THE FOODIE DIARY: JULY 2018
If I could have just one wish, I’d ask for this beautiful weather to stick around for the summer hols. Cornwall is at its absolute best right now, and we’re getting used to after work trips to the beach for a swim and a barbecue.
Cornish chefs have some lovely events planned for the next few weeks, and we’ve chosen our favourites to share with you. If we’ve missed something you think we should include, please ping us an email.
This month, our diary dates are at the top; scroll down for other news from the food and drink scene. Also, check out our comprehensive round-up of The Best Festivals in Cornwall.
28 June Sushi Feast in Porthtowan
Naoko’s Kitchen is popping up at Porthtowan Beach Café for a sushi feast. Sake and Japanese nibbles will be followed by a ten piece sushi platter. £27.50pp, book online.
The Harbour Brewing team will be taking over the Tate’s café terrace, with the brewers on hand for a chat, and tasty food from Mac’s BBQ. £15 for three beers, £20 for for four. Ticket price includes exhibition entry. For full details see tate.org.uk.
29 June Pollada at Canteen
Environmental organisation Cool Earth is hosting a “pollada” at Canteen, near St Agnes. The Peruvian themed event will raise money to help save the rainforest. For full details see Facebook.
29 June One Field Farm Spring Supper
An informal supper at One Field Farm, where Meg will be serving up homegrown and foraged ingredients. £20 for three courses, BYO drinks. For more details see Instagram.
29 June to 1 July Ale and Anchor at The Old Coastguard
A weekend for all the family to celebrate the start of summer with non-stop music, traditional garden games, face painting, story telling, and mask and hat making each day. There will be around 30 ales from Cornish breweries and throughout the weekend there will be a barbecue; the restaurant will be open as usual. Entry is free of charge. For full details see Facebook.
29 June to 1 July Beer Festival at The Rising Sun
Truro’s The Rising Sun is hosting a beer festival, with a selection of award-winning national and local real ales on offer, acoustic sessions, and great food from the courtyard barbecue.
The Old Mill House in Little Petherick is teaming up with Trevibban Mill for an evening of fire and fizz in their garden. The special menu will be cooked on the Big Green Egg and in the wood fired oven, and will include local lobsters and steak, with matching wines from the nearby vineyard. For reservations email [email protected] or phone 01841 540388.
Restaurant, hotel and bar owners are urged to take part in Hospitality Action’s Social Sunday, when proceeds from lunch on 1 July are donated to Hospitality Action, the charity which supports people who work, or have worked, in the hospitality industry, and are in crisis. For full details of how to take part, see website.
The first July feast at The Hidden Hut features duck roasted on the wood-fired rotisserie, with whole beetroots baked in the coals. Served with straw fries, salad greens, and a burnt orange dressing. £16pp, book online at noon on 1 July.
The menu for this summer feast at the beautiful Nancarrow Farm looks spectacular, and features new season lamb as the main course. Dishes include homegrown summer fruit, veg and herbs, as well as some foraged ingredients, and will be cooked over wood in Nancarrow’s inimitable style. You can guarantee that the food will be packed with flavour, and there’ll be a magical atmosphere. Sorry – sold out. To be the first to hear about the next feast night, sign up via their website.
The Helping Hands & Pans team is putting on another charity dinner at The Old Ale House in Truro, this time in aid of The Wave Project. £25pp for a delicious looking Thai-themed four course menu. See the menu and book online.
5 July Dinner in a Castle
Pentillie Castle is offering Dinner in a Castle on 5 July, as well as on three further dates: 6, 23 and 26 July. The menu looks stunning, and includes as much produce from the Pentillie Estate as possible. Three courses are priced at £35, which also includes canapés, coffee and petits fours. For more details, and how to book, visit website.
6 July Moulin Rouge at Senara
Penwith College students will be joined by top chefs Nik Boyle, Stephane Delourme, Jude Kereama and Stuart Pate for a three course feast and screening of Moulin Rouge. Arrival drinks, canapés, three courses, coffee, petits four, ice cream and popcorn, and matching wine list by Elly Owen. £45pp, phone 01736 335215 to book.
This five course candlelit feast on a long table on the beach at Mawgan Porth will feature wines from the South African Western Cape, expertly matched by sommelier Debbie Warner. £65pp, book online.
This new course at Philleigh Way Cookery School is led by Ben Martin and Jasmine Sharma from the Mahamasala Spice Kitchen. The full day course includes learning about spices, demos and hands-on cookery sessions, with a wide range of dishes being prepared during the day. £150pp, full details here.
The launch of Portloe’s new gin will be held in the beer garden of The Ship Inn. Guests can pre-order bottles of gin, and also book a tasty meal of crab claws, salad and Da Bara bread (£12.50 if pre-ordered, £15 on the day). For full details see Facebook.
11 July Cornwall Gin Cruise
Potluck Cornwall has organised another gin cruise after two recent sell out events. The two hour cruise departs Falmouth at 6.30pm, includes three G&T cocktails and gourmet canapés from Naoko’s Kitchen. £45pp, book online.
Guests at this amazing sounding feast will be treated to a ladelful of hot smokey shellfish and crab claws, cooked over hot coals and finished in a garlic and white wine broth. Tables will be covered with newspapers and the food will be served with a pick and hammer and freshly-baked crusty bread. £16pp, book online.
Rupert Cooper (Borgia Bull) is cooking up a French-themed meal (with a Cornish twist) in honour of Bastille Day on 14 July at The Hub in Portreath. Dishes include barbecue-style coq au vin, and a Parisian tart with clotted cream ice cream. For the full menu see Facebook, and to book a place click here. £23pp for three courses.
14 July Steak and Chips Feast at Kaboli
The first feast night for brand new Kaboli (near Trelissick) features steak and chips. The event takes place in the heart of the Kaboli garden where all the veg are grown, and the food will be cooked over a campfire. Three courses, including steak and chips as the main, £22pp, BYO drinks, book online.
There’ll be two sittings (12.30pm and 3pm) for Tan & Mor’s three course woodfired Sunday lunch at eco-retreat Kudhva. £35pp, BYO drinks, to book a table email [email protected].
15 July PenGrillie
If you’re a barbecue fan, head to Pentillie Castle for their Pengrillie BBQ Festival on 15 July. Full details on their website.
Potluck Cornwall’s regular Chat & Eat Night will be at Poppy Cottage Garden in Ruan High Lanes. There will be guest speakers (TBC) and tickets are £20pp, which includes a welcome drink and sharing platters. Book online.
20 July Sticky Ribs at The Hidden Hut
At this Hidden Hut feast night, Simon will be serving up triple-glazed pit-smoked pork ribs, served with creamy mash and crispy potato skins, and sour slaw. £15pp, book online.
Pengenna Manor’s brand new event space – The Cowyard Barn – is the venue for Kernowforno’s pop-up. £20pp includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, a 12″ pizza, a dessert and live music from Callum Flew. The new Cowyard Bar will be open throughout the evening. Book online.
Blue Fizz Events is bringing an evening of 70’s funk and soul to Padstow, with food from Woodfired Canteen, drinks from The Buffalo Bar, and live DJs. £45pp (includes a drink on arrival, two course festival style feast and entertainment). Buy tickets online.
The following night, Trerethern Farm will be home to The Barefoot Ball, a boho-themed evening of feasting (food from Woodfired Canteen and Padstow Kitchen Garden) and music. £55pp (includes a welcome drink, three course gourmet banquet and entertainment). Buy tickets online.
Ideal for vegetarians and vegans, the final July feast night at The Hidden Hut features seasonal vegetables, marinated then charred on the wood-fired grill. They’ll be served with a selection of Middle-Eastern salads, breads and sides. £14pp, book online.
28 July Moroccan Tagine Feast at Kaboli
Kaboli’s second feast of the month features a Moroccan tagine, cooked slowly over fire. Located next to Trelissick Gardens, Kaboli’s guests will enjoy a three course feast, priced at £22pp. BYO drinks. Book online.
Tan & Mor’s second Kudhva Sunday lunch event of the month, with two sittings (12.30pm and 3pm). £35pp, BYO drinks, to book a table email [email protected].
4 August Sushi Feast in Porthtowan
Naoko’s Kitchen’s second summer pop-up at Porthtowan Beach Café. Sake and Japanese nibbles will be followed by a ten piece sushi platter. £27.50pp, book online.
Street food vendor Chook (you may have spotted its converted horsebox trailer with huge “WAFELS” sign) has moved to permanent premises on Bank Street in Newquay. They serve Belgian waffles, Cornish free range fried chicken, gourmet burgers and Belgian beer.
Good luck to Millie and Iain Hobbs, The Carew Arms in Antony’s new landlady and chef. Their farm shop and café reopened on 27 June. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Instagram pages for daily specials and news.
The Longstore in Charlestown has recently gone into partnership with The National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow for its “buy one, set one free” campaign. For every lobster sold, the restaurant makes a donation to the charity, which funds the release of baby lobsters back into the sea to help conserve vulnerable stocks.
The Sharksfin in Mevagissey has launched a brilliant new menu, with plenty of new dishes for summer, including whole sea bass with dressed peppers and salsa verde, whole roasted Cornish sole with samphire, garlic, lemon and parsley butter, and Sharky’s Big Belly burger which has slow roasted barbecue pork belly on top of a beef patty.
Harbour Brewing Co.‘s new brewery near Bodmin is nearing completion. The new premises will allow the brewers to explore different techniques, and they will be incorporating homegrown and foraged herbs and fresh produce into their innovative brews.
Every Tuesday night (4-8pm) during July and August there’ll be a taco stand in the garden at The Cornish Arms in St Merryn. Serving up tacos made to recipes discovered by Rick on his recent Mexican adventure, there’ll be tacos with tiger prawns, slow-cooked carnitas pork, and sautéed courgette and charred halloumi.
New restaurant The Fish Bar has just opened in Newquay, serving super fresh fish dishes, with smaller tapas portions too. The menu changes daily (see above) and looks pretty good to us. You can find them on Facebook.
Amélies in Porthleven has announced the line-up for this year’s Summer Sessions. Diners pay a £4-£5 cover charge for a full evening of entertainment. Reservations can be made via www.ameliesporthleven.co.uk.
- Friday 29 June – Tina May
- Friday 6 July – Flats and Sharps
- Friday 20 July – Gwelhellin
- Friday 27 July – Kai Hoffman
- Friday 7 September – The Grace Notes
Fifteen Cornwall is an ideal place to enjoy a sundowner, and its seasonal drinks menu includes house made soft drinks, syrups and cordials, alongside classic cocktails and innovative concoctions. Current favourites from the summer menu include this white peach Negroni featuring Tarquin’s Cornish gin, peach bitters, lillet blanc and suze liqueur, finished with a grilled white peach. The bar at Fifteen is open all day, with breakfast, lunch and dinner available during usual service times and cocktails and antipasti from 10am. For more info, see fifteencornwall.co.uk/bar/.
The Cornish Distilling Co. has just launched Morvenna Rum, the latest addition to its range of genuine British rums, making the distillery the first in Cornwall to be creating British rum from scratch. MD and head distiller, Tom Read, ferments the molasses derived from sugarcane on-site in Bude.
Work is underway building a new distillery at Norton Barton Artisan Food Village which will allow production to increase by ten-fold to support the projected growth of the distillery. The new distillery will accommodate tours, where members of the public can learn how the rum is made.
For more info see website.
Good luck to the finalists in the regional heats of this year’s delicious. Magazine Produce Awards. Products will be judged on 21 and 22 July; Cornish finalists include Buttermilk, Rodda’s, Trewithen Dairy, Artisan Malt Vinegar Company, Ginsters, Ann’s Pasties, Primrose Herd, and Seafood & Eat It.
This summer Rick Stein’s restaurants are celebrating fresh shellfish, with special offers on classic shellfish, dishes including lesser known shellfish and a special supplier trip to Porthilly Oyster Farm. Stop by Porthleven, Falmouth, St Petroc’s, Rick Stein’s Café or The Cornish Arms to enjoy whole Cornish lobster and thin cut chips for £29.95. Available every day between 2 July and 12 August, for more details visit website.
Sohn Kitchen has a regular pop-up at The Ope in Falmouth every Friday evening called Hanshik (which means ‘Korean Food’) serving traditional Korean plates with a changing menu. Open 6-9pm every Friday until the end of September. Walk ins welcome, bookings can be made by emailing [email protected].
Please email us your news for the August Foodie Diary by Monday 23 July.