31 Mar New Chef Secret Ingredient at Hidden Valley
28 March 2014: From ‘Doom Bar’ battered fish to homemade pasties and Cornish cream tea, the new chef at Hidden Valley Discovery Park near Launceston will be treating visitors to a taste of the West Country when the park opens for the new season next week (5 April).
Having previously worked at the St Moritz Hotel in Polzeath and Boringdon Park Golf Club in Plymouth, local lad, Simon Tubbs is well versed in dishing up first-rate fare. The son of a baker, Simon’s love of food came at a very young age. Now he is in his element preparing the new menu for Fern’s Tea Room at the popular family attraction at Tredidon.
Designed to offer a wide range of quality, popular dishes at an affordable price, highlights of the menu will include all day breakfast with ingredients sourced from the Cornish Farmhouse Bacon Co at Holsworthy, Doom Bar battered fish and chips, Cornish pasties and Fern’s special Cream Tea featuring homemade scones. There will also be a selection of children’s meals and a daily range of tempting cakes. Luscombe drinks and Gerry’s Original Ice Creams from Launceston will complete the offering.
Speaking about the appointment, Hidden Valley owner, Peter Jones said: “We opened the new tea room last year but with the arrival of Simon we can take the food to the next level. We want people to come and enjoy locally sourced food and drink in the beautiful surroundings of Hidden Valley. Entry to Fern’s is free so this is the perfect spot for catching up over coffee and cake or a bite of lunch even if you’re not planning on going into the park.”
Fern’s Tea Room is available for parties and private hire, and Simon will be catering three murder mystery evenings at Hidden Valley later this year.
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Hidden Valley Discovery Park is an adventure park set in 60 acres of beautiful Cornish countryside near Launceston in South East Cornwall.
First opened in 1994 as Tredidon Trails, the park has grown from a simple treasure hunt and children’s play area to an extraordinary family attraction drawing 11,000 visitors each year.
Visitors can explore the grounds, take a ride on the scenic miniature railway around the park, explore the Forbidden Mansion and tackle challenges including the Vault and Beech Maze. Aspiring sleuths will love the Indiana and Sherlock Holmes trails, new for 2014.
As well as the Forbidden Mansion, last year saw the addition of a new reception area, restaurant and gift shop. Designed to resemble a Victorian era pumping station, the building celebrates British industrial heritage. Entrance to Fern’s Tea Room is free and guests are welcome to drop by for tasty homemade treats.