THE FOODIE DIARY: NOVEMBER 2016
As I write this, November is just around the corner and Christmas will be here before we know it. Lots of restaurants and hotels have launched festive menus, but I’m glossing over that for now and concentrating on the fabulous autumnal produce that is adorning our tables.
Now is the time to feast on game and shellfish, root vegetables and squash, rich flavours and hearty warming fare. Make the most of Cornwall being quiet; get out there and enjoy the fresh air, then take advantage of some fantastic low season offers in hotels and restaurants.
We hope you enjoy the November issue of the Foodie Diary. Happy reading, and happy eating!
NEW AUTUMN MENU AT THE BEACH AT BUDE
The Beach at Bude’s new autumn menu is now being served in their dining room with a view. The menu changes weekly – announced on social media each Monday – and sample dishes include black pudding fritters with caramelised apple, poached egg and wholegrain mustard sauce; glazed pig cheek with ‘love it or hate it’ mash, braised carrots and pork jus; and a salmon fillet with charred orange, coriander, kim chi, wasabi mayo, pickled ginger and chilli dressing.
For dessert, tuck into a sticky toffee pudding with peanut butter ice cream and honeycomb, or cherry and dark chocolate cheesecake with cherry sorbet and toasted pistachios.
The lunch menu is remarkably good value, with two courses for £12.50 and three courses for £15, seven days a week. Visit thebeachatbude.co.uk or phone 01288 389800 for more information or to make a reservation.
Keep an eye out for their new cocktail menu too, launching early November. Happy hour runs daily from 4 to 6pm (15% discount on all drinks, or 25% if you have a loyalty card) with the same discount on the bar menu between 5.30 and 6.30pm.
Buttermilk has added two new festive flavours to its award-winning confectionery range: Mince Pie Crumbly Fudge and Cranberry and Orange Smooth Fudge. The new flavours are inspired by classic tastes of Christmas, each crammed with Buttermillk’s favourite winter spices and fruits.
They join Irish Cream Crumbly Fudge, back by popular demand, having previously won gold Great Taste and bronze Taste of the West awards.
All three products come in a 100g sharing box (£2.50) and a Christmas gift box is also available: a delicious 18 piece selection of festive fudge flavours including brandy butter, chocolate orange, and ginger (£9.99).
The products are available at Buttermilk’s Padstow and Port Isaac shops and online from buttermilk.co.uk.
Our favourite foodie event of the year is nearly here. This year’s Padstow Christmas Festival takes place from 1 to 4 December and is expected to attract over 50,000 visitors to the small harbour town.
If you love food (and you probably do if you are reading this) then don’t miss what promises to be a memorable few days. Considering the amazing line-up, it’s difficult to believe that the event is free to attend, and run by a team of volunteers.
Here are just a few of the superstar chefs you’ll be able to see at the festival: Rick Stein, Tom Kerridge, Angela Hartnett, Mitch Tonks, Nathan Outlaw, Nieves Barragán Mohacho, Simon Hulstone, Paul Ainsworth, Phil Vickery, Clare Smyth, Mark Sargeant, Ashley Palmer Watts and Tom Adams.
For full details, including practical information, chef line-up, demonstration timetable, stallholders and opening hours, visit padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk.
Delicious Magazine is running a brilliant competition to win a holiday in Padstow for the duration of the Christmas festival.
The prize is: four nights accommodation at Trevibban Mill, wine tasting and meal at Appleton’s, £100 voucher from St Austell Brewery, three course dinner and beer tasting at The Mariner’s, and two places on a cookery course at Rick Stein’s Seafood School.
Closing date 14 November. For full details and to enter visit deliciousmagazine.co.uk.
This year binTwo‘s festive wine tasting event will be held from 12 noon until 4pm (ish) on Saturday 19 November at The Drang Gallery in Padstow. The experts will guide you through their carefully selected wines, and help you choose the best accompaniments to your Christmas meal.
No tickets required (although an email would be appreciated so they know how many people to expect).
WINE TASTING AT THE ROSEVINE
Book now for a fantastic sounding wine tasting event on 15 December at The Rosevine.
The boozy banquet will commence with a guided wine tasting from local wine merchant Charles Steevenson Wines. Head chef Tim Pile will then provide starter and main course, followed by a cheese board.
Places are limited and are £40 per person. Phone 01872 580206 to book your place.
The hotel, recently included in The Times’ list of Ultimate 100 British Hotels, is also offering special room rates for ticket holders.
LUNCH AT THE CAREW ARMS
The Carew Arms is now serving lunch, every day between 12 and 2pm, and continues to serve supper between 6 and 9pm, seven days a week.
The new autumn menu features some delicious dishes, such as autumn squash soup with goats cheese beignets and crispy sage, and a mussel and sea greens risotto. Main courses could include a whole grilled sole with sautéed potatoes, brown shrimps, caper and sea greens, or tagliatelle with venison, red wine and peppercorn ragu.
The pub is also offering a weekday set lunch menu, priced at £12 for two courses, or £15 for three. The daily changing menu may include popular dishes such as hake with borlotti beans, chorizo and tomato, and Jack’s delicious dark chocolate brownie.
For more information and reservations visit carewarms.com.
SOCIAL MEDIA FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS WITH DAVID GRIFFEN
The three hour workshop is dedicated primarily (but not exclusively) to the region’s hospitality, food and drink brands, and will cover essential tips, tricks and techniques to ensure world-class social media photography, using a camera and/or phone.
ShelterBox is holding another Shine for ShelterBox campaign to raise awareness of disaster-stricken communities, in particular those who have been plunged into darkness.
Packs are available if you want to host an event in your own home. Get in touch via their website.
The campaign launch will take place at Carousel in London, hosted by Oliver Rowe and Olia Hercules, with Yurt Lush in Bristol and The Candlelight Club in London holding further events. More locally, candlelit evenings in Cornwall include The Ship Inn in Wadebridge (10 November) and Seven Souls Yard near Polzeath (19 November).
The St Michael’s Mount event on Friday 11 November sounds particularly special. Kicking off at 5.30pm with drinks at The Goldolphin Arms, The ShelterBox team will then light the way across the Causeway to the Mount, which will be illuminated for the evening. Supper in the Sail Loft will be followed by drinks back at The Godolphin Arms.
Nancarrow Farm held a spectacular candlelit feast in aid of ShelterBox last year (pictured), and will be hosting another on 7 December. Tickets are priced at £40 each and will go on sale in early November.
There is a full list of events, plus specially created recipes, on the ShelterBox website.
FEAST NIGHTS AT NANCARROW
Nancarrow Farm’s next feast nights (sold out I’m afraid) will take place on 28 October and 26 November.
Sign up to be the first to know about their three festive feast nights, to be held on 7, 9 and 16 December, all with B&B options available too. Be warned, tickets to these fantastic events sell out quickly! Highly recommended.
AUTUMN LUNCH AT THE IDLE ROCKS
The Idle Rocks‘ new autumn lunch menu features delicious dishes such as braised venison with poached quince and pickled mushrooms, and salt baked beetroot with whipped ewe’s curd, apple and truffle honey to start. Mains include braised beef cheek with aligot, spinach and gremolata, and Catch of the Day. If you can squeeze in a pud, then try the crème brûlée or caramelised bananas.
Two courses are priced at £27.50, and three courses are £35. There is currently a special offer, valid Monday to Friday until 30 November, with two courses and a glass of wine for £27.50, available when quoting ‘Autumn at The Idle Rocks’ when you book. Phone 01326 270270.
The menu for Watergate Bay’s Fish Curry Night on Friday 4 November has made my mouth water.
Expect prawn samosas, onion bhajis and coconut and ginger mussels to start, with grilled fish masala, methi curry, pilau rice and Bombay potatoes for the main course. A vegetarian option is also available (please pre-book).
There’ll also be a beach-side bonfire, music and dancing under the stars on the covered decking.
The evening kicks off at 7pm and is priced at £25 per person. For more information and to book online visit the website.
CELEBRATIONS AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL
To celebrate Fifteen Cornwall’s tenth birthday, customers will receive a complimentary third or fourth course from the full lunch menu this autumn, which is priced at £26 for two courses (with a complimentary third course) and £32 for three courses (with a complimentary fourth).
You can expect to see dishes such as: saltimbocca of rabbit with artichokes, mint and pecorino; pigeon with porcini and speck; bucatini with venison meatballs; poached brill with punterelle and anchovy; baked figs with zabaione and cobnuts; and vanilla arancini with poached plums.
To receive your discount code you need to register here, and your code can be redeemed Monday to Saturday, 31 October to 17 December.
PITT CUE / FIFTEEN CORNWALL COLLABORATION
Tom Adams, founder of Pitt Cue, and now also Coombeshead Farm, is collaborating with the Fifteen Cornwall team on Thursday 10 November. BBQ and meat enthusiast, Tom will join the Fifteen Cornwall chefs on the beach at Watergate Bay to slow-cook suckling pigs in a specially built fire-pit with speciality wood from the London Log Company.
Starting at 7pm, the evening of feasting will bring people together around eight tables of ten guests, with sharing plates and suckling pigs on each table.
Tickets are priced at £55. Full details of the evening and the menu are available online.
From 31 October to 27 November St Petroc’s Bistro is holding its annual charity lunches in aid of WaterAid. Three courses are priced at £12.50, plus a £2 cover charge donated directly to WaterAid.
The sample menu includes plaice goujons with tartare sauce or pork and herb terrine with beetroot chutney to start, followed by wild mushroom risotto or roast chicken with puy lentils and roasted tomatoes. Desserts include a white chocolate panna cotta, sticky toffee pudding, and banana and peanut butter parfait with salted caramel.
For reservations visit website or phone 01841 532700.
MEYER NAKEL WINE TASTING SUPPER AT THE OLD COASTGUARD
The Old Coastguard, which was awarded overall Wine List of the Year at the Imbibe awards last year, will be hosting a wine tasting supper on Friday 18 November.
This supper will be hosted by Dörte Näkel (pictured above with sister Meike) of the brilliant Meyer Näkel operation. The Meyer Näkels are at the forefront of the winemaking revolution in Germany and they will be visiting with their Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir).
7.30pm arrival, £60 per person. Tickets available from The Old Coastguard on 01736 796928.
Inkie’s Smokehouse BBQ has been trading from their converted horse box at Golitha Falls since taking over the lease from Cornwall Council in March 2016. They have also reopened and refurbished the public conveniences at Golitha, which are free of charge alongside free parking for all visitors.
Karen and Debs serve authentic smokehouse BBQ food, and I can vouch for it beingdelicious, with local meat cooked “low ‘n’ slow” to produce juicy, flavoursome dishes.
Following their successful summer, Inkie’s need to expand and hope to build a log cabin, with fitted kitchen, fire pit and comfortable year round seating, in the style of an American smokehouse restaurant. They are looking to raise £50,000 to fund their project. If you can help Inkie’s realise their dreams then please contribute to their funds via crowdfunder.co.uk.
Fish House Fistral is offering Foodie Diary readers a 10% discount on lunches, seven days a week until March, excluding school holidays.
To make a reservation phone 01637 872085 or visit thefishhousefistral.com and quote BAREFOOT.
The restaurant has recently launched their autumn menu and plans are afoot for a special demo night on 1 December.
NEWS FROM ST TUDY INN
There are two months to go until the new accommodation is revealed at St Tudy Inn; think calm, beautiful interiors in Emily Scott’s signature style. The four en-suite king-sized rooms will be dog-friendly, and the perfect place to rest your head after an evening enjoying the delicious food and drink on offer in the pub, which recently was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
The new autumn cocktail menu has recently launched, and features warming, seasonal concoctions such as a Sloe Eclipse (Gordon’s sloe gin, Dalston real lemonade and blackberries), a Blackberry Caipirinha (Abelha silver organic cachaça, fresh blackberries, sugar, lime and crème de cassis, topped with Graham Beck Brut) and a Spiced ‘n’ Stormy (Kraken spiced rum, Dalston ginger beer, lime and Angostura bitters). Worth a visit.
For full menus, opening hours and to make a reservation, visit sttudyinn.com.
The warm summer continues into autumn for Cornish winemaker Mark Hellyar, at Chateau Civrac near Bordeaux.
2015 saw the start of his first collaboration with Fifteen Cornwall for a special cuvée limited to 600 bottles, only available in the restaurant. 2016 has seen collaborations with chefs over the autumn and new wines will be announced in November.
Mark said “I’m really enjoying the opportunity to work with individuals to make a special wine. Each person brings a new energy which keeps me inspired”
For your nearist stockist, or to buy online, visit chateaucivrac.com.
They are promising “fresh pancakes, awesome shakes and smoothies, award winning burgers, own recipe hotdogs, sous-vide short ribs, and locally harvested seafood and shellfish”, and will be open from breakfast through to late evening.
They will also be opening “Sam’s Skinny Kitsch”, with deliciously healthy food for those with special dietary needs.
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Enjoy a few nibbles while watching the demo, then tuck into roast turkey, dauphinoise potatoes and French greens, followed by mincemeat frangipane tart and clotted cream.
BYO wine (no corkage charge), glasses and ice buckets will be provided. Hot and soft drinks will be available to purchase.
Tickets are available online, priced at £22.50.
Philleigh Way Cookery School has lined up two supper clubs with guest chef Lee Skeet, who has moved to Cornwall after stints at a host of renowned restaurants in London and abroad, and intends to open his first restaurant in St Ives.
The sample set menu for the first supper looks fabulous, and includes hot and cold oysters (baked with bone marrow, and a tartare of aged beef and oyster with cured seaweed); roast cauliflower with clams, grape and chervil; turbot with shellfish ragu; and pistachio crème patissiere with figs.
7pm start, Saturday 19 November and Friday 9 December. Tickets are priced at £40 and are available online. Booking essential.
There are also a few places left on the Weber Winter Warmer barbecue course on 6 November, priced at £99.
SUNDAY LUNCH AT CHAPTER 1 RESTAURANT
For a special lunch, try Tom Mackins’ Sunday roast at Chapter 1 Restaurant in Newquay. Served between 12 noon and 2.30pm, roast beef and a dessert is priced at £18.95.
Autumn/winter opening hour are now in place, and dinner is available from 6.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. I can highly recommend Tom’s cooking – see here.
Phone 01637 499263 to make a reservation.
Cornwall Christmas Box is running its fantastic scheme again this year, collecting “Christmas lunch in a box” to distribute to families in need in Cornwall. Last year they provided 120 families with lunch, feeding an estimated 500-600 people.
You can help this year by donating food; why not put together a box with friends or colleagues? Each box needs to contain specific non-perishable items and taken to your nearest drop off point in December.
Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details, including drop off and collection dates.
The annual Macmillan Christmas Fair will be held at the Eden Project on 16 and 17 November.
With over 50 stalls (food and drink producers, gifts, arts and crafts) to browse in the link building, it’s the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping.
The Preview and Shopping Evening is from 5pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday 16 November; tickets are £25 which includes wine and supper. The Day Fair is from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 17 November; tickets are £15 which includes entry to Eden, a light lunch, and a glass of wine or soft drink.
15% of all sales at the event will be donated to Macmillan. Tickets are available to buy online.
The Idle Rocks Hotel will be welcoming Jude Kereama (of Kota in Porthleven) to theirSouth West Weekend on Saturday 19 November, along with Josh Eggleton (The Pony and Trap), Simon Hulstone (The Elephant) and The Idle Rocks’ head chef Guy Owen.
The chefs will be preparing a mouthwatering feast, kicking off with a glass of Cornish Knightor sparkling wine, canapés and bread freshly baked by Guy and his team.
Simon Hulstone will present the first dish: Brixham crab salad, pea mousse, mango and dashi sorbet with Tellicherry pepper crackers, followed by Josh Eggleton and his dish of spiced monkfish, cauliflower, and mussel barigoule.
Guy will present the main course of braised Cornish beef short rib, radish, broccoli, honey and soy, and to complete the meal, a chocolate tart with miso caramel, ginger and hazelnut will be presented by Jude Kereama.
There are a limited number of tickets for local residents, priced at £75 each, or you can book in for the whole South West Weekend. Prices start at £430 for two nights for two people, including breakfast each morning and the special dinner.
DINNER AND MOVIE NIGHTS AT ST MAWES CINEMA
The St Mawes Cinema has opened at the St Mawes Hotel and they have launched their brilliant winter events for November and December.
There are dinner and movie nights, midweek lunch and movie, family Sunday lunch and movie and sporting event with food. November’s films include Finding Dory (Sunday 6 Nov, £27 adults, £20 children, 2 course lunch and film), the Brazilian Grand Prix (Sunday 13 Nov, £25, burger and beer and screening) and Gravity (Friday 18 November, £29, two course dinner and film).
Check out their website or give them a call on 0136 270170 for more details.
EVENTS AT THE ART OF WINE
Truro’s The Art of Wine is holding two wine tasting events this month, the first being Meet the Winemaker, with Josh Schrapel from Australia’s Barossa Valley on 3 November. On 17 November the French wine selection has been chosen to complement a traditional Christmas meal.
Tickets for both events are £15 per person, available from the shop, or phone 01872 270032.
RNLI DINNER AT THE HARBOUR FISH & GRILL
The delicious five course menu is £40 per person, and includes confit of cod, bronzed blade of beef, and a chocolate mille-feuille. There will also be live entertainment and an auction, and all proceeds will go to the RNLI.
To book your tickets phone 01637 839308.
TARQUIN’S NEW LIMITED EDITION EDEN GIN
Look at this gorgeous bottle, Southwestern Distillery’s latest gin created in collaboration with the Eden Project. The gin has been made with some of the exotic botanicals grown in the biomes, including baobab and Grains of Paradise. For more gin-related news, see below.
Congratulations to Dolly’s in Falmouth for their cracking new gin menu which now features 126 gins.
Camel Valley wines are now available across the globe, including Nathan Outlaw’s restaurant at the 7-star Burj Al Arab in Dubai, and from 67 Wine in New York.
At the time of writing, spaces were still available on 4 and 5 November for Coombeshead Farm‘s Bonfire Night celebrations. Expect tasty seasonal food and spiced cider.
The perfect Christmas pressie for a green-fingered friend, Padstow Kitchen Garden‘s 2017 vegetable gardening courses are now available to buy online (as a voucher).
Traditional (and delicious) Sunday roasts are back for winter at the Cornish Arms in St Merryn, served between 12 noon and 3pm each Sunday during winter. Prices as follows: 1 course £13.95 | 2 courses £19.95 | 3 courses £23.95.
Woody’s Pizza is now popping up with their wood-fired pizza outside The Institute in Crackington Haven every Tuesday from 5 to 8.30pm.
Rosewarne Manor‘s monthly tasting menu evening will be held on Friday 25 November. 7 courses are priced at £45 per person.
Look out for #CookforSyria events in November, a month-long celebration of Syrian cuisine in aid of the humanitarian crisis in the region.
We’ve heard good things about new café and deli Short and Strong open daily between 8am and 4pm in Charlestown. Their coffee and cakes come highly recommended.
Newquay Music and Ale Festival takes place from 25 to 27 November, with doors open 10am to 11pm each day. Tickets from £5, available from newquayalefestival.co.uk.
If you have news for the December Foodie Diary please send information by email to reach us by 20 November.