Food and Drink in Cornwall
Food & Drink in Cornwall - Restaurants and Growers
When it comes to the food, drink and restaurants side of things within Cornwall, its a real job to know where to start!
Cornwall has become world renown for the offerings that the county puts on the tables of restaurants and with celebrity chefs and restaurants making they're mark in recent years, it has become the place for the gastro enthusiast. Most will be familiar with the Famous seafood restaurant in Padstow that was set-up by Chef Rick Stein and will also be aware of the 'Fifteen' restaurant established by Jamie Oliver. These have no doubt contributed towards Cornwall's, already excellent, culinary reputation but lets not forget that there were excellent restaurants in Cornwall way before the Celebrity Chefs tried to make their mark and indeed the best in county are the ones that established themselves in Cornwall decades ago.
Producers & Growers
The small holders and suppliers in Cornwall have always been a very important part of the Cornish way of life but years ago with the advent of the supermarket, like the rest of the country, things began to suffer. Fortunately over recent years there has been a great amount of enthusiasm born for organic and locally produced food, and many Cornish producers have switched to meet that demand. Coupled with an increase in quality eating establishment a brilliant relationship was born. Quality food from local fresh produce. Really, that's what Cornwall's food philosophy is all about, and it works very well.
So who are these Cornish producers? Well as you can imagine they range from the cottage industry type such as those growing herbs and suchlike to the larger producers of quality meats. There really is a huge range. One such producer in Cornwall is Sally Lugg at Primrose Farm. Sally breeds a variety of traditional British pigs that wins awards both in the show ring and at food fairs and competitions. Sally offers an excellent mail order service for both caterers and individuals. More details here. Of course its not all about the meat, vegetable, and fruit suppliers, there are plenty of smaller businesses in Cornwall that offer things that are a little bit special such as Kernewek Herb Kitchen. Amanda & Noggin, the owners of the business, make and sell special marinades and dressings that are created with local, seasonal ingredients. So you see Cornwall has plenty to offer those creative chefs in local eateries and for visitors wanting to take away a bit of Cornwall!
As one might expect there are some cracking restaurants in Cornwall most of which make good use of the abundant source of fresh produce and in particular Fish and shellfish! Surrounded on nearly all sides by the sea, when it comes to fish and shellfish were spoilt for choice. Often the best dishes served up in the restaurants are the simplest fish dishes that haven't been over played with or 'styled'. Even better are the shellfish dishes such as whole lobster and raw oysters served with a just a few support acts and a sumptuous bottle of wine. The 'Quay Cafe' (formerly known as the Sticky Prawn) at flushing is one place that you will be able to get just this. There are many listings both on the web and in printed literature listing the many restaurants, and it can get confusing as to what's good and what's really good. Therefore were going to listen to the customers and operate a rating system for each and every restaurant listed based on reviews that customers send in*. In theory this should help push the standards even higher, perhaps.
It was just a matter of time until we mentioned Cornish Pasties & Fish & Chips!
Pasties have been around in Cornwall for centries and are best known as an important food for miners mining for tin. Traditionally made with steak, potato, and onions, they now come in many guises with ingredients such as chicken, Stilton, and Turkey!
Nearly every Cornish village has the best pasty bakery in Cornwall, or so they say, but one pasty that really did shine through was from the Mylor Bridge Bakery. If you pass that way i recommend it!
The fish & chips in Cornwall are second to none and extremely fresh. Visit a chippie in Newlyn and you can be sure the fish is only a few hours out of the water, that's fresh! Another great chip shop in Cornwall is the Harbour lights restaurant in Falmouth, again all the fish is extremely fresh.