THE FOODIE DIARY: SUMMER 2019
Here’s our pick of the best of Cornwall’s food and drink this summer.
We’ll update this page as we hear about new events during July and August, and a few in early September, so please keep checking back to see what’s been added. For the latest food news, scroll to the bottom, or click here.
Happy reading, happy eating, and have a wonderful summer!
JULY DIARY DATES
Tuesday 2 July Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Food Industry
A panel of experts will be providing advice on how to tackle mental health issues in the food industry. Speakers from Cornwall Council’s Healthy Lives will help employers to identify sources of stress in the workplace, along with the ways in which this can impact employees’ mental health and their work patterns. The event takes place from 10am to 1pm at Rodda’s Creamery in Scorrier, is free to attend, and is open to small and medium local businesses. To book a place see here.
Wednesday 3 July Summer Feast at Nancarrow Farm
A summery feast, featuring Nancarrow’s new season lamb with redcurrant, as well as Tamworth pork, broad beans and guanciale to start with. If the weather is good, guests will be seated in the beautiful courtyard. £35pp, book online. Bed and breakfast options also available.
Saturday 6 July Summer BBQ course at Truro School Cookery School
Learn how to cook tasty, succulent barbecue food in this course which will guide you through the stages of hosting a stress and carbon free BBQ. The menu includes beer can chicken, chargrilled mackerel, griddled courgettes, and doughnuts. 10am to 3pm. £80pp includes lunch, everything you need to cook a meal for four to take home, and a bottle of wine.
Sat 6 & Sun 7 July Food Jam at Enys Gardens
A weekend of food and drink at Enys Gardens, with live music, talks, workshops, foraging walks, demos, wild cocktails, children’s entertainment, and more. Open 11am to 6pm each day, see Facebook for more info and tickets.
Saturday 6 July Feast at The Old Market, Chacewater
A feast of marinated, slowly roasted, whole shoulders of meltingly tender, Cornish moorland lamb, and plenty of accompaniments. £27.54pp, which includes an appetiser and pudding. Book online.
Saturday 6 July A Cornish Feast at Kudhva
An afternoon of food and conversation with Table Magazine at Kudhva, with a tour of the grounds, flower arranging workshop, cocktail hour, and a five course feast cooked by Craig Tregonning (head chef at Temple in Bude, ex-Ottolenghi) with wine pairings. £65pp, book online. Overnight accommodation also available if you want to make a weekend of it, see here.
Sunday 7 July Hospitality Action’s Social Sunday
If you own or work in a restaurant, café or bar, then consider taking part in Hospitality Action’s Social Sunday, which takes place on Sunday 7 July this year. For more details of how to get involved or to put on your own fundraising event, visit socialsunday.org.uk.
Sunday 7 July Social Sunday at The Headland Hotel
From 2pm to 6pm, a special event in the grounds of The Headland, featuring a taco bar, Mexican beers, Callestick ice cream, and popcorn cones. There’ll be live music and garden games. Tickets are available to purchase on the day at £10 (£5 for children), which includes a drink and taco, with profits going to Hospitality Action. Full details on Facebook.
Sunday 7 July Curgurrell Lamb Feast at The Hidden Hut
Curgurrell lamb shoulders slow-roasted for twelve hours then finished over almond wood. Served with smokey aubergine, apricot and chickpea tagine, freshly-baked leavened flatbreads, soft green herbs and whipped yoghurt. £17pp, book online at noon on 1 July.
Tuesday 9 July Sunset Supper on the Camel Trail
David Sharland will be cooking a feast at Atlantic Coast Express, which is between Wadebridge and Padstow on the Camel Trail. Travel by bike, foot, kayak, SUP or horse! £20 per person, booking essential. For more info, see here.
Wednesday 10 July Washing Line Mackerel at The Hidden Hut
Freshly-landed Portscatho mackerel hung like wind chimes from the washing line grill and cooked gently over wood-fire. Dressed in a roasted orange oil. Served with beetroot and orange salad and blistered and buttered potatoes from the plancha. £15pp. Book online at noon on 1 July.
Friday 12 July Chinese Night at Truro School Cookery
A cookery lesson and two course dinner combined at this evening of Chinese food, featuring pork dumplings, prawn spring rolls, soy glazed pork belly, and sautéed pak choi. £25pp, for full details or to book a place, see here.
Friday 12 July Summer Feast at Camel Studio
A summery feast at the beautiful Camel Studio, which is located in the countryside just outside Wadebridge. Liam Smith-Laing’s menu looks fantastic, and includes a glass of fizz, canapés, and three courses, for £30pp. For tickets, book here.
Saturday 13 July Sticky Ribs Feast at The Hidden Hut
Sweet smokey ribs, slow braised and finished over a cherry wood grill with chunks of freshly baked corn bread and an apple and fennel shaved salad. £15pp, book online at noon on 1 July.
Saturday 13 July The Liskeard Show
The Liskeard Show takes place on Saturday 13 July at Merrymeet. The Cornish Food and Drink Marquee will have some fabulous Cornish food and drink growers and producers, many being Taste of the West and Guild of Fine Food award winners. For more info, see website.
Saturday 20 July Rum & Tequila Festival at Wadebridge Wines
Dozens of rums and tequilas to try, as well as cocktails, a fizz bar, and tasty food. £5 entry.
Sunday 21 July Brunch at Watchful Mary
A long lazy brunch at the gorgeous new bar at Watergate Bay, Watchful Mary. £20pp for fruit juice, coffee, a Da Bara cinnamon roll, and two courses, plus live DJ set. Menu choices include a smoothie bowl or granola to start, French toast with grilled peaches, and sourdough with pepperonata and avocado. Book online.
Sunday 21 July Sea & Smoke at Northcott
The team from Temple in Bude will be at Margaret’s (just back from Northcott Beach), cooking local veg and fish on hot coals, with a tasty seasonal menu. Drinks available to buy, BYO cutlery and blanket. For full details see Facebook.
Thurs 25 to Sun 28 July Port Eliot Festival
This beautiful festival in the grounds of Port Eliot in St Germans celebrates literature, music, art, fashion, and more. There’s a strong focus on food and drink, with chefs on stage including Olia Hercules, Polly Russell, Valentine Warner and Russell Norman. For more see website.
Friday 26 July Claws on the Moor at The Gurnard’s Head
The Gurnard’s Head annual feast of crab, crevettes and mussels, conveniently coinciding with the pub’s celebration of 31 Days of German Riesling. (Non-alcoholic Riesling on offer too.) £35pp, call 01736 796928 to book your spot.
Friday 26 July Portuguese Feast at Knightor Winery
A five course feast of wonderful sounding Portuguese food, including octopus and pork belly, with optional pre-feast winemaker’s tour. £39.50 for feast and cocktail, £50 including feast. For the full menu and to book, see website.
Monday 29 July University cooking course at Philleigh Way
A new cookery course designed to prepare students for university, teaching basic cooking skills which can be applied to hundreds of dishes, as well as how to budget, the key to thrifty shopping and tips and tricks to impress new friends. Lunch and drinks provided throughout the day. £160pp, book online.
Tuesday 30 July Shells & Claws Feast at The Hidden Hut
A big ladle of hot smokey shellfish and crab claws. Cooked over holm oak and finished in a garlic white wine broth. The tables will be covered in newspaper and food will be served with a pick and hammer, and a stack of freshly-baked bread. £16pp, book online at noon on 1 July.
Wednesday 31 July Indian Cookery Course for teenagers
Truro School Cookery is running an Indian cookery course, suitable for 11 to 17 year olds. The teenagers will learn to cook samosas, a chicken and mango curry, orange and coconut salad, and white chocolate and cardamom mousse. 10am to 4pm, £60pp, includes lunch, and each child will take home an Indian feast to share with their family. For full details, see website.
Wednesday 31 July Cocktail and Kebab Night at Daaku in Penryn
Indian street food (such as papri chaat, barre ke koftay, corn with masala butter, chilli and lime, or juicy lamb gilawti kebabs with red onion pickle) with an Indian inspired cocktail menu. By reservation only – call 07540271127.
AUGUST DIARY DATES
Friday 2 August Gin Tasting at Una St Ives
An evening of tasting with St Ives Gin and Sea Buck Tonic at Una Kitchen. £15pp includes two G&Ts. For more info and a chance to win a goodie bag, see Facebook.
Sunday 4 August Pengrillie BBQ Festival at Pentillie Castle
Pentillie’s annual BBQ festival is back, and it’s a great day out for BBQ enthusiasts and food-lovers, with heaps of entertainment, including a food festival, live music, BBQ competition, professional smoking and grilling demos, and children’s activities. £10/adult, £5/child, £25/family (2 adults & 2 children). Tickets available here.
Sunday 4 August Big breakfast at Philleigh Way
Philleigh Way is serving up a choice of delicious breakfasts (including a full English, French toast, granola and shakshuka eggs) served with fresh juices, coffee and mimosas. £10pp deposit to be taken off your final bill, tickets available here.
Sunday 4 August Wine tasting with Old Chapel Wines
Ryan from Old Chapel Wines joins Rupert at Philleigh Way for a relaxed and informative afternoon, with the opportunity to taste six unique wines, accompanied by tasty food. £35pp, book online.
Tuesday 6 August Sunset Supper Club at Atlantic Coast Express
Enjoy grilled lobster with brown shrimps, thermidor butter and fries, at this unique location on the Camel Trail. £32pp including crêpes Suzette and a coffee (or £20 for vegetarians). BYO drinks, blankets, etc.. Booking essential, see Facebook.
Wed 7 to Sat 10 August Truro School Cookery summer courses
Daily courses at Truro’s newest cookery school, including a children’s Cornish cookery course, a Sicilian feast, and a Friday burger night. For full details of all courses, visit website.
Wed 14 to Sat 17 August Truro School Cookery summer courses
This second week of cookery courses includes a Spanish tapas day, a vegetarian picnic, and Friday night lobster and fizz. To book, and for more information, see here.
Friday 16 August Rotisserie Duck Feast at The Hidden Hut
Whole ducks spit-roasted on the wood-fired rotisserie. Flash-fired seasonal greens from the rocket stove. Sticky sesame rice cakes. Roasted Kea plum caramel. £17pp, book online at noon on 1 August.
Friday 16 August Marrakech Night at The Warehouse in Penryn
A celebration of Moroccan food, with a choice of meat, veg or fish dishes. £15pp, includes main course and sides. Drinks available on the night. For more info see here.
Sunday 18 August Sunday Social at Nancarrow Farm
On Sunday 18 August Nancarrow Farm will be throwing open its gates for a day of wild walks, children’s trails and activities, street food, live music, and more. Adults £15, 3-15 year olds £8.50, under 3s free. Ticket price includes parking, arrival drink and street food lunch from the wood-fired kitchen. Tickets available online.
Sunday 18 August Sea & Smoke at Northcott
The team from Temple in Bude will be back at Margaret’s for another summery evening, with a tasty seasonal menu. Drinks available to buy, BYO cutlery and blanket. For full details see Facebook.
Tuesday 20 August Cornish Calamari Feast at The Hidden Hut
Newlyn day-boat squid hauled in fresh and grilled over charcoal with lemon and chilli. Slow and smokey tomato ragu. Served with garlic oil linguine, fresh chopped chillies and soft herb fritto misto. £16pp, book online at noon on 1 August.
Friday 23 August Rum and Fire Night at Tate St Ives
A Caribbean BBQ feast, with appropriately summery live music, on the terrace of Tate St Ives, with views of the sun setting over Porthmeor Beach. Head chef Ian Lucas will re-create some of the dishes developed during his 15 years working in the Caribbean. £20pp, book online.
Sat 24 & Sun 25 August SkyBar at St Agnes
St Agnes is the home of SkyBar; the very first SkyBar event in 2015 took place on the cliffs at St Agnes Beacon. Book here for Beach House Saturday and Sunday Soul Session.
Saturday 24 August Swinging Summer Ball at Una St Ives
Una Kitchen is hosting a spectacular Swinging Summer Ball, complete with live music from The Carlton Swing Band, and a delicious-sounding five course dinner, which features risotto, wood-roasted mackerel, crispy pork belly, and baked Alaska. Tickets are £39 pp, including a cocktail on arrival, five course dinner, and entertainment into the night. Buy your tickets online.
Saturday 24 August Padstock Festival
Padstow Brewing Company is hosting an action packed afternoon and evening of live music, fabulous food and delicious drinks in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery. Early bird tickets £10 (before 1 August) then full price tickets are £15. Buy tickets here.
Saturday 24 August The Secret Gin Garden at Scorrier House
From the creators of The Great Estate Festival, The Secret Gin Garden is back for one night, with live music from The Magic Numbers and The Brand New Heavies. Camping and glamping options available. For full details see website.
Monday 26 August GinToo at binTwo
Padstow’s brand new gin, “Padstow Mermaid” will be distilled right outside binTwo using “Still on the Move”, a mobile distillery. For the chance to watch the gin being made, to taste it (it promises a “fresh citrus kick and a delicious saline finish”), and to buy a bottle, head to binTwo on Bank Holiday Monday. For full details see here.
SEPTEMBER DIARY DATES
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.
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.
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.
Saturday 7 September The Prideaux Party
An evening of music at Padstow’s Prideaux Place to raise funds for Padstow’s Christmas lights, with headliners “The Counterfeit Stones”. The event is being organised by the Friends of Padstow Christmas Festival. Tickets £26, available here.
Congratulations to Rosemullion Distillery which has won four international SIP Awards just weeks after launching. The distillery’s Summer Gin and Harvest Gin both won gold awards, Gold Rum won silver, and Dry Gin was awarded bronze.
A beautiful new botanical non-alcoholic spirit, featuring Cornish coastal plants, including rock samphire and sea fennel, has just been launched by Pentire Drinks. It’s a superb non-alcoholic option, either served simply with soda or tonic water, or as a cocktail ingredient. See Instagram for some delicious looking cocktail recipes. Pentire Adrift is priced at £26.80, available to buy online from pentiredrinks.com.
Exciting news for Wadebridge, as Saltbox container park nears completion. The complex on Goldsworthy Way will house food outlets Craftworks Street Kitchen, SpiceSea, Graze tapas bar and Woody’s Pizzas, with the Laid Back Coffee Co. and Padstow Wine Co.’s wine bar providing liquid refreshments. Diners will be able to sit in the communal dining area and choose what to eat from each of the traders. For more details about opening dates follow @saltbox.wadebridge on Instagram.
Two of our favourites, Appleton’s at the Vineyard and Tinkture, have collaborated to produce beautiful and delicious pre-mixed Negronis. There are two options: Negroni Classico, made using Caspyn Dry Gin, and Negroni Rosa, made using Tinkture’s Rose Gin. You can order online here; both drinks are priced at £15 for a 200ml bottle.
During July and August, The Headland Hotel in Newquay is offering a summery take on a traditional Sunday roast – a whole succulent Cornish lobster, served with piri piri or garlic mayo, heritage tomato salad, and fries. Priced at £50 for two people to share, and served every Sunday in The Terrace, overlooking Fistral Beach. For more information, visit website.
The Beach at Bude has launched a new informal Terrace Menu which is served from 5pm each day on the hotel’s terrace and in the bar area. The new menu is perfect for families and hungry children who have just come from a day at the beach, and includes sharing platters, pasta, burgers, tacos, salads and more. For the full menu see website.
Fitzroy of Fowey opened on Fore Street in Fowey on 24 June. This is the fourth restaurant from the team behind Westerns Laundry, Primeur and Jolene. See their Instagram feed for up to date information, and bookings are now being taken via their website.
The Cornish Cook Book is a new cookery book featuring recipes from cafés and restaurants across Cornwall, including Gylly Beach Café, Polgooth Inn, The Plume of Feathers, Duchy of Cornwall Nursery, and Scott & Babs. The book is priced at £14.95 and is available at all the featured businesses and online. We’re running a competition to win two copies – head over to our Instagram page for full details. Competition closes 31 August.
Paul Ripley (who held a Michelin star at his eponymous restaurant Ripley’s in St Merryn from 2003 to 2009) will be heading up the kitchen at new Falmouth restaurant Indidog, which is due to open very soon. The waterfront restaurant (housed in what was formerly The Waterman’s pub) will serve food “you really want to eat” from 9am to 9pm. Keep an eye on their social media channels for more information about the opening date and menus.
Padstow Kitchen Garden‘s new farm shop is now open from 8am until “late”, seven days a week. It’s stocked with the farm’s fantastic homegrown veg, as well as sausages, eggs, chutney, jam and flowers.
Paul Ainsworth and John Walton’s beautiful new cookery school, Mahé, is now open. Course details are available online. July’s courses are already fully booked, but August’s include a pasta masterclass and bistro cookery, with breakfast and lunch in No 6 included. Prices range from £195 to £275pp.
Congratulations to Cornish winners of the Wines of Great Britain 2019 Awards, including golds for Trevibban Mill’s Orion Skin Fermented 2018 and Camel Valley’s Bacchus Dry 2018. For the full list of winners, see here.
Black Flag Brewery‘s taproom is now open in Perranporth, offering a constantly changing line up of beers, with eight keg lines, two hand pulls, cans and bottles as well as a range of other drinks. Usually open Thursday to Sunday, but check their social media for updates.
Fantastic news from Origin Coffee Roasters, whose head of wholesale, Dan Fellows, claimed victory in the 2019 World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship in Berlin in June. He served his ‘Bonfire Toddy’ and ’The Frozen Natural Experiment’ drinks, as well as two identical Irish coffees, to win the title of World Champion.
Una Kitchen, the restaurant at Una St Ives, has won gold in the restaurant category at the Taste of the West Awards. Head chef Glenn Gatland specialises in Mediterranean style dishes, which are cooked in the restaurant’s beautiful wood-fired oven.
Da Bara Bakery plans to open its new premises at Indian Queens in the first week of July. The smart new custom-built bakery will allow the business to produce a larger range of bread and pastries. The bakery will also house a café and shop, which will be open as soon as possible. Cinnamon bun anyone?
The Driftwood Hotel has announced the appointment of their new head chef, Olly Pierrepont, who will take over the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant from Chris Eden in August.
Sad news from The Old Coastguard in Mousehole, which suffered a fire last month. Mercifully nobody was hurt. The hotel has had to close for the summer whilst repairs are underway; for updates on when it will reopen for business see their Facebook page. Please show your support for the hotel by visiting its sister inn, The Gurnard’s Head, where you are guaranteed a delicious meal and comfy night’s sleep.
Drambuie is partnering with the Eden Sessions to launch a refreshing new summer cocktail, the Drambuie Collins, which will be available at their special Drambuie bar at this year’s Sessions.
Award-winning street food outlet The Shellfish Pig’s new restaurant, Bango Kitchen, is now open in Penryn. Home to The Shellfish Pig’s prep kitchen for larger events and weddings, Bango Kitchen is a fully licensed restaurant, open 8am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, serving sushi, ramen, dumplings and bao buns, as well as coffee and cakes. From September they plan to have all sorts of food, drink and music related events – banquets and feast nights, beer and food pairing evenings, kitchen takeovers etc.. See their Facebook page for more info.
Lara Spurrell of Cardinham’s Woods Café and Ladyvale Bakery opens her new bakery at Nansledan in Newquay on 9 July. The shop will be a base for her wedding and celebration cake business, but will also be open for tea and coffee, cake (obviously), scones and light bites. See www.ladyvalebakery.co.uk.
The beautiful new bar at Watergate Bay, Watchful Mary, is now open from 9am to 11pm seven days a week. Family and dog friendly by day, it’s a bit more grown up in the evening. Each Friday and Saturday night there is live music; all events are posted on Facebook.
The Longstore is opening HarbourQ, a pop-up summer barbecue at Charlestown Harbour. For more info see Facebook.
Colwith Farm Distillery has crafted a new gin using its award-winning Aval Dor vodka, which is made from the farm’s homegrown potatoes. The new Stafford’s Dry Gin features seven Cornish botanicals (pictured above), a record for a Cornish gin. See www.colwithfarmdistillery.co.uk.
The Rock Pizza Co is now open at 1 Rock Road, in Rock. Breakfast is served from 10am until 11.30am every day, pizza from noon until 10pm, and each evening there’ll be a “Sundowner special” between 5pm and 7pm. The menu looks fantastic, and all pizzas are available in both 12″ and a whopping 20″ sizes.
Congratulations to the four Fifteen apprentices who graduated from Fifteen Cornwall in early June, with guest Gennaro Contaldo providing his usual enthusiasm and passion for the Fifteen apprentice scheme at the graduation ceremony. Cohort 14 kicked off their apprenticeships serving canapés at the event; good luck to them all.
Cat lovers may soon be able to enjoy Newquay’s first “cat café”, The Lucky Black Cat Café, where cats roam free amongst diners. To help this start-up business get off the ground, you can make a pledge to their Crowdfunder campaign.
Good luck to Chrissy Owen, who has opened Choccy’s Café at Concrete Waves, Newquay’s skate park.
Save the date for Nancarrow Farm’s 1,000 Mouths Festival. Marking the farm’s 20th anniversary of its organic status, the weekend of feasting and festivities will take place between 4 and 6 October. 1,000 guests will be fed on the farm, with street food by day, and evening feasts. Collaborating chefs include Paul Ainsworth, Adam Banks, Ben Tish and Dan Cox. Early bird tickets are now on sale.
The new pizza shack in the beer garden at The Cornish Arms in St Merryn is open for summer. No bookings needed, takeaways also available. For more info see here.
Throughout July and August Stein’s restaurants across Cornwall will be celebrating shellfish. Don’t miss the lobster and chips (£29.95) at St Petroc’s Bistro, Rick Stein’s Café, Falmouth, Porthleven and The Cornish Arms. Or tuck into a whole lobster with two large glasses of Chardonnay for £50 at Stein’s Seafood Bar & Fishmongers. For more, see here.
Rick Stein’s in Falmouth is now offering food to take away for picnics on the beach or onboard a boat. Think fish tacos with pico de gallo salsa inspired by Rick’s travels around Mexico, Thai fish cakes with a sweet and sour dipping sauce, and whole grilled prawns with aioli. For the full menu see here.
Colwith Farm Distillery near Lostwithiel is introducing a regular cocktail night, to be held on Fridays throughout the summer. Starting on Friday 26 July, they will be offering a seasonal cocktail on arrival, followed by a tour and tasting, then the chance to enjoy a Cornish charcuterie board on the terrace. The evenings will run from 6pm until 11pm (tours from 6pm to 7.30pm), £24pp, more info on website.
Michelin-starred Restaurant Story is relocating to Carbis Bay for a six week residency, entitled “Story by the Sea”. From 2 August until 14 September head chef Tom Sellers will be offering a five course lunch menu or a six course dinner menu (£95pp and £125pp respectively, plus service charge), featuring dishes inspired by the ocean. For more information or to book a table see here.
No 4 Honey Street has opened in Bodmin, serving coffee by day, cocktails by night, and tasty food right through. Follow them on Instagram for more info.
Congratulations to EATDRINKSLEEP, recently named winner of the Restaurant Wine List of the Year award at the IWC Merchant Awards. This is particularly impressive as the otherwise all-London shortlist also included The Ritz, Vinoteca and Tate Catering. EATDRINKSLEEP runs The Gurnard’s Head and The Old Coastguard in Cornwall, as well as The Felin Fach Griffin in Wales.
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