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Breakfast in Falmouth

October 24, 2014 No Comments

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Which would you rather, wake up and cook for an hour in the kitchen, quickly eat your breakfast and then do all the washing up, or stroll to a relaxing café, read a magazine and drink some delicious fresh coffee with your pastry…. I know which I would prefer!

While eating out for breakfast is perhaps a luxury, it is a must while enjoying your holiday. Falmouth has so many options we’ve decided to tell you some of our favourites..

For the view – Gylly Beach Café

It’s hard to come to Falmouth and not visit Gyllynvase beach, the café is open all day but breakfast on the beach is a real treat! From a full English to delicious pancakes with maple syrup and the option of sitting inside or out. You can also bring your four legged friend, perfect location for your morning walk.

For the coffee – Espressini

Recently in the Independent’s “Top 50 independent coffee shops in the UK”, Espressini have just opened their new kitchen and it’s already a hit with the locals. Serving hot food, pastries (from down the road at Stones Bakery) and locally roasted coffee (Olfactory) all you need to do is put your feet up.

For the full English – Pier Cafe

Set on the Prince of Wales Pier watch all the boats in the harbour go by while enjoying your traditional full English!

On the go – Picnic Cornwall

Take your breakfast to the harbour and watch the boats, Picnic can recommend all the best picnic spots and will prepare your breakfast from local ingredients. Try the homemade granola with local yoghurt!

 

Cornwall Food Festival 2014

October 13, 2014 No Comments

Truro’s Lemon Quay Plaza was a cornucopia of Cornish delights as the annual Great Cornish Food Festival descended upon the city. With around 50 local and independent companies setting up shop, 3 days of chef’s demonstrations by the likes of Nathan Outlaw, there can’t be many food festivals around the country that offer this much regional exclusivity, can there?

Back for its eleventh year, the festival, of course, offered pasties and clotted cream but there was so much more. From award winning cheeses and internationally renowned chocolates to craft beers and artisan ciders, it is a great reminder of the high quality food that is now on every Cornishman’s doorstep.

As well as the demonstrations and a plethora of foods and drinks to sample, there were great kid’s workshops where playing with your food was actively encouraged, including; smoothie making, interactive dairy education through a cow simulator and a messy printing session involving vegetables.

For the adults there were tutored beer tastings run by St Austell Brewery, gin tasting, pasty crimping master-classes and cocktail making by Josh Linfitt of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen.

Amongst the many free tastings we helped ourselves to, there were a few standouts that made sure we were heavily laden with bags of Cornish goodies by the time we left. Here are 5 of the best products we found during our visit.

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The Chocolatier

First up was Nicky Grant Chocolate’s stunning confectionary display. Lovers of salted desserts, we just had to have their sumptuous salt caramel chocolate bar, but it is their fennel and ginger truffles that have really put them on the map: they were awarded silver at the European leg of the 2014 International Chocolate Awards.

 

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Local Cheeses

For cheese lovers the Cornish Cheese Company had a range of Cornish Blues available, but for a proper taste of the county, Lynher Dairies’ Cornish Yarg is something to look out for. Wrapped in in nettles or wild garlic, Yarg is unique to the county and is available from delis around the county.

The Hard Stuff

A small artisan liqueur maker out of St Agnes caught our eye – or more honestly our desire for a wee tipple – as well. So small that her website is still a holding page, Spirits of Cornwall infuses elderflower, marmalade, and honey and saffron with her liquors into perfect Christmas gifts. As far as recommendations go, the idea of mixing these with prosecco to make interesting cocktails is definitely a winner. For information check her facebook page.

A Festival of Sausage

Tamblyn’s Traditional Breakfast Sausage won Gold at The Taste of The West competition and is honestly one of the best sausages I’ve ever tasted. The Kernow Sausage Company’s Mediterranean Medley with Fennel banger is also worth tracking down. The KSC can also be found cooking and dishing out their produce at events around Cornwall through their food stall.

 

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Delivered to your Door

Finally, For those of you doing a lot of cooking during your trips to Cornwall the Cornish Food Box Company had a fantastic stall showing their array of home delivered food boxes: an abundance of seasonal Cornish meat and veg delivered to your cottage door?

All the above produce can be bought online to bring a little bit of that Cornish sunshine back as the autumnal breeze blows in.

Guest blog by Matthew Collington thecornishgastronomicon.wordpress.com

Eat Local, Falmouth Farmers Market

September 30, 2014 No Comments

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Every Tuesday 9am-2pm is Falmouth Farmers Market on the Moor, with stalls selling lots of delicious local produce. You will normally find fresh fish, bread, meat and cheese among others!

Cornwall is known for its good food products and this is one of the ways to talk to the people behind it all.

The Taste of Summer – Mackerel

July 31, 2014 No Comments

Cooked on the BBQ. Simple, delicious and oh so healthy.

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The Hidden Hut – Feast Night

July 16, 2014 No Comments

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The Hidden Hut on the Roseland is famous for it’s feast nights. Locally sourced food cooked in the open air by the beach, what is not to like?

I (Becca) managed to get some tickets for the Seafood Bouillabaisse event on Sunday. We got there for 7pm, at the published start time, but it was clear that people had been camping out for a while! We didn’t get seats at a table but set up our picnic blankets in the evening sunshine. The food smelled mouthwateringly good. It is bring your own drinks, cutlery and plates and in our case picnic blankets. If sitting on the floor is not your thing, then it is worth arriving early.

The food was delicious and I got to sample both the vegetarian and fish options. For afters they had a selection of cakes for sale, we greedily bought ours in anticipation before the main and then barely had space left to eat them! All in all, a wonderful atmosphere, fantastic food and a glorious setting.

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I would recommend one of these evenings to anyone, although I did really enjoy the lunch I had there earlier on in the year so don’t panic if you can’t get tickets for a feast night.

The Hidden Hut is around a 45 minute drive from Falmouth or Helford using the King Harry Ferry to cross to The Roseland in Feock.

For more info about the cafe or the feast nights visit The Hidden Hut website.

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Cornwall: In The Know – The Wheel House

July 4, 2014 No Comments

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So well known for its seafood they don’t even have a website!

Just local seafood, cooked simply and served with bread and fries. The Wheel House has queues of people waiting to eat there so if you’re planning a trip to Falmouth book in advance.

The Wheel House is the number 1 restaurant in Falmouth on Tripadvisor, with Olivers number 2.

Call 01326 318050 for reservations.

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Cornwall: In The Know – Olivers

April 2, 2014 No Comments

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Up the old High Street in central Falmouth is ‘Olivers’, one of the best restaurants in town. At lunch you will always find the same lady in a big hat eating in the window and if you could eat there every day, then I’m sure you would too.

Creating beautiful plates of food from seasonal local produce is Ken in the kitchen and his wife Wendy who is the perfect hostess, helping you choose from all the delicious dishes.

They are open Tuesday – Saturday, for lunch and dinner. Lunch is a bargain at £8.95 for one course, £13.95 for two, or £18.95 for three courses.

Be sure to book early (as much as 4 weeks before) as this place is very popular with the locals.

For more information on to see a sample menu have a look at their website

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Cornwall: In The Know – Espressini

January 14, 2014 No Comments

Perfect for a relaxing breakfast, a light lunch, catching up with friends, and oh the cake! And that’s not even mentioning the coffee.

 

Espressini has quickly built up a name for itself around Falmouth for its amazing artisan coffee. With quirky furniture and interesting artwork exhibitions Rupert and his team have made Espressini a wonderful comfortable place for a break from whatever you may be doing. With regular events like pop-up food evenings and musicians and recently been in the independents top 50 coffee shops and is well worth a visit!

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Cornwall: In The Know – Provedore

December 12, 2013 No Comments

With thousands of visitors to Cornwall every year it can sometimes be hard to tell what to do or where to go for that authentic Cornish experience. People who have visited before generally have their routines of places to visit every year, but what about the new places? Perhaps just down the road is a hidden gem you just didn’t realise was there.

 
We want to share  these places with you. Whether it be one that we’ve found or somebody has shared with us, and hopefully we can help you discover somewhere you didn’t know about.
 
If you have a suggestion you would like to share please do email me at rebecca@cornishholidaycottages.net
 

Provedore

We’re going to start with a deli/café in Falmouth called Provedore. Set among the houses at the top of Trelawney road Provedore is a deli/café/restaurant. With rustic Spanish lunches, world class coffee and incredible tapas evenings with queues down the road.

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Run by husband and wife their tapas nights are legend among Falmouth, the doors open at 6.30 for a relaxed dinner of as many tapas plates as you can manage. There are only a few ‘regular’ dishes such as tortilla or deli meats, the rest is all specials with lots of seasonal options.

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It’s best to get there at 6 in the summer months or you may not get a table. But the food is definitely worth the wait. If however you’re not sure about queuing for your dinner then perhaps nip up for breakfast or lunch they’re open 8.30-3.30 most days.

Visit their Website

The Great Cornish Food Book

October 28, 2013 No Comments

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‘A collection of recipes, tales and morsels from the ocean, fields and cliff tops of Cornwall.’

What I thought would be a recipe book turned out to be much more! This brilliantly finished book is packed full of stories about the food industry in Cornwall. From fishermen to pasty makers! It’s got a great balance of recipes, stories and other relevant information, for example a big section on foraging which is a hot topic at the moment, a lot of local chefs use foraged produce in their restaurants and more and more people are choosing to forage for themselves. A beautiful balance of photography and illustration makes this book very easy and enjoyable to read.

It’s always a happy surprise when a book turns out to be more than what you expected.

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Cornwall is so lucky to have such a thriving food industry. There’s always a foodie event going on down here from feast nights at the Hidden Hut, Porthcurnick, to pop-up events like Ken Symons from Olivers in Falmouth doing a charity evening at Espressini. So it’s worth keeping an eye out before coming down to Cornwall on your holiday for exciting events happening all over the South West!

To order your copy of The Great Cornish Food Book click here