THE FOODIE DIARY: MARCH
March sees the emergence of spring, the first shoots in the veg patch and newly born lambs in the fields. The recent wet weather has had a huge impact on local food producers, so let’s hope that the ground soon dries out and that our fishermen can get back out to sea.
We’ve scoured the county for exciting and mouth-watering food news and events to share with you in a bumper edition of our Foodie Diary.
THE WOODS CAFE WANDERING KITCHEN
Discover Cardinham Woods with a guided stroll along unmarked paths with Woods Café owners David and Lara.
After wandering through the beautiful woods, return to their fire warmed yurt for hot toddies, a delicious two course dinner and live music. Choose from:
Slow cooked beef with parmesan polenta mash, roasted pork with butter beans and leeks, or rich aubergine stew with polenta mash and parmesan crisps. All followed by something chocolatey or something orangey. There won’t be a bar, so guests are asked to bring along a bottle and a glass.
WHEN: 5.15pm, Friday 28 February
WHERE: Woods Café, Cardinham Woods
TICKETS: on sale from 10 February, £18 per person, contact Woods Café for more details
GUEST CHEFS AT MARGOT’S IN PADSTOW
Margot’s Bistro’s Chef Patron Adrian Oliver is kicking off his guest chef dinners in style, with a six course feast on Monday 3 March. The first guest chef is Ben Prior of Ben’s Cornish Kitchen in Marazion.
On Tuesday 25 March Phil Thomas, Head Chef of Rosewarne Manor in Hayle, will team up with Adrian for another memorable meal. At each dinner, Adrian and his guest will be cooking three courses each.
WHEN: 7pm, Monday 3 March / Tuesday 25 March
WHERE: Margot’s Bistro, Padstow
RESERVATIONS: £50 per person. Call 01841 533441 to book
INTRODUCTION TO CHOCOLATE WITH NICKY GRANT
Talented chocolatier Nicky Grant is divulging some of her secrets in a two day chocolate course.
Day One is an introduction to the art and science of chocolate for beginners.
Day Two is an intensive day course where you will learn the secrets of creating super fine chocolate decorations,such as ruffling, flowers and wrappings.
WHEN: 12 March 2014
COST: £150 per person per day
BOOKING: phone 01736 850145 or visit Nicky’s website
LOCALS’ LUNCH AT THE SCARLET HOTEL
The Scarlet Hotel has a fantastic lunch offer for locals at the moment: “Enjoy a three course lunch and use of steam room and beautiful sea-view indoor swimming pool for £22.50.”
Just too tempting, I had to try this out and the food was stunning: ham hock terrine (pictured) followed by perfectly cooked brill with brown shrimps and finished off with a delicious rhubarb and white chocolate parfait.
WHEN: Monday to Thursday, until Sunday 30 March
COST: £22.50 per person, booking essential
BOOKING: Phone 01637 861800 and bring proof of address with a TR, PL or EX postcode
LUCAS HOLLWEG HOSTS SUPPER AT DOLLY’S IN FALMOUTH
If last autumn’s supper is anything to go by (a very memorable eight course extravaganza of deliciousness) guests are in for a treat on Saturday 1 March when food writer Lucas Hollweg returns to Dolly’s in Falmouth for another mouth-watering feast. Expect beautiful food, fine wine, great company and live music in this fabulous wine bar. The menu has not yet been confirmed, but Lucas has been heard to be muttering about cockles and foraging. For more information please contact Dolly on 01326 218400 or visit their website or Facebook page.
SHOW US YOUR MUSSELS
Mussels are delicious at this time of year: Every Wednesday evening you can enjoy a bowl of Porthilly mussels, fries, chunky bread and a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc at St Moritz Hotel for an amazing £10 for Solid as Rock members (for very important locals) and £12.50 for non members.
To reserve a table phone the St Moritz Hotel on 01208 862242.
On 8 and 9 March, The Cornish Arms in St Merryn is hosting their third annual Beer and Mussel Festival. The event showcases 28 beers and ciders, a variety of mussel dishes (including moules marinière, la mouclade and mussels with beer and bacon), live music, stand up comedy, children’s entertainment, and cookery demos from Jack Stein. Renowned local group The Fisherman’s Friends will be singing a joyful set of shanties and Cornish folk songs at 1pm on the Sunday.
For full details and entertainment timetable, visit Rick Stein’s website.
IT’S SICILIAN SEASON AT FIFTEEN
Take a culinary trip to the island of Sicily, with a fresh, bright and seasonal three course lunch at Fifteen Cornwall. Enjoy the exquisite intensity of flavours while watching the waves at Watergate Bay.
Using local fish, Sicilian lemons, seasonal vegetables and Fifteen’s glorious pastas, take delight in dishes like tagliarini with sardines and pan fried Cornish pollock with cannellini beans, datterini tomatoes, agretti, chilli and mint dressing.
Indulge in desserts such as Sicilian ricotta tart and blood orange ice cream or Sicilian lemon and mascarpone cheesecake with lemon curd and candied almonds.
WHEN: Monday to Friday lunch, 24 February to 28 March 2014
COST: £21 for 3 courses
RESERVATIONS: phone 01637 861000 or book online
COB OVEN BUILDING COURSE AT CAMP KERNOW
Not until May, but the limited places are getting booked up quickly. On this hands-on course you will experience all the stages of building an oven, from shaping the former, building the cob dome and applying an earth render. Full details on Camp Kernow’s website.
WHEN: 10am – 4.45pm, Sunday 11th May 2014
COST: £65 per person including lunch and refreshments
HOW TO BOOK: email [email protected]
LOCAL SUCCESS IN UK BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mark Williams of Relish Food and Drink in Wadebridge and Origin Coffee‘s Dan Fellows, Alex Passmore and Steve Pearson reached the top 20 of the Super Heat of the 2014 UK Barista Championships on 12 February. The competition requires entrants to make four espressos, four cappuccinos and four espresso based non-alcoholic speciality drinks, all in 15 minutes. Finals take place in London at The London Coffee Festival on 5 and 6 April and we wish all the contestants luck.
BURGERS AND FISH OPENS IN PADSTOW
Valentine’s Day sees the opening of a brand new Padstow restaurant. Redas Katauskas, ex Head Chef at Nathan Outlaw’s Seafood & Grill, and his wife Terese, are opening an exciting gourmet restaurant, Burgers & Fish, on Friday 14th February 2014 at 5pm.
Redas said “We are aiming to serve the best gourmet burgers and locally sourced fish. There will also be a range of crafted bottled beers to compliment the menu. All meat and fish will be cooked on a real charcoal grill.”
IBERIAN OUTPOSTS – WINE SUPPER AT THE GURNARD’S HEAD
London wine merchant Indigo Wine is a specialist Spanish importer, and a new supplier for The Gurnard’s Head, near Zennor. Indigo’s Jean-Remi Barris hosts a wine tasting menu, too delicious-sounding not to share:
Ovni, Equipo Navazos
Txakoli de Getariako, Bengoetxe 2011
Goose barnacles, three cornered leek & parsley risotto, garlic cream, granny smith
Louro, Rafael Palacios 2012
John Dory, potato & Sharpham Elmhirst espuma, truffle
La Solana, Suertes del Marques 2011
Sous-vide aged beef short rib, cauliflower purée, charred leek, roast beef juices
Ariyanas Naturalmente Dulce, Bentomiz 2008
Crème Catalan, long pepper glass, marmalade ice cream
WHEN: Friday 14 March
COST: £45 per person
RESERVATIONS: phone 01736 796 928 or [email protected]
SPRING FARMERS’ MARKET AT FIFTEEN
Fifteen Cornwall’s Spring Farmers’ Market brings local suppliers and growers together to celebrate spring. From fresh fish to local meat, store cupboard chutneys to artisan cheese and bread, it will be a feast for your senses. Don’t forget to pack a cold box to keep your purchases cool in the car while you take a walk on the beach.
Once again BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard will be hosting the Chefs’ Demonstration Kitchen with demos by, amongst others, Paul Ainsworth from Number 6 in Padstow, Emily Scott from the Harbour Kitchen and Tom Hunter from the Scarlet Hotel.
WHEN: 9.30am to 3.30pm, Saturday 15 March
WHERE: in the Extreme Academy car park, Watergate Bay
RAISE A GLASS TO SHARP’S BREWERY
Congratulations to Sharp’s Brewery, who have raised £12,837 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust. The brewery donated 5p from every pint of Own, Special and Cornish Coaster, sold in Cornwall in 2013. That’s over a quarter of a million pints of beer you lot drunk last year!
A SEAWEED FEAST AT PICNIC
A highly original three course dinner comes to the award-winning Picnic, in Falmouth, with their first pop-up restaurant evening featuring locally foraged seaweed from The Cornish Seaweed Company in Penryn. Beer and wine are available to buy, and you’ll be guided through the interesting menu:
Homemade locally smoked mackerel pâté served with sea salad & homemade artisan crostini
Fillet of locally landed brill with sea spaghetti & saffron risotto
Homemade panacotta with Cornish natural yoghurt & honey (yes, there’s even seaweed in that too!)
WHEN: 7-9.30pm, Thursday 6 March
COST: £25 per person
RESERVATIONS: booking essential, phone 01326 211655 or email [email protected]
On this two day baking course, an expert artisan baker will teach you all the skills and techniques you need to make delicious bread at home.
Day One: Understanding crucial ingredients and baking skills: how to select the right flours; adding flavour and texture; making, kneading and handling dough; adapting a basic loaf recipe to achieve a range of different flavours and textures. This first day covers European breads including foccacia, ciabatta and flatbread, as well as some American bagels and an introduction to sourdough.
Day Two: Create your own wild yeast starter and understand how to influence the flavour of a bread through different yeast cultivations. Learn techniques and secret tips for preparing and kneading sourdough, different rising environments for sourdough, dough handling techniques, equipment and cooking tips to nurture and bake great sourdough loaves.
WHEN: 22-23 March 2014
WHERE: Bedruthan Steps Hotel
PRICE: From £150 per person
NEW DINING ROOM AT WATERGATE BAY HOTEL
Watergate Bay Hotel’s dining room is having a complete makeover. The restaurant is due to reopen in mid March, with a new name, new look and new menu.
The redesigned interior “nods to a classic French brasserie and the space is distinctive and contemporary”. The aim is to create an informal, social and relaxed dining experience.
Executive Chef Neil Haydock has created a traditional yet exciting menu, featuring dishes such as steak tartare, duck and beet salad, grilled lobster and Côte de Boeuf. Simple cuts of meat will be cooked on a charcoal oven in the open kitchen.
The restaurant will be open to non-residents as well as hotel guests. For more information contact Watergate Bay Hotel.
SPRING SEASONAL DEMONSTRATION EVENING AT PADSTOW SEAFOOD SCHOOL
Padstow Seafood School’s demonstration evenings are always very enjoyable. Kicking off with a glass of wine, guests can sit back and relax, watching one of Stein’s chefs demonstrate three seasonal spring dishes. You’ll be sure to learn a few tips and techniques. For more information please visit their website.
WHEN: 6pm, Thursday 20 March
WHERE: Padstow Seafood School
TICKETS: £16 each, phone 01841 532700 to book
BEER BANQUET ON THE BEACH AT WATERGATE BAY
Watergate Bay’s Executive Chef Neil Haydock has teamed up with the boys from the Harbour Brewing Company and four other craft breweries to create a five course tasting menu, matching food and ales:
Curried pumpkin & spiced yoghurt soup
Cucumber & Mint Saison by Wild Beer Co.
Limoncello IPA by Siren Brewing Co.
Fried chicken slider with pickled slaw
Lime, Chilli & Raspberry Saison by Beavertown
Pulled cumin roast pork belly & roasted onions pitta
Mango & Chilli Pale Ale by Harbour Brewing Co.
Pecan pie brownie & malted milk ice-cream
A barrel aged Calico Jack (Jamaican Ginger Stout) by Summer Wine
Along with Arbor Ales from Bristol, all the breweries’ beers will be available from the bar, and the brewers themselves will be there to talk through their beers and answer any nagging questions you might have.
After dinner there’ll be a live band and beach bonfire.
WHEN: 7pm, Friday 21 March
WHERE: The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay
TICKETS: £25 per person, phone 01637 861 295 to book
SUPPER CLUBS AT PEASOUK
Falmouth’s Peasouk is a cosy, intimate and homely Bohemian café specialising in vegetarian and Arabic foods.
Supper clubs are held on the first Saturday evening of each month, where a different genre of food is served along with an accompaniment of live music. Chef/owner Nicola Willis researches each food culture to ensure that the dishes are as authentic as possible and the menu will be revealed on the night.
WHEN: 1 March – Scandinavian | 5 April – Indian Thali (pictured above)
COST: £25 per person
BOOKING: advanced bookings only, phone 01326 317583
TASTING MENU NIGHTS AT ROSEWARNE MANOR
Head Chef Phil Thomas has just launched regular six course tasting menu nights on the last Thursday of each month.
Expect beautifully cooked and locally sourced ingredients at Hayle’s award-winning Rosewarne Manor – view a sample menu.
WHEN: Thursday 27 March
COST: £45 per person
BOOKING: Phone 01209 610414, booking essential
GOURMET BREAK AT ST MORITZ HOTEL
The Gourmet Break is a three-night foodie getaway, staying at the St Moritz Hotel and dining at three of Cornwall’s best restaurants:
Night 1: a five course tasting menu and coffee, created by head chef Jamie Porter, in the St Moritz Hotel’s own restaurant.
Night 2: an Italian inspired five course meal and coffee at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay.
Night 3: fabulous fish – a three course dinner at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant.
WHEN: Offer valid Sunday to Thursday, arriving Sunday 23 February – Tuesday 25 March
COST: Total price per person (including dinner, bed, breakfast and transport):
King/Twin Room – £320 | Ground Floor Suite – £375
BOOKING: Phone 01208 862242
NEW SEASONAL MENU AND NEW HEAD CHEF AT OUTLAW’S
Chef Tom Brown has taken over the reins as Head Chef in Outlaw’s after an in-house promotion. He spent over two years working as sous chef at Outlaw’s, previously working with chef Paul Ripley.
Tom’s new seasonal menu showcases outstanding locally sourced produce from the fantastic suppliers who feature on their specially designed new place mats (see above). “It’s good for diners to know where the food is coming from and the importance of the long lasting relationships we have with our suppliers, local fisherman and farmers” says Nathan.
COST: £45 for 3 courses or £35 for 2 courses
RESERVATIONS: phone 01208 862 737 or book online
NB Members of Outlaw’s free-to-join Grub Club receive an extra 10% discount.
As always, we love to hear from chefs, restaurants and food producers. If you have any news from Cornwall’s food scene please let us know by emailing [email protected].