Any Cornish gathering to eat oysters (native or Pacific) is worth a pilgrimage. Combine that with a glass of Chateau Civrac Wild White from local wine maker Mark Hellyar and the experience becomes almost religious. All of that and sunshine? Heaven on the north coast. But we weren’t so lucky. The wind may have blown the festival flags into full-time lunge position and the outside stage may have required a spray deck but the oysters, music and chefs were still on top form.
You could be forgiven for thinking that Padstow is the foodie capital of Cornwall but you would be 1) narrow-minded and 2) missing out. Head just a few miles south and you reach the village of St Merryn where food presents itself three ways: Stein’s Cornish Arms (good quality simple pub food), the Farmers Arms (local pub) and Rafferty’s, which replaced the very popular Rosel & Co. and opened on 5 November for food. continue reading
Whenever I talk to people about the slate-roofed Grade II-listed house sandwiched between Stein outlets that is Paul Ainsworth’s No. 6, the response has always been the same. Until now. The question, “Why hasn’t he got a Michelin star yet?” in incredulous tones has finally been answered. As of yesterday, the team at No.6 found out ahead of time that they have nailed their first Michelin star.
Clandestine. Cake. Club. All together in one sentence. Does the very notion send thrills down your cake-seeking veins? It did mine. A little tweet of an invite and within minutes I’d accepted to be part of an underground movement whose weapons of mass revolution are eggs, butter, sugar and flour and sundry additional adornments. continue reading
I say cooking with very optimistically, this was more me watching, enthralled and then eating; being cooked for would be more accurate. But what a privilege, be it with or for. Paul Ainsworth At No. 6, Padstow has shot to recent fame after Paul got through to the final in BBC2’s Great British Menu, winning the dessert category with his spectacular showpiece, Taste Of The Fairground. continue reading