Cornwall LivingIssue #86

Gourmet gossip June 2019

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

Gourmet dining at Hotel Penzance

Welcoming, intimate and comfortable – Hotel Penzance is a four star elegant Edwardian townhouse, with far-reaching views across the harbour and out to Mount’s Bay, allowing you to wake up to the inviting sight of the sea every day. Located at the front of the hotel, The Bay Brasserie restaurant is sleek and modern with a delightful terrace that overlooks the hotel pool and the ocean beyond. When the sun’s out you would be forgiven for thinking you were actually sat in the Mediterranean and not in England at all!  With gourmet menus featuring the very best local seafood and ingredients, whether you’re after a leisurely breakfast, an afternoon tea, a relaxing dinner, or even a cocktail on the terrace you can enjoy it all from The Bay Brasserie.

For more information call 01736 363117 or visit


Spectacular summer at Boscastle Farmshop

You can enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean, cliffs and far-reaching countryside from Boscastle Farmshop. The café has created a mouth-watering menu of farmhouse cooking using the freshest ingredients from locally sourced produce, including the farmshop’s very own award-winning Red Ruby Beef and free-range eggs. The farmshop also has a well-stocked deli and food hall selling fresh local produce as well as a range of gifts and crafts. The summer season sees the return of the much-loved barbeque and hog roast events featuring live music and taking place during the evenings with a one-off event on 27th May for the bank holiday, and further events running from 27th July until 26th August. Tickets are just £10 per adult and £5 per child. So why not
go and watch the sun set over the horizon and enjoy delicious food alongside a choice of beverages?

For more information call 01840 250827 or visit 


Wadebridge Wines, a wine merchant like no other

Growth in sales of home-grown sparkling wine around Britain and increasing vine planting means another bumper year to look forward to. According to the team
at Wadebridge Wines, Camel Valley, Knightor Winery and Trevibban Mill
are all playing a key part in the surge of interest in local wines.

The in-store wine favourite of the moment is from the Grace Winery, using Koshu grapes, sourced from Mount Fuji in Japan. Gentle, exotic, fresh and harmonious, it’s not just for Japanese cuisine! Owner Sue tells us: “We’re always pairing food and wine, which gives us a direction of conversation and insight into our customers’ needs.” Mid-May sees World Whisky Day, when Sue and crew will be showcasing Indian, Scottish, Japanese and Taiwanese showstoppers. Look out for their Craft Beer & Artisan Cider Festival on 22nd June and the Rum and Tequila Festival in July. Wadebridge Wines opens 9am until 6pm, six days a week.

For more information call 01208 812692 or visit


New additions to the tempting Xen menu

This family-run noodle bar in the heart of Truro serves a varied selection of traditional Asian dishes and offers fantastic value for money. The menu will take you on a journey across the continent, from the aromatic spices of Thailand and Malaysia to the delicate flavours and textures of Japan. They also have authentic South Korean barbeque grills at selected tables, delivering a whole new fun way of dining.

Everything is freshly prepared on site and made using fresh Asian produce with no MSG and no artificial flavours. What’s more, the team recently launched a brand new main – Taki-Soba, a choice of meat in a Japanese mixed flavour sauce, served over soba noodles.

Sound delicious? We think so, so be sure to book yourself a table at Xen Noodle Bar and experience a flavour of Asia.

For more information call 01872 222998 or visit


Enjoy food with a view in Fowey

Fowey Harbour Hotel’s kitchen, bar and terrace combines a colonial and beachside feel with a contemporary twist. Situated at the mouth of the Fowey estuary, the hotel benefits from panoramic estuary views, with the restaurant and bar flowing seamlessly out onto the elevated terrace, which is perfect for a spot of al fresco dining whilst watching the sun dip beyond the horizon.

Chef Director, John Pollard, has developed the hotel’s dining concept. Indeed, John and his team are masters at utilising fresh, locally grown produce with farm-raised vegetables, wild-caught seafood and farm-assured meats to deliver the freshest and most delicious seasonal menus.

The bar area is a fabulous space for locals and guests to come together, relax, work and play, serving coffees and cocktails all day, every day. Perch at the impressive bar with its marble counter top, or take a sea view window seat and enjoy a flute of fizz. Speaking of fizz, make the most of the Friday and Saturday lunchtime offer of fish and chips with a glass of Prosecco or beer for just £15 per person. There are also cosy Sunday roasts with two courses for £19.95 or three for £24.95 served between 12pm until 5pm, so you can have a weekend escape filled with mouth-watering food.

The atmosphere in the restaurant is always relaxed, so sit back, order a drink (and a bite to eat if you’re peckish) because, whether you’re in the mood for cocktails, coffee or a pint of local draught beer, take it from us, you’re sure to enjoy it in the stunning surroundings of the Fowey Harbour Hotel.

For more information call 01726 832551 or visit


Sensational summer dining at the Lemon Arms

The Lemon Arms in Mylor is the perfect place to put your feet up and enjoy a pub lunch this spring. Here at Cornwall Living, we love taking a leisurely walk around the creek and a race around the park before a hearty meal at the Lemon Arms. The cosy interior and friendly staff promotes a welcoming atmosphere that’s hard to leave – especially after a few pints of Tribute. But it’s the food that really stands out and with pub classics served alongside coastal specials such as fresh scallop and crab claw paella, you know you’ll leave feeling full and satisfied. If the sun’s out, head outside and enjoy your favourite tipple in the beer garden – this sheltered spot is the perfect sun trap with beautiful potted plants and spacious benches, meaning you could easily spend the whole afternoon lounging at the Lemon Arms.

For more information call 01326 373666 or visit