THE FOODIE DIARY: MARCH
Spring is just around the corner and the days are getting longer. Fresh produce is beginning to appear and it won’t be long before we see wild garlic, asparagus and spring vegetables on menus. Meanwhile, gorge on local purple sprouting broccoli (my favourite) and enjoy shellfish – oysters in particular – while they are at their best.
Once again, the Cornwall food scene is buzzing. There is a plethora of Mothering Sunday menus (too many for me to include here) and cafés and restaurants are reopening and introducing new menus for spring.
As ever, happy eating.
Heralding the arrival of spring, Fifteen Cornwall’s Sicilian Season menu features fresh, bright food with influences from the idyllic island of Sicily.
Priced at just £24 per person, the daily changing menu includes mouthwatering dishes such as buffalo mozzarella with blood orange, escarole, pomegranate and hazelnuts; taglierini of Sicilan style Cornish sardines with pangrattato, and a vanilla panna cotta with rhubarb and shortbread.
Children’s lunch menus are also available so the whole family can enjoy beautiful food with a breathtaking view.
WHEN: 12 – 2.30pm, Monday to Saturday, until 27 March.
WHERE: Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay
RESERVATIONS: book online or call 01637 861000.
The Fifteen Cornwall Spring Fayre takes place on Saturday 14 March and will feature over twenty stalls selling local cheeses, charcuterie, fish, bread, beer and more.
The Kitchen Theatre will host four chef demos, compèred by BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard, pictured above with Fifteen’s Andy Appleton, who will be demonstrating a pasta dish.
Cornwall Food Foundation (the charity which manages Fifteen Cornwall) will be running a Kids’ Kitchen, where children can learn about food foraging, green fingered fun and making fruit bouquets for Mother’s Day. There will also be a food education workshop teaching children about the ingredients used in the Fifteen Cornwall kitchen.
Hot food will also be available to buy, with Fifteen Cornwall’s famous ‘bad boy bacon butties’ with rocket and spicy nduja and hot coffee from Origin.
WHEN: 9.30am to 3.30pm, Saturday 14 March
WHERE: Extreme Academy Car Park, Watergate Bay
MORE INFO: www.fifteencornwall.co.uk/spring-fayre
DEMO EVENING AT THE FISH HOUSE
After the success of his first cooking demo evening, Paul Harwood is holding another demo event at his restaurant The Fish House at Fistral. Paul will demonstrate three courses, and then guests will enjoy canapés and a delicious meal, accompanied by a selection of wines chosen by Nigel from Experience Wine.
Paul will also be serving Sunday roasts, priced at £9.95 for pork or beef with all the trimmings. Closed Monday lunch and all day Tuesday.
WHEN: 7pm, Thursday 5 March
WHERE: The Fish House, Fistral, Newquay
COST: £45 per person for four courses, including wine and coffee.
RESERVATIONS: Phone 01637 872085 or pop into the restaurant.
RELISH FOOD AND DRINK OPENS FOR DINNER
Relish Food and Drink in Wadebridge has teamed up with Steve Randall from The Red Lion in St Kew and is now opening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for dinner.
Australian chef Steve has installed a barbecue in the kitchen at Relish. Steve cooks simple, tasty barbecued food inspired by Pacific and Mediterranean flavours and the menu will feature dishes such as crispy salt and chilli salmon with lemon wedges and micro coriander salad, lamb kofta on barbecued pitta flatbread with yogurt, cucumber and crispy salad, barbecued fillet of fish with lemon and herbs, potato wedges and tartare sauce, and chickpea and pumpkin pakora with watercress, lemon and rocket.
There will be a kids’ menu and kids’ portions, a wine list, and plentiful tapas style plates (pictured above) for picking and sharing over a glass of wine or two. Plans are to extend to more evenings to suit demand once the weather warms up.
WHEN: Open from 9am-4pm Monday to Saturday, 9am-3pm Sunday, and from 5.30pm until late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
WHERE: Relish Food and Drink, Foundry Court, Wadebridge
MORE INFO: phone 01208 814214, email [email protected] or visit www.relishwadebridge.co.uk.
Take your voices along to your local pub on St Piran’s Day (5 March) and join in a mass rendition of the Cornish anthem “Trelawny” to celebrate living in Cornwall.
Organised by the Cornwall Community Foundation, the collective Trewlawny Shout (“shout” being the term for Cornish pub singing) will take place at 9pm in over fifty pubs across the county.
For the lyrics and a full list of participating venues see the CCF website.
We’re delighted to hear that David and Jan Penprase’s book Salt of the Earth in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission is selling like hot cakes. The first copies of the photographic book sold out so quickly that a second print run had to be placed, and over 100 of the newly reprinted books have already been sold in just one month.
So far the book has raised £26,000 for the Fishermen’s Mission and is now on sale across the South West.
You can order your book online for £20 + £3.80 p&p.
I love the look of the sausage butchery course at Philleigh Way Cookery School. Gavin Roberts, owner of The Kernow Sausage Company, will teach pork butchery, sausage making and pork curing. Guests will get to take home their homemade sausages and cured pork belly.
Other courses this month include breadmaking, Italian cooking, simple suppers and dinner party cookery.
WHEN: 10am – 4pm, 21 March
WHERE: Philleigh Way Cookery School, Court Farm, Philleigh, Truro, TR2 5NB
COST: £125 per person, including lunch
NEW MENU AT THE IDLE ROCKS
Mark Apsey’s new lunch menu at The Idle Rocks in St Mawes looks stunning and highly original. Kick off with nibbles (carrot fritters and homemade scratchings) or oysters two ways.
Sea bream (with red onion, mint and peanut, pictured above) and scallops (with chilli, pomegranate and vodka) are ceviched to order. Small plates include Roseland scampi (scallop, escargot and soy) and spiced celeriac soup with puy lentils and caviar.
Main courses and salads are equally inviting, and the chocolate and ale ganache with malted ice cream is definitely on my wish list.
See the website for more information. Details of locals’ lunch deal coming soon.
Padstow Seafood School’s first seasonal masterclass of the year sees three demonstrations from Rick Stein’s chefs, who will be cooking John Dory with grilled baby leeks and boiled eggs, grilled sea bass with sauce vierge and hot shellfish with garlic and lemon juice.
Matthew Stevens, who supplies Rick Stein’s restaurants with fish, will talk about sustainability in the fish industry and entertain guests with anecdotes.
As well as enjoying a glass of wine, and an opportunity to taste the dishes, guests will learn skills such as storing and preparing live shellfish, de-scaling and filleting fish and tips about seasonality.
WHEN: Thursday 19 March
WHERE: Padstow Seafood School
TICKETS: £16 each, book online at www.rickstein.com or phone 01841 532700.
From Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March the Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth plays host to the annual Fal Oyster Gathering, the celebration of six months hard oyster fishing at the end of the native oyster season.
As well as the Fal Oyster Bar, the gathering will feature oysters in all guises to tempt your taste buds including oyster and pork stuffing on bruschetta and tempura oysters with wasabi mayo.
Both local and national chefs will be working their magic in the kitchen to bring visitors a menu of the best seasonal produce that Cornwall has to offer. There will be a local producers’ market, Artists and Makers’ tent, live music and oyster-related festivities all weekend.
For more information visit www.faloyster.co.uk.
Fal Oyster are giving Social Dining Network members the opportunity to attend an exclusive event at their new pop-up restaurant, Ostraca. Only ten tickets are available for this special meal, the night before the Fal Oyster Festival.
Kicking off with elderflower fizz and oysters, guests can choose mussels or crab, followed by duck or steak.
WHEN: 6.30pm, Thursday 26 March
WHERE: Ostraca, Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth, TR11 3DF
TICKETS: £30 per person. Book online.
REOPENING OF THE HARBOUR FISH AND GRILL
From 9 March Aaron Janes (previously of Silks Bistro) will be joining forces with Alan Burnett of the Harbour Hotel in Newquay. Aaron will be taking over as Executive Head Chef at The Harbour Fish and Grill, creating a “relaxed fine dining experience”.
Aaron’s beautiful food has won many awards, and the fine dining menu includes a wide selection of fresh fish and shellfish – the mackerel, beetroot and horseradish starter and crab linguini with chilli, peas and cream caught my eye. There are also plenty of non-fish dishes, such as côte de bœuf with classic sauces and skin-on chips, chicken with wild mushrooms and gnocchi, and a tomato, basil and caramelised onion tarte tatin.
There are brunch, lazy lunch, takeaway and “Little Nippers” children’s menus too. Don’t miss the 8 course taster menu on the first Wednesday of the month, £49 per person including wine.
WHERE: The Harbour Fish and Grill, The Harbour, North Quay Hill, Newquay TR7 1HF
RESERVATIONS: Phone 01637 873040 or email [email protected]
BEER AND MUSSEL FESTIVAL AT THE CORNISH ARMS
On 21 and 22 March Rick Stein’s The Cornish Arms in St Merryn will be holding its fourth annual Beer and Mussel Festival.
Guests can enjoy over 30 beers and ciders, and entertainment includes a cookery demo by Jack Stein, a talk by St Austell Brewery, a book signing with Rick Stein and sea shanties from the Boscastle Buoys. The pub will be screening the Six Nations rugby matches and the children’s corner will have face painting and a colouring competition. Evenings will see a charity pub quiz and live music.
Mussel dishes on offer include moules marinières and mussel masala with coconut, ginger and green chillies. Visit website for more information.
INKIE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ SAUCES
Debs and Karen, the clever people behind Inkie’s Smokehouse BBQ, have developed a selection of homemade barbecue sauces to complement their smoked meats.
Sauces include the rich Epic BBQ sauce, a Dr Pepper sauce and Carolina Vinegar (sweet and sour sauce with a kick of chilli) along with a range of chilli mashes. More information coming soon….
Find our more about Inkie’s here.
HOT ROCKS AT LUSTY GLAZE
Lusty Glaze’s marquee will be erected next week, meaning more people can enjoy the restaurant’s delicious food with uninterrupted views of the ocean.
We think their Surf and Turf deal is far too good to be missed, and is available at both lunchtime and dinner every Wednesday to Saturday, excluding 14 March. For just £30 two people can enjoy a hot stone with sirloin steak, tuna steak, salmon and king prawns, plus salad, homemade chips and a trio of dips, and a bottle of wine to share.
Booking essential: phone 01637 872 444 or visit www.lustyglaze.co.uk.
On 6 March enjoy live music by local artist October and, in honour of St Piran’s Day, there will be saffron bread and butter pudding, cream teas, plenty of Doom Bar and a good old-fashioned Cornish sunset.
ROAST BY THE SEA AT THE SCARLET
The Scarlet’s special Sunday Roast by the Sea is available to locals on Sundays during March and April (excluding 15 March and 5 April).
For £19.50 per person you can enjoy a Cornish drink and a two course meal with a view from the hotel’s gorgeous restaurant. For main course choose between roast beef and Yorkshire pudding with homemade horseradish and gravy, or roasted squash with goat’s cheese and wild mushrooms. Both served with cauliflower cheese, glazed carrots, roast potatoes and greens. Finish with treacle tart or clementine sorbet.
To book a table call 01637 861800 or email [email protected].
SOCIAL DINING AT THE ROSEVINE
The Rosevine have launched their new “Social Dining” menu. From sharing slates and warming winter hot pots to lobster suppers in the summer, the dishes are perfect for couples and groups alike. To make a reservation phone 01872 580206.
Also don’t miss their Fixed Price Dinner on 27 March, £19.50 for three courses.
The Rosevine Friends card entitles locals to a 10% discount on food and three courses for the price of two at Sunday lunch. For more details see www.rosevine.co.uk.
Just sneaking into the March Foodie Diary, Espressini in Falmouth are holding a fabulous five course Italian feast on Friday 27 February. £30 per person.
For those unfortunate enough to be out of county, don’t miss Kernow in the City. Cornish music, culture and language are celebrated along with pasties, beer and general frivolity at Rich Mix in Shoreditch from 8pm on Friday 6 March.
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw opens at its new Port Isaac location on 4 March. Expect fabulous things from this two-Michelin starred restaurant. For reservations call 01208 862737.
Popular beach café Surf-Side in Polzeath reopens on Friday 27 March and will be open seven days a week.
News of Rick Stein‘s latest venture has now been made public. Due to open this spring, the new restaurant will be located on Fistral beach and brings another jewel to Newquay’s culinary crown.
Emma Gunn’s second instalment of her foraging book series Never Mind the Burdocks is now available. The winter edition is priced at £12.99 and is available from her website. We enjoyed the spring issue – check out our review.
Ross Geach, of Padstow Kitchen Garden, is running a course to teach you how to create your own kitchen garden. Course dates are listed on the website, but Ross can also organise private lessons if there is enough interest. Prices start at £65 per person, including lunch. Phone 07974 697191 or visit website for more information.
The Hidden Hut reopens for the spring on 18 March. The perfect pitstop when you’re out and about.
You can help raise money for the Newquay Community Orchard by attending their charity event at Ohana Beach Café in Newquay from 6pm on Friday 6 March. £5 entry includes food, with live music until midnight.
Thursdays at Little Plates Bar in Wadebridge see the introduction of their new “tacos and tequila” nights. More details coming soon.
The St Piran’s Ale and Cider Festival will be held at Falmouth’s Five Degrees West from 5 to 8 March. Free entry, live entertainment, over 20 Cornish ales and beers and plenty of cider should ensure a good weekend for all.
The Porthminster‘s Head Chef, Ryan Venning, is guest chef at Cornwall College’s Trevenson Restaurant on 4 March. Ryan and his team will be assisted by students and the six course tasting meal costs £38 per person, including a glass of Prosecco.
Every Wednesday lunch and dinnertime throughout March two people can share six dishes for £39 at Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac. For more details visit www.outlaws.co.uk.
We love to hear from you, so please send us an email if you have any news or comment below.