Some of our favourite Cornish food producers
29th June 2017
We produce a lot of food in Cornwall. We’re known for our fish, vegetables, meat and dairy, which are eaten all over the country. Then of course, there’s all the must-eat Cornish foods: it wouldn’t be a holiday here without a pasty, a cream tea, and fish and chips by the sea!
However, over the last few years, some more surprising food producers have sprung up; either making the most of our gentle climate to grow unexpected ingredients, or simply using their imaginations to create fabulous foodstuffs.
We always make sure we’ve a great selection of Cornish products in our shop. We sell some of these scrummy items, and for others, you may need to pop into St Ives or Penzance. We’ve included links to their websites so you can easily track down these treats. Of course, there are many, many more irresistible local products – but we had to stop eventually…
Yeghes da!* Cornish tipples
Cornwall’s warm climate makes it one of the most suitable places in the UK for vineyards. While you’re here, try a glass of Camel Valley’s award-winning sparkling wine or their gorgeous Bacchus dry. You can also spend a lovely afternoon on one of their vineyard tours.
Close to home Polgoon produces wines, ciders and juices from their vineyards and orchards just outside Penzance. Again, they offer tour and tasting sessions, and their newly-opened Polgoon Kitchen is a wonderful place for a laid-back meal.
Cornwall has several excellent cider producers and breweries. We’re spoiled for choice, so we thought we’d focus on the most local ones: St Ives Cider in nearby Trencrom, and St Ives Brewery, who even have a brew called “Knill by Mouth” (named for the monument that’s on our logo!). The microbrewery has recently opened a superbly-sited eatery, the Brewhouse Café, above the town.
For a uniquely Cornish drink, head to Newlyn and try some Cornish Mead, which is available in a range of flavours as well as the traditional honey.
The brilliant bean
We have some incredibly good chocolate producers in Cornwall. In St Ives, call into I Should Coco on Fore Street, where they produce some fantastically imaginative designs in their little kitchen – and you can even book onto a chocolate making workshop! For healthy chocolate – and no, we didn’t dream that – grab a bar from Fore Street’s Raw Chocolate Pie. Dairy, gluten and soya-free, their chocolate is a real treat for those who can’t normally eat it – and it tastes lovely.
Over on The Lizard, near beautiful Mullion Cove, you can visit Trenance Chocolate factory. Watch their delicious chocolates being hand-made by the team, then stock up in their shop (and their café is a great stopping off point of you’re walking this stunning stretch of coast path). You can also buy their chocolates at Trevaskis Farm Shop.
We were so delighted when we first started stocking Chocolarder’s bars in the campsite shop. Located near Falmouth, Chocolarder import the beans direct from the farmers and carry out the whole process in their small factory. Watch out for their Wild Gorse Flower flavour – the taste of summer hedgerows.
Many local shops stock Kernow Chocolate’s bars, which are loved for their distinctive, railway art-style packaging and make great presents to take back upcountry.
The Cornish cuppa
Tregothnan Estate near the Fal Estuary is the first place in Britain to actually grow as well as manufacture tea. The micro-climate in this wooded valley provides the perfect warm and wet conditions for tea plants. Cornish Tea may not grow their own leaves; however their beverages definitely have a Cornish soul. Try their popular Smugglers’ Brew for a hearty cuppa.
If you prefer coffee, try another local company’s wares. Cornish Coffee hand-roast their beans in nearby Redruth, and supply many of our local bars and restaurants with their delicious drinks. Whichever cuppa you choose, don’t forget to add a scone or two, topped with jam and then a good dollop of Rodda’s (or for a lighter snack, just dunk a Furniss biscuit).
Something a bit more savoury
We don’t all have a sweet tooth – and a cool pint of St Austell Korev goes down a treat with a bag of Lusty Pirate crisps. For a more sophisticated and spicy snack, try some hot chili dipping sauce from the Cornish Chili Company and a plate of Popti Cornish Bakehouse seaweed thins.
Look out for other hot products from Kernow Inferno (we love that name!) who sell Cornish-made chutneys, sauces and spices. Their chili jam is superb to liven up a burger or sandwich. To add a really different tang, season your food with seaweed salt from the Cornish Seaweed Company. Simply delicious.
So there you go – some of Cornwall’s more unusual foodie offerings, and we hope you enjoy them. Omlowenhewgh agas boes!**
** Bon appétit!