Eat local on your self-catering holiday in Cornwall
Staying in a Beach Retreat property means Cornwall’s luscious bounty is always on your doorstep.
In farm shops, markets and local restaurants about the county, you’ll spy carrots, Cornish potatoes, mussels, samphire, figs, hazelnuts and much more autumnal produce. Here we have rounded up the best places to lay your hands on fresh local produce, so you can cut down the journey from field to plate and enjoy what the locals have to offer.
As you walk into any of these stores, expect the smell of freshly made bread, scones, pastries and more. If you're also a cheese lover, we highly recommend dipping some Baker Tom bread into a melted Camembert cheese. Baker Tom has got it all going on. Stores and Cafes can be found in Truro, Falmouth, Wadebridge, Pool and Penzance.
Located in lovely Looe, Purely Cornish offers visitors and locals alike a fantastic array of goodies. From Cornish chocolate, fudge and biscuits, to local jams and chutney. Is your mouth-watering yet?
This National Trust farm on the cliffs above Mawgan Porth is worth a pilgrimage to pick up a few joints of its free-range lamb, reared on the green pastures and sea breezes of the north coast – Chefs swear you can taste the salty air in the meat. There can be no better reason to forgo burgers – these chops are perfectly suited to the smoky flavours of a beach barbie. Enquire within the farm shop, and pick yourself a few sprigs of herbs free of charge on the way out.
Camel Valley Vineyard has been producing award-winning, world-class wine in Cornwall since 1989. Located near Bodmin, guests can either stop in the shop to purchase wine and champagne, or have it order to your door. For those that are really into their wines, why not enjoy a tour of the vineyard during your stay?
Camel Valley recently won Gold for their 2016 Pinot Noir, Still Rose at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
There are farm shops and then there are farm shops like Trevilley. This award-winning shop on the outskirts of Newquay is one of the most lovingly stocked in Cornwall, selling own-produced meat (including South Devonshire beef), fruit and veg, chutneys, jams, cakes, pasties and quiches, as well as a plethora of other carefully sourced Cornish produce. You can also find a selection of local real ales, wines and juices.
Experience, celebrate and discover everything about delicious Cornish food and drink at the Great Cornish Food Shop in Truro. The independent grocery store, comes with its own butcher, fishmonger and chef-led café, deli, and takeaway. You'll never want to leave.
For homemade jams, chutneys, relishes, spice mixes and oils, head to Stein's Deli in Padstow where these are all made to Rick’s recipes. You'll also find freshly baked goods including pasties, breads & pastries, all handmade and produced by the Rick Stein Group in Padstow.