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Superflashy newsflash! Hot goss from Cornwall

Want to know where you can drink orange wine, stay in a turret, see a winning interior designer's brand new work or watch a satellite launch? It's all here, baby!

FOODIE NEWS

New businesses are popping up across the counties like daisies (just what we like to see). Down in Falmouth, The Mulberry (below) opened last month, offering fine dining from their underground restaurant. Chefs Harry Cartwright and Jay Brady met working at The PIG and between them have some impressive restaurant experience including under Nathan Outlaw. Find them where La Cave used to be, just off the high street – review coming as soon as we can!

Speaking of Nathan Outlaw, his newly refurbished Outlaw’s Guest House, situated at the top of Port Isaac, with striking coastal views (beautifully illustrated by Port Isaac artist, Katie Childs, below) opens this week. Book in for an exclusive 2-night foodie retreat which includes a meal at each of Outlaw’s restaurants, Outlaw’s New Road is handily just across the road, with the Fish Kitchen a mere stumble down to the harbour.

Also in Falmouth, there’s another new wine bar on the scene hot on the heels of Kernowine – wine lovers are in for a treat. The Orgia wine bar and eatery (below), sister to The Bottle in Newquay, serves small plates and biodynamic orange wines (basically white wines that have had skin contact, leaving them varying shades of orange, super trendy don’t you know!).

And, as if that wasn’t enough new openings for Falmouth, chef Hylton Espey, previously of the Merchants Manor hotel, is opening a new place called Culture. On Custom House Quay, moments from the sea, Culture Restaurant will celebrate local produce and hyper-seasonal cooking with a menu of nature inspired cuisine and is Hylton’s first independent restaurant and sees him working with wife, Petronella Espey (below).

Truro too has some new openings, including La Pineta Italian deli in the town itself, a new pizza place from Simon Stallard in Porthscatho on the Roseland called Tavola, and has also taken ownership of the The Standard Inn in Gerrans which is currently being renovated. Over at Knightor Winery comes The Vine, a small plates restaurant among the, you’ve guessed it, vines at the winery (below).

Meanwhile in St Ives, head to Porthmeor West where you’ll find new fish restaurant The Fish Shed. Also in St Ives, Little Palais is sadly closing their bijou doors at their Barnoon Hill location, but pleasingly, they aren’t heading far, planning to re-open at the site of the (much missed) The Old Custom House on the St Ives Harbour.

Speaking of goodbyes, another favourite that is closing the doors, sadly for good, is Barnaby‘s in Padstow. They are still very much open at sister restaurant Prawn on the Lawn, both the site across the street, as well as Prawn on the Farm.

PLACES TO STAY

The Cornish resort St Mellion Estate is renowned for its exceptional hospitality and outstanding golf & leisure facilities (including two championship golf courses and an awesome health club / spa) and is perfectly located just near to Plymouth in South East Cornwall. The St Mellion Estate’s best kept secret is that in addition to the hotel they have 18 holidays cottages which sit nestled between the two golf courses. Having completed a £2m refurbishment project, the cottages are now open for booking, including with turrets and bunk beds for families.

Muddy was first through the doors to admire the work of Banjo Beale, who was crowned winner of BBC One’s Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr [in the series finale on Wednesday 27 April]. Banjo has worked with self-catering specialist Beach Retreats at Watergate Bay and unveiled the newly transformed Winnow as the prize transformation project and it’s available now to rent. Banjo brings a touch of Australia to Cornwall as well as some impeccable sourcing, creating a beauty of a bespoke 4-bed apartment with some unusual touches and one-off interior choices. It was actually really hard to pick just one photo, but I particularly loved the striped chair, the ‘leather’ chairs actually made from pineapple tops, and the dark walls and moody coastal artwork in the image above, although the blue tiled sort of double bathroom with freestanding bath came a close second.

Fans of the north coast near Padstow will be interested in these five luxury holiday homes near Padstow which will be re-opening from August. Atlanta Trevone is a series of buildings built in 1899 which local residents Jessica and Ash Alken-Theasby have been extensively renovating to create gorgeous spaces just moments from the beach and a stone’s throw from Trevone Bay (where you’ll also find Tinker Bunny’s Bathing Pool, which, if your child is a Mallory Towers fan, is the tidal pool used in the BBC series).

Atlanta Trevone has been owned and run as holiday lets by Jessica’s family since the 1900’s (they also sold the Hutsons nearby Harlyn House, which you’ll probably know better as The PIG at Harlyn Bay, so they know what they’re doing!) And, interestingly, Jess’, great-grandfather was artist JHC Miller, an artist favoured by King George V and whose subject was the same seascapes that can be seen from the property today. 

OTHER OPENINGS & NEWS

Celtic & Co. have a brand new store at Unit 2 Lodge Way, Indian Queens Industrial Estate, St. Columb, Cornwall, TR9 6TF that opens on 24 May – they’ve a special event from 10am to 4pm, showcasing their new summer collection, where we’ve managed to wangle Muddy Stilettos readers 10% off in store only by quoting MUDDY10 at the till.

On a mission to promote health, wellbeing and community, new to Watergate Bay comes the Sauna Society, founded by friends Anthony and Damian, with the aim to foster a community alongside the ocean, using saunas as a way of bringing people together. The sauna will be available to book privately, as well as part of a communal session and opens to the public in June 2022.

The Luxury Family Hotels group, which owns Fowey Hall have announced a lovely sounding partnership with all-natural British bath and body brand, Bramley. Not only have they released an exclusive signature collection of Bath and Body Oils and accompanying Bramley Massage Treatments, each has been developed using hero ingredients found in the locations each hotel calls home. Samphire from the Jurassic Coast, seaweed from the waters of Fowey, wild mint from the New Forest, chamomile from the Wiltshire countryside and rose from the Ickworth’s 1,800-acre site. 

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We like the sound of the Fowey Hall oil – an uplifting and refreshing body oil with purifying Seaweed. Sweet Orange uplifts and brightens the mood whilst Spearmint is healing and invigorating.

The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay will have visited all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth before the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games in August. After being in London for the Platinum Jubilee, the relay heads to the Falkland Islands, Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man, before touring home nations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, with Cornwall the first destination on the 25 day tour of England where it will visit the Eden Project (above) on 4 July. The baton will make its way to Plymouth on 4 July, arriving from Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall by boat, before heading to Eden.

Cornwall joins the space race this summer! The first satellite launch from British soil will leave from Cornwall Airport Newquay, sending two shoebox sized satellites into orbit using a horizontal launch by a Virgin Orbit Launcher One rocket (see above) on a modified Boeing 747 called CosmicGirl — read our interview with Spaceport Head Mel Thorpe here.

& LASTLY

Less than paw-some news for those with furry friends – the annual dogs on beaches ban starts on 15 May and lasts until October. Pooch walking before 10am and after 6pm for the time being — or, check out our guide to the best beaches for dogs.

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