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Tregothnan Gardens – Open day 2016

May 19, 2016 No Comments

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Lord Falmouth opened his beautiful gardens at Tregothnan to the public a few weekends ago, proceeds raised went to “Cornwall Carer’s Service”.

 

The sun shone as we were allowed to enjoy the delights of this normally private estate.

 

We were treated to magnificent specimens of Camellias, Rhododenrons, Magnolias, Azaleas, grasslands with sweeping areas of bluebells and primroses.  We also enjoyed a refreshing cup of tea from Tregothnan’s very own tea plantation.

 

A wonderful day out.

Hubbox Truro

March 30, 2015 No Comments

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Three years ago a shipping container appeared in Lemon Plaza and Truro was graced with a new style of take away, joining the rest of the country in its love of the gourmet burger, and Hubbox was born. It was only going to be a temporary thing…but that shipping container is still there today.

Hubbox isn’t though. The expanding business, which started as ‘The Hub’ in St Ives, has recently moved into a 29th-century Wesleyan chapel, transforming it into a bright, postmodern vintage diner and earning itself an endorsement from the Guardian. Light streams in through the old stained glass windows, over the original buttresses and onto graffitied murals whilst the carved up remnants of old shipping containers give a nod to the restaurant’s beginnings. It’s teeming with life at the weekends and took us about 20 minutes to get a table. The time flew by though and we spent it sat at the bar drinking and salivating at the food landing on table.

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The menu is a small, focused affair concentrating on hip, upmarket versions of American classics. There’s a plethora locally sourced burger options, from a standard cheese burger to versions lashed in pulled pork and Swiss cheese, and stacked high in Baker Tom’s demi-brioche rolls.

Away from the meat feasts, there are falafels, cheeses and the Mack Daddy – a delicious mackerel fillet roll – catering to all the pescetarians and vegetarians.

On the drinks front there’s a rolling selection craft beers on offer as well as some generously portioned milkshakes: I highly recommend the salted caramel, although last week’s special, key lime pie ‘shake was a bit special too.

The Hubbox brand is still expanding, with one recently opening in Exeter and a Plymouth venue opening sometime this year. But what about that old shipping container on the plaza? It’s still there, and still run by the Hub folk as ‘Chick In Box’. And they’ve got plans to expand from the box and onto the adjacent riverboat. Their crispy buttermilk chicken ain’t too bad either.

Photos © Hubbox

 

Truro City of Lights 2014

October 17, 2014 No Comments

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We’re not far now from this year’s City of Lights festival in Truro, where has time gone!

The wonderful hand made lanterns are paraded through the town, made by local schools, groups and businesses. It also marks the turning on of the city’s Christmas lights. There will be a market and lots of delicious street food to try!

This years theme is ‘Heroes’ so we’re all very excited to see what is produced. Highlights from last year must be T-Rex and the ballerina. The parade takes place on the 19th of November and starts at the earlier time of 6.30pm for 2014.

For more information visit their website.

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