Forage & Feast At Porthminster This Spring

As those who frequent the coastal path and beach near to Porthminster Beach Café will know, not a day goes by without a foraging excursion by our merry band of chefs. Periodically they can be found scampering perilously over slippery rocks or disappearing into a prickly hedgerow in pursuit of edibles, occasionally alarming passers-by and certainly winning some perturbed looks.

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Despite the occasional scratch, sting and the odd broken ankle (!), it’s a rewarding task. The immediate area yields some great finds; leaves, flowers and herbs which enhance dishes with their vibrant, fresh flavours and contribute to the Cafe’s push for sustainability and task of nurturing it’s stunning surroundings.

 

Fat Hen 1This spring, you can learn more about what the chefs look for, where they find it and how they use it during two very special Forage & Feast days. In collaboration with ecologist and forager Caroline Davey of The Fat Hen, these courses will highlight the diversity of wild food available along the coast in springtime. Cookery demonstrations will show how Executive Chef Michael Smith uses this bounty in adventurous and innovative ways, and guests will enjoy a feast of fresh flavours in celebration of their day’s efforts.

Forage and Feast – 11th and 25th March from 10am. £50pp including coffee and pastries, a two hour forage and a three course lunch. To book, click here.

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Participants will meet at the Café for coffee, before beginning their foray along the beach and coastal path. Botanical expert Caroline will guide the group through the secrets of harvesting delicious wild food full of flavour, whilst keen forager Michael will explain what his chefs look out for on their daily ventures as they gather plants, herbs and seaweed from their immediate environment.

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“This will be a great time of year to really get to grips with what the coast path and the beach have to offer for the wild food enthusiast” says Caroline, who will be looking out for things like Alexanders, Navelwort, Sorrel and Japanese Knotweed. “This day course is perfect for anyone keen to discover the amazing produce growing all around them, and how to use even just a small touch of foraged ingredients to transform the way they cook at home.” The courses have been timed for low-tide, so seaweed can be gathered and its uses explained.

Once back at the Beach Café, Michael will cook up a feast. Using the foraged ingredients to create a three course meal, participants will have the opportunity to see him in action, and learn about the techniques which bring those fresh flavours together. This late lunch will be served to the group in the Café, overlooking the beach.

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“We forage daily around Porthminster Beach at all times of year,” explained Michael. “That knowledge of the local environment has transformed the way we cook and this, along with our policy of using sustainable fish, reflects our interaction with the stunning setting of St Ives Bay. The Feast and Forage courses will be giving some of our secrets away, about where to find fantastic wild ingredients and how we use them in our kitchen.”

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Launching our ‘Signatures Menu’

We’ve created a new way to enjoy eating at Porthminster for the autumn and winter season. Find out more below, and don’t forget it’s easy to book online, so why not come and see us in St Ives?

Our award-winning Fish and Chips

Our new Signatures Menu was created for lunch and early evening, inspiring you to enjoy St Ives in all its glory and have a delicious, great value meal before heading home. It’s also a chance to try some of our favourite dishes for less. Starters include hearty, warming soups and our favourite – Salt and Spice Squid, as well as vegetarian dishes featuring delicious seasonal ingredients. For mains, as well as our famous Fish and Chips, you can tuck into Sticky Pork, Seafood Linguine or Sumac Spiced Goats Cheese Tart. If you’re holding out for dessert, why not try our Naked Chocolate Crème Brulee or a new season Apple Crumble with Lemon and Chamomile Ice Cream.

Two courses are just £17.95. Running throughout the autumn and winter, the Signatures Menu is available at lunch Tues – Fri, and dinner Thursday & Friday for tables booked up to and including 7.00pm.

Don’t tell everyone, but St Ives is stunning out of season!

Call 01736 795352 to check details or to talk to one of our team about your reservation.

Join the Porthminster Network!

New for this Autumn, we’re launching an exclusive subscribers network. Those who sign up will gain access to special offers and preferential booking for future events, as well as the latest news, competitions and even a glimpse of some closely guarded recipes from our kitchen. If you’d like to join the network simply click here and fill in the form, it takes less than a minute!

We’ve lots planned for the next few months, including a new ‘Signatures Menu’, Foraging & Cookery Classes, Wine Dinners and the long awaited release of a certain recipe book (schhhh….) so make sure you’re in the know!