THE FOODIE DIARY: OCTOBER 2019
Hi food fans. Here’s your monthly installment of mouthwatering news.
NEW AWARD-WINNING HARVEST GIN
Rosemullion Distillery’s Harvest Gin, which recently won a gold award in the internationally-recognised SIP Awards, will be available to purchase online and in select stores from 1 October.
The 40% ABV Harvest Gin uses foraged autumnal Cornish fruit (apple, plum, raspberry, blackberry and sloe) and a dozen carefully selected botanicals (including juniper, coriander, angelica root, liquorice and black pepper).
Rosemullion is one of a very small number of distilleries to create its own base spirit from scratch, rather than simply flavouring purchased industrial spirits, and the Harvest Gin is made in small batches in a copper still.
The Harvest Gin is priced at £36. For more information and for stockists, visit rosemulliondistillery.com.
WITCHES AFTERNOON TEA AT THE HEADLAND
The Headland in Newquay, famous for its appearance in the 1990 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, is hosting a month of Halloween celebrations in October, including a Witches Afternoon Tea.
Available every day throughout the month, the afternoon tea will include a medley of white chocolate and coconut mice, chocolate witches’ hats with pumpkin mousse, Earl Grey tea fruit cake, blackberry jelly shots, and meringue ghosts.
The hotel has a packed schedule of activities and is also running a ‘kids go free’ offer between 19 October and 2 November. Bed and breakfast breaks start at £340 for two nights, based on two adults and two children up to the age of 14 sharing a room. For more information, visit headlandhotel.co.uk.
AUTUMN DATES RELEASED AT TRURO SCHOOL COOKERY
There’s a wonderful selection of cookery courses coming up at Truro School Cookery School this month, covering cuisine from around the world, including Spain, Asia and India, as well as more local with Cornish classics and dishes from the recent Taste Scilly Food Festival.
There are also several courses for younger chefs over the October half term, including a Halloween themed feast.
For full details of all courses, and to book a place, visit truroschoolcookery.com.
BINTWO CROWNED UK’S BEST INDEPENDENT WINE MERCHANT
The judges described BinTwo as “a vibrant modern benchmark among wine merchants in the UK”. Congratulations to Mike, Kate and team for their well-deserved win.
As well as being a specialist merchant, BinTwo serves wine by the glass, plus great coffee, lobster rolls, fresh crab, and cheese and charcuterie boards. The team has produced its own brand wine (Jammy Git) and, more recently, Padstow Mermaid gin (see below for more details). Well worth a visit. You’ll find them on The Drang, just back from the harbour.
FALMOUTH OYSTER FESTIVAL EVENTS ST MICHAELS
The Falmouth Oyster Festival runs from 9 to 13 October, and St Michaels Resort has some special offers and events running throughout the festival.
An Oyster Festival Supper Club will take place each evening, from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 October, in the hotel’s Garden Kitchen, and on 13 October, there will be a three course Sea Shanty Sunday Lunch in the Brasserie on the Bay, with live music.
A special three night stay at St Michaels during the festival is priced from £359pp. This includes two evening meals in the hotel, evening tickets for one night at the festival and a seafood platter to enjoy whilst there, and breakfast each morning. See here for full details.
THE HEADLAND BECOMES CORNWALL’S FIRST DOUBLE FIVE STAR HOTEL
More news from The Headland, which has become Cornwall’s only double-five star hotel with the award of a five star rating by the AA on Friday 20 September.
The new AA rating makes a clean sweep for the hotel, which earlier this year received five stars from Quality in Tourism. The Headland already holds AA five stars for their self-catering cottages, and a “five bubble” rated spa.
For more information visit headlandhotel.co.uk or call 01637 872211.
WILD LIFE BOTANICALS
Just in time for Go Sober for October, Wild Life Botanicals has recently been launched by the co-founder of Cornish Sea Salt, Ellie Bradshaw.
The ultra-low alcohol (0.5% ABV) sparkling wine is made in Cornwall, and is enriched with vitamins and minerals, and five botanicals: lemon balm, Damask rose, Ashwagandha, rosemary and Damiana. Even better, it has 60% fewer calories than Champagne!
Wild Life is available in two versions, Blush and Nude. For more information or to buy a bottle (priced at £15 for a 75cl bottle) visit wildlifebotanicals.co.uk/.
AUTUMN MENU AT FIFTEEN CORNWALL
Fifteen Cornwall’s Italian-inspired autumn menu features some delicious sounding new flavour combinations.
New autumn dishes include crispy sardines with crispy fennel and burnt lemon aioli; prosciutto and black figs; and chargrilled Cornish squid with Italian tomatoes. Warming pasta and risotto dishes include handmade farfalle with Cornish duck liver and red wine; luxurious roasted pear and taleggio risotto; and anolini pasta parcels filled with goat’s curd, charred sweetcorn and butter sauce.
The autumn dishes are available for both lunch and dinner and, until 18 October, at lunchtime two courses are priced at £22, and three are £27. To see the full menu and to book a table, see fifteencornwall.co.uk.
THE OYSTER LADY & 55 YARDS
Two Newquay businesses are joining forces to offer oyster masterclasses: The Oyster Lady and 55 Yards.
Katy Davidson, a.k.a. The Oyster Lady, has been delivering masterclasses to clients for over twelve years, and offers deep insight, expert skills, and unrivalled knowledge on oyster culture.
The masterclasses will be held at 55 Yards bar/micro-distillery, whose Yards Drinks gin, and other spirits, will be essential ingredients on the day.
During the afternoon course, guests will learn about oyster culture in Cornwall and beyond, with hands-on experience of shucking, and tastings of award-winning Porthilly Rock Oysters and Fal Natives across a variety of raw, cooked and oyster mixology concoctions.
The course fee includes membership of the Oyster Academy community. See theoysterlady.co.uk for dates and booking details or call 07813 792968.
CHARITY LUNCHES AT ST PETROC’S BISTRO
Book now for Rick Stein’s charity lunches at St Petroc’s Bistro in aid of St Petroc’s Society, a local charity which is working to end homelessness in Cornwall.
The three course lunch menu is priced at £15.95, plus a £2 cover charge which is donated to the charity. The menu features classic dishes such as fish and shellfish soup, hake with spring onion mash and soy butter, and sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream.
Available from Monday 4 November to Thursday 5 December. For the sample menu and to book a table, see here.
SCREAM TEA AT TRE, POL & PEN
Tre, Pol & Pen’s Scream Tea is available during October, with a ghoulish selection of sweet treats, including Viennese biscuit “severed fingers”, mini pumpkin doughnuts, and a scream scone.
They are all served with tea and a selection of sandwiches for £14.95 per person. Booking essential. For full details see website.
AWARDS SUCCESS FOR CAMEL VALLEY
Camel Valley Vineyard is celebrating an impressive number of recent award wins.
Their 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé Brut won golds at the Glass of Bubbly Awards, the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships, the WineGB West Awards, and the Decanter World Wine Awards, and silvers at the Wine GB Awards and the International Wine Challenge.
The 2018 Camel Valley Bacchus Dry was awarded gold at the Wine GB Awards and the Decanter World Wine Awards.
Both the 2018 Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé and the 2015 Camel Valley Classic Cuvée Brut won silvers at the International Wine Challenge, and the 2015 Cornwall Brut won silver at the Wine GB Awards.
The vineyard is also launching its latest sparkling wine, commissioned especially for Fortnum and Mason, at Fortnum’s on 9 October.
NEW-LOOK EXPERIENCES AT COLWITH FARM DISTILLERY
Visitors to Colwith Farm Distillery near Fowey can look forward to a few tasty extras this autumn following a refresh of the attraction’s “spirit tasting and making” experiences.
The extended Distillery Tour includes a welcome gin and tonic on arrival, followed by a tour, and then a tutored tasting of the three Colwith Farm Distillery vodkas and three gins.
The half day Gin Masterclass experience has also been refreshed, incorporating the full distillery tour as above, along with a seasonal Colwith Cocktail to enjoy whilst watching your selected botanicals infuse into a bespoke gin in a miniature copper pot still.
Tours cost £15 per person; the gin masterclass costs £100 for one person or £150 for two. Tours run on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoons. The gin masterclass runs on Saturday afternoons. For more information and to book visit website.
Thursday 3 October Oktoberfest wine tasting at The Winestore in Charlestown
No details available at the time of writing this. Check Facebook for more information.
Friday 4 October Wine Tasting Dinner at The Beach at Bude
The Beach at Bude’s fantastic wine tasting dinners return, kicking off with a five course autumnal feast, with paired wine flight. Dishes include lamb scrumpet with whipped goat’s curd, sea buckthorn and heritage carrots; smoked trout with marinated fennel, blood orange, sunflower seeds and ponzu; and banoffee pie with roasted banana, dulce de leche, chocolate tofu and sea salt ice cream. Tickets are priced at £45pp. Vegetarian option also available. For the full menu or to book a place, see here.
Friday 4 October South American Feast with Cornish Chillies at Knightor Winery
There’s a really interesting menu at this South American-themed five course feast. See here for full details and to buy tickets, which are priced at £34.95 for the five courses plus welcome cocktail.
Friday 4 October Harvest Feast Night at Heligan
A three course feast featuring Heligan’s finest homegrown produce, including heritage vegetables and succulent rare breed meats. £30pp, for full details see here.
Fri 4 to Sun 6 October 1,000 Mouths at Nancarrow Farm
Marking the farm’s 20th anniversary of its organic status, 1,000 Mouths is back! 1,000 guests will be fed on the farm over the weekend, with wood-fired street food by day, and evening feasts and intimate dinners. Collaborating chefs include Paul Ainsworth, Adam Banks, Ben Tish and Dan Cox. For full details and to buy tickets, visit website.
Fri 4 to Sun 6 October Apple Weekend at Trelissick
A weekend of family activities in Trelissick’s orchard, including a specialist day on the Friday for those wanting to delve into the world of cultivating, growing, and the uses of apples. Free event, but normal admission fee to Trelissick applies. For more details see here.
Saturday 5 October Padstow Sticky Toffee Pudding Competition
This year’s Padstow Sticky Toffee Pudding Competition (in aid of the RNLI) will be held on Saturday 5 October. The competition is open to all, amateurs and professionals, and full details can be found on their Twitter page, @STP_comp.
Sat 5 to Sun 13 October Heligan Harvest
A celebration of harvest with an inspiring programme of garden and estate themed talks, displays, demonstrations, tasters and craft. For the full programme and to book tickets, see heligan.com.
Sunday 6 October Loyalty Card launch at Unicorn on the Beach
Following a £450k refurb at The Unicorn on The Beach in Porthtowan, the now super-stylish pub is launching its loyalty card scheme at a party, with live music from Baptiste. See here for details.
Sunday 6 October Botanical Roast at Nook Café
A new plant-based roast with all the (vegan) trimmings at Nook Café at Krowji, every second Sunday starting 6 October. See here for more info and how to book.
Wednesday 9 October “Sea, Science & You” at Duchy Nursery
A collaboration between Cornish Sea Salt, Cornish Seaweed and Living Sea Therapy at Duchy Nursery, near Lostwithiel. There will be salty cocktails and canapés, a talk by the MD of Cornish Sea Salt on the health benefits of salt, a food demo and talks by James Strawbridge, plus the opportunity to sample the Living Sea Therapy range. £12.50pp, see here for more info.
Wed 9 to Sun 13 October Falmouth Oyster Festival
An annual celebration of the start of the oyster dredging season, the native Fal Oyster, and the diversity of Cornish seafood, with four days of feasting, cooking demos, live music, food and craft stalls. Full details can be found on falmouthoysterfestival.co.uk.
Friday 11 October Wine Dinner at The Gurnard’s Head
Drinks journalist and wine expert Victoria Moore will host a special wine supper at The Gurnard’s Head, with Victoria introducing the wines, served alongside carefully created matching dishes. More details here. £60pp, phone 01736 796928 to book.
Saturday 12 October Harvest Forage and Feast Night at Heligan
Foraging experts Emma Gunn and Matt Vernon will guide guests on a foraging walk around Heligan’s gardens and estate, after which they will be incorporated into a delicious meal. £50pp, with the walk and meal lasting approx 5.5 hours. To find out more and to book a place, see here.
Saturday 12 October Beer and Drinks Festival at The Alverton
A celebration of Cornish beers, cider, and spirits at The Alverton Hotel in Truro. There’ll be brewery talks and masterclasses, good food and live music. Tickets £12.50pp (which include a keepsake glass and your first drink) available here.
Thursday 17 October Winemaker Lunch at The Pickwick Inn
An afternoon of fine food and wine as New Zealand wine connoisseur Gordon Russell pairs some incredible wines with a range of delicious courses. £30pp, includes canapés, arrival drinks, two courses with paired wines, petits fours and coffee. Phone 01841 540361 to book.
Friday 18 October A Taste of Tuscany at The Warehouse in Penryn
A rustic, comforting meal, with a choice of main dishes (porchetta, salted cod or braised butter beans with sage) accompanied with sides of polenta, walnut pesto pasta and panzanella. Drinks available to purchase. £17pp, tickets available soon here.
Friday 18 October Autumn Feast at Knightor Winery
A five course feast of autumnal flavours, with a delicious-looking menu which features smoked haddock chowder, spiced guinea fowl, duck with pumpkin purée, beetroot and apple, and panna cotta with blackberry parfait. £34.95pp, book online.
Saturday 19 October Pizza Night at Harbour Brewing Co.
Handmade wood-fired pizzas and a great range of beers at Harbour Brewing Co.’s brewery near Bodmin. Family-friendly, no need to book. See Facebook for more details.
Saturday 19 October Gin Experience with Tarquin’s gin and Charlie Stein
Explore the inner-workings of Tarquin’s distillery, near Padstow, and afterwards enjoy lunch and three special gin cocktails at Ruby’s Bar. The perfect way to spend International Gin & Tonic Day! £65pp, book online.
Saturday 19 October Gin night at The Godolphin Arms
Distiller Shaun Bebington will introduce a selection of the gins he produces at Pocketful of Stones Distillery in Mount’s Bay. Guests will enjoy a gin cocktail, a gin and tonic tasting board, three courses of food to share by the firepits, feast style, and live music from Megan Schirnhofer. For full details and to book (£30pp) see The Godolphin Arms’ website.
Sat 19 & Sun 20 October Autumn Market at Cotehele
A new event for 2019, Cotehele’s autumn market will showcase local artisan food producers alongside artists and makers.
Tuesday 29 October Gurnard’s Head Supper Club
James Whetlor of Cabrito Goat will be hosting another Goatober themed supper club at The Gurnard’s Head, with the pub’s head chef Max Wilson cooking a multi-course feast using a selection of cuts. £40pp. See Facebook for details.
Wednesday 30 October Eight course charity diner at IndiDog Eatery
Popular Falmouth chef Ken Symons (ex Oliver’s Bistro) will be cooking with Paul Ripley at IndiDog Eatery for an eight course extravaganza in aid of Hospitality Action. £55pp for what is sure to be a fabulous meal with these two talented chefs at the helm. Contact the restaurant for more details: indidogeatery.com.
Congratulations to Trevibban Mill, which has won a double award for its 2014 Blanc de Blancs in the WineGBWest Awards. The sparkling white was named The Best Sparkling Wine, and Wine of the Year 2019. WineGBWest is the largest trade body in the UK, covering as far north as Gloucester and South Wales, and east to Dorset.
Andy Appleton and Lyndsey Marshall will be relocating their Appleton’s restaurant this autumn. After three and a half years at Trevibban Mill, Appleton’s is moving to smart new premises in Fowey, to what was previously The Globe.
Craftworks Street Kitchen is due to open in one of the new Saltbox containers in Wadebridge any day now. Once up and running, diners will be able to choose between Craftworks’ tasty tacos, burritos and burgers, as well as pizzas, curries and tapas from the other traders, all to be enjoyed at communal tables.
The grass fed lamb from Tregullas Farm, the most southerly farm on mainland Britain, is at its best in October, and is now available to buy, along with mutton. A half lamb, packed and labelled and ready to freeze, is £60. See here for more information.
It might be too soon to think about Christmas, but if you order your Christmas Dinner Box from The Cornish Food Box Company during October, you will receive a 10% discount (on boxes over £77).
The Tolcarne Inn has appointed a new head chef, Matt Smith, who will work alongside proprietor Ben Tunnicliffe. The restaurant will soon be releasing details of its popular Winter Warmer Wine Suppers, which will run on selected evenings throughout November 2019 and January 2020. Keep an eye on their Instagram page to find out when the menus and dates are announced.
Cornico Coffee opened its zero waste coffee shop and roastery at Higher Trevibban (between Winnard’s Perch roundabout and Padstow) on 27 September.
Congratulations to Padstow’s Prawn on the Lawn, which has been named as one of the UK Top 5 restaurants in the Seafish/The Caterer Seafood Restaurant of the Year Competition. The winner will be announced in late October/early November. Fingers crossed for Rick, Katie and team.
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