New openings, Cornwall at the BAFTAs, new rules for dogs on beaches - it's your favourite blabbermouth reporting for duty - yes ma'am. Here's the latest superflashy newsflash for Cornwall!
Dogs on Cornwall’s Beaches
Listen up! The rules are changing for dogs on Cornwall’s beaches in 2020. Pay attention at the back as you’ve far better things on which to spend the £100 fine (hello, new swimsuit).
In a nutshell, this summer there will only be 41 beaches to avoid with your pooch and even those can be used for morning and evening walkies outside of lifeguarded hours. (Heaps better than the old rules when the ban ran from Easter to the end of September). When the Council officially updates the list we’ll share it – find the old list of 48 beaches here.
So, from 1 July – 31 August you’ll need to keep paws off the sand from 10am – 6pm unless you’re on one of the five blue-flag beaches (still with me?) where the ban extends to 15 May – 30 September.
The blue flag beaches areGyllyngwase (Falmouth), Porthtowan, Porthmoer (St Ives), Trevone (Padstow) and Widemouth Bay (Bude) but NOT Great Western Beach in Newquay where dogs are allowed all year round. Got it?
Openings and Closings
Good news for fans of The Fox’s Revenge, the pub near Summercourt, Newquay which has been closed for the past few months for refurbishment. It’s being taken over by Ben Ambridge, previously head chef of The Longstore in Charlestown, and his fiancee Evie Pratt. Ambridge graduated from the Fifteen Apprenticeship scheme in 2012 before helping set up The Longstore in 2017. The Fox’s Revenge re-opens on 14 February.
Speaking of The Longstore, we hear that the team has opened a second restaurant, having taken over the lease at long-standing Truro restaurant, Bustopher Jones. For the time being the tweaks are minor, but a full revamp and re-furb is expected later in the year.
On 10 February, Paul and Emma Ainsworth will be opening Caffè Rojano in Padstow. This is a re-launch of their previous restaurant, Rojano’s in the Square, which they have run for the past nine years. Having recently acquired the freehold of the Padstow restaurant the space has been closed for a re-furb and opens again this month.
Also in Padstow, Prawn on the Lawn re-opens after a short re-furb and the Padstow Wine Company is set to open a new bar and bottle shop just over the road from Barnaby’s, a few doors up from Prawn on the Lawn.
Exciting news for Falmouth as Michael Caines is set to take over at The Cove at Maenporth, near Falmouth. Renowned chef Michael held two Michelin stars at Gidleigh Park, Devon for 18 years.
The Seafood Shed is due to open at 55 North Street, Fowey from the team behind Fitzroy (they also are behind Primeur, Westerns Laundry and Jolene in London) on 14 March.
Keep an eye out for Amelies in Porthleven. Closed after a fire in Autumn 2019, the team has announced that they hope to re-open in April 2020.
Down in St Ives, it’s all change. Posh deli and coffee shop The Digey closed on 9 Feb after six years but is set to re-open under new ownership in March. Scarlet Wines are teaming up with Italian restaurant Antoninis in Hayle, with the team taking over the café and deli at The Old Forge. At 27 The Terrace comes a new restaurant – a collaboration between Mick Smith (of Porthminster Beach Cafe) and Ben Prior, previously of Ben’s Cornish Kitchen in Marazion which closed last year.
BAIT wins a BAFTA!
Bait, written and directed by Newlyn’s Mark Jenkin, and produced by Kate Byers and Linn Waite became the most successful Cornish film to date after it’s release last August. The unique Cornish low budget black and white film, shot on a vintage wind-up camera, won outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer at the 2020 BAFTAs, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Feb 2nd.