New openings, Cornwall on the TV, and a gorgeous swirl of gossip around Cornwall!
Comings and goings
Following the news last autumn that much loved Appleton’s were leaving Trevibban Mill Vineyard and moving to Fowey to open a new restaurant, there’s now exciting news for the site. Award-winning British restaurant, The Ethicurean, will celebrate its 10th anniversary by launching its second venture on the site near Padstow.
Founded by brothers Matthew and Iain Pennington, The Ethicurean has a reputation for innovative, ethically conscious, modern cuisine, guided by the seasons and an overriding sense of place. We’ve heard great things about their current place and it’s genuinely exciting to see Cornwall as their choice of new venue.
Speaking of Appleton‘s, we understand that their new place in Fowey will be open from 1 March 2020 – watch this space for more details.
After a fire in June 2019, the Old Coastguard in Mousehole was forced to close for a full refurb but we hear that it will be back, bright and shiny in late February 2020. In the meantime, their team can be found doing good things at their new start-up, The Vault Kitchen on Queen St. in Penzance (review coming soon!).
Relative new-comer but oh-so-good restaurant The Old Customs House in St Ives sadly closed its doors for the final time on New Year’s Eve. This won’t be the last we hear of Steve and Haley I’m sure though…
We are also super excited that THE PIG – at Harlyn Bay is due to open in June 2020. The team has renovated the grade II listed mansion, the origins of which date from the 16th century, near Padstow making it their seven boutique hotel and their first in Cornwall. We think the Shepherd’s Huts, situated en route to its kitchen gardens sound just lovely (the remainder of the 30 rooms will be in both the stables and the main house).
The new Penzance helicopter service launches on 17 March 2020, offering the only scheduled helicopter link from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly with direct flights to both Tresco and St Mary’s with a flight time of as little as 15 minutes.
Romeo Beckham at Retallack Resort
Of the many celebs who visit Cornwall over the Christmas period it was David and Victoria Beckham’s son Romeo who garnered the most attention, sharing an Instagram post of himself trying the Flow-Rider wave at Retallack. Thankfully, he also shared no bones broken. Phew!
Cornwall on the telly (and film news)
Episode one of 16 of Cornwall: This Fishing Life airs on 7 Jan – following the fate of south-coast fishing community Mevagissey. A village built on fish – pilchards in particular, which once everyone was after but now tourism is the main industry.
Is Love Island your guilty viewing pleasure? Well stand-by, the contestants set to move into the brand new villa in South Africa for the 2020 series have now been unveiled. And among them? Cornwall’s own Ollie Williams, heir to the Lanhydrock Estate and current junior estate manager. Apparently, his favourite chat-up line is that he owns Polzeath beach (which is a little bit of a fib, but I’m sure the girls won’t hold that against him for too long…)
We also hear that the BBC’s Dracula‘s episode two (which aired over the new year) storyline was based on the ship Demeter – and the boat for the studio filming was made by the team at Charleston Harbour, designing every line, block and sail.
Bait, the unique Cornish low budget black and white film, shot on a vintage wind-up camera, which became the most successful Cornish film to date after it’s release last August, has been nominated in the Outstanding British Film category at the BAFTAs. Bait was written and directed by Newlyn’s Mark Jenkin.