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The latest foodie happenings in Cornwall


Food and Cornwall have become rather good friends over the past few years, with everything from festivals and restaurants spearheaded by world-famous celebrity chefs to an ever-expanding flurry of independent and artisan producers pushing the boundaries when it comes to food.

Whether caught off nearby oceanic waters, foraged straight from the ground or freshly farmed, Cornwall’s foodie scene owes its popularity to its provenance, where quality ingredients are thoughtfully obtained straight from their source.

So not only does a stay in Cornwall spell sublime scenery, but it also promises to treat the tastebuds to some seriously special eating experiences.

Here’s some of the latest news, movements and upcoming events that are set to enhance the taste factor for all visitors to Cornwall…

Philleigh Way Cookery School

Credit: David Griffen

The award-winning cookery school near Truro in the centre of Cornwall offers a mix of culinary services, most notably their dining events and cookery classes.

Their woodfired sessions serve up various themed evenings of fresh seafood, fish and meat from their Parilla and Wood oven, while a series of interactive supper clubs combine cooking demonstrations with sumptuous taster menus for an ultra memorable evening out. Similarly, a spot of private dining can cater for small or larger groups, delivering Philleigh Way’s signature farmhouse cooking to your specific dietary requirements and individual tastes.

Food lovers keen to improve their own kitchen skills can sample a huge range of courses throughout the year including their new full day tapas cookery course.

Covering skills such as preparing squid, filleting round fish, curing, pané, sauté, pan and deep frying, and making short crust pastry, you’ll also get to devour the likes of Spanish empanadas with with chimichurri, crispy squid with a tomato salad and lemon mayonnaise, sea bass ceviche, calves liver with almond and saffron, or salt cod fritters

And with courses in fish, French and American bread, Cornish Italian cookery, vegetarian cookery, classic cakes, bushcraft, game, shellfish, filled pasta and simple suppers – you’ll learn to expertly produce and plate up a variety of fabulous foodstuffs.

St Tudy Inn

Credit: Daniel Scott

North Cornwall’s gastro gem has already this year been voted as ‘one to watch’ at the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2016 by industry experts, and under the talented direction of chef and owner Emily Scott, the St Tudy Inn continues to grow from strength to strength.

Not only hosting a series of regular and exclusive dining events, the celebrated restaurant welcomes diners keen to sample simple, rustic cuisine created from the finest Cornish produce.

Tuck into summer spoils such as langoustines, spinach, purple basil and tomato aioli; pan roasted chicken with tomatoes and tarragon; or rare roast beef salad accompanied by green beans, new potatoes and horseradish cream. Simple, beautifully flavoured food is always on the ever-evolving menu here.

The Scarlet Hotel


Some tasty ‘you’ time may not get more extravagant than this – the luxe hotel’s latest culinary offering of Champagne Afternoon Tea, where you can loaf at your leisure in any corner of the stunning seaside venue and tuck into an endless array of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones – either washed down with a traditional swig of tea or spoilsome supping of champagne.

Think homemade cakes, artisan bread, special recipe jam, local clotted cream and Tregothnan Estate tea – all artistically presented (and more importantly – constantly restocked as you go) in uber-relaxed surrounds with sublime views.

Other new and utterly delicious foodie ideas to try…

Home Barista Training with Relish Food & Drink

Nancarrow Farm’s Feast Nights

Andy Appleton’s new restaurant at Trevibban Mill, near Padstow

Vineyard tours and wine tasting at Polgoon

Inkie’s Smokehouse barbecue nights, Golitha Falls

The Art of Wine (wine shop, bar and gallery) in Truro

Rosewarne Manor’s Tasting Menu Nights

The Hidden Kitchen & Dining in St Ives

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