20 Dec December scribblings: What we’re looking forward to in 2019
This year has been huge. There have been so many changes, developments, achievements, new places and friends. But this month, rather than looking back over recent happenings, it seems a good time of year to look ahead.
Here’s what we’re already getting excited about in 2019.
Forget abstinence, Talland Bay Hotel will be starting the year with a celebration of gin (sounds good to us) to mark the launch of their own blend, Talland Bay No 1. They’ll be concocting a gin inspired menu, serving gin cocktails and will finish the month with a talk and tasting from Colwith Farm Distillery’s Steve Dustow. Read what the FT’s How to Spend it had to say about the Talland Bay gin.
February: A taste of Sri Lanka at the Beach Hut
We’ve been pawing over the gorgeous cookbook by writer and chef, Jon Lewin and sampling some of his dishes at the at Pavilion Bakery. So we can’t wait to head to the Beach Hut at Watergate Bay for a Sri Lanka tasting menu prepared by Jon and their executive chef Neil Haydock. There will also be a beach bonfire and live music. Winning.
March: St Piran’s night at Colwith Farm Distillery
Cornwall’s first plough to bottle distillery hosted their first sell-out event in November and we’re very much looking forward to the next instalment, a St Piran’s Day warm-up on 2 March. There will be Cornish folk music, complete with fiddle and ukulele, dancing, cocktails and of course, Cornish gin. Look out for further details and tickets on the Colwith Farm Distillery website.
April: Opening of new luxury Riad Spice
Mike and Lucie Wood, owners of the four boutique Marrakech Riad properties are set to launch a fifth riad in time for Easter 2019. Located in the heart of the medina, close to the Marrakech Museum and Ben Youssef Madrasa, Riad Spice will consist of 10 bedrooms. As with the other Marrakech Riad hotels, the sixteenth century property is being refurbished to retain its original features and embrace its heritage, whilst enjoying contemporary touches and a welcoming, homely feel.
See the Jan/ Feb issue of National Geographic Traveller for a brilliant piece from one of my favourite journalists on why there’s never been a better time to visit Morocco’s most enchanting city.
May/ June: The Great Estate Festival
Since its inception three years ago this has become one of the firm highlights of the summer. Secret garden gin swigging, hip hop karaoke-ing, hot tubbing fun with friends in a field in Cornwall. What’s not to love?