What’s new, pussycat? It’s the superflashy newsflash!
Movers, groovers and gossipers, listen up! From new restaurants to cycle trails and celeb spottings, here are all the new and exciting ventures in Cornwall this month.
The big news this month is the opening of a Cornish outpost of chef Adam Handling’s Ugly Butterfly brand. The sustainable and local luxury restaurant will open at the Carbis Bay Estate (that of G7 fame near St Ives) on 2 August. Using ingredients sourced from in and around Cornwall, Handling promises to bring flair and theatrics to a fully sustainable all-day dining experience, illustrating that there is no such thing as food waste (hence the name, Ugly Butterfly, because it is not possible). While the restaurant isn’t yet open, Handling cooked for the plus ones at the G7 Summit, including Carrie Johnson and Dr Jill Biden. Ugly Butterfly will be run by Group General Manager George Hersey and Head Chef Jamie Park.
Over in Truro, meanwhile, a new branch of The Longstore has opened (above) bringing their signature buzzy dining experience to the capital’s chichi Lemon Street. The light and airy restaurant in a restored Georgian townhouse also specialises in steaks and seafood, much like their first branch in Charlestown.
Also in foodie news, August is when first-of-its-kind, a Travelling Feast from Cornwall-based Chef and Restaurateur, Paul Ainsworth, sets off. Part festival, part ultimate food-lovers road trip, the festival will take in several different locations across Cornwall, showcasing Paul’s food, that of his friends, and various bands along the way.
HOTEL / STAYCATIONS
New for summer 2021 is The Rock Retreat at The Point Polzeath from the team behind Glastonbury and Badminton Retreats. They’ve set up a new staycation experience in a series of safari tents – just turn up and roll into a luxury glamping tents which sleep up to six (on proper beds, with proper bedding!). You’ll be within walking distance of the beach at Polzeath, read more about what to do in Polzeath here.
Speaking of hotels, one to watch (but not this year!) is the old Beachcroft Hotel in Newquay, or what’s left of it, at any rate (above). Once one of Newquay’s premier hotels in it’s post second-world war heyday, some of the old grounds was then sold off to Aldi. [Which, incidentally, has probably the best views from any supermarket carpark in the country. Know a better view? We’ll wait.] The rest of the hotel, which is what was once the ballroom, plus the old swimming pool site and parts of the grounds, is now for sale… but it will take some imagination and a good deal of feats of engineering to bring it back to life.
Two horticultural openings this month which I’m looking forward to visiting – the first is Hortus, in Marazion, in a beautiful Georgian property overlooking St Michael’s Mount, and is a plants and lifestyle store run by Louis J Hills. Think eclectic and timeless antiques and homewares all styled in an oasis of greenery. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm every week.
The second is the new Zennor Wild shop in St Ives, which can be found on St Andrews Street. Featuring their beautiful farm grown flowers as well as beautiful bits and pieces for your home, the other side of the shop is home to Moomaid Icecream, their first location in St Ives since their harbourside parlour sadly closed last year.
The Rockpool beach café in at Gwithian is supporting Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), to raise funds and awareness of the charity’s projects, which aim to protect and preserve Cornwall’s coastline and maritime habitats. The Rockpool is also hosting regular beach cleans to play a part in SAS’s Million Mile Beach Clean, which seeks to help reconnect people with nature and promote positive physical and mental wellbeing. Children returning back to The Rockpool with a full bag of collected rubbish, will be rewarded with a free slice of Margherita pizza for their hard work! The Rockpool’s beach cleans are running daily during half-terms in 2021 (the next one will be October 23-30th) – offering a great outdoor family-friendly activity, with the team on hand to provide free litter picking equipment and helpful advice.
Something to look forward to in September is the ‘Grand Départ‘ of the Tour of Britain, which sets off from Penzance on 5 September, taking in 111 miles of Cornish countryside and towns including St Ives, Falmouth, Newquay and St Austell before ending in Bodmin on the Sunday evening. Expect rolling road closures among the cycling excitement.
Speaking of carbon-free travel, there’s also a new a cycle path to get rolling on. The West Kernow Way is a 150 mile cycle route which starts and finishes in Penzance. Designed to be accessible by train, the whole route can be done in three / four days, or choose a section. Highlights include the Botallack tin mines, the Bronze Age monument Mên-an-Tol (below), Land’s End, St Michael’s Mount and Lizard Point.
Possibly Cornwall’s most famous cycle trail is the Camel Trail, which follows the old Bodmin & Wadebridge Company’s steam railway line from Bodmin to Padstow. New for 2021 is the launch of the FIRE & STEAM arts and heritage trail which brings together history, art and workshops to celebrate more of the trail’s heritage.
And hot off the press… congrats to Freddie Strickland, who has been named RHS Young Designer of the Year with his Cornwall garden, ‘On Tropic’ (above) which celebrates the sub-tropical gardens found in Devon and Cornwall, reimagining this type of planting in a domestic urban or suburban northerly context. Bristol based, Freddie studied at the Eden Project and worked in St Agnes at Muddy favourite cafe, Open, before launching his garden design business.
Last of all, we couldn’t not wish Cornwall’s athletes good luck, part of Team GB heading to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which start this week. Helen Glover begins her defence of her women’s coxless pairs title in the rowing, Calum Jarvis makes his Olympic debut in the swimming, and Gulval’s Deborah Fleming is a key member of the Rugby Women’s Sevens team.
FILM, TV and CELEBS
We don’t have the time or space to list all the celebs that have been spotted down here in Cornwall on their hols, but James Corden fans were excited to spot him in Bude, where he’s been filming his new Amazon Prime comedy drama Mammals. Word is that he’s been on surfer’s secret spot, Millook…, plus Stanley Tucci was at Watergate Bay for the launch of Emily Scott’s new cook book, much to the delight of several Muddy editors. Meanwhile in Newquay, film crews have been spotted, as well as at Bodmin General.
We are also hearing that Tom Cruise has added Cornwall to his list of UK stops, following his busy weekend a couple of weeks ago with his double-header of Wimbledon and Wembley. His – allegedly- yacht (hired) has been spotted off the waters of Penzance, St Ives and the Camel Estuary.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have also been spied, rather less secretly, as they were in the Duchy for their annual three day tour of Devon and Cornwall. They headed to the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery to celebrate the “1o+1” anniversary of the Prince’s Countryside Fund, before the Isles of Scilly.