THE FOODIE DIARY: MARCH 2018
The sun is streaming in through the window as I write; it may be bitterly cold, but it feels like spring is in the air.
In the kitchen, menus are definitely still of the wintery variety, but I’ve already seen some chefs using early wild garlic, a sure sign of spring. It won’t be long until our bowls are packed with fresh and vibrant veg, and we’re enjoying the first lamb of the season. Make the most of beautifully bright pink forced rhubarb and purple sprouting broccoli while they’re still here. March is also a good time to be eating certain fish and shellfish, many of which are at their best right now.
This month’s Foodie Diary is packed with food news and events taking place in Cornwall in March. Happy reading, and happy eating!
CURDS & CROUST‘S RUSSET SQUIRE
Curds and Croust is a sister company to Rodda’s, producing cheeses from Rodda’s milk (all sourced from farms within thirty miles of their dairy) using artisan methods.
This March sees the re-launch of The Russet Squire, a Cornish cider washed cheese, after a small batch was successfully released last year. The cheese is bathed in cider seven or eight times to get the russet-coloured soft washed rind.
The cheese is rich, smooth and creamy; it’s full-flavoured yet not overpowering. We enjoyed it with tiny pickled onions – a lovely combination.
For stockists, visit curds-croust.co.uk.
SPRING EVENTS AT NANCARROW FARM
Nancarrow Farm’s next feast night will be held on Saturday 10 March, but I’m afraid it’s sold out.
Their Spring Gathering will take place on 13 and 14 April, with details still to be confirmed. Expect family friendly daytime activities, craft displays and workshops, and a chance to meet the animals.
The Nancarrow chefs will have their own farm kitchen market stall, offering pickles and ferments from their larder, cooking street food in their wood fired kitchen and finishing each day with a feast in the rusty barn.
To be the first to hear more and to buy tickets, sign up via nancarrowfarm.co.uk.
WINE DINNERS AT THE BEACH AT BUDE
This month’s dinner has six delicious courses, perfectly complemented by six glasses of wine, for £65 per person. The menu includes a consommé with winter vegetables, pearl barley and oxtail croquette; oyster mushroom, samphire and chorizo; and a dessert of rhubarb and vanilla with meringue.
The restaurant has a special set lunch menu available every day of the week alongside their usual menu, with two courses for £12.50 or three for £15. Examples of the daily-changing dishes include glazed goats’ cheese with beetroot, pine nuts and watercress; bass, brill and mussels with new potatoes in a cider and wholegrain mustard broth; and pork tenderloin with potato terrine, apple and sage, with a delicious selection of desserts too.
To find out the day’s lunch menu or to book a table for the wine dinner, phone 01288 389800.
Newquay-based oyster aficionado Katy Davidson (a.k.a. The Oyster Lady) is currently planning the first ever London Oyster Week. Participating venues across London will be offering special oyster dishes on their menus and hosting oyster-related events.
Katy is currently running a Crowdfunder campaign to raise funds for the event. Rewards include sailing on a traditional oyster dredger, a dinner party in your own home, a tour of an oyster farm, and Katy personally shucking oysters for you. For full details, and to support the event, see crowdfunder.co.uk/the-world-is-your-oyster.
HELPING HANDS AND PANS‘ DINNER FOR CHSW
A team from Stein’s has formed Helping Hands and Pans, a group of experienced chefs and restaurant staff who are offering their time to put on events to raise money for local charities.
Their first dinner, in aid of Cornwall Hospice South West, will be held at The Old Ale House in Truro on Thursday 15 March.
The four course menu, priced at a reasonable £25pp, is:
- Cod fish cakes with salsa verde mayo
- Vietnamese chicken salad
- Hake with Betty Stogs and bacon
- Bitter chocolate and orange slice
Stein’s annual Beer & Mussel Festival will take place from 16 to 18 March at The Cornish Arms in St Merryn.
You can look forward to sampling over 30 different beers and ciders, alongside four mussel dishes, live music over the three days, and the final round of Six Nations matches on a big screen.
There will also be cookery demos from Jack Stein, Nick Evans and Stuart Pate and book signings with Rick himself on the Saturday and Sunday.
CORNISH FISH FEST AT SAM’S
Sam’s is running a promotion between now and 22 March in an attempt to educate people about sustainable Cornish fish. As a member of the Cornwall Good Seafood guide, the restaurant wants to raise awareness of our amazing Cornish produce, and have created some brilliant fishy menus.
At Sam’s in the City (in Truro), try the “Sharer Seafood Bonanza”, £100 for four people, and includes a feast of seafood (mussels, prawns, sardines, calamari), bouillabaisse (packed with mussels, squid, crevettes, red mullet, white fish and scallops, with rouille and croutons), Singapore crab claws, salad, fries, garlic bread AND a bottle of wine! Add a lobster for an extra £30.
Also available on the Cornish Fish Fest menu are dishes such as: roasted black sea bream with brown shrimp butter, fritto misto super salad (with tempura fried cod, mullet, gurnard, tiger prawns, calamari and mussels), and a Dover sole meunière.
Keep an eye on Sam’s Facebook page where they are running a competition to win a meal for four people.
THE HIDDEN HUT‘S NEW COOK BOOK
Exciting news from The Hidden Hut, as they announce the release of their new, and first, cook book.
Entitled The Hidden Hut – Irresistible Recipes from Cornwall’s Best Kept Secret, the book is published by Harper Collins and will be out on 3 May.
The book contains around 80 recipes, inspired by the food cooked by Simon Stallard and his team at The Hidden Hut and at feast nights, and includes soups, chowders and spiced dhals, alfresco summer salads, warming winter braises, wood-fired paella and homely Cornish treats.
EVENTS AT KOTA KAI
This month sees a run of Asian Nights at Kota Kai. On Thursday evenings, enjoy five dishes and a pint of Asahi or a glass of wine for £20 per person.
Themes are Thai (8 March), Malaysian/Singaporean (15 March), Chinese (22 March) and Japanese (29 March). To reserve a table phone 01326 574411 or book online.
Their regular Tuesday movie nights continue too, where you can watch a film whilst eating delicious food. Visit website for more info.
Three weeks of special lunches are coming to Rick Stein Porthleven (pictured) and Falmouth this month.
Starting on Monday 5 March, you can enjoy a three course lunch at Porthleven in aid of The Fishermen’s Mission for £15, and a 3 course lunch at Falmouth in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance for £14. Plus a cover charge of £2.50 which goes directly to the charity.
Both menus are packed with Rick’s classic seafood dishes, including pan-fried mackerel fillets with pickled seasonal vegetables and braised cod with lettuce, peas and crispy pancetta.
Hospitality Action, the trade charity for those who work in the hospitality industry, is hosting a Rugby Legends Dinner on Monday 9 April at Deer Park Hotel (admittedly in Devon, but there are some high profile Cornish chefs taking part).
Guests can meet their rugby heroes (guest speaker David Flatman, plus Matt Powell, Nigel Redman and others) during this special evening of fine dining.
Following a drinks reception the spectacular four course meal will be prepared by a dream team of chefs: Paul Ainsworth, Dominic Chapman, Josh Eggleton, Jude Kereama, Nathan Outlaw, Guy Owen and Michael Wignall.
For more information and to book a table with a rugby legend, visit hospitalityaction.org.uk.
KEVIN VINER JOINS HOUSEL BAY HOTEL & RESTAURANT
Kevin Viner has joined Housel Bay Hotel and Restaurant, leading the kitchen with a vision to put the Lizard area on the fine dining map of Cornwall and the South West.
The restaurant has been renovated and re-styled in preparation for Kevin’s arrival and has an elegant, traditional feel, in keeping with the Victorian building.
Kevin says, “I am so excited to be coming to the Housel Bay Hotel and to be working with long-time friends and owners, Alfred and Iona, who were also regular customers at Pennypots restaurant. The Housel Bay is the most southerly hotel and restaurant in mainland Britain and sits in an incredible setting with the Lizard lighthouse just across from it on the cliffs edge, the views are truly breathtaking. I am looking forward to complementing the hotel with the best of British and Cornish food and great service. With such wonderful ingredients to work with, this is going to be an absolute joy for me and my team in the restaurant.”
Kevin earned Cornwall’s first ever Michelin star at his Truro restaurant, Pennypots, where he retained his Michelin star for seven years. Whilst at Pennypots he also became the UK National Craft Guild Chef of the Year, as well as being nominated by the AA as one of the top ten chefs in the UK.
To see the new menus or to book a table, visit houselbay.com.
Popular Padstow restaurant Burgers & Fish is celebrating its fourth birthday on Saturday 3 March with a party.
There’ll be live music from Melissa Bel from 7pm, free cake (made by local baker Sian Waugh, The Garden Baker) with your meal, and a special offer on cocktails, which are £5 between 11am and 5pm.
Booking essential; phone 01841 532884 or visit burgersandfish.com.
Wild Wine Club’s first event of 2018 will take place on Saturday 24 March at the stunning Kudhva (the Cornish word for hideout) near Trebarwith Strand.
Exploring the influence of architectural design on wine making, the event will focus on wineries with architecture at the heart of what they do and asking how the production of wine has informed the design of the building.
After wandering the landscape (arrival from 3pm) guests will cosy up by the fire to enjoy a five course feast, with five matching wines, as selected by sommelier Debbie Warner.
There is limited overnight accommodation available (the site has four “kudhva” which each sleep two people, for £114 per night) or guests can camp out in their own vans for a small charge.
Dinner (including wine) is priced at £65pp. for full details and to book online, visit wildwineclub.co.uk.
Beacon Coffee is a new independent speciality coffee shop in Falmouth. Not tied to any particular suppliers, Beacon will showcase a variety of roasters, bringing to Cornwall new coffees which have been chosen for their flavour and quality.
So far they’ve had a Colombian single origin espresso from Bailies Coffee Roasters in Belfast, an Ethiopian single origin espresso from Pharmacie in Hove and a Kenyan single origin filter coffee from Old Spike in London.
As well as great coffee, Beacon has a selection of cakes and sweet treats from Cakesmiths in Bristol and The Exploding Bakery in Exeter, with plans to offer a range of homemade deli style sandwiches too.
There is also a selection of coffee beans (which can be ground in store) and filter brewing items and accessories are available to purchase.
Open 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday, 10am to 2pm on Sundays. For more info see beaconcoffee.co.uk.
SOUTH WEST TOURISM AWARDS
Congratulations to the Cornish winners in the South West Tourism Awards:
Restaurant/bistro of the year
Silver – The Fish House, Fistral
Bronze – The Star Castle Restaurant
Artistic, cultural and learning experience of the year
Silver – Rick Stein’s Cookery School
Tourism pub of the year
Silver – Pandora Inn
Bronze – The Gurnard’s Head
Café/tearoom of the year
Silver – Boscastle Farm Shop & Café
CATCH OF THE DAY AT THE IDLE ROCKS
The Idle Rocks’ restaurant currently has a winter lunch offer – enjoy the “Catch of the Day” with a glass of organic Cornish wine for £19.50 per person. Eating delicious food in the warm comfort of the hotel has to be one of the best ways to spend a few hours on a cold, winter’s day. Read our review here.
The offer is available at lunchtimes, Monday to Saturday, throughout January, February and up until 22 March. Phone 01326 270270 to book, quoting “Catch of the Day”.
NEWS FROM PHILLEIGH WAY
Amy Nixon of Punk Thai will teach the first course, giving students an overview of the most popular Thai dishes, as well as tuition on Thai fruit carving. This half day course runs from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday 28 March and is priced at £100 per person; for full details or to book a place visit website.
On 10 March Gavin Roberts of The Kernow Sausage Company will show students how to make sausages, from butchering a shoulder of pork to stuffing the skins. The course runs from 10am to 1pm, includes a hot dog brunch, and students get to take their own sausages home with them. £95pp, book online.
Philleigh Way has an ‘end of winter’ sale, with 25% off many courses until the end of March. Courses included in the sale are Vegetarian Cookery, Tapas Cookery and Sausage Making. Visit website for more details.
LOCALS’ LUNCH AND NEW VEGGIE MENU AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL
After a refurb, Fifteen Cornwall re-opened in January with a new look lunch menu. Head chef Adam Banks has done away with antipasti, starters and mains and has created a list of vegetable, cheese, meat, fish and sweet dishes to enjoy however you want.
Due to the popularity of their recent locals’ lunch menu, they have extended the offer until 23 March. Choose three small dishes, or one small and one large dish, plus a glass of wine or soft drink, for £19. The local’s lunch offer is available Monday to Saturday until Friday 23 March. For more details or to book a table see website.
Fifteen Cornwall also has a new five course vegetarian tasting menu (to run alongside their signature tasting menu) which showcases Adam’s passion for “root to tip” eating. You can expect to see freshly made pasta and risotto, a variety of seasonal vegetables or leaves combined with fruit, pulses, nuts and grains; and the use of cheeses from Cornwall, south west England, and Italy.
The menu includes antipasto, insalata, primi and a choice of two options for both secondi and dolci with coffee and cioccolatini to finish. It is priced at £55 per person, with an optional wine flight.
Open 7.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, and Sunday mornings, it’s the perfect place to grab a takeaway coffee and bacon sarnie on the way to work, meet friends for a cuppa, or treat yourself to a delicious lunch. Specials have included French onion soup, macaroni cheese, and patatas bravas, all priced around the reasonable £4 mark.
With free parking outside, it’s an ideal place for work meetings too.
The team behind The Hidden Hut has opened Tatams Taverna, a restaurant with a wood-fired grill right above Tatams Beach in Portscatho.
Currently open 5.30-9pm, Thursday to Sunday, they serve grilled flatbreads and stonebaked sourdough pizzas. Everything is packed to takeaway but there are tables should you wish to stay to eat in the taverna, or you can take your food upstairs to the Harbour Club which has plenty of booth seating and a gorgeous balcony.
At present it’s BYO only, but they plan to have a license soon, so you can order carafes of wine and bottled beer in addition to bringing your own.
From April, the Tatams boat should be ready to land fish straight to the taverna, so there’ll be super fresh grilled seafood running alongside the normal menu.
Until 29 March the brilliant Port Gaverne Hotel is running its Mad March Deal, with a three course dinner, bed and breakfast from £150 per night for two people.
This offer is available Sundays to Thursdays, and subject to availability. Phone 01208 880244 to reserve a room. The conditions (there aren’t many): full payment in advance on booking, non-refundable, based on two people sharing a room and valid for any night except Fridays and Saturdays.
If preferred, guests can have their three course meal at Pilchards (the hotel’s beach café) which reopens on 11 March. Accommodation is also available at Stargazy Inn bed and breakfast five minutes from the hotel.
NEW EASTER EGGS FROM BUTTERMILK
Buttermilk has a new range of gorgeous Easter eggs:
- Caramel sea salt egg, filled with caramel sea salt fudge,
- Dark chocolate and honeycomb egg, filled with honeycomb dipped in dark chocolate,
- Strawberry bellini egg, filled with strawberry bellini fudge.
The eggs are priced at £9.99 each and can be bought online as well is in selected shops.
There is also a special hot cross bun flavoured fudge; the crumbly fudge is packed with raisins and fruit peel, and is £2.99 for a 100g pack.
Padstow Food Fair’s opening dates this mornth are Saturdays to Tuesdays: 3-6, 10-13, 17-20 and 24-27 March.
The market is part of the Plastic Free Padstow scheme; with free water bottle refills, and a discount on takeaway teas and coffees if you bring your own cup.
Traders include Tam’s Pantry, Elemental Gin, Penny’s Pickles, Bombeedoo Shortbread, Hedgerow Pantry, Reflections of Cornwall, Pixie’s Pantry, Cornish Farmhouse Cheeses, Leafy Hollow, Gould Cider, Deli Farm Charcuterie, The Cornish Bakery, Happy Baker’s Box, and Nomadic Tea Company.
For more info visit their Facebook page.
CORNISH PASTY WEEK
The first ever Cornish Pasty Week will be celebrated throughout Cornwall and across the country from 25 February, culminating in the World Pasty Championships on Saturday 3 March at the Eden Project.
During Cornish Pasty Week, the Cornish Pasty Association (the membership organisation behind Cornish Pasty Week), will be working with Cornish pasty-makers across Cornwall, and with those who sell Cornish pasties across the UK and beyond, to highlight the importance of the pasty industry to the Cornish economy and the importance of PGI status.
The organisers will be working with local community groups and schools to spread the essential skills involved, with crimping and pasty-making sessions, and will also be doing a “pasty-drop” in London, before attending a reception at the Houses of Parliament, hosted by George Eustice MP.
NEW LOOK FOR HOOKED ON THE ROCKS
Hooked on the Rocks in Falmouth has undergone a transformation thanks to Camellia Interiors. The new look restaurant is open lunchtimes and evenings Thursday to Saturday, and Sunday lunchtime.
Under new head chef George Morgan, the menu continues to feature the freshest, local fish and seafood, with crabs and lobsters straight from the tank.
To reserve a table phone 01326 311886 or book online.
SOHN Noodle Bar continues its residency at Stones Bakery in Falmouth, serving up fresh hand pulled noodles every Sunday.
BYOB, cash only, to reserve a table email [email protected]gmail.com.
The menu varies from week to week, but features biang biang noodles – famous hand stretched noodles originating from Xi’an, the capital city of the Shaanxi region of China. The noodles have a rich meld of flavours, are usually smothered in chilli oil and vinegar, and will be accompanied by spring vegetables.
For full details see Facebook.
Cornwall’s first single estate – or ‘plough to bottle’ – distillery is set to open its doors in Lanlivery this Easter. Colwith Farm Distillery is being built by Steve Dustow, a fifth-generation farmer.
Alongside the distillery, there will also be a visitor centre, where the public can see how the King Edward potatoes grown on the family farm are turned into Aval Dor vodka and Stafford’s Gin. And, more importantly, sample the end product.
A soft launch is planned for Good Friday, 30 March. Tours will last approximately 45 minutes (up to 20 people) and will cost from £15 per adult. Bespoke tours and events will be available on request. For more information visit www.colwithfarmdistillery.co.uk.
TASTE OF SPRING AT TALLAND BAY HOTEL
The Talland Bay Hotel‘s spring offers include a spring lamb tasting supper and a three-night “Taste of Talland” gourmet package.
The tasting supper will take place on 22 March, when head chef Nick Hawke will introduce the new season menu. £55 per person.
For the ultimate foodies’ escape, the “Taste of Talland” package includes a glass of fizz on arrival, three-course dinner in the fine-dining Terrace Restaurant on the first night, a seven-course tasting menu on the second night and a Chateaubriand sharing plate on the final night, plus a Talland Bay Afternoon Tea. The package costs from £750 per couple (£125 per person per night) throughout March, or from £810 per couple (£135 per person per night) in April and May.
For full details or to make a reservation visit tallandbayhotel.co.uk.
MOTHER’S DAY IN ST MAWES
The Idle Rocks is extending its Sunday lunch offering on Mothering Sunday (served from 12-3pm, three courses £40pp), as well as laying on a decadent Afternoon Tea (3.30-5pm, from £25pp) .
All being well, The Lost Gardens of Heligan are providing single camellias picked from the estate to give to each of the mothers.
Over in the St Mawes Hotel there’s a Mother’s Day lunch and film offer. Lunch will be served from 12 to 3pm, and the film Mother’s Day (starring Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts) will be shown in the Hidden Cinema. A three course lunch is priced at £28.50pp, and if you want to see the film too, it’s £38.50pp.
For reservations in either hotel phone 01326 270270.
RELISH AND RISING GROUND
Having abandoned plastic straws a few month ago, Relish Food and Drink in Wadebridge is now working to convince coffee drinkers to ditch buying their coffee in non compostable/recyclable packets.
The most commonly used bags are a mixture of paper, plastic and foil, so are almost impossible to recycle in any meaningful fashion. A 250g bag will only make about 12 cups of coffee, so your average household will use 50+ a year, and they’re expensive too.
All Rising Ground’s coffees are now available loose, fresh from the roastery. The shop is stocking smart stainless clip top tins designed for coffee, or you can bring your own container, or they’ll just sell it in a (very compostable) brown paper bag. As you’d expect it’s also substantially cheaper, and allows customers to experiment with their own blending.
Pre-order your copy of the fabulous Prawn on the Lawn‘s first cookbook Fish and Seafood to Share for £12.91 (RRP £18.99) via Amazon. Written by Rick and Katie Toogood, chapters include Cold Tapas, Hot Tapas, Large Plates, Sides, Desserts and Cocktails.
Naoko will teach students the basics of Japanese cookery, from how to steam sushi rice to making eights types of traditional sushi, including tempura and sashimi. 10am – 2.30pm, £135pp. Book online.
The Carew Arms’ first ‘Meet the Producer’ dinner will be co-hosted with the team from Trevethan Gin. Dishes will either be created using Trevethan Gin or paired with gin and gin cocktails. The four course meal with gin and pairings and a pre-dinner cocktail is £55pp. Phone 01752 814440 to book your place.
2-4 March Go Slow at The Tresanton
Carl Honoré, Alex Polizzi and Oliver Peyton are on a go slow at The Tresanton this month. The three day event takes place from 2 to 4 March, with a programme of “slow” events and meals. Visit website for full details.
3 March Burgers & Fish Birthday Party
Pentillie’s Eat the Seasons dinner will feature the freshest local spring produce. £42.50pp, including arrival drink, canapés, three courses, coffee and petits fours.
3 March The Market at Crantock
The next market at Crantock will be held on Saturday 3 March. See Instagram for the most up to date details.
3 March World Pasty Championships
This year sees the seventh World Pasty Championships taking place at The Eden Project, with food and drink, live music, and a pasty making competition like no other. For full details visit website.
6 to 8 March Expowest
Nearly two hundred exhibitors will be showcasing their food and drink products, and services in the hospitality and catering industries. Free to attend, and you can register online in advance.
9 March Off Piste at The Beach Hut
This Winter Olympics inspired feast will feature fondues (savoury and sweet), pulled pork poutine, tartiflette, salads and Gruyère polenta, as well as live music and a beach bonfire. £30pp, book online.
Potluck’s second Thai supper will take place at a secret location in Truro. The stunning looking menu is priced at £42pp. For more details see here.
10 March Spring Feast at Nancarrow Farm
See above – sold out.
The popular Courtyard Deli in Falmouth holds a dinner night on the second night of each month. For March the theme is Mexican, see courtyarddeli.co.uk for details.
11 March Mother’s Day at The Longstore
The Longstore is open for brunch (9.30-11.30am) and Sunday roast (12.30-4pm) with live jazz for an extra special Mother’s Day treat.
Treat your ma to lunch with a view (served 12.30-3pm) at The Old Quay House, and she’ll receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Enjoy two courses for £25pp or three courses for £32pp. The restaurant is also open for cream teas between 3 and 5pm. Phone 01726 833302 to book a table.
11 March Bread Workshop at Coomebshead Farm
Learn to bake the perfect sourdough on this brilliant bread workshop. Starting at midday, students dive straight into the baking and break after a couple of hours for a hearty three course Sunday lunch. 12 – 5pm, Sunday lunch included, £120 per person.
14 March A Celebration of Mylor Shellfish
This fabulous event is Potluck’s celebration of Mylor shellfish. Guests will sit with the fishermen and listen to talks about the importance of their trade. £40pp, includes four course shellfish and fish feast, and drink upon arrival. Book online.
15 March Scarlet Wines / Alba collaboration
Scarlet Wines is collaborating with St Ives restaurant Alba for a six course tasting menu with wine flight. Jon Keast from Scarlet Wines and Grant Nethercott, Alba’s chef patron, will be on hand to talk through the menu and the wine pairings.
Charles Steevenson will host this special wine tasting evening, with a four course dinner including wine flight for £65pp, with special room rates available. Phone 01726 833302 to book a place.
16 March Game Over at Canteen
Marc Dennis of Duchy Game celebrates the end of the game season and the growing momentum of his charcuterie business (all proceeds will go towards his new charcuterie HQ) with a four course feast, foodie talks, product tasting, and a welcome drink. £40 per person, booking essential.
Fifteen Cornwall’s head sommelier Elly Owen is hosting a Madeira tasting evening, with Madeiras dating back to the 1907, along with small plates of antipasti. £45 pp to include wine, antipasti and expert insight.
This Wasted Wine tasting supper at The Gurnard’s Head will be hosted by Rich Hamblin of More Wine, whose mission is to source and supply low intervention, high quality wine from small vineyards with a focus on sustainability. £60 pp, expect a fanastic menu and brilliant selection of wines.
23 March Borgia Bull pop up
The menu at Rupert Cooper’s next pop up looks great. £35pp for 5 courses, BYO wine, see Facebook for details.
24 March Spring Feast at Camel Studio
Liam Smith-Laing is cooking up a four course special spring feast at Camel Studio near Wadebridge, and the menu looks divine. £30pp, book online.
This Cook Together, Eat Together cookery class at Canteen focusses on Middle Eastern mezze, 10am-3pm, £60pp. The class will be followed by a Flash Feed; students can either join the tables for supper, or try out their new found skills, helping in the kitchen.
28 & 29 March Darren Broom at Temple
Nancarrow Farm’s head chef Darren Broom has a two night residency at Temple in Bude. For more info and to book tickets keep an eye on their Facebook page.
12-14 April Spring Gathering at Nancarrow Farm
Once again on St Piran’s Day (5 March) pubs across Cornwall will be taking part in a collective ‘shout’ for the Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF). Local choir groups, barbershop quartets, folk groups and bands will come together across the Duchy at 9pm to sing their hearts out to the Cornish anthem ‘Trelawny’. If you’re a pub or singing group which would like to take part, or just want to come along and have a great time singing, see here for details.
Congratulations to Cornwall’s winners in this year’s Top 50 Gastropubs Awards. The Gurnard’s Head is no 39 and St Tudy Inn 48. Just over the border, in Tavistock, The Cornish Arms was placed 21st in the list.
Popular beachside café The Hidden Hut reopens in mid March for the season.
Good luck to Dan and Jade of Falmouth’s Good Vibes Café who, from Sunday 11 March, will be hosting Rooted, serving vegan small plates priced £6-£8, on Sunday and Monday evenings.
Congratulations to Si and Hannah, new owners of Brew Cornwall, a great little mobile coffee shop.
Schooners Bar and Restaurant in St Agnes reopens at the end of March for the 2018 season. The kitchen rolls out eclectic, street food-inspired small plates packed with flavour, while behind the bar you’ll find a good selection of craft beers and ciders.
Cornish Coasts has opened a well-stocked farm shop and café at its campsite just outside Bude. The shop and café are open all year: Sunday to Thursday 8am-4pm (last orders 3pm), Friday and Saturday 8am-8pm (last orders 7pm). During the summer school holidays they will be open every day until 9pm (last orders 8pm).
The Callestick Farm Tea Room opens on Wednesday 28 March – visit the farm to see how the ice cream is made, and them sample a scoop or two (along with a cuppa and freshly baked cakes).
The Olive Tree in St Merryn will be reopening on Thursday 15 March for their eighth year, with chef Adrian Oliver joining the team. Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 6.30pm. Phone 01841 521560 to book your table.
Kota in Porthleven has a new seven course tasting menu, as well as a shorter set menu, which run alongside the à la carte menu. Phone 01326 562 407 to book.
Bahama Mamas is a new café and tapas bar in Falmouth, serving dishes inspired by Caribbean cuisine. It’s open from 10am every day for breakfast (with lovely Olfactory coffee) through to lunch, afternoon tea, and on into the evening. They’ve a good range of local craft beers and cocktails and, foodwise, expect authentic roti wraps, curries and seafood dishes, with vegetarian and vegan options too.
Good luck to Verdant Brewing Co. who are currently running a Crowdfunder campaign to raise funds for their new Seafood Tapas and Taps Bar in Falmouth. The rewards are generous: see crowdfunder.co.uk/verdant-brewing-co/.