The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Cornwall Edition

Category: Eat out


7 Mar 2017

He’s written 20 cookery books, hosted numerous TV shows and in 2000, Rick Stein opened the doors of his award-winning, Padstow cookery school. The bustling fishing village has become a destination for seafood and there is nowhere better to master the finer points of fish cookery than this.

So when I was invited to go and try out one of their courses, I scuttled there faster than a crab along the shoreline. It turned out to be one of the best days out I’ve ever had in Cornwall and here’s why I think you’ll love it too…

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Win The Toss With These 3 Decadent Pancake Recipes

22 Feb 2017

Who doesn’t love Pancake Day? In our house, we generally sack off the sensible dinner and spend the evening scoffing pancakes with a variety of classic toppings. But this year, it’s is going to be an even more decadent extravaganza, thanks to Nicky, of local street food business Proper Pancakes.

From her cool fifties trailer, Nicky serves up fluffy American-style pancakes, with a host of original and creative accompaniments (such a fun option for weddings and events). Here, she shares three of her favourite recipes — as well as a few expert tips to help you perfect your pancakes

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Funky Newquay Brunch Spot: The Garden Café

15 Feb 2017

Every mum needs an emergency coffee-and-cake destination for those days when you feel you can’t go on and this is how, two years ago I discovered The Garden Café in Newquay’s Trenance Gardens. Being near the zoo, Waterworld swimming pools and a decent playground, it’s inevitably popular with the buggy brigade in the mornings but for a little café it wears a lot of hats (and serves up a really good coffee too). From casual lunch meetings to weekend beers and brunches, monthly supper clubs to biannual DJ nights – there’s plenty to please the loyal, local following.

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Muddy Eats: The Front Room Penzance

21 Jan 2017

Have you ever sat drinking coffee after a rough week and thought ‘perhaps I’ll give it all up and run a café by the sea’? Well Katie and Tristan of The Front Room in Penzance, are just like you — but with a little more follow through.

The couple took the reins at this super-popular, quirky/cool café less than a year ago but are already very much part of the furniture. A troupe of regulars and loyal staff give the café a friendly, community feel and the eclectic décor is as Instagram-friendly as the coffee.

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The Cornish Arms: Sunday Roast à la Rick Stein

10 Jan 2017

Just like my Mum will never order pasta in a pub, I’ve always been a bit snotty about pub roasts. See I’ve been perfecting the classic meat and thirteen veg combo myself for many years and have had my hopes dashed too often by overcooked meat and soggy potatoes. So the discovery of a traditional roast done really well is cause to celebrate (because I can’t be bothered every weekend, alright?)

After a morning stroll through Padstow, the heart of Rick Stein country, we headed over to St Merryn (a few minutes drive away), which is home to the chef’s family and dog-friendly pub, The Cornish Arms.

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Muddy eats: The Pandora Inn

1 Dec 2016

There are pubs that you clock every day as you drive by, and then there are pubs that you’d never find without a bit of assistance from locals and brown road signs. The Pandora Inn falls in the latter. Situated on the Restronguet Creek (a creek! exotic), its not hard to see why this is one destination gastropub with awards coming out of its ears.

Seems like it took the Muddy awards back in the summer to get me off my backside and get down there for a bite, but more fool me – I can see why Muddy readers voted it best destination pub 2016.

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