Muddy Eats: Pintxo, Fowey
I’m a massive fan of Fowey – its a super chilled little seaside town on the south coast. But, if I’m honest, there’s not a great deal to gratify die hard foodies. That little fact changed last month when Pintxo opened its doors. The owners are huge fans of San Sebastian in Spain’s Basque Country, with its picturesque bayfront promenade and world-renowned restaurants. And wow! They’ve brought a bit of Basque to Fowey, with their Esplanade front tapas bar.
It’s been warmly welcomed by locals (especially those living on the Esplanade) and those from further afield (ie me!). Formerly the rather boho Red Herring, the space has been transformed into a little piece of Spain: think relaxed dining, with no set times and you’ll be half right – it literally feels like being on holiday! Pintxo is managed by Lucie Billingsley who has a number of years experience running restaurants in Cornwall and has a foodie background.
I strolled along on my last jolly to Fowey with mum in tow. Not wanting to ruin dinner, we shared a delicate little sharing plate, with some sourdough ”pan de tomate’ (house garlic & tomato bread). There’s lots of choice – and a cold and hot list to choose from (or mix and match as you prefer).
Not just for meat lovers, vegetarians are super well catered for – dishes include the pan de tomate we shared, olives, spicy pickled chillies, garlic hummus with red peppers, Manchego cheese with wild honey, Spanish peas with garlic and onions and mushroom croquetas.
Drinks wise, Lucie is focusing big on Sherry (its not just for granny ya know) – the Manzanilla is worth trying, Spanish Brandy, Estrella beer, and natch they offer Spanish wine from small organic producers. They even offer a Spanish cider (who knew?). Its called El Gaitero and comes in two varieties – traditional apple, and a red grape Tempranillo. On the non-alcoholic side, they offer Seville sparkling orange and apple juice.
While I stuck to holiday favourite Estrella, mum tried their Rose Txakoli – fruity, tart, and lightly fizzy – this is on the Muddy wine list for long summer evenings and the next family barbecue.
Good for: Spontaneous dining, a beer or Spanish red in the sunshine, chilled get togethers, after work meet ups, alfresco dining, girly lunches
Not for: Monday and Tuesday dining – tis closed these days till the end of may folks. Fans of larging it up – you’ll find no pints of beer and huge measures here: Wine is served as 125ml – the idea is to try different wines with different tapas; beer is served in bottles. Those who like to be organized and book – its first come first served all day dining here, which makes a refreshing change. Not one for kids, while they are welcome, Pintxo has a totally grown up vibe.
£££: Food was fairly reasonable. Drinks though a tad on the pricey side, considering the measures – this is quality not quantity.
12 – 10pm Weds – Sat, Sunday until 7pm Pintxo, 38 The Esplanade, Fowey PL23 1HZ T:01726 337450