Woop woop! If ever there was a call for pants of Bridget Jones-esque dimensions – this is it. Our county has done us proud with three Cornish restaurants receiving Michelin stars in the revered 2017 guide – strap me in and pass me my golden fork… it’s time to EAT!
Yes folks, The Michelin Guide got very funky this year as results were live tweeted from the ceremony in London, and our fab county nabbed a very respectable number!
Well here’s a little gem I heard about back on the mainland. Rumour has it, The Ruin Beach Cafe at Old Grimsby on Tresco has a waiting list as long as your arm. Ok maybe not as long as my arm, but you’ll have to book atleast a few days in advance in high season which is no joke when you’re in desperate need of somewhere to feed the fam. So in the name of (selfless) research, I thought I’d put it to the Muddy test for you and find out if its worth the wait.
Those of you still mourning the loss of Miss Peapods in Penryn will be happy as a pig in er mud at her reincarnation as Muddy Beach (Isn’t that a great name?) – and with more cosmetic surgery than Renée Zellweger. Visually, you won’t recognise the place – but reassuringly, you might recognise some of the staff, including chef Dave who worked at Peapods (more on him below).
I had to pop in and meet my fraternal muddy twin Christian Dann – the face behind the hugely popular restaurant in Jubilee Wharf on the Penryn River.
Before I discovered the Bedruthan Hotel in Mawgan Porth near Newquay (and it seems I’m the last to know!), I’d been one to give hotels a wide berth when holidaying with the mudlets – it was always too damn difficult and self catering was how we played it. But I’m squeaking with excitement to have found possibly Cornwall’s most child friendly hotel and, you really should shortlist it for your next family break. ‘Child friendly’ doesn’t do it justice though – Family is really the centre of this uber stylish modern spacious hotel bursting with life.
Prawn on the Lawn was recommended by a girlfriend, and I’m literally jubilant to have made its acquaintance. Nestled down Duke Street in Padstow is the restaurant cum fishmonger with a great London vibe going on.
The first Prawn on the Lawn seafood bar opened in Islington a few years back but last spring, owners Katie and Rick decided to move to Cornwall. Lucky us, they’ve set up a second restaurant, Prawn On the Lawn Padstow!
Pintxo opening night, Fowey Thur 17 Mar
What Fowey needs is a tapas bar right? Your wish is my command. Ok, well I can’t take any of the credit, obvs, that’s 100% down to Chris Williams and Melissa Love who bring you Fowey’s newest place to eat drink and be merry – Pintxo and it’s opening tonight for sangria, vinos, cervazas and tapas finas.
Give it a go and let me know what you think.
If reports in the national press are true – that Penzance is emerging as the new gourmet capital of Cornwall – then Bruce Rennie deserves more than a nod for his part in that evolution.
Bruce has a knock-out CV, previously head chef at the award winning Gurnard’s Head, he has chef’ed at some of the best restaurants in the country, including Michelin starred Wishart’s in Edinburgh, Michelin starred Shanks in Northern Ireland, and for Gary Rhodes (he even helped research his book!) and local chap Rick Stein.
Truro has more than enough to satisfy the average foodie, with established restaurants, eateries and a popular pop-up street food festival circuit – you really are spoilt for choice. But those of you who, like me, yearn for something unique and a little exotic in the region, will love the fact that Truro can now add authentic Japanese cuisine to its list of virtues.
Enter Naoko Kashiwagia – Japanese super chef! Naoko started her own cooking classes from her home kitchen in Tokyo around 2012.
So, you know the feeling: You’ve got rid of the kids for the night and don’t want to waste the time stuck in the car for 5 hours finding somewhere special to stay. No problemo. Finding ourselves temporarily childless (trying not to gloat here), Mr MC and I headed off down the A30 and within the hour we were sipping G&Ts in one of our county’s greatest towns – Huzzah for Penzance!
We stayed at the Chapel House – one of Penzance’s newest and hot hot hotest B&B’s.