Cornwall LivingIssue #92
Cooking with the seasons
Nestled above a secluded cove on the most southerly tip of mainland Britain, Housel Bay Hotel & Restaurant occupies a truly unique location – the perfect place to escape and unwind.
Reconnect with nature, walk the coast path and fill your lungs with fresh sea air. Given that you’ll likely spend most of your Housel Bay stay out exploring, it’s good to know that Head Chef, Joseph Fallowfield’s eponymously named restaurant champions the best local, seasonal produce, using it to build a menu that has one simple aim: to impress you from start to finish.
“The menus are guided by the seasons and what’s available from around the Lizard peninsula”
After only weeks of opening, Fallowfield’s began winning awards and upon tucking into your first course, Joseph and the team’s ambition quickly becomes clear. Each guest is gifted individual miniature seeded loaves, laced with seaweed and served with a whipped dulce butter. Offering a choice of à la carte or a signature tasting menu, the kitchen reinvigorates classic combinations to surprise and delight, a great example being their chocolate, peanut and caramel tart, served with yoghurt sorbet.
The menus are guided by the seasons and what’s available from around the Lizard peninsula. As autumn comes to an end, for instance, guests will see the last of the Cadgwith lobsters, replacing them with hand-dived scallops from Falmouth Bay. The result is a menu that perfectly balances regionality and indulgence, placing a keen focus on flavour. Joseph modestly explains: “We try to keep things simple here. We source incredible ingredients and try to do them justice. Instead of reinventing the wheel, we just give it a massive polish. Unadulterated, I like to think.”
Described by the AA as ‘impressive’ with ‘much to admire’, the food is simply something you cannot wait to eat. The dishes are confidently refined with surprising elegance from a rising star of the Cornish food scene. Combine with that the comfort of Housel Bay’s traditional rooms, plus the most spectacular sea and country views, and it makes the UK’s most southerly hotel a perfect option for your Cornish winter break.
Speaking of winter getaways, if you’ve been contemplating spending your 2019 Christmas in Cornwall, you may be interested to know more about Housel Bay’s festive packages. With three and four-night escapes to choose from, you can enjoy crisp wintry walks along the South West Coast Path before returning to open log fires and festive feasts. Christmas Lunch promises a heady mix of options, including Retallack dry aged sirloin served with crispy roast potatoes and seasonal veg, and a dark chocolate, espresso and hazelnut tart with yoghurt ice-cream for dessert.
Why not see in the New Year at the Housel Hootenanny ñ an evening of culinary delights, toasting, exceptional music and fireworks over Housel Bay. Experience a six-course tasting menu, showcasing local produce and unique Cornish flavours.
Housel Bay Hotel & Restaurant
"The menus are guided by the seasons and what’s available from around the Lizard peninsula"