THE FOODIE DIARY: SEPTEMBER 2019
Here’s our pick of the best of Cornwall’s food and drink this September. Scroll down for this month’s Diary Dates. Happy eating!
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.
THE HEADLAND BECOMES CORNWALL’S FIRST DOUBLE FIVE STAR HOTEL
Congratulations to The Headland Hotel in Newquay, 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.
GOURMET FOODIE BREAK WITH RICK STEIN AND ST MORITZ HOTEL
The St Moritz Hotel has a launched its new Gourmet Foodie Break with Rick Stein for autumn. The three night package includes one dinner at The Seafood Restaurant, one dinner in the hotel’s own Shorecrest Restaurant, breakfast each morning, and a cream tea. Upgrade to the premium package and also receive a bottle of Champagne and transport to and from Padstow.
The standard package prices start at £510 for two people for three nights, and the premium package starts at £640, and both are available to book now for stays from October 2019 until the end of March 2020, excluding school holidays.
For full details see website.
NEW RUM DISTILLERY TOURS
The state-of-the-art new Cornish Rum Distillery at Norton Barton Artisan Food Village (near Bude) is now open to visitors for tours.
Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the factory floor and see the process of rum production, from the fermentation of the molasses to the bottling of the finished product, as well as getting to sample the range of The Cornish Distilling Co.’s rums.
Phone 01288 321921 to book, and see website for more details.
TASTE OF CORNWALL AT THE HEADLAND
This autumn, The Headland Hotel in Newquay is offering guests the ultimate getaway with the Best of Cornish Autumn Escape.
The two night package includes a full Cornish breakfast, a cream tea for two, a glass of Prosecco, and Cornish treats of fudge and shortbread to enjoy in the room. The hotel’s Samphire restaurant is also offering guests a complimentary bottle of house wine with an evening dinner booking.
Prices start at £340 for two people for two nights. For more information, or to book your stay, visit the hotel’s website.
THE VAULT POP-UP IN PENZANCE
Following a fire earlier this year, The Old Coastguard in Mousehole isn’t due to reopen until early 2020. So, to keep themselves busy, the team is opening a pop-up restaurant, The Vault, on Chapel Street in Penzance for this autumn and winter.
Opening on Friday 13 September, The Old Coastguard’s new head chef Jamie Porter will be running the kitchen, serving food and drinks all day, from breakfast through until supper.
The Vault’s menu will be driven by the seafood from nearby Newlyn and will mainly feature sharing plates, with dishes such as crispy sardines with pickled anchovy salad cream, salt fish croquettes, and sashimi with wasabi, soy and mirin.
Open for breakfast from 9am, Sunday brunch from 9am to 12pm, and full menu from 12pm. Open 9am to 11pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 9am to 5pm on Sundays and Mondays.
NEW HEAD CHEF AND AUTUMN GOURMET GETAWAY AT THE DRIFTWOOD
The Driftwood Hotel’s new head chef, Olly Pierrepont, has introduced his new menus to the award-winning restaurant. Having been working in Michelin-starred restaurants for fifteen years, we’re sure his food is going to be delicious.
The hotel is offering an Autumn Gourmet Getaway between 15 September and 23 December. The two-night stay includes breakfast each morning, a three course dinner on one evening, and a seven course tasting menu on the other. Prices start at £130 per person per night.
To see Olly’s new menus, or to make a reservation, visit driftwoodhotel.co.uk.
WILD LIFE BOTANICALS
Wild Life Botanicals has just 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/.
SUNDAY SESSIONS AT MOUNT HAVEN HOTEL
The Mount Haven Hotel in Marazion is hosting Sunday Sessions on its terrace throughout September. Expect sunshine (fingers crossed!), live music, drinks and small plates.
Each week there will be a selection of food and drink created in partnership with local suppliers, from Tink & Tonic cocktails, wine pairings, and beer-inspired dishes.
Sunday 1 September: Ellie McCall / Enotria & Coe
Sunday 8 September: DJ Robbo, Chillout Set / Sharp’s Brewery
Sunday 15 September: Ellie McCall / Tinkture
Sunday 22 September: Boundless Brothers / Sharp’s Brewery
Sunday 29 September: Boundless Brothers / Enotria & Coe
For full details see website.
NEW WINE SHOP: THE OLD GARAGE
New independent wine shop The Old Garage has opened at Chenoweths Business Park in Ruan High Lanes on The Roseland.
Run by Lucy and Jules Chenoweth, the beautiful and well-stocked bottle shop also has a delicatessen, and the first tasting evening will be on Friday 27 September. See here for details.
INITIAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR PADSTOW CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Padstow Christmas Festival has announced its initial line-up of chefs who will be taking to the stage at this year’s event in December.
Local high profile chefs Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw will be joined by others from further afield, including José Pizarro, Atul Kochhar, Glynn Purnell, Phil Vickery and Brian Turner.
The festival is free to attend and will be opened by Nathan Outlaw in the Sharp’s Chefs’ Theatre at midday on Thursday 5 December. Visit website for the most up-to-date information.
SUNDAY LUNCH WITH A VIEW AT ST MICHAELS
St Michaels Resort in Falmouth has a new head chef, Darren Millgate, who has previously worked at Bedruthan Hotel, The Scarlet, and Bustopher Jones.
Reading Darren’s new Sunday lunch menu makes your mouth water, and it seems like the perfect reason to spend an autumnal Sunday morning working up an appetite by stomping along the coast path. After which you can enjoy your well-earned lunch with a view out to sea from the hotel’s Brasserie on the Bay restaurant.
The menu features traditional Sunday roasts (rump of beef or pork belly, with ALL the trimmings: golden roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese bake, harissa roasted butternut squash, rosemary roast beets, and seasonal greens) as well as fish dishes such as plump Cornish mussels to start, and hake with gnocchi and sea vegetables as a main.
£21.95 for two courses, £26.95 for three. For the full menu or to book a table, visit website.
NEW PADSTOW MERMAID GIN
BinTwo in Padstow has launched its own gin, Padstow Mermaid. The spirit has been produced (with a little help from Still on the Move) right outside the wine merchant’s shop in the heart of Padstow. To see the beautiful film of the making of the gin, click here.
The gin is described as having a “fusion of fifteen botanicals offering a fresh citrus kick and a delicious saline finish. Careful use of Cornish seaweed and samphire from Padstow Kitchen Garden bring just a hint of the sea. You might almost say it’s like the flick of a mermaid’s tail.”
For the signature Mermaid G&T serve one part gin to two parts tonic, poured over plenty of ice with a slice of fresh lemon, dried sea spaghetti from the Cornish Seaweed Company and a tiny pinch of Cornish Sea Salt.
£44 per bottle, available from binTwo and other local stockists, and also to buy online.
SHELLFISH AT FIFTEEN
Fifteen Cornwall is dedicating the month of September to a celebration of Cornish shellfish, with a special seafood platter for two.
The platter consists of oysters with pea granita, dressed crab on homemade porridge crackers, pickled mussels, and dressed Josper grilled cuttlefish.
Designed for two people, the dish is served with with two glasses of Pol Roger Champagne, and is priced at £44. Available at lunch and dinner from 2 to 30 September. To find out more or to make a reservation, visit website.
Sun 1 to Mon 30 September Taste of Scilly
The fourth Taste of Scilly is a month-long celebration of the islands’ produce, and kicks off with a low tide mini food festival on the sand bar between Bryher and Tresco on Sunday 1 September. For full details see here.
Sunday 1 September Niall Keating at Story by the Sea
During September, Story by the Sea’s pop-up at Carbis Bay Hotel will be joined by Michelin star chefs. Each evening will start with a selection of snacks before a six course collaboration menu by Tom Sellers and his guest chef. On 1 September Tom will be joined by Niall Keating from Whatley Manor. For more information or to book a table, visit website.
Thursday 5 September Michael O’Hare at Story by the Sea
For the second collaborative dinner, Tom Sellers will be joined by Michael O’Hare, chef patron of The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds. For more information or to book a table, visit website.
Friday 6 September South African Wine Tasting in Marazion
A trade wine tasting organised by Ben Prior and Charlie Stein, featuring over a dozen of South Africa’s best New Wave wine makers. 2pm to 5pm at The Fire Engine Inn in Marazion. To register see here.
Friday 6 September South African Wine Dinner at Porthminster Beach Café
A five course feast at the gorgeous Porthminster Beach Café, cooked by head chef Mick Smith, Bertus Basson (celebrity chef from Cape Town), Ben Prior (Ben’s Cornish Kitchen), Jude Kereama and Ryan Venning, with matching South African wines. £100pp, book online.
Friday 6 September Summer Sundowner at Colwith Farm Distillery
Enjoy a cocktail on arrival, followed by a tour of the distillery, a tutored tasting, and a Cornish charcuterie board on the terrace. Bar open until 11pm. £24pp, book online.
Saturday 7 September South African Wine Tasting and Braai
A braai (South African barbecue) will be cooked by Bertus Basson, Mick Smith and Ben Prior, alongside which will be a selection of over 40 South African wines to taste. 2pm to 6pm at The Fire Engine Inn in Marazion, £25pp, book online.
Monday 9 September Brad Carter at Story by the Sea
For the final collaborative dinner at Carbis Bay Hotel’s Story by the Sea, Tom Sellers will be joined by Brad Carter from Birmingham’s Carters of Moseley. For more information or to book a table, visit website.
Wednesday 11 September Dinner in the Castle at Pentillie
A special three course dinner in the beautiful Pentillie Castle, overlooking the River Tamar. Much of the produce will have been sourced from the Tamar Valley and the Pentillie Estate. £35pp, which includes canapés on arrival, three courses, and coffee with petits fours. For the full menu, or to book, see website.
Thursday 12 September Jack Stein’s Asia on a Plate
Join Jack at the table for a special four course menu dinner with paired drinks at Rick Stein’s in Falmouth. Inspired by his travels, Jack has selected some of his favourite dishes from around the world, with paired drinks for each course. This is a communal dining experience and guests will be seated around one table, hosted by Jack. For more information or to book tickets (£60pp) see here.
Friday 13 September Percuil Pork Belly Feast at The Hidden Hut
Percuil pork bellies slow-roasted and finished over cherry wood with crispy crackling. Served with whole baked apples, grilled cabbage, smokey bacon and butter bean cream stew, and finished with fried sage. £16pp. See website.
Friday 13 September Seasonal Feast with Cornish Vermouth at Knightor
Following an optional pre-dinner winemaker’s tour at 5pm, guests will enjoy a welcome drink (Knightor’s Cornish Spritz), nibbles, and tasters of each of the vineyard’s own vermouths – dry, white and rosé. The three course menu then uses vermouth in each dish. £26pp for the feast or £42.50pp for the tour, tasting and feast. Book online.
13 to Sun 15 Sept The Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival
A party at Healeys Cyder Farm with live music, silent disco, BBC Introducing stage, camping and glamping, Secret Cider Walks and cider tasting. See website for more info and tickets.
Fri 13 to Sun 15 Sept Newquay Fish Festival
There’ll be chef demos, live music, fresh fish and great food at this festival in Newquay, celebrating the county’s fishing heritage. For the full line-up, visit website.
Saturday 14 September Auction of Promises at Camel Studio
An evening in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care at Camel Studio near Wadebridge, with delicious food and live music. During the evening there will be an auction of promises, which include a three course dinner for eight people, cooked in your own home by the fabulous Chris Eden, as well as a holiday in the Dordogne, a weekend in Port Isaac, boat trips, a pottery lesson, personal training sessions, and much more. Tickets are £25 and are available online.
Sat 14 & Sun 15 September Zacry’s Hill Climb lunches
Motorsports enthusiasts can enjoy a special two-course lunch in Watergate Bay Hotel’s restaurant, Zacry’s, before watching the Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb. The menu includes a drink, barbecued Cornish lamb served on flat bread with date molasses, pomegranate, mint yogurt, zhug, pickled cabbage and rocket, and a raspberry and almond tarte with clotted cream. A vegetarian option is available on request.£20pp, book online.
Sunday 15 September Foraging picnic on St Michael’s Mount
Join wild food expert, Emma Gunn, for a forage along the causeway to St Michael’s Mount, and through the garden and North Woods of St Michael’s, to learn more about what is edible throughout coast and countryside. After exploring the island, guests will tuck into a foraged picnic, created by the St Michael’s Mount head chef Greg Milne in collaboration with Emma. 11am to 1pm, £30pp, book online.
Tues 17 & Wed 18 September Temple Take Over with Josh Pollen
Head chef of Lyan Cub in London, Josh Pollen, will be joining Temple in Bude for two nights. Menu ideas include mushroom cups with dried fermented egg white and nasturtiums, brown crab with potatoes, gorse, buttermilk and fig leaf, and barbecued lamb with onions, smoked smelt, black pear sauce and leaves. Check website for more info.
Thursday 19 September Firelight at Kudhva
The Stranger Collective is bringing their popular Firelight night to Kudhva for an evening of fireside stories and music. Speakers include award-winning photographer Guy Martin, writers Chris Power and Cathy Galvin, Soul Farm’s Laurence and Adele Jarrett Kerr, and Killing Eve actor Edward Bluemel. There’ll be food from Beautiful and The Feast, drinks from Porthilly Spirit, and a wood-fired hot tub. Tickets are £21pp which includes dinner. Camping also available. For more info and tickets see here.
Thursday 19 September Dinner in the Castle at Pentillie
Friday 20 September Wine & Food Pairing at Una St Ives
An evening of fine food and beautifully paired wines led by experts from LWC in the gorgeous restaurant at Una, near St Ives. Tickets are £48pp and include a drink on arrival, a four course dinner, and a glass of expertly matched wine with each course. For tickets, see here.
Friday 20 September A Taste of Burma at The Warehouse, Penryn
A Burmese night at Origin’s The Warehouse, featuring a choice of three curries (tamarind pumpkin, Kachin fish, or chicken aloo) served with rice, salads and flatbreads with chutneys and pickles. Drinks available to buy at the bar. £17pp, three sittings at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Book online.
Fri 20 to Sun 22 September Budelicious Food Festival
The second Budelicious food festival in Bude, showcasing the best food and drink from the town and its vicinity. The festival kicks off with an evening of beer and cheese in the marquee on the Friday evening and continues with a weekend of chef demos, street food vendors, family activities and evening entertainment throughout the grounds of the Falcon Hotel. See website for full details.
Sunday 22 September Sea & Smoke with Temple
The Temple team will be at Margaret’s (at Northcott Beach) cooking up a feast on hot coals. The menu looks incredible and features smoked and barbecued fish and veg, including monkfish tails, kale, corn and leeks, along with tacos and flatbreads, seaweed salad and pastel de natas for pud. £25pp, book online.
Monday 23 September Seafood and Sake Dinner with Alex Polizzi
MMW Kitchen’s certified sake samurais Perry and Erin will be heading to Hotel Tresanton for an evening of Japanese flavours and Cornish seafood. The five course dinner (with matching sake) is priced at £80pp. For the full menu or to book tickets, see website.
Friday 27 September Wine Tasting Evening at The Old Garage
The Old Garage’s first tasting evening, from 5pm to 9pm, with a few of the new shop’s favourite bottles open to taste, along with treats from the deli. No tickets required, just click on “going” on the Facebook event page.
Friday 27 September Pizza Making Class at Tre, Pol & Pen
Learn how to make the perfect pizza, then enjoy eating it with a delicious cocktail. 6.30pm to 8.30pm, £18pp, over 18s only. See website for full details.
Fri 27 to Sun 29 September Truro Food Festival
A new festival for Truro, with a weekend of chef demos, a local produce marquee, workshops, street food, and plenty of live music and entertainment. The festival will be centred around Lemon Quay and Boscawen Street with pop-up events and a restaurant trail across the city. For full details see trurofoodfestival.com.
Sunday 29 September Foraging picnic on St Michael’s Mount
Sunday 29 September Brunch at Padstow Kitchen Garden
A high welfare brunch using only ingredients from Trerethern Farm, cooked on a fire pit overlooking Little Petherick Creek. The menu features Cornish yogurt with rhubarb and granola, and a Full Padstow Breakfast, which includes the farm’s own bacon, sausages, eggs, potatoes, chorizo beans and pickles. £16.50pp. BYO hot drinks, other drinks available to purchase from the binTwo bar. For full details and to buy tickets see here.
Sunday 29 September Lunch club at Lovetts in Newlyn
Forgotten Fish is joining Lovetts in Newlyn for a six course lunch featuring the bits of fish that are usually ignored. £35 for six courses, with wine pairing recommendations available. Two sittings, at 12pm and 3pm. For more info see Instagram.
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.
Congratulations to the Cornish restaurants which have been included in this year’s Squaremeal UK’s Top 100 Restaurants. Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is eighth in the list, which also features Padstow’s Paul Ainsworth at No 6, Prawn on the Lawn, and The Seafood Restaurant, as well as Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen and Coombeshead Farm.
The Good Food Guide’s Top 50 Restaurants 2020 have been announced, with Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in third place (having held first position for the last two years) and Paul Ainsworth at No. 6 placed 40th in the list.
Congratulations to Tregothnan Estate, which celebrates the twentieth anniversary of planting its first Camellia sinensis (tea) bushes this month, which led to the production of Britain’s first homegrown tea.
August’s “Cricket on the Bar” (between the Golden Lion and Padstow Social Club) raised £1,000 for the Fishermen’s Mission. This is the second time the cricket match has been played, and it looks set to become an annual fixture, with Padstow Brewing Company providing sponsorship, refreshments, and a bar on the quayside for spectators.
The Nook café has just opened at Krowji. Run by the popular Hungry Horsebox, The Nook will be open from 8am to 5pm on weekdays, serving breakfast and lunch, and coffee and cake.
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 professional, and full details can be found on their Twitter page, @STP_comp.
Adrian Oliver has just launched his new venture, Cornish Field Kitchen, offering street food, feast nights and private parties. See Facebook for more details.
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