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FOODIE NEWS

Fowey Hall Hotel always do a good themed afternoon tea and new for Spring 2022 is their Matilda themed afternoon tea – bookings open from 21 March.

Nathan Outlaw has opened his newly refurbished Victorian guest house, situated at the top of Port Isaac, with striking coastal views (beautifully illustrated by Port Isaac artist, Katie Childs, above) — if it looks familiar, it’s because it used to be the Stargazy Inn, sister to the Port Gaverne Hotel just down the road, but was sold to Outlaw at the end of 2021. Book in for an exclusive 2-night foodie retreat which includes a meal at each of Outlaw’s restaurants.

The team behind Muddy-award finalists for best pub, The Peterville, have opened their second pub, this time in Truro – the Wig & Pen. Once a traditional Cornish pub in the heart of the city centre, Tom & Lara Trubshaw are bringing their signature style to this new location, and after finishing renovations the pub is now open for both food and drink. We look forward to heading over to raise a glass!

Congrats to Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa’s Bay Bar who have won “Best Bar List” at the prestigious Trencherman’s Awards 2022. Shortlisted alongside The Greenbank, The Longstore and Fletcher’s Restaurant, the Bay Bar’s menu of creative tipples came out on top, hailing a drinks menu that’s been carefully crafted to ensure a lasting impression is left on guests after each visit, and showcasing locally sourced products where possible.

Congrats also to Adam Handling and his team at Ugly Butterfly, Carbis Bay, who have been shortlisted for ‘best overall experience’ in the annual GQ Food and Drink Awards. We certainly had an amazing experience when we ate their last year.

Over near Padstow meanwhile, at Higher Harlyn Park, St Merryn, we can’t wait to try out new restaurant, Duchy Grub (below). Joe is in the kitchen, Jas front of house, and with a recent endorsement by chef Emily Scott (whose son is part of the team), we’re looking forward to sampling their pared back seafood, brunch clubs and taco evenings. As soon as we’ve nabbed a table we’ll report back!

THEATRE / ARTS / TV NEWS

In hybrid foodie/ TV news, we were pleased see Nat Tallents, Head of Hospitality and development chef at The Lost Gardens of Heligan representing Cornwall on the The Great British Menu – you can catch the all-female South West episode here … you’ll have to watch to find out the result!

Nat Tallents alongside Elly Wentworth, from The Angel in Dartmouth, Olivia Barry, chef owner of Bristol’s Adelina Yard and Charlotte Vincent from The Five Bells in Clyst Hydon in Devon

Wildworks has announced the location for their brand-new summer 2022 show. I AM KEVIN, described as a ‘bedtime story to set the world on fire’, will be performed in the stunning setting of Carlyon Beach at the heart of St Austell Bay this August. And in true Wildworks’ fashion, the team is already bedding down into the community through a series of engaging events, intriguing workshops and welcoming drop-in sessions to which all are invited.

Meanwhile, over at Eden, the team have announced that Fiona Bruce and the Antiques Roadshow team will be visiting the Eden Project on 6 September, filming the 45th series of one of the BBC’s most loved programmes. Viewers can apply for tickets to attend the Roadshow.

Also on TV, this time being broadcast currently, is The Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr. Episode 8 sees the two finalists challenged to transform luxury holiday villas in Cornwall, and the series’ winner will be redesigning a Beach Retreats self-catering property in Watergate Bay (below), which will then be available to book.

the view of watergate bay from the cliffs

Of interest to those who perhaps don’t live down here will be Cornwall: A Year by the Sea which starts on channel 5 on 24 March – following Cornish businesses and residents across the year, starting with Spring, and featuring The Headland Hotel in Newquay (below), among other businesses.

OTHER NEWS

Three volunteers have crowdfunded over £20,000 so far to buy and deliver ambulances and medical supplies to help people in Ukraine.

David Pond, who’s from Kingsand, Cornwall, together with his fellow former Naval Officer, Nick Butler and Marcus Butler, who is married to a Ukrainian, are on the Polish border helping the thousands of women and kids cross the border from Ukraine. They used Newquay based Crowdfunder to help; we hear that Crowdfunder has raised over £1million for Ukraine – they say “we encourage people who want to help get urgent funds to the right places to support crowdfunded charity and volunteer projects like this.”

Cornwall Airport Newquay is the UK’s fastest growing airport, with regular all year-round flights from major UK cities as well as Alicante and Portugal. The latest to join the flight routes is Humberside, North East England – meaning Cornish residents have easy access to weekends in Grimbsy and Cleethorpes. Flights start on 1 April, scheduled for Mondays and Fridays, using low-emission aircraft.

Sadly Cornwall’s bid to become a “City of Culture 2025” was not to be – the government have announced the shortlist as Bradford, County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham County Borough. The BBC reports that Arts minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay praised the quality of Cornwall’s bid and said he was “grateful” for the hard work put in to the process, saying “Cornwall has a rich cultural heritage and a thriving and diverse arts scene, so it was brilliant to see it longlisted for UK City of Culture 2025.”

The National Lottery Open Week Kerdroya Hedge Pledge Prize Draw takes place until 27 March – giving the opportunity for one lucky winner to claim their very own stretch of Kerdroya: The Cornish Landscape Labyrinth being constructed at Colliford Lake (below).

The Shipwreck Museum in Charlestown has teamed up with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to present an exhibition that celebrates a pioneer of polar exploration, Sir Ernest Shackleton. This year marks the centenary of Shackleton’s death in 1922 during the Quest expedition to Antarctica, and is super timely given that the wreck of his ship Endurance has been found 107 years after it became trapped in sea ice and sank off the coast of Antarctica. The explorer’s legacy, extraordinary expeditions and the power of early Antarctic photography will take centre stage at Charlestown’s Shipwreck Treasure Museum from 9 April – Shackleton’s Legacy and the Power of Early Antarctic Photography.

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