Ben Tunnicliffe set to make waves at Sennen, West Cornwall


Ben Tunnicliffe, one of Cornwall’s top chefs, will open a new restaurant in a stunning beach-side setting in March, when he takes over The Beach Restaurant at Sennen, a west facing restaurant with exceptional architectural design, boasting a large terrace on which you can relax and enjoy stunning sunsets over the bay. Ben, whose pub The Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn is one of the best places to enjoy fresh Cornish seafood, will split his time between The Beach Restaurant and The Tolcarne Inn, supported by his experienced team. At Sennen, Ben will be serving a menu of classics executed with his usual flair and attention to detail – for example Fish Soup and Rouille and his Monkfish Scampi, as well as dishes featuring local shellfish including Mussels, Scallops and Crab. Family favourites like Fish and Chips and Burgers will be given the special Tunnicliffe treatment and turned into a memorable meal made the finest local ingredients. Ben will also celebrate the catch of the day and make the most of his seaside location with a small specials board reflecting the best of the catch from Newlyn market, or landed at Sennen itself, served with that masterful understanding of texture and flavour which Ben has become known for. The restaurant and the menu will be designed for the whole family to enjoy. Open all day and with a relaxed atmosphere, dogs and walkers will be welcome, as will outdoor enthusiasts who want to refuel after a surf or cycle.

Stein’s beer and mussel festival, The Cornish Arms, St Merryn: 21 + 22 March

The fourth annual Beer and Mussel Festival at The Cornish Arms will open with a book signing by Rick Stein on Saturday morning. You can enjoy over 30 different beers and ciders from St. Austell Brewery and Sharp’s Brewery, including an exclusive festival beer. Alongside these, mussel dishes such as moules mariniere and mussel masala with coconut, ginger and green chillies will be freshly cooked. The two day event will screen the England rugby game, a cooking demonstration by Jack Stein and talks from St. Austell Brewery as well as a charity pub quiz. It’s a great family day filled with local entertainment, fantastic varieties of beer and food cooked by some of Rick’s top chefs. The full programme of events will be announced in the coming weeks.

St Piran’s Day at The Headland, Newquay: Thursday 5 March + Saturday 7 March

The Headland’s newly refurbished Terrace restaurant, which has the most fabulous views over the Atlantic, are celebrating St Piran’s Day with a 3 course menu showcasing the best of Cornish ingredients, including a complimentary Cornish Beer or Cornish Crème cocktail.

The Fal Oyster Gathering, Falmouth: 27 – 29 March

This three day celebration of the season’s harvest and last weekend of the wild native Fal Oyster season, has a lovely atmosphere and features local food producers, chefs and entertainers. The Fal Oyster stall sources the best-sized natives from a number of boats, and strict traceability means the boat, the skipper, the date and location of each oyster are all recorded. Fal Oyster Ltd. then purifies the oysters on the edge of the fishery in Mylor Yacht Harbour before tempting customers with a unique product: the only oyster with a protected food name.

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall Spring Fayre, Watergate Bay: Saturday 14 March 9.30 – 3.30pm

Always a great event, this Spring, the Kitchen Theatre will feature four local chefs demonstrating seasonal dishes, hosted by BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard. Among them will be head chef, Andy Appleton demonstrating the wonderful world of pasta and wine supremo, Gordon Lawrence will be food and wine matching with a selection of Italian wines. Neil Haydock, Executive Chef for Watergate Bay Hotel will also be demonstrating on the day. There will be over 20 stalls selling everything from local cheeses, charcuterie, fish, bread, beer and even giant meringues!

Mother’s Day Foodie break in Padstow – available from 1st – 31st March 2015

The team at Rick Stein’s have put together the perfect foodie break to celebrate Mother’s Day. You could buy it as a gift for your deserving Mum as a break away from it all, or come along with her to enjoy a one night bed and breakfast stay in one of their beautiful guest rooms and a three course lunch for two at The Seafood Restaurant. As a special treat for Mother’s Day, they’ve organised for a bouquet of seasonal flowers and Stein’s Patisserie hand-made chocolate truffles to be included in the package. Prices from £218 based on two people sharing a cosy room.

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw opens in Port Isaac

March will see the opening of Restaurant Nathan Outlaw who are relocating his two-Michelin-starred flagship to the fishing village of Port Isaac. Formerly based at the St Enodoc Hotel in nearby Rock, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw will re-open in March in premises with panoramic views across the bay. Port Isaac is also home to the chef’s Michelin starred Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen. In Rock, Outlaw’s at St Enodoc Hotel will remain open for both hotel guests and non-residents. They are taking reservations for bookings from 4 March onwards. Please contact the reservations team on 01208 862 737

Sicilian season lunches at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay: £24 Monday – Saturday

Fresh, bright, seasonal food with influences from the idyllic island of Sicily, served with a stunning view of sand, sea and sky, for a limited period Fifteen’s 3 course £24 lunches will be available on Saturdays. They also have kids lunch menus available if you want to bring the little ones along and enjoy a day out by the sea. You can book online or call the Reservations team on 01637 861000, option 1.

The restaurant at The Rosevine, Cornwall

A seriously good place to eat in Cornwall, with sea views across Gerrans Bay, towards Portscatho this restaurant has reopened for Spring and events include the Mother’s Day lunch – 15 March; Swim and lunch where you can come for lunch and enjoy a free swim in the indoor heated pool before; Sunday lunch, tasty and very good value, enjoy 2 courses for £14.95 or 3 courses for £18.95. Children’s lunch is £9.95 and booking is recommended.

Philleigh Way Cookery School launches new courses

Philleigh Way is a cookery school based on The Roseland, on the south Cornwall coast that also offers unique dining experiences and has announced two new courses for 2015.

Oyster masterclass

Philleigh Way is has announced two new courses for 2015. First up is an Oyster Aficionado Masterclass in conjunction with Cornish born oyster expert Katy Davidson. During this informative hands-on day course, Katy (who runs Managez Moi and The Oyster Academy) will provide students with the ultimate shucking masterclass on both native and rock oysters, an insight into the geography, history and culture of the oyster before demonstrating some delicious oyster based dishes that students will then be able to re-create.

Dinner Party cookery course

On the new Dinner Party cookery course, students will be guided through the process of preparing a full dinner party menu including canapes, starters, main courses that can be prepared ahead of time and delicious desserts. This is a course that involves a lot of sampling of dishes so bring a good appetite with you on the day!!

Mother’s Day at The New Inn, Goonhavern: Sunday 15 March

The New Inn is a 300-year old building situated in the picturesque village of Goonhavern between Truro and Newquay. This Mother’s Day at The New Inn their menu focuses on warming dishes such as Roasted Leg of Lamb, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Pan Fried Sea Bream and more. Prices are as follows: 1 course £11.95, 2 courses £15.95 or 3 courses £19.95

Mother’s Day at The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

Well known as one of Cornwall’s best beach-side hang-outs it’s a great place to eat. As well as The Beach Hut roast they will be serving specials for special mums, including lots of fish and shellfish dishes. There’ll be tempting desserts not to mention a super selection of wines. Most importantly, your mum doesn’t have to lift a finger. Last food order 6pm.

Mother’s Day at The Mariners, Rock

In a fabulous location overlooking the Camel Estuary, award-winning Sharp’s Brewery’s first public house, The Mariners, located in their picturesque home town of Rock, is a must-visit for foodies. The chic venue launched in partnership with two-star Michelin chef Nathan Outlaw, overseen by head chef James Whelan, has just been named by the Telegraph as one of Cornwall’s best new attractions. Sharp’s Brewery and the Mariners Team champion locally sourced, high quality Cornish beer and food; their most popular dish is currently is a tantalising locally sourced mussels dish produced with ingredients from within a 4 mile radius of its kitchens. The Cornish brewery is also at the forefront of the bourgeoning UK beer and food matching scene. As the Mariners website says, “we look forward to serving you great tasting pub grub and pouring you locally brewed, award-winning beers.”

Newsy bites:

One for Ice Cream Fans… Kelly’s of Cornwall™ launch new Clotted Cream & Salted Caramel ice cream, how good does this sound: Clotted cream and salted caramel. Together. Kelly’s of Cornwall Ice Cream has perfected the combination of sweet and savoury, each mouthful giving a true taste of Cornwall. Yum
Check out “Wing Wednesday” at the Firebrand Bar and Grill in Launceston; Launceston’s first American bar and restaurant opened in November 2014 with a mission to bring the town the best craft beers and high quality food made from predominantly local ingredients. Two types of wings, two types of sides and drink, £11.95 – runs Feb 25 to March 25
Big News!! Renowned chef Rick Stein has announced that he is set to open a restaurant in Fistral, Newquay. The restaurant, due to open this spring, will be located on the iconic Fistral beach, famous for being one of the best surf beaches in Europe with a long sandy stretch perfect for families. Confirming the signing of the lease this week with business partner Jill, Rick said: “It’s exciting to be opening a restaurant on Fistral, even my Aussie friends in Sydney know it; some were lifeguards there in the 70s. I imagine the restaurant buzzing with people enjoying a great beach and the sort of food you have to have by the water”. Interested diners can keep up to date with the latest news and developments for the new restaurant at or @SteinFistral on Twitter.