THE FOODIE DIARY: NOVEMBER 2018
Welcome to the November Foodie Diary, our latest round-up of what’s happening on the Cornish food scene. Scroll down for diary dates throughout November, and a few key dates for December.
The team at Nancarrow Farm is busy working on a new project for spring, renovating the old garages next to the lambing shed. Here they will be creating a space for guests to spend a day at Nancarrow, to experience farm life, and learn new skills.
Upcoming workshops will include a butchery class, where you can hone your knife skills and learn about cuts of meat, and a larder lesson in the art of pickling and preserving.
Throughout November, Appleton’s is running a fabulous promotion, with a bowl of pasta and a glass of Prosecco (or a bottle of Peroni or soft drink) for just £10. With Andy Appleton’s pasta dishes being so mouthwateringly delicious, this is possibly too good to be true!
The offer is available every lunchtime from Wednesday to Saturday throughout November. To book a table, visit appletonsatthevineyard.com.
Following several successful workshops in Cornwall over the past twelve months, Matt Inwood is returning to Nancarrow Farm to teach two further Instagram and phone/food photography courses. These workshops are designed for anyone with a passion for food and/or photography, whether you work in the industry or just love to eat!
The first workshop is an introduction to Instagram and phone photography, and takes place on Monday 26 November. For full details or to book a place see here.
On the second date, Tuesday 27 November, Matt will be teaching his brand new advanced food styling and iPhone photography course for the first time. See more here.
Both dates are priced at £90 (+ VAT + Eventbrite booking fee = £112.91) and the day long workshop includes plentiful refreshments and a delicious two course Instagram-friendly Nancarrow lunch.
The team from Amélies in Porthleven has created a series of events on the Port Eliot Estate, kicking off with candlelit festive feasts on 7, 8 and 15 December, which will be held in the beautiful orangerie.
The evening will begin with spiced mulled wine and canapés, with three sumptuous courses being followed by live music and dancing. For the full menu and to buy tickets (£42pp) see here.
Next year’s events include a punk opera (The Crocodile of Old Kang Pow – read a review here) with decadent Italian food in March, a 1920s themed party in May, a summer solstice picnic supper by the river in June, and an al fresco artisan feast in the walled garden in August.
Full details of all events can be found at ameliesevents.co.uk.
Inspired by Jamie and Gennaro’s tour around Italy, Fifteen Cornwall’s professional chefs have been passing on their favourite Italian recipes to the Fifteen Apprentices.
Some of these best-loved dishes are featured in Fifteen’s new autumn All Italian lunch menu; the sample menu includes dishes such as cauliflower risotto with anchovy pangrattato, and sourdough and sage tortellini with lemon and sage butter sauce.
The menu is available from Monday to Saturday from until 21 December, with two courses for £21, and three for £25.
Masterchef quarter-finalist Kate Attlee is running a series of demo-lessons at her home in central Truro. Kate will be teaching/demonstrating a number of Persian dishes, which will be combined to create a complete meal to be enjoyed by the group for lunch together at the end of the session.
In addition to going home with knowledge of new and authentic Iranian dishes (recipe cards provided), guests will also be able to enjoy learning alongside like-minded individuals and chatting with Kate in the comfort of her home.
Kate will also be cooking at a special supper club with Emily Scott at St Tudy Inn (which has just retained its Michelin Bib Gourmand for the third year running) on 24 November. For more details see diary dates below.
Bessie Ellen, one of the last remaining West Country trading ketches, will soon land in Falmouth to deliver the New Dawn Traders and its cargo of extra virgin olive oil, almonds, goji berries and biodynamic wines from Portugal, and hand-harvested sea salt from Noirmoutier.
To celebrate their arrival, they will be holding a night of firelit feasting, drinks and music at The Kitchen in Falmouth’s Old Brewery Yard, serving up delicious ingredients landed straight from the vessel.
The feast tickets (limited to 30 places) are priced at £30pp (and include a 500ml bottle of olive oil to take home) and from 9pm there will be a “Port and Cheese After Party”, £10pp. For more info and to buy tickets see here.
Local (from as close to Padstow as possible) seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes are cooked in the wood-fired oven, and are packed with interesting flavours with a Middle Eastern influence.
Small plates on the current menu include wonderful-sounding combinations, such as partridge with ‘nduja butter and charred lemon, king oyster mushrooms with shoestring fries, confit egg yolk and truffle oil, and aubergine with pine nuts, pomegranate, buttermilk and sumac. Large plates include a Philip Warren T-Bone steak for two, and a whole wild sea bass with smoked harissa butter for four to share.
To see the full menu or to make a booking, visit barnabyspadstow.com.
From 5 November to 2 December, St Petroc’s Bistro in Padstow will be holding a month of charity lunches to raise funds for Beach Guardian, a local project to tackle the issue of single use plastics through organising beach cleans, delivering educational activities in schools, and hosting other events in the community.
The sample menu includes French onion soup or salmon fish cakes to start, main courses of roasted hake with spring onion mash and soy butter sauce, or parmigiana di melanzane, and crema Catalana or sticky toffee pudding to finish.
The lunches run from noon until 4pm every day until 2 December, and are priced at £15.95 for three courses, plus a £2 cover charge which will be donated directly to Beach Guardian.
For full details, or to book a table, see here.
OTHER NEWS FROM RICK STEIN
There are various winter offers on at Rick Stein’s Cornish restaurants, including:
Rick Stein, Fistral
- Fizz and chips for £9.95 – classic cod and chips with a glass of Prosecco, available every day.
- Surf Therapy suppers for the Wave Project. Choose fish and chips, Goan chicken curry or Goan veg curry, plus a can of Korev or soft drink, for £9.95, with £1 gong directly to the Wave Project. Monthly over winter, including 15 November and 13 December.
- Student suppers – every Thursday throughout winter, students can enjoy Goan veg curry or vegetable makanawala for £4.95.
Stein’s Fish and Chips
Cod and chips with a cup of tea for £7.95. Available every day for lunch or dinner.
Rick Stein, Porthleven
Vintage lunches for £6.95. If you’re over 60, you can enjoy lunch in Porthleven each Thursday, with a choice of classic fish and chips, herring milts on toasted brioche, or a vegetarian option.
If you’re after a winter weekend breakfast with a view, Fifteen Cornwall’s new menu is worth a try. Dishes range from winter warmers, such as the head chef’s porridge, to health-boosting options in the ultimate green breakfast, with poached eggs, avocado, kale and buckwheat.
The much-loved Fifteen fry up remains on the menu, and the deliciously fluffy ricotta hot cakes will keep the kids happy while you watch the waves below. For the full menu and to book a table, visit Fifteen’s website.
Ben Tunnicliffe has created a menu of his favourite comfort dishes for this month’s Winter Warmer Wine Suppers, featuring the best of the catch from Newlyn Fish Market and local seasonal produce.
Starters include seared scallops with black pudding, cauliflower, capers and raisins, and fillet of mackerel with celeriac, chicory, smoked shrimp and preserved lemon dressing. For the main course, options include fillet of hake with raisin and thyme onions, piccolo parsnips, kale and red wine, and jumbo plaice fillets with mussels, leeks, mushrooms and roasted garlic mash. For pud, choose between mango and Malibu mousse, chocolate and cardamom tart, and a steamed hazelnut and poppy seed cake.
A matching wine flight is available for £15, with a carefully chosen selection of wines by Ellis Wharton Wines.
The menu is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in November and is priced at £28 for three courses. Phone 01736 363074 to book.
6 November Yoga Brunch at Boconnoc
Newquay based instructor Jasmine Lambert will be running a 75 minute yoga session at Boconnoc on 6 November, which will be followed by a vegetarian brunch (with a refreshing and energising juice, and a selection of salads, soups, main dishes and balanced sweet treats) cooked by private chef Inge Van Assche. £40pp, book online.
8 November Knightor Wine Tasting at The Wine Store
Knightor’s winemaker will be joining the team at The Winestore in Charlestown for a special wine tasting. Guests will enjoy a tutored tasting of a range of Knightor’s wine, along with nibbles. £20pp, places must be booked in advance by phoning 01726 61777 or emailing [email protected].
8 November Demo night at The Fish House Fistral
Congratulations to The Fish House, recently awarded Restaurant of the Year in the Cornwall Tourism Awards. Chef patron Paul Harwood will be doing a cookery demo before this five course feast, and Nigel from Experience Wines will be matching wines to each of the courses. £60pp for the five courses and wine included. Phone 01637 872085 or email to book a place.
9 November Bonfire Inspired Feast at Knightor
Enjoy a cocktail and nibbles before the feast begins in the cosy winery barn at 6:30pm. The menu looks hearty and comforting: Jerusalem artichoke soup with crispy leeks and wild mushrooms; slow roasted pork belly with fire baked potatoes, pumpkin and sage mash, sautéed kale, kohlrabi and hazelnuts, and mulled cider gravy; and hot toddy poached pears with gingerbread, toffee sauce, honeycomb and ginger ice cream to finish. £26.95 per person, book online.
This charity dinner at Senara Restaurant at Truro and Penwith College is in aid of the Fishermen’s Mission. Tickets are £60pp, which includes drinks (chosen by Fifteen Cornwall sommelier Elly Owen), canapés, a fishy feast, dessert and coffee (from Origin). Dishes will be cooked by Jude Kereama, Stephane Delourme, Mick Smith, Stuart Pate, Ben Tunnicliffe, Guy Owen, Emily Scott and Sophie Thompson, and the evening will be hosted by BBC’s Tiffany Truscott with entertainment from Flats and Sharps and the Cadgwith Singers. Booking essential, call 01736 335215.
A drop in wine tasting event (no need to book) to celebrate the release of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. The Winestore will be serving three wines from different producers, all available by the glass, plus the tapas and small plates menu will be available with cheeses from the Beaujolais region. From 6pm.
17 November binTwo Christmas Wine Tasting
From 12pm to 4.30pm, join the binTwo wine experts for a Christmas wine tasting at The Drang Gallery in Padstow, and choose some special tipples for the festive period. No ticket required, but please ping them an email so they have an idea of numbers.
17 November The Cornish Winter Fair
This year’s Cornish Winter Fair is a free event, held entirely undercover, and runs from 10am until 5pm on Saturday 17 November at the Royal Cornwall Showground. There will be plenty of farm animals that you can get up close to, a food and farming educational discovery zone, and a huge array of local craft, food, drink and trade stands. The event incorporates the Wadebridge Prime Stock Show, which has been running for 140 years, with a packed schedule of cattle and sheep showing, produce, craft and cookery classes. Full details on website.
Potluck Cornwall’s 26th Chat & Eat Night will be held at Yue, a Chinese restaurant in Truro. £20pp includes a two course buffet style supper, and after-dinner tea. Book here.
21 November Wadebridge Wines Christmas Wine Tasting
Wadebridge Wines’ annual Christmas wine tasting event is always a fun evening. There will be a wide range of wines, whiskey, madeira and ports to taste, with the producers on hand to answer your questions and give advice. If you would like an invitation, join the mailing list and you will receive one in your inbox. Alternatively, you can pop into the shop.
23 November French Bistro Feast at Knightor
The classic French menu for this feast night at Knightor Winery looks delicious – French bistro dishes created using the finest Cornish produce. Tickets are priced at £26.95pp, which includes a cocktail and nibbles, followed by the four course feast. For full details and to see the menu see here.
23 November Vegan Supper at The Old Coastguard
The Old Coastguard is hosting its first Vegan Supper this month. Head chef Matt Smith has designed a menu to celebrate produce, seasonality, and flavour, achieving the same depth of flavour, thought and understanding that would go into a meat or fish dish. £30 per head, with matching wines available for an extra charge. Booking essential.
Emily Scott, chef patron at St Tudy Inn, will be joined by Kate Attlee for this lovely-sounding supper club event. The three course meal will be cooked by both chefs, and is designed to show off both their cooking styles: Emily’s modern British cuisine and Kate’s Persian dishes. £65pp, including a cocktail and canapés, matching wines from Chateau Civrac, and tea/coffee. Phone 01208 850656 to book.
Buchanan Wines Cornwall and Surfside Polzeath are teaming up for a series of two course seasonal meals, matched with intriguing and interesting wines (available by the glass or bottle). Tickets are £22.50 (buy online) and include all food, with wine and soft drinks available to buy on the night.
25 November Bloody INKY Sunday Brunch at Appleton’s
On 25 November Appleton’s will be hosting a special charity Sunday brunch in aid of the NHS blood donation service. Southwestern Distillery is providing gin for the fundraising cocktails and the menu will include some special dishes with donations incorporated in the price of the dish. La Familia Tattoo Studio will be tattooing special designs created for the day, and there will be flash prints available to buy as well as temporary tattoos and pin badges of some of the tattoo designs. Tables for brunch will be bookable from 10am to 2pm; drinks and tunes will continue until La Familia’s work is done. Book via appletonsatthevineyard.com.
29 November Italian pasta evening at The Fish House
The Fish House’s head chef Ben will be making fresh pasta at this Italian themed evening, and guests can get involved! £45 per person, pasta making demonstration, three course meal and wine included. Phone 01637 872085 or email to book a place.
29 November Winter Reds Wine Tasting at The Winestore
Taste your way through a delicious range of winter reds, paired with nibbles, at The Winestore in Charlestown. The wines will be available to purchase on the night with a discount. £20pp, places are limited. To book call 0172661777 or email [email protected].
1 December Coombeshead Farm Christmas Market
Coombeshead Farm’s Christmas market runs from 10am to 2pm, and will be both an indoor and outdoor (with a firepit) affair. There will be a variety of talented locals and their goods, including crockery, wreaths, cheese, cider, beer, honey, salt and cakes. Hot food and drink will be available from the Coombehead kitchen, from coffee to mulled wine, and venison sausage rolls to mince pies. You will also be able to purchase items made at Coombeshead, such as bread, fudge, soap, lip balm, sheepskins, mulled wine tea bags, various wintery jellies, butters and mincemeat. There will be an option to pre-order some items, such as pork pies, for pick up just before Christmas.
5 & 12 December Winter Feasts at Nancarrow Farm
Nancarrow’s Shine for ShelterBox feast will be held on 5 December, with all the profits from the event donated to the fantastic charity. It’s always a really special evening in the beautiful candlelit barn, and this year’s menu includes home-reared Tamworth pork along with fresh vegetables from the kitchen garden. The final feast of the year on 12 December features prime Nancarrow beef. Tickets available online, priced at £40pp. Dinner, bed & breakfast options are still available for both feasts, priced at £200 for two people.
6-8 December Guest chef nights at Trevisker’s
Book now for one of the popular guest chef nights at Trevisker’s near Padstow, with each menu priced at £35 for seven courses. On Thursday 6 December Ross Geach will be cooking with an optional extra wine flight by Charlie Stein. Friday 7 December sees legendary chef Alan Bird running the kitchen, and on Saturday 8 December Anneeka Ludhra-Gent and Geeta Ludhra will be cooking an Indian feast.
6-9 December Padstow Christmas Festival
Cornwall’s biggest, festive food festival runs from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 December and, as ever, there will be an amazing line-up of chefs demo-ing on the two stages, over a hundred food, drink and craft stalls, music and entertainment, lantern parade, fireworks and more. Head over to padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk for full details.
8 December Gills Gals Fish Supper in Wadebridge
Three courses of sustainable seafood at this supper club in Wadebridge, with proceeds to be donated to CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). £27.54pp, BYO, tickets available online.
8 December Festive Soul Supper at Botelet Farm
A soulful and immersive dining experience in the warmth of Botelet Farm in celebration of the true values of the festive season – simplicity, sharing, gratitude and hope. James Strawbridge has designed a carefully considered fully vegetarian menu, and there will be a chance for guests to pause for reflection through a guided meditation by candlelight with Joey Hulin. £50pp, for full menu and more information see here.
The second Buchanan Wines Cornwall supper at Surfside in Polzeath. Enjoy a two course seasonal meal, matched with intriguing and interesting wines (available by the glass or bottle). Tickets are £22.50 (buy online) and include all food, with wine and soft drinks available to buy on the night.
If you want to get away from it all, make the most of the Winter Escape package currently running at both The Gurnard’s Head and The Old Coastguard until late March. Prices start at £160 per couple, to include a three course dinner, bed and breakfast, Sunday to Thursday nights, excluding half term and school holidays. For more details get in touch directly, contact details can be found on their websites: gurnardshead.co.uk or oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk.
The Beach at Bude also has a brilliant winter offer on: for stays before Tuesday 18 December you can enjoy three nights dinner (the food here is delicious!), bed and breakfast for the price of two. Phone 01288 389800 or email [email protected] for more information.
From 9 November to 2 December, The Old Quay House Hotel in Fowey is offering one night’s dinner, bed and breakfast at a special rate, starting at £149 for two people in a classic room. For more information visit their website.
There are several great looking cookery classes at Leith’s Cookery School at Truro School over the next few weeks. Check out the full list of CookSat courses here.
We were sad to hear that Philleigh Way Cookery School may be closing its doors at the end of the year. George Pascoe is leaving his family business to work abroad, leaving the cookery school without a head tutor. Fingers crossed a new head tutor is found, and the business can continue to provide its popular cookery lessons, workshops and feast nights.
Asian nights are back on at Kota Kai in Porthleven on Thursdays this November, £20pp for five dishes, with offers on jugs of Japanese lager. 1st November is Japanese/Korean, 8th November is Malaysian/Singaporean, 15th November is Thai/Vietnamese, 22nd is Chinese, and 29th is Japanese. To book, phone 01326 727707.
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