops”.
For full details visit their Facebook page.
NEWS FROM LUSTY GLAZE
Lusty Glaze has launched its new summer daytime and evening menus, with the bar and restaurant now open seven days a week from 9am until late. They have also opened the new Driftwood Café for laid back dining and drinking on the deck (pictured).
Events this month include:
Secret Supper Club on Monday 6 July, £40pp.
Bavarian Oompah Night on Wednesday 22 July, with traditional German music, dancing, food and beer, £10pp.
Symphony by the Sea on Sunday 26 July, with the Cornish Symphonia Orchestra and a firework display on the beach, £15pp. You can pre-order a hamper for this, or enjoy the beach barbecue.
Details of all events, and booking information, can be found on www.lustyglaze.co.uk.
Nancarrow Farm’s 10th feast night will be held on Wednesday 1 July and has a French theme.
Guests will arrive to a traditional French aperitif, live music and a game of boules in the courtyard, followed by a spectacular ‘Eclade de Moules’ – Cornish mussels baked in a bed of burning hay.
Local continental style cheeses and charcuterie will be served with simple side dishes of kitchen garden salads and masses of sea salty butter on local Da Bara breads.
The evening also acts as a celebration of the first of this year’s new season lamb in a ‘Mechoui de l’agneau’ – whole spit roast lamb served with haricot beans and artichokes. Cherry Clafoutis and home-made truffles round off the feast.
Tickets are priced at £35 per person and are available to buy online.
WORLD’S FIRST PASTY DRIVE-THROUGH
Portreath Bakery is about to open the world’s first pasty drive-through in Wilson Way in Pool.
The new premises will also feature a 100-seat restaurant, a gluten-free bakery and a state-of-the-art baker-training centre, creating more than 40 jobs and five apprenticeships for people in the area.
A LONG LUNCH AT PADSTOW KITCHEN GARDEN
This Long Lunch event from Ross Geach and Jack Stein looks fantastic. Ross runs Padstow Kitchen Garden, supplying many local restaurants with his top quality fresh produce.
He is teaming up with Jack Stein for an afternoon in the garden, picking salads and vegetables and cooking up a feast.
The first event will be held on 12 July, and costs £35 per person. Bring your own drinks. Next door is a campsite (Padstow Touring Park) should you wish to make a weekend of it.
We love Port Eliot Festival, which will be held from 30 July to 2 August 2015.
Foodwise, don’t miss the talks, interviews and demos by Rick Stein, Tom Parker Bowles, Rose Prince, Thomasina Miers, Allan Jenkins and Richard Bertinet amongst others.
The Flower and Fodder Show is open to all. Categories include preserves, cakes and pies, and a full schedule of competitive classes and an entry form can be found here.
This festival is a great chance to meet your favourite chefs, and grab signed copies of their books from the festival book shop.
You will also get amazing food and drink from the dozens of food stalls; last year we enjoyed food from Mark Hix, Moro, the Rum and Crab Shack and Fortnum and Mason.
For more information see www.porteliotfestival.com.
WIN PORT ELIOT TICKETS WITH CLOUD NINE MARSHMALLOWS
Cloud Nine Marshmallows are running a golden ticket competition, where you could win a pair of tickets to Port Eliot Festival, worth £345.
The golden ticket will be placed at random inside one of the 100g packets, larger order catering packs, or jars that are available for order online.
For full details, and to buy online, visit cloudninemarshmallows.co.uk.
POP UPS AT POP
David Sharland and Stuart Pate are popping up at POP in Wadebridge on Saturday 18 July. Their menu includes oysters with lamb kofta, mango and cucumber salsa, flamed rump steak, buttered grilled lobster tail, snail béarnaise sauce, fries and Caesar salad. Plus macaroons to take home.
On Sunday 19 July Georgie Stevens of Kaloura’s Kitchen will be serving a Thai Sunday lunch, from 2pm onwards, and on into the evening.
Regular barbecue and pizza nights are planned for the summer, many kicking off at 5pm so you can stop in on your way home from the beach.
Keep an eye out for more pop up dates, with Jamie Porter, James Nathan and Eddie Thomson all planning to guest chef. All events are listed on Facebook.
This year’s Mevagissey Feast Week runs from Sunday 28 June until Saturday 4 July, with the Fish Festival kicking off the festivities on Sunday 28 June.
The Fish Festival starts at 11.30am with sea shanties and a fishing boat race. Lots of fresh seafood will be cooked at stalls (run by local pubs and restaurants) along the harbour front, until the fish runs out.
New this year is the Small Fry Festival which aims to get kids interested in seafood with workshops and demos.
There will also be a real ale tent and live music until 10pm. For the full programme, visit www.mevagisseyfeastweek.org.uk.
HALL FOR CORNWALL‘S NEW TRELEAVENS ICE CREAM CART
Open from 10am to 4pm (and until 9.30pm if there is a show on) it’s a rather lovely spot to enjoy the homemade sandwiches and cakes served in the Hall for Cornwall café as well as the selection of Treleavens ice creams.
Seriously good Olfactory coffee is available, and the café is fully licensed, so you can even lounge with a glass of Prosecco or ice cold lager in hand.
COVE CAFE, HAYLE
The Cove Café at Riviere Towans in Hayle has undergone a refurbishment. The building dates back to 1925, when it was a tearoom.
The café serves simple beach café food, and has amazing panoramic views across to Carbis Bay and St Ives. For more details see their Facebook page.
THE VINEYARD TABLE AT SCARLET WINES
Scarlet Wines in Lelant has launched a new menu – The Vineyard Table – and dishes include vibrant and colourful salads, skewers of marinated meats and fish, rustic pasta dishes, hearty stews and platters of cheeses, cured meats and local seafood.
The wine shop/deli/café is open every day for breakfast and lunch, and dinner Thursday to Saturday (with plans to open every night in the summer). Takeaway coffee and picnic food are available all day.
Origin Coffee, Falcon (coffee importer) and La Marzocco (who make some of the world’s best espresso machines) are hosting a barbecue at SurfSide on Polzeath Beach on 8 July.
There will be beers and hot dogs, volleyball on the beach, and the guys from Origin and Falcon will be there to chat about what they do and the importance of sustainability within the coffee industry.
July’s feast night tickets sold out within seconds of being released:
- Thursday 9 July – Newlyn octopus
- Friday 17 July – Tandoori lamb
- Thursday 30 July – Portscatho fish pie
Set your alarms for 7pm on 2 August when the next batch of tickets go on sale.
The Rock Oyster Festival returns to Dinham House on 10 and 11 July. There’ll be music and entertainment for all the family, and food highlights include a farmers’ market, the Food Academy, and Jim’s Beer Tent.
Fantastic food will be on offer with oysters (of course), fish curries, pulled pork, St Moritz mussels, gourmet bangers, artisan breads and amazing wood fired pizzas.
Tickets cost £22/£14/£8 for adults/teens/kids. Camping available. For more information visit www.rockoysterfestival.co.uk.
The first Lanson Grill Fest takes place in Launceston Town Square from 10am to 10pm on Saturday 25 July, and entry is free. It will be a celebration of US-style low ’n’ slow BBQ and grilling, craft beer and Americana.
Enjoy high quality, locally sourced meat cooked over ethically sourced wood and charcoal by some of the region’s top BBQ chefs. Eat your fill at the BBQ hot street food stands and check out the smoking and grilling demos and professional BBQ equipment.
A craft beer and cider tent will run alongside a milkshake, cocktail and coffee bar and food and craft stalls, showcasing some of the best local breweries and produce. Plus live music and professional entertainers, a street art display and workshops.
NEW HEAD CHEF AT AMELIES
Following Alex Polizzi’s BBC2 show Chefs on Trial, Paul James has been appointed as head chef at Amélies in Porthleven.
The harbourside restaurant specialises in super fresh fish and seafood, with many of its dishes being cooked in the woodfired oven.
For more information visit www.ameliesporthleven.co.uk.
POTLUCK‘S INDIAN SUMMER ROAST
Potluck Cornwall‘s next event will be an Indian Summer Roast on Saturday 4 July at The Stag Hunt Inn in Ponsanooth.
Usha will be serving a buffet, including spiced roast leg of lamb, Indian roast chicken, roast salmon, assorted vegetable side dishes and summery desserts.
Tickets are priced at £19.95 per person and are available online.
After being open for just a few weeks, Newquay’s latest seafood bar, Amity, is going from strength to strength.
Katy serves fantastic fresh tapas, tempura, salads, ceviches and oysters. They will also put together hampers and platters for parties.
Pictured is baby octopus in a smoky paprika, olive oil and fresh citrus dressing, served on its own as a tapas dish or as a topping for a mixed salad.
Amity has a licence for weekends and is putting on special tasting events, masterclasses and more. The Oyster Masterclass at 6pm on Wednesday 8 July is £15 for an hour’s tuition on how to shuck, with a wine and oyster pairing. For more details or to book a place contact Amity via Facebook.
This three day festival is held at Mount Pleasant Eco Park near Porthtowan and will be packed with live bands, DJ’s, music and dance workshops, yoga, kids’ play and craft sessions, storytelling, healing treatments and world music films.
It is a 100% vegetarian festival. The World Food Market in the Roots Arena will be host to a range of stalls: Manic Organic (Indian and Thai), Pea Souk (Middle Eastern), St. Best Caribbean Catering (Caribbean), Cornish Pizza Company (Italian), Cafe Irie (tropical pancakes and coffees) and Churro’R’Us (churros).
For more details visit tropicalpressure.co.uk.
Congratulations to Camel Valley who have been awarded six silver and four bronze medals in the UK Wine of the Year Competition. The haul included a silver medal for a wine specially crafted for The Seafood Restaurant’s 40th anniversary.
Good luck to Adrian Oliver (ex-Margot’s Bistro), who has teamed up with Adam Tomlinson at The Old Mill House in Little Petherick to create The Old Mill Bistro, which opens on 1 July.
There are lots of events on at the Padstow Seafood School this month, including a Far Eastern Tasting Evening on 9 July, Chef’s Table with Jack Stein on 16 July, and an Evening with Rick Stein on 30 July.
We’re enjoying the new Saltwater Kitchen Cookbook about the Cornish food scene and seaside lifestyle; look out for our review, coming soon.
Congratulations to Cornwall College’s Trevenson Restaurant, who have been declared a Centre of Excellence in three areas: patisserie and confectionery, food and beverage service, and fish and shellfish.
Firebrand Bar will be celebrating Independence Day, from 5 to 11pm on Saturday 4 July, with tasty American specials, craft beers and live music from 9.30pm. To book a table for food, call 01566 770722.
If you’re looking for a ready made picnic this summer, then try Gourmet Picnics, handmade by the team at Amélies in Porthleven, and which can be delivered within 48 hours.
Callestick Farm Ice Cream will be available in all UK Lidl stores for one week only from 29 July.
No 42 Noodle Bar is new on the north Cornish street food scene, and can be found at Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth and Padstow Touring Park. See Facebook for more details.
Neat Café opened on 8 June, serving coffee and cakes, salads, soup and sandwiches, pastries and pies at Tremough Innovation Centre. You can even tweet your order to @NEATCornwall with the hashtag #NEATmeup.
Pea Souk Vegetarian Café’s next supper club will be held on Friday 3 July. Visit Facebook for more details.
Book a place on the Wild Food Walk from The Old Coastguard to Caroline Davey’s Fat Hen Cookery School on 18 July. The guided foraging walk starts at 10am, £40 per person, including a light lunch.
Trereife Summer Festival will be held at Trereife House near Penzance from 31 July to 2 August.
Mama J’s Italian in Looe opened in April, and we’ve heard great things about their wood-fired pizzas. Worth a visit.
The Cornish Street Food Collective‘s next Moorish events are taking place from 12 to 9pm on 15 July, and 6 to 10pm on 18 July.
Please feel free to comment below and to send us your food news. Please email [email protected] by 20 July with any information for the August Foodie Diary.