THE FOODIE DIARY – OCTOBER
I love October (and it’s nothing to do with it being my birthday month). As the seasons change it’s our last chance to catch a few rays of golden sunshine before the countdown to Christmas really starts.
Cornwall is quiet, and it’s the perfect time of year to wrap up warm, have a stomp across moors and beaches, and tuck into hearty, autumnal food. Many pubs and restaurants are introducing Sunday roasts and low-season good-value lunches, an ideal way to refuel after all that fresh air.
This year is particularly late for veg due to the bad weather, and I’ve still got summery beetroot, rainbow chard, runner beans, butternut squash and courgettes growing in the garden. But as we get deeper into October we will enjoy more autumnal vegetables such as celeriac, pumpkin and cabbage. Game is appearing on menus (pheasant, venison and pigeon, my favourite) along with mussels, scallops and sea bass, which are all fantastic at this time of year.
As always, keep in touch, and happy eating!
Saturday 3 October sees the second Padstow Open Sticky Toffee Pudding Competition at The Ship Hotel in Padstow. Organised by Adrian Oliver, last year’s event raised over £800 for the RNLI.
Professionals and amateurs are invited to submit their best sticky toffee pudding to be judged by experts. All the details are on the Facebook page – STPs are to be taken to The Ship Hotel for judging, and portions will be enjoyed by customers in exchange for donations for the RNLI.
Last year’s winner was David Wilson, with Paul Ainsworth in 2nd place and Adrian Oliver 3rd. Jessie Outlaw was declared best amateur, and the wooden spoon was awarded to Mat Follas.
LINE UP ANNOUNCED FOR PADSTOW CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
An incredible line up for Cornwall’s biggest food festival, The Padstow Christmas Festival, has been announced. The list of chefs involved reads like a Who’s Who of the culinary world.
Cornwall’s Nathan Outlaw, Paul Ainsworth and Rick and Jack Stein will be demonstrating their skills as well as a host of other local chefs.
From further afield, Padstow will be welcoming Gizzi Erskine, Sophie Michell, Nieves Barragán Mohacho, Angela Hartnett, Luke Holder, Ashley Palmer Watts, Pete and Jonray Sanchez-Iglesias, Richard Bertinet, Michael Caines, Anthony Worrall Thompson, Mitch Tonks, Glynn Purnell, Simon Hulstone and James Martin, amongst others.
See the full timetable – so exciting!
Xanthe Clay will be hosting a Food Forum on Saturday 5 December where a panel will discuss hot topics of the food industry.
The festival runs from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 December. If you’re planning on visiting and haven’t made accommodation plans yet, then now is the time to do so as Padstow gets booked up for this hugely popular event.
HOG ROAST AT ST TUDY INN
St Tudy Inn is holding a hog roast at lunchtime on Sunday 4 October. The last one was a huge success and I can vouch for the food being delicious. £12.50 per person.
Also running is a new set lunch menu, available from 12 noon to 2.30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Two courses £12, three courses £15; for reservations please phone 01208 850656 or book online.
Fifteen Cornwall’s Cornish Harvest lunches (three courses for £24) run from Monday to Friday until 16 October.
The menu celebrates the beautiful bounty of Cornish produce that is harvested at this time of year, and changes daily depending on what is delivered to the kitchen door by the restaurant’s suppliers.
Favourite dishes include: Toscano salami, squash, pumpkin seeds and crispy sage to start (pictured); main courses of wood-fired Cornish chicken with a hearty Italian chickpea stew and ‘nduja dressing, or a crispy fillet of salted hake with lentils, purple sprouting broccoli, rosemary and anchovy. For pudding, popular autumnal choices include vanilla panna cotta with plums and shortbread or Fifteen Cornwall’s signature rhubarb and cinnamon cake with toffee sauce.
LUNCH AND SWIM AT THE PARK
The Park Café in Mawgan Porth is offering a main course and a swim for just £10, and £5 for children. This offer is valid for lunch or dinner until 16 October. Advance reservations only – phone 01637 860322 to book a table.
NEW BRANDING FOR BUTTERMILK
The rebrand encompasses Buttermilk’s entire range, with some beautiful selection boxes and new products too.
Plus Buttermilk’s revamped website should be going live at the beginning of October, so keep an eye on www.buttermilk.co.uk for their new look.
CORNISH RESTAURANTS STAR IN MICHELIN GUIDE
Congratulations to all the Cornish restaurants who have retained their much-coveted stars in the 2016 Michelin guide.
The following have been awarded Bib Gourmands, for “exceptional good food at moderate prices”:
- The Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn
- Rick Stein’s Café in Padstow
- Kota Restaurant in Porthleven
- Black Rock in St Ives
- Halsetown Inn in Halsetown near St Ives
- The Square in Porthleven
FISH PIE SUPPER AT WATERGATE BAY
The Beach Hut’s next Fish Supper Friday event is a Fish Pie Supper on Friday 9 October.
They will be serving up their own take of a classic fish pie – we’ve been told it will be warm, saucy, creamy and fluffy – followed by dessert. After supper you can sit by the bonfire or take to the decking for dancing and cocktails.
The evening kicks off at 7pm; tickets priced at £25 per person include food and entertainment. Tickets available online.
WILD WINE CLUB, PART 2 – UNDER THE MOON
The Wild Wine Club’s next event will be a celebration of all things lunar on 3 October.
Discover biodynamic wines by the light of the moon, with a five-course feast based on biodynamically farmed Cornish ingredients from Tregillis Farm to match. There’ll also be fires, swimming, star gazing, camping and breakfast in a yurt.
Tickets are priced at £65 each and available online.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are hosting Heligan Harvest from 19 September to 4 October. Each day there are productive gardens tours at 11.30am, and fruit and vegetable tasters between 2 and 3.30pm.
Don’t miss the gorgeous vegetable displays, with an exhibition of botanical art by Mally Francis running alongside the fresh produce.
The Heligan Home Grown Family Trail is free with garden admission. Children are encouraged to explore the gardens and collect seven special stamps from the hidden boxes, whilst learning about the products and food grown there.
For full details visit heligan.com.
The annual Boscastle Food, Art and Craft Festival takes place over the weekend of 3 and 4 October.
Over 60 food, drink, art and craft stallholders will be exhibiting in the town, and visitors can also discover the “Village Trail”.
Participating chefs include Andy Appleton, Emily Scott, Aaron Janes, Paul Harwood, Tom Hunter, Stuart Pate, Ken Symons, Dale McIntosh and Fiona Were. Not to be missed are the Q&A session and demos from the Cornish Chefs’ Club.
Truro Street Food Fest will be held on Lemon Quay on Friday 16 October. So far 14 street food vendors have been confirmed, including Angels in the Kitchen, The Cornish Venison Co., Mustard & Rye and The Salvador Thali Café. The marquee will be open from 3pm to 11pm, with licensed bar and live music. Free entry.
The following day, Saturday 17 October, sees the marquee transformed into a Bavarian Oktoberfest, with Cornish and German beers, food, music and lederhosen. They will also be showing RWC quarter final matches over the weekend.
NEWS FROM RICK STEIN
Rick Stein’s Fish in Falmouth is serving Around the world with Rick in 20 days: Charity lunches for British Red Cross from Monday 28 September until Friday 23 October. Two courses will cost £12 plus £2 cover charge; see sample menu.
Padstow’s St.Petroc’s Bistro have a gorgeous looking autumn lunch menu, with three courses for £25. The menu includes brand new dishes from Rick’s new TV series such as barbecued sardines in vine leaves and hake alla Carlina alongside autumn classics such as artichoke soup and sticky toffee pudding.
The Cornish Arms in St Merryn has new autumn/winter menus including:
Fish Friday – two courses for £16.95 every Friday evening including exclusive recipes from Rick Stein’s new book “From Venice to Istanbul”.
Curry nights: enjoy a sharing selection of curries, dhal, naan breads and pilau rice every Saturday evening. £25 for two people. Add a starter of poppadoms, chutneys and kachumber salad for £2.95 per person.
Wintery Sunday roasts are back and highly recommended. Choose from Warren’s beef, chicken, lamb or pork. £13.95 per person, served between 12 noon and 7pm.
COOKERY COURSES AT THE PADSTOW SEAFOOD SCHOOL
If you’re stuck for children’s activities in half term, book your 8 to 12 year olds into the Children’s Halloween Baking course on 29 October. Priced at £40 per child, they’ll be baking marshmallow witches’ hats and pumpkin cupcakes.
On 28 October there is a one day autumn cookery course where students will learn about seasonal seafood, meat and ingredients, and how to cook them. This menu includes a variety of dishes including spicy lentil soup with squash, tomato and green beans, grilled scallops with hazelnut and coriander butter and a casserole of brill with shallots and wild mushrooms.
Other great looking events include:
An evening workshop where you will cook Singapore chilli crab and enjoy your finished dish with a glass of wine, £40 per person, 6-8pm on 13 and 29 October.
Cook your own dinner, with canapés, wine and demonstrations, plus cook two courses yourself. £95 per person, from 6pm, 23 October.
See the full calendar of events.
The Falmouth Oyster Festival takes place in Events Square in Falmouth from 8 to 11 October, and is always great fun.
This “celebration of Cornish seafood” will have seafood cookery demonstrations, live music, Cornish food produce, arts and crafts, real ale and wine bars, oyster and seafood bars, a working boat race, Grand Oyster Parade, shucking competition and a Grand Oyster Draw.
For full details visit www.falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk.
WIN TWO TICKETS TO THE NEXT NANCARROW FEAST
Nancarrow’s next feast on Sunday 27 September is a collaboration with River Cottage Group head chef, Gill Meller. Gill will be joining Ben in the kitchen for Feast#12: Red Ruby, dulse and damsons.
The menu looks delicious: grilled corn with paprika butter; a salad of damsons, blackberries and roast duck; slow roasted beef stuffed with dulse and served with lentil broth, celeriac, seasonal leaves and chutneyed squash; and pears, elderberries and autumn nuts.
This event is sold out, but Nancarrow have two tickets left, to give away to the lucky winner of their competition. See here for full details of how to enter.
The next Nancarrow Feast will take place on Wednesday 14 October. Details will be announced very soon, but be warned, tickets sell out quickly. If you want to be the first to know then join their mailing list.
NEW MENU AND PREVIEW EVENING AT THE ROSEVINE
The Rosevine is launching its new winter menu at a special preview evening on Friday 2 October. “Friends of the Rosevine” food card holders are invited to get a first chance to sample the new dishes with three courses for £19.50.
We’ve been told that the menu will feature warming dishes and guests will be able to enjoy drinks by the fire in the hotel’s coastal setting near Portscatho.
The “Friends of the Rosevine” scheme is free for locals to join – sign up here – and to book a table phone 01872 580206.
Potluck are holding two events this month. Their Japanese night and sushi making masterclass takes place on Saturday 17 October in Ponsanooth Village Hall, priced at £25 per person. Buy tickets online.
Saturday 24 October sees a wine, food and movie night in collaboration with the Wild Wine Club. £35 per person, buy tickets online.
THE GLOBE, FOWEY
Congratulations to head chef Glynn Wellington and his team at The Globe in Fowey, who have been included in the Michelin Guide only five months after opening.
Reading their new autumn menu makes my mouth water, with dishes including baked scallops, crab and lobster ravioli and slow cooked lamb shoulder.
Their lunch menu is great value at £15 for three courses, with a luxury fish pie topped with Cornish Yarg mash proving particularly popular with customers. Or try a tasty Sunday roast with meat from local butcher Kittow’s.
You may have heard of the Poldark “Cakey Tea” saga, which has inspired The Globe’s new unique ice cream flavour, specially created for them by Moomaid of Zennor. It contains clotted cream, strawberry jam, golden syrup, currants and real pieces of saffron cake.
TASTE FEST AT BUDE FOR FOOD ASSEMBLY
Many of the assembly’s food producers turn up with samples of their seasonal produce for visitors to taste and buy.
For more details of the scheme see www.thefoodassembly.com.
PADSTOW SHELLFISH CO. GO ONLINE
Padstow Shellfish Co. are now selling their sustainably caught Cornish crab and lobster online. Customers will be able to buy pots of handpicked crab meat, dressed crabs, half lobsters and pre-prepared mixes.
As company founder and fisherman Jason Nicholas said: “A lot of the cheap lobsters in the supermarkets are being imported from America or Canada, or are farmed. They simply don’t taste nearly as good as Cornish lobster. Our lobsters are caught, handled with care, cooked and on your plate within 24 hours. The supermarkets lobsters could be anything up to a week out of the water.”
They also have seasonal recipes and wine pairings on their website www.padstowshellfishco.com.
NEWS FROM FIREBRAND
Firebrand Brewing Co. has started bottling its SIBA award-winning BreakOut IPA in vegan-friendly bottles. According to Firebrand it is “brewed in the style of US IPAs, with plenty of crystal malt giving some sweet notes, tempered by a large hop bill of Citra and Nugget”.
Launceston’s Firebrand Bar & Restaurant is hosting a week-long celebration of German beer, food and music at Oktoberfest 2015 which runs from 28 September to 4 October. They’ll have German specials on the menu and some great beers to wash them down.
Food is served every day from 5pm to 10pm, with drinks available until 11pm. To book a table phone 01566 770722 or email [email protected].
Firebrand Bar is also hosting Halloween film nights on 30 and 31 October, starting at 10pm.
On the Friday there’s a double bill of From Dusk Till Dawn and The Evil Dead (1981) and on Saturday they’re showing The Omen (2006) and Rob Zombie’s Halloween. There will also be a party in the bar until 1am. Entry is free and fancy dress is encouraged.
Padstow’s binTwo are hosting a Lazy Lunch at Prawn on the Lawn on Sunday 18 October. The five course seafood tasting menu will be accompanied by some well chosen wines. Email [email protected] to book.
Caerhays Beach Café will be holding a winter torchlight piskie procession on Sunday 25 October. The evening kicks off with a hog roast from 4.30pm, followed by a magical torch lit walk through the castle grounds, then back to the café for churros and hot chocolate dip by the fire. Tickets cost £15.49 for adults and £11.25 for children and are available to buy online.
Don’t miss The Old Coastguard‘s carved pumpkin competition on Saturday 31 October. All entries need to arrive at The Old Coastguard by 10am. They will then be judged at 5pm (when a picnic tea will be available) and the winning pumpkin will receive a prize of a family meal (based on two adults and two children).
The Cornish Pizza Company‘s October special pizza is called Wheal Music. The thin crust organic dough is topped with slow cooked Cajun-spiced pulled pork, mozzarella, barbecue sauce, Tintagel smoked cheese, red onion, onion marmalade, and is finished with rocket drizzled with fresh lemon.
You can now enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch of slow roasted sirloin or roast loin of pork with all the trimmings at The Cracking Crab in Polzeath, as well as their usual fish specials. £10.95/£13.95/£16.95 for one/two/three courses respectively. Phone 01208 862333 to book a table.
Scarlet Wines‘ Sunday roasts are back too, served with matching wines. Vegetarian options, starters, desserts and cheese selection also available.
Craftworks Street Kitchen on Lemon Quay in Truro are doing a “two for one” deal on all tacos from 3 to 8pm on Tuesdays, and on any main courses from 5 to 8pm on Wednesdays. Yum.
Pea Souk‘s next supper club will be on Saturday 3 October, and has a Georgian theme – a blend of Turkish, Persian and Russian cuisine. The menu sounds fantastic, and there’ll be live music too.
Falmouth Beer Festival is CAMRA’s largest beer festival in the county, and will be held in the Princess Pavilion from 22 to 24 October.
The Hidden Hut is now open every day from 10 am to 5pm until 1 November.
Keep an eye out for a new Clandestine Cake Club event in Cornwall. If you like cake, then this could be for you. Register now (it’s free) and join the Cornwall club to be the first to know about the secret event.
Philleigh Way‘s October supper club is already sold out, so book now for their November event which promises to be a memorable evening. They also have a great selection of cookery courses running in October – see the calendar.
Kehelland Horticultural Centre are holding an Apple Day on 10 October, with apple bobbing, juice pressing, cider tasting, face painting, entertainment, refreshments, crafts, steam engine and produce market. From 7pm is a charity ceilidh – The Cyder Stomp – with local brews and food.
Rafferty’s Café and Wine Bar in St Merryn is holding an evening of Bordeaux wine tasting alongside a five course tasting menu on 28 October – to book call 01841 521200.
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