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Gift Guide Made in Cornwall Totally Truro Nathan Outlaw Christmas Cookbooks Philleigh Way Christmas Cooking Rosewarne Reciepe Emily Scott Tips Christmas Wines by binTwo Sam'a Cocktails Fentongollan Competition Preserving Restaurant Listings Samphire Reciepe Hall For Cornwall Cornish Getaways Williams Travel Bear Factory Fishwives Choir Health & Beauty Padstow Christmas Whats On Wreath making Street Smart

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Welcome This year’s Love Christmas in Cornwall magazine is all about putting on the glitz and the glam. From an interview with Cornwall’s biggest chef, Nathan Outlaw, (who recently received his third Michelin star) to five of our favourite luxurious Cornish getaways, we think this year should be all about a spot of indulgence. We’ve asked expert chef and busy mother, Emily Scott of The Harbour Kitchen in Port Isaac, how she makes Christmas work for her, as well as getting top tips on choosing wine for Christmas lunch from binTwo Padstow and Sam’s in the City reveal the secret of whipping up a seasonal cocktail to wow your guests. Some things just can’t be bought however and florist Amanda Taffinder talks about her love of Cornish hedgerows and how to make the best of the environment around you for seasonal Christmas displays. Her step-by-step guide to making your own Christmas wreath is simple and professional, providing an opportunity to be creative and personalise your decorations. I chat to Sue Hendricks, one of three Cornish ladies to be involved in The Fishwives Choir, who released a double-sided single earlier this year to raise funds for The Fisherman’s Mission. The charity supports families who have suffered from a personal tragedy at sea and is a lifeline to those who brace the Cornish waters daily. Read about the StreetSmart scheme, a new and easy way to donate at Christmas while having fun and which ensures that money goes direct to local charities. If you’re stuck for present choices, we’ve got seven pages of gift ideas, as well as features on cookbooks and courses. Don’t miss our round-up of events, restaurant recommendations, Cornwall’s only outdoor ice rink in Truro and make time to visit this year’s Padstow Christmas Festival for some professional culinary tips and present ideas.

Enjoy, celebrate and most of all, indulge. Happy Christmas

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A time for giving Over 30 hand picked gift ideas and treats from Cornwall

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Christmas Gift Guide

Skinner’s Fine Cornish Ales Christmas Hampers and Gift Boxes

Perfect gift for the Real Ale lovers in your life!! From just £15 01872 271885

White Freshwater Pearl Sterling Silver Stud Earring Kit. £6.00 A perfect gift for beginners to jewellery making (or a treat for yourself to wear to parties this Christmas)! Quote the code: SO1496 Kernowcraft Rocks & Gems Limited Bolingey, Perranporth TR6 0DH 01872 573888

Pacifica natural perfumes and fragrances

Available in nine exquisite aromas, from Archie Browns in Truro & Penzance. Perfumes free from: animal testing, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, GMOs, mineral oil, peanut oil, and triclosan (and other ingredients you do not want!). Spray (29ml) - RRP. £20. Roller (10ml) - RRP. £12. Solid perfume (10g) - RRP. £10 105 Kenwyn Street, Truro TR1 3BX 01872 278622 Bread Street, Penzance TR18 2EQ 01736 362828

Nativity Set

7 piece Nativity Set, £19.99. Truro Cathedral Shop Mon- Sat 10am – 4.30pm 01872 275125

50 daffodils by post

£14.95 plus delivery 01872 520209

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Hand-Painted, limited edition bauble

Christmas Gift Guide

Painstakingly decorated on the inside of the glass £7.99 Truro Cathedral Shop Mon- Sat 10am – 4.30pm 01872 275125

Maisy and Oscar by Susie Watson

Priced at £16 and £27.50. Churchtown Arts, St.Agnes 01872 553229

2014 Fundraising Calendar

Focusing on the beautiful landscapes of Cornwall. Photography by Philip Trevennen. £7.99 Truro Cathedral Shop Mon- Sat 10am – 4.30pm 01872 275125


25% off on any food or drink bill over £25! Just Quote ‘Love Christmas’ when paying. Offer expires 24.12.13

100% Cornish Tin Pendant £39 & Earrings £39

Original contemporary jewellery made from South Crofty tin. South Crofty Collection 01872 560200

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Christmas Gift Guide

Lampe Berger Gift Sets from £37.99 at Just Delights

A lovely selection of lamps & fragrances - Beautifully wrapped & ready to put under the tree. Just Delights, Commercial Road, Penryn, Nr. Open daily from 9.30am - Free customer parking. 01326 379075

Bashful Penguin by Jellycat from £10.99 at Just Delights

Come and meet Mr Penguin & his Jellycat friends - a perfect gift for all ages. Just Delights, Commercial Road, Penryn, Nr. Open daily from 9.30am - Free customer parking. 01326 379075

Set of three tins, £15

(More designs available in store) Kitchen & Gifts, 4 High Street, Falmouth, 01326 211109 52 Meneage Street, Helston, 01326 618454

Espresso set, £22

(More designs available in store) Kitchen & Gifts, 4 High Street, Falmouth, 01326 211109 52 Meneage Street, Helston, 01326 618454

Rocking animals from £45. Mamas and Papas

Joy Williams Ltd 8 Meneage Street, Helston 01326 561949

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Christmas Gift Guide

Fantastic Christmas gift ideas.

Joy Williams Ltd Including Portmeirion Holly and Ivy and Heartwood Creek Christmas figures. Meneage St, Helston 01326 561949

Charming Joma jewellery range

United Colors Of Benetton

Our classic 100% Pure New Lambswool knitwear comes in 5 styles, with 10 colours to choose from. Crew Neck, Polo Neck or V Neck sweater @ £27 and Crew Neck or V Neck Cardigan @ £29.90. 8 Nalders Court, Pydar Street, TRURO TR1 2XH 01872 274731

Available from Emma’s Home in Truro and Fowey. All pieces are silver plated and presented on gift cards with special charms and meanings. All are gift packaged and range from just £10 and available for both adults and their little girls.

Cath Kidston Daybag

A full Cath Kidston collection can be found at Emma’s Home in Truro and Fowey. The Daybag, pictured, is available in 8 designs and are £50. Matching purses are available at £28.

Large Crab Serving Platter

From The Padstow Mussel Co.’s New Cornish Fish Rubbing Collection. £55 The Padstow Mussel Co 9 Market Sq, Padstow, PL28 8AH 01841 533111 Visit The Padstow Mussel Co. pop-up shop during the Padstow Christmas Festival 5th - 8th December or purchase online Love Christmas in Cornwall 2013 | 09

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Christmas Gift Guide

Jo Downs Handmade Glass

Jo Downs Christmas range includes twinkling glass tree hangings, festive tabletop decorations, glittering candle holders and uniquely inspiring seasonal gifts from tiny stocking fillers to that really special present. Available exclusively from Jo Downs Handmade Glass galleries in St Ives, Padstow, Fowey, her Launceston studio gallery and online at

Savannah Leather shopper bag £92, British wool navy star cushion ( also available in grey) - £42, Snuggly star shawl in soft wool - £30

Gift vouchers and wish lists from The Clementine stores in Truro and Fowey and online at

Seasalt Gift Boxes

Seasalt have Christmas wrapped up with their gift boxes this year – lots to choose from including socks, boxer shorts and ladies knickers all in nautical stripes and juicy colours. Prices start from £12. Visit one of our shops or

Gifts for him this Christmas

Gentleman’s hardware No:06 Stainless Steel Bottle Opener. £9.99 Morgans Presingoll Barns, Penwinnick Road, St Agnes TR50PA 01872 553007 Instore or online at

Hannah Turner ceramics

Large jug £26, Small jug £15 Mug £13.99. Four Crows Gallery Porthleven TR13 9JD 01326 618689

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Nixon Blue Player Watch £169.99

Featuring a two-tone finish, a real diamond set at the 6 hour, Japanese quartz and custom stainless case and band, this is the ultimate gift for him this Christmas. Spend over £100 in-store at Ann’s Cottage between 1st - 12th December and receive a FREE £10 Gift Card...

Animal Cream Jamesha Hoody £55.00

With a fur trimmed hood and matching pom poms, the Animal Jamesha Hoody is made for long Winter walks. With snowflake and reindeer prints, this gift is both practical and festive. Spend over £100 in-store at Ann’s Cottage between 1st - 12th December and receive a FREE £10 Gift Card...

Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture

by Annie Sloan Sweetpea and Betty 20 High Street, Falmouth 01326 211246

Velotive is Cornwall’s newest Bike and Triathlon Store.

We offer a great range of Christmas Gifts so why not treat your loved one (or yourself!) How about a new hobby for 2014? Road Cycling, Mountain Biking, Running, Swimming or even Triathlon?


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Christmas Gift Guide

Personalised Christmas Sack

50 x 90cm Hessian sack printed with a name of your choice - perfect for filling with presents! £20 each. Available at Inhabit, Green Street, Truro (opposite the bus station) 01872 222231

Personalised Christmas Cards

Christmas cards personalised with names and messages of your choice. £5 each or a pack of 10 for £25. Available at Inhabit, Green Street, Truro (opposite the bus station) 01872 222231

Sock Reindeer Craft Kit

£10 each - various colours available Available at Inhabit, Green Street, Truro (opposite the bus station) or at

Star Christmas tree decoration

New from the South Crofty Tin Collection. Previous years’ decorations still available to complete your collection. Shop open Sun-Fri 10am-4.30pm. 01736 788006 Telephone sales welcomed.

Christmas shopping at Tate St Ives

Visit the shop at Tate St Ives for unique gifts inspired by the local landscape, and a wide range of books, prints, jewellery and children’s stocking fillers. Plus, enjoy a cup of tea in Tate St Ives café and you can save 20% off the Stump teapot, used in Tate cafés nationwide! The shop and café at Tate St Ives are free to enter. Call 01736 796226 for winter opening times or visit 12 | Love Christmas in Cornwall 2013

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Made In Cornwall


in Cornwall”

companies take part in this year’s christmas fair

Wednesday 27th November to Sunday 1st December on the Piazza in Truro


and crafted wall hangings, jewellery, candles, pottery, calendars, clothing, hand made chocolates, jams and hampers full of Cornish goodies are just some of the goods which will be available at this year’s Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair. This impressive selection of Cornish crafts and food will be on display in Truro this week when the Piazza plays host to the annual Christmas ‘Made Made in Cornwall’ fair. The popular Christmas Fair offers the chance for members of the public to buy genuine Cornish gifts and food for Christmas. Eighty quality local businesses will be exhibiting at the highly acclaimed annual fair which runs from Wednesday 28th November to Saturday 1st December.

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Made In Cornwall

“If you’re having problems organising Christmas and are still looking for something that little bit different for your friends and family, then look no further than the Made in Cornwall Christmas Fair”, explained Liz Rickard from the Made in Cornwall Scheme. “There is something at the fair to suit all pockets - the only trouble you might have is choosing from the wonderful selection of goodies on offer.” “Once again will be showcasing many of our talented artists and crafts people providing Christmas shoppers with the chance to buy local products at great value prices. We are delighted that along with the established favourites there will be several new faces belonging to young artists and artisans.” “You’ll even be able to take time out during your visit to the fair by visiting Hayley’s Bakes café and enjoying some tasty Cornish treats.” The Fair will be open from 10.00am to 9.00pm on Wednesday, 27th November to incorporate the late night shopping evening, and from 10.00am to 5.00pm from Thursday through to Saturday. 10.30am – 4.30pm Sunday. Admission is free.

If you’re looking for inspiration: For him -

B Skincare produces a range of quality, hand-made skincare items specifically for men; Author Liam West of Tamarisk West will have a range of novels at the fair including ‘Pandora Inn’ and ‘Frenchmans Gold’.

For her –

If you’re looking for something unique and special for a lady then look no further than the Made in Cornwall fair; with a wide range of silver, glass and beaded jewellery, fashion accessories and soap / cosmetic products, there is inspiration for everyone.

For children –

There’s clothing for babies, soft and wooden toys for young children; and for older children why not send them on a Cornish ‘Treasure Trail’ – a really good fun, way to explore their local town.

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Totally Truro

The magic of

For more information on the festivities in Truro visit

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he start of the festive season in Truro kicks off with the annual City of Lights procession. Over one thousand people and school children from across the county process through the city’s streets carrying giant withy and paper lanterns. Truro also hosts Cornwall’s only open-air ice rink at Christmas. Tucked just behind the cathedral, the rink is in one of the city’s most historic corners and is open every day between 20 November 2013 and 5 January 2014.

Late night shopping in Truro Wed 27 November and Wed 4, 11 and 18 December until 9pm. Truro’s shops, markets, bars and restaurants will be opening later than usual to cater for the annual dash to tick everything off those Christmas lists. Enjoy street markets, carollers and entertainers on Boscawen St, King St, Victoria Sq, High Cross and Lemon Quay.

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Totally Truro

The perfect gift

Eating and drinking

The streets of Truro offer independent fashion boutiques, jewellers, artisans, shoe shops and vintage stores as well as those better known high street labels. In a compact city centre, this strong and diverse mix is unique and makes Truro one of the most desirable shopping destinations in the county.

With Cornwall and therefore Truro, becoming contenders for one of the best foodie destinations in the country, expect local restaurants and bars to throw open their doors and provide refreshments for tired shoppers. From paella to gourmet fast food, it’s worth making an evening of it.

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How do the best chefs spend Christmas?

We ask one of Cornwall’s finest

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Nathan Outlaw


athan Outlaw is a name synonymous with seafood, Cornwall and excellence, not to mention Michelin stars. He has two restaurants in Rock, one in Port Isaac and one in London, all offering modern British cookery with a focus on outstanding British seafood.

Nathan has been awarded two Michelin stars for the past four consecutive years at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Rock, been placed third in the UK in the Good Food Guide 2014, has just opened a new venture in Port Isaac, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, and has just gained a Michelin star for his London restaurant: Outlaw’s at The Capital. What does Christmas mean to you? To me, Christmas means that we’ve come to the end of another busy year. My Cornwall restaurants close from Christmas and through January so it’s time to recharge the batteries and spend some time with my family. None of my staff get time off during the summer so it’s the same for all of us. Where do you normally spend Christmas? At home. I have two young children and they want to be at home to enjoy their presents! My wife’s family all live locally so we usually have some sort of get -together over the Christmas period too. We also travel up to Kent to visit my family there at some point. What makes Christmas in Cornwall so special? It doesn’t matter what the weather is like, it’s still beautiful! A walk along the beach on Boxing Day is fantastic. And it’s warmer than other places in the UK. I also think that there is still a real spirit of Christmas in Cornwall that you don’t get in other places. Now, of course, the Padstow Christmas Festival adds to that, it’s great.

Describe a typical Christmas day with your family? Usually an early start because the children wake up excited and raring to go. A leisurely breakfast then lunch at about 3pm. We try to stretch presents out over the day; stockings on the beds and bigger things as the day goes on. The evening is more relaxed. Sometimes friends might come over otherwise we just crash with a good film and some nibbles! What do you eat / drink for Christmas lunch / breakfast? Breakfast is usually cooked. Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon is a favourite. We usually have a fish Christmas lunch too. All the usual trimmings but fish, turbot if I can get it, instead of turkey. I love Christmas pudding too but it has to be homemade. We aren’t big drinkers but we might open a bottle of Camel Valley or I’m partial to a glass of Sharps’ Doom Bar! Do you have any family traditions you keep up? The stockings, the spread of presents….and the tin of Quality Street being tossed up in the air. There was an advert on TV which did that when I was kid and it’s been done both when I was young and in our house ever since! Do you make time for the Queen’s speech?! Not really. We don’t watch much TV and Christmas Day is no exception. If it came on, I’d probably listen. My workload means that I don’t get much time with my wife and children so I’d really rather spend it with them. I think she’d understand! Are there any Cornish products you particularly value during the festive period? The fantastic fish and veg we have. I realise what an effort the fishermen and the farmers have to put in to get it to me, especially during the winter. That’s why I treat it with respect and value it so much. I’m also very partial to good local cheeses – Davidstow Crackler will definitely be on my cheeseboard along with others that are lesser known such as White Nancy.

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Christmas Cookbooks


gift ideas

If you haven’t noticed that Cornwall is at the fore of a foodie revolution then you need to stop stuffing pasties and get your nose into a good book. This year has seen a boom in Cornish publications that celebrate the rise and rise of food in the county.

Under a Mackerel Sky: A Memoir by Rick Stein The story of Padstow’s transformation into one of the most sought-after destinations in the country is well-known; the story of the man that did it, is not. Under A Mackerel Sky is an intimate insight into Rick Stein’s life: happy childhood memories of holidays in Cornwall fishing for wrasse and pollack, coupled with the difficulties of coping with a bi-polar father. The book charts his life and career from failed nightclub owner to restaurateur, food broadcaster and writer. Signed copies of the book are available from 26 | Love Christmas in Cornwall 2013

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Christmas Cookbooks

Porthminster Beach Café – The Cook Book With a foreword from Nathan Outlaw and an endorsement from Heston Blumenthal, The Porthminster Cook Book has been an eagerly awaited publication. The book not only includes signature café recipes from Michael Smith but also guides to foraging in and around the café’s beach location. The book is available at the restaurant and online at

The Great Cornish Food Book A compendium of food history, anecdotes, producer profiles, top tips and recipes that is more scrapbook than traditional cookbook. A great addition to any coffee table and definitely one for the Cornish foodie in your life. Available to order from for just £17.99 (includes all postage and packaging). Love Christmas in Cornwall 2013 | 27

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Online gifts

Wear a glamorous skin this year!

Treat yourself and your loved ones with an exclusive 20% off Inlight organic face & body products. Just add voucher code CH13 at checkout. Offer ends 20-12-2013. Celebrate a beauty-full Christmas with Inlight artisan, authentic, luxury skincare.

Give the unforgettable gift of perfume

Our team of expert staff are here to take away the stress of Christmas shopping and help you find that extra special gift. With a vast and unique range to choose from, we’ll even gift wrap it for you, free of charge. 01872 263663

Online gift ideas Get a great gift for Christmas

Order your new shed for Christmas or New Year or treat someone to a wonderful present this Christmas with a new shed or child’s playhouse. All sheds are of excellent quality using tanalised timber – lined internally and we erect them. Call now on 01209 611929. www.cornwall-shed-company.

Don’t forget to get your chimney ready

for Santa this Christmas. Give Greystone Chimneys a ring on 0800 681 6015 your chimney, flue & lining specialists.

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Philleigh Way Christmas Cooking

Philleigh Way

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Philleigh Way Christmas Cooking


dd some sparkle to your Christmas dinner with a seasonal cookery course at Philleigh Way. Jazz up your turkey, make the most of leftovers and why not have a go at something different this year? Christmas Cookery at Philleigh Way is a day course that not only equips you for the big day but focuses on the light-hearted side of the season too. Brothers-in-law James Martin and chef George Pascoe are passionate about teaching food provenance, making the most of local produce and passing on five generations of family culinary expertise. As James explains: “Most people have their own family traditions when it comes to Christmas but our Christmas cookery course isn’t about turkey or Christmas pudding, instead we focus on the fun. The course covers party canapés and cocktails, festive breads, alternative boxing day recipes and ways to jazz up the festive bird.” Over tea, coffee and a mince pie, watch George demonstrate two classic festive loaves: German stollen and Italian panettone, before having a go at your own; then learn to glam up the leftovers with a turkey pie or a Massaman turkey curry; watch and taste as George whips up some festive canapés to treat family and friends; finally, learn how to make (and sample!) some warming celebratory cocktails. For Christmas gift ideas for food lovers, Philleigh Way are offering readers £25 off their Day Course Gift Voucher (normally £125). Simply phone or book online before 25 December quoting For more information voucher code “PW2013”. go to or tel 01872 580893

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Rosewarne Manor

Rosewarne Manor Whether you are looking for a steakhouse in Cornwall, one of the best restaurants near St Ives, or a good local restaurant, Rosewarne Manor is the place for you. Passionate about using local fresh produce. We are committed to the highest standards including food safety standards. Head chef Phil Thomas began his career at the Rosewarne Manor 27 years ago, as an apprentice, and, after gaining experience at a variety of restaurants including the The Garrack hotel in St.Ives, returned to the business six years ago. Currently Phil and his team are embarking on a plan to develop the skills throughout the kitchen and introduce some new methods and working practises to enable them to grow and prosper. They are very keen on training and developing younger members of the team and this is something they are going to expand in the future. Now proudly boasting two AA rosettes, and aiming to be listed into The Good Food Guide, Michelin and The Trenchermans Guide, Phil is renowned for his love of detailed food with bold uncomplicated flavours and an eye for presentation.

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Rosewarne Manor

Iced Gingerbread Parfait INGREDIENTS 1x 200g Jamaica Ginger Cake 500 ml Milk 6 Egg whites 300g Caster sugar 175 ml Water 500 ml Double Cream 12 Ready to eat Dates 500 ml Orange juice 50g Butter 1 Vanilla pod

FOR THE PARFAIT 1. Crumble 50g of the Ginger cake onto a baking tray and dry until crisp in a oven at Gas mark ½ 1000 2. Crumble the remaining ginger cake into the milk and gently heat stirring until smooth. 3. Set aside and allow to cool. FOR THE ITALIAN MERINGUE BASE 1. Heat the sugar and water together and cook to a temperature of 2300F using a sugar thermometer. 2. When the sugar reaches 2300F whisk the egg whites on a machine to a soft peak stage. 3. When the sugar is at 2480F remove from the heat and slowly pour onto the whisked egg whites (avoiding the whisks), keep the whisks moving at a medium speed whilst adding the sugar syrup. 4. Once the syrup has all been added continue to beat on a slow speed until cool. 5. Whisk the cream to the stiff peak stage and then fold in half the cooled gingerbread mix. 6. Carefully fold the cooled meringue into the cream mix then finally fold in the remaining gingerbread mix. 7. Pour into a loaf tin lined with clingfilm and freeze overnight. FOR THE ORANGE SYRUP Split and scrape the vanilla pod into the orange juice with the butter and boil the orange juice vigorously until reduced by ž .

To serve Slice the gingerbread parfait with a hot knife, serve with the fresh dates and a drizzle of the orange syrup. Sprinkle with a little of the dried Ginger cake to add a crispy texture to the dish.

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Emily Scott Tips

Foodie Tips

For a stress-free family Christmas from Emily Scott at The Harbour Kitchen supply store, Port Isaac. Tip 1: My first tip would be to get ahead of yourself and bake plenty of fruit cakes and starry mince pies (they keep for ages) or for something a little different, embrace the flavours of the season with pistachio cakes and mini cranberry and orange pies. Clementines are ideal snacks - have a bowlful for the children to grab– they will bring colour to your kitchen and smell divine. Tip 2: I love the warmth and sustenance of food at Christmas. A home-cooked ham, infused with the flavours of mustard, orange, cloves and bay leaves is another fridge staple at this time of year. With some freshly baked focaccia or sourdough bread you will have everything you need when family and friends stop by at late notice. Tip 3: Enjoy yourself! Remember that Christmas is about spending good times with the ones you love and having fun. 36 | Love Christmas in Cornwall 2013

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By post: Emily’s mini pistachio nut cakes and chocolate brownies a perfect Christmas present. To place an order call 01208 880845 or email

Tip 4: Delegate lots of jobs, and get the children helping you out on smaller tasks. With a little organisation you will have an amazing Christmas lunch on the table with minimum stress and, most importantly, a room full of happy faces. Tip 5: Do as much prep as you can and then go out and work up an appetite! Get a great big dose of fresh air in your lungs, and the feast awaiting you will be all the more enjoyable. Love Christmas in Cornwall 2013 | 37

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avid McWilliam owns the buzzing little wine shop, binTwo, in Padstow. Not only are his shelves groaning with decent wines, but he makes some pretty excellent coffee as well as serving delicious Champagnes by the glass. “I always encourage people to taste the wine first, especially if it’s for a special occasion. It’s easy to be seduced by a deal at Christmas, especially if you’re short of time, but don’t be too surprised if it’s ‘only OK’ when you open it. For the big day, it has to be worth doing a little research. There are lots of wine-tastings around Cornwall leading up to Christmas, run by independent merchants like us; make sure you get to at least one, ask for advice and make sure you taste lots. “I’m notoriously hard to please, but for Christmas Day this year I’ve got my eye on a few bottles already Viognier 2011 Domaine Vison, France, £8 Succulent, rich white wine – apricots, vanilla – beautifully balanced. Kilikanoon 2009 Covenant Shiraz, Clare Valley Australia, £33 Pure velvet: nothing too taxing on Christmas Day, but loads of fruit. Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne NV, £39.50 Still my go-to Champagne – I’d push the boat out here. For more about wine this Christmas, call binTwo on 01841 532022 or visit David and his team at The Drang, Padstow, PL28 8BL or email:

Pedro Ximenez Cisneros, Sanchez Romate, Spain, £26 The ultimate dessert wine from a very well-known corner of Spain: Christmas pudding in a glass – and a great accompaniment for it.

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Sam’s in the City




from new manager Josh Jones


hristmas is all about indulgence and a warming winter cocktail is one of the best ways to ease into the celebratory season. The team at Sam’s, run by Sam and Emma Sixton who have restaurants in Fowey, Polkerris and now their own mobile set-up: Sam’s Vans, are professionals when it comes to mixing up a Christmas treat. Sam’s in the City is the fourth restaurant to be opened by the couple and features the best of their already tried and tested dishes with an added urban twist. Not only is Christmas top of the menu but Sam’s will also be celebrating 25 years in the business this year, so keep an eye out for more party news!

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Sams’ in the City Cocktail recipe:

Winter Punch

This seasonal sensation puts the bubbles back into your life by combining warm Polish vodka with exotic passion fruit and cloudy pressed pear juice. 1 ripe passion fruit A double shot of Zubrówka Bison Vodka A tsp of passion fruit syrup Single shot of pressed pear juice 2 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice Top up with Brut Champagne In a Boston combine the first five ingredients and shake well, strain over a chilled champagne flute or an 8oz rock glass filled with crushed ice and top up with Brut Champagne. The result: a wonderful combination of flavours producing a delightfully autumnal colour with a warm kick – perfect for scarf wearing weather!

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reserving taps into that winter instinct which drives squirrels to hide nuts, birds to migrate and bears to curl up in caves. While we cannot curl up till spring, we can put pears in jars, boil oranges into sticky jam and jellify the hedgerow harvest. Why? To re-engage with the cycle of nature, tune in to sustainability and feel smug about gifting something homemade this Christmas. From damson pickle to pears in port, caramelised shallots to Drambuie curd, preserving is no longer driven by economics and seasons. It can be luxurious (be liberal with the Christmas spirits), convenient (what is easier than grabbing a jar of winter fruit compote for breakfast?) and tastes better than any mass-produced version. Scraping a zester across the dimpled skin of an orange or inhaling a freshly-cut lemon not only literally boosts your mood by raising serotonin levels, but these brightly- coloured fruits are the promise of sunshine to come. And there is no better way of duping the senses on a rainy Sunday afternoon than by simmering a few chopped and skinned apples in an inch or so of water with some cinnamon and citrus peel to bring Christmas into the kitchen. Pam Corbin’s River Cottage Preserves is a great place to start as is Nigel Slater’s Tender series which covers jellies, jams and pickles as well as other fruit-based recipes.

Preserving at Christmas

Go to for homemade mincemeat, preserves for Lorraine Pascale’s port-preserved cherries with cinnamon and orange or Roxy’s onion marmalade, perfect for that Christmas cheeseboard.

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Restuarant Listings




The ultimate home of cake. We provide cakes for any special occasion. Comfortable upstairs seating area to relax with cake and coffee. Also offering cupcake decorating classes and private hire.

Christmas lunches including three courses, coffee, mince pies, party balloons and crackers start from as little as £15.95 per person. Available on a range of dates, our party nights are just £34.95 per person.

Term Time: Mon & tues- 5pm – 11pm Wed – Sun 11am – 11pm

Address: The Baking Bird, 2 Old Bridge Street, Truro. TR1 2AQ. Tel: 01872 277849 Email: Facebook: /thebakingbird

You can relax and dance into the night knowing that you only have to walk a few steps to one of our comfortable beds for a good night’s sleep with room rates from just £35 per person.

School Holidays: 11am – 11pm Seven days a week Address: Ocean Bowl, Falmouth Docks Station, Pendennis Rise, Falmouth TR11 4LT Tel: 01326 313130 Web: Email:

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The oldest pub in Penzance circa.1233

At Cribbs, our aim is to enchant you with a taste of the Caribbean. In our warmly decorated restaurant you can see our chefs cook up fragrant treats in our open kitchen. Open Monday to Sunday from 11am to 3pm and 6pm to closed.

Coffee, light lunches & tapas, Famous rum cocktails, Live music & resident DJ.

Open: 11.30am – 12am Midnight Food: 12pm – 2.30pm 6pm – 9.30pm Christmas Bookings - All Day Address: Chapel Street, Penzance, TR18 4AF Telephone: 01736 363093 Website: Email:

Address: Cribbs Caribbean Restaurant, 33 Arwenack Street, Falmouth TR11 3JE Tel: 01326 210000 Web: Email:

Open: Weekdays until 1.30am Weekends until 2am Address: 15A Killigrew Street, Falmouth Tel: 01326 619796 Web: Email:

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Restaurant Listings




Serving Wright Brothers Seafood specialities alongside home-made pub classics.

Our award-winning restaurant has wonderful views of Padstow harbour, which provides the perfect backdrop to our daily changing Table d’Hôte menu.

Our spacious Castle Beach Restaurant offers an a la carte menu, with dishes changing daily & a comprehensive wine list.

Open: Tues – Sat 11am – 12 Midnight (Food – 12-3pm and 6-9pm), Sun – 12 Noon– 6pm (Food 2-4pm)

Lunch (Wed & Sun) – 12 Noon – 2pm Evenings (Mon – Sun) – 6.30 – 9pm

Lunch (Wed and Sun), First sitting – 12 Noon, Last Sitting – 2pm Evenings (Mon – Sun), First sitting – 6.30pm, Last sitting – 8.45pm

Address: Helford Passage, Falmouth, TR11 5LB Tel: 01326 250625 Web: Email:

Address: Harbour Restaurant, The Metropole Hotel, Padstow, PL28 8DB Tel: 01841 532486 Web:




We offer a choice of dining options, whether you want to treat yourself to a gourmet 3 course experience or enjoy more informal fare in our Lookout Bar.

Perfectly situated alongside Porthleven’s historic harbour giving Chef Sat Bajway direct access to freshly caught fish & shellfish.

Lunch (Wed & Sun), Wed; 12 – 3pm, Sun; 12-2.30pm Evenings (Mon – Sun) 6.30 – 9pm

Open: Lunch; Thurs – Sat 12-2pm Evenings; Mon – Sun 6-9pm

A modern, British restaurant run by a husband and wife team. Mackerel Sky specialises in seafood and local, Cornish produce, offering casual, premium dining at reasonable prices. Now taking bookings for Christmas and New Year

Address: Spinnakers Restaurant, The Fowey Hotel, Esplanade, Fowey PL23 1HX Tel: 01726 832551 Web:

Address: Mount Pleasant Road, Porthleven TR13 9JS Tel: 01326 564424 Web:

Address: Castle Beach Restaurant, The Falmouth Hotel, Castle Beach, Falmouth TR11 4NZ Tel: 01326 312671 Web:

Address: Mackerel Sky Cafe 45 New Street Penzance Tel: 01736 448 982 Web:

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Restuarant Listings




Discover the magical Tregenna Castle Hotel for this year’s Christmas party, a popular and exciting venue that makes for a celebration to remember.

With a versatile menu to tempt all tastes. From truly authentic Italian Pizza to traditional Pasta and Risotto dishes. We have the classic Steaks and meat dishes, fresh Fish and Seafood, which are listed on blackboards as these dishes can often change daily...

At Country Skittles near Hayle, we’re changing our usual arrangements. This year, rather than 2 or 3 course set menus, we are running our normal delicious menu plus the old favourites, roast turkey and Christmas pudding! What hasn’t changed, is that we are still the perfect venue for your Christmas Party, as we can offer something a bit different to just going to the pub or restaurant - and we can cater for any party size from 2 to 200!

The hospitality team at Tregenna ensure that all party rooms are beautifully dressed, paying careful attention to every detail. They also understand the importance of affordable festive menus created with the best Cornish produce which start at £22.50pp. Tel: 01736 795254 Web:

Restaurant Opening Times: Breakfast - 8.00am - 10.30am (Breakfast is served till 3pm Sat/Sundays) Lunch - 12.00 - 3.00pm (All Day Sat/Sundays) Dinner Opens 5.30pm - 9.30pm last sitting. Tel: 01736 799 435 Email: Web:

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The AA has recently awarded two Rosettes to Rosewarne Manor. Open Wednesday to Sunday throughout the year for lunch and dinner; it also caters for Weddings, Christmas parties, Murder Mystery evenings, and much more.

Newly opened and fully refurbished in the picturesque village of Pentewan.

Enjoy your Festive Party at the White Pyramid, Trewoon, St. Austell

Address: Rosewarne Manor, Gwinear Road, Connor Downs, Hayle TR27 5JQ Tel: 01209 610414 Web:

Open Tuesday-Sunday from 12pm for lunch and 6:30pm till late. Address: West End, Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 5BX Tel: 01726 842474 Web: Email:

Sample 3 delicious courses for just £19.95 pp or 2 courses for just £16.95 pp – from Dec 1st & xmas Eve 7 days a week. Prices inc coffees and mince pies Also Christmas lunches for the over 55’s are just £9.95 pp for 3 courses Mon-Fri Tel: 01726 68047 Web:

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ere at the Samphire restaurant, in Falmouth, we make a special effort to serve locally sourced food, cooked with a special passion for flavour, in a friendly and warm atmosphere. This December we will be offering an exciting festive menu perfect for parties, family gatherings, or just a fun night out with friends.

Game Terrine INGREDIENTS 1kg Mixed Game Meat (Any mix of Venison, Pigeon, Duck, Rabbit, Pheasant) Oil or fat, for frying FOR THE FORCEMEAT 500g sausage meat 2 handfuls fresh white breadcrumbs 1 egg 3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped Few sprigs of thyme, leaves removed and chopped 5-6 juniper berries, crushed in pestle and mortar 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 100g pistachio nuts, crushed Splash of brandy Splash of red wine Salt and pepper

We also have a private dining area, which is perfect for your special occasions. Call now for more information or check our website for menus And, as a special treat, if you quote this recipe when making your booking you will receive free canapés and glass of bubbly on arrival.

TO LINE THE DISH 300g streaky bacon, flattened with the back of a knife METHOD 1. In a large mixing bowl combine the sausage meat and the breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, thyme, juniper berries and garlic. Then the wine and brandy, season with the salt and pepper and mix everything together thoroughly. 2. Cut the game meat into roughly same-size pieces. 3. In a heavy-based frying pan heat the fat or oil and fry the game pieces for 2 minutes until nicely browned. 4. Line a loaf tin or ceramic terrine dish with the stretched rashers of streaky bacon. Add a layer of forcemeat followed by a layer of game meat, then a layer of forcemeat followed by another layer of game meat, be sure to finish with a layer of the forcemeat. 5. Fold the exposed strips of bacon over the top of the terrine and cover well with kitchen foil or terrine lid. 6. Place the terrine dish in a roasting tin half-filled with hot water. Cook in the oven at 160°C for approximately 1½-2 hours. Test with a skewer to see if it is cooked, if the skewer does not come out of the terrine piping hot then it is not ready. 7. For the best possible texture and easy slicing, your terrine should be pressed as it cools. Find a piece of wood or plastic that fits snugly inside the terrine dish and weigh it down with some tins. Leave the terrine until completely cold for several hours or overnight. 8. To serve the terrine, slice it thickly with a very sharp knife, put on a plate with a small salad of lightly dressed green leaves and fruit chutney. Serve with hot toast.

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Cygnets Restaurant Tehidy Park Golf Club

Dine in our delightful Restaurant with panoramic views over our beautiful golf course and the Basset Estate beyond. Lunch starts from ÂŁ7.50 rising to ÂŁ14.95 for 3 course and coffee. Good food and a warm welcome is our trademark. Bookings advisable. 5 Star hygiene rating.

Tehidy, Camborne, TR14 0HH Tel: 01209 842557

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Hall For Cornwall

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antomine has become a particularly British form of entertainment throughout Christmas and New Year. Loved (and hated!) for its participatory nature: “He’s behind you!” it was strongly influenced by the continental commedia dell’arte, a form of popular theatre that came from Italy in the 16th century, as well as the tradition of 17th century masques. In Italy, a group of professional artists would travel from region to region, improvising and telling comic stories with a moral, for the public and each story would use the same comic characters. Sound familiar? By the early 1800s, pantomimes were often stories adapted from European fairy tales, classic English literature or nursery rhymes. Nowadays, pantomines have adapted to include topical references, song, dance and cross-dressing but remain essentially the same as they did hundreds of years ago.

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Hall For Cornwall

This year, Hall For Cornwall are offering something for everyone: Cinderella. Join Cinderella as she ventures on her journey from rags to riches; help the gorgeous Prince Charming find his true love and sweep her off her feet, oh and don’t forget to boo those terrible ugly sisters... plus there’s a super flying coach to get Cinders to the ball. This classic story is beautifully told by a team of talented actors including last year’s favourites Granville Saxton (wickedly funny as the panto baddie), Daniel Cane (who had children in stitches as PC New-Kee), Suzanne Ahmet as Cinderella and Dean Nolan as her trusty sidekick Buttons. For more information go to or tel 01872 262466.

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Get swept off your feet at Cornwall’s Christmas family pantomime Cinderella

The magical tale of love and adventure that will have your children captivated from the start, with surprises a-plenty, sing-a-long tunes and heaps of opportunities to shout out loud and have fun, Hall For Cornwall’s pantomime is the perfect Christmas treat to enjoy together as a family.

Book today to get the best seats in the house! Online: In Person: Hall for Cornwall, Lemon Quay Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2LL Open Mon – Sat, 9.30pm – 5pm and later on performance nights

By Telephone:

01872 262466

Open Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm

Sunday 15 December 2013 Saturday 11 January 2014

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Cornish Getaways

Home from home Top five self-catering getaways for Christmas in Cornwall

Cornwall has it all: rugged coastline, bleak moorland and rolling fields. Why not throw your turkey in a suitcase and decamp to one of the county’s secluded getaways this year and wake up to a luxurious home from home on Christmas morning?

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Williams Travel

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For more information on getting away at Christmas including Historic Festivities at Blenheim Palace and Windsor Castle contact Williams Travel on 01209 717152 or go to


hristmas is not for the faint-hearted. After you’ve run the present gauntlet, experienced the supermarket scrum and made more mince pies than you can feasibly eat, there’s only one thing for it: escape.

Williams Travel based in Camborne have been operating for over 30 years and are the county’s largest family coach company. Coach travel removes the stress of airport checkin and transfer, not to mention the indignity of a full body search. The company offers direct routes to the stunning Bath Christmas market – one of the most popular in the country or Babbacombe near Torquay for some turkey and tinsel fun.

Itinerary for Bath Christmas market

(30 Nov – 1 Dec and 7 Dec – 8 Dec):

Saturday: Leave early and arrive at Bath market for an afternoon of mulled wine and stalls of handmade crafts, unique trinkets and festive decorations. Sunday: After a leisurely breakfast, make the short journey to The Swindon Designer Outlet Retail Park followed by Cribbs Causeway in Bristol and tick off that Christmas list! Head back to Cornwall in the evening.

Itinerary for Babbacombe Turkey and Tinsel (2 – 6 Dec):

Monday: Head to the hotel for dinner and dancing. Tuesday: Visit Brixham and the beautiful resort of Torquay. Wednesday: Explore Babbacombe and the world famous Model Village. Thursday: Visit Exeter for some Christmas shopping. Friday: Leave for Cornwall.

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The Wonderful Bear Factory


here is a new Santa’s Grotto this year at The Wonderful Bear Factory in St Ives, opening on Saturday 30th November, and every Saturday until Christmas from 12 to 4pm. There is no charge to go and see Santa, “we wanted to make Santa accessible to everyone” said proprietor Roger Clough “so that all children can experience the magic”. Courtesy of The Wonderful Bear Factory, Santa will be giving out small gifts to children; there will be the optional opportunity to make a charitable donation to the Little Harbour Children’s Hospice. Santa will also be at The Wonderful Bear Factory on Christmas Eve from 10am to 2pm, and their dancing Mascot Bear ‘Chuckles’ will be making some special appearances to keep Santa and the people of St Ives amused – Chuckles has recently learnt to dance ‘Gangnam Style’, and is working on some further dances, so keep an eye out for the latest moves!


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ue Hendricks, Jennie Ansell and Hannah Pascoe are the Cornish contingent of The Fishwives Choir, the equivalent of The Military Wives for fishermen. Their double-sided single, ‘When The Boat Comes In’ / ‘Eternal Father’, recently hit the iTunes vocal chart number one spot twice, as well as featuring on BBC Radio 2. All profits from sales go to The Fisherman’s Mission, a charity providing emergency care and support to fishermen and their families. The choir was created by Jane Dolby following the tragic loss of her fisherman husband Colin (aged 47) at sea in 2008. Colin died six weeks before Christmas and for the weeks, months and years after his death, The Fishermen’s Mission helped to support the family. With a background in music, Jane established the choir to raise funds in order to repay the charity’s kindness. Through Facebook and Twitter, she got in touch with women all over the country, including Sue and Jennie from Perranporth and Hannah from Newlyn. All the women are in some way linked to the industry and many have lost husbands, brothers, fathers and sons at sea. With training from vocal coach Carrie Grant (known for Fame Academy and Pop Idol), the choir spent five intense days rehearsing and recording with members of the Military Wives’ production team. Sue Hendricks describes the experience: “Carrie got us singing so emotionally together that we all burst into tears; all the emotion came out through the music. We’d love to get together and do it again.”

For more information and to buy a copy of the single, go to

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Health & Beauty

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ake the first Christmas present for you: a spa treatment at St Michael’s, voted Best Spa 2013 at the Cornwall Today Awards. There’s no denying that Christmas and winter both take their toll on the body: be it those few extra drinks and snacks at the office party, central heating that strips the skin of natural oils or simply the stress of getting everything ready in time. That’s when we most need a treat but when we are least likely to indulge ourselves. The solution? Find out what the fuss is all about at St Michael’s Spa, Falmouth, recently voted best in county. The spa offers warming treatments to reinvigorate and refresh your skin after it has been wrapped, chapped and dehydrated by the winter weather. Opt for the Cornish Glow or Cornish Body Polish which both make use of Cornish sea salt to give that ‘cliff walk’ radiance; Back Bliss, a back massage with a difference which includes a cleanse, exfoliation and massage as well as a warming masque or choose our ESPAHolistic Aromatherapy Back, Face & Scalp to clear the mind and soothe the soul. Treatments range from a 30 minute ‘quick-fix’ to our Full Body Therapy for one and a half hours. All options are signature St Michael’s treatments using ESPA oils and Cornish sea salt to cleanse the body naturally. The spa also offers an Especially for Men range of treatments, Beauty Maintenance, Make Up, Facials, Hands and Feet and for a real Christmas treat: book yourself in for a Pamper Day while you still can.

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Health & Beauty


loom Remedies are a relative newcomer to the world of skincare and bodycare but are already a firm favourite with many and are winning awards! A family run business, they are based in Penzance and make all their organic aromatherapy products by hand drawing on traditional uses for natural plant oils, herbs and extracts to make their range smell amazing and work beautifully for the skin. Founder Marie Hall, is a qualified aromatherapist who has worked with plant oils for many years and takes inspiration for her natural range from the beautiful scenic surroundings of West Cornwall. They make products for the face, body, bath, and mother & baby and were recently were awarded Best Baby Balm at the Beauty Shortlist Baby Awards, for their Calendula & Chamomile Baby Eczema Balm - despite the fact that they were up against well established big national companies like Green People! You can find out more at

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For the perfect pamper gift this Christmas

Take a look at local company Bloom Remedies. They make gorgeous aromatherapy skincare products by hand in their small Penzance based workshop. We love their natural Hands & Feet gift sets and their Orange, Geranium & Cardamom body butter smells amazing! 01736 364129

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Padstow Christmas

Padstow Christmas Festival 2013


adstow has been a point of reference on the Cornish food map ever since Rick Stein’s first business venture failed. What was originally a nightclub became The Seafood Restaurant in the mid-70s and was the first step towards making the town synonymous with top-quality food, particularly seafood and fish. Where better then to mark the beginning of the most indulgent time of year than the Padstow Christmas Festival? From the 5 – 8 December the town attracts the crème – de-lacrème of the restaurant and cheffing world, featuring the likes of local heavyweights Paul Ainsworth, Nathan Outlaw, Rick Stein and son Jack Stein. The festival’s prestige also attracts some of the best chefs in the country and this year features Angela Hartnett from Murano in London, Michael Caines from Gidleigh Park in Devon, Tom Kerridge from The Hand & Flowers in Marlow and Sat Bains from Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham.

With a record 30,000 visitors attending the event last year, the festival organisers have added an extra day and an extra chef demo tent to this year’s line-up. Expect to hear top culinary tips from the professionals, meaty debates about some serious food issues, a spot of shopping at the Christmas market and get into the festive spirit with events such as the lantern parade or Santa’s grotto. The specialist shellfish tent also offers visitors the opportunity to tuck into what Cornwall does best: superfresh fish, lobster and crab, all sourced in local waters.

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20 NOVEMBER TRURO City of Lights Procession and Christmas Lights Switch On 20 NOVEMBER TO 5 JANUARY Ice Skate Truro open 21 NOVEMBER Beaujolais On The Beach. The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay has joined the race to get the first bottles of Beaujolais nouveau and we will be celebrating this tradition with a typical French feast and plenty of wine. 7pm – 3 courses for £25 per person Introduction talk on Beaujolais nouveau at 7:30pm. Go to for more info. 23 NOVEMBER Christmas wine tasting at binTwo Padstow. Call 01841 532022 to book a place. 27 NOVEMBER Late night shopping begins in Truro with the real reindeer and a Santa Run. 28 NOVEMBER Thanksgiving feasting at The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay. Featuring turkey and pumpkin pie, Cornish potatoes and apple cider. Go to for more info. 30 NOVEMBER – 1 DECEMBER Fowey Christmas Market: a weekend of festive entertainment, food and drink and gift stalls 1 DECEMBER – 4 JANUARY Angarrack Christmas Lights 4 DECEMBER - TRURO PRIMESTOCK SHOW A favourite with farmers and townspeople alike. Marque on Lemon Quay filled with cattle and sheep as well as Christmas stalls. 5 DECEMBER – 8 DECEMBER Padstow Christmas festival. Bigger and better this year with chef demos, tastings and Christmas stalls. Love Christmas in Cornwall 2013 | 73

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6 December 5 – 9pm Bude’s Community Christmas Event featuring late night shopping, magical but real reindeer, a Farmers’ and Craft Market and Santa’s Grotto. For more information go to 7 December 11am – 6pm Bude Castle’s Christmas Fair. A seasonal treat full of traditional festive indulgence. For more information go to 10 – 15 December Truro Victorian Christmas Market on Lemon Quay Piazza. Over 80 exhibitors in Victorian costumes, featuring an animal pen with rare breeds, food, drink, crafts and a market café. 12 December Polwhele House annual Christmas Carol Service at Truro Cathedral at 6.00pm. Featuring the school’s acclaimed choristers, there will be festive hymns and songs to enjoy - celebrating the season with pupils, staff and everyone from the community who are welcome to take part in the service. 14 December – 4 January Mousehole Christmas Lights. Thousands of visitors flock here each year, featuring floating light displays in the harbor and streets filled with the aroma of mulled wine and festive food. For more go to 17 December 1880 Reconstruction of the Nine Lessons Carol Service at Truro Cathedral 16 – 21 December Montol Festival, Penzance. A six- day arts and community festival celebrating mid-winter solstice and Cornish traditions of the past. Main event is Montol Eve on Dec 21 when beacons are lit through the town. 23 and 24 December Truro Cathedral’s modern version of Nine Lessons and Carols at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. 74 | Love Christmas in Cornwall 2013

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Wreath Making

Make your own Christmas wreath with florist Amanda Taffinder from The Roseland

W Materials 12� wire wreath ring Reel wire Ribbon

Wreath ingredients Moss Larch Hops Rowanberries Rosehips

Hydrangea Berried ivy Fennel seed heads Acorns Pheasant feathers

Or whatever you can find in the garden!

inter is a great time of year for an abundance of gorgeous berries, rosehips, twigs and seed heads to choose from and it is surprising how much you can find in the garden suitable for using in a wreath. Using reel wire, attach a generous ring of moss to the frame; add branches of larch on top, all going in the same direction. After tying the wire off firmly with pliers, add the other ingredients, layering them up and securing stems into the moss or under the wires, again following a similar direction. Attach the ribbon to the frame and mist the wreath with a water spray to keep it as fresh as possible. Mist the wreath regularly for longevity. Having a variety of lovely ingredients to choose from is the best start to making a Christmas wreath, even if you just select a few of them to use in the end. I think the looser and softer the style, the less need to worry exactly where you place things, just go for it! Amanda will be running a festive day of Christmas wreath making at Philleigh Way cookery school on 16 December.

For more information go to or or tel 07968 843012

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Street Smart

Cornish Restaurants get StreetSmart C

harity is as much a part of Christmas as mince pies and mulled wine. Just as Dickens’ Ghost of Christmas Present would have approved of the new charitable concept of donating a ‘suspended coffee’ (drinking one coffee and paying for two as a donation to someone less fortunate), so the spirits that visit Scrooge would have endorsed StreetSmart. StreetSmart is a national campaign established in1998 which has raised over £6.3 million for the homeless across the UK. Selected restaurants around Cornwall add a voluntary £1 donation to customer bills during November and December and this goes directly to three local charities. In 2013 every pound donated will go to St Petroc’s Society, the Cornwall Women’s Refuge Trust and the Cornish branches of Foodbank. Love Christmas in Cornwall 2013 | 79

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Truro Foodbank Volunteers


restaurants have signed up this year, many of which have been loyal supporters for several years including; Bustophers Bar Bistro Truro, The Old Quay Inn Devoran, The Cornish Arms Padstow, Archie Browns Truro and Penzance, Trevaskis Farm Hayle, Nathan Outlaw’s Restaurant in Rock, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac, Porthminster Beach Café St Ives, Alba St Ives, The Tolcarne Newlyn, The Victoria Inn Penzance, Trennick Mill Truro, The Square Porthleven, The Blue Plate Looe and Mustard and Rye Truro. Rick Stein, whose Cornish Arms will be involved with the campaign for a third year states that: “We are pleased that all funds raised will help support the homeless in Cornwall during the cold winter nights.”

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Love Christmas in Cornwall 2013  

Your complete guide to gifts, food, entertainment and more throughout the festive period in Cornwall.