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THE FOODIE DIARY: MARCH 2020

Posted on Feb 28, 2020 by

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Let’s hope spring arrives soon! But whatever the weather, there’s plenty to keep food-lovers busy this March. Read on for some of the best food news and events in Cornwall and, as ever, please feel free to send us your news for next month’s edition.

Happy reading, and happy eating!

P.S. Click here to go straight to the diary dates.


PORTHILLY SPIRIT FOOD LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

Porthilly Spirit Oyster Bar

With licence firmly in place, this year’s Porthilly Spirit Festival will be held over the May bank holiday weekend, 22 to 24 May. The festival celebrates food and drink as much as music, theatre, wellbeing and the great outdoors, with a fabulous looking line-up.

On the food side of things, Andi Tuck (St Kew Inn) will spend the weekend slow cooking whole joints of meat and vegetables over fire, Prawn on the Lawn will be serving up a long table seafood feast, and Katy Davidson (a.k.a. The Oyster Lady) will be running an oyster bar, featuring Porthilly oysters alongside her favourite cocktails. Breakfast and coffee will be provided by Yallah Coffee at their pop-up café.

Drinks-wise, there’ll be a Porthilly Spirit Distillery bar, serving up the festival’s own gin (which is particularly delicious) alongside their vodka and rum, as well as a Harbour Brewery beer bar and Pentire Drinks’ non-alcholic spirit.

There is a packed schedule of workshops and talks including, for foodies, knife-making with Pareusi, oyster shucking with Katy, smoking (food!) with James Strawbridge, and both a coffee tasting and talk on sustainable coffee by Yallah Coffee.

For full details of everything else (including Rogue Theatre, sea safaris with Wavehunters, beach and SUP yoga, wild swimming, and the brilliant Wild Warriors’ children’s activities) visit porthillyspirit.com. Full weekend tickets are available to Cornwall residents at the special price of £75 (usual price is £125). See here.


THE ETHICUREAN TO OPEN AT TREVIBBAN MILL

You’ve probably already heard that The Ethicurean is coming to Trevibban Mill Vineyard near Padstow, with talented chef Andi Richardson (ex Fifteen and Star & Garter) heading up the kitchen.

The 80 cover restaurant will “champion vegetable-led cooking, whilst supporting Cornish fishmongers and pasture-rearing farms local to the vineyard, to create enticing daytime menus and refined evening tasting menus”. Dishes will be paired with Trevibban Mill’s own wines, and wine tasting and guided tours of the vineyard and winery will also be available.

Bookings are now open, with dates available to book from Thursday 9 April. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday, and for lunch on Sundays.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit theethicurean.com/the-ethicurean-cornwall.


KARREK OPENS AT ST ENODOC HOTEL

Karrek (Cornish for “rock”) is a beautiful new 20-cover fine-dining restaurant at St Enodoc Hotel.

Executive head chef Guy Owen, who has recently joined the hotel after four and a half years at The Idle Rocks, has created a superb tasting menu in the stylish new restaurant.

The menu features ultra-local Cornish produce (e.g. “Cock Crab from Rock” which includes crab from Rock served with seaweed dashi) as well as meat from the hotel owners’ family farm, Made-Well Farm, in Devon, such as the moreish little lamb doughnuts with anchovy mayo (pictured above) and succulent venison served with smoked beetroot and a Bordelaise sauce.

Other dishes include a mouthwateringly delicious fillet of red mullet on a saffron bouillabaisse sauce, and a deconstructed pasty, with melt-in-the-mouth beef rump, a turnip and swede terrine, and “squidgy” pastry.

Six and nine course tasting menus are available at dinner, Tuesday to Saturday, and four, six and nine course menus are available at lunchtime, Thursday to Saturday. Expertly-matched accompanying wine flights are also available.

For more information or to book a table, visit enodoc-hotel.co.uk/fine-dining/.


GUY OWEN TO FEATURE ON GREAT BRITISH MENU

St Enodoc’s Guy Owen is the only chef from Cornwall to appear on this year’s series of BBC’s Great British Menu.

The theme for this year is children’s literature, and the format has changed slightly, with four chefs competing for each region, and competitors will have to create an amuse bouche and pre-dessert palate cleanser in addition to the usual four courses.

The fifteenth series of Great British Menu will start on Wednesday 18 March. It then runs for nine weeks (eight regional heats and then the final), with hour-long episodes every Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a half-hour regional final every Friday.

Good luck Guy! For full details see here.


CAFFÈ ROJANO BY PAUL AINSWORTH

The new-look Caffè Rojano by Paul Ainsworth opened in February, following a stylish refurb.

The new menu includes a range of homemade pasta, sourdough pizzas, deli sandwiches and tapas-style small plates for sharing, with dishes showcasing local Cornish ingredients.

The restaurant now features a fresh pasta extruder, housed on the restaurant floor, so diners can watch the chefs making their own pasta. Bags of freshly made pasta will also be able to purchase to cook at home.

Caffè Rojano is open every morning for breakfast from 8.30am, with the all-day menu served from 12pm. For reservations phone 01841 532 796.


ROSEMULLION’S NEW SEAFARER GIN

Rosemullion Distillery’s latest product is Seafarer Gin, a coastal-inspired gin made using foraged ingredients from the Cornish coastline.

Distilled in 200 bottle batches in a copper still, it is flavoured with samphire and three different types of seaweed, along with carefully selected botanicals, including juniper, orange, orris, angelica root, cassia, lemon and liquorice.

The gin will be available to purchase from the beginning of March, from select stores in the South West, and online.


AMÉLIES’ REFURB UNDERWAY

Amélies restaurant at night Jean-Philippe Baudey

Work on the refurbishment of Amélies in Porthleven is underway following a kitchen fire last October, which caused considerable damage to the building.

Scheduled to re-open in late spring, the new restaurant will feature a light and airy Mediterranean-inspired interior, designed by local firm Boex, and new lunch and evening menus created to encourage sharing and casual dining.

The lunch menu will feature light bites, smaller plates and sharing platters, while evening dining will have an emphasis on locally-sourced fish dishes.

On a fine day, the conservatory doors will open to make the most of the picturesque harbour setting. Live music will continue to be a regular feature and the restaurant will also be available for private hire and weddings.

For more information visit ameliesporthleven.co.uk.


ELLIS WHARTON WINES’ NEW SHOP

Highly regarded wine merchant Ellis Wharton Wines, which supplies some of Cornwall’s top restaurants, will open a new shop on 6 March as part of its relocation to new premises in Indian Queens.

The shop will be open to the public, as well as trade, and is based at the company’s new wine warehouse in the A30 Business Park, close to Da Bara Bakery. Expect a huge range of wine and spirits from across the globe, and of course there’s a vast array of Cornish drinks too. There will always be a selection of wines open to taste before you buy, and there are plans for a deli section too.

For more information, visit ewwines.co.uk or follow Ellis Wharton Wines on social media.


SATURDAY SOCIAL AT NANCARROW

Nancarrow Farm’s upcoming Saturday Social features two family feasts in their beautiful Oak Barn. There’ll be a chance to meet newborn lambs, with plenty of outdoor activities, entertainment and live music.

Guests are invited to the farm for either the morning or afternoon, and the two family feasts (with delicious-sounding menus) take place at 12 noon and 5pm.

Tickets are priced £28 for adults, £12 for children. For full details and to buy tickets, see here.


APPLETON’S OPENS IN FOWEY

Andy and Lyndsey Appleton will be opening their beautiful new Fowey restaurant, Appleton’s, on 1 March.

Housed in what was formerly The Globe, the completely-refurbished restaurant will seat 40 diners over two floors. Appleton’s will continue to serve Andy’s legendary handmade pasta, alongside other Cornish-Italian inspired dishes.

The restaurant will be open from Monday to Saturday for morning coffees and pastries, light breakfasts, lunch and dinner. Sundays will see the return of their brilliant brunches.

For more information or to book a table, visit appletonsrestaurant.com.


WILD WINE SCHOOL

After several years of running the Wild Wine Club, wine expert Debbie Warner will launch her Wild Wine School at the end of March.

The school will be based at Nancarrow, and there will be regular workshops, such as Minimal Intervention Wine-Making; An Introduction to Cornish Wines; and Tasting in Colour. There will also be a range of WSET accredited courses. Industry events, masterclasses and bespoke training are available too.

The first of the WSET courses is ideal for anyone who wants to start learning about wine. Course details can be found here. Dates are 23 March, 15 June and 5 July, and the course is priced at £125, which includes refreshments and a Nancarrow lunch. Alternatively, the course can be taken over three supper clubs (on Tuesdays 24 and 31 March and 7 April) for £160.

The more advanced WSET Level 2 course takes place over four days (20 March and 6, 21 and 27 April) or as twelve supper clubs, and is priced at £350. Full details of the course content can be found here.


THE PIG AT HARLYN

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The Pig opens at Harlyn on 28 April, and reservations can now be made for rooms, with restaurant bookings being taken from early April.

The hotel is looking gorgeous, and the restaurant will feature a 25 mile menu, with much of the produce being grown in the hotel’s own kitchen garden.

See thepighotel.com/at-harlyn-bay/ for more information and to make a reservation.


FOWEY FOOD WEEK

Fowey Chamber of Commerce is organising the second Fowey Food Week, a celebration of Cornish and global cuisine.

Those visiting Fowey during the week of 7 to 14 March will have the chance to eat their way around the world without leaving the town, as each venue is offering at least one special dish from their chosen country.

There’s even a special Fowey Food Week passport, and diners will be able to collect stamps as they work their way through the different dishes.

Participating venues include Fitzroy (Korea), The Lifebuoy Café (Greece), Fowey Hall (France), Pintxo (Spain), North Street Kitchen (New Orleans), Brown Sugar (Mexico) and Harbour Hotel (Jamaica). For full details see Facebook.


MICHAEL CAINES TAKES OVER AT THE COVE

Renowned chef, Michael Caines has taken over The Cove at Maenporth, near Falmouth. Michael held two Michelin stars at Gidleigh Park for 18 years, and was awarded a Michelin star at Lympstone Park just six months after it opened.

The Cove will re-open this month under Michael’s ownership, after a light refurb, and will offer a “relaxed and informal approach to dining”. The restaurant will be open for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner, with both a brasserie-style à la carte menu, and a tasting menu featuring some of Michael’s signature dishes.

Sign up here to be the first to find out when The Cove reopens.


SPRING GOURMET WEEKEND AT BUDOCK VEAN

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The Budock Vean has created a special Spring Gourmet weekend – the first hosted in the hotel’s recently refurbished restaurant.

Head chef Darren Kelly’s five course menu, featuring the best of Cornish produce, will be complemented by a wine flight chosen by North Coast Wines.

The Spring Gourmet weekend takes place from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 March, and prices start at £224pp, including two nights’ accommodation, five course dinners each night, full Cornish breakfasts, and unlimited use of the golf course, tennis courts, pool and leisure area.

For full details see website.


BEN AMBRIDGE AT THE FOX’S REVENGE

Ben Ambridge and his partner Evie have taken on the recently refurbished pub, The Fox’s Revenge, near Summercourt. The pub is cosy and comfortable, with roaring fires in winter, and plenty of outdoor seating for summer.

Ben’s cooking is bold, flavoursome and generous, so expect delicious pub grub. The Sunday lunches are already proving hugely popular.

Highly recommended. For reservations, phone 01872 510544 or email [email protected].


SAVING ESTER

Fal Oyster is running an eight week crowdfunding campaign with the aim of hatching and releasing one million Cornish native oysters into the Fal Estuary.

The campaign is titled “Saving Ester” (ester is Cornish for oyster) and those who enjoy eating oysters, as well as those who just want cleaner seas, are invited to pledge. A £1 pledge will save one ester. Other rewards include fishing trips and oyster shucking masterclasses.

On the final weekend of the campaign (26 to 29 March), Steve Skinner will be hosting a fundraising event at The Old Ale House in Truro, with live music and plenty of seafood. For full details see here.


MINE IN FALMOUTH

Restaurant MINE opened in December in Falmouth, and the food looks fabulous.

The restaurant is cosy – the owners want guests to feel as if they are at a dinner party – and the open kitchen makes for a relaxed atmosphere.

The modern British cuisine features classic flavour combinations and the best Cornish produce. The menu changes weekly, and always consists of one meat, one fish and one vegan option for each course.

Open for dinner on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and for lunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays.

For the current menu and to make a reservation, visit restaurantmine.co.uk.


NEW COURSES AT TRURO SCHOOL COOKERY

The brilliant cookery school based at Truro School has added some fantastic-sounding courses to its calendar, including:

21 March – Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea – enjoy a full day course with lunch, cooking some delicious dishes to take home to share, including Scotch eggs and lemon drizzle simnel slice.
28 March – Freshest Fish Supper – learn how to prepare and cook fish, dishes include sea bass ceviche and whole baked brill.

Coming up in April and May are Indian, Italian and Japanese courses, as well as lessons in recreating the meal prepared by the cookery school team as part of a pop-up feast on the Isles of Scilly.

For the full course list, see here.


BEACH STREET BAKERY’S TREAT BOXES

St Eval-based Beach Street Bakery has created a Mother’s Day edition of its recently launched trEAT boxes.

The elegant little box will be priced at £10 and will contain four mini loaf cakes: lemon and blueberry; chocolate and salted caramel; cream tea; and a courgette cake with cream cheese icing.

Orders can be placed by DM-ing Donna on Facebook or Instagram, with orders to be collected from St Eval on 21 March. For more details, see here.


BEN’S KITCHEN OPENING IN ST IVES

Chef Ben Prior will cook at Porthleven Food Festival 2019

Ben Prior’s new restaurant, Ben’s Kitchen, opens at 27 The Terrace in St Ives on 17 March.

The 22-seater restaurant will be opening for dinner, Tuesday to Saturday, and promises similar style cuisine to that of the much-loved Ben’s Cornish Kitchen, which closed in Marazion last year.

Prices have yet to be confirmed, but it’s thought that three courses from the à la carte menu will cost around £39, and a tasting menu will be available for around £65.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit bens.kitchen.


DUCHY CHARCUTERIE WINS TOP AWARD IN NEW YORK

Huge congratulations to Redruth’s Duchy Charcuterie, which became the first UK producer to scoop a top award at the prestigious Charcuterie Masters in New York last month.

Owner and producer Marc Dennis flew to New York to receive the well-deserved prize for Best Country Ham, Prosciutto or Jamon, which was awarded to his melt-in-the-mouth hand-cured prosciutto, pictured above.

You can read more about Duchy Charcuterie in this article or visit duchycharcuterie.co.uk.


GIN MASTERCLASSES AT COLWITH FARM DISTILLERY

Colwith Farm Distillery near Lostwithiel has announced a series of evening gin masterclasses. The 1.5 hour sessions will take place on selected Saturdays during March and April, starting at 7pm with a welcome Stafford’s Gin and tonic.

Students will receive tuition on selecting botanicals, before being guided through the process of rectifying, blending and bottling their own craft gin to take home. The evening ends with the chance to sit back and enjoy a drink or two in the distillery bar.

The twilight masterclasses will run on 14 March, 28 March and 11 April and cost from £79 for two. For more information and to book see here.


BEATRIX POTTER AFTERNOON TEA

A Beatrix Potter-themed afternoon tea at Fowey Hall Hotel in Cornwall.

Fowey Hall Hotel has designed a gorgeous ‘edible garden’ afternoon tea to celebrate the release of the second Peter Rabbit film.

As well as traditional finger sandwiches and scones, there are special treats such as: Mr McGregor’s stolen vegetables with chocolate mousse and chocolate soil; Benjamin Bunny’s carrot cake; Mrs Tiggywinkle’s rhubarb and custard crunch; and Jemima Puddle-Duck’s mini eggs.

There is even a gingerbread rabbit made using the gingerbread recipe from Beatrix Potter’s own recipe book. 

The afternoon tea is available from 19 March until 31 May, priced at £25 for adults and £12.50 for children. For full details or to make a reservation, see website.


DIARY DATES

Sunday 1 MarchPrawn on the Lawn pop-up at Padstow Kitchen Garden
Padstow Kitchen Garden was one of Fifteen Cornwall’s suppliers, and they lost a lot of money when the restaurant closed. Prawn on the Lawn is popping up in one of PKG’s polytunnels to raise money to support the farm. BinTwo are doing the drinks, and Jack Bristow is helping Ross Geach with the cooking. Tickets are £75pp, expect lots of good food, drink and laughter. **SOLD OUT**

Tues 3 to Thur 5 March ExpoWest
ExpoWest’s 40th birthday show, a must-visit for everyone in the hospitality and catering trade. Free to attend, at the Royal Cornwall Showground.

Wednesday 4 March From the Sea at Temple
A fishy feast at Temple in Bude, featuring sardines, mussels, trout and pollack, as well as lots of lovely local produce.

Friday 6 March Pop-up at Kober in Hayle
The second pop-up at the new Kober in Hayle. See their Facebook event page for details.

Friday 6 March North Indian Curry Feast at Knightor
A fantastic curry feast, with a huge selection of delicious-sounding dishes. £26.95pp includes a welcome cocktail.

Fri 6 to Sun 8 March Spring Gourmet Weekend at Budock Vean
A luxurious two night break, including five course gourmet dinners (with wine) each night, full Cornish breakfasts, unlimited use of golf course and leisure facilities, from £224pp.

Saturday 7 March Wild Wine Workshop at Nancarrow
This beginner to intermediate level workshop is an introduction to organic and biodynamic wines with wine expert Debbie Warner of Wild Wine Club. £75pp includes refreshments, tasting eight wines, and a Nancarrow lunch.

Saturday 7 March Charity Wine Dinner at The Headland
Five course wine tasting dinner in aid of the Cornwall Community Foundation. £75pp including Champagne and canapés, five courses with paired wines and tutored tastings, coffee and petits fours. All proceeds going to the charity. **SOLD OUT**

Saturday 7 March The Market at Crantock
The Market’s first event of the year at Crantock Village Hall, featuring food and drink stalls, street food trucks, makers and music.

Saturday 7 March Newquay Farmers’ Market
Newquay Farmers’ Market is popping up at the St Piran’s Day Festival at The Griffin Inn, featuring the usual monthly traders as well as some exciting new stalls.

Saturday 7 March Spring Feast at Nancarrow Farm
The menu features Nancarrow’s organic prime beef. £40 pp.

Tuesday 10 March Potluck Chat & Eat Night at Hooked on the Rocks
A relaxed evening of food and conversation, with a guest speaker and food-related quiz. £25pp, which includes a drink on arrival, small plates (there’s a lovely looking menu with vegan option) and pudding.

Tuesday 10 March The Cornwall Wine Fair 2020
Castang Wines’ annual wine fair and tasting event, with over 300 wines, spirits and Champagnes open for tasting. The event will be held at the China Fleet Club in Saltash, with local food producers and craft-makers also showcasing their wares. Free to attend.

Wednesday 11 March Spring Lunch at Caffè Rojano
This lunch is organised by The Friends of Padstow Christmas Festival, with all proceeds going to charity. The menu looks great. £30pp.

Friday 13 March Gin and Jazz at Budock Vean
Support the Cornwall Community Foundation at this evening of G&Ts and canapés, plus a live jazz band, at Budock Vean Hotel. 6.30pm-8.30pm, £20pp.

Fri 13 to Sun 15 March The Dark, the Light and the Saison Beer Festival
The Driftwood Spars’ annual March beer festival, which will celebrate the life of Pete the brewer, who sadly died in January. There’ll be a special range of selected beers, live music, and Six Nations Super Saturday matches on the big screen.

Thursday 19 March Roo’s Beach Fashion Feast at Retorrick Mill
Roo’s Beach’s annual fashion show, featuring new SS20 styles in both women’s and menswear. Includes drinks and nibbles, a sharing feast from Scott and Babs, and a DJ until late. £35pp.

Friday 20 March Fundraising Feast at Nancarrow Farm
A collaborative dinner with chef Dan Cox, all proceeds from the evening going to the Pastoral Collective. Buy tickets here.

Friday 20 March Taco Night at The Beach Hut
A South American feast of hands-on, punchy-flavoured small plates, accompanied by live music from a mariachi band and a fire pit on the beach. £35pp with optional wine flight for £15.

Friday 20 March Mother’s Day wine tasting at The Old Garage
Take your mother to The Old Garage on the Roseland for wines by the glass and nibbles.

Saturday 21 March Food & Fire at Kernow Fires
Kernow Fires in Wadebridge is hosting a day of demos by Big Green Egg, Everhot electric range cookers, Everdure from Heston, and more. Discounts available.

Monday 23 March WSET Level 1 Award in Wine with Wild Wine School
Taught by the Wild Wine School at Nancarrow Farm, £125pp, for more details see above.

Thursday 26 March Australian Fires Charity Dinner
Porthminster Beach Café is hosting a charity dinner to raise funds to help communities affected by the devastating bush fires in Australia. Executive chef Mick Smith is Australian, so the cause is close to his and many of his staff’s hearts. Five courses, each matched by an Australian Wine, £75pp.

Thursday 26 March Curry Night at The Gurnard’s Head
A supper club at the lovely Gurnard’s Head, featuring a selection of authentic Indian dishes influenced by head chef Max’s trip to India last year. £35pp.

Thurs 26 to Sun 29 March Fal Oyster Gathering
Celebrating ten years of Fal Oyster’s pop up gatherings and the end of their crowdfunding campaign, this is a long weekend gathering at the Old Ale House Truro.

27 March & 3 April Chocolate making workshop
Create your own box of 24 beautiful chocolates on a half day course with Loco About Cocoa at Stable Art in Fletchersbridge. £35pp.

Saturday 28 March Spirit of the Bay with Rosemullion Distillery
Andy Bradbury of Rosemullion Distillery will explain how he creates his Cornish rums and gins to guests at The Godolphin in Marazion. £30pp includes a gin cocktail on arrival, a three course meal, and a tasting board of three rum mixes, all to be accompanied by live music by the firepits.

Sunday 29 March Polytunnel Pop-Up at Padstow Kitchen Garden
A five course polytunnel feast featuring ingredients from the farm, many of which will have been clamped, pickled and overwintered. All food will be cooked over fire on the Big Green Egg and the OFYR fire pit. £35pp, BYO drinks.

Friday 3 April Fire & Feast at Bedruthan
A sharing feast, featuring spring lamb, enjoyed on long trestle tables with a view over the ocean. £42pp.

Friday 3 April F-Easter Night at The Old Garage
Jamie Beetham is cooking an Easter feast at The Old Garage on The Roseland for an Easter Feast: F-Easter! Sharing platters of steak, triple-cooked chips + mac&cheese. 3 courses with paired wines throughout £40pp.

Saturday 4 April Spring Feast at Nancarrow Farm
Enjoy Nancarrow’s hospitality, with drinks and canapés in the courtyard, followed by a three course feast in the Oak Barn. Book here.

Friday 10 April Taco Boys re-opens at Baby Bay
Taco Boys are planning their Good Friday launch party. Keep an eye on their social media for more.

Saturday 11 April Brunch at Padstow Kitchen Garden
A beautiful two course polytunnel brunch at Padstow Kitchen Garden, with almost all ingredients grown or reared on the farm. £16pp.

Friday 17 April Verdant Beer Tasting Night
A mini Verdant beer festival at The Old Garage on The Roseland.

Fri 17 to Sun 19 April Porthleven Food Festival
The line-up has been announced for Porthleven Food Festival, and includes some of the best of Cornwall’s chefs. This year’s festival features a special feast in memory of Jude Kereama’s wife Jane, who was a key member of the festival committee, and who sadly passed away last year. For full details see porthlevenfoodfestival.com.

Saturday 18 April Pork, Smoke, Cure & Grill with Steve Lamb & Ross Geach
An action-packed day of learning all things pork with River Cottage’s Steve Lamb at Padstow Kitchen Garden. There’ll be demonstrations, the chance to get hands on with butchery and making your own sausages and chorizo, plenty of refreshments, and a delicious lunch with paired wine. £120pp.

Saturday 25 February Taste of Tarquin’s at The Scarlet
A distillery tour at Southwestern Distillery, followed by a three course dinner at The Scarlet. £110pp, including a bottle of gin to take home.

Monday 27 April Rugby Legends Dinner at Deer Park Hotel
This is actually in Devon, but for once we’ll make an exception, and include this Hospitality Action charity dinner. Chris Eden, Paul Ainsworth, Guy Owen and Michael Caines will be cooking a veritable feast, and guests will be entertained by legends from the rugby world. See here for full details.


IN BRIEF

Congratulations to Elly Owen, crowned Sommelier of the Year in the prestigious Imbibe Awards. Elly is group sommelier for The Paul Ainsworth Collection.


St Petroc’s Bistro in Padstow is holding charity lunches, to support those affected by the Australian bushfires, from 24 February to 8 March. The three course meal is priced at £15.95, plus a £2 donation to the “Treading Lightly” charity. For more details, see here.


Good news for The Old Coastguard in Mousehole, which reopens soon (we’ve heard it will open on 20 March) following extensive repairs and refurbishment after a fire last June.


Steak night is back at The Headland Hotel. Enjoy two 8oz steaks and a bottle of house red or white for £55. Available Monday to Thursday throughout March. For more details see here.


The Mussel Shoal in Porthleven, which serves moules frîtes from its harbourside café kiosk, is launching its new Pontoon Dining in March. Up to 25 diners will be taken to the floating pontoon by water taxi, where they will enjoy a four course fish or vegan menu and glass of wine for £50pp. There are six dates already on their website – to book see musselshoals.co.uk.


Padstow Wine Company is due to open its new premises in Duke Street in Padstow in April, which will be run in addition to The Bar at Saltbox in Wadebridge. PWC is recruiting for both full and part time staff – for more details see here.


The team behind the Fowey restaurant, Fitzroy, is opening a second venue in the town. North Street Kitchen opens at 55 North Street, Fowey on 7 March. This will be a casual seafood joint – no reservations.


Congratulations to chef Stephen Knowles, who is now working at Nancarrow Farm. We’ve enjoyed Steve’s cooking throughout his career at Fifteen, with the Wildfire Banquet Boys, at The Star and Garter in Falmouth, and most recently at The Old Custom House in St Ives. His cooking is fantastic, and he’ll be a great addition to Nancarrow’s team.


Potters is a new breakfast café and restaurant, opening in Bude on 6 April. The restaurant, which will be run by chef Oly Clarke and his wife Nikki, will open for breakfast and brunch each morning, drinks and sweet treats during the day, and then will serve a fine dining à la carte menu in the evenings.


The Cornwall Hotel has appointed new head chef Kai Taylor. Kai earned his first head chef position at 21, and achieved five AA rosettes in his first two years.


Look out for The Fishermen’s Mission‘s fundraising manager, Julian Waring, and corporate fundraiser, Dean Lawrence, who will both appear on the brand new series of Ready Steady Cook. The series begins on 2 March.


Mount Haven Hotel has announced its closure for the remainder of 2020, and until further notice, due to unforeseen issues arising from planned building works over the winter.


Chef Jude Kereama is to open a third restaurant, Kuki, in The Valley at Carnon Downs. It will be open to the public as well as to guests of The Valley’s holiday cottages. Kuki is due to open in April.


Trewithen Dairy has launched its new self-serve milk scheme, with machines around the county available for customers to refill their resealable glass bottles. See here.


Popular pub, The Taphouse in St Agnes, is taking on a new venue in Rock. The Taproom will be located at No 1 Rock Road, and promises “great service, drink, food and music”. Due to open in late March.


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