THE FOODIE DIARY: NOVEMBER
Another monthly round up of what’s happening on the Cornish food scene. We’ve found some fabulous feasts, fairs and special events for you to enjoy this November.
There are also plenty of low season deals to be had, and with Christmas just around the corner, lots of shopping opportunities to buy gifts for food-loving friends.
As ever, happy eating!
Saturday 28 November sees Fifteen Cornwall’s Winter Fayre return to the Watergate Bay car park.
The event is free to attend, and the marquee will be open from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Demos kick off at 10.30am. This year a new generation of Cornwall’s chefs will take to the stage, and include Rick and Rob from Prawn on the Lawn, Elsie Pinniger from Gilmore’s, sommelier Debbie Warner, Fifteen Cornwall’s own Jack Bristow, Jack Stein, and Ross Geach (Padstow Kitchen Garden).
Over twenty producers will be exhibiting, including Matthew Stevens, Primrose Herd, Cornish Duck, Deli Farm Charcuterie, Da Bara Bakery, Southwestern Distillery and the Eden Project. There’ll be plenty of fresh produce, tastings and the chance to stock up on Christmas gifts.
Hot drinks will be available from Origin and the Fifteen Cornwall apprentices will be serving warm food throughout the day. Additional street food will also be available to purchase from late morning.
Cornwall Food Foundation is hosting the Kids’ Zone, where activities and entertainment will be focussed on food education and skills.
FISH CURRY SUPPER AT THE BEACH HUT
The Beach Hut’s final Fish Supper Friday takes place at 7pm on Friday 20 November.
The menu is inspired by executive chef Neil Haydock’s travels, so expect big, bold and beautiful flavours with prawn bhajis and coconut and ginger mussels to start, followed by fish pakora, methi curry, Goan fish curry and Bombay potatoes.
After supper sit by the bonfire on the beach, or dance the night away on the deck.
The evening kicks off at 7pm, tickets are £25 per person, available online.
FIFTEEN CORNWALL AUTUMN LUNCHES NOW AVAILABLE ON SATURDAYS
Fifteen Cornwall’s Autumn lunches (three courses for £24) have extended their run from Monday to Saturday until 27 November.
The flavoursome, seasonal menu changes daily depending on what is delivered to the kitchen door by the restaurant’s suppliers.
Favourite dishes include: Salami Milano with chargrilled squash and chestnuts; main courses of wood-fired Cornish chicken with inzimino di ceci and salmoriglio, or a crispy fillet of salted hake with crushed herby potatoes, broccoli and aioli. For pudding, popular autumnal choices include vanilla panna cotta with plums and shortbread or an Amalfi lemon and poppy seed cake with lemon curd and clotted cream.
The lucky winner will receive a different product to taste and review every month for twelve months, plus a hamper of their new range, luxury Cornish artisan confectionery.
Buttermilk will be at this year’s Fifteen Cornwall Winter Fayre and the Macmillan Christmas Fair.
FISHERMEN’S MISSION MEALS AT SAM’S
Sam’s Fowey and Sam’s on the Beach in Polkerris are running a special menu in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission.
Available from 12 to 5pm, Monday to Friday throughout November and then from January until February half term, three courses are priced at £20 per person, with £2 donated to the charity.
The menu features French classics such as fish soup and bouillabaisse, along with a fish trio of sardine, tempura mullet and garlic scallop, and oven baked code with herb crust and celeriac mash. Desserts include a Cointreau and apricot bread and butter pudding, and chocolate torte.
To book a table phone Fowey on 01726 832273 or Polkerris on 01726 812255. For more details visit their website.
The countdown to Cornwall’s biggest food festival is on. This year’s Padstow Christmas Festival takes place from 3 to 6 December.
Personally, I’m looking forward to watching demos in the Festival Kitchen and in the Sharp’s Chefs Theatre. Wandering around the marquee is always a joy, with plenty of tasters to be had, and some fabulous street food stalls. Last year’s highlights were Kernow Escargot’s snail arancinci and the Posh Kebab Co.’s beautiful beef.
Don’t miss the winter lantern parade, carol singing, Santa’s grotto, and huge firework display over the harbour at 8.30pm on the Friday evening.
For the full line up of events, chef demos, stallholders and practical information, please visit www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk.
SET LUNCH AT ST TUDY INN
The set lunch menu at the St Tudy Inn is proving popular, and continues to run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes.
Details are in the image above (two courses for £12, three courses for £15); for reservations please phone 01208 850656 or book online.
NOVEMBER OFFER AT THE PARK, MAWGAN PORTH
This autumn, book a three night stay at The Park in Mawgan Porth and receive 30% off accommodation. A complimentary bottle of wine is also included with two main courses in the onsite restaurant, The Park Café.
The offer is valid for three night weekend stays between Friday and Monday and subject to availability. For bookings phone 01637 860322.
WINTER MENU AT THE OLD QUAY HOUSE
Q restaurant, in Fowey’s The Old Quay House Hotel, is comfortable and intimate, with gorgeous views across the water. The restaurant is open to non-residents and is highly recommended.
Head chef Ryan Kellow’s favourites from the current winter menu are the wild mushroom and blue cheese arancini with parsnips, spinach and autumn squash, and a Chinese inspired dish of spiced duck, shimeji, melon, bok choy and fondant potato. The dark chocolate fondant with yogurt sorbet and salted caramel also sounds divine.
The restaurant is open for dinner every evening from 6 to 9pm until 6 December. For reservations phone 01726 833302.
FOOD AND RINK IN LAUNCESTON
I love the idea of Launceston’s first Food and Rink Festival, which takes place from 20 to 22 November in the town square. As well as an ice rink, there will be lots of food and drink to enjoy. Firebrand Bar and Restaurant will be there with a pop up taproom and smokehouse.
Skating costs £4 for adults, £2 for under 13s and £10 for a family of four. For details and bookings phone Hazard on 01566 776230 or Bek on 01566 775007.
NEWS FROM FIREBRAND BAR
Firebrand Bar & Restaurant will be popping up at Launceston Fireworks in Coronation Park on 5 November to bring you some warming Cornish BBQ to enjoy at the display.
The beacon will be lit at 7pm and the display starts at 7.15pm. Entry to the display is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. Launceston Tourist Information Centre is selling family tickets for £12.50 which are available in advance only.
Thanksgiving bookings are now being taken at Firebrand Bar & Restaurant and head chef Eddie Thomson will be cooking up a special selection of American desserts to enjoy on 26 November 26. Phone 01566 770722 to book a table.
COOKERY COURSES AT PHILLEIGH WAY
Philleigh Way Cookery School‘s upcoming courses include fish cookery on Saturday 7 November and game cookery on 21 November.
Their courses for Christmas are as follows:
- Christmas cake decorating with guest tutor Christine Hawker, 9.30am to 1.30pm, 28 November and 4 December, £80 per person.
- Christmas cupcake course with Christine Hawker, 9.30am to 1.30pm, Sunday 15 November, £75 per person.
- Full day Christmas cookery course, where students will learnt to bake stollen and panettone, canapés, roast turkey and festive cocktails. 10am to 4pm, Saturday 5 December, £150 per person, including Christmas lunch and drinks.
For more information or to book a place please visit their website.
THE ARJOMANDI KITCHEN SUPPER CLUB
Kate Attlee’s new venture, The Arjomandi Kitchen, is a Persian supper club. The first event on 20 November sold out very quickly, so book now for the next event on Friday 22 January.
Guests will be seated on one of two tables of eight, and be served traditional Persian food with good wine in a relaxed environment.
In addition, you can book The Arjomandi Kitchen for a party or get-together. For a minimum of eight guests Kate will accommodate menu requests, Persian or otherwise.
Follow Kate on Twitter.
ST AUSTELL BAY MUSSELS AT THE GLOBE
After four months of being unable to harvest, St Austell Bay mussels are now back, and they have tonnes of them to shift. So to help them out The Globe in Fowey are having Mussel Madness for the whole month of November.
You can choose between five flavours – marinière, curry, provençal, snake bite or Asian – all served with crusty bread, and priced at £10.
For reservations visit their website or phone 01726 337076.
NEWS FROM RICK STEIN
There are so many fantastic things going on at Rick Stein’s restaurants across the county; here’s our pick of the best:
- Get fish and chips, bread and butter and a cup of tea/half pint of Cornish Korev for £7.95/£8.95 at Stein’s Fish and Chips.
- Enjoy three delicious courses for £12.50 (plus £2 cover charge donated to WaterAid) at St Petroc’s Bistro’s WaterAid charity lunches.
- Watch head pastry chef Stuart Pate create cherry pithivier, semi-freddo and macarons, and taste each one with a glass of wine, at the patisserie tasting evening on 12 November, £35 per person.
- Winter set lunches at The Seafood Restaurant are priced at £31 for three courses.
- The over 60’s can enjoy a vintage lunch of cod and chips with mushy peas and tartare sauce for £5.95 on Tuesday lunchtimes at Rick Stein’s Fish in Falmouth.
- Get a team together for The Cornish Arms’ pub quiz, on Sundays 1, 15 and 29 November. £2 per person, all proceeds to Padstow RNLI.
NOMINATE YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD PRODUCERS
Top chefs and food writers will judge the eight categories in regional heats across the UK, looking for leaders in fishing, farming and animal rearing, as well as artisans making the best products from the raw materials. Regional finalists will then be entered into the national judging heat in London, overseen by some of the top names in the food industry, to be announced early next year.
To nominate your favourite producers visit www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/produceawards.
NEWS FROM INKIE’S
Inkie’s have a had a successful first year, and are keen to share their news.
Karen and Debs serve authentic wood and charcoal smoked BBQ street food from their converted trailer, and the resultant juicy, smoky meat has gone down a storm with customers.
Inkie’s won the south heat of the British Street Food Awards in August, and after working with James Strawbridge at the Port Eliot Festival in summer, there are more collaborative projects on the horizon.
This year Inkie’s launched a range of artisan BBQ sauces and hand smoked garlic in delis and farm shops throughout Cornwall, and have just introduced their own Cornish air-dried live edge hardwood serving platters and boards.
With a book on the horizon too it looks like 2016 is going to be another busy year for Inkie’s. Don’t miss them at their usual trading spots in Liskeard and Bodmin, plus various pop ups and events.
CAMEL VALLEY VINTAGE REPORT 2015
A fantastic vintage report from Bob Lindo:
“For the third successive year we had no late spring frosts, and we were fortunate to have a burst of warm dry weather to coincide with flowering, so a good crop of grapes was set. We’ve seen quite a mix of weather over the summer – certainly plenty of rain, but enough sun to keep the grapes ripening nicely, although the onset of autumn and shorter days left us wondering if the huge crop would ripen sufficiently. And then our Indian summer arrived at last, ensuring the grapes were plump and succulent with perfect sweetness – so here’s to 2015 – a great winemaking year in the end.”
ESCAPE TO THE DRIFTWOOD
The Driftwood Hotel is offering dinner bed and breakfast packages from 1 November, with sea view rooms starting at £175 per night.
We can highly recommend the food in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. See previous blog.
The Snail’s Pace Café at Wenfordbridge is holding a Middle Eastern themed evening at 7.30pm on Friday 6 November.
All food is vegetarian, and the beautiful looking menu costs £22 per person. To book a place phone 01208 851178.
NOVEMBER NEWS FROM LUSTY GLAZE
To coincide with the launch of Lusty Glaze’s new winter cocktail menu, there will be two cocktail hours each week – between 5 and 7pm every Thursday and Sunday all cocktails are £5 each.
Sundays see a roast running alongside the usual winter day time menu, served from 12 noon until they run out. Booking recommended. And the Christmas in the Cove menu (for groups of twenty or more) starts in November too.
The Woodburner Sessions continue every Friday evening throughout November, with free entry.
Potluck has organised two events for November:
Chat and Eat Night by the fire at Scarlet Wines in Hayle, 6.30pm, Thursday 12 November. £19 per person.
Wild Woodland Adventure in Cardinham Woods, 10am to 12 noon, Saturday 21 November, £12.50 per family.
EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT POP
From 2pm on Sunday 1 November join in the “El dia de los muertos” party at POP in Wadebridge.
There will be Spanish and Mexican food, performances by Time to Shine club from Wadebridge and Starmakers Boscastle, plus party games, story telling, sugar skull icing, facepainting, papel picado and marigold making, and mojitos for the grown ups.
The Scarlet’s locals’ lunch offer for November and December looks fantastic. For £25 you can enjoy three courses and a glass of Camel Valley sparkling wine.
The sample menu includes a pickled mackerel salad, with celeriac remoulade and apples, followed by Gloucester Old Spot pork with red cabbage, parsnip purée and orange, and rounded off with a whiskey and honey parfait with blackberries and green apple sorbet.
Booking essential – phone 01637 861800 or book online. Available Monday to Saturday between 2 November and 22 December 2015.
With less than 100 copies of the photographic book Salt of the Earth left, there’s time to get your copy for Christmas.
The book contains photographs and biographies of fishermen and people associated with the fishing industry, all centred on the Cornish fishing port of Newlyn.
The book is available to buy online and is priced at £20. All proceeds go to The Fishermen’s Mission.
The Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair will be held at The Eden Project on 11 and 12 November. Tickets for the preview evening on the Wednesday are £25, including supper, and day tickets on the Thursday are £15, including a light lunch and entry to the biomes. There will be dozens of stalls selling food and drink, gifts, arts and crafts, and 15% of all sales are donated to Macmillan.
Scarlet Wines are launching a whisky club on Friday 6 November – £25 per person for an appetiser, main course and five whiskies with tasting notes. Their monthly feast night explores the wines of Portugal on 14 November, £28 per person.
We like the look of this wine supper at The Old Coastguard, hosted by Ben Robson of Bat and Bottle, on 20 November. Five delicious courses, including wine, £55 per person.
Congratulations to Launceston’s artisan bakery Little Bakehouse who won silver and bronze awards at the 2015 World Bread Awards.
Pompier will be popping up with an Indian Street Food Takeaway from 6 to 9pm on the first Friday of each month in Devoran village hall car park.
I have a feeling that the free pizza night at The Stable in Falmouth is going to be popular. From 6pm, Thursday 12 November. Form an orderly queue.
Congratulations to asparagus producer Tregassow Farm, which has been named as the The Carol Trewin South West Producer Of The Year 2015 at the Taste of the West Awards.
Pop-ups at POP in Wadebridge continue with Tiny Thai on 6 and 7 November.
James Strawbridge has taken over Lerryn River Stores, full of gorgeous produce. Drinks, snacks, lunches and cream teas also available.
Congratulations to Barry Horne on his appointment as head chef at Rafferty’s in St Merryn.
Nancarrow’s next feast takes place on Friday 6 November. Tickets are already sold out (sorry) but those lucky enough to have one can now upgrade to include a wine flight, as chosen by sommelier Debbie Warner, for £21.
The North Coast Wine Co.‘s Christmas tasting is at 6.30pm on Friday 20 November, £5 per person.
Paul Harwood’s next demo evening at his Fistral restaurant The Fish House is on 19 November. Four courses priced at £47 per person, including wine tastings.
The Social Dining Network‘s next event features a selection of barbecue style sharing platters and a rum tasting experience. £17.25 pp, 6.30pm, Wednesday 18 November at The Brig in Falmouth.
The Trereife Christmas Fair will take place from 20 to 22 November.
Trennick Mill (Boscawen Park in Truro) are holding a Mussel Night on 6 November. £20 per person includes 1/2 kg mussels, fries, aioli, sourdough and a glass of fizz. Phone 01872 272121 to book.
Aval Dor have launched a new Cornish gin, Stafford’s Gin. The base for Stafford’s Gin is their own Cornish potato vodka, rather than re-distilling a neutral grain spirit. The rosemary, lemon balm and bay used to infuse the gin are also grown on the farm. Available soon…
The Driftwood Spar’s Beer Festival of Two Halves takes place from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November in St Agnes.
We love the #outlawsgrubclub competition from Nathan Outlaw. The prize is amazing, with the lucky winner enjoying a seafood masterclass and a three night foodie getaway for two.
From November No 4 Peterville stops serving lunches, and is open as follows: Wednesday to Saturday evenings 7pm to 10.30pm, Saturday breakfast 10am to 1pm, Sunday brunch 10am to 2pm.
The Trenance Gardens Christmas Craft Fair will be held on 14 and 15 November in Newquay.
Polzeath Christmas Festival takes place on 28 November, with a decorated surfboard parade, live music, and plenty of food and drink.
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