According to a recent study commissioned for Farmhouse Breakfast Week, 47% of the nation skip breakfast at least once a week and 15% do not even eat breakfast at all. It also concluded that 59% of people were unaware of the health and wellbeing benefits that breakfast can offer.*
But did you know that this week has been Farmhouse Breakfast Week (21- 26 January 2013)?
Farmhouse Breakfast Week runs annually and aims to highlight the health benefits of eating breakfast as well as showing consumers the wealth of local produce available across the country.
The only real breakfast I’ve had this week was on Monday, and I confess it was so good it has rather raised my expectations. Why eat cereal when I can have bangers? Even my own bread toasted with homemade is a mere consolation prize.
Tregony-based Kernow Sausage Company, an award-winning Cornish meat producer gave me a sausage making masterclass at The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay and then treated me to a proper breakfast with two types of bacon (including a double award-winning ‘Cornish Sweetheart’ streaky bacon, hogs pudding, Trelawney sausages, scrambled and a fried egg, mushroom and tomato.
Owner of Kernow Sausage Company, Gavin Roberts declared: “A carefully crafted and passionate approach can make all the difference to the end product.”
Certainly this hands-on approach of making sausages was great fun especially with the inevitable innuendos.
Born from farmhouse kitchen beginnings, Kernow Sausage Company now supply some of the county’s finest chefs, hotels and restaurants with their sausages, bacon and hog’s pudding, made from pigs hand-reared on their Cornish farm.
Existing customer Watergate Bay Hotel recognises the value of providing a quality breakfast to their customers. Recently awarded Best Foodie Hotel at the 2013 Food Magazine Reader Awards, they are known for their quality food offering and locally sourced menu.
Executive Chef Neil Haydock, said: “We want all the food we serve here at Watergate Bay Hotel and The Beach Hut to showcase the very best of Cornwall’s produce and that goes for our breakfasts as well.
“We source everything we possibly can locally and like to give people choices which reflect what’s on offer here in Cornwall. Having quality reliable producers with great products is just as important as having talented chefs in the kitchen.”
“Breakfast is the one meal all guests eat at B&Bs and hotels and often the last one they have before they check out, so it is essential that the quality is really high. By choosing good quality breakfast ingredients hotels and restaurants will leave customers with a lasting memory of their stay.”
Breakfast is also a vital component of the UK economy with the retail value of sales for the breakfast sector estimated at £1,582million*.
Cornwall Food & Drink have recognised the direct impact this can have on the Cornish economy with their ‘Real Cornish Breakfast’ campaign, being launched to tie in with Farmhouse Breakfast Week.
MD of Cornwall Food & Drink, Ruth Huxley said: “Sourcing from local producers is incredibly important for the Cornish economy – it’s been well documented for years that keeping money circulating within the local economy generates multiple benefits for both business and community – our campaign is intended to remind people of that.”
Breakfast is served daily at The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay from 10am mid-week and 9am on weekends. For more information on the Kernow Sausage Company and the breakfast products it provides for hotels and restaurants please visit www.kernowsausages.com.
For more information on Farmhouse Breakfast Week:www.shakeupyourwakeup.com
*(Survey conducted on behalf of HGCA who are a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board amongst 2,000 respondents online between 6-10 July 2012, including 500 mums with children aged 11 and under.)
- Farmhouse Breakfast Week – Tuesday (annewheaton.co.uk)
- First post, it’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week! (eatsleepdurham.co.uk)
- Easy Breakfast Sausage and Sausage-Sweet Potato Hash (timgetsfit.wordpress.com)
- Farmhouse Breakfast Week (annewheaton.co.uk)