THE FOODIE DIARY: NOVEMBER 2017
Here’s our unmissable guide to what to eat and where to feast in Cornwall this month. From candlelit yurts and charity lunches to food festivals and film nights, we’ve got it covered.
Happy reading, and happy eating!
Previously known as Hay Studio, Camel Studio near Wadebridge has changed hands, and the new owners have planned some fantastic events over the next couple of months.
There are two feast nights in their calendar, when chef Liam Smith-Laing (ex-Marcus Wareing, Gordon Ramsay and exec chef at Bluebird in Chelsea) will be serving up some delicious-sounding food.
The first event is on 11 November, with a three-course feast of Mediterranean-inspired food. £25pp, cash bar. For full menu, details, and to book tickets, visit website.
The menu for the festive feast night on 9 December is still to be confirmed, but expect huge sharing plates of hearty, festive fare. £30pp, cash bar, for menu and tickets see website.
Nancarrow Farm is hosting several atmospheric feasts over the coming weeks.
Their Shine for ShelterBox supper will be held on 6 December, where the beautiful barn will be candlelit, and a proportion of the proceeds will be donated to the charity.
Festive feasts will take place on 2, 9 and 13 December, and I’ve heard mutterings about family-friendly events on certain Sundays. Watch this space!
NB if you attended one of the 1,000 Mouths events at Nancarrow in October, you may have spotted John Craven and a film crew on the farm. Don’t miss BBC Countryfile on Sunday 22 October.
SAVE THE DATE: PADSTOW CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Serious foodies should mark 7 to 10 December in their diaries, and head to Padstow for the county’s biggest food festival.
Over four days Padstow welcomes an incredible line up of demo-ing chefs (including Angela Hartnett, Nathan Outlaw, Tom Kerridge, Rick and Jack Stein, Brian Turner, Michael Caines and Paul Ainsworth to name but a few) and over a hundred food and drink producers and craft stalls in the Christmas market. There’ll be a packed timetable of festivities, with the spectacular firework display over the harbour on the Friday evening being one of the highlights.
Sainsbury’s magazine is currently running a brilliant competition to win a three night stay in Padstow during the festival. The prize includes three nights’ accommodation, two places on a cookery course at Rick Stein’s Cookery School, a meal at Rojano’s, and a hamper full of Cornish goodies. Closing date 13 November. Enter here.
For further information, visit the festival website, padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk.
MARGOT’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL MENU
As part of the festival celebrations, Margot’s will be hosting guest chefs to cook their menus from 7 to 10 December.
Alan Bird is cooking an amazing sounding menu on Friday 8 December, and Russell Brown (of Creative about Cuisine, and previously of Michelin-star winning Sienna in Dorset) will be heading up the kitchen on Saturday 9 December.
WINE DINNER AT THE BEACH AT BUDE
The Beach at Bude is planning another wine dinner for November. Watch this space for more details.
Judging by the wine dinner we attended earlier this year (see here) guests will not be disappointed. We enjoyed some spectacular food and plentiful wine in the hotel’s fantastic restaurant.
FESTIVE LUNCHES AT THE ALVERTON
The festive afternoon tea is priced at £15 per person and is much like a traditional afternoon tea, but with a festive twist. Imagine mini mince pies, mini Christmas puds, and turkey and cranberry sandwiches.
The hotel is also offering a Christmas break with a big food focus, which is getting booked up quickly. There is a full break down of what’s included here – it sounds very indulgent and relaxing, and perfect for those who don’t want the hassle of hosting Christmas at home.
SHINE FOR SHELTERBOX EVENTS
Now in its third year, Shine for ShelterBox is an annual campaign from Cornish (and global) charity ShelterBox, which currently has a team on the ground helping those made homeless by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. This year’s events run from 20 October and throughout November, with the aim of raising money for “people who need light in their lives”.
We’ve previewed the Shine for ShelterBox suppers in another blog – see here – and they include events at Nancarrow Farm, Appleton’s at the Vineyard, The Ship Inn, The Goldophin Arms, and Amélie’s.
BEAUTIFUL AND THE FEAST‘S TEMPLE
Caterers Keda and Will of Beautiful & The Feast are partnering with their friends Karen and Conrad Allen of Venn Farm, to create Temple, a new café/restaurant and retail space near Summerleaze Beach in Bude.
Due to open at the end of November, Temple will serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and small plates, six days a week over winter and every day during summer. There’ll be a full evening events schedule, with feasts, parties and pop-ups planned.
Expect seriously flavoursome and beautifully wholesome food, including great coffee and craft beers, baked goods from the likes of Coombeshead Farm and Exploding Bakery, delicious cocktails, long boozy brunches and after work snacks.
The seasonal menus will feature small plates to share, nourishing salads and huge sandwiches, like the grilled cheese and kimchi sandwich pictured above. (Photo by Calum Creasy.)
The owners’ vision is “to create somewhere the locals call their own but also somewhere that draws new vibrant people to Bude and helps showcase this next-level town. This is a chance for us to combine all of the things we love into a menu which gets people excited about food and gives them the chance to experience new delicate and unusual flavours. As with Beautiful & The Feast we always aim to make food which encourages people to share, brings people together and creates conversation.”
Alongside the food and drink, there will also be a selection of menswear brands and some lifestyle pieces too. Keep an eye on Facebook to keep up to date on this exciting new venture.
AUTUMN SET MENU AT THE CAREW ARMS
Autumn must be a wonderful time for chefs, with so much amazing garden produce, fish and game in season.
The Carew Arms is lucky enough to have access to some of the best ingredients from the local Antony Estate. Take a look at their set lunch menu (this one is from 18 October) priced at a very reasonable £12 for two courses/£16 for three courses:
- Sweet potato & carrot soup.
- Antony Estate venison, chestnut mushroom and green peppercorn pie, and red cabbage or hake with purple sprouting broccoli, crushed new potatoes and lemon beurre noisette.
- Dark chocolate brownie, chocolate soil, salted caramel ice cream.
A set menu is available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday lunchtimes, and Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
The Carew Arms has just been ranked as one of the ten Regional Standouts in England in the 2018 Michelin Guide, and is most definitely worth a visit. For more information or to make a reservation, visit carewarms.com.
The hugely popular WaterAid charity lunches at St Petroc’s Bistro in Padstow run from Monday 30 October to Sunday 3 December.
Three courses are priced at £13.95, plus a £2 cover charge donated directly to WaterAid.
The sample menu includes a starter of cauliflower soup, with aubergine caviar, curry oil and croutons, and main courses of braised beef with smoked mashed potato, sweet and sour onion and artichoke, or salmon fishcakes with pickled cucumber, tartare sauce and watercress. For dessert expect dishes such as meringue with poached pears and white chocolate mousse, and vanilla panna cotta with blackberries and candied pistachios.
To book a table, visit website.
Wild Tipi and Pencoose Pantry are joining forces for twelve fabulous feast nights in Cardinham Woods between 28 November and 19 December.
There are three types of evening to choose from: fine dining feasts (£45pp), big pan parties (£35pp), and family Christmas Ceilidh nights (£25pp, £10 for under 10s, free for under 3s).
Tickets and menus are available at wildtipi.co.uk/feast.
There will be a pop-up pizza oven in the pottery’s soda kiln, and a bar in the Clore Studio.
Guests will enjoy live music and will also have the opportunity to decorate and fire their own raku pot, taking it away with them on the night.
Entry to the event is free, while food, drinks and participation in the raku firing will all be charged on the night. The Leach Pottery Shop will also be open during the event, with a 10% discount on all sales.
NEWS FROM PHILLEIGH WAY
There are some lovely cookery courses taking place at Philleigh Way Cookery School over the next few weeks.
The Weber Winter Warmer Course on 12 November will teach students how to cook a Sunday roast in a barbecue – even a Christmas turkey! – as well as other techniques for grilling, smoking and baking. £99pp, which includes a five course lunch.
On 22 November the French and American Breads Course includes five demos and four practical sessions. Students will learn how to bake classic breads including baguettes, brioche, croissants, bagels and cornbread. £135pp.
Ben Tunnicliffe’s pub, The Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn, will host a ‘Feed The 300’ celebration in November to commemorate its 300th birthday.
300 guests will dine on a three-course menu, with tables available every Wednesday and Thursday evening throughout November.
The menu is priced at £28 per person and includes recipes for recreating the dishes at home and a £10 voucher for a return visit; an optional wine flight will also be available.
For a sample menu, reservations and more information visit tolcarneinn.co.uk.
The gorgeous St Mawes Hotel has a 25-seat Hidden Cinema, which will host live-screenings from the stages of The Royal Opera House and National Theatre this winter. Performances include Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, The Nutcracker and Hamlet. For a full list of events, visit stmaweshotel.com.
On Fridays, there are dinner and movie nights. Guests can dine at 6.30pm, with the film shown at 8.30pm. £29 per person, including two courses from the dinner menu.
Autumn Movie Nights will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays, £15pp including popcorn, and during half term there’ll be a series of children’s films, £15 for adults, £10 for children.
The Hidden Cinema can be hired for your own private screening, from £150 including popcorn. For more information phone 01326 270170 or email [email protected].
NEW CORNISH RUM: KALKAR
The Cornish Distilling Co. is based at Norton Barton Artisan Food Village near Bude, and has created one of Cornwall’s first scratch distilled rums.
Having completed a PhD in Chemistry, head distiller Tom Read has combined his scientific knowledge with exceptional ingredients to create Kalkar, a Cornish distilled rum, blended with single-origin cold brew coffee.
Tom says: “The single origin coffee provides notes of fresh espresso and chocolate, while the rum I have made adds fruit with hints of spice and a good bite to finish. Just a touch of sugar is added to balance the drink. I love it and can’t wait to get it out there for others to try.”
He recommends drinking Kalkar on its own with a cube of ice, mixed with coconut water as a tall drink, as an addition to an espresso martini, or poured over ice cream for an extra special affogato.
Kalkar won 3 gold stars at the 2017 Great Taste Awards, an exceptional achievement, especially for a first product. 70cl bottle, £35 + P&P, buy online.
3 November Atlantic Wine Supper at The Old Coastguard
Ben Llewelyn from Carte Blanche Wines will be introducing a selection of Atlantic wines, with accompanying menu. £60 pp, book direct.
3 November Feast and Flames at The Leach Pottery
3 November Burger & Beer Night at Greens of Padstow
Enjoy a burger and beer for £15 per person from 5.30pm to 8pm. Phone 01841 532002 to book your space.
5 November The Market at Crantock
From 8am to 1pm, at the cricket field and village hall in Crantock, The Market brings together food, yoga, running and live music.
Appleton’s Shine event is a five course Italian feast, priced at £45 per person, with an optional wine flight for £30, introduced by sommelier Gordon Lawrence. See Facebook for more info.
9 November Shine for ShelterBox at The Ship Inn
This event at Wadebridge pub The Ship Inn is priced at £16.50pp which includes a main course and a £5 donation to ShelterBox. Buy tickets online.
10 November Pop-up curry night with Ben Tunnicliffe
MahaMasala joins Ben Tunnicliffe at his Sennen restaurant for an Indian feast. £40pp. Full details here.
10 November Winter Fair at The Old Coastguard
11am to 3pm, winter craft fair with works and produce from local artists and food and drink producers, at The Old Coastguard in Mousehole.
11 November Chef Night Experience at The Idle Rocks
Gareth Ward of Ynyshir, Mark Poynton of Alimentum and James Knappett from Bubbledogs and Kitchen Table, will join forces with Idle Rocks’ head chef Guy Owen and his team for one special night. Guests will enjoy an eight course-tasting menu with each chef presenting two dishes throughout the evening. For full details see here.
11 November Shine for ShelterBox at The Godolphin Arms
The Godolphin Arms’ ShelterBox menu is Caribbean-themed, and priced at £27pp, book online.
11 November Feast at Camel Studio
15 November Taparty with Potluck Cornwall
A Spanish themed evening, for full details see Facebook.
15 & 16 November Macmillan Christmas Fair
A huge range of food and drink, arts and crafts stall, at this wonderful Christmas Fair at the Eden Project. Tickets available online.
All proceeds from this lunch are going to the charity, thanks to the generosity of The Driftwood Hotel and its suppliers. Tickets sold out in record time!
Meet like-minded food-lovers for a two course meal, £22pp including welcome drink. Buy tickets here.
25 November Christmas Party at The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay
The first of three Christmas events, book now for a three course festive menu, with beach bonfire and live music, followed by a DJ set. £35pp with special rates on accommodation. Phone 01637 861295 or see website for reservations.
1 December Shine for ShelterBox at Amélie’s, Porthleven
The menu for the candlelit supper at Amélies will be inspired by the Caribbean, and accompanied by live music. Tickets are priced at £25 for three courses. For more info phone 01326 653653 or visit website.
2 December Festive Feast at Nancarrow Farm
6 December Shine for ShelterBox at Nancarrow Farm
The menu for Nancarrow Farm’s Shine event is still to be confirmed, but expect a beautiful candlelit feast in the magical oak barn. Tickets will be available to buy online soon.
7 December Josh Eggleton guest chef at Kota
Josh Eggleton joins Jude Kereama for a six course extravaganza, priced at £75pp including an arrival drink, coffee and petits fours. Optional wine flight, price TBC. Phone 01326 562407 to book.
7-10 December Padstow Christmas Festival
The best Christmas event in the county!
9 December Wine Tasting Dinner at The Rosevine
Wine merchant Steevenson Wines will host wine games including blind tasting, which will be followed by a four course dinner with matching wines. £45pp, special room rates available. Phone 01872 580206 or visit website for reservations.
9 December Village Christmas Feast, The Old Coastguard
A one-off Christmas lunch for people lucky enough to live near The Old Coastguard. £19.50 for three courses.
9 December Festive feast at Camel Studio
9 & 13 December Festive Feasts at Nancarrow Farm
14 December Christmas Party at The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay
Congratulations to Cornwall’s super star chefs who’ve retained their Michelin stars for 2018: Nathan Outlaw has two stars for his eponymous fine-dining restaurant in Port Isaac, and one star at his Fish Kitchen. Paul Ainsworth and Chris Eden have both retained their stars at Paul Ainsworth at Number Six and The Driftwood respectively.
Appleton’s at the Vineyard has moved upstairs at Trevibban Mill. The restaurant now fills a much larger space, and has its own bar, so guests can enjoy a wider selection of wines with their food.
Congratulations to all those shortlisted, and good luck for the final on 2 November, when the Cornwall Tourism Awards winners will be announced. Up for Restaurant of the Year are Amélie’s in Porthleven, The Fish House at Fistral, and The Star Castle Restaurant on St Mary’s. Tourism Pub of the Year contenders are The Pandora Inn, The Blue Peter Inn at Polperro, and The Gurnard’s Head. Finalists in Café/Tearoom of the Year are Boscastle Farm Shop and Café, Talland Bay Beach Café, The Cornish Pantry at Cornish Gold, and The Thirstea Co..
After relocating to Penperth Farm earlier in the year, Midtown Deli has re-opened in Truro, with a new café space on the mezzanine of United Colours of Benetton. Penperth Farm, on the Roseland, remains open for business.
Please email us with any December food news by 20 November.