THE FOODIE DIARY: JUNE 2019
Summer is here, and Cornwall is full to the brim. Here’s our round-up of some of the best food and drink news and events happening across the county this month.
Happy reading, and happy eating!
NEW MENUS AT THE BEACH AT BUDE
The Beach at Bude’s head chef Jamie Coleman has launched his new menus for summer. The beautiful, seasonal dishes are as pretty as a picture, and taste as good as they look.
Think gin and tonic cured salmon with fresh peas, dill and cucumber (pictured), crispy lamb and couscous salad with ras el hanout and pomegranate, cured ham with pickled peach, burrata and balsamic, and slow cooked duck egg with asparagus, sourdough and Parmesan sauce.
Also new to the menu are tapas style dishes, to enjoy either with a drink on the deck whilst watching the sun set over the sea, or at the start of the meal whilst browsing the menu. Small plates include coppa ham and pickled peach, Parmesan madeleines with truffle honey, smoked tomatoes and bocconcini, grilled chorizo and hummus, taramasalata with bread sticks and leek oil. £4 per dish.
At lunchtime, the hotel is still offering two courses for £15 and three for £18, every day, including the Sunday roast. See the sample lunch menu here.
For more information or to book a table, visit www.thebeachatbude.co.uk/restaurant/.
FRIDAY NIGHT IS…
Truro School Cookery’s brilliant Friday night events are proving popular. The concept is simple: arrive at 7pm for a welcome drink, which is followed by a two course meal and glass of wine, served around the huge table in the teaching kitchen.
Both dishes will be demo-ed in front of you, and you’ll then have the chance to try your hand at a classic culinary skill as you cook part of the meal yourself.
Upcoming events include:
- Pad Thai on 21 June, cooking prawn and chicken pad Thai, followed by mango and lime panna cotta.
- French night on 28 June (with French conversation thrown in for a little extra va va voom) with hake en papillotte and crêpes Suzettes.
- Chinese night on 12 July, with a feast of pork dumpling potstickers with black vinegar, prawn and garlic spring rolls with sweet and sour sauce, sticky soy glazed pork belly, and sautéed pak choi with crispy chilli and garlic.
For full details of all the Friday night courses (priced at £25pp) visit truroschoolcookery.com.
DAISY CLARK AT UNA KITCHEN, ST IVES
Early Bird tickets are priced at £10 each and include some delicious sounding wood-fired dishes, all cooked over the fire pit in the garden. Early Bird tickets are only available to purchase up to a week before the event, after which music-only tickets will be available.
Tickets are available here.
SUMMER SUNDAY ROASTS AT THE HEADLAND
During June, The Headland Hotel is offering a summery take on a traditional Sunday roast: whole roasted Cornish hake.
The succulent whole roasted hake loin (off the bone) is served with a choice of a rich peppercorn sauce or a zingy salsa verde, as well as fresh citrus roasted fennel, sea spinach, and either fries or buttery new potatoes.
The summer roast is available throughout June in the hotel’s Terrace Bar, which boasts fabulous views across Fistral Beach and out to sea, and is priced at £39 for two people. To book a table or for more information, phone 01637 872211.
FOODIE WEEKEND BREAKS
Truro School Cookery has teamed up with The Alverton Hotel in Truro and The Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth to provide two night foodie weekend breaks, which include breakfast each morning, a three course dinner at either of the four star hotels, as well as a choice of one of Truro School Cookery’s weekend courses.
For the full range of upcoming courses or to make a booking, visit truroschoolcookery.com.
NEW DRAMBUIE BAR AT EDEN SESSIONS
Drambuie is partnering with the Eden Sessions to launch a new cocktail, the Drambuie Collins, which will be available at the special Drambuie bar at this year’s Sessions, and will be priced at £6.95. Drambuie has shared its recipe for this refreshing cocktail, perfect for summer:
Juice of half a lemon
75ml soda water
Pour the Drambuie and lemon juice into a Collins glass.
Drop a few mint leaves into the glass and fill it with ice.
Top with soda and stir.
Be the Business is running a hospitality masterclass at The Headland Hotel between 3pm and 6.30pm on 17 June, which will be led by Martin Morales from Ceviche.
Martin Morales will share his story of being an entrepreneurial chef, restaurateur and business leader, in conversation with Paul Charles, renowned commentator on the travel and tourism industry and founder and CEO of The PC Agency.
The masterclass is designed for those who work in the hospitality industry, and will also provide an opportunity to connect with fellow business leaders. Tickets are priced at £22.50 (plus booking fee) and spaces are limited. Book your place here.
APPLETON’S AND TINKTURE LAUNCH NEGRONI IN A BOTTLE
There are two options: Negroni Classico, made using Caspyn Dry Gin, and Negroni Rosa, made using Tinkture’s Rose Gin.
The new drinks will be officially launched on Monday 24 June, the start of Negroni Week, and the 100th anniversary of Conte Negroni creating the cocktail.
To pre-order, click here. Both drinks are priced at £15 for a 200ml bottle.
TIM SPEDDING’S SUPPER CLUBS
For the last two months, Tim Spedding (ex Coombeshead Farm and Clove Club) and his partner Louise Roedkjaer have been running intimate supper clubs at the beautiful Treverra Farm, near Rock.
The mouthwatering May menus included grilled Porthilly oysters, very scarce Cornish sea urchin, roasted ray wings with brown butter, dry aged Saddleback with anchovy, and a mille feuille of rhubarb and raw milk ice cream.
Louise’s drinks offering includes some of her favourite wines from small producers, and her home made liqueurs using natural botanicals for after dinner.
The next supper clubs will take place on 8 & 9 and 21 & 22 June, and overnight accommodation (including a delicious breakfast) is available at Treverra Cottage.
Supper is priced at £50 per person, including a seasonal aperitif, and bookings can be made by email.
BinTwo’s first own brand wine, Jammy Git, was a huge success, and the second edition sounds like it will be equally well received.
Produced in conjunction with Knightor, using grapes grown in Gloucestershire, the result is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the words of Jammy Git himself, the wine is “light to medium bodied, fresh, juicy, bursting with red fruit flavours and a little hit of spice on the finish. Just 12% ABV and vegan friendly to boot! We’ll be adding it to our terrace menu as a lighter summertime red and, by happy good fortune, we think it’s rather lovely slightly chilled.”
For the full story, visit www.bintwo.com.
WATCHFUL MARY OPENS AT WATERGATE BAY
The beautiful new bar at Watergate Bay, Watchful Mary, is now open from 9am to 11pm seven days a week.
Family and dog friendly by day, it’s a bit more grown up in the evening. Each Friday and Saturday night there is live music; all events are posted on Facebook.
The menu focusses more on drinks than on food, with a small but well chosen wine, beer and cocktail list. Da Bara pastries are available alongside Origin coffee, and the small plates are assembled rather than cooked: cured meats, cheese, olives and antipasti.
NEWS FROM RICK STEIN’S FISH, FALMOUTH
Rick Stein’s Fish in Falmouth is celebrating glorious fresh shellfish, with classic shellfish dishes, masterclasses, and cosy supper clubs.
In addition to the usual menu, diners can choose from crab linguine, Shangurro (Basque stuffed) crab, Cornish chilli crab, or a classic crab bisque. For the full Falmouth Crab Celebration menu, see here.
Their next supper club takes place on Tuesday 18 June, with a two-course menu – a chef will talk through each of the dishes as they’re served – preceded by canapés and accompanied by wine. £35 per person, for full details or to book a place, see here.
The set menu has returned to Rick Stein’s Fish in Falmouth, with two courses for £18.95 or three courses for £22.95, available every day for lunch and dinner. Find out more here.
PINTXOS AT THE ARC
Ready to go pintxos (Basque-style tapas) are now available at the ARC speciality food and wine store at Hawksfield, from 12 noon to 3pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Looking for a new way of providing delicious tasters of some of the store’s best ingredients, ARC owner Mary Boyne drew inspiration from the pintxos of Northern Spain, which typically feature meat, cheese or fish served on bread and fixed in place with a wooden spike.
They’re handy as a takeaway snack but even better if you’ve got time to kick back and enjoy them with one of the ARC’s new vermouths or a cold Spanish beer. See www.thearcfoodstore.co.uk.
LUNCH OFFER AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL
Fifteen Cornwall’s lunch offer runs until Friday 5 July (excluding Father’s Day).
Selected summery dishes from the Fifteen menu are available, with two courses for £22, or three courses for £27. Example dishes include prosciutto with broad bean salsa, pickled onion, lemon zest, mint and Cornish leaves; asparagus with panzanella of baby gem, capers, mint and brown butter aioli; slow-cooked rabbit ragu with pappardelle and wild garlic; and risotto with globe artichokes.
For reservations, phone 01637 861000 or book online.
THE MARINERS REOPENS UNDER PAUL AINSWORTH
Following a full refurb, The Mariners in Rock is up and running, now as part of the Paul Ainsworth family.
Head chefs Tom Dawes and Joe Rozier serve traditional pub dishes (fish and chips, pies, curry, Scotch eggs, trifle) but liberally sprinkled with Ainsworth magic – e.g. the triple-cooked chips are laden with Parmesan and served with truffle mayo. This is no ordinary pub grub.
For menus and reservations see website. Booking advised.
STARGAZY INN, PORT ISAAC
Stargazy Inn in Port Isaac has reopened with a fully refurbished restaurant and bar, and a new head chef, Andrew Sheridan, who appeared on Great British Menu last year and made it to the final this year.
Andrew has created new menus for the bar and restaurant, and the food coming out of the kitchen looks delicious. See Stargazy’s Instagram feed.
PAVILION NOW OPEN FOR SUPPER
The fab Pavilion Bakery in Newquay is now open for supper on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The menu is mostly vegetarian, with a handful of fish dishes, and ranges from snacks and small plates to main courses and puds.
Expect delicious-sounding dishes such as scallop with harissa butter; asparagus with date jam, lemon ricotta and mint salsa; gnudi with ricotta, broad beans, mint and pea shoots; skate wing with brown shrimps, broad beans, caper and lemon; black kale with almonds and sherry vinegar; burnt cheesecake; and strawberries with Italian meringue and milk crumb.
For reservations, phone 01637 873465 or book online.
GIN AFTERNOON TEA AT THE SCARLET
The Scarlet is running a gin-themed afternoon tea until 9 June, in celebration of World Gin Day on 8 June.
The menu includes a variety of sandwiches, including beetroot and gin cured sea trout on toasted sourdough, as well as cheese scones with chive cream cheese and bacon jam. Sweet treats include Tarquin’s gin and tonic cake with candied lime zest, lemon posset with gin poached strawberries, dark chocolate crémeux with salted caramel macaron, and scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam.
The Afternoon tea is priced at £25pp, which also includes a gin and tonic and Tregothnan tea. Book online.
Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June English Wine Week
Cornish vineyards and wine merchants will be celebrating English Wine Week during half term. Pop in to binTwo in Padstow, where they’ll be featuring Cornish wines by the glass, or book a tour with Cornish Wine Tours.
Friday 31 May Wine tasting at Knightor
Visit Knightor’s Portscatho Vineyard from 12pm to 4pm on 31 May for a special wine tasting, and Craftworks will be open for tacos, burgers and more.
Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June Great Estate Festival
A weekend of music, theatre, comedy and the arts at Scorrier House. There’ll be plenty of street food stalls, and don’t miss one of Wild Wine Club’s fabulous feasts, including a Portuguese Fish Feast on the Friday evening, and a Grand Festival Feast on the Saturday evening, which will be cooked by Fifteen Cornwall’s head chef Adam Banks, and served in the Great Hall.
Sunday 2 June Lazy Sunday Afternoon at Surfside in Polzeath
Buchanan Wines Cornwall will be at Surfside in Polzeath from 4pm on 2 June, for a lazy Sunday afternoon and evening. They’ll be opening plenty of wines which will be accompanied by simple but sustaining food as the sun drops. All wines will be available by the glass with plenty of mature (20+ years old) bottles and just as many exciting young things. No ticket needed, all welcome, just turn up.
Tuesday 4 June Hidden Hut Feast: Vegetable Thali
A plant-based curry feast with recipes collected from Simon’s travels through southern Indian. Lots of small flavoursome dishes based on seasonal vegetables and heritage lentils and pulses, served with freshly baked roti breads. An ideal choice for vegetarians and vegans. £14pp. Book online at 12 noon on 1 June.
Thursday 6 June Californian Wine Tasting at The Winestore in Charlestown
Your chance to try some top wines from California, with nibbles served alongside. Hosted by Robbie from E. & J. Gallo Winery. £30pp, for more details see here.
Friday 7 June Pork and Clams Feast at The Old Market, Chacewater
Served in The Old Market’s courtyard, the feast comprises classic Portuguese pork and clams: a generous portion of Cornish pork tenderloin marinated for 24 hours with roasted red pepper, smoked pimentos, white wine and garlic, served with freshly caught Cornish clams, fresh herbs, crusty bread, and Cornish new potatoes. £20pp, book online.
Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June Farmers Arms Pork and Cider Festival
The Farmers Arms in St Merryn’s 5th annual Pork and Cider Festival, with live music, hog roast, and a selection of ciders and sausages. See Facebook.
Saturday 8 June The Veggie Table at Newlina Eco-Gardens
Following a tour of Newlina Eco-Gardens, with a chance to pick some veg to take home with you, enjoy a feast of healthy, beautiful, vegetarian dishes. This is the first in a series of feasts; each event will focus on one particular vegetable, with a talk about its history, medicinal values, and how to grow it. £19.45pp, BYO drinks, book online.
Saturday 8 June Food Fest at Bohl’s Yard
Blue Jeans and Moonbeams is hosting the first ever food event in Bohl’s Yard in Penryn. The Food Fest will feature a range of food and drink stalls, a vintage clothing sale, and live music. Of particular note are the handmade ice creams, and unique ice cream cocktails. For more details, see Facebook.
Monday 10 June Hidden Hut Feast: Lobster and Saffron Paella
The ultimate Roseland paella: Portscatho bay lobsters, Rosevine saffron-infused paella rice, Curgurrell roasted lemons and rock samphire. Cooked over local English vine wood on the beach at low evening tide. £22pp, book online at 12 noon on 1 June.
Wednesday 12 June Beef Feast at Nancarrow Farm
You will be welcomed with canapés and drinks in the courtyard before sitting down for a three-course feast in the Oak Barn. The menu features smoked peas and salted cod, followed by clay crusted hogget baked in whey, and then strawberries with elderflower and brown butter filo. £38pp, £200 for dinner, bed and breakfast for two people. Book online.
Friday 14 June Soul Food Feast at Knightor
Knightor’s Soul Food Feast features classic comfort dishes from along the Mississippi, with an optional pre-dinner winemakers tour. £25.95 for the five course feast, £38pp including tour. See website for more details.
Friday 14 June Fathers’ Steak Night at Philleigh Way
A Father’s Day celebration, featuring succulent wood-fired Cornish steaks served with a selection of delicious sauces and side dishes, a well stocked bar, and tasty puds. For the full menu and to book a place, see here.
Sunday 16 June Lobster Feast at Padstow Kitchen Garden
Book now for Padstow Kitchen Garden’s Lobster Lunch, which will be held in a teepee overlooking the creek. Included in the ticket price is a four course lunch cooked by Ross, a glass of fizz matched by binTwo, served with a whole lobster, with live music from DJ Sonic Hippo, and a selection of wine and cocktails. £60pp, email to book.
Tuesday 18 June Supper club at Rick Stein, Porthleven
Rick Stein, Porthleven’s next supper club, hosted by assistant manager, Claudia and head chef, Ashley, will focus on good food and great conversation. Following canapés, there’ll be a shellfish-inspired two-course menu put together by Ashley – who’ll talk through each of the dishes as they’re served – with matching wine. £45pp, for more details or to book a place, see here.
Tuesday 18 June Chat and Eat Night at Philleigh Way
Potluck Cornwall’s 31st (!) Chat and Eat night at Philleigh Way Cookery School, with Philleigh Way’s Rupert Cooper cooking over the fire pits. £25pp, including a drink on arrival and a three course meal. Book online.
Thursday 20 June Sherry and Tapas Night at The Winestore, Charlestown
Sherry tasting, hosted by Alexa from XECO Wines, with a selection of tapas. £25pp, for more details see here.
Fri 21 & Sat 22 June SkyBar at Watergate Bay
The SkyBar brings its famous aprés-sea nights to Watergate Bay this month. Six bars, sunset views and music all night at “Funkin’ Disco Friday” and “Beach House Saturday”. For more info or to book tickets, see here.
Friday 21 June Solstice Steak Night at Tre, Pol & Pen
A steak and wine evening to mark the summer solstice, with a special menu featuring the best cuts of beef from the farm’s herd of North Devon Ruby Reds and a selection of wines to pair with the dishes. For more details see here.
Saturday 22 June Hidden Hut Feast: Bacon Saffron Toast
Slices of local saffron loaf dipped in egg and fried on the plancha. Topped with crispy Primrose herd bacon and a drizzle of Roseland honey. Bring a mug for unlimited tea and coffee. £10pp, book here at 12 noon on 1 June.
Saturday 22 June Tapas in the Veg Patch at Kaboli
A relaxed campfire feast in Kaboli’s veg patch, featuring a medley of different tapas dishes, almost entirely homegrown. A lazy dinner, with dishes rolling out one after the other. BYO drinks. £25pp, book here.
Saturday 22 June Lobster and Chips at The Old Market, Chacewater
Enjoy a whole Cornish lobster, served with herb butter, chips and seasonal green salad, in The Old Market’s pretty courtyard. £30pp, book online.
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June Heart Food Festival at Heartlands
Cornwall’s “newest summer festival for families” at Heartlands features a local produce market, street food, performers, arts and crafts stalls, live music, a chef demo tent, and children’s games and activities. £3 entry.
Sunday 23 June Wild Supper at Pentillie Castle
Pentillie Castle has once again teamed up with The Dartmoor Inn in Lydford to host a series of Wild Suppers. The six course gastronomic adventure will take place in the rustic surroundings of the Pentillie Sawmill, and carefully chosen drinks will be matched to each course. £65pp, full details here.
Sunday 23 June Sea & Smoke at Margaret’s, Northcott Beach
The team from Temple will be cooking local veg and fish on hot coals at Margaret’s, just back from Northcott Beach, near Bude. BYO cutlery, blankets, umbrellas, etc. for this outdoor, smokey-vibed event. £25pp, amazing looking menu, book here.
Sunday 23 June Grow Your Own courses at The Real Food Garden
The Real Food Garden’s next Grow Your Own workshop will teach you how to grow your own no-dig, organic veg, looking at pests, soil care, weed control and more. Email [email protected] or see website for more info.
Sun 23 to Sat 29 June Mevagissey Feast Week
A week long celebration of the “Feast of St Peter” with a busy schedule of live music and family entertainment, and plenty of delicious food. Don’t miss the firework display on the final evening. For the full programme, click here.
Tues 25 & Wed 26 June Temple Takeover with Dan Murray
The last Takeover until the summer is over, Dan Murray’s menu is inspired by his recent month in California and time working with the Ottolenghi group and at ROVI. Book here.
Wednesday 26 June Hidden Hut Feast: Vegetarian Allotment BBQ
Seasonal, locally grown vegetables cooked over a range of wood-fired grills, ovens and stoves. Served with crispy goats’ cheese polenta cakes, wood-roasted chickpeas and fresh hazelnut pesto. £15pp, book online at noon on 1 June.
Wednesday 26 June Prime Beef Feast at Nancarrow Farm
A feast featuring a starter of octopus, samphire and heritage tomatoes, followed by Nancarrow’s own beef chops, and a dessert of English cherries, apple blossom and almond. £38pp, £200 for dinner, bed and breakfast for two. Vegetarian options also available. Book online.
Saturday 29 June Hidden Hut Feast: Lobster and Chips
Cornish lobsters, cooked on the wood-fired grill, and served with rosemary salted hand-cut chips. £25pp, book online at noon on 1 June.
Saturday 6 July A Cornish Feast at Kudhva
An afternoon of food and conversation with Table Magazine at Kudhva, with a tour of the grounds, flower arranging workshop, cocktail hour, and a five course feast cooked by Craig Tregonning (head chef at Temple in Bude, ex-Ottolenghi) with wine pairings. £65pp, book online. Overnight accommodation also available.
Fitzroy of Fowey opens on Fore Street in Fowey on 17 June. The fourth restaurant from the team behind Westerns Laundry, Primeur and Jolene, we’re excited to see what head chef Jack Sorrell will be serving… See their Instagram feed for up to date information.
Save the date for Nancarrow Farm’s 1,000 Mouths Festival. Marking the farm’s 20th anniversary of its organic status, the weekend of feasting and festivities will take place between 4 and 6 October. Expect guest chefs and exciting collaborations, as 1,000 guests will be fed on the farm, with street food by day, and evening feasts. Tickets go on sale this month; sign up to their newsletter to be the first to find out more.
Keep an eye on the website for Paul Ainsworth and John Walton’s new cookery school: Mahé. Course details will be available soon… See www.paul-ainsworth.co.uk/mahe/.
If you own or work in a restaurant, café or bar, then consider taking part in Hospitality Action’s Social Sunday, which takes place on Sunday 7 July this year. For more details of how to get involved or to put on your own fundraising event, visit www.socialsunday.org.uk/.
Wholesome World is a new app combining delicious, home-cooked recipes and nutritional information, in particular with regard to preventing and overcoming cancer-related health issues. It also has a selection of resources including medical information, other personal experiences of cancer, and ways to reduce stress and promote wellbeing. Created by Cornwall’s Freyja Hanstein, after losing her husband to cancer, and then suffering from cancer herself, the app’s healthy recipes and wellness tips make it applicable for everyone to use. See wholesomeworld.com.
Talented chef Chris Eden will be moving from the Driftwood Hotel, where he has held a Michelin star since 2011, to Gidleigh Park in Devon, at the end of August.
Lara Spurrell of Cardinham’s Woods Café and Ladyvale Bakery opens her new bakery at Nansledan in Newquay soon. The shop will be a base for her wedding and celebration cake business, but will also be open for tea and coffee, cake (obviously), scones and light bites.
The Rock Pizza Co opens at 1 Rock Road, in Rock, soon…
Cornish Orchards has launched a new limited edition Cornish Honey Cider, a collaboration with the Eden Project, which is available to buy from the Eden Project’s shop and website.
Previously known as Barefoot at the Beach, 12 Beach Rd in Newquay is up and running after a refurb. It’s run by Pollocks Pub Co. (who also run The Longstore in Charlestown) and is open all day, from coffee and brunch through to dinner and cocktails. No website yet, see Facebook or Instagram for more details.
In early June, Jamie Porter will take on the role of head chef at The Old Coastguard in Mousehole. Jamie has spent much of his recent career working at Rick Stein’s restaurants, specialising in fish cookery, and will be making the most of being able to source the best fish and seafood from nearby Newlyn.
The Liskeard Show takes place on Saturday 13 July at Merrymeet. The Cornish Food and Drink Marquee will have some fabulous Cornish food and drink growers and producers, many being Taste of the West and Guild of Fine Food award winners. There are still a few stands available – get in touch with the organiser, Sally, via their website.
A new restaurant is opening at the Trevalsa Court Hotel in Mevagissey on 3 June, and will be called The Nutty Duck. Head chef Adam Cawood will be offering seasonal menus with two choices for eating – fine dining from the à la carte menu, and the more casual ‘Small Plates’ menu.
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