Cornwall LivingIssue #86
Meals at the manor
Raise your glass to provenance and great food at the Merchants Manor, Falmouth.
We can probably all agree that Cornish food and drink is some of the best in the country. “We’d be crazy not to take advantage of that, which is why we produce nature inspired food that ticks all the boxes,” says Merchant Manor owner, Nick Rudlin. With three AA Rosettes to its name, Rastella is the highest rated dining experience in Falmouth, featuring bread infused with pear and foraged seaweed, sweet lamb from the meadows above Lizard Lighthouse, and smoked shellfish and salmon from a wood-fired oven.
“Our carefully curated list includes one of the largest selections of organic, vegan, vegetarian, biodynamic and natural wines in the country”
From locally-foraged greens, butchers and garden marketers, to the love Chef Patron Hylton Espey puts into every dish on the menu, there is one mantra in the Rastella kitchen at Merchants Manor: ‘What grows together, goes together’. This makes every breakfast, lunch and dinner at Rastella a journey around Cornwall.
Raise your glass to provenance and sustainability – sure to keep you pleasantly occupied as you stretch out in front of the fire or curl up in the window seat to be regaled with tales of far flung travels that brought you tonight’s cocktail of choice. With a massive array of gin and tonics and combinations such as twisted classics and traveller’s treasures, all sourced from far-flung travels where your cocktail masters have searched, scoured and tasted to craft a cocktail list that’s perfect for a lazy summer afternoon in the garden, or a cosy night in with dinner. Bold selections include: Kentucky Coffee – a new twist on the Espresso Martini, and Stiggins’ Smoked Old Fashioned – dramatically served in a smoking box.
Food and wine is a marriage made in heaven and never more so than at Merchants Manor. “Our carefully curated list includes one of the largest selections of organic, vegan, vegetarian, biodynamic and natural wines in the country,” Nick tells us. From the ‘Rare Breeds’ list with some of the most world-renowned vintages, through to easy drinkers, there really is something for everyone, if only so you can test the team on their knowledge!
The nature-inspired modern approach at Rastella ensures everything is put together with thought and pure enjoyment in mind, paying close attention to provenance, locality, seasonality and sustainability, so you don’t have to.
"Our carefully curated list includes one of the largest selections of organic, vegan, vegetarian, biodynamic and natural wines in the country"