THE FOODIE DIARY: MAY 2018
Welcome to our latest round-up of what’s happening on the Cornish food scene, including feast nights and festivals, coffee and cook books, barbecues and brunches. Happy reading, and happy eating!
Ben Ambridge (above right), executive chef at The Longstore, and Joe Simmonds (above left), head chef at The Beach at Bude, have co-created an incredible six course tasting menu, with three dishes each.
Joe’s dishes include confit duck ravioli with wild garlic and potato purée; cod loin with charred peppers, smoked mussels and a romesco sauce; and lemon cream cheese with raspberry sorbet and a brandy snap.
Ben will be preparing smoked ham hock with clams and cockles; beef fillet wrapped in prosciutto with rainbow chard and bone marrow jus; and chocolate and clotted cream panna cotta.
The Beach at Bude’s dinner will be held on Friday 27 April. Six courses are priced at £65pp including a wine flight by Enotria & Coe. To book a table phone 01288 389800.
The Longstore’s dinner will be held on Thursday 3 May, priced at £45pp with an optional wine flight for an additional £20. Phone 01726 68598 to reserve a table.
The duo will also be on the Festival Stage together at Exeter Food and Drink Festival on Monday 7 May.
At this coffee workshop on 2 May, Jesse from Origin and Ross from Short & Strong will guide you through the cupping process, teaching you “the art of slurping” and the characteristics of each coffee you try.
They will also be demonstrating some popular home brewing techniques to help you create a great filter coffee at home. All participants will get a free sample of coffee to take away with them too.
The event runs from 6 to 9pm on 2 May, and tickets are available for £5 from Short & Strong and The Longstore. both in Charlestown.
Nancarrow Farm’s first feast of the summer will be held on 16 May and the menu will include tandoori lamb loin nibbles, pig’s cheek bacon, and a prime beef main course.
The evening will kick off at 6pm with drinks and canapés in the courtyard, where you can watch the food being cooked over roaring fires. The delicious three course supper will be enjoyed at long tables in the gorgeous oak barn.
Tickets are priced at £40pp, book online.
Dates for Midsummer feasts are 13 and 20 June, and 4 July, with dinner, bed and breakfast packages also available. Subscribe to Nancarrow’s newsletter to be the first to hear when tickets become available.
We (i.e. the team at Barefoot Media) have organised two more Instagram and iPhone photography workshops, this time at the fantastic Appleton’s (at Trevibban Mill near Padstow) on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May.
The workshop will teach you how to get the most out of Instagram, and how to take, edit and publish brilliant photos using your phone. Led by designer Matt Inwood, the course is perfect for anyone who works with and/or loves food. To see photos taken on Matt’s previous workshops, follow #MattInwoodMasterclass.
The event runs from 9.30am to 3pm, includes regular refreshments and a delicious two course lunch with glass of wine, and is priced at £80+VAT.
There are just a few tickets left at the time of writing. For more details or to book a place see:
- Monday 14 May – instagram-workshop-14-may.eventbrite.com
- Tuesday 15 May – instagram-workshop-15-may.eventbrite.com
APPLETON’S TEAM EXPANDS
After two years of Andy Appleton and Lynsdey Marshall (pictured above) running their fantastic restaurant with only a little part time help, they were delighted to announce recently that they have expanded their team on a permanent basis.
Tom Vose joined as head chef just before Easter. Tom worked with Andy and Lyndsey at Fifteen, so they already have a good working relationship, and a shared love of Italian food. Apprentice chef Molly is learning the ropes in the kitchen, with Josh completing the team in mid May when the restaurant will be open for more evenings each week.
Kirsty is the new restaurant manager, running the front of house team which includes lovely Lauren and Martin, and Jess joining soon.
To see the menu and make a reservation, visit appletonsatthevineyard.com.
The two night break includes accommodation, breakfast each morning, Camel Valley fizz upon arrival, and a five course tasting menu with wine flight at The Scarlet. Also included is a three course lunch (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday) or dinner (Fridays) at Appleton’s with matching Trevibban Mill wines.
The two night break is available for Tuesday to Friday arrivals until 15 June 2018, and is priced from £474 per person, based on two people sharing a Just Right room. For more information visit scarlethotel.co.uk.
BARNABY’S BISTRO OPENS IN PADSTOW
Padstow’s newest restaurant, Barnaby’s Bistro, opened on Duke Street this week. The bistro is the latest offering from Rick and Katie Toogood, who also own Prawn on the Lawn.
Head chef Robert Brinham has moved over the road from POTL to Barnaby’s, where he is serving POTL style flavour in bistro style dishes.
The menu will change each month and examples of dishes currently on the menu are: clams with white port, coriander oil and Coombeshead Farm sourdough, and cured mackerel, radish, charcoal crème fraîche and seaweed to start. The Barnaby’s Burger is magnificent – a Padstow truffled lardo mince patty with Cornish Jack, chipotle mayo and shoe string fries – and the Padstow crab dish is very special. Desserts include local honey rice pudding, and a baked apple with charred walnuts and salted caramel frozen custard.
Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and supper. Children welcome at lunchtime, over 12s only in the evening. Visit barnabysbistro.com to see the current menu and to book a table.
Also of note, is Prawn on the Lawn’s book “Fish and Seafood to Share”, which features some great recipes, easily achievable in a home kitchen. It’s available to buy here.
Wild Wine Club‘s next event will be held in the beautiful grounds of the historic Boconnoc Estate. During the evening guests will explore the grounds, and dining settings will include the Bath House and the Stable Yard.
In celebration of English Wine Week, the team from Emerging Vines will join the Wild Wine Club for the evening, sharing five of their favourite English wines, with a particular focus on producers from the South West.
The five wines will be accompanied by five courses of superb local food, and is priced at £65 per person, including all food and wine. For full details and to buy tickets, visit wildwineclub.co.uk.
The Hidden Hut has released its feast night line up for 2018. As usual, tickets will be available at noon on the first day of each month, for events that month. Online ticket sales have been moved to Eventbrite, in an attempt to make the booking process easier; once you have tickets in your basket you have 7 minutes to check out. I’d still recommend setting those alarms though!
Simon’s new, and first, cook book will be released on 3 May. Entitled The Hidden Hut – Irresistible Recipes from Cornwall’s Best Kept Secret, the book is available to pre-order here priced at £13.60 (RRP £20).
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.
To celebrate the book’s publication, The Hidden Hut is holding a special feast of local sardines on Friday 1 June, with entry by ballot. Full details of how to enter can be found here.
Just along the coast from the hut, and sitting at the top of the slipway in Portscatho, Tatams Taverna is also run by Simon and Jemma.
All food is packaged up to take away (wood-fired chicken, ribs, pizzas and more, all really delicious) and can be enjoyed at the trestle tables inside the newly refurbished restaurant, or taken down to the beach. BYO drinks, or buy them from the bar.
From June, Tatams’ own fishing boat will bring fresh fish straight to the kitchen, where it will be cooked on the wood-fired grill.
Open every day from 9am to 4pm for coffee, cake and sweet and savoury snacks, and from 5.30pm to 9pm Thursday to Saturday evenings for the taverna food.
FOOD LINE UP FOR PORT ELIOT ANNOUNCED
Port Eliot Festival is a biggie, and as well as a host of literary, artistic and musical stars, there is a huge emphasis on the culinary world too.
The line-up of chefs, growers, local producers, food writers and culinary wizards has been announced, and includes Anna Jones, Jasmine Hemsley and Russell Norman, as well as local food heroes Jack Stein, Paul Ainsworth, Simon Stallard and Ross Geach.
Dozens of street food stalls and bars are located across the festival grounds, with a new festival restaurant, The Lawn, being run by Freddy Bird and serving breakfast and supper.
For full details, including online ticket sales and restaurant reservations, visit porteliotfestival.com.
The pair will be cooking dishes from Henrietta’s new book, The Natural Baker, using the finest local ingredients.
Guests will enjoy a welcome drink and some delicious bites on arrival, followed by a four course, colourful and abundant, vegetarian menu:
- Warm asparagus with Miss Muffet cheese, wild garlic pesto and hazelnut buckwheat biscuit crumbs.
- Tomato, ricotta salata and aubergine tarte Tatin with pecorino pastry, and a salad of spring herbs and greens.
- Cornish Yarg with chutneys and pickles, black seeds oatcakes.
- Elderflower and rose cake with lemon verbena curd and baked rhubarb.
- Fresh mint tea with mint leaf chocolates.
Organic wines will be available to buy by the glass or bottle. Tickets are priced at £33.99 (including booking fee) and available online.
POP UP AT PADSTOW KITCHEN GARDEN
On bank holiday Monday, 7 May, Ross Geach will be holding a Polytunnel Pop Up, serving a four course spring harvest supper.
The meal will mostly be cooked on the Big Green Egg, with all main ingredients from the farm. The menu will be decided on the day; Ross is hoping for asparagus, courgettes, courgette flowers, beetroot, chard, rhubarb, lots of herbs, and pork from their own pigs.
The event begins with a garden and polytunnel tour at 4.15pm, followed by dinner at 5pm. £25pp, including a glass of wine. To book, get in touch with Ross via www.padstowkitchengarden.co.uk.
Also keep an eye out for Craftworks Street Kitchen, whose food truck will be set up on the farm soon, serving great street food from 12pm to 8pm, Wednesday to Saturday.
Throughout May, Rick Stein’s restaurants are celebrating all things mussels.
There will be special offers, a mussel masterclass at Porthilly, and a selection of Rick’s favourite mussel dishes at their restaurants in Porthleven and Falmouth, the Café and St Petroc’s Bistro in Padstow and The Cornish Arms in St Merryn.
For full details see rickstein.com.
BORGIA BULL SUPPER CLUBS
Rupert Cooper’s supper clubs are going from strength to strength, with three new dates:
26 May at The Old Chapel Cellars in Truro, £15pp, which is very reasonable for the wonderful sounding menu:
- Gurnard ceviche with sweetcorn, mint and coriander salsa.
- Arancini with mozzarella and roasted tomato sauce.
- Middle eastern roasted lamb with tabbouleh, onion bhaji and raita.
- Warm asparagus salad with broad beans, mint, garlic potatoes, feta, and courgette.
- Dark chocolate mousse with coffee cream and amaretti crumble.
1 June, Wine & Dine at Polgoon Vineyard, £35pp, includes welcome drink, vineyard tour, and a three course meal:
- Thai salad with peanut dressing and prawn crackers (v) OR a variety of Scandinavian inspired Cornish delights.
- Cornish croquettes with a shot of gazpacho.
- Lamb breast with chimichurri dressing, spiced vegetables and roasted onion purée OR pan fried catch of the day with pesto new potatoes and greens.
- Roasted peaches, almond and lemon thyme cake served with vanilla ice cream.
- Mains – flank steak, Argentinean chorizo, ribs, octopus, salmon.
- Sides – traditional breads, garlic and herb potatoes, parrillada de verduras (grilled vegetables), grilled corn, and slaw.
- Sauces – salsa criolla and chimichurri.
27 April Feast night at The Beach at Bude
29 April Lazy Sunday Brunch at Kudhva
The team from Tan & Mor will be serving brunch at Kudhva, with smoked salmon and vegetables cooked over an open fire, served with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Origin will also be on site serving their full range of monthly feature coffees. £16pp, book online.
Set your alarms for noon. Tickets available via hiddenhut.co.uk.
Coombeshead co-owner April Bloomfield will be in residence in the kitchen this May. Dinner is £65pp on 3, 4, 5 and 6 May, and Sunday lunch is £50pp on 6 May. For more info or to reserve a spot, visit coombesheadfarm.co.uk.
4 May Feast Night at Heligan
A spring feast of Heligan lamb and fresh vegetables with a large variety of Heligan herbs. £25pp, to book phone 01726 845100.
5-7 May Exeter Food & Drink Festival
A celebration of South West food and drink held in Exeter over the bank holiday weekend.
Learn how to prepare traditional Cornish food including pasties, cream teas, saffron buns, hogs pudding and dressed crab. £135pp, book online.
5 May The Market at Crantock
The monthly market returns to Crantock Village Hall, 9am to 1pm.
A circular foraging trip around the headland, led by Caroline Davey of Fat Hen Cookery School and Charles Inkin, followed by lunch at The Gurnard’s Head. £65pp, book online.
9 May Hidden Hut feast
Sirloin from the hut’s own beef reared on St Anthony’s Headland, grilled over wood fire, served with sautéed mixed mushrooms, wild garlic and wood-roasted potatoes. £20pp.
The Helping Hands & Pans’ next charity dinner is in aid of Cornwall-based initiative, Beach Guardian, in Trevone. Enjoy a four course menu for £25 with all profits going to support the amazing work which the Beach Guardian does on the local coastline. Tickets are available via Crowdfunder.
Mount Haven Hotel’s head chef Ross Sloan has created a six course vegan and vegetarian tasting menu, with wine flight by Enotria & Coe. Tasting menu £45 pp, 5 glass wine flight £25pp. To book, phone 01736 719 937.
Cocktails and canapés, £15pp, in aid of St Minver pre school.
11-13 May St Ives Food and Drink Festival
A three day celebration of food and drink on Porthminster Beach in St Ives, with street food stalls, cookery demos, an artisan market, live music, fireworks, and more. For full details see www.stivesfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk.
The first Shallikabooky Beach Hut (Pendower Beach) supper night will be a charity curry evening in aid of MNDA. £10 for a meat, fish or veggie curry, with poppadoms and pickles to start. Children’s portion £6, or small mac ‘n’ cheese for £4. Phone 07506 410865 to book, or see Facebook.
Following the publication of their beautiful book, Well Seasoned, chef/food writer Russell Brown and fisherman/forager Jonathan Haley will be on stage at the Fowey Festival to talk about the book and what led them to write it, as well as discussing seasonal ingredients and recipes. 4-5pm, £8pp, more info.
16 May Feast at Nancarrow Farm
An evening of award winning Porthilly oysters with matching wines. Guests will be seated at two large tables in The Old Coastguard’s restaurant. £45pp. Book via oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk.
Knightor Winery is hosting a garden party to celebrate the royal wedding. Watch the wedding coverage on screens in the courtyard, which will be followed by live music and a wedding feast including a hog roast and a well stocked bar. £20 including hog roast and welcome drink, under 12s £5. To book, visit knightor.com/royalwedding.
Philleigh Way Cookery School’s popular asado course covers the correct principles of fire building, management, temperature control and charcoal making techniques. As well as succulent meats, students will also learn how to create authentic sides dishes including empanadas, chimichurri, salsa criolla and more. £150pp, book online.
23 May Hidden Hut feast
Freshly-landed Portscatho mackerel hung from the wind chimes grill and cooked gently over wood-fire. Served with crispy new potatoes, soft boiled eggs, olive tapenade, allotment green bean and shallot salad. £15pp.
Bedruthan’s May Fire & Feast Night features lamb, with shepherd’s pie, lamb belly, herb crust rack of lamb and accompanying vegetables. Pudding will be served before guests gather around the fire pit in the dunes for hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. £35pp, buy tickets online.
26 May Sushi & Ramen Night
Naoko’s Kitchen is popping up at Courtyard Deli & Kitchen in Falmouth for a night of sushi and ramen. From 7pm, £25 for 3 courses. Full details on Facebook.
26 May Borgia Bull supper club
30 May Potluck Chat and Eat Night
Vintage dog-friendly Teacup Tearoom in Mevagissey is hosting Potluck Cornwall’s 20th Chat and Eat night. Guests can take their dogs, speakers are Cathy Read of Eat.Play.Bark and Pat Smith of Final Straw Cornwall, and tickets are available here.
This special feast night celebrates twenty years of the brilliant People & Gardens, which supports adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues via gardening. A percentage of the profits from the event will be given to P&G, whose team will be helping in the kitchen on the night. £18pp for 3 courses, phone 01726 845100 to book.
Tickets available from noon for June events. Visit hiddenhut.co.uk.
Following the success of the Christmas market the Old Coastguard is hosting another sale of produce from local suppliers. There will be a range of food, drinks, and arts & crafts.
1 & 9 June Borgia Bull supper clubs
22 June Asado Night at The Beach Hut
Long banquet style dining comes to Watergate Bay for three courses of Argentinian grilled meats, with beach bonfire and live music. From 7pm, £60pp, book online.
Congratulations to the brilliant Paul Ainsworth on winning the title of “Best Chef” in GQ magazine’s annual Food and Drink Awards.
Good luck to Tan & Mor as they embark on their wood-fired adventure, cooking fantastic local seafood and produce over open fire. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Instagram feeds to find out where they’re cooking next.
Fee Turner has opened a fab new deli and coffee shop on Rock Road in Rock (near Crew Clothing and Quay 4). Pop in for great coffee and cake, takeaway salads and lunches, ready made meals, and more. See Fee’s Instagram feed for more info.
Origin’s latest coffee shop, The Warehouse, opened in Penryn on 27 April.
The Alverton Hotel in Truro is offering three courses for £19.50, available 12pm to 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 3pm to 6pm on Sundays. To book a table phone 01872 276633.
The Rosevine (Portscatho) has started “Fish & Chip Thursdays”, with fish and chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce available to take away for £10 from 5 to 7pm each Thursday.
Sign up to The Beach at Bude’s Beach Club membership to be the first to hear about special offers and discounts in their hotel, bar and restaurant.
Surf-Side in Polzeath opens its brilliant Rum Bar on Friday 4 May. Expect a full calendar of live music, cocktails, and lots of rum.
There’s a new Havana rum and pizza bar at Lusty Glaze.
Sam’s Diner bike nights are from 4pm each Wednesday at their diner in Par. Meet up with fellow bikers for a drink and bite to eat. Free coffee for all bikers.
Piada & More is a family-run Italian piadineria, just opened in Falmouth. A piada is a type of Italian street food, and they’re available to take away or eat in, from 10am to 6pm.
Pentillie Castle’s restaurant is now open for three course dinners (see May menu) every Thursday evening, as well as other selected dates throughout spring and summer. Dinner is priced at £35 for three courses, plus canapés on arrival, and coffee and petits fours. For more details see pentillie.co.uk.
Falmouth-based Korean noodle specialist Sohn Kitchen will be at Stones Bakery every Sunday from 6 May, and at The Ope every Friday from 11 May. Visit their Facebook page for menu and booking info.
Fifteen’s head sommelier Elly Owen and head chef Adam Banks have combined their expertise to create Perfect Pairings: Elly selects the ideal wine to accompany seasonal dishes from the kitchen. A small plate with matching wine is £12, available at lunchtime Monday to Saturday until 25 May. See fifteencornwall.co.uk.
Opening in May in Lemon Street Market in Truro is The Refill Store, where customers will be able to refill their own containers, or use biodegradable bags provided, to purchase grocery store products by weight; rice, pasta, cereals, spices, grains, pulses, dried fruits, nuts and seeds as well as body care and household cleaning products. The shop will also stock plastic alternative products such as bamboo reusable cutlery, bamboo toothbrushes, beeswax wraps, reusable straws and storage containers for the home.
Botelet Breakfast Club is open on Monday morning from 8am to 10.30am, £15pp for breakfast and a drink. For details or to make a reservation, see botelet.com/breakfast.
Congratulations to Pintxo Fowey, which is expanding again, with a third wine and pintxos bar opening very soon in Bristol.