11 Nov New direction in dining taking shape in South Cornwall
Foodies can look forward to a feast of exciting dining options in south east Cornwall this season and beyond, including a menu makeover at Talland Bay Hotel, Silver ‘Small Hotel of the Year’ at the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2019.
Nick Hawke has been at the helm as Head Chef of Talland Bay Hotel since 2013. This season sees an exciting change in direction with the food at the award-winning hotel, with the new menus focusing on keeping things simple and letting the ingredients sing, whilst taking the dining experience to another level.
“Diners can look forward to the same high quality that they’ve always enjoyed here, but by breaking down each dish to fewer ingredients we’re enabling people to taste every item on their plate,” Nick explains. “The dining experience needs to be about enjoying first-class food but with a warm, relaxed feel similar to coming home to a family meal, nothing too fussy or over-complicated.”
The refresh will ultimately see the team combine the Lounge and Fine-Dining menus into one, raising the dining to another level throughout the hotel. A regularly changing tasting menu will complete the transformation, embracing ‘nose to tail’ eating.
“There’s no doubt that a lot of customers want prime cuts of meat,” Nick says. “But once they taste the less obvious cuts, I’m sure they’ll love them. Not only does this help reduce food waste but it’s a win for the farmers as it means the hotel buying and using the whole animal.”
Diners can also look forward to seasonally changing afternoon teas, including a festive twist on the hotel’s popular offering served throughout December. Book a two-night winter break for the ultimate taste of Talland. A gourmet stay costs from £175 per person including two nights’ in a classic room, three-course dinner with pre-dinner canapés and petit fours on the first night and afternoon tea on the second day.
Visitors to the tranquil south coast should also visit Fitzroy of Fowey (opened Summer 2019), which will be joined from Spring 2020 by Appleton’s. Established by former Fifteen Cornwall head chef Andy Appleton in 2016, Appleton’s is relocating from the north coast and will add fuel to the food momentum building in this quieter pocket of the county.
For more information on Talland Bay Hotel visit www.tallandbayhotel.co.uk