THE FOODIE DIARY: SEPTEMBER 2016
After an extended summer break the Foodie Diary is back! Welcome to our latest round up of what’s hot (or nicely chilled) on Cornwall’s food scene this month.
THE CAREW ARMS NOW OPEN
The Carew Arms in the village of Antony, near Torpoint, is now open following extensive renovation. The pub also incorporates a general store and café space serving barista coffees and cakes, and the Loft Dining Room, available for private hire and community events.
Owner Tremayne Carew Pole and consultant chef Emily Watkins of The Kingham Plough have worked closely with head chef Jack Clayton to offer affordable, field-to-fork cooking, hand-picking suppliers local to the area.
Guests can choose from mains such as hake with chorizo and warm potato and fennel salad; or spaghetti with artichokes, mussels and cider. Pub classics (fish pie, fish and chips or a burger) are available alongside a range of bar snacks, like the Cornish Yarg rarebit. Sunday lunch features a choice of delicious traditional roasts, including lamb reared on the nearby Antony Estate.
The bar serves a carefully curated range of local ales from Keltek Brewery, Harbour Brewing Company and St Austell Brewery. An extensive wine list has been selected to be paired perfectly with Emily and Jack’s dishes.
CHEFS CONFIRMED FOR PADSTOW CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
The organisers of Padstow Christmas Festival have revealed plans for this year’s event which will take place from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 December 2016.
Now in its ninth year, the award-winning free event is Cornwall’s largest food festival, and is expected to welcome over 50,000 visitors.
Taking place in the heart of Padstow, the volunteer-run event is famous for its traditional Christmas market, packed with more than 100 artisan crafts, food and drink producers from across the country.
The two chef stages will also be returning, with over 60 demonstrations during the four day festival.
The organisers will be announcing the full line up in the coming months, but those already confirmed include local chefs Rick Stein, Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth, plus Angela Hartnett, Michael Caines and Simon Hulstone. They will also be welcoming José Pizarro and Sat Bains for the first time.
For more details keep checking the website, www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk.
NEW FOODSERVICE FOR BUTTERMILK
This month Buttermilk launched their new foodservice range at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair in London. The new products have been created specifically for catering businesses.
Their selection of handmade petits fours make a great accompaniment to coffee, and a choice of fudge bars and loose confectionery can be served as part of an after-dinner fudgeboard, a sweet play on a traditional cheeseboard.
Working closely with chef James Strawbridge, Buttermilk has created some delicious recipes, such as fudge affogato: Cornish ice cream with fudge caramel and espresso sauce. Yum.
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 now phone 01726 833302. £70 per person.
WINETASTING EVENINGS AT THE ROSEVINE
A similar champagne tasting, this time 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.
Local wine supplier and sommelier, Charles Steevenson, will be hosting a wine tasting evening at The Rosevine on Wednesday 21 September. The three course dinner will be complimented by specially selected wines. £35 per person.
Phone 01872 580206 to book for either event, or visit website for more details.
PEOPLE AND GARDENS FEAST AT KNIGHTOR WINERY
It was all hands on deck for the People and Gardens and Knightor Winery staff, who served a five course menu, homemade cocktails and selection of local wines with each dish.
GREAT BRITISH MENU / SOUTH WEST CHEFS AT THE IDLE ROCKS
We’ve been eagerly watching the South West heats in the BBC’s Great British Menu this week. Will Cornwall’s Jude Kereama (of Kota in Porthleven) make it to the final?
The Idle Rocks Hotel will be welcoming Jude 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 four course feast (see menu). 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.
FINE DINING IN NEWQUAY
Everyone is talking about the food at Chapter 1 Restaurant in Newquay.
Read our review of the tasting menu, and to book a table phone 01637 499263. Highly recommended.
NEW RESTAURANT OPENINGS
Penrose Kitchen has opened near Shortlanesend – open from 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday (for breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee and cake – pictured above) and supper on Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information, including a sample supper menu visit their website.
La Cave is a new French wine bar and restaurant which opened in Falmouth on 1 September. The menu looks good, and food is served from 5pm to 10pm, with a late licence on Fridays and Saturdays, when you can enjoy drinks, cheese and desserts until 12.30am.
On my “to do” list for autumn is a visit to Coombeshead Farm, a guesthouse and working farm run by chefs Tom Adams and April Bloomfield.
The farmhouse consists of five beautiful and simply appointed en suite bedrooms; breakfast features homemade yoghurts, breads, freshly milled oats and grains, preserves, butters, ham, bacon, cheeses…
Dinner is served at the communal dining table, and the menu changes each day, depending on what the farm is producing and what is ready from the smokehouse, curing and pickling rooms at the time.
Room prices start at £110 for single occupancy and £175 for double occupancy, inclusive of breakfast. For more information visit www.coombesheadfarm.co.uk.
On 21 September Fifteen Cornwall will be hosting a five course tasting menu, with wine tasting in conjunction with Australian Vinteloper wines.
The winery founder David Bowley will introduce the wines, and Red Squirrel Wines’ Nik Darlington will also be on hand to discuss wine making and answer any questions.
The meal will be served with banquet style seating, with only 23 spaces available, and is priced at £115 per person. Phone 01637 861000 to book. For full details visit their website.
The next Nancarrow Feast – Hog, Harvest and Hedgerow – will be held on 14 September (sold out).
There are two feasts scheduled for next month on 5 and 28 October – sign up to be the first to know when tickets go on sale. Both these October events have bed and breakfast packages available too. Highly recommended.
Darren Broom has been newly appointed to head the kitchen team at Nancarrow. He has been instrumental in the development of the Nancarrow kitchen for the last two years, whilst also running his own foraging and private catering business, The Wild Larder.
He takes over from Ben Quinn, who has recently launched his latest venture, Woodfired Canteen, see below.
We wish Ben Quinn the best of luck with his new venture, Woodfired Canteen, offering one-off food experiences in unusual places, centred around woodfired cooking.
Keep an eye on his Facebook page for news and events, the next of which is a feast at Padstow Kitchen Garden from 3 to 8pm on Sunday 11 September.
The three course menu will feature Ross Geach’s fantastic fresh produce from the farm. BYO drinks and glasses. Tickets available online, £25 per person.
If you’re in the Padstow area pop in to try Streetfood Café’s delicious food at Padstow Kitchen Garden. Food is cooked on their Big Green Egg and the chefs use as much local produce as possible, including the fantastic veg grown on the farm.
See Facebook for specials and details of events.
BINTWO FLIGHT CLUB
BinTwo’s next Flight Club event will be held at BinTwo Hawksfield on Saturday 24 September, 7pm to 9pm(ish).
This month’s theme is South Africa, with Ben Foster of Newton Wines talking guests through his fine selection of wines.
£30 per person, includes a wine flight of 6 or 7 generous tasters and a South African inspired sharing plate supper. BinTwo can also help coordinate transport. For full details and to book tickets visit their website.
NEWS FROM PHILLEIGH WAY
Do your bit for charity and learn how to bake delicious cupcakes at the same time on Philleigh Way’s Cupcakes for CoppaFeel! course. All proceeds from the course will be donated to the fantastic charity CoppaFeel!, a breast cancer charity dedicated to educating young people about the importance of checking their breasts in order to catch breast cancer early, and Philleigh Way’s chosen charity for 2016.
During the course students will bake a delicious range of cupcakes as well as producing their own handmade decorations which will see them mastering a variety skills including sugar-craft under the guidance of tutor Christine Hawker. 9.30am to 1.30pm, Wednesday 5 October, £48 per person, book online.
Other upcoming courses include “Cornwall in a Day”, “Pig in a Day”, Japanese, fish and game cookery, breadmaking, and a new preserving course in conjunction with Cornish Meadow Preserves on 1 October.
The last of the year’s Woodfired Sessions take place on 15 and 20 September; both feature a fantastic feast, with beef taking the starring role. Tickets are £30 each, available online.
SAM’S DINER TO OPEN SOON
Sam’s has announced that they are opening their new Sam’s Diner this autumn, alongside the “Cornucopia Food and Drink visitor attraction” which launches later next year in the revamped St Austell Bay Retail and Leisure Park.
They are promising “fresh pancakes, awesome shakes and smoothies, award winning burgers, own recipe hotdogs, sous-vide short ribs, and locally harvested seafood and shellfish”, and will be open from breakfast through to late evening.
They will also be opening “Sam’s Skinny Kitsch”, with deliciously healthy food for those with special dietary needs.
Sam’s are looking for at least thirty full and part time members of staff for their latest project, including apprentices and chefs, managers, front of house, bar staff, floor staff and KPs. Visit www.samscornwall.co.uk for details of available positions, or email [email protected] with your CV and job preference for early October interviews.
COFFEE BREWING COURSE AT RELISH
Join Hugo Hercod, previous UK Barista champion and self-confessed coffee geek, for a coffee-fuelled morning at Relish in Wadebridge.
Participants will learn all about coffee in a three hour hands on course, full details online.
Price includes breakfast – fresh croissants and pains au chocolat while you learn – and as much coffee as you probably want to drink in one morning, as well as a 250g bag of beans to take home and 10% discount on coffee equipment.
£60 per person, 9am to 12 noon, Sunday 25 September.
TASTE OF THE BAY AT WATERGATE
Stay at Watergate Bay for three nights with dinner in The Beach Hut, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall and the hotel’s own restauarant, Zacry’s.
Prices start at £324 per person in a House Standard room, based on two people sharing, arriving Sunday to Wednesday from Sunday 18 September to Wednesday 19 October.
For full details visit www.watergatebay.co.uk.
There’ll be something for everyone at these upcoming festivals. Check out individual websites for programmes of events, chef demos and stallholders.
Eden Project Festival of Food – 9 to 11 September
St Ives September Festival, cultural festival – 10 to 24 September
Newquay Fish Festival – 16 to 18 September
Great Cornish Food Festival in Truro – 23 to 25 September
Eden Project Beer Festival – 1 October, over 18s only, £12.50 per person
Trevibban Mill‘s winemaker Manuel Kowalewski will be on hand to answer your questions at the vineyard’s “Meet the Winemaker Tour”, from 5pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 15 September. Limited spaces, phone 01841 541413 or book online.
The Beach Hut at Watergate Bay is holding an Argentinian Steak Night on Saturday 10 September. The menu and wine list look great; food will be served on long banquet style tables inside, with live music, piñata and beach games. £35 per person, optional wine flight for an extra £10.
The next Potluck Cornwall event is an evening of small plates at the Courtyard Deli in Falmouth on 15 September. £25.50 per person, includes food and first drink. For a full list of tapas dishes and to book tickets see here.
Chef Lee Skeet (ex-Michelin-starred Hedone in London) will be holding a pop up supper club at The Exchange in Penzance on 30 September. Tickets are limited, £25 for three courses, book online.
The next Secret Supper club at Lusty Glaze takes place on 29 September.
Liberty Coffee in Launceston is holding a coffee tasting session on Sunday 25 September, with Sonali Tailor from Hasbean guiding the tastings of eight different coffees.
We love to hear from you. Please email any news for inclusion in the October Foodie Diary to [email protected] by 20 September.