Cornwall LivingIssue #94

Gourmet gossip January 2020

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

Shopping for a healthier life

In the new year we can form resolutions that boost our own health and at the same time reduce the burden on our planet’s resources. And at Archie Browns – based in Truro and Penzance – the team is committed to making conscious choices available to all.

In Archie Browns’ popular refill section, you’ll find a selection of organic grains, nuts, seeds and similar, that the team has refined in order to minimise the footprint of your food. For instance, explains founder Helen Swift: “Our new ‘almonds by sail’ have travelled lightly from Portugal, maximising their amazing nutrients and flavour. We also have olive oil sailing in soon!”

You can refill your toiletries, laundry and household products, choosing from a range that’s kind to both body and conscience, without harsh chemicals or animal testing. The latest alternative shampoo and conditioner bars, for instance, are perfect for those looking to remove plastic from their bathrooms.

For more information visit


Traditional dishes with a twist

The Falmouth Hotel has decided to buck the trend of offering Michelin style fine dining cuisine, choosing instead to maintain an element of fine dining and Rosette worthy food alongside a more diverse offering of choices that cater to every palate.

The idea is to provide classic dishes, made to their traditional recipes, with seasonal and local ingredient twists. Classic dishes include beef bourguingnon, breaded mozzarella with pesto or liver bacon and onions – then you have the fine dishes of mackerel tartare or king scallops with lemon butter sauce.

The ambition is to delight guests with good, honest and traditional flavours, to move away from the traditional evening menus and let the chefs express themselves with a larger, more consistent brasserie feel menu – moving with the seasons and engaging with local suppliers.

For more information call 01803 296677 or visit


Winter warmers at The Lemon Arms

As soon as you set foot in the Lemon Arms in Mylor, you’re met with the warm and cosy ambiance of a traditional Cornish pub. Christmas is over, the winter chill doesn’t look like relenting and a meal in a warm pub in front of the fire is exactly what we need to make it through to spring. The Lemon Arms knows good food and you’ll find all the pub classics on the menu, from steak and ale pie, to beer battered cod and chips, and comforting pasta dishes. All food, where possible, is sourced locally from Cornish suppliers, and everything is freshly prepared by the chefs, so if you could use a winter warmer in front of the fire this January, be sure to book your table.

For more information call 01326 373666 or visit


The Red Lion scoops Silver in Cornwall Tourism Awards!

Awarded Silver for Forthglade’s Dog-Friendly Pub Award at the recent Cornwall Tourism Awards, never has there been a better time to take a wintry stroll with your furry friend in tow, before returning to the warmth of the Red Lion in Blackwater – a traditional Cornish pub that always offers a roaring welcome and, in the cooler months, a roaring fire!

Throughout the winter, the Red Lion has themed foodie evenings on each night of the week: Monday is Pizza Night and Bingo, Tuesday is Homemade Pie Night, then on Wednesday you can enjoy Curry Night. On Thursday, enjoy all the trimmings at Steak Night, then as the weekend rolls around, what could be better than Fish and Chip Friday? Throughout the week there’s a superb offering of vegan and gluten free meals, plus a tempting array of delicious desserts and daily changing specials. All of this, rounded off with an all-day roast on Sunday, for which booking is absolutely essential!

For more information call 01872 560289 or visit redlionblackwater1 on Facebook.


Tremendous flavours at Tremenheere Kitchen

Open every day throughout the year, serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, Tremenheere Kitchen is just the ticket for food with a view, commanding stunning views across St Michael’s Mount.

Making everything on the menu in-house, from chutneys and jams, to breads and cakes, the chefs’ menu is constantly evolving, capitalising on the area’s rich home-grown produce. Here at Cornwall Living we particularly like the sound of the croque monsieur with honey glazed ham served in onion seed bread.

Perfect for dog-walkers, with the St Michael’s Way pilgrimage running directly past the restaurant and a dog-friendly seating area, why not stop by with your furry friend? If you do, you can enjoy 20% off your meal by simply quoting ‘TREM-LIVING’, but be quick – offer ends 7th February!

For more information call 01736 448089 or email


Creekside relaxation at The Black Swan in Gweek

Situated at the head of the Helford river in Gweek, The Black Swan Inn provides the perfect haven to retreat to after a day spent on the water or exploring the nearby attractions. Whether you’ve hopped off your kayak or boat, or are simply passing through, it’s well worth a visit on any Cornish itinerary. The family friendly country pub serves fresh food and seafood specials daily, using locally sourced produce. They also stock a great selection of local ales and wines and there’s a beer garden perfect for soaking up the sun on those warm summer days. Make sure to check out the Facebook page for regular updates on live music and pub quiz events!

For more information call 01326 221502 or visit Black Swan Gweek Inn on Facebook.