Cornwall LivingIssue #71

Gourmet Gossip

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


St Ives Food & Drink Festival returns!

The hugely popular St Ives Food and Drink Festival is back again this spring, with thousands of people expected to head to the golden sands of Porthminster Beach, St Ives for this delicious event.

Visitors can enjoy a mouth-watering mix of food and drink, live music and cookery demonstrations by a host of talented Cornish chefs, alongside a few culinary household names including MasterChef champion Jane Devonshire and Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn.

The family-friendly festival also includes a top line up of musical entertainment, including headline acts Electric Swing Circus and The Correspondents.

What’s more, for the first time, food lovers can enjoy three days of festivities, with the event due to take place this year from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th May!

To get your tickets, which include day, evening and long-weekend passes, and for all the latest news, head to the website!

St Ives Food and Drink Festival


Easter menu arrives at  No 1 Rock Road

Overlooking the Camel estuary, soak up those eagerly awaited rays of spring sun from the beautiful terrace of No 1 Rock Road, perhaps after a walk on the beach. Maybe you’re just popping over on the ferry from Padstow with the dog in tow, in which case you’ll be pleased to hear that No 1 Rock Road is pet friendly.

Owner Emma tells us: “The new seasonal menu is ready; it’s fresh, local and exciting with an array of fresh meat, fish, vegetarian and gluten free dishes, from posh chips to the already renowned seafood platter.”

The breakfast menu is equally tempting, perfect for starting your day the way you mean to go on, with afternoon teas, milkshakes and smoothies also promising to please. Private functions are well served here too, with a well stocked bar serving a great selection of beers, wines and cocktails.

No 1 Rock Road
Beachside, Rock PL27 6FD
01208 863008


Good food, greater prices at Henlys, Helston

Passionate about using local suppliers and utilising only the freshest Cornish ingredients, the kitchen team at Henlys Bar and Restaurant knows a thing or two about keeping it fresh, with daily changing specials bringing customers back time and time again.

On Wednesday it’s Steak Night, where two steaks and a bottle of wine cost just £25, and on Thursday you can build your own burger and enjoy a local Cornish beer for just £10! On Sunday, a sumptuous Sunday roast for two with a bottle of wine is just £20 and between 5pm and 7pm daily, early dinner deals are available with two courses costing £15 and three courses just £18!

Henlys offers both relaxed and formal dining, as well as a bar that’s jam-packed with Cornish beers, ales and gins, so whether you’re looking for a casual bite or to celebrate a special occasion, owners Sean and Amy Hailwood have you covered.

Henlys Bar & Restaurant
2 Church Street, Helston TR13 8TG


An award for The Atlantic

Portreath’s Atlantic Beach Café has recently been voted as one of the top twenty fish and chip restaurants in the UK! A visit to this family owned café promises freshly cooked fish and chips which can be enjoyed whilst sitting in the acclaimed restaurant. Alternatively, if the weather is kind, you can sit outside in the restaurants seating area or relax on the beach, soaking up the scenery. If classic fish and chips aren’t your thing, a variety of other delicious options are also available from sandwiches to nachos or for something sweeter; coffee and cake. With spring in the air and summer just around the corner the Atlantic Beach Café is the perfect place to enjoy the warm weather
and sunny evenings.

The Atlantic Beach Café
Sea Front, Portreath, Redruth TR16 4NN
01209 843490


Ann’s Pasties makes a return to Porthleven!

There’s not many an occasion that isn’t made better with a hot pasty in hand and we’re delighted that Ann’s Pasties has now opened a new shop right here in Porthleven, the home of Cornwall Living.

Ann’s Pasties is very much a family business, originally opened by Ann and mother Hettie in Porthleven back in 1985. As the business flourished, Ann’s son Fergus stepped in to help and he now gets the crimping seal of approval from Granny Hettie. Ann’s Pasties are all lovingly handmade, from locally sourced meat and vegetables and crimped to perfection. Organic flour and a generations’ old recipe makes for thin, crisp pastry on the outside and a succulent layered filling on the inside. Be sure to pick one up next time you’re in Porthleven or if you want to take home a taste of Cornwall, you can have Ann’s Pasties delivered across the UK.

01326 572282


Special diets are second nature at The Cornwall Hotel!

The team at The Cornwall Hotel believe that delicious food should be enjoyed without compromise, something we can definitely get on board with here at Cornwall Living! In fact, the team’s new spring menus feature a wealth of options for guests who follow a gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan diet, something that’s still frustratingly rare, despite Cornwall’s access to some of the finest produce in the UK!

So, whether it’s the Curio Gin Cured Sea Trout, Cornish Crab Risotto or the aptly named ‘Colonial Spices’ featuring a chickpea and vegetable masala, The Cornwall Hotel’s dietary delicacies balance special requirements with extra special tastes. Gluten-free and vegan afternoon teas are also available, so even those with specialist dietary requirements can enjoy one of England’s long standing foodie traditions!

Dine in the opulent Elephant Bar & Brasserie from 12pm until 5pm, with dinner available from 6pm until 9.30pm. Booking does come highly recommended, so be sure to give the team a call!

Cornwall Hotel & Spa
Pentewan Road, Tregorrick, St Austell
01726 874050


Food lovers rejoice!

We here at Cornwall Living are eagerly awaiting this year’s Porthleven Food Festival, and we hear that it’s set to be a
big one!

As well as the usual line up of events in the Chef’s Theatre (including a display from patron Antony Worrall Thompson) and massive choice of foodie vendors and artisans around quayside, this year’s theme is ‘Anti Plastic? Fantastic!’, meaning revellers can indulge themselves guilt free, knowing that they’re supporting the elimination of plastic waste.

There’s also a fantastic line up already in place for the evenings.

Porthleven Food Festival