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Posted on Apr 24, 2015 by

Welcome to the May Foodie Diary, packed with news of festivals, events and a host of new restaurants and cafés.

Happy reading and, more importantly, happy eating!



Fal River Festival

This ten day festival will be held in Falmouth from Friday 22 to Sunday 31 May. It is a not-for-profit community festival which encompasses over 150 events varying from music and drama, the arts and heritage, to gig racing, swimming, walking and more.

The Food and Craft Market runs from 23 to 25 May at Events Square, with cooking demos and live music. A fish auction will take place on the bank holiday Monday in aid of The Fishermen’s Mission.

The Cornish Cake Off is new for 2015 and will be held on 27 May, with baking demos and workshops, a produce market and barbecue, and all profits going to Macmillan Cancer Support. Entrants are invited to bake a cake in one of five categories (Novelty Fal River, Junior Novelty Fal River, Flavour, Fudge and Cupcake Batch). Entries open on 1 May and close on 25 May, with judging taking place all day on 27 May and prizes being awarded at a ceremony at 3pm. For more information and to enter click here.

For full details visit the festival website.



Octopus and peas on the antipasti menu at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall

Lunch and dinner menus have been given a seasonal spruce up at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall and feature fabulous fresh spring vegetables alongside local fish and meat.

The sample lunch menu now includes dishes such as risotto primavera with pecorino and pea shoots, wood-fired Cornish chicken with polenta chips, spinach and aioli, and Cornish monkfish with clams, fennel and gremolata. My mouth is watering at the sound of the desserts, which include apple arancini with toffee sauce and clotted cream, and Amedei No9 chocolate torte with pistachio crème fraîche and praline.

A three course set lunch menu is available for £32 per person, and a children’s menu is also available at lunchtime.

In the evening watch the sun go down with a cocktail and antipasti, before enjoying more fabulous food. The sample evening menu includes venison carpaccio with treviso and crispy capers, tortellini of Grampound duck with balsamic and hazelnuts, and wood fired monkfish with inzimino di ceci (chick peas with Swiss chard) and salmoriglio.

A special tasting menu is available for the whole table, with 5 courses for £65 per person, and 7 courses for £80. The wine pairing is £45/£60 and makes for a particularly memorable meal.

To reserve a table phone 01637 861000 or book online.



St Tudy pig

Join chef Emily Scott for a traditional wood-fired hog roast from 12pm onwards on Sunday 17 May. There will be real ales, cider and live music at this popular village pub.

Tickets are £10 per person and available from St Tudy Inn or by phoning 01208 850656.



Driftwood lawn

For the ultimate treat, try The Driftwood‘s new afternoon tea whilst taking in the beautiful views out to sea. The Michelin-starred restaurant is now offering classic afternoon tea including finger sandwiches and scones. Priced at £20 per person, or £30 including a glass of Champagne.

Also newly available are private lunches for a minimum of six people, with tasting menus in addition to three course set menus. Head chef Chris Eden’s food is exceptional and we highly recommend a visit.

Booking essential for both – please phone 01872 580644. For more information visit




Angus and Mitchell have opened a kitchen residency at a new Falmouth bar and live music venue, MONO, serving Cornish seafood and game, bar style, seven days a week. The menu is brilliant – featuring oysters, things on toast*, duck fat chips and mustard greens.

*Back to the things on toast: expect delicious things like fried duck egg with black pudding, smoked mushrooms, pickled reds and mustard; smoked mackerel on horseradish toast with parsley butter and pickles; and venison tartare with shallot rings, radishes and blue mayo.

They also have a street food stand, Rasher, specialising in Cornish pork and bacon, supplied solely by Primrose Herd. Rasher will be appearing at several food festivals across Cornwall this summer including Porthleven Food Festival, the Royal Cornwall Show and Port Eliot Festival.

MONO is located at 4 Killigrew Street, Falmouth, and is open 12-3.30pm and 5.30-9pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sundays.

Follow them on Twitter or Instagram for mouth-watering pictures.



If you haven’t yet visited The Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick then add it to your summer to do list. Great food and drink is served all day, and the regular feast nights are legendary. Tickets sell out quickly, with May dates as follows:

Saturday 2 May – Sticky barbecued ribs with Texan beans and freshly baked corn bread, £15 pp.

Thursday 7 May – South Indian vegetable thali, a Keralan curry feast, £13 pp.

Saturday 23 May – Fresh, locally-caught sardines, grilled whole with preserved lemons and fresh garlic over the wood-fired barbecue, and served with salad and buttered Jersey Royals, £12 pp.



Porthminster beach

Now in its sixth year, the St Ives Food and Drink Festival will take place on Porthminster Beach over the weekend of 16 and 17 May. The festival theatre will be hosting cookery demos from local chefs, including Porthminster’s Mick Smith, The Driftwood’s Chris Eden and Andy Appleton from Fifteen Cornwall. Around 30 producers will be selling their wares in the producers’ marquee.

Entry is £2, free for under 12s. For more information visit



Rosevine Sunday lunch

We love this idea – park your car at The Rosevine, pick up a walking map from reception and follow the two mile circular route along the coastal path before returning for Sunday lunch. You can even place your order before you go so that your food is waiting for you on your return.

The lunch menu is priced at £14.95 for 2 courses and £18.95 for 3 courses, and lunch for under 12s is £9.95. Dishes include a smoked Cornish fish cake with tartar sauce to start, Cornish loin of pork with roast potatoes and all the trimmings, and finish off with a ginger crème brulée with rhubarb and biscotti.

Diners are also invited to use the hotel’s indoor heated swimming pool and locals can become a Friend of The Rosevine to receive 10% off food.

For more information phone 01872 580206 or email [email protected].



The Snail’s Pace Café‘s first pop up for the year will be an Indian vegetarian feast on 8 May. Priced at £20 per person (including corkage – this is a BYO event) the meal kicks off with pappadams, pickles and raiti, followed by dishes including aloo gobi, tarka dahl and sag paneer, with pappadams, naans, rice and salads. Finish with mango lassi, a creamy almond pudding and homemade chai.

For more information and to book your place phone 01208 851178 or see Facebook.



Camel Valley

Camel Valley are working closely with their trade outlets for English Wine Week (25-30 May). Many top restaurants already serve the Cornish wine by the glass, and others are being encouraged to do so to try to make Cornwall the ‘local wine by the glass’ capital.

To celebrate English Wine Week, Camel Valley are also offering a special history tour of their farm and vineyard, which is situated near a Roman fort, mines, and a famous disused railway line. There is also a Site of Special Scientific Importance (an otter reserve), lake and river and, after some steep climbs to the top of the farm, spectacular coast to coast views.

The tour will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday 26 May and is aimed at active walkers. To find out more and book a place visit the website.

As usual, the grand tour and tastings take place every Wednesday evening at 5pm, £15 per person, including a wine tasting. The guided tours take place at 2.30pm, Monday to Friday, £8.50 per person, including a glass of still wine.

All the tours can be booked online.



The first Lanson Grill Fest will be held in Launceston’s Town Square on Saturday 2 May. The day-long event will celebrate US-style low ’n’ slow BBQ and grilling, craft beer and Americana.

Visitors can enjoy high quality, locally sourced meat cooked over wood and charcoal by some of the region’s top BBQ chefs, and check out the smoking and grilling demos and professional BBQ equipment.

A craft beer and cider tent will run alongside a milkshake, cocktail and coffee bar, and food and craft stalls. There will be live music and a DJ, with a display of classic American cars, street art, juggling and other entertainment.

Entry is free and the event runs from 10am to 10pm. For more details visit the Facebook page.



Firebrand steak

Firebrand Bar will be hosting Steak Nights on Wednesdays, with a choice of four different Philip Warren steaks (flat iron, sirloin, rump or smoked Denver) and sauces (Diane, Bourdelaise or Peppercorn). All are served with garlic and chive butter, burnt end beans, rocket and chips or sweet potato fries. There is a free bottle of wine for every two steaks ordered, or alternatively there’s a free dessert, beer or soft drink.

Head chef Eddie Thomson will indulge his passion for fine dining on May 14 with a special charity dinner. The five course dinner, plus canapés and petit fours, has been designed specially for the event and the menu looks fantastic. Tickets are £40 (including a glass of Prosecco) and 50% of all takings on the night will be split between Launceston Foodbank and Launceston Friends of Children’s Hospice South West. To book phone 01566 770722.



Saffron Restaurant in Truro is extending its Tuesday night offer, with 20% off the à la carte menu after 7pm on Tuesdays throughout May. And the lunch special (£16 for two courses and a glass of wine, £20 including dessert of the day) is available every day.

Their spring menu features classic and new dishes featuring Tregassow asparagus. See their website for current menus.



Flower and Fodder stage

Originally a literature festival, the Port Eliot Festival is now as famous for its food, fashion, art and music as it is for words.

The 2015 line up on the Flower and Fodder Stage is exceptional, and includes Skye Gyngell, Thomasina Miers, Richard Bertinet, Rick Stein, Tom Parker Bowles, Blanche Vaughan, Rose Prince, Jack Adair Bevan of The Ethicureans, Claire Ptak, Mark Diacono, Jack and Jill Stein, Claire Thomson, Allan Jenkins, Caroline Davey and Mark Devonshire.

Port Eliot’s Orangery will be taken over by the Posh Pasty Company’s James Strawbridge, to become the Cornish Picnic & BBQ Smokehouse, a new restaurant serving up brunch, Posh Pasties, classic cream teas, local charcuterie and barbecued seafood. In the evenings, it will take bookings for gourmet clam bakes and Port Eliot Feasts. On Saturday and Sunday it will open an outdoor Cornish Festival Market, offering the perfect picnic.

Also among the new features this year will be Hix’s Fish Dogs, serving fishdog and chips (breaded coley fish fingers with minted mushy peas and tartar sauce), dog-nuts (hot cinnamon doughnuts with salted caramel sauce) and Pimm’s jelly and ice cream from a beautiful 1971 Citroen H van.

For full details and tickets visit



Blue Tomato Café‘s head chef and owner Marc’s new obsession with Mallorquin food means that his menu now features lots of Spanish-style nibbles.

Priced at £3.75 per dish, the new tapas menu includes dates in bacon, crab and goat’s cheese risotto balls with aioli, breaded goat’s cheese with strawberry jam, coconut prawns with peanut dip, beer battered onion rings with sweet chilli dip, salt and pepper squid and aioli, garlic prawns, mozzarella and anchovy salad, tempura Thai green prawns with aioli, focaccia and olives.

Next time the sun comes out pretend you’re on the Med, and tuck into tapas with views across the Camel Estuary. Blue Tomato is open 9-5, and into the evenings over the May bank holiday weekends.



Dont Wake the Fish

The real ale and music festival, Don’t Wake the Fish, will be held in the Gurnard’s Head’s garden on 23 and 24 May.

This year’s festival will feature 30 real ales from Cornish breweries and a range of real ciders from house cider Skreach. Polgoon will supply perry and sparkling elderflower wine as well as cloudy apple juice and cordials. There will also be a range of cocktails to choose from.

The diverse mixture of music includes previous favourites The Odd Folk, Sandy Acre 7 and Black Friday as well as new bands including Cahooty, The Oggy Men and The Hoodle.

Children will be entertained with a pucket tent, an outdoor skittle alley, face painting and traditional games. Food at the festival will be provided by James Strawbridge in conjunction with The Gurnard’s Head, and the pub will be open as normal for lunch and supper, with an outside barbecue as well.

Entry to the festival is free and camping is also available. For more details see Facebook.



The Cornwall Good Seafood Guide has been launched by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust:

“Cornwall’s fishing industry has never been so sustainable, and Cornish seafood is renowned for its quality and taste. This guide brings you all the information you need to choose high quality Cornish seafood, harvested with minimal impact on the marine environment. It has been developed using best available evidence and through partnership working with the fishing industry, processors and scientists to give comprehensive and clear advice on how and where to buy Good Cornish Seafood.”

The guide is aimed at the general public as well as those who work in the food and fishing industries. For more details visit




Rick and Jill Stein first opened the doors to The Seafood Restaurant in 1975, and they are holding a celebratory fortieth anniversary dinner.

The six course dinner will be held on Thursday 7 May and will feature some of Rick and Jill’s favourite food and wines. The menu looks stunning and includes jamon, oysters and sashimi, langoustines, classic fish and shellfish soup, turbot hollandaise, strawberry sorbet and an assiette of rhubarb, all served with matching wines.

WHEN: 6.30pm, Thursday 7 May.
WHERE: The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow.
TICKETS: £170 per person, for reservations phone 01841 532700.

Image copyright Scabetti.



Executive chef, Jack Stein will be hosting an evening at Padstow Seafood School on 28 May. Guests can enjoy a glass or two of wine whilst watching Jack cook three dishes: smoked mackerel salad with pickled apple and Thai basil, mussels with miso and black bean, and Cornish sole tacos with soured cream and pickled cabbage.

There will be individual tasters of each dish and guests will be given a recipe card for each dish and a voucher for Stein’s Deli.

WHEN: 7-9pm, Thursday 28 May.
WHERE: Padstow Seafood School.
TICKETS: £45 per person, book online.



Down to the beach 640

We love Caroline Davey’s Fat Hen foraging trips (see our previous blog post) and we adore The Gurnard’s Head, so the Fat Hen Forage and Feast Day at The Gurnard’s Head sounds like a dream come true.

A two and a half hour circular coastal walk looking at wild edible plants will be followed by canapés and a three course wild lunch, and costs £50 per person. 10am-2.30pm, Friday 15 May.

Other courses this month include Forage, Cook and Feast on 1 May, Gourmet Wild Food Weekend on 16/17 May and Wild Italian Cookery on 22 May.

For more information visit



The Globe

Fowey’s latest restaurant with rooms, The Globe, opened at Easter. Head chef Glynn Wellington is passionate about using locally sourced, seasonal produce and his food is beautiful (pictured above is poached spring chicken with new season vegetables, and thyme infused broth).

The lunch, dinner, light bites and children’s menus all look spot on and I’m sure this is going to be a popular place. It’s on my list of restaurants to visit this summer.

For more information visit their website.




We have heard great things about Gilmore’s Golf, a new café on Tower Road in Newquay which serves breakfast (pictured) from 8am to 12 noon, food until 3pm, and then stays open into the evenings for cocktails. Crazy golf and cocktails? What more could you ask for.



Family feast nights at Bedruthan Hotel are held every Friday evening during May, and for £25 a family of four can enjoy a sharing dinner, with free access to Jungle Tumble and the swimming pool. Dinner is served between 4.30 and 7pm and the menus are as follows:

1st May – Beef tagine with couscous
8th May – Shepherds pie with seasonal vegetables
15th May – Roast chicken with all the trimmings
22nd May – Baked Cornish fish pie with seasonal greens
29th May – Beef tagine with couscous

All meals are based on a family of two adults & two children, for larger parties and reservations phone 01637 861 212. See website for more information.



Porthminster Kitchen

Porthminster Kitchen is a new restaurant from the team at the Porthminster Beach Café, and is situated in the heart of St Ives with panoramic views over the harbour.

The interior has a more urban feel than Porthminster Beach Café, with rustic wooden boards, stainless steel, industrial lighting and stark white tiles. The menu is designed to be mixed up and played with to create personal tasting menus from the list of small plates. Prices are £3 for appetisers, £5-£7 for starters and £11-£17 for mains.

The menu is fresh and inventive with inspiration from around the globe. Dishes include pan fried baby squid with wild garlic, pink pepper, lemon and boqueron; poached chicken with burnt sweetcorn, cured egg yolks and creamed leeks; spicy quinoa falafel with asparagus, kale, crumpet croutons and yogurt; and a three apple salad with yogurt candy, wild sorrel and apple granita.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (reservations only available for dinner) from the end of April. For more details visit



Philleigh Way beef

Throughout the spring and summer regular Asado nights (Argentinian for BBQ) are taking place at Philleigh Way in a new outside kitchen and dining courtyard.

Bread will be baked in the wood-fired oven and fish, seafood and meat will be cooked gently on the ‘parrilla’ or wood grill.

The wood-fired sessions kick off on 28 May with a feast of slow cooked beef served with chimichurri and a variety of authentic side dishes and sharing plates. The second event on 31 May has a fish theme featuring mackerel with salsa verde and monkfish, chorizo and asparagus skewers along with a variety of fresh fish and vegetable side dishes and sharing plates.

Tickets now available on the website priced at £30 per person.



Lusty Glaze’s Sunday lunches continue and from May they will have a summer twist to them to reflect the season. Served every Sunday from 12pm, with a new menu introduced each week.

Free Sundowner Sessions have now commenced and will be held every Friday evening in May. Try out the revamped cocktail menu whilst enjoying the live music and watching the sunset from the warmth of the restaurant.

On 8 May the Sundowner Session will be a special fundrasier for Macmillan Cornwall, and the next Secret Supper Club will be held on 4 June.




Caerhays Beach Café has attracted my attention recently, and I have heard reports of great food there.

The dogs (pictured) are ‘Mad Dog’ (a bad tempered 12″ pork sausage hot dog with pulled pork, jalapenos, fresh chillies and chilli sauce) and ‘Stinky’ (a lovable mongrel made with a topping of brisket, blue cheese sauce and rosemary & garlic crumbs).

Also on the menu are a slow roast brisket served in a rosemary and sea salt focaccia roll on a bed of chunky coleslaw and Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce with fries.

Take a bottle and a blanket, and settle down in front of the fire pit. For details of live music, private parties and pop-up events keep an eye on their Facebook page. Their next event is Charlie Wingfield playing from 2pm on Monday 25 May.



This is another restaurant friends have been raving about, and is also on my list of places to visit. Scott and Babs are now resident in The Granary at Retorrick Mill near Mawgan Porth, where they serve tasty rustic food cooked on open fires and spit roasts and in slow roasted smoker barrels.

There are also regular pizza nights with live music in the converted stable, where guests can cosy up in front of the log fire.

The annual Chill at the Mill festival returns to the mill from 22 to 24 May. Scott and Babs’ menu for the event looks fantastic and includes paella, slow roast pork, spit roast chicken and Indonesian satay.



Lazy's before and after

The team behind Lazy Jack’s (ice cream and sandwich bar in Fowey) are converting a vintage horse box into a travelling cider bar. They will stock their own label cider, made at Fowey Valley Cider in Golant, as well as other Cornish craft ciders.

Reclaimed materials such as ships’ windows and lights will be used to build the bar and the roof will be covered in astro turf.

Lazy’s Cider Bar will spend most of August at the new Barefoot Pop-up glamping site (a bit confusing for us here at Barefoot!) at Penquite Farm in Golant.

They will also be popping up at various beaches over summer and will be serving food: a French dish with a Cornish twist, containing potatoes, cider and sausage.



The Smugglers Den Inn at Cubert are holding a Pie and Ale Festival over the bank holiday weekend from 30 April to 4 May. There will be over 70 ales to choose from, plus homemade pies and live music all weekend.

The St Dennis Ale and Cider Festival opens at noon on Sunday 3 May, with live music all day and night, a hot food tent and kids’ rides.

Off the Beach Café in Mawgan Porth is hosting a Cornish Craft Beer Festival from noon on 9 May.

The Fleet Fest Real Ale Festival takes place on 23 and 24 May at Well Parc, Trevone.

There will be over 60 real ales, plus ciders, perries and fruit wines, food stalls and live entertainment at the St Ives Beer Festival which runs from 28-30 May in the St Ives Guildhall.



The Strand Café at Trebarwith Strand are featuring a May bank holiday special of “slow-cooked pulled jerk pork on a brioche bun with homemade coleslaw and apple sauce”. Keep an eye on Facebook for details of their popular Grub Club too, next event Friday 5 June.

The Social Dining Network‘s May event looks great, and at £16 per person for three courses is a bargain too. It will be held at Truro College’s Spires Restaurant on 19 May and the menu features dishes including mussels with crispy sole, chicken liver parfait, slow cooked duck with plums, spinach and potato terrine, arancini with oyster mushrooms and ginger cake with glazed bananas, caramel and clotted cream. Book online.

Keep an eye on Nancarrow Farm‘s Facebook page for announcements about their next feast night dates. Always popular, and priced at around £35 per person, the fixed menu is enjoyed by guests on long trestle tables in the beautiful barns. Much of the food, especially the meat, is produced on the farm, with chef Ben Quinn running the kitchen. Expect live music and a lot of fun.

Book now for the Giaconda wine dinner at Padstow Seafood School on 10 June. The six course food and wine tasting menu costs £95 per person, and judging by the Archangel dinner we enjoyed in October, you’re in for a treat. Only a small number of tickets are available.

Rosewarne Manor’s monthly seven course tasting menu is held on the last Thursday of each month, with the next two taking place on 30 April and 28 May. Priced at £45 per person, expect a very special dinner. For more details visit


Rick Stein’s latest restaurant, Rick Stein Fistral in Newquay, is now up and running, serving delicious fish and chips, and from the end of April there will also be a range of curries and dishes from India and the Far East.

Bedruthan Hotel are holding several cookery courses this month, with preserving and cordials on 9 May and breadmaking on 22 May. Red Stuff and Wild chef Adam Clark also leads a foraging walk every Wednesday and Saturday morning. Phone 01637 860 860 to book your place, priced at £5 for non-residents.

Look out for Porthleven restaurant Amélies which will be featuring on the BBC2 show Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial.

Retallack Resort will be opening up a new café – James Nathan’s Fish Bar – next to their new wakeboarding centre, the Retallack Wake Park, all launching at the end of May.

Cornwall College’s Cloisters Restaurant in St Austell is hosting its first guest chef evening. Jamie Porter, from St Moritz Hotel, will be leading the students in the kitchen on Thursday 7 May. The menu looks fantastic and costs £30 per person.


Trelowarren‘s New Yard Restaurant now have a mobile outpost, the New Yard Kitchen. They’ll be set up at Pendennis Point, serving gourmet burgers, fries and lobster rolls. £12.50 for a lobster roll, tabouleh (or chips when the fryer is operating), side salad and sauce sounds too good to be missed.

The Laid-back Coffee Co. will be opening a coffee bar at Roo’s Beach in Porth mid-May. They will be open every day for Origin coffee and cakes. The Laid-back van will still be going out to events and will be located at Mawgan Porth from time to time too.

Sunday 17 May sees Lostfest return to Lostwithiel for the annual eclectic mix of dance, music, food (with market stalls, street food and a jazz café) and family entertainment. Look out for the mediaeval battle reenactment.

Food events aren’t always restricted to humans. The annual Whippets’ Tea Party at Port Eliot is part of the fabulous Dog Festival to be held on 9 May. All funds raised are given to Children’s Hospice Southwest.


The Fowey Festival of Words and Music (9-16 May) isn’t a foodie event, but makes for a wonderful day out, and there are plenty of great places to eat whilst in Fowey, including The Old Quay House Hotel, The Globe and Sam’s.

Launched in March, Good 2 Go Cornwall is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Perranporth. Take-aways are also available. The menu looks super healthy and includes plenty of gluten, sugar and dairy free options as well as falafels, salads, sandwiches, cakes and ice cream.

Moustache Jacks is another recently opened café, located in Biddicks Court in St Austell, serving coffee and cake, and toasties and sandwiches for lunch. In the evening tuck into tapas and grazing boards, beer, wine and cocktails, with regular live music.

Every Wednesday from 13 May sees Roll Call motorcycle night at Strong Adolfos with a special evening menu, including burger and chips for £6.95 and filter coffee for £1.


Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar opens at Mackerel Sky Café in Newlyn on 1 May. The bar will be serving the freshest fish and seafood straight from Newlyn’s famous fish market.

Harbour Lights in Falmouth are offering a family fish and chips takeaway bundle – two adult cod and chips and two children’s meals for £18.95.

Barnecutt’s Bakeries have opened two new stores: on Henver Road in Newquay, and on Camborne Retail Park.

The Yurt Café at Cornish Tipi Holidays near Port Isaac reopens for the season on 10 May. Open from 8.30am to 5pm these guys serve wholesome food from their off-grid yurt in a field. Let the children run wild while you relax with coffee and cake.

The Waymarker are holding a special cream tea from 3 to 5pm on Monday 4 May, with live jazz.



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