THE FOODIE DIARY: SEPT/OCT 2017
I’m still holding out for an Indian summer, but things are feeling decidedly autumnal as I write this edition of the Foodie Diary.
There’s plenty to look forward to though; the next few weeks are packed with festivals and feasts, seasonal menus and great offers.
Happy reading and happy eating!
Not to be missed, Nancarrow Farm’s “Festival of Feasts” 1,000 Mouths, will take place over four evenings from 5 to 8 October.
Some of the UK’s most inspirational chefs, producers and foragers (including a team from River Cottage, Gill Meller, Ben Tish, James Knappett, Andy Appleton, and Phillip Branch from Hawksmoor) will be joining Nancarrow chefs Darren and Jack to put on an incredible event.
Over the four nights, the chefs will feed 1,000 people with the farm’s finest Red Devon beef, and guests will also be able to explore the farm, meet local craftspeople, sample campfire canapés and wild cocktails, and enjoy live music.
Celebrations will start from 5pm each day and include a drink and fire pit canapés on arrival, tours of the farm and demonstrations of activities including pottery, wood turning, and wool spinning, before guests are seated for their feast.
On the Sunday, the event will start a little earlier, with a children/family ticket option. There will also be a bell tent hamlet on site, offering accommodation for those who would like to stay overnight, with a campfire breakfast included.
The event will raise funds for Action Against Hunger and tickets are available to purchase online.
Hooked on the Bay is a special two night package in Marazion, available throughout October. Guests can enjoy two nights bed and breakfast at the newly-opened Mount Haven hotel, a fish lunch at the Sail Loft on St Michael’s Mount, a 5 course tasting menu at Mount Haven’s hotel restaurant, and lunch at the Godolphin Arms. £450 for two people, phone 01736 719937 to book.
The Alverton in Truro has a Cornish Winter City Break offer, with dinner, bed and breakfast, and a bottle of Champagne, starting at £155 for two people.
The Rosevine and Old Quay House hotels are offering a combined South Coast Stay, with two nights on the Roseland Peninsula, and two nights in Fowey. From £530 for two adults, including bed and breakfast for four nights, a glass of fizz upon arrival, and up to 15% off lunch or dinner in both hotels’ restaurants.
Taste of the Bay is back at Watergate Bay. Stay at the Watergate Bay Hotel for three nights, with dinner in the resort’s three restaurants: The Beach Hut, Fifteen, and Zacry’s. From £339pp, arrival Sunday to Wednesday between 24 September and 18 October.
Outlaw’s Foodie Getaway packages start at £725 for two people for three nights. Staying at St Moritz Hotel, guests can enjoy dinner at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, The Mariners, and Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen. For full details see website.
Several North Cornwall establishments have got together to offer the Port Isaac Passport. Between 1 October and 22 December book three nights B&B for the price of two at Port Gaverne Hotel, Molesworth Arms (in Wadebridge) or Stargazy Inn (Port Isaac). Guests will receive a free Cornish cream tea on arrival, plus a £50 dining voucher to spend at Port Gaverne Hotel Restaurant, Pilchards Beach Café, or The Molesworth Arms.
NEW AUTUMN MENU AT THE BEACH AT BUDE
The Beach at Bude was recently described as having “a fantastic restaurant with some of the best food in Cornwall” by Lee Trewhela, and having eaten there a few times, I have to agree.
My mouth is already watering at the thought of some of the combinations on the new autumn menu: seared scallops with crispy lemon chicken wings, shallot purée, charred shallot leaves and crispy shallot rings (pictured); mushroom and egg ravioli with sautéed girolles, wilted spinach, mushroom purée and hazelnut butter; roasted turbot on the bone with smoked mussel fritters, samphire, charred cucumber, crispy capers, and a warm cucumber and herb emulsion.
Then there’s the confit duck leg rillettes, the tandoori roast salmon, the pan roasted venison fillet, the Warren’s steak, the wild bass… Desserts are also decadent and delicious. E.g. vanilla crème brûlée with brandy and almond sponge, poached autumn berries, blackberry sorbet, oat and honey crumb, and candied almonds.
If you haven’t eaten at The Beach then it’s worth a visit. Head chef Joe Simmonds recently earned the restaurant two AA rosettes. At lunchtime there’s also a set menu, with two courses for £17, or three for £21, and throughout September the hotel is donating £5 from every three course meal to The Smugglers’ Challenge.
For more information or to book a table visit their website or phone 01288 389800.
The long-awaited Rising Ground coffee is here!
Beans are roasted by champion barista Hugo Hercod and business partner Sean Gee at their new roastery in Relish Food and Drink in Wadebridge, and I can vouch for the coffee being delicious.
The coffee is available to drink in the café or buy beans to take home (you can get them ground in the shop to suit your coffee machine/cafetière) and will soon be available online too.
As part of the 001 series, the Guatemala beans are on sale for £7.75.
Conveniently located close to the South West Coast Path, The Rosevine is the perfect spot for Sunday lunch after a windswept walk on the beach.
Park at the hotel, pick up a map, and go for a stomp, before returning for a roast with a view. Booking recommended. Phone 01872 580206.
This autumn and winter the hotel is offering free venue hire for dinner parties of eight or more guests in the beautiful Georgian private dining room. For more information or to discuss your dinner, contact the team on [email protected].
BLACK LOBSTER OPENS IN HAYLE
I’ve heard great things about Black Lobster, a new seaside café in Hayle.
The menu changes regularly, depending on the chef’s mood and what fish is landed that day. Expect dishes such as prawn tacos, calamari, ribeye with chipotle on sourdough, blackened chicken and avocado burger, and mackerel fingers in a bun with Sriracha mayo.
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee. See Facebook for more details.
If you love baking, and love sticky toffee pudding, then this one’s for you. On 30 September The Old Ship Inn in Padstow will host the 2017 Padstow Open Sticky Toffee Pudding Competition.
One whole STP is to be entered into the contest, one portion will be judged, and the rest will be sold in aid of the RNLI.
Bring your entry to The Old Ship Inn on the morning of Saturday 30 September, and if you aren’t competing, then go along anyway and eat sticky toffee pudding in return for a donation to the RNLI. For full(ish) details, see Facebook.
ROSE TINTED GIN
Here’s the first glimpse of the newest Cornish gin, Tinkture, due to launch officially on 5 October.
BUT they are currently bottling their first 200 bottles, which will be available on Pocketful of Stones‘ stand at the Great Cornish Food Festival (see below).
Word on the street is that the rose gin is very nice indeed. For beautiful behind the scenes pictures, follow Tinkture on Instagram.
THE ALVERTON‘S ALL CORNISH MENU
To coincide with this year’s Great Cornish Food Festival, from 18 to 24 September The Brasserie at The Alverton in Truro will be offering a Cornish menu alongside its à la carte menu.
Pan seared scallops with sweetcorn purée, pancetta and rocket will feature as a starter. As a main course, fillet of hake, landed in Newlyn, will be served with creamed leeks, kale and watercress. For pudding, apple tarte Tatin will be accompanied by blackberry, caramel and fennel ice cream, made with Rodda’s Cream.
The Cornish menu is priced at £32 for 3 courses, and dishes are also available to order individually.
The hotel’s bar team have created a special Cornish cocktail: the Cornish Breakfast Martini includes Tarquin’s elderflower and pink grapefruit gin from Southwestern Distillery, Sisley’s three fruit marmalade and Cornish apple juice.
At 3pm on Sunday 24 August, The Alverton’s assistant bar manager Beth Russell will be running a drinks masterclass at the festival, and demonstrating how to make the Cornish Breakfast Martini.
For reservations call 01872 276 633 or visit thealverton.co.uk.
Service Users from award-winning People and Gardens will be taking over Knightor Winery to create a unique feast, with a menu based on the produce they grow at Watering Lane Nursery in Pentewan. The charity feast will be held on Friday 20 October.
Each course will be cooked and served by people taking part in the scheme, which helps people with learning disabilities or emotional impairments to develop work and social skills, and to gain confidence as individuals with a lot to offer their community. Founders Ken and Lorraine Radford hit on gardening as a method of achieving a sense of well-being, self-worth and satisfaction, whilst producing an array of healthy fruit and vegetables for participants and the public to enjoy.
On the morning of the Knightor Feast, the service users and volunteers will pick a selection of fresh produce from the nursery, before splitting into kitchen and front of house teams to deliver the feast.
Tickets are £25 per person for the three course feast and welcome cocktail, and all profits from the event will be reinvested into the People and Gardens project.
Have a look at their Facebook competition, where you can help devise the menu based on what is currently growing in the nursery, and win a ticket to the event.
The Great Cornish Food Festival takes place in Truro’s Lemon Quay from 22 to 24 September, featuring a host of Cornwall’s finest culinary talent. Nathan Outlaw will open the festival at 10am on the Friday morning,
Around 70 food and drink exhibitors will be in the large marquee, and there’s a packed programme of demos, masterclasses, tastings and tutorials throughout the festival.
The Croust Bar will feature a Cornish drinks bar and a variety of food stallholders serving freshly prepared hot and cold meals and snacks to eat in or take away. There will also be an outdoor street market, plus street food stalls selling everything from pulled pork to crab sandwiches.
For full details and the programme of events, visit greatcornishfood.co.uk.
There’s a wonderful selection of events as part of this year’s Heligan Harvest, running from 23 September to 8 October at the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Expect an exciting programme of talks, demonstrations, culinary masterclasses, garden tours, tasters, art and craft classes, plus two special feast nights.
On 30 September Ben Quinn brings his Woodfired Canteen to Heligan, and on 7 October Andy Chown (Loveday’s Restaurant) will be guest chef in the Heligan Kitchen.
Both feast nights are priced at £35 (£30 for Heligan members), including nibbles and a three course meal, with live music.
All other activities are free with garden admission, excepting the craft classes. For more information phone 01726 845100 or visit website.
CELEBRATIONS FOR CAMEL VALLEY
While grape crops in most of Europe were badly affected by the spring frosts, Cornwall’s largest vineyard, Camel Valley, is looking forward to an above average harvest. Having expected to lose around 30% of the grapes due to frost, the team is now estimating production to be a huge 130,000 bottles.
A royal favourite, Camel Valley wine was recently served by the Queen at a State Banquet for the King of Spain, and by the Prince of Wales at Clarence House for the Duchess of Cornwall’s birthday.
And as if that wasn’t enough good news, congratulations to the Lindo family on winning another gold medal and four silvers at the SW Vineyards Awards.
NEWS FROM PHILLEIGH WAY
Held inside the cookery school, the supper clubs are “interactive dining experiences” where guests will not only be able to enjoy a delicious taster menu, but they will be able to watch the chefs cook elements of each course, and will also be given tips on how to organise a hassle free dinner party.
First up in October is a Japanese Supper Club (Friday 13 October) which will be run by Naoko Kashiwagi of Naoko’s Kitchen, followed by a South East Asian Supper Club (Friday 20 October) hosted by professional chef Fiona Were. £40pp with drinks available to buy on the night.
For full details of all upcoming courses and events, and to book online, visit philleighway.co.uk.
Art for the Bacchus is an annual commission from Polgoon. With every new vintage of Bacchus, a new label will be commissioned from one of Newlyn’s tutors, with the aim of building up a collection of art labels from the county’s best artists.
Paul Lewin’s ‘Veor Cove’ was chosen for the label for this year’s commission. A painter of the coast and sea, Lewin has emerged as one of the leading contemporary landscape painters in the Southwest.
The Bacchus is a single estate, single variety wine, grown and made at Polgoon. The Bacchus 2016 has “exuberant aromas of lime zest with gooseberry and elderflower on the palate. This limited edition has a lengthy finish with a balanced minerality, reminiscent of Cornish shores.”
Each bottle from the limited edition of 1,500 is signed by the artist and the winemaker, and each label is individually numbered from 1 to 1,500. The wine is priced at £19.95 and is available to buy online.
NEWS FROM BINTWO
binTwo‘s next event will be held on Saturday 7 October at The Arc at Hawksfield. Alex Johnson, from Sweden’s award winning Mackmyra Whiskey Distillery, will be leading a whiskey tasting session, which will be accompanied by Smørrebrød (open sandwiches). 7pm to 9.30pm, with bar open until 10.30pm, £15pp, more info and tickets available online.
On Sunday 22 October Gents Quarter joins binTwo for Barber on the Harbour #2, raising money for Movember. Barber services will be offered in exchange for donations to the charity. Expect lots of hairy-faced men drinking manly drinks and smoking cigars. (Ladies are welcome too.) No need to book, just turn up.
Finally, there’ll be a New Zealand wine tasting event on Saturday 28 October. Keep an eye on their website for more details.
EAT AT THE ARC
The ARC at Hawksfield is currently serving food and drinks between 12pm and 4.30pm, Thursday to Saturday and, from October, until 8pm on Friday evenings.
Some of binTwo’s fine wines are available by the glass, alongside a selection of taster boards and nibbles highlighting some of the amazing produce The ARC has to offer. It’s the ideal way to try before you buy!
NEWS FROM RICK STEIN
Rick Stein’s Café in Padstow has a new menu for autumn, featuring old favourites from Rick’s travels, including salt and pepper prawns, moules frites, hake laksa with sambal (pictured) and Vietnamese Pho – all dishes that are great as starters or mains depending on how hungry you are.
The cookery school has a jam-packed diary of events over the next few weeks. The children’s Hallowe’en baking course caught my eye – the half day course on 26 October costs £40, and the children will learn to make marshmallow witches’ hats and pumpkin cupcakes.
On the evening of 26 October Stuart Pate will be hosting an apple tarte Tatin evening masterclass. Watch Stuart create the dish, and then make your own to take home. £40pp, including a glass of wine.
The Cook your Own Dinner courses on 13 October and 4 November also look fun. Kicking off at 6pm with a glass of wine, guests watch the chefs demo each course, then recreate them at their workstation, and then eat them! £95pp.
Rick’s latest book The Road to Mexico will be published on 19 October. In his book, Rick travels from San Francisco to Oaxaca in the very south of Mexico. The book will be packed with brand new recipes, anecdotes from the people he met en route, and travel tips too. Signed copies are available to pre-order online, priced at £26 each, order before 11 October.
DIARY DATES: SEPTEMBER
20 & 27 September Pizza & a Pint at MONO
A collaboration with Brother’s Pizza Co., enjoy a pizza and a pint between 8 and 10pm for just £10 at MONO in Falmouth.
21 September Woodfired Session at Philleigh Way
A feast of woodfired beef and lamb with live music from Suzi Mac, 7pm, £30pp.
22-24 September Great Cornish Food Festival
22-24 September Newquay Beer Festival
This annual event is held at Hendra Holiday Park, with onsite camping. Prices vary – visit website for full details.
23 September Foraging with Andy Pearson
Family-friendly 2 hour guided walk, starting at St Stephens Church in Saltash at 1.30pm, looking for edible plants. Bring a mug and spoon to enjoy soup cooked on the foreshore. For details contact Mary on 01752 843852 or Bob on 01752 844666.
26 September Hidden Hut Feast
A feast of curry, featuring Kashmiri lamb, 6pm, £17pp – sold out.
27 September Wine tasting at The Longstore
Taste and learn about a variety of weird and wonderful wines from around the world, 7pm to 9pm, £25pp.
28 September Chase takeover at Fifteen
From 7.30pm, Chase Distillery will be taking over the Fifteen Cornwall bar. £35pp for cocktails, spirit tasting and small plates from the kitchen.
29 September 2017 Surf & Turf at Watergate
A feast of prawns and steak at The Beach Hut – sold out.
29 September Potluck Hygge with Tylda
Enjoy a hygge-filled evening and three delicious courses in a bell tent, £22pp.
29 September Hidden Hut Feast
Slow-cooked pork bellies with crispy crackling, 6pm, £15pp – sold out.
29 September John Burton Race at Falmouth Hotel
A five course tasting menu by guest chef John Burton Race, to celebrate British Food Fortnight. £55pp or £85pp including wine flight.
30 September The Eden Project Beer Festival
Over 60 beers and ciders, plus good food and live music. £12.50, 6pm to midnight, over 18s only. Overnight accommodation available at the YHA campsite.
30 September Newquay Orchard Harvest Fayre
From 12 to 6pm there will be a farmers’ market, craft stalls, talks, yoga, games and live music at Newquay Community Orchard.
30 September Heligan Harvest Feast Night
DIARY DATES: OCTOBER
1 October Apple Day at Trevaskis Farm
A family friendly event, celebrating homegrown English apples, with a hog roast, locally brewed ales and ciders and a bouncy castle.
5-8 October 1,000 Mouths Festival
6-7 October OktoberFest Cornwall
A two day celebration of German beer, food and music on Lemon Quay Piazza in Truro.
7 October RNLI Fish Supper
Potluck is aiming to raise £500 for the RNLI with a three course fish supper at Roseliddon near Helston. £20pp.
7 October Crantock Farmers’ Market
From 8am to 1pm, at the cricket field and village hall in Crantock, The Market brings together food, yoga, running and live music.
7 October Heligan Harvest Feast Night
12 October Great British Chefs Dinner
Dom Chapman joins Jude Kereama at Kota Kai for a special six course dinner. £75pp, optional wine flight.
12-15 October Falmouth Oyster Festival
Four days of feasting, demos, food and drink, live music, arts and crafts, and more, to celebrate the start of the oyster dredging season and the native Fal Oyster.
14 October An Evening of Butterflies
Wine, art, music and nature. Contemporary artist Kurt Jackson and Mark Hellyar of Chateau Civrac combine to unveil a new Wild White Sauvignon Blanc at this event in aid of Cornwall Wildlife Trust. £5pp, book online.
19-21 October Falmouth Beer Festival
Over 200 real ales and ciders to taste over the three day festival. £10 entry includes souvenir glass, programme and two beer tokens.
19-29 October Fal River Autumn Festival 2017
Ten days of walking around the Fal River, with plenty of food & drink and cultural events
20 October People and Gardens Feast at Knightor
The guys from People and Gardens take over Knightor for the evening, serving a menu featuring their own produce. £25pp, book online.
20 October Shine for ShelterBox with Woodfired Canteen
The first Shine for ShelterBox fundraising event, at 7pm in Truro, with a chance to win chef Ben Quinn for yourself (just for one evening mind). From £25pp.
22 October Cornish Wild Food foraging walk
Matt Vernon will lead a foraging walk in St Just in Roseland, ending with a small cook up. 12.30pm-3.30pm, £25pp.
22 October Barber on the Harbour
25 October Potluck’s 17th Chat & Eat Night
Part of the Fal River Autumn Festival, Penperth Farm will host this informal evening where food lovers can meet, chat and eat. £15pp includes a welcome drink and food.
27 October An Evening of Cornish Gin
The Juniper Club is hosting this event at The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. £27.95 pp, includes three gin cocktails.
28 October binTwo wine tasting
Relish Food and Drink in Wadebridge is looking for a café chef. Contact Mark Williams on 01208 814214 or email [email protected].
Boconnoc Estate has a vacancy for a wedding and event administrator, which would suit someone with a passion for events and weddings and could potentially include organising some foodie events in the future. Details online.
Polurrian Bay Hotel is on the hunt for a competent head chef with a 2 rosette standard background and a passion for using quality local produce. Send CVs to Tim Brocklebank by email or call 01326 240421 for more information.
The Point at Polzeath has several vacancies, including sous chef, bar and restaurant staff. For full details visit website.
Firebrand Bar and Restaurant in Launceston is recruiting for a trainee commis chef. Initially around 16 hours per week. No experience required but an enthusiasm about food and a willingness to learn. Email [email protected].
Fifteen Cornwall‘s autumn menu is available from 18 September to 21 October, with three courses for £24.
Congratulations to The Alverton Hotel in Truro. The Grade II listed hotel was awarded four AA silver stars earlier this month. It has also retained two AA rosettes for its Brasserie, held since July 2016.
Keep an eye on social media as Padstow Kitchen Garden announces its next gardening course dates. Vouchers will also be available for gifts.
Appleton’s at the Vineyard is about to move upstairs into their shiny new restaurant at Trevibban Mill. The large room has great views across the valley, and the huge bar will be a great spot for a drink and some of Andy Appleton’s “crispy bits”. The wine list will be more extensive than before, including wines other than those produced onsite.
Sunday roasts are back at The Longstore in Charlestown from 17 September; book a table as they’re popular!
The Hidden Hut‘s Soup Sundays return for autumn, no need to book, just turn up. Perfect fuel for a long walk along the coast path.
Safu in Newquay is about to start delivering sushi locally. Click here to register your interest. Plus in September they are offering 20% off dine-in food between 12 and 3pm. Just mention the word “bonsai”.
If you have food news for the November Foodie Diary please email us by 15 October.