Cornwall Foodie Diary May 2015

In the temperate month of May, we start to see more sun (touch wood) and more foodie events taking place across Cornwall. Below is what’s not to be missed coming up on the foodie calendar in May


Rick Stein’s 40th Anniversary Dinner at The Seafood Restaurant
7th May 2015
Padstow, North Cornwall

It has been an incredible 40 years since Rick and Jill first opened the doors to The Seafood Restaurant and they want to celebrate this occasion with their customers.

Join the Stein family at their 40th anniversary dinner at The Seafood Restaurant on Thursday 7 May when they will be serving six courses of dishes particularly treasured by Rick and Jill, with wines chosen by Roni and Jason. Tickets for the event are £170 per person. To make a booking call their reservations department on 01841 532700.

An evening with Jack Stein at the The Seafood Restaurant
28th May
Padstow, North Cornwall


In May you can also enjoy an evening with executive chef, Jack Stein as he demonstrates world food concepts with locally sourced seasonal produce. Sit back and relax with a glass or two of wine as you watch Jack cook three dishes and talk about his time working for his parents. You’ll enjoy a tasting of each dish that Jack cooks and get to take home a recipe card of each dish.
Lusty Glaze
Throughout May

As of May Lusty Glaze adds a Summer Twist to their Sunday Roasts to reflect the season and local produce. Served every Sunday from 12pm until 9pm

In the evenings The Sundowner Sessions have now commenced and the restaurant will hold a free live music session every week of the summer, in May these will be held every Friday evening with music commencing from 7.30pm – it really is the perfect accompaniment to supper by the sea.


Don’t Wake the Fish, the music and Real Ale festival at the Gurnard’s Head
23rd & 24th May

Treen, West Cornwall

The Gurnard’s Head’s Real Ale and Music festival, Don’t Wake the Fish takes place in the Gurnard’s Head garden, with breath-taking views, being sandwiched between the Penwithian moorland on one side and the Atlantic on the other. It brings together local breweries, musicians and a wide selection of local artisans ranging from poets and pot-throwers to Morris Dancers, featuring 30 real ales from favourite Cornish breweries and a range of real ciders, such as their house cider Skreach. Penzance vineyard and orchard Polgoon with supply Perry and sparkling elderflower wine as well as their cloudy apple juice and cordials. Expect a diverse mixture of music, and, as it’s a festival for all the family, lots of entertainment and games. Food will be provided by James Strawbridge in conjunction with The Gurnard’s Head. The Gurnard’s Head itself will be open as normal for lunch and supper plus an outside barbecue all weekend.

Tapas and Moules Wednesday at Sea Side, St Moritz

Sea Side at St Moritz has added authentic tapas dishes to its menu. Making the most of restaurant’s setting looking out over the ocean, this is food to linger over. The menu has around 12 fish, meat and veg tapas, including charcuterie, focaccia and olives. There’ll also be a few bidder dishes like fish and chips and mussels. You don’t have to be a guest to visit Sea Side, everyone is welcome.

Plus: Moules Wednesday. Add a wow to your Wednesday! Dive into a large bowl of Porthilly mussels, French Fries, chunky bread and a glass of white wine for £12.50. If you are a member of the Solid as Rock local club you get all this for £10. This is available in the Sea Side restaurant every Wednesday between 12pm and 4pm, or in the Restaurant or bar  6.30pm-9pm. Booking advised.

Fat Hen
Throughout May
West Cornwall & Various Locations

Fat Hen, the country’s only dedicated Wild Food Cookery School has announced its exciting schedule of upcoming courses and events for 2015. These showcase the astounding abundance and diversity of wild Cornish produce, as well as offering a venue for unique dining experiences. Established by former ecological consultant Caroline Davey, Fat Hen pioneered foraging and cookery courses when it was launched more than six years ago. Caroline has now expanded her offering to include specialist wild food courses in fish, game, seaweed & wild Italian cookery. There will be a chance for everyone to get involved, including a fun foraging and cooking club for children, cycling foraging routes, and gourmet wild food weekends.

May events at Fat Hen


1st   Forage, Cook & Feast Day

15th Forage and Feast at The Gurnard’s Head

16th/17th Gourmet Wild Food Weekend

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P.S Newsy bites:

  • Ben at Sennen is now open boasting a large terrace on which you can relax and enjoy stunning sunsets over the bay, where Ben serves a menu of classics executed with his usual flair and attention to detail
  • The team behind Salcombe’s popular Winking Prawn are opening a new restaurant, The Cracking Crab, in Polzeath. The restaurant overlooks the beach and is due to open on 27th April. To keep up to date with The Cracking Crab’s news see their Facebook page
  • Another exciting new opening Rick Stein Fistral is a casual and laid-back restaurant on the beach, where you’ll find Rick’s famous fish & chips on the menu. Cod, haddock and lemon sole all feature as well as fish chilli burgers and Rick’s famous homemade tartare sauce, aioli and authentic curry sauce
  • Sam’s at The Bay on Carlyon Bay at Crinnis Beach, has re-opened for the season, where you’ll fined chilled tunes, simple but delicious Sam’s Food, Sam’s Vans, and cocktails & wines with the Sam’s crew providing the usual laid back, professional service and breathing some much-needed love and life into one of Cornwall’s most beautiful beaches.
  • Another favourite, re-opening for the season is, The Hidden Hut on Porthcurnick beach, open every day from 10am – 5pm serving simple beach-side refreshments such as hot and cold drinks, seasonal lunches, hot Cornish pasties, organic ice creams and freshly-baked cakes. They also often hold special lunchtime events. Fishing boat landings onto the beach, seafood paellas, various grills, so keep an eye on their website
  • Port Eliot Festival announces foodie line-up: The Flower and Fodder Stage (set next to Port Eliot House) offers a unique opportunity to treat yourself to food prepared (and shared) before your eyes by celebrated and soon-to-be-celebrated chefs and restaurateurs. Among the chefs and food writers coming to Port Eliot are chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter Rick Stein; Skye Gyngell, one of Britain’s most respected and acclaimed chefs; cook, food writer and television presenter Thomasina Miers; Richard Bertinet, who trained as a baker from the age of 14; writer and bon vivant Tom Parker Bowles; cook and food writer Blanche Vaughan; Rose Prince; Jack Adair Bevan of The Ethicurean; Claire Ptak (Violet Cakes); Jack and Jill Stein; Mark Diacono; Claire Thomson (5 O’Clock Apron).



Source: This is an edited version of Visit Cornwall’s monthly update on Cornwall’s food scene. See the full May Foodie’s calendar here.