So your holiday is booked, if you are anything like us your next thought will be what are we going to eat? So, if you do intend to cook a few meals during your stay here are our shopping suggestions:
Think about putting in a food order with The Cornish Food Market – locally sourced meat, fish, veg, artisan bread, dairy products, wine, beer, etc, all delivered to Roundhouse Barns on your arrival day. Just remember to place your order at least 48 hours before you want it delivered.
We recommend Baker Tom’s organic sourdough bread, Trewithen dairy products and the freshest vegetables you can buy. Of course the major supermarkets deliver here as well but you can’t beat the Cornish Food Market for quality and freshness and regularly their “shopping basket” is cheaper than the supermarkets.
If you are thinking of stopping off on your way down then pop into Lobbs Farm Shop just next to The Lost Gardens of Heligan. They produce and sell quality food with a known provenance that you can eat with confidence. Three farming brothers, Terry, Ian and Richard Lobb, each have a farm supplying beef, lamb and fresh vegetables direct to the shop. The beef and lamb are born and raised on the farm where the animals graze traditional pastures and meadows. Our favourites are the beef and the venison and Mark is very partial to a Lobbs pork pie!
Pasties & Chocolates!
Also on your way or close enough for a mid week shop is Humfrey’s Farm Shop just outside Tregony here you will find a wide range of fresh produce on offer, locally grown fruit and vegetables, dairy products, bread, cheese, eggs, sausages, bacon, burgers and fish. They also sell homemade cakes and pies, along with apple juices, pasties and many more unusual Cornish products. If you’re not in a hurry, why not stop and relax with a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake in the outdoor covered courtyard. Personal favourites here are the pasties and home baked cakes and Trenance chocolates…
Nearest, (and dearest) to Roundhouse Barns is Curgurrell Farm Shop at Rosevine, just three miles away. This a seafood lover’s dream come true. Open 6 days a week the shop, run by Charlotte and Simon Taffinder, sells the very finest lobsters, crabs and fresh fish caught by sons Ben, William and Tom, and friend Chris.
Cornish produce at its best
The shop also sells local and home grown fruit and veg, free range eggs and homemade preserves. Curgurrell is truly unique, with its own tiny harbour, just below the farm, and often the day’s catch is on sale within an hour of being caught. This is Cornish produce at its very best. All fish and shellfish are caught within 5 or 6 miles of the farm, if you are lucky you will find hand line caught bass, mackerel and pollock, together with red mullet, sardines, brill, turbot, john dory lemon sole, haddock, plaice and scallops to name a few. We always buy scallops and John Dory here and they also supply us with our Christmas trees! They are now also licensed to sell wines and spirits.
Of course, as well as the above, there is a weekly market in Truro, regular food markets at Veryan, Watergate Bay and Padstow… to name but a few, anyone would think that we had a fondness for our food down here – it’s not all clotted cream and pasties you know! (Best local pasties are at the bakers on the harbour at St Mawes or Humphreys).
Check out our other blogs for local pubs and restaurants for those lazy evenings when you just want to relax and let someone else do the cooking.