THE FOODIE DIARY: MARCH 2019
Well, February was a corker! Let’s hope March brings us more fantastic weather. The sunshine has certainly helped plants and vegetables spring into life, and Cornwall is looking beautiful, with daffodils on every corner, and lambs gambolling in the fields.
We’ve been making the most of the county being quiet, and tried out some new menus and restaurants. See our Tried & Tested reviews, which include lunches at The Beach at Bude and St Michaels Resort in Falmouth, Dip & Dine at Una near St Ives, and brunch at The Longstore in Charlestown.
We hope you enjoy the March edition of the Foodie Diary.
LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR PORTHILLY SPIRIT
The line-up has been announced for Cornwall’s newest festival, Porthilly Spirit, which takes place over the May bank holiday weekend, 24 to 26 May. Music highlights include Tom Odell, Gilles Peterson and Mr Dukes, but as this is the Foodie Diary, you’ll probably be more interested to hear about the amazing food offering at the event.
On the Friday evening, the festival kicks off with a feast cooked by Simon Stallard, of The Hidden Hut, and is set to be the biggest long-table feast in Cornwall. Seats at the table are free for weekend ticket holders, but limited, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
On Saturday, Anna Jones will bring her modern vegetarian cooking to Porthilly. Anna is a chef and author of several bestselling books, and has a regular column in The Guardian.
Tomos Parry, of Michelin-starred Brat in Shoreditch, will head to Cornwall on the Sunday, when he’ll be hosting lunch and dinner feasts. Tomos specialises in cooking Basque-style food over open fire, and is a particular fan of Cornish produce.
Prawn on the Lawn, which has restaurants in Padstow and Islington, will host a pop-up restaurant, and will be joined by guest chefs throughout the event. There will also be wild cookery and foraging adventures, as well as a great selection of street food stalls.
Porthilly Spirit is also the name of a new Cornish gin, which is to be launched at the festival, and includes quirky botanicals, including sea pink, nettles and sea salt taken from the Doom Bar. There will be special bars where guests can try the new gin, alongside the distillery’s vodka and rum.
For full details of the festival’s extensive programme, and to book tickets, visit www.porthillyspirit.com.
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AT ST MICHAELS RESORT, FALMOUTH
Designer Matt Inwood returns to Cornwall for another of his popular Instagram and phone photography workshops, which will be held from 9am to 3pm on Monday 11 March at St Michaels Resort in Falmouth.
Focussing on food, the workshop is aimed at those who work in the food and hospitality industries, and teaches how to get the most out of Instagram, and how to take brilliant photos using a phone.
There are only a few places left at the time of writing this; tickets are priced at £90+VAT which includes refreshments and a two course lunch with glass of wine. For full details see here.
ST PIRAN’S DAY AND PANCAKE DAY AT THE HEADLAND
Celebrate the double whammy of Shrove Tuesday and St Piran’s Day at The Headland Hotel on Tuesday 5 March.
The menus in both the hotel’s restaurants will include typical Cornish dishes plus some unique pancake-based specials in the Samphire Restaurant. An exclusive cocktail using the artisanal Cornish rose gin by Tinkture will also be available in the Samphire Restaurant.
While you’re in town, join the Newquay St Piran’s Day parade, which starts at the Victoria Hotel and finishes at Cribbar in Gover Lane. Led by Cornish Piper Merv Davey, the parade is open for anyone to join. The St Piran’s Festival Concert takes place at 7:30pm in St Michaels Church.
For more information see website or to book phone 01637 872211.
WINE TASTING DINNER AT THE BEACH AT BUDE
The Beach at Bude‘s first wine tasting dinner of 2019 will be held on Friday 1 March. New head chef Jamie Coleman will be joined by fellow MasterChef Professional star, Josh Donachie, and the pair will be cooking a six course feast, with a matching wine flight.
£45pp, for six courses with wines. For the full menu see here. Call 01288 389800 to book.
VERDANT OPENS SEAFOOD BAR
Verdant Brewing Co. has opened The Seafood Bar in Falmouth, serving a great range of the brewery’s own beers, with eight taps pouring their four core range beers, and four seasonal.
The kitchen sends out tasty tapas dishes, mainly fish-based, in a French, Spanish and British style. On arrival, guests receive crispy seafood balls, and the fish finger baps are proving hugely popular.
FOWEY FOOD WEEK
The first ever Fowey Food Week will take place from 2 to 9 March, with global cuisine on offer across the town, giving visitors a chance to “eat your way around the world without leaving Fowey”.
Each participating restaurant, pub or café will offer at least one special dish from their chosen country, priced at £10 or £5 depending on the venue.
Customers can collect a ‘passport’, getting a stamp for each place they visit. Three or more country stamps across the town over the course of Food Week means they enter into a grand draw to win prizes at the end of the week (donated by participating venues).
Confirmed venues (and the countries they will represent) include Fowey Hall (Thailand), The King of Prussia (Mexico), The Old Quay House (South Africa), Pinky Murphy’s (Cyprus), Pintxo (Spain), Readymoney Beach Shop (Croatia), and Sam’s (France).
There will also be tastings, demonstrations and talks, together with the Fowey Pasty Championships and The Great Fowey Bake Off.
See Facebook for full details.
The dates have been released for Nancarrow Farm’s first two workshops in their brand new Butchery and Larder.
On Saturday 9 March Steve Lamb from River Cottage will be running a “Curing and Smoking” workshop where participants will learn to make a range of cured and smoked products such as bacon, pancetta, bresaola, prosciutto, guanciale, lardo, salami and pastrami as well as hot and cold smoking techniques for fish, poultry and game.
9.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 9 March, £150pp (limited to 8 people), includes lunch and refreshments. For full details see here.
On Saturday 16 March Nancarrow’s own Jack Bristow will be teaching all things pig, in a “Pigs, Pork and Preserving” nose-to-tail workshop.
Over the course of the day, you will learn about different breeds of pig, and how to raise them. In the practical sessions, you will learn how to butcher a pig into the various different cuts and use every part of the animal. You’ll make sausages and bacon as well which you will take home with you along with some pork chops.
10am – 4.30pm, Saturday 16 March, £150pp, includes lunch and refreshments. Full details here.
STEAK AND CLARET SUPPERS AT THE CORNISH ARMS
Visit The Cornish Arms in St Merryn this month, and enjoy a 10oz Cornish steak from Philip Warrens Butchers, with chips and salad, and a glass of Claret (Bordeaux Rouge Les Origines de Jules Lebègue chosen by Charlie Stein) for £19.95. Available every Thursday until 28 March. For full details see website.
CHARITY SUPPERS AT THE CORNISH ARMS
The Cornish Arms in St Merryn is holding charity suppers in aid of Shelterbox, every Monday to Wednesday evening until 27 March.
The sample menu includes dishes such as butterflied sardines or Welsh rarebit to start, Goan curries or classic fish and chips for main course, and chocolate pave or lemon posset for pud.
Three courses are priced at £14.95 plus a £2.50 donation. For more details or to book a table see here.
NEW SPRING MENU AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL
Fifteen’s new take on menus means that the Fifteen Menu is offered at both lunch and dinner, alongside a Tasting Menu in the evening.
As new season Cornish and Italian ingredients start to make their appearance, early spring dishes are appearing on the next menu. Think small plates with grilled sardines dressed with chilli and mint, creamy Italian burrata with borlotti beans and chargrilled radiccio, and pretty artichoke caponata with Vulscome goats cheese.
Pasta and risotto remain a firm favourite at Fifteen. Enjoy Sicilian style potato gnocchi with sausage ragu, delicate ravioli parcels filled with ricotta and chard served in a lemon butter sauce, or a luxurious cauliflower, hazelnut and rosemary risotto.
There’s always Cornish fish on the menu; the Cornish fish fritto features gurnard, mussels and chard, pictured above.
The spring menu is available from 4 March at lunch or dinner, with a lunch offer of two courses for £22 or three courses for £27 until 4 April. Call 01637 861000 to book a table or book online.
COLWITH FARM DISTILLERY
Following the opening last summer of Cornwall’s first plough to bottle distillery, Colwith Farm Distillery has a host of new products, tours and events to tempt visitors in 2019.
Seasonal tipples to try include a Stafford’s Gin Rhubarb and Ginger infusion, a Fowey River Gin Blackberry and Apple infusion and a limited edition Aval Dor Rose and Hibiscus Vodka. All at £39 per 70cl bottle.
The distillery is offering gin making masterclasses on selected Saturdays throughout the year. The three-hour session includes a guided distillery tour, tasting, and gin making experience, plus the chance to take home a bottle of your very own gin. Sessions cost £100 per person or £150 for two.
For more information visit colwithfarmdistillery.co.uk.
New company TiramisUGO has recently launched in Truro, and makes a light and creamy tiramisu. It’s alcohol free and is made with Illy coffee, Italian mascarpone and Cornish eggs.
£4 per jar, or three for £10. If you are in Truro, Ugo might even deliver your tiramisu in his Italian Piaggio Ape 50.
For more details see Facebook.
Friday 1 March Middle Eastern Supper Club with Kate Attlee at Scarlet Wines
Big flavours at big tables for Kate Attlee’s Middle Eastern supper club, with matching wines by Scarlet Wines’ Jon Keast. £50pp for three courses and wines.
Friday 1 March The Tea Shed at Trewithen Gardens opens
The Tea Shed serves delicious homemade food, including light lunches, cakes, and great tea and coffee. Open daily from 10am to 4pm whilst the gardens are open, from 1 March until 30 June, and then Wednesday to Sunday until 27 October. For more info, see website.
Friday 1 March Land, Sea & Allotment at Hooked on the Rocks.
Nibbles, three courses from “land, sea and allotment”, and a talk from Cornish Duck. £35pp, phone 01326 311886 to book.
Friday 1 March Cocktail Night at binTwo in Padstow
South Western Distillery will be visiting binTwo in Padstow for a special cocktail evening, demo-ing five cocktail recipes (with tasters). Two cocktails are also included in the price of £25pp, further drinks available to buy from the bar. Only 18 tickets available, book online.
Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March From the Sea at Temple, Bude
Craig Tregonning will be cooking up a feast “From the Sea” using impeccably sourced fish from Wild Harbour Fisheries. £40pp, booking essential, phone 01288 354739.
Saturday 2 March Open Day at Philleigh Way
Philleigh Way Cookery School’s open day with free pasties and drinks to celebrate St Piran’s Day.
Saturday 2 March Cornish celebration at Colwith Farm Distillery
Colwith Farm Distillery will be opening its doors for an evening of Cornish celebration in the run up to St Piran’s Day, including live music with folk singer, Will Keating, dancing and cocktails. £10pp, book online.
Saturday 2 March Spring to Mind Supper at Treviskers
A special dinner with live music, dancing, charity auction and raffle in aid of Mind and Little Minds, a new charity set up by Hannah Evans to help children with mental health issues. £35pp, phone 07890 959847 or email [email protected].com to book your tickets.
Saturday 2 March Buchanan Wines Cornwall Quiet Icons dinner
£24pp, book online.
A new series of collaborative wine suppers by Buchanan Wines Cornwall kicks off at St Kew Farm Shop with Californian wines from Ravenswood. The wines will all be available by the glass, paired with rich sticky smoky savoury food, served at one table, feast style.
Saturday 2 March World Pasty Championships
Professional and amateur pasty bakers are invited to enter this year’s World Pasty Championships at The Eden Project. For entry forms and more information visit website.
Monday 4 March Bubbles & Bangers at Una Kitchen, St Ives
Enjoy an Una Kitchen breakfast and a sausage making masterclass with Gavin from The Kernow Sausage Company. Free to attend for those who run cafés, B&Bs, hotels, restaurants, etc.. For full details see Facebook.
Wednesday 6 March Old Chapel Cellars @ Hooked! Restaurant
Food and wine pairing, Prosecco on arrival, followed by three courses with matching wines. £35pp.
Friday 8 March A Table in Venice Dinner with Skye McAlpine at Hotel Tresanton
Author and chef Skye McAlpine is visiting Hotel Tresanton for a four course Venetian dinner, after which there’ll be a Q&A and book signing. £65pp for dinner and drinks. For more details or to book, visit website.
Saturday 9 March Feast at Nancarrow Farm
In celebration of the new Butchery and Larder opening, this feast will start with bubbles and canapés and guests will have a chance to see the new space. The main course will feature prime beef. £43pp, book online.
Sunday 10 March Harbour & Thai Night
Harbour Brewing Co.’s first event at their Taproom near Bodmin features Chaba’s delicious traditional Thai cuisine. Adult tickets (£21) include two courses and your first drink. Child tickets (£9) include food and squash all evening. Book online.
Wednesday 13 March Chat and Eat Night at Polurrian on the Lizard
Polurrian’s head chef Charlotte (advocate of the slow food movement) is cooking up a wood fired banquet for Potluck Cornwall’s first Chat & Eat night of the year, and there will be talks from wine sommelier Carl Burdett. £25pp, book online.
Friday 15 March Seafood evening at Truro School Cookery
An evening of indulgent seafood cookery demonstrations, with wines matched by St Austell Wines. Starting with a glass of Crémant and canapés, guests will then watch each dish (scallops, brill and lobster three ways) being demonstrated before enjoying a tasting plate and a sample of the wine, followed by a trio of desserts. £42.69pp, see here for more info and to book a place.
Friday 15 March Fondue Night at The Gurnard’s Head
A gooey cheese feast with a selection of meats and bread to dip in fondue pots, Raclette cheese, baked cheese, and tartiflette (as if there wasn’t enough cheese). £35pp, phone 01736 796928 to book.
Friday 15 March Pizza Night at Tre, Pol & Pen
Tasty pizzas from Tre, Pol & Pen’s stone baked pizza oven. Phone 01566 706527 to book.
Saturday 16 March Farm Dinner at Nancarrow Farm
The first Farm Dinner, a new style event at Nancarrow Farm, is a four course dinner for just 20 guests, who will be seated around the beautiful kitchen table in The Old Mill. £65pp, with dinner, bed & breakfast packages available too. For full details or to book a ticket see website.
Saturday 16 March Wadebridge Cornish Market
The first of a new monthly market in Wadebridge Town Hall, with an array of food and craft stalls showcasing local produce under one roof. For more details see Facebook.
Monday 18 March Origin Coffee’s Cupping Club at The Warehouse, Penryn
Learn the art of cupping with Origin’s head barista at The Warehouse, Adam, and one of their roasters, Tom, who will teach the art of slurping and the characteristics of each coffee. Ideal for those looking for an introduction to speciality coffee of for the more experienced looking to experience an array of incredible coffees. For more details see Facebook.
Tuesday 19 March Supper Club at Rick Stein’s Fish, Falmouth
Rick Stein’s Fish, Falmouth’s first supper club of the year will be hosted by restaurant manager, Charlene. The Asian inspired two course menu will be accompanied by wine, with a chef talking through each of the dishes as they’re served. £45pp, book online.
Saturday 23 March The Alverton Gin and Cornish Drinks Festival
16 Cornish drinks producers will be showcasing their products at this new festival. There’ll be live music throughout the day and DJ in the evening. £10 per person. See website for full details.
Sunday 24 March Forage, Cook & Dine with Potluck Cornwall
After a foraging walk at the beautiful 12-acre Cotna Eco Retreat in Gorran, guests will spend a couple of hours in the kitchen cooking up a feast, which will then be enjoyed together. £50pp, book online.
Thursday 28 March Tour of Harbour Brewing Co.
Harbour Brewing Co.’s first tour of their Modern Classic Brewery and the new Hinterland Brewery. Includes three beer tastings and access to the new taproom and brewery shop. 3pm, £15pp, book online.
Friday 29 March Kate Attlee Supper Club at Emily’s
Kate Attlee will be cooking a Middle Eastern supper, drink and canapés followed by “a delicious and plentiful spread” at Emily’s in Truro. £35pp, including wine, book online.
Saturday 30 March Spring Market at Tre, Pol & Pen
10am – 1pm, a selection of local producers will be at Tre, Pol & Pen’s inaugural spring market. If you are interested in having a stall at the market, please email [email protected].
Sunday 31 March Mothering Sunday lunch at The Beach at Bude
There’s a beautiful looking menu at The Beach at Bude for Mothering Sunday. Two courses for £18.50 and three courses for £22.50, with a glass of Prosecco on arrival for all mothers. See here for the full menu, and to book phone 01288 389800.
Sunday 31 March Mother’s Day Lunch at Philleigh Way
Philleigh Way’s Woodfired Kitchen’s first event of the year, with a three course lunch to celebrate Mothering Sunday. Three courses, £28pp, book online.
Friday 5 to Sunday 7 April Spring Gathering at Nancarrow Farm
A family friendly gathering to welcome the new season (and the new lambs). By day, on Saturday and Sunday, there’ll be craft stalls and demonstrations, wild walks and children’s trails, street food from the courtyard kitchen, live music and more. By night, on the Friday and Saturday evenings, there’ll be feasts in the Oak Barn. For more info see website.
Sunday 7 April Sunday lunch at Kilhallon
James Kittow Butcher is hosting a lunch in the rustic barn at Kilhallon Farm, and will be serving up their own Red Ruby beef and Mr Bax’s roast pork with all the trimmings. Children can meet the animals too. For more info and to see the menu see here.
Monday 8 April Charity dinner at Coombeshead Farm
Jeremy Lee of Quo Vadis, Aaron Mulliss of The Hand and Flowers, Jonny Lake, formerly of The Fat Duck, Paul Cunningham of Henne Kirkeby Kro, and Nathan Outlaw will join the Coombeshead Farm team to cook a seven course dinner in aid of Parkinson’s UK and The Stroke Association. £240pp, to book email [email protected].
Congratulations to Kate and Charlie Snell, who have taken over Emily’s in Truro. It’s one of our favourite places to stop for coffee and cake, American pancakes, or a delicious lunch. Don’t miss their legendary crumpwiches, a toasted sandwich made with crumpets. Yum.
There’s a new breakfast menu at Rick Stein’s Café in Padstow, which includes dishes such as huevos a la flamenco, fresh waffles with streaky bacon and maple and crushed avocado on toasted sourdough. To see the full menu or book a table, visit website.
Padstow Food Fair will be held in Padstow Memorial Hall from 10am to 4pm on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays throughout March.
The owners of Pintxo in Fowey have opened a new pizzeria, Bufala. The menu looks fabulous, and features classic Italian drinks, antipasti, as well as a selection of buffalo mozzarella dishes and sourdough pizzas. For more details see bufalafowey.co.uk.
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