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THE FOODIE DIARY: NOVEMBER

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 by

Welcome to the November edition of The Foodie Diary. Jam-packed with autumnal food it’s guaranteed to warm your cockles. We’ve got winter menus, feast nights and, gulp, Christmas fairs.

 

TUSCAN SEASON AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL

Fifteen Truffle Risotto

This November Fifteen Cornwall are offering a great value three course lunch for £21. The menu features warm autumnal flavours with rich ragus and robust reds, served with a Tuscan twist, such as truffle risotto, pictured above. They offer a gorgeous children’s menu too. Overlooking Watergate Bay it is the perfect spot for watching winter storms from the warmth and comfort of the restaurant.

And don’t forget that until 24 October you can still enjoy their “Harvest on the Beach” three course lunch, also just £21. We’ve tried it, and it’s delicious.

WHEN: 3-28 November, Monday to Friday only
WHERE: Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay
RESERVATIONS: 01637 861000, option 1 or online at: www.fifteencornwall.co.uk

 

WIN LUNCH FOR TWO AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL

Fifteen Interior 2

Thanks to the lovely team at Fifteen Cornwall, we’re offering you the chance to win a fabulous prize: lunch for two at Fifteen Cornwall.

The prize consists of a three course lunch for two people from the £21 set menu, Monday to Friday only, between 3 and 28 November 2014 (Tuscan Season) or 1 and 19 December 2014 (Game Season).

All you need to do to enter is fill in this form. The competition closes at 12 noon on Friday 7 November. Good luck!

 

MACMILLAN CHRISTMAS FAIR

The Macmillan Christmas Fair is returning to the Eden Project on 12 and 13 November. The Eden Kitchen will be packed with stalls from Cornwall and beyond, selling a range of gifts, home accessories, stocking fillers, clothing, jewellery and food in the Ginsters Food Hall.

The Eden Project is very generously offering free entry for all visitors on Thursday 13 November so tickets only need to be purchased for the Fair itself. All proceeds, including 15% of all stallholder takings, go direct to Cornwall Macmillan Cancer Support.

WHEN: 6-9.30pm Wednesday 12 November, 10am-4pm Thursday 13 November
WHERE: The Eden Project
TICKETS: Thursday £12.50 (includes light lunch and glass of wine/soft drink), Friday £20 (includes supper and wine). Buy online.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA MASTERCLASS: SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY & PERSONAL BRANDING

Social media masterclass

There are still a few places left on this CIPR social media masterclass at Fifteen Cornwall, which includes a tasty breakfast. If you want to improve your smartphone food photography and learn more about social media, this could be for you.

There will be a masterclass from top food photographer, David Griffen, and find out how to harness the power of your personal brand online from digital marketing pioneer, Mike Coulter. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone or tablet with you as there will be a practical element to the session.

WHEN: 8-10.45am, Friday 7 November
WHERE: Fifteen Cornwall
TICKETS: £24 for CIPR members and £33 for non-members. Buy online.

 

NEWS FROM THE RICK STEIN EMPIRE

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There is so much going on at Rick Stein’s restaurants, cafés and shops over winter. We’ve summarised their current events, offers and special menus:

  • Beer and Bangers at Stein’s Deli. Beer and sausage tastings throughout the day, as well as talks from the suppliers. 30 October. Free of charge.
  • Winter seaside lunches, 3-course set menu for £31 at The Seafood Restaurant. From 3 November to 27 March (excluding 20 December to 8 February).
  • Moules frites lunch special for £9.95. At Stein’s Café from 29 September to 27 March, 12-2.30pm.
  • Winter takeaway curry available from Stein’s Café. From 19 November to 27 March, 6.30-9pm.
  • Curry Nights at Stein’s Café, two courses for £16.95. Every Thursday from 19 November to 27 March.
  • Curry of the day and beer for £15. At Stein’s Café from 19 November to 27 March, 12–2:30pm.
  • Cod, chips, bread & butter with tea £6.95 or with Korev, £7.95, at Stein’s Fish and Chips in Padstow. From 3 November to 27 March (excluding 20 December to 5 January).
  • Fish Friday at The Cornish Arms, two-courses for £15.95 (starter & main or main & dessert) every Friday from 3 October to 13 March.
  • Curry Night at The Cornish Arms, sharing menu of three curries, with naan breads and pilau rice. £25 for two. Every Saturday from 4 October to 14 March.
  • Winter offer at Rick Stein’s Fish in Falmouth: two course lunch for £15, three course lunch or dinner for £20 from 4 November.

Sunken chocolate cake

Charity lunches for WaterAid

From 11 to 30 November enjoy three courses at St. Petroc’s Bistro for an amazing £12.50, plus £2 cover charge for WaterAid.

Starters: Herring milts on toasted brioche with capers and chervil; faintly curried Jerusalem artichoke soup with shredded spring onions and chilies; hot Toulouse sausage with tomato, caper and shallot salad.

Mains: Chick pea, salt cod and spinach stew; 6oz Bavette steak frites; Petit sale aux lentil.

Desserts: Bread and butter pudding; Sunken chocolate cake; Cornish blue with chicory and honey.

 

RICK STEIN OPENS NEW RESTAURANT IN PORTHLEVEN

Rick Stein

Hot on the heels of their newly opened Winchester restaurant, Rick Stein and business partner Jill Stein have taken over the already established Clay Quay restaurant in Porthleven. Situated on the harbourside, the restaurant will continue to offer sharing plates of local and seasonal produce, all of which are inspired by Rick’s travels.

The restaurant will be open from 8 November. The Stein family hope the restaurant will complement the already thriving foodie scene and continue the restaurant’s success since it opened earlier in the year. Rick comments “We aren’t planning to make too many changes; we’ll be adding a few new dishes on the menu and the odd new painting – other than that we love the current concept. It’s a great restaurant in a beautiful fishing town.”

Keep up to date with the latest news from the restaurant at www.rickstein.com or follow @SteinPorthleven on Twitter.

 

CHARITY LUNCHES AT ROJANO’S IN THE SQUARE

rojanos

From 3 November to 19 December customers will be able to enjoy a charitable set lunch at Rojano’s in the Square, priced at £14 for two courses, and £17 for three courses. Money raised will be donated to The Coracle Appeal, launched to raise funds for much-needed maintenance of St Petroc’s Parish Church.

For reservations phone 01841 532 796.

 

“IN THE SQUARE WEDNESDAYS” AT ROJANO’S IN THE SQUARE

Rojanos hotdog

For evening guests, Rojano’s is launching “In the Square Wednesdays”. On Wednesdays from 5 November to 17 December, there will be themed menus to choose from alongside the restaurant’s a la carte offering, starting with “Cornish hotdog and burger” night on 5 November.

“In the Square Wednesdays” themed menus include:

5 & 26 November “Cornish hotdog and burger” – choose two burgers or hotdogs and two drinks for £20.

12 November “Lasagne di condividere” – the menu includes lasagne to share, garlic dough balls, green salad and a bottle of red wine for two, for £20.

19 November “Tuscan night, tapas style” – small tasters of the menu, priced at 3 dishes at £8, 5 dishes for £12, and 6 dishes for £14.

The restaurant also has two special deals available on take away orders for week day collection from 3 November to 19 December. Customers can order four pizzas (two 12” and two children’s size pizzas), fries and coleslaw for £25; or when ordering two pizzas, receive the second pizza for half price. Additional offers on specific dishes will be announced via Facebook each week.

For reservations and enquiries please call Rojano’s in the Square on 01841 532796.

 

AN APPETITE FOR CHANGE

Do you have an exciting idea based around food that could help transform your community? It could be a new idea or an existing food-based venture growing, learning, sharing or enabling access to quality food.

UnLtd are offering support, advice and awards from £500 to £15,000 to help you achieve your dreams. If you are interested in finding out more, visit their website or phone 0845 850 1122.

See the entry criteria here. Deadline for expressions of interest is 17 November, with shortlisted applicants invited to submit a full application by 15 December. Successful applicants will then be invited to pitch their ideas on 14 and 15 January at The Eden Project

 

THE WURZELS AT THE STABLE

The Wurzels

If you haven’t already heard, The Wurzels will be performing at The Stable in Fistral on 23 October. Tickets are going fast so grab some quickly – they’re £7.50 and available from the bar.

Cider, pizzas and pies, cider, Wurzels, and most importantly, cider: If you’re interested , then you can stay up to date through their Facebook page.

 

RUM AND CRAB SHACK‘S SPICED RUM TASTING

Chris McGuire, co-owner of St Ives’ Rum and Crab Shack, will be hosting another of his popular rum tasting evenings, this time telling the fascinating story of rum-making in the 1700s and 1800s, centring on New Orleans and the invention of spice rums and its links with the slave trade in Louisiana.

Included in the ticket price is a large Creole style crayfish boil, as well as the rum tastings.

WHEN: 7.30pm, Sunday 9 November
WHERE: The Rum and Crab Shack, Wharf Road, St Ives, TR26 1LG
COST: £28.50 per person
RESERVATIONS: Booking is essential. Email or phone 01736 796353.

 

AUTUMN MENU AT LUSTY GLAZE

Lusty Glaze daily catch

I couldn’t help including a link to the autumn menu at Lusty Glaze, as created by new Head Chef Nat Tallents. It looks suitably warming, perfect for a post-surf lunch, a spot of storm-watching or cosy evening meal. There is a really good selection on this menu, from soup and sandwiches to lamb shanks and cooking your own food on “hot rocks”; it should keep everyone happy.

Pictured above is a new dish called “Rockpool & Reel” (charmingly named by a customer) available every Thursday priced at £15 including a glass of wine, and £25 for 2 of the dishes and 2 glasses of wine.

For more information visit their website and to reserve a table phone 01637 872444.

 

MULLION COVE HOTEL‘S ‘BUY LOCAL’ INITIATIVE

Mullion Cove Hotel has embarked on an ambitious programme designed to boost the local economy, supporting local food and drink producers, and also offering a loyalty scheme for local customers.

The hotel currently offers a daily changing Farmers’ Market Menu. Designed by award winning Head Chef, Fiona Were, the menu showcases local produce and looks delicious, featuring dishes such as pan seared pigeon breast with sour plums, brioche, candied walnuts and red wine reduction, and slow roast pork belly with cassoulet and gremolata. The three course menu is priced at £18 per person.

The Mullionaires Club is open to locals with a TR postcode and, based on a points system, offers a 10% saving on food and drink, as well as special offers. For more information visit mullion-cove.co.uk/card. The first 100 subscribers will be entered into a prize draw to win a hamper of South West produce and a night’s stay with dinner, bed and breakfast at the Mullion Cove Hotel.

Local producers who would like to get involved are invited to contact the hotel on 01326 240328 or email [email protected].

 

SCANDI STYLE AT SCARLET WINES

scarletfire

Popular wine shop, café and deli Scarlet Wines in Lelant is undergoing a revamp this autumn. Using timber cladding and specially sourced textiles, Scarlet will be given an edgy new look akin to a Nordic ski lodge, complete with bear skins, a roaring wood burner and hand-built bench seats.

To celebrate, the latest in a series of feast nights on Friday 28 November will have an appropriately Nordic theme. Guests will be served lashings of Swedish meatballs with sides and a glass of wine to match for £15 a head, and for an extra charge can throw caution to the wind with vodka tastings paired with home-cured gravadlax.

WHEN: 7.30pm, Friday 28 November
WHERE: Scarlet Wines, Lelant
COST: £15 per person
RESERVATIONS: Phone 01736 753696

 

CLANDESTINE CAKE CLUB

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The last Clandestine Cake Club event for 2014 has just been announced, at a secret venue between Newquay and Padstow, and the theme is “Wild and Stormy”. Bakers and their guests meet regularly to eat and talk cake. Everyone is welcome and it is free to attend, you just need to add your name to the list. See the website for more information.

The venue have also offered guests a special offer on use of their spa and a great value supper afterwards – just £25 for four people sharing.

WHEN: 6-7.30pm Tuesday 11 November
WHERE: Shhhhh, it’s a secret
COST: Free
MORE DETAILS: clandestinecakeclub.co.uk

 

THE ROSEVINE‘S RESTAURANT NEWS

Thursday 6 November sees The Rosevine’s next monthly fixed price dinner, with three courses for just £18 per person. Not surprisingly this is a popular evening so booking is highly recommended.

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Roseland area you can sign up to be a Friend of The Rosevine. The current offer entitles locals to bring a friend for lunch midweek, and you will enjoy a complimentary glass of Polgoon sparkling wine with each main course.

Every Sunday lunchtime throughout October, and on selected weekends in November, you can enjoy roast Cornish beef with all the trimmings as well as the usual lunch menu. Swim and Lunch is available daily, including Sundays, so don’t forget your swimming costumes for a splash in the heated indoor pool before lunch.

Phone 01872 580206 for reservations. See their website for full details.

 

THE GREEN ROOM‘S WINTER MENU

Green Room hake

James Nathan’s mouth watering winter menu includes dishes such as Cornish smoked trout served with wild rock samphire salsa verde and chive crème fraîche, and succulent Newlyn hake served with red pepper and pimento velouté, new potatoes, spinach & chorizo (pictured above).

For reservations call 01637 882481 or email [email protected].

 

TASTE OF THE WEST AWARDS

Luxury-Chocolate-Fudge

Congratulations to Cornwall’s winners in the 2014 Taste of the West Awards:

Oliver’s in Falmouth won the Best South West Restaurant category, with The Falmouth Packet Inn in Penzance winning Best South West Dining Pub, and Wild Café at Bedruthan Hotel in Mawgan Porth winning Best South West Casual Diner.

In the product awards The Buttermilk Confectionery Co won Best of Confectionery for their Luxury All Butter Chocolate Fudge (we’ve tried this one and it’s no surprise it won with its smooth as velvet texture and rich chocolate flavour). St Austell Brewery won the Best of Beer with Big Job and Elemental Cornish Gin won Best of Wines, Spirits and Liqueurs.

THE CORNISH HIGH STREET

Check out The Cornish High Street‘s new online store for all things Cornish made, so you can enjoy a taste of Cornwall wherever you are.

With an ever-growing deli section, you’ll also find them at food shows in Cornwall as they bring more artisan food and drink producers on board. The ethos behind the site is to bring together high quality Cornish producers, as well as helping suppliers sustain a year round business.

 

HOME STREET FOOD

squid and chorizo

We’ve been hearing great things about Home Street Food, regulars at Truro Farmers’ Market and Falmouth Uni, as well as late night shopping nights in Truro. With dishes like squid and chorizo (pictured), Cornish duck burgers, Primrose Herd pork balls and marinated fish tortillas, make sure you give them a try. For more details and where to find them follow Harry on Twitter or Facebook.

 

TREREIFE CHRISTMAS FAIR

The Trereife Christmas Fair begins on the evening of Friday 21 November with the park and house lit by the Newlyn Harbour lights, musical entertainment and a magical lantern parade.

Throughout the weekend visitors can browse a range of art and craft, fine food and drink stalls in heated marquees. Trereife’s Courtyard Cafe will also be serving a selection of homemade refreshments.

Tim Le Grice will be conducting tours of his home, allowing visitors to absorb Trereife’s extensive history whilst supping on a glass of mulled wine. A free Christmas craft workshop includes blacksmithing and basket making and there will be a traditional fairground carousel and storytelling for children.

WHEN: 5pm-9pm Friday 21 November, 10am-4pm Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 November
WHERE: Trereife House
TICKETS: £3.50 for adults, £2 for children, under 5’s free of charge. Family tickets £11 (2 adults, 3 children).
MORE INFORMATION: Phone 01736 362750 or visit www.trereifepark.co.uk

 

WORLD BREAD AWARDS

Da Bara baguettes

Another fabulous year for Da Bara Bakery in this year’s World Bread Awards, scooping gold for their baguette tradition, as well as silvers for their great white loaf and mushroom ciabatta, and bronzes for brown sour and Doom bread.

Little Bakehouse at Downgate, near Callington, also won a bronze award for their 100% rye with fig and caraway seeds. Congratulations to all involved.

Did you know that you can grab a very good Origin coffee from Da Bara’s bakery shop in the Grampound Road Industrial Estate? Definitely worth a detour, especially if their new “crack pie” is on the shelves. Open between 7am and 3pm weekdays and from 7am to 12 noon on Saturdays. Phone ahead with your order on 01726 882096.

 

NYETIMBER LUNCHES AT THE SCARLET

Scarlet Food 2

During November and December residents local to The Scarlet Hotel can enjoy a beautiful three-course set lunch with a glass of Nyetimber sparkling wine for just £19.50 per person. See a sample menu.

To claim this offer please bring proof of a local postcode (TR, PL, EX & TQ) in form of a bill or identification. Must be booked in advance and subject to availability. Offer available Monday to Saturday between Saturday 1 November and Monday 22 December.

To book phone 01637 861 800 or email us at [email protected] or book online.

 

THE SOUTH WEST INDEPENDENT COFFEE GUIDE

SW coffee guide

New from Salt Media, the team behind Food mag, is The South West Independent Coffee Guide.

The guide includes write ups and colour photographs of 60 top coffee shops in the South West, which have been invited into the guide based on quality of coffee served, expertise, and the use of the highest quality South West roasted beans.

The coffee shop reviews include information on different brew types, beans, grinders and equipment, and in addition, the guide showcases 14 top local artisan roasters, has funky maps, a history of coffee in the South West, information on worldwide coffee producing areas and a flavour wheel to help coffee geeks get the most out of the experience.

The Cornish cafés included in the guide are:  108 Coffee House, Artigiano Espresso Bar, Espressini, Good Vibes Café, Gylly Beach Café, Hub, Liberty Coffee, Picnic Cornwall, Relish Food & Drink, Strong Adolfo’s, The Brew House, The Yellow Canary Café, Tubestation Polzeath and Woods Café.

The book is priced at £7.99 and you can buy it online, at cafés included in the guide, Waterstones, good book shops and Amazon.

 

CAMEL VALLEY 2014 VINTAGE REPORT | THE VINTAGE OF DREAMS

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A fantastic report from Bob Lindo:

‘I can’t believe I’m writing this on 8 October, picking complete.

‘No spring frosts, a perfect fruit-set, enough rain in August to swell the crop (even that had the good grace to fall during the hours of darkness) and the driest and warmest September for nearly 100 years came together for a perfect storm of good grape growing news at Camel Valley. The maritime south westerlies were replaced by mostly warm continental air in a benign flow reversal. It wasn’t so much a BBQ summer, so much as a year we got fed up with BBQ’s, because there were so many!

‘Picking started at Camel Valley on the 23 September, 2 weeks earlier than the previous earliest of 2006 and finished on 7 October, the usual start date. Yields in all varieties were very high and unusually ripe. 84 tons were picked, all in dry weather, apart from a shower or two, on the last day. Camel Valley Winemaker Sam: ”It’s been a growing and wine making year to savour; a pleasure to make wine from such fantastic grapes”.’

In response to popular demand, Camel Valley have added two more vineyard tours to their diary, now available every Tuesday and Wednesday until the end of October. Book online.

 

BINTWO CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING

BinTwo

If a free tasting of around 100 wines and spirits sounds like your kind of thing then BinTwo have got it covered with their annual Christmas wine tasting on Saturday 22 November.

The Padstow wine merchant come wine bar come coffee shop invites all comers to sample a fabulous selection of wines and spirits from a range of their local and international suppliers. There’s sure to be something to suit your palate and budget – be it a very special bottle as a one off treat or affordable Christmas party crowd pleasers.

The friendly informal wine tasting will be held at the Drang Gallery, South Quay, Padstow from 12 noon until 4pm.  BinTwo will be open as usual from 10am until 9pm for great coffee, luscious wines and tasty nibbles.

No tickets required but please email [email protected] if you’d like to go along. Last minute walk ins are fine though!

 

LAIDBACK COFFEE AND WILD BAKE PIZZA

The popular collaboration between Laidback Coffee Co and Wild Bake Pizza continues with pop up Sunday brunches on 2 and 23 November. Locations to be confirmed – keep an eye on their Facebook pages for more details. The waffles sold out quickly last time, so get there early!

From 3 November Laidback Coffee will be trading from their new regular pitch on St Columb Major Industrial Estate. They will be outside ‘Rally Prep’ TR9 6SF every Monday and Wednesday between 10am and 1pm.

Wild Bake are now serving up warming tagines and stews in addition to their delicious wood-fired pizzas. They can be found opposite Lidl in Wadebridge from 5pm on Mondays and outside Carpet World on Dunmere Road in Bodmin on Tuesday evenings. Pre-book on 07707082415.

On Friday 24 October you can also catch Wild Bake for a one off night with The Open Oven Pizza Company at the new Cornwall Services on the A30 at Roche. Lewis will be cooking up the usual Wild Bake menu plus a couple of seasonal specials and favourite sweet pizzas too.

 

NANCARROW’S AUTUMN FEAST NIGHT

Nancarrow feast nights

As the nights close in Nancarrow is holding a fabulous autumnal feast, with wood fires, wassail and heart warming food. They promise rich flavours, earthy cooking and old traditions. Expect to pass around jugs of mulled cider, sample old favourites cooked with wood fire flavour, and proper puddings.

Tickets are available first come, first serve – 100 per feast. There will be a cash bar on site and local musicians.

WHEN: Saturday 15 November
WHERE: Nancarrow Farm, Zelah, Nr Truro
COST: £30 per person
RESERVATIONS: Buy online.

 

FIREBRAND BAR OPENS IN LAUNCESTON

Firebrand Bar

Brothers Eddie (ex Head Chef at Little Plates in Wadebridge) and Joe Thomson (founder of Penpont Brewery and The Beer Cellar in Truro) are teaming up to launch a new bar and restaurant on Southgate Street in Launceston. With plans to open in mid November the menu will feature gourmet burgers, steaks, pulled pork and Mexican style tapas, real ale and craft beer, and regular live music. The restaurant will open at a family-friendly 5pm, with a great children’s menu, plus free wifi for customers.

To keep up to date on their news, follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

 

THE CHEFS’ BOX PROJECT

This collaboration between Cornish chefs Adrian Oliver, Steve Marsh and Ben Prior is sure to be a huge success. Fal Oyster’s mobile restaurant (a converted shipping container) has been commandeered by the trio, who will be popping up across Cornwall.

By day The Chefs’ Box Project will be showcasing some amazing street food, with an emphasis on Cornwall’s finest fish and shellfish, and customers can book a place at the ten seater restaurant for special tasting menus each evening.

The project kicks off at Truro’s Lemon Quay over the weekend of 21-23 November. For more information, menus and to book, visit their website.

 

VEGAN SUSHI NIGHT AT WILDEBEEST

vegan sushi

If you are a lover of sushi then don’t miss Wildebeest‘s vegan sushi night. For just £18 you can enjoy miso soup, seaweed salad, edamame beans, seven different types of sushi and a delicious dessert. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

WHEN: 7pm, Monday 10 November
WHERE: Wildebeest Café, 13 Arwenack St, Falmouth, TR11 3JD
COST: £18 per person
RESERVATIONS: Phone 01326 210602 or email [email protected]. £5 deposit required.

 

INKIE’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ

Inkie's

Inkie’s Smokehouse BBQ specialise in authentic pit smoked barbecued meat. All the meat is locally sourced and cooked “low ‘n’ slow” over hickory, maple or cherry wood for a minimum of 16 hours, with more-ish rubs and sauces and Da Bara Bakery’s brioche rolls.

Find them outside Topps Tiles in Bodmin, Wednesdays 5-9pm, and on Thursday evenings by the Morrisons roundabout in Liskeard. They can also be found outside Mac’s BBQ on the Callywith Industrial Estate in Bodmin between 11am and 3pm on Wednesdays.

For more details of their menu and outside catering please visit their website.

 

FISH MISH LUNCHES AT SAM’S IN FOWEY

Sams

This month Sam’s in Fowey will be serving a fantastic three-course fish menu in collaboration with The Fishermen’s Mission. The menu is a celebration of Cornwall’s seafood heritage and Sam’s 25 years of experience of serving great food. The Fishermen’s Mission is a vital charity that offers tireless support to fishermen and their families around the clock.

Support your local fishermen by enjoying three courses of fabulous fish for just £18, served 12 noon until 5pm at Sam’s in Fowey, Monday to Friday, From Tuesday 4 November until Friday 5 December.

 

CHEESE & WINE PAIRING AT THE GURNARD’S HEAD

Thomas Hanson

Love cheese? Love wine? Then book now for a special cheese and wine pairing at The Gurnard’s Head, hosted by Thomas Hanson of Hanson Fine Foods. Six cheeses, six wines:

  • Vulscombe – Fresh goats’ cheese – Touraine Sauvignon, ‘Le Petiot’, Domaine Ricard 2013
  • Bagborough Brie – Unpasteurised Brie made with cow’s milk – Macon-Pierreclos, Domaine Marc Jambon et Fils 2012
  • Shepherds Crook – Soft, mould ripened sheep’s milk cheese – Madeira, Barbeito, Single Harvest 2000
  • Harbourne Blue – Blue cheese made with goats’ milk – Senior Tawny Port, Niepoort
  • Keens Cheddar – Traditional Somerset Cheddar – Rioja Crianza, Bodegas Navajas 2010
  • Heligan Gold – Semi soft cow’s milk cheese washed in Heligan Honey beer – Polgoon Apple Cider (Penzance, Cornwall)

WHEN: 8pm, Friday 14 November
WHERE: The Gurnard’s Head
COST: £20 per person
RESERVATIONS: Booking required, phone 01736 796928 or email [email protected].

 

IN BRIEF

In case you missed the news at the end of September, Michelin stars were awarded to four restaurants in Cornwall. Nathan Outlaw retained two stars at his flagship Restaurant Nathan Outlaw at the St Enodoc Hotel, and his new restaurant Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac was awarded one star. Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 in Padstow and Chris Eden at The Driftwood near Portscatho both retained their stars.

This November The Old Quay House in Fowey is offering three nights for the price of two. It includes accommodation and breakfast, and dinner at the delightful Q restaurant on two nights. Prices start at £530 for a classic room, based on two sharing.

Truro’s The Old Ale House relaunched at the end of September with a new menu devised by River Cottage in collaboration with Skinner’s Brewery. Check out what happened when the Barefoot team attended the opening night.

Congratulations to Dale McIntosh, Head Chef at Merchants Manor in Falmouth, and the only Cornish chef to make their way to the final of the professional class in the South West Chef of the Year competition. The final takes place on Monday 27 October.

If you’re quick you might just be able to snap up tickets for No 4 Peterville’s On the Bone feast night on Sunday 26 October. £35 for 5 courses, menu to be announced on the night, but you can be sure it will be amazing. Phone 01872 554245 to book your place.

A new store in Redruth’s Cardrew Industrial Estate, next to sister business Coastal Brewery, stocks rare beers from across the world, as well as Cornish brews. Customers can drink a beer while they browse the stock as part of the first stage of a micropub development on the site. The shop also stocks ciders and Belgian fruit juices.

The Waymarker, near Constantine, is holding a bonfire Thai curry night at 7.30pm on 7 November, with fireworks and mulled cider and apple juice. For more details visit their website.

Throughout November The Tolcarne Inn is offering two courses for just £15. Ben Tunnicliffe’s cooking is amazing, so make the most of this offer. Excludes Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday lunch. Booking essential – phone 01736 363074 or email [email protected].

The Porthminster Beach Cafe in St Ives is holding Forage & Feast Day on Monday 10 November in conjunction with Fat Hen. A 2 hour forage around the woodland and the beach will be followed by a 4 course wild lunch cooked by head chef Ryan. Meet for coffee & cake at 10am; forage from 10.30am till 12.30pm and then lunch until 2.30pm. £50 pp. Book here: http://www.fathen.org/porthminstercafestives.htm

Cornish Charcuterie‘s Norton Barton will be hosting a French Bistro evening on Friday 14 November. Tickets are £35 per head and include a glass of bubbly. Guests can choose their starter from the charcuterie table which will have a selection of award winning British Charcuterie produced on the farm.  To follow will be a delicious non-traditional cassoulet and the finale,  a selection of stunning patisserie from Made With Love (soon to re-brand as Popti Cornish Bakehouse). For more details see here.

Paul Harwood will be holding a demo evening at his Fistral Restaurant The Fish House on 6 November. £45 per person, with 3 demos and wine matching by Nigel from Experience Wines. Includes a four course meal with wines and coffee included. To book phone 01637 872085.

The Social Dining Networks next event will be held at 7pm on Thursday 20 November at Salt in Truro. £15 for two courses and a great chance to meet like minded people. Membership to the Social Dining Network is now free.

Sam’s in the City has a new breakfast menu, the perfect way to start your hard working (or shopping) day. Eggs Royale and Scotch Woodcock have caught our eye… Served from 9-11.30am.

 

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Photography credits: Rick Stein images by David Griffen.

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