THE FOODIE DIARY: JUNE 2020
After the shock of lockdown, Cornwall’s new-look food and drink industry has re-emerged, blinking into the summer sunlight.
Quick-thinking businesses have already adapted to meet social distancing guidelines, and it’s fantastic to see how many have changed their business model so successfully.
We’ve put together a round-up of the latest news from across the county. Please get in touch if you’ve something you’d like us to share.
Since 17 March, and the inevitability of lockdown, we’ve been compiling a directory of Cornish food and drink producers which are offering home delivery.
From organic meat and line-caught mackerel, to cider and cinnamon buns, you really can source everything locally, without even leaving your house.
Also included in the directory are restaurants and cafés which have quickly changed their menu and operational structure to offer home delivery and/or meals to take away.
Options range from wood-fired pizzas and tacos, to takeaway lobster and special three course dinners, so there’s no excuse not to treat yourself to a night off cooking.
Congratulations to Helford-based Rosemullion Distillery, which has won six awards in the spirits industry’s highest regarded awards scheme.
At last month’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the distillery won gold medals for its Harvest Gin, Gold Rum and Spiced Rum; silvers for Summer Gin and Seafarer’s Gin; and bronze for its Dry Gin.
All Rosemullion’s products can be ordered direct via their new website: rosemulliondistillery.com.
Truro School Cookery has launched a new “Friday Night in…” series.
Diners collect a box of ingredients for a two course meal (main course and pud) from the cookery school and, with a little cooking and plating up at home (thanks to the handy recipe cards and online tutorial), can then enjoy a delicious supper.
£12.50 for two courses, £6.25 for a children’s meal, with optional extras including sharing starters, wine and macarons also available. For full details, and to book your box, visit truroschoolcookery.com.
We’re big fans of Pentire’s non-alcoholic Cornish botanical spirit, and love the look of their latest bundle offer: two 70cl bottles of Pentire Adrift (RRP £26.80), a case of Navas Cornish tonic water, and two limited edition laser-etched wooden coasters, all for £65 including delivery. Plus there’s 15% off your first order. Shop here.
If you’re looking for something a little stronger, try ordering direct from Porthilly Spirit Distillery, which has a small, but perfectly formed, range of gin, rum and vodka. For every bottle sold, £2 is donated to Cornwall Community Kitchen (see below for more details). Buy online at porthillyspiritdistillery.com.
Fee’s Food and chef Tim Spedding have set up Cornwall Community Kitchen. Together they are donating meals to local food banks, working with small charities which are looking after those most in need, and delivering nutritious and delicious meals to doorsteps.
As well as helping those most at risk of food poverty, Cornwall Community Kitchen is also supporting small-scale farmers, growers and fishermen.
All money generated through their fundraising efforts will be used solely for purchasing ingredients and delivering food to those most in need. On average, the raw materials which go into a meal for two cost £2.60. To make a donation (via the Porthilly Distillery website, no purchase necessary) please click here.
Emily’s, on River Street in Truro, will re-open with a new look and a new name – Bread & Butter – at 9am on 19 June. Initially the café will offer food to take away – Olfactory coffee, home-made muffins and brownies, and Da Bara cinnamon buns – from its doorway.
Before too long, the café’s famous fluffy American pancakes will be available to take away, with “click & collect” time slots to avoid too much queuing and to ensure they’re as hot and freshly made as possible.
In the meantime, anyone desperate for pancakes will be able to buy a Bread & Butter DIY pancake kit, including the house flour mix, Trewithen buttermilk, St Mawes eggs and maple syrup, plus full instructions and Spotify playlist.
Once cafés, pubs and restaurants are allowed to welcome customers again, the segregated wooden booths in Bread & Butter’s garden are likely to prove an effective way to eat in whilst also social-distancing.
NEW ONLINE GROCERY DELIVERY SERVICES LAUNCHED
Veggies & More was set up by WestCountry Fruit Sales. Upon their trade customers closing back in March, WestCountry very quickly created Bulk Buy Groceries, offering domestic home delivery of fruit and veg, bakery and dairy, store cupboard staples, drinks and household goods. This has now been re-branded as the online shop Veggies & More, with same day and next day delivery for orders over £35, and a collection service too. For full details, and to place an order, see veggiesandmore.co.uk.
Cornish Collective is effectively an online farmers’ market, and sells a range of artisan Cornish products from one website, so you don’t have to order items from individual producers’ websites. This was launched in May by Kristian and Kelley, who own Fowey Farm Shop, Cornish Duck Co. and The Cornish Mushroom Co.. As well as duck and mushrooms, you can also buy products from Duchy Charcuterie, Cornish Orchards, Cornish Moo, Baker Tom, Boddington’s Berries, Cornish Ketchup and more. See cornishcollective.co.uk.
Cornish Orchards is celebrating World Cider Day (3 June) with a special offer of 20% off everything in their online shop until 12 noon on 10 June.
Visit cornishorchards.co.uk to see (and buy) their range of ciders and soft drinks, all of which are available by the case. Don’t miss their new Hedgerow, a sweet, fruity cider which includes blackberries and sloes, perfect for summer evenings.
One of the best things to have come out of lockdown, is that Da Bara Bakery is now sending out its infamous cinnamon buns by post to the whole of the UK. A box of five buns costs £15, including delivery. See here to order.
Their local home delivery service continues, with free delivery on orders over £15, and both sites (Indian Queens and The Roseland) are operating as shops and takeaways between 9am and 2pm.
Set up by Ross Geach and Jack Stein, the Virtual Food Festival is hosting regular cookery demos via their YouTube channel. A host of renowned chefs are participating, with proceeds going to local charitable causes.
At the time of writing, there are no upcoming events, but see here for more details and to watch previous demos.
Hospitality Action is raising vital funds for the hospitality industry via a brand new digital cookbook which features dozens of recipes from local chefs. You can donate (no minimum donation) and download a copy of the book here.
Andy and Lyndsey Appleton opened their relocated restaurant in Fowey in March, just days before lockdown. They are now in the process of turning the downstairs of the restaurant into a takeaway and shop, where you will be able to buy ready made meals and fresh pasta as well as gorgeous deli goods.
The shop will be open from 10am, Tuesday to Saturday, and they will continue to offer their mouthwateringly delicious hot meals to take away on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Pickwick Inn in St Issey is holding its first of a series of pop-events on Friday 19 June, with a Drive-In ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’.
Ticket holders will park up in the pub’s sea-view meadow for a “magical drive-in cinematic experience from the safety of your own car”, with takeaway food available to pre-order: dirty fries, hot dogs, popcorn and a drink for £10. £20 per car.
See Facebook for further details and to book.
Private chef Fiona Were has launched her new Fi Sells Sushi business, delivering beautiful handmade sushi in Cornwall on Fridays.
12 June – Truro and Falmouth area.
19 June – The South, Portreath to Helston.
26 June – The North, from St Agnes to Rock.
3 July – Truro and Falmouth area.
To celebrate English Wine Week (20-28 June), join Bob and Sam Lindo for a live tasting at 5pm on 24 June on Facebook Live.
The father and son duo will be chatting about the history of English Wine Week, whilst tasting their world famous Pinot Noir Rosé Brut, which was named “Best English bubbly” by The Times. Meanwhile, viewers can join in by asking questions via social media (and perhaps opening a bottle of fizz to enjoy at home).
To watch, follow Camel Valley on Facebook.
NEW “TINK & BOOCH”
Tinkture has launched a brand new pre-mixed ‘CLEAN cocktail’ in a can. Tink & Booch is a combination of Tinkture organic rose gin and apple and elderflower kombucha.
Now available to buy online, the 250ml cans are priced at £24 for a case of 6, and £45 for a case of 12.
Rupert Cooper has been busy diversifying from the usual offerings at his cookery school, Philleigh Way, on The Roseland.
As well as recipe kits, prepared meals, produce boxes, and Sunday roasts, he’s also offering BBQ packs, pizza nights (on Wednesdays), and is looking into the possibility of a phased reintroduction of some cookery classes in the outdoor kitchen.
For full details, and to place an order, see philleighway.co.uk.
Brand new Newquay-based Mor Grazing offers grazing boxes which include beautifully prepared local produce. As well as cheese and charcuterie boxes, there are vegan and vegetarian options, and brunch boxes too. For full details see the story highlights on their Instagram page.
Congraulations to Tinkture on their Negroni Rosa being named “best Negroni” in the BBC Good Food Guide.
The pre-mixed Negroni, which is a collaboration between Tinkture and Appleton’s, is available to buy online, along with their beautiful rose gin, from wearetinkture.com/shop.
Just-launched Bude-based business Still Life Ferments is creating ferments and pickles, available for home delivery in Bude and North Cornwall. Products include delicious-sounding rhubarb, fig and lemon water kefir, fennel, carrot and radish pickle, and turmeric and cumin seed sauerkraut. Get in touch via Instagram for more info.
Good luck to the team behind Feed, which recently opened in Hayle. Feed offers fabulous-looking street food style dishes from 8am to 4pm every day – breakfast and lunch, as well as great coffee, cake and Beige (vegan) doughnuts. See Instagram for more details, menus, etc..
Sam and Emma Sixton have been beavering away over lockdown, transforming their business into something more suitable to the world in which we now live.
Their Sam’s restaurants in Truro and Fowey are offering a new Sam’s To Go Go service, with an extensive menu available for takeaway, and free delivery within Fowey and Truro for orders over £40. Food boxes are also available so you can stock up your freezer with tasty dishes such as lasagne, pies and stews. For the full menu and details of how to order, see Facebook.
Sam’s on the Beach is open at Polkerris for takeaway pizzas, mussels and chips, snacks, beers and ice cream. You’ll find up-to-date information about opening times and menus on here.
And last, but not least, Sam’s new pop-up restaurant will be opening on The Roseland soon.
Ellis Wharton Wines’ well-stocked new shop is now open at Indian Queens. They are offering free delivery of wines and spirits within Cornwall (minimum order 6 bottles). Either order online from ewwines.co.uk and you will be refunded the delivery cost, or phone 01637 838998.
DR SQUID GIN
We’ve only just found out about Pocketful of Stones’ new gin – Dr Squid Gin – which was launched in March. It is made with real squid ink and pours black, but turns pink when you add tonic – magic! Available to buy direct from pocketfulofstones.com.
Trade charity Hospitality Action is calling on all cyclists, walkers, joggers and runners to take part in The 20,000 Mile Hospitality Challenge on 4 June. All sponsorship money raised will support the UK’s hospitality employees who are facing hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. For more information see here.
Hospitality Action is also running a Pounds for Puds campaign, in which everyone is invited to make a pudding, post a picture of it on social media, nominate friends to do the same, and donate to Hospitality Action. For further details, see here.
Truro Farmers’ Market is reopening on 6 June, with a few adjustments for safe social distancing. The market will be open from 9am to 4pm, with plans to reopen the Tuesday market in Falmouth and the Wednesday market in Truro soon.
Craftworks Street Kitchen will be taking its Craftworks Street Truck to Tower Road in Newquay for the summer. Keep an eye on their Instagram feed for more details.
Delicia Deli in Wadebridge has re-branded as Delicia Tapas Café, and will offer a selection of tapas dishes, which will include Medjool dates wrapped in streaky bacon, smoked haddock croquettes, patatas bravas with mojo picanté, and bruschetta Caprese. Their usual soups, salads and specials will still be available.
Tim Spedding and Louise Rødkjær have created “dining at home” boxes, which feature six courses of supper club style deliciousness. £40pp, free home delivery between Rock and Bude. See here for more info.
Knightor Winery has launched two new wines – Mena Hweg 2019 and Trevannion 2019 – and to celebrate English Wine Week, is offering 20% off sparkling wines. There is free delivery on orders over £25 using the code DELIVERY25. See shop.knightor.com.
Good luck to the Padstow Wine Company, which opens the doors of its new shop on Duke Street on 18 June. It will be a shop rather than a bar (to start with, anyway) but coffee will be available to take away.
The Thirstea Co. will open its new café on or around 4 July. Set above Towan beach at Porth Farm on The Roseland, the café will be selling a range of tea and coffee, homemade cakes, pastries, sandwiches and soup.
GET IN TOUCH
Please let us know if you have anything to add to the above, and email your July news to [email protected] by 20 June.