Lunch on the terrace…

Pickled Herring, cucumber & dill dressing

Chicken Leg Salad, bacon & hazelnuts

We’ve been having incredible weather in Cornwall of late.

Perfect timing for Cornwall’s Spring Feast.

An event, running for a fortnight, from 18th March – 1st April, to get us out dining and discovering new places to dine at the bargain offering of £14 for 2 courses and £18 for 3.

Cornwall Food and Drink, who have spearheaded the event, reminded us that spring arrives early in Cornwall. Mind you, they were doing so while it was still chilly and frosts still lingered at the start of March.

We’d never actually imagined we’d really be dining al fresco in glorious sunshine at the end of the month and stripping back to bare arms…

Spring Feast is not some slightly tacky ‘pub’ offer in the line of ‘2 for 1’ just to boost the restaurant takings in the really lean times. The list of participants includes a fascinating range of fantastic restaurants championing Cornish produce in their menus, from the brand new to the Michelin starred. For  a local person it’s an opportunity to try what they might feel is normally unaffordable, for hotels it’s a boost to the early trade.

Spring Feast menu

On Friday, husband and I sat on the terrace in glorious sunshine at the St. Enodoc Hotel watching the tide ebb out on the Camel Estuary while the recently awarded 2 Michelin starred Nathan Outlaw (oh yes, he was there!) cooked our lunch. I won’t bore you with waxing lyrical as to how good the food was, how fresh were the ingredients, how perfectly cooked / executed / original the dishes were, I’ll just show you the pictures.

By the time we got to the puddings we were luxuriating in the warm sunshine.  The wineglasses and cutlery sparkled and it felt positively Mediterranean in both temperature and ambience.  My only regret was failing to bring my sunglasses!

Wild Mushroom Tart, crispy duck egg

Cornish Fishcakes, tartare sauce

Custard Tart, clotted cream

A man very happy

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3 thoughts on “Lunch on the terrace…

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  2. Have you tried The Queen’s Hotel yet in St Ives? Not sure where you are based. We are aiming to be St Ives’s first gastropub! We’ve got a really small menu of about 10 things only – but all freshly prepared on the day using as much Cornish produce as possible (not hard really – so much on offer). We just opened last month.

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