Cornwall LivingIssue #80

Gourmet gossip December 2018

We catch up with all the latest news from some of our favourite chefs, eateries, hotels and pubs.

Treat yourself this Christmas at the Teacup Tearoom

At the Teacup Tearoom in Mevagissey, owners Lis and David like to ensure that everyone who visits has a special time, whether you’re simply popping in for a cup of tea or treating yourself to one of the homemade delights that adorn the counter. The winter season provides you with the chance to sample the warm and welcoming treats on offer – ranging from a wide selection of hot chocolates through to some wonderful tea lattes, such as the fragrant and sweet ‘London Fog’ made using the finest Earl Grey tea and Madagascan vanilla. And as the festive season approaches, the Tearoom is filled with the scent of winter spices – with Teapigs’ caffeine-free ‘Gluhwein’ flavoured tea being a firm favourite, great for getting in the festive spirit at any time of the day.

For more information call 07535 747594 or visit


Enjoy a country house Christmas

This winter, why not escape to the luxury of country house comfort at Rose in Vale Country House Hotel? Situated in a lush, peaceful valley in Mithian, and within easy access of the A30, this historic hotel was the home of mining captains and oozes ‘Poldark’ charm. The moment you step over the threshold, you find yourself enveloped in an oasis of calm, and what time of year calls for this more than the frenzy of Christmas?

If you’re staying, accommodation comes in the form of a range of rooms and suites, and no two are the same. Each is designed to its own distinct character, and all are fitted with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable festive stay.

Even if you’re not staying, the 2AA Rosette-awarded restaurant here is private, intimate and unrushed, and the menu is brimming with dishes created using Cornwall’s seasonal larder.

Perhaps you’re looking to organise a last-minute office lunch, or a meal out with the family before going your separate ways for the big day itself. If so, Rose in Vale caters to Christmas lunch parties and events. This year they’re also running Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Lunch and Boxing Day Dinner, so if you’re really looking to take the stress out of your Cornish Noel, Rose in Vale is the place to go. And, for a New Year’s Eve with a difference, the team are hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala, with a delectable one-off tasting menu and live music to dance the night away.

For more information call 01872 552202 or visit


Enjoy a festive feast at the Lemon Arms

As the days draw in and the most wonderful time of year descends upon us, we recommend seeking refuge in the welcoming environment of the Lemon Arms. Especially now that the mouth-watering Christmas menu has been introduced, featuring everything you’d expect and more besides. Here at Cornwall Living we have our eyes on the home cured Tarquin’s gin and cucumber salmon to start, followed by the Christmas classic roast turkey with all the trimmings, and a delectable Christmas pudding with brandy butter and custard to finish – or perhaps even indulging in the cinnamon poached pears with Callestick Farm rum and raisin ice cream. It couldn’t be a better time to enjoy a delicious meal in a cosy pub, so make sure to get down to the Lemon Arms and indulge yourself.

For more information call 01326 373666 or visit


Catch, Mawgan Porth gear up for a busy festive season

Catching up with Patrick, owner of Catch Seafood Bar & Grill, Mawgan Porth, we ask whether the festive season is quiet for a fish restaurant. He tells us: “Funnily enough it’s one of our busiest times of year – we’re open every day across the period. On Christmas Day it’s traditional turkey with all the trimmings as you’d expect, but we find people come on Boxing Day and thereafter looking for a change, so as well as some loveable winter warmers, we also serve fish and chips, lobster, sea bass and more, to go with their bubble and squeak!”

He continues: “This year there’s a very grown-up New Year’s Eve Beach House Feast to look forward to. This will include a five-course tasting menu from the fields and coast of Cornwall. There’ll also be a kids fancy-dress disco in the afternoon, so it’s ‘jingle all the way’ this holiday season for us!”

For more information call 01637 860372 or visit


Victoria Inn golf day chips in a cool £14K for Cornwall’s NHS

£14,000 has been raised to build a new radial lounge for the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust’s Cornwall Unit Fund (CHUF) thanks to the fundraising efforts of the team at Threemilestone’s Victoria Inn.

Victoria Inn Landlord, Mark Holden, explains: “We were aiming to get into five figures for the day as we had so many fantastic prizes generously donated by local businesses, as well as the promise of meeting Jonny Cowling of course! But to get up to the total we did was an amazing achievement and we’re just so thankful to everyone who dug deep to get us there.”

The grand total was raised through the golf event as well as an evening auction held at the inn, with the entire event inspired by Vic Inn regular Nigel Stafford, whose life was saved by the team at the Heart Unit back in 2014.

Nigel tells us: “I’ve been asked a few times why the team at the Victoria Inn and I feel so committed to raising funds for the Cornwall Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) and of course it’s in appreciation of what was done for me. We’ve always wanted to give something back, for the little things that can make a big difference.”

Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Trevor Johnston explains: “CHUF is currently funding a second radial lounge on the Cardiac Investigation Unit at The Royal Cornwall Hospital with the result being reduced waiting times for procedures such as coronary angiography, angioplasty and elective device implantation, improving patient care dramatically.”

For more information call 01872 278313 or visit


Cheese on Coast – not your average cheesemonger!

It’s been a busy start since opening back in March, with customers from near and far. Owners Nick and Claire welcome everybody to come and explore the range of seasonal cheeses that are coming in for the Christmas season, all of which maintain their commitment to quality artisan cheeses. They tell us: “We have a great selection of Cornish cheeses, other territorial cheeses, blues, goats’, sheep’s and standalone continentals. Come and meet our friendly team of experts, who are always ready to help!”

Nick and Claire have reconfigured the shop layout, making giftware for all occasions more accessible. They’ve also repositioned the cheese counter to increase customer satisfaction, and their online shop has now been launched, so if you can’t get to their shop on Fore Street, St Ives over the festive period, worry not! You can now access all their wonderful cheeses, gifts, hampers and vouchers online, wherever you are!

For more information call 01736 793411 or visit