by the wonderful Jules of Kernow Eats.
The Cornish Pasty
The most famous of Cornwall’s foodie delights is undoubtedly the Cornish pasty. The title of the best pasty in Cornwall is hotly disputed and endlessly debated but our favourites are Mary’s (Truro area), Ann’s (Lizard) and Philps (Hayle).
Cornish Pasties. Photo:www.lavenderandlovage.com
A Cornish Cream Tea
Another staple of any trip has to be a traditional Cornish cream tea. Fresh scones, local jam and Cornish clotted cream are the core ingredients but you will find plenty of variations across the county. Just remember that in Cornwall it is always #jamfirst! Our favourite spots for a cream tea are The Waymarker (Nr Falmouth) and The Globe (Fowey).
Cornish Ice Cream
No trip to Cornwall irrespective of the time of year would be complete without tasting some of the local ice cream. Cornwall has a large variety of great ice cream makers like Kelly’s and Roskillys but our favourite has to be Callestick Farm, which is available across the county and you can visit.
Kelly’s Cornish Ice Cream. Photo: www.flickr.com
A Venison & Game burger
The street-food scene in Cornwall has taken off in recent years and you will find a great range at events and festivals throughout the year. Our absolute favourite are the game burgers produced by the Cornish Venison Co. The proprietor Chris actually stalks the animals himself ensuring sustainability and traceability. You can find him at Truro farmers market every Saturday and at events across the county.
A Cornish BBQ
Cornwall has some excellent meat and this has naturally attracted the interest of BBQ aficionados. One of the county’s best, Inkies smokehouse BBQ, has recently set up in the car park next to the beautiful Golitha Falls meaning that you can combine a visit to the nature reserve with the best pit-smoked BBQ.
Burger by Inkies Smokehouse. Photo: www.inkiessmokehousebbq.com
Fresh Cornish Fish
Newlyn fish market it irrefutably the best place in Cornwall to visit if you are looking for the best fresh fish, including Cornish Hake. You can visit one of the fishmongers to buy your own or take a short stroll to the nearby Tolcarne Inn where head chef Ben Tunnicliffe serves up in our opinion the best fish dishes in Cornwall.
They may not be to everyone’s taste but if you are lucky enough to be in Cornwall during the season (October-April) you can try the spectacular Fal oysters. These native oysters are still dredged under sail in the traditional manner. The rest of the year there are farmed pacific oysters available from Porthilly, near Rock.
Fal Oysters. Photo source: www.kernoweats.com.
There has been an explosion in recent years of interest in foraged food and this is very evident in Cornwall where there is an abundance of edible plants both in the hedgerows and on the seashore. There are a number of guides available across Cornwall to take you on foraging walks including The Fat Hen cookery school, Wild Food Foraging, The Wild Food School and The 7th Rise.
One of the best ways to really experience the range of produce that Cornwall has to offer is to take part in a cookery course. Philleigh way cookery school run a very popular “Cornwall in a day” course with dates through the year.
Sweet Curry Plate
The idea of a curry-flavoured dessert may sound unusual but there is a very good reason for its inclusion in this list. The sweet curry plate is the signature dish of the multi award winning Ben’s Cornish Kitchen (Marazion), which in our opinion is currently serving some of the very best food in Cornwall.
Sweet Curry Plate at Ben’s Cornish Kitchen. Photo source: www.lovefood.com.