THE FOODIE DIARY: OCTOBER 2016
Welcome to the October Foodie Diary, another epic edition packed full of autumnal flavours, harvest celebrations, and rather a lot of wine tastings. Happy reading and happy eating!
AA CHEF OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST AT PADSTOW CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
The winner of the coveted AA Chef of the Year Award will be revealed on 26 September, alongside the announcement of new three, four and five AA rosettes and AA red star hotels.
Amazingly, five of the six shortlisted chefs will be appearing at this year’s Padstow Christmas Festival, which runs from 1 to 4 December 2016: Sat Bains, Angela Hartnett, Nigel Haworth, Ashley Palmer-Watts and Clare Smyth.
These five will be joined on the stage (and in the local pubs and restaurants) by many more highly regarded chefs from Cornwall and further afield (yes, even further than Devon).
More programme details are being added to the website regularly. Visit padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk for more information.
Michelin stars for 2017 will be announced on 3 October. We’re confident that our Cornish chefs will retain their stars, but will any other local establishments be added to the prestigious list? We will be watching with baited breath.
NOLA KINNA, NO 4 PETERVILLE
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Nola Kinna, who recently passed away, aged just 34, after a short battle with cancer.
Nola and her partner Adam Vasey opened their restaurant No 4 Peterville in St Agnes in 2012, and quickly gained a loyal following and a reputation for fantastic food.
If you would like to make a donation to Cornwall Hospice Care in her memory, please click here.
Saturday 1 October sees the third Padstow Open Sticky Toffee Pudding Competition at The Ship Hotel in Padstow, with all proceeds given to 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.
NEW AUTUMN MENU AT THE CAREW ARMS
Two months in at recently refurbished The Carew Arms in Antony, head chef Jack Clayton and consultant chef Emily Watkins have launched their new autumn menu.
Dishes are warming and hearty, and use as much locally sourced produce as possible, including meat and vegetables from the nearby Antony Estate.
Starters include autumn squash soup with goat’s cheese beignets and crispy sage, and a pressed game terrine with Antony fruit jelly and pickles. For mains try the tagliatelle with venison, red wine and peppercorn ragu, or whole grilled sole with heritage potatoes, brown shrimps, capers and sea greens.
If you’re not full at this point, then you’ll struggle to choose between a chocolate and peanut slice with salted caramel, caramelised banana and honeycomb ice cream; a blackberry bavarois with lime granita, meringue and fresh berries, and a steamed rhubarb sponge with crème anglaise.
For opening hours and contact information visit carewarms.com.
CHAMPAGNE TASTING AT THE OLD QUAY HOUSE
The Veuve Clicquot Champagne tasting at The Old Quay House Hotel looks amazing. The indulgent five course feast will be paired with a different champagne for each course, and a representative from Veuve will guide you through the bubbles. Tuesday 4 October, to book tickets phone 01726 833302. £70 per person.
On Tuesday 25 October wine expert Charles Steevenson will be hosting a wine tasting and pairing dinner at the hotel. Head Chef Richard Massey will be cooking a delicious, seasonal five course menu, and Charles will guide guests through his selection of matching wines, £65 per person. There are a few rooms available, phone 01726 833302 to make a reservation.
Park at The Rosevine near Portscatho, pick up a map from reception and walk the circular route along the South West Coast Path. Finish up with a two course (£14.95) or three course (£18.95) Sunday lunch in the restaurant. Children’s lunches are also available for £9.95.
Booking is recommended – phone 01872 580206 – and for more information visit rosevine.co.uk.
NEW COCKTAILS AT BUSTOPHERS
An extensive new cocktail menu is launching at Bustopher Jones this October featuring over 80 innovative and unusual drinks as well as the usual favourites.
Created exclusively for Bustopher Jones by professional barman, Ian Vasey, the menu is separated into chapters making it easier to navigate for the indecisive drinker: Tang & twang, Silky sours, Giggle water, High spirits, Something for dessert, Stone cold classics and 0% proof.
Drinks are priced from £5 for non-alcoholic versions, up to £12 for high-end pure spirit and liqueur cocktails. Ian and the team use high quality house spirits, homemade bitters and tinctures to produce cocktails and concoctions to impress even the most discerning cocktail drinker.
For more info visit bustopher-jones.co.uk.
COSY EVENINGS AT THE STAR AND GARTER
Glowing after their recent inclusion in the Good Food Guide (very well deserved – read our review here) Falmouth’s The Star and Garter have relit their log fire and are all set up for cosy autumnal evenings.
Food here is hearty and generous, and packed full of smoky flavour from their Big Green Egg, and menus change daily. Current dishes include smoked cod’s roe with cucumber and onions seeds, or slow cooked pork belly with fennel, clams and smoked paprika to start. Mains include crispy grey mullet with smoked mussels, baby gem and runner beans, and a slow cooked duck leg with panzanella of plums, hazelnuts, red onion and marjoram.
I like the sound of the whole John Dory to share between two or three people, baked on Florence fennel, violette artichokes, potatoes, lemon and herbs. With sides such as irresistible duck salt chips on the menu you might not be able to squeeze in a pud, but the chocolate and candied blood orange semifreddo with hazelnuts sounds unmissable.
For opening hours, reservations and more information, visit their website.
It might seem ages away, but now’s the time to book for Christmas and New Year. The Beach at Bude has just announced details of its Christmas and New Year packages.
The Christmas menu is available for £24.50 for two courses or £28.50 for three, between 1 and 23 December. Highlights include venison croquettes with sweet pickled turnips, spiced cod with roasted artichokes, and traditional roast turkey.
For New Year, chef Joe Simmonds has crafted a five course tasting menu, available for £65 per person. The resident DJ will be playing until late, seeing guests through into the new year.
For further details and reservations visit their website.
I love the sound of this cosy two night break in St Mawes, which includes dinner at the St Mawes Hotel and lunch at The Idle Rocks, plus tickets for either the Lost Gardens of Heligan or the National Maritime Museum, or a film screening in the new St Mawes Secret Cinema (opening 10 October).
Prices start at £197.50 per person, based on two people sharing a Village Room midweek, during October, November and December, excluding school holidays.
For full details and to make a reservation visit stmaweshotel.com.
WINETASTING EVENINGS AT THE ROSEVINE
A champagne tasting with Moët Hennessy will take place on Monday 3 October at The Rosevine. The four course meal, with four matching glasses of fizz, is priced at £55 per person.
Phone 01872 580206 to book, or visit website for more details.
FIFTEEN CORNWALL GUEST CHEF COLLABORATIONS
There’s no Fifteen Cornwall farmers’ market this autumn, but the team have been busy plotting other events.
Book now for the upcoming guest chef collaborations with Pitt Cue’s Tom Adams (pictured) on Thursday 10 November (three courses cooked on a fire pit oven on the beach, £55 for three courses) and with Dan Doherty (Duck and Waffle) on Thursday 1 December (five courses, £65 or £115 including wine flight).
For reservations phone 01637 861000 or email [email protected].
SOUTH WEST CHEF WEEKEND AT THE IDLE ROCKS
The Idle Rocks Hotel will be welcoming Jude Kereama (of Kota in Porthleven) to their South 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.
The fabulous Wild Wine Club will be holding it’s fourth event in the cowshed at Tregillis Farm (near Launceston) on Saturday 8 October.
With the help of wine expert Debbie Warner, guests will discover the wines of Bodegas Bhilar, a biodynamic winery in Rioja Alavesa, and will be served a harvest feast fresh from the farm.
Guests are invited to arrive at 6pm for a guided walk through the fields of Tregillis before settling down to eat, drink and, it goes without saying, be merry. There are rustic accommodation options at the farm too, including tents, teepees and shepherd’s huts.
Food, drink and accommodation tickets can all be booked online.
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.
END OF SEASON FEAST AT STREET FOOD CAFE
The Street Food Café‘s hugely popular pop-up at Padstow Kitchen Garden is coming to a close. To mark the occasion they are holding a hog roast from 1pm on Sunday 2 October, with live music and delicious food.
Tickets are £20, BYO drinks. Get in touch via Facebook.
From 1 to 16 October Heligan will be celebrating harvest, and the programme focusses on Heligan’s connection between the land, its history and its produce.
Each day will see a host of events, with heritage fruit and vegetable tastings, productive garden tours, farm tours, animal feeding and gardening demonstrations amongst others.
Chef demonstrations will be held at weekends, including demos by Ross Geach (Padstow Kitchen Garden), Matt Vernon (Cornish Wild Food and 7th Rise), Ollie Hutson (The Pig) and George Pascoe and James Martin (Philleigh Way). Emma Gunn leads a foraging Wild Food Wild Walk on Sunday 9 October, from 11am to 1pm.
Harvest Feast Nights will run on Saturdays 8 and 15 October, with The Idle Rocks’ head chef Guy Owen taking over the kitchen. The three course meal will be accompanied by live music and tickets are available by phoning 01726 845100, priced at £35 for Heligan members and £40 for non-members.
For full details of all the events visit heligan.com.
Gin fans rejoice, as details of the next St Ives Gin Festival have been announced. Saturday 22 October sees a gin themed festival in St Ives Guildhall, with guests receiving a free goody bag, plus gin sampling, trade stands, cocktail demos, gin talks and presentations from some of the finest gin producers.
There will be live music at the “indoor gin garden party” and tickets are available for either afternoon (12 to 5pm) or evening (6 to 11pm) slots.
NB Over 18’s only. Tickets are available from www.ginfestivalsuk.com.
NEWS FROM PHILLEIGH WAY
Philleigh Way launches its new preserving course on 1 October, in conjunction with Cornish Meadow Preserves. Students will learn about preserving and pickling, and on the day they will be making Kea plum jam, apple cheese, crab apple jelly and more.
The course runs from 10am to 4pm, with five demos, five practical sessions, and lunch included. Priced at £99, book online.
On 5 October you are invited to do your bit for charity, and learn how to bake delicious cupcakes at the same time, on the Cupcakes for CoppaFeel! course. All proceeds will be donated to the fantastic charity CoppaFeel!. During the course students will bake a delicious range of cupcakes as well as producing their own handmade decorations. 9.30am to 1.30pm, Wednesday 5 October, £48 per person, book online.
In the fifth Flight Club, the wine experts from binTwo will be focussing on Spanish wines Rioja and Ribera del Duero. The event will be held on Saturday 22 October at binTwo’s Hub at Hawksfield, near Wadebridge.
It sounds like a brilliant evening, with a welcome cocktail, six wine tasters, a tapas supper, brandy and something sweet to finish, all for £30.
Tickets are available online, along with more details of the event. Transport can also be arranged by the organisers.
On Sunday 23 October binTwo have organised Barber on the Harbour. For one night only Gents Quarter will be bringing a pop-up barber shop to Padstow, with binTwo providing all sorts of manly drinks and cigars. So if you need your moustache waxed, a beard trim or a traditional wet shave, then just turn up, from 6pm. (Apparently ladies are welcome too.)
Hotel Tresanton will be holding a Sicilian themed evening on 13 October.
Andrea Vesco of Rallo Wines Italy will be showcasing a range of Sicilian wines and traditional Sicilian dishes with a Cornish twist. The evening will start with canapés, followed by a four course dinner including the first Fal Oysters of the dredging season.
Tickets are £70 per person, including dinner, wines and coffee. To book, contact the hotel.
AUTUMN AT NANCARROW
Expect banquet style seating in the gorgeous converted barn, generous portions of beautiful food, and a wonderful atmostphere. Highly recommended.
Both these October events have bed and breakfast packages available too. For full details visit nancarrowfarm.co.uk.
BEDRUTHAN FIRE AND FEAST NIGHTS
Regular fire and feast nights are being held at Bedruthan until mid October, with long table feasts served from an open kitchen, with stunning sea and sunset views, and a fire pit in the coastal dune garden.
Each feast includes olives, breads and dips on arrival, hearty platters for main course, sharing desesrts and marshmallows by the fire.
Pork feasts (pulled pork shoulder, confit pork belly and sticky pork ribs, with dauphinoise potatoes and vegetables) will take place on Mondays 3, 10 and 17 October.
Beef banquets (spiced braised short rib of beef with wild mushrooms, spinach suet pudding, vanilla mash, buttered kale and crispy shallots) will be held on Wednesdays 5 and 12 October.
Friday 30 September sees a Seafood and Foraged Feast night (grilled mackerel, beetroot cured salmon gravadlax, mussels, salt and pepper squid, pickled rock samphire slaw, watercress and sea buckthorn mayo).
Drinks not included. Each feast is priced at £30 per person. Special two night Sunset, Fire and Feast packages are also available, starting at £298 for two people. For more information or to make a reservation visit bedruthan.com.
Fish House Fistral is offering Foodie Diary readers a 10% discount on lunches, seven days a week from October through to March, excluding school holidays.
Paul Harwood’s lunch menu is great, with sharing boards and open sandwiches, small dishes (think tiger prawns, scallops or crispy squid) and more substantial main courses such as an Indian fish curry or seafood linguine.
To make a reservation phone 01637 872085 or visit thefishhousefistral.com and quote BAREFOOT.
BIBENDUM GOURMET DINNER AT ST MORITZ HOTEL
The mouthwatering five course menu has been put together by the hotel’s head chef David Williams, and the carefully selected matching wines will be introduced by Bibendum’s Michael Harris and Debbie Warner.
Following a glass of Nyetimber fizz and seafood canapés, guests can enjoy rabbit confit with foie gras, pickled carrots and raisins; lobster raviolo with cauliflower and caviar; roast hogget with cavolo nero and goat’s cheese; aged Cornish cheddar with roast pear, celery and crackers; and finally a miniature carrot cake with cream cheese and chocolate.
£85 per person, phone 01208 862242 or book online.
This year sees the 20th anniversary of the Falmouth Oyster Festival, the annual celebration of the start of the Fal Oyster dredging season.
The festival will be held in Events Square from 13 to 16 October, with food and drink, live music, art and craft stalls and live chef demos. There will also be a working boat race, Grand Oyster Parade, shucking competition, a Grand Oyster Draw and a Big Birthday Bash.
Demo-ing chefs include Chris Eden (of Michelin-starred The Driftwood) and Bruce Rennie (The Shore); food stalls include The Pie Shed, The Cornish Venison Co., Thyme and Tide and Bango Kitchen. You can quench your thirst at the Skinners Bar, Yallah Coffee’s stand and the Champagne Bar. Of course there’ll be plenty of oysters and seafood too – an Oyster Bar, St Michael’s Hotel and Spa Seafood Bar, and W. Stevenson & Sons Ltd.
For a full programme of events visit falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk.
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 being delicious, 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.
NEWS FROM RICK STEIN
Rick Stein’s Porthleven restaurant is perfectly placed for a cosy meal overlooking the harbour, ideal after an autumnal walk along the coast path. They’ll even provide with you blankets. From 2 October they are running a special Sunday lunch menu with two courses for £17.50 or three for £21.50.
Thursday 27 October sees a special Cornish seafood tasting evening at Rick Stein’s Cookery School in Padstow. Enjoy a glass of wine whilst watching (and then tasting) three dishes demonstrated by the chefs.
Dishes are deep fried megrim sole with spring onion and chilli seasoning, baked sea bass with roasted red peppers, tomatoes, anchovies and potatoes, and grilled hake with spring onion mash and morel mushroom sauce. Tickets are priced at £35, available online.
FREE COURSE 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, 26 September to 22 October 2016 and 31 October to 17 December.
If you fancy a night away, then you can’t do much better than The Gurnard’s Head or The Old Coastguard, way down west. Both are super comfy, great for “getting away from it all”, and serve fantastic food.
The Winter Escape takes place between Sunday 30 October until end of March, Sunday to Thursdays outside of half terms and school holidays, from £145 (GH) / £150 (OC) for two people for a three course supper, bed and breakfast.
Available all year round is the Sunday Sleepover which includes lunch, supper, bed and breakfast on a Sunday night. This is from £195 (GH) / £210 (OC) at the moment and then goes down to £175 (GH) / £180 (OC) per couple from 30 October.
NEW AUTUMN MENU AT CHAPTER 1
Tom Mackins has created a beautiful autumnal menu, which includes some wonderful combinations which I am longing to try: charred cuttlefish, creamed potato, vanilla and coffee; hay smoked scallop, peanut, burnt lime and cumin; 65 day aged beef, pumpkin, bone marrow and pied bleu; the list goes on…
Tom’s food not only looks stunning, but tastes divine (see our review from earlier in the year) and I highly recommend booking a table. The new menu will run from 4 October. Phone 01637 499263 or visit the website.
On Saturday 1 October beer fans should make their way to the Eden Project, where there will be at least 65 beers and ciders on offer as well as live music all evening. £3.6o per pint, beer tokens (worth a third of a pint each) are £1.20 each, four included with ticket price.
There are special kebab and burger menus, which include harissa-spiced lamb kofte with preserved lemon sauce, sweet mint syrup and pickled chillies; sumac-spiced chicken kebab with roast garlic hummus, yogurt, pomegranate dressing and toasted seeds; Cornish burger with smoked streaky bacon, Cornish Gouda and onion chutney; and falafel with roasted red pepper and spring onion salsa and tahini and mint dressing.
NEW HEAD CHEF AT THE NEW YARD RESTAURANT, TRELOWARREN
Jeff was previously chef patron at The Loft in St Ives after working in London for a number of years. He is passionate about ethical sourcing of ingredients and animal welfare and has put together a new menu, using the best suppliers in the area, to show off just how good the local produce is.
For more information and menus, visit their website.
Potluck Cornwall‘s next Chat and Eat night is a vegan affair at the Green Heart Café in Newquay on 6 October.
Naoko’s Kitchen is joining forces with Porthtowan Beach Café for a Japanese Feast Night on 22 October. £20 per person.
Dream job alert: Padstow Brewing Co. is looking for an experienced brewer to join their team. Full details on their website.
For an autumnal walk, kicking golden leaves as you go, you can’t get much better than Cardinham Woods, with a compulsory pit stop at Woods Café for a slice of their delicious homemade cake, or a warming lunch.
Super early bird weekend camping tickets for next year’s Little Orchard Festival (8 to 10 September 2017) are now on sale, priced at £35 each.
Rosewarne Manor‘s monthly tasting menu evening will be held on Friday 28 October. 7 courses are priced at £45 per person.
Check out our reviews in the Tried & Tested section.
PS Don’t miss our round up of October half term activities.
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