THE FOODIE DIARY: MAY 2019
Another food-filled month awaits. Read on for our latest news and the best food and drink events across the county.
PORTHILLY SPIRIT FESTIVAL FOOD
Porthilly Spirit is a brand new independent festival which will be held on a farm near Rock over the weekend of 24 to 26 May, and has a dream line-up for food-lovers.
London restaurants Smokestak and Smoking Goat will be collaborating to create a pop-up restaurant unlike any other. A second pop-up restaurant will be run by Rick and Katie Toogood of Prawn on the Lawn with guest chefs.
In addition to the pop-up restaurants, several special long-table feasts will take place, hosted by Brat’s Tomos Parry and vegetarian chef Anna Jones, and the festival will open on the Friday night with Cornwall’s biggest ever long table feast cooked by The Hidden Hut’s Simon Stallard.
In addition to the amazing food, there is a programme of talks, workshops, outdoor experiences, wellbeing classes and family activities. There’ll be music from Villagers, Tom Odell, Mr Jukes and Gilles Peterson, amongst others.
For full details about the festival and its line-up, see www.porthillyspirit.com.
PORTHILLY SPIRIT LAUNCHES GIN
Cornwall’s newest gin, Porthilly Spirit, will be launched at the Porthilly Spirit festival at the end of May.
To make the gin, the distillery’s own base spirit is mixed with botanicals (including sea pink, nettles, and sea salt taken from the Doom Bar) and left to macerate before being redistilled in a ‘one shot’ method.
The gin is distilled according to the ‘London Dry’ standard, but is “full of Cornish personality and character”.
For more information visit www.porthillyspiritdistillery.com/.
DIP & DINE THURSDAYS AT UNA
For a Thursday treat, take advantage of Una in St Ives’ Dip & Dine offer – when you dine in the restaurant you can make use of the gorgeous spa facilities for an hour and a half before your reservation.
Booking essential. For full details see website.
TRURO SCHOOL COOKERY
There are some brilliant courses coming up a state-of-the-art cookery school Truro School Cookery. Having attended several courses and events here I can vouch for them being hugely informative and enjoyable, and very good value.
Saturday 4 May, 10am to 3pm, A Taste of India. Learn to make mackerel and potato bhaji, lamb rogan josh, black dahl, naan bread, and white chocolate and cardamom mousse. £80pp includes all ingredients, lunch with St Austell Brewery beers, and a two course meal for four people to take home.
Friday 17 May, 7pm to 9.30pm, Steak night. After a welcome drink, watch AJ demo how to cook the perfect sirloin, then cook your own, to enjoy with Pommes Anna and Bordelaise sauce, and matching glass of wine, followed by a chocolate fondant. £25pp.
Saturday 25 May, 10am to 3pm, Pasta Perfection. Learn how to make fresh pasta, and then create crab linguine with chilli, garlic and lemon; tortellini of mozzarella and proscuitto with sage butter; orange, chilli and pomegranate salad with mint and basil; and rhubarb zabaglione. £80pp includes all ingredients, lunch and everything you will need for a supper party for four people, including a bottle of wine.
Tuesday 28 May, 10am to 4pm, Italian supper party. Aimed at 11 to 17 year olds (and the perfect way to keep your young chefs entertained in the half term holiday), students will come away with a meal to share with their family at home. Dishes include a prosciutto and mozzarella salad, three cheese lasagne, and honey and lavender panna cotta. £60pp includes all ingredients and lunch.
Tuesday 29 May, 10am to 4pm, Shellfish Skills Day. Learn how to store, prep and cook shellfish, then make: clams with spaghetti, white wine, garlic and parsley; scallops with broad beans, peas and pickled shallots; oysters three ways; and a crab and fennel tart. £90pp, which includes lunch and plenty of food to take home to share with friends.
Thursday 30 May, 10am to 4pm, Family Picnic. Designed for a parent and child (age 8 and up) to cook together, and create a perfect picnic, including chorizo, tomato and black olive bread, fennel seed and pork sausage rolls with crisp pastry, caramelised apple chutney, layered picnic salad with runny honey and lemon dressing, and toffee and marshmallow slice. £90 for one adult and one young chef, £30 for an additional child. Includes lunch and a picnic to take home.
For full details of all courses see website.
SUNDAY ROASTS AT THE BEACH
The Beach at Bude’s new head chef Jamie Coleman’s Sunday lunches are going down a storm.
A Sunday roast is available for £12.50 – with a choice of meats, fish or a vegetarian dish – all served with Jamie’s perfect roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and seasonal vegetables. Book a table here.
The new spring/summer menu is due to launch in early May.
Having visited Marc at Duchy Charcuterie recently, and tasting quite a lot of his cured meat products (such a chore!) I can highly recommend them.
Recently chosen as one of the country’s top ten producers, Marc was recently invited to Borough Market for the launch of the British Charcuterie Awards. It’s great to see a small, artisan producer doing such brilliant things on a national level.
CHARITY LUNCH AT ST MORITZ HOTEL
The St Moritz Hotel in Trebetherick has chosen the Cornwall Community Foundation as its nominated charity, and is hosting a lunch in aid of the charity on Tuesday 21 May. Thanks to the generosity of the hotel and suppliers, all money raised will go directly to the Cornwall Community Foundation.
Head Chef Jonathan Domé has designed a special seasonal menu especially for the occasion. Wine is kindly being donated by binTwo, coffee by Rising Ground, with raffle prizes from Camel Valley Vineyard, St Michaels Resort, The Cowshed Spa, and Origin Coffee, amongst others.
Tickets are priced at £35 per person, which includes a welcome drink, three delicious courses, a glass of wine with lunch, coffee and petits fours. The full menu and (last few) tickets are available online.
PINTXOS AT THE ARC
Ready to go pintxos (Basque-style tapas) are now available at the ARC speciality food and wine store at Hawksfield, from 12 noon to 3pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Looking for a new way of providing delicious tasters of some of the store’s best ingredients, ARC owner Mary Boyne drew inspiration from the pintxos of Northern Spain, which typically feature meat, cheese or fish served on bread and fixed in place with a wooden spike.
They’re handy as a takeaway snack but even better if you’ve got time to kick back and enjoy them with one of the ARC’s new vermouths or a cold Spanish beer. See www.thearcfoodstore.co.uk.
BARBER ON THE HARBOUR
On Monday 27 May, between 1pm and 5pm, binTwo in Padstow will be hosting Barber on the Harbour to raise funds for Cornwall Air Ambulance.
Olly and Claire from Gents Quarter Barbershop will be offering the best in male grooming services. Customers are invited to sit back in the retro barber chair, glass of something manfully delicious from the binTwo shelves in hand, while Olly works his magic. All in return for a charitable donation.
No booking necessary, just turn up. Keep an eye on binTwo’s website for more details.
STARGAZY INN REOPENS IN PORT ISAAC
Stargazy Inn in Port Isaac has reopened with a fully refurbished restaurant and bar, and a new head chef, Andrew Sheridan, who appeared on Great British Menu last year, and will appear on the show again this May.
Andrew has created new menus for the bar and restaurant, and the food coming out of the kitchen looks delicious. See Stargazy’s Instagram feed.
For more details visit stargazyinn.co.uk.
STAY & DINE AT POLURRIAN ON THE LIZARD
The recently refurbished Polurrian on the Lizard is running a special Stay & Dine offer: When you spend a minimum of £75 on food and drinks you can stay the night from £49 per room on a bed and breakfast basis.
The restaurant has a brand new wood-fired Gozney oven and a very nice looking menu featuring wood-fired pizzas. Other delicious sounding dishes include a wood-fired fish stew, with garlic and saffron yoghurt and focaccia; wood-fired pork Tomahawk, with sun-dried tomatoes, lemon, spinach and roasted new potatoes; and a wood-fired half lobster, with samphire, lemon garlic butter, salad, garlic and Parmesan potatoes, chimichurri and chilli jam.
Available Sundays to Thursdays until 30 June, excluding school holidays and bank holidays. For full details see here.
ST IVES FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL
Over the weekend of 10 to 12 May, Porthminster Beach will play host to the St Ives Food and Drink Festival.
The festival promises culinary experts, music and entertainment, fireworks, family activities, and a wide variety of local food and drink over three days. There’ll be cookery demos, both on stage and at the asado fire pit, and over 70 stalls selling everything from chocolate to cheese.
For the full line-up see stivesfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk.
We were very happy to attend the launch party for Cornish Orchards‘ new “Hedgerow Cider” at The Stable. The new sweet and fruity cider is made with juicy dessert apples, and blended with dark fruits from the hedgerow including blackberries and sloes. Yum.
THE RETURN OF OSTRACA
Fal Oyster has brought back popular pop-up seafood bar Ostraca, which now sits alongside the newly created Fal Fishery Cooperative CIC’s processing unit on Admiralty Quay at Mylor Yacht Harbour.
Customers can buy cooked and preserved shellfish to enjoy at home or aboard their vessels.
For more information visit www.falfisherycoopcic.co.uk.
HIDDEN HUT FEASTS
It’s that time of year when I remind you to set your alarms for noon on the first of the month: the Hidden Hut’s feast calendar is now live, and includes new Beach Breakfast feasts.
This year the new sardine sand pit grill will come out on occasional lunchtimes when the sardines are plentiful. Customers will be able to buy super fresh fish grilled on a stick, perfect for quick snack on your way through or as part of a bigger lunch with salads and sides from the main kitchen.
And don’t forget that the Hidden Hut is open daily from 10am to 4pm – it’s not all about the feasts!
SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE FUNDRAISING DINNER ON ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT
Surfers Against Sewage and St Aubyn Estates are collaborating for a special fundraising dinner on St Michael’s Mount on Thursday 16 May.
Guests will arrive on the island by ferry for a welcome drink in the coastal garden. Following this, a four-course menu will be served in the Sail Loft Restaurant. The menu draws inspiration from the many issues that SAS is currently campaigning for, so expect inventive dishes that each tell a story.
Wine will be supplied throughout the evening, and there will be a guest presentation from Surfers Against Sewage during the course of the evening.
£50pp, with all proceeds going directly to Surfers Against Sewage. Tickets available online.
LOST BREWING CO. CAFE & BAR OPENS IN NEWQUAY
Lost Brewing Co. has just opened its new café/bar in Newquay. It’s open from 9am through to 11.30pm every day, and serves everything from breakfast and coffee to buddha bowls and burgers. There’s a great selection of craft beers, wine and spirits from Cornwall and further afield.
Rosemullion Distillery, a new distillery set in the countryside close to the Helford River, is now creating its own range of beautiful looking gin and rum in small batches of just 100 bottles.
As is becoming more and more popular, the distillery ferments its own base alcohols rather than flavouring industrial alcohols. Diluted with Cornish rainwater, and infused with local fruit and honey, the gin is going down well with customers.
For more information about the distilling process and the range of drinks available, see website
MOUNT HAVEN HOTEL REOPENS AFTER REFURB
Mount Haven Hotel, which overlooks St Michael’s Mount, has re-opened after a refurb, with new light and bright, contemporary communal spaces.
The Terrace Bar is at the heart of the hotel, and is open daily from 9am to 11pm for guests and residents alike. The menu here features small plates, sweet treats, coffee and cocktails.
The hotel’s main restaurant is perfect for special occasions, Sunday lunches and evening meals. Head chef Ross Sloan’s food is the star of the show here, with an à la carte menu priced at £33.50 for three courses.
For more info see www.mounthaven.co.uk.
DINNER IN THE CASTLE
The gorgeous Pentillie Castle, which overlooks the River Tamar, is hosting Dinner in the Castle this May.
Available on Tuesday 7, Wednesday 22, Saturday 25 and Tuesday 28 May, head chef Tom Lyons has created a beautiful, seasonal three course menu.
Dinner is priced at £35pp and includes canapés on arrival, three courses, and coffee with petits fours to finish.
Friday 3 May Silent Wine Disco at Polgoon Vineyard
A wine tasting like no other, Elly Owen’s brilliant silent wine disco will feature a guided tour through the vines and a Mediterranean feast by El Huichol, with tasting stops in the vineyard and music inspired by the ocean and wine. £45pp, tickets available here.
Friday 3 May Beautiful and the Feast at B-Side Social
Organic burgers cooked over hot coals and paired with seasonal pickles, fermented hot sauces and wild garlic mayonnaise.
Saturday 4 May The Market at Crantock
Back again for its monthly visit to Crantock Village Hall, The Market has everything from coffee and fresh veg to tacos and jewellery. There’s free parking, a playground and a skate park, and is dog friendly.
Saturday 4 May Padstow Wine Company Launch, Tasting and Pop-Up Bar
Padstow Wine Company celebrates its launch, and the launch of its new gin, with a tasting party at Padstow Farm Shop. Tickets for the launch are £5, which includes a glass of fizz or G&T, available here.
Saturday 4 May Sushi Night at Azura Kitchen
Azura’s first pop-up event is a sushi night with Naoko’s Kitchen. £30pp, includes sushi selection platter, Japanese dessert and cocktail. To book phone 01872 870695.
Monday 6 May Rock ‘n’ Roll at Sam’s Diner
A vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll event at Sam’s Diner, in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance, with music and dancing by Shades Rock ‘n’ Roll Band and Dance Company. There will be a Shine ‘n’ Show for cars, bikes and trikes with best in class trophies, and a fancy dress competition. For full details see Facebook.
Wednesday 8 May Nancarrow Farm Feast
After a starter of planked fish guests will enjoy some of Nancarrow’s home-reared Tamworth pork along with the first of the season’s Cornish Earlies with wild garlic butter. £38pp for this beautiful menu, with dinner, bed and breakfast also available, priced at £200 for two people. For full details visit website.
Wednesday 8 May Flat Iron Beef Feast at The Hidden Hut
The Hidden Hut’s first feast of the year, featuring braised and grilled flat iron steaks from the Hillfort Herd reared on the pastures above Porthcurnick Beach. Served with crushed potato and roasted garlic, dark leafy greens and fresh salsa verde. £19.45pp, tickets available from noon on 1 May.
Wednesday 8 May Simply Fish Course at Philleigh Way
A hands-on course with local fish expert Annie Silbert teaching a variety of techniques for fish and shellfish preparation, including fish selection, sustainability, seasonality, filleting (round and flat fish) and cooking techniques. £125 including lunch, book here.
Friday 10 May Chefs Seafood Dinner at Una St Ives
A celebration of Cornish seafood as part of the St Ives Food & Drink Festival. Una’s head chef Glenn Gatland will be joined by Mick Smith, Nik Boyle, Ryan Venning and Tom Hunter, each delivering a course for a spectacular seafood tasting menu. £70 for 5 courses with matching wine flight. Profits donated to Surfers Against Sewage and Cornwall Air Ambulance. Book here.
Friday 10 to Sunday 12 May St Ives Food and Drink Festival
Saturday 11 May Beach Breakfast: Asparagus Eggs at The Hidden Hut
Poached St Mawes organic eggs served on charcoal-grilled asparagus and crispy potato rosti with fresh parmesan. Bring a mug for unlimited tea and coffee. £11.07pp, book online from noon on 1 May.
Saturday 11 May BBQ at The Brewery
An evening at Harbour Brewing Co.’s brewery, with BBQ food matched perfectly with great beers. No tickets required, just turn up between 5pm and 9.30pm. For more info see here.
Saturday 11 May Potluck Cornwall’s Middle Eastern Supper Night
The evening will be held in the private house of Crugsillick Manor at one of Cornwall’s National Open Gardens, and the Middle Eastern feast will be cooked by Lafafa Catering. £40pp, includes a mocktail, four courses and coffee. Book online.
Saturday 11 May Funk & Fizz Night at Trebah
The evening will kick off with relaxed soul music from live DJs in Trebah’s visitor centre and terrace garden. Knightor and Tarquin’s will provide the fizz, gin bar and cocktail demos, and headline act Smoove & Turrell will perform live in the amphitheatre. £18pp, book here.
Monday 13 May Friends of Padstow Christmas Festival Ladies Spring Event
A tapas lunch – courtesy of Trevisker’s Kitchen – beauty therapies from the team at Clare Cowling Boutique Hair Salons, music from Andy Marshall, and a fashion show with a twist. Tickets are £25. For more information see here and to book your place, please email Tina Evans.
Thursday 16 May Dinner on St Michael’s Mount in aid of Surfers Against Sewage
Thursday 16 May Claws on the Moor
The Gurnard’s Head’s next supper club, celebrating crabs as well as oysters, mussels and more. Shared tables and a lovely menu, £35 per head, phone 01736 796928 to book.
Friday 17 May Kate Attlee Supper Club at Emily’s
A Middle Eastern feast, guests will enjoy drinks and starters, before being seated at large tables and being served a delicious and plentiful spread, supper club style. £37.27pp, book online.
Saturday 18 May Newquay Orchard Spring Fayre
A celebration of all things spring at Newquay Orchard’s Spring Fayre, 11am to 3pm. There will be a farmer’s market, craft stalls, workshops, games and live music. Bring all the family, do your week’s shop or just hang out and have a picnic.
Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May Supper Club with Tim Spedding
Tim Spedding (ex Coombeshead Farm and Clove Club) and his partner Louise Roedkjaer are hosting pop up suppers in Rock. See Instagram for more details.
Tuesday 21 May Cornwall Community Foundation charity lunch at St Moritz
Three courses of delicious seasonal dishes at this spring charity lunch, where ALL proceeds go to the Cornwall Community Foundation. £35pp, includes welcome drink, three courses, glass of wine and coffee. Book tickets online.
Friday 24 to Sunday 16 May Porthilly Spirit Festival
Friday 24 to Monday 27 May Mini Beer Festival at The Working Boat
The Working Boat‘s second annual Falmouth beer festival is sponsored by Harbour Brewing Co., and is open every day over the bank holiday weekend from midday until late. As well as a wide selection of guest ales, ciders and craft beers, there’ll be pizzas, pub grub and live music. See more.
Friday 24 May to Sunday 2 June Fal River Festival
This ten day celebration 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. For full details visit website, and for food-related events click here.
Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June English Wine Week
Cornish vineyards and wine merchants will be celebrating English Wine Week during half term. Pop in to binTwo in Padstow, where they’ll be featuring Cornish wines by the glass, or book a tour with Cornish Wine Tours.
Saturday 25 May Wine tasting with Buchanan Wines at St Kew Farm Shop
Drop in to St Kew Farm Shop any time between 12pm and 3pm on 25 May, where Martin Buchanan will have gathered a selection of wines to try. Wine tasting is free, with bottles available to purchase.
Sunday 26 May Charcoal grilled feast at Kudhva
Kudhva is hosting this feast with Temple’s head chef Craig Tregonning. Expect seasonal seafood, organic vegetables, wild herbs and foraged goods on hot coals, with flavours from Japan to the Med. £32pp, book online.
Monday 27 May Barber on the Harbour
Friday 31 May Taco and Cocktail Night at The Warehouse in Penryn
Origin’s next evening event at the Warehouse in Penryn features a selection of delicious tacos, including plant-based and vegetarian options. Tickets include three tacos and a complimentary cocktail on arrival. £15pp, book online.
Friday 31 May Rotisserie Chicken Feast at The Hidden Hut
Half chickens marinated in orange and thyme then gently spit-roasted over wood coals. Served with chips, watercress and garlic aioli. £16.31pp, tickets available online from noon on 1 May.
Sunday 2 June Lazy Sunday Afternoon at Surfside in Polzeath
Buchanan Wines Cornwall will be at Surfside in Polzeath from 4pm on 2 June, for a lazy Sunday afternoon and evening. They’ll be opening plenty of wines which will be accompanied by simple but sustaining food as the sun drops. All wines will be available by the glass with plenty of mature (20+ years old) bottles and just as many exciting young things. No ticket needed, all welcome, just turn up.
Wednesday 12 June Beef Feast at Nancarrow Farm
You will be welcomed with canapés and drinks in the courtyard before sitting down for a three-course feast in the Oak Barn. The full menu hasn’t been finalised yet but guests will be enjoying some delicious slow-cooked Nancarrow beef. £38pp, £200 for dinner, bed and breakfast for two people. Book online.
Sunday 16 June Lobster Feast at Padstow Kitchen Garden
Book now for Padstow Kitchen Garden’s Lobster Lunch, which will be held in a teepee overlooking the creek. Included in the ticket price is a four course lunch cooked by Ross, a glass of fizz matched by binTwo, served with a whole lobster, with live music from DJ Sonic Hippo, and a selection of wine and cocktails. £60pp, email to book.
Watergate Bay’s new bar Watchful Mary is due to open on 17 May, and will be open from 9am to 11pm seven days a week during summer months. The bar will serve cocktails, craft beers and small plates, with live music and special events planned. Sign up to their mailing list to be the first to hear about events.
The Swan Hotel in Wadebridge reopens on 1 May, after a full refurb, under new management. The pub will be run by Rob and Nat Liddicoat, who are also landlords of the popular Lanivet Inn.
ReFILL Shop in Bude is now open. Take your own containers and fill them with kitchen cupboard essentials, herbs and spices, nuts, crisps, toiletries, sanitary products, cleaning stuff and more. For more info see refillshop.co.uk.
Pentewan Plaice is now open for fish and chips to take away or eat in at the Hideaway Bar. Special offers include a family deal for £20, or fish and chips with either a pint or a small bottle of Prosecco for £10.
Look out for Cargo Coffee, a converted army truck, on the beach at Crantock. It sells great coffee, da Bara pastries, cakes, sandwiches and ice cream.
The Mussel Shoal – a café serving moules frites on Porthleven harbour head – is due to open soon.
Entries for the BBQ competition at PenGrillie BBQ Festival 2019 are now open. Amateur and professional teams are to battle it out in four classes: seafood, poultry, pork and “The Ultimate Chilli”. To apply, see here.
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