Cornwall LivingIssue #72
Gourmet Gossip May 2018
We catch up with all the latest news from some of our favourite chefs, eateries, hotels and pubs!
Brittany welcomes Professional Cookery students for work experience
Professional Cookery students from Truro and Penwith College recently gained valuable work experience, sampling the culinary delights of a week-long trip to Brittany.
The trip, arranged by EBP Cornwall and financed by Erasmus+, an EU programme that funds opportunities for UK students to gain experience abroad, offered students an unforgettable week in a region of France that’s famous for its seafood, crépes and farming of fresh vegetables. Visits to local fish and vegetable markets helped the students understand the importance of sourcing sustainable, local ingredients, and an unforgettable meal at Michelin Star restaurant Allium in the town of Quimper allowed them to experience cuisine of the highest quality.
There was plenty of hard work to be done, however, as the students spent time working alongside top chefs in both bakery and patisserie kitchens, as well as during lunch services at a French college.
Truro and Penwith College
A newly refurbished Hooked on the Rocks opens its doors!
A brand new kitchen combines with a warmer, richer colour palette throughout – framing the stunning views over Swanpool – to further the already delicious dining experience that Hooked on the Rocks has built a reputation for.
What’s more, the reopening heralds the arrival of new Head Chef George Morgan, after his relocation back from Cornwall to London. George aims to give customers an experience influenced by the rugged Cornish coastline, using wonderfully fresh produce to create a menu that visitors and locals alike can enjoy all year round. George’s ethos is to cook with the seasons, without manipulating the ingredients too much.
So, wherever you find yourself in Cornwall, be sure to pencil in a trip to Hooked on the Rocks. It’s perfect for a delicious dinner or a spot of tapas before a gentle stroll on the beach.
HOOKED ON THE ROCKS
Falmouth TR11 5BG
A warm welcome awaits at The Cornish Arms, Pendoggett
Open every day from 11:30am, serving real ales, great wines and over 60 gins, as well as a range of Cornish beers, lagers and ciders, The Cornish Arms, Pendoggett is a traditional 16th century Cornish pub near the north Cornish coast, the perfect place for sating a hearty sea air appetite after exploring this magical stretch of Cornwall. It even has seven en-suite rooms, perfect if you’re looking for a base for your next Cornish adventure!
The menu consists of freshly prepared home cooked pub food of the highest quality, made using delicious local ingredients wherever possible. Food is served daily from midday until 2:30pm, and then from 5:30pm until 8:30pm. Dogs are welcome too, and what could be better than stopping in the beer garden, taking a load off and enjoying the Cornish sunshine over a locally baked cream tea?
THE CORNISH ARMS
Pendoggett, St Kew, Bodmin PL30 3HH
Let the festivities commence at Henlys this Flora Day!
Flora Day in Helston is arguably a bigger highlight in the local calendar than Christmas, with locals and visitors alike flooding the streets to get a view of the dancers as they make their way in traditional fashion through the streets.
Henlys Bar and Restaurant is in prime position
to enjoy the view, with the top floor not only serving breakfast, but a bar menu crammed
full of Cornish beers, ales, wines and spirits throughout the day. Owners Amy and Sean will also be controlling the numbers, meaning it’ll never be over crowded and giving those who get in early enough exclusive use of this bar that’s in prime position to enjoy the Flora Day festivities.
Henlys Bar & Restaurant
2 Church Street, Helston TR13 8TG
Fine food and glorious vistas are on the menu at Greens of Padstow
A visit to Greens is all about eating delicious food while gazing out over the estuary, topped off with a chilled out vibe. Whether it’s a lazy Sunday breakfast, a lunch with friends or a celebration drink, this is the place to be. Why not start your day with a slice of crispy French Toast washed down with a creamy latte?
Or sample the new season’s menu that includes the arrival of a selection of amazing burgers that are going down a storm! There’s a choice of succulent beef, proper fish fingers or juicy halloumi, all encased in a bakery bun, with fries on the side. What better to wash it all down than a bottle of Padstow Pride or a glass of something chilled from local vineyard Trevibban Mill? And for when the sun goes down, the cocktail menu looks too tempting
GREENS OF PADSTOW
North Quay, Padstow PL28 8AF
Good tea, good times, with Cornish Tea & Coffee at Lusty Glaze
Over the last few years Cornish Tea & Coffee has continued to grow well beyond expectations. And this trend doesn’t seem likely to change, particularly with the recent addition of Lusty Glaze in Newquay to its ever-growing list of stockists!
Lusty Glaze, now exclusively using Cornish Tea & Coffee’s environmentally-friendly products, is known for its calendar of live events running throughout the summer, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy beach sunsets and summer vibes.
The company will be supporting Lusty Glaze with varied options from its tea and coffee menu, including the innovative pyramid range that’s made from plastic-free silk pouches as well as delicious hand-blended coffee.
If you love a good brew and never want to run out, you can now call and order directly from Cornish Tea & Coffee, who will deliver a quarterly supply straight to your door!
For more information call 01503 264476
or visit www.cornish-tea.co.uk
Dinner and a show at The Lemon Arms, Mylor
Regular readers of Cornwall Living will already know about The Lemon Arms’ delicious array of fresh seafood, its hearty Sunday roasts made from local produce, the well stocked bar packed with Cornish ales, beers, wines and spirits; but did you know that The Lemon Arms is also host to regular entertainment, especially now that the weather is starting to warm?
Landlord Jonny Pearce tells us: “In terms of live music we have our resident choir every Wednesday, and the next gig we have coming up is Will Keating on 4th May, with Cornish and Celtic folk singing!”
So, if you fancy enjoying a brisk, creekside stroll, before retreating to a traditional Cornish pub for some hearty food, a good pint and some proper Cornish entertainment, be sure to pay a visit to The Lemon Arms, Mylor.
The Lemon Arms
Lemon Hill, Mylor Bridge,
Falmouth TR11 5NA
Hearty fare at the Miners Arms
If you love exploring the coast, followed by a refreshing drink or meal in a traditional pub, why not give the Miners Arms in Mithian a try? This characterful 16th Century pub is just a short distance from the north coast near St Agnes, and it’s dog friendly too! Here you’ll find fresh and delicious fish dishes among the many delights on offer. As well as the extensive vegan menu, the Miners Arms now has some lovely vegan wines by the glass.
Food is served from 12pm until 9pm daily, with rustic cakes, delicious cream teas and gluten-free scones available all day. You really have to give the taster trio desserts a go – perfect when you can’t make your mind up! With four restaurant rooms, including a new upstairs dining room, there’s plenty of room to bring the gang together over a great meal.
THE MINERS ARMS
Mithian, St Agnes TR5 0QF
Learn Rick Stein’s signature dishes at his cookery school in Padstow!
Having secured himself a place at the top of Cornwall’s foodie scene, Rick Stein has gained an international reputation for serving only the finest seafood, with restaurants like The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow helping cement Cornwall’s national, and indeed global reputation for good food.
A meal at Rick Stein’s is enough to inspire anybody to get in the kitchen, and whether you’ve recently visited one of his establishments or are simply a fan of his speciality seafood, Rick Stein’s Cookery School in Padstow is ideal if you want to learn how to wow your dinner guests with dishes that Rick himself would be proud of!
Take the Signature Dishes course, for instance. This one-day course, which is available throughout the year, is perfect for anyone who fancies trying their hand at creating some of Rick’s most famous dishes, and whether you want to broaden your skillset or simply make the most of Cornwall’s fresh and abundant seafood, Head Chef Lecturer, Nick Evans can help you realise your culinary goals.
Rick Stein’s cookery school
Padstow PL28 8BY
The Hidden Hut – read all about it!
Having set up the Hidden Hut to great critical acclaim in 2011, Simon Stallard’s restaurant has gone from strength to strength, selling out consistently during the warmer months.
Set for release on 3rd May this year, Simon’s new book, The Hidden Hut, showcases irresistible feasts to share and remember with family and friends, from the ocean, fields and clifftops of Cornwall. It’s packed full of inspiration for creating a magical and memorable feast of your own, with dishes suitable for everyone, whether you’re cooking for four or forty, at home or on the beach.
Given that The Hidden Hut was ranked Number 1 in the Telegraph’s 25 Most Charming Seaside Restaurants in 2015 and that it appeared in Vogue’s Best Restaurants in Cornwall last year, a read through this fantastic new book is highly recommended to foodies everywhere!
The Hidden Hut