Posted 8 June 2018 by Beverley Fuller
How much food do you take on holiday? Self-catering breaks are the perfect chance to sample local produce - and what a choice the Roseland has. Its fabulous pubs, cafes and restaurants are legendary and all our Cornish holiday cottages have well-equipped kitchens. You could even take a short cookery course while you're here.
How much you pack might depend on how, and how far, you're travelling. For self-catering holidays I usually bring store-cupboard basics like cooking oil and herbs and buy the rest locally or, if I'm not that organised, buy everything locally and leave the non-perishables in the cottage for the next visitors. I know some of you like to arrange a supermarket delivery in advance; for a large group or family, or if you're leaving the car at home, it's a good way to get the heavy stuff in. But I'm going to stick my neck out and suggest you don't get too organised or you could miss out on the wonderful fresh, locally-produced food of Cornwall.
No disrespect to supermarkets, but smaller shops and businesses have to compete and it can be difficult for them. Last year, for instance, we lost a favourite farm shop near Tregony. If you're a regular visitor to the Roseland why not take up the loyalty schemes offered by local traders, like the excellent butcher in Portscatho? And where better to buy fresh fish than on the sea-front?
Talking of Portscatho and food, it's becoming a real foodie-hub. The Plume of Feathers has won St Austell Brewery's 'new tenant of the year' award for its great beers and meals, while Portscatho Boathouse - a locals' favourite for coffee - is now open for the summer season from 9am-4pm for breakfast and lunch too. And the team behind the renowned Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick Beach, where the fresh food and ice cream are legendary, have now opened Tatams Wood-Fired Taverna on the sea front, serving hot soul-food like stone-baked pizzas, wood-fired kebabs and falafel... I'm getting hungry. Self-catering in Cornwall is the perfect way to try local food, so book your holiday cottage and tuck in!