English Wine Week – celebrating Cornish winemakers
Great Cornish Food
by Keren Cooksey
1M ago
Who’d have thought that this remote county in the far west of England would be as well known in some circles for its wine as it is in others for its clotted cream and pasties? Yet tucked amongst the winding lanes and windblown hills are a number of award-winning vineyards creating white, rose, red wines and Cornish bubbles that make perfect bedfellows for Cornish food. The trick, it seems, is to use the grape varieties that thrive in the Northern parts of Europe where the season is equally long and cool. You’ll fine Cornwall excels at clean, crisp whites and light reds. And of course, you’ll f ..read more
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Investment boost for Cornish food, drink, fishing and farming
Great Cornish Food
by Keren Cooksey
4M ago
From farming to fishing, fine wines to mature cheeses, land to sea, bean to bar… Cornish food and drink is rich and varied and renowned far and wide for its quality. But the industry is also facing headwinds in the shape of subsidy reform, the need to decarbonise, cost pressures and labour shortages. Here at the Great Cornish Food Store we are therefore incredibly pleased to be launching a major new project, funded by an investment of over £500,000 from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Programme. ‘Raising the Bar’ aims to build the strength, success and resilience of our local food ..read more
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Cheese of the month – November – Quicke’s
Great Cornish Food
by Keren Cooksey
9M ago
Every now and then we venture across the Tamar to Devon to supplement our range of fantastic Cornish produce. We do this only when the quality is exceptional and there is no Cornish product of equivalent type or quality.  Quicke’s magnificent clothbound cheeses, hand-made on their farm just outside Exeter, fall into this category because Cornwall, despite its fine collection of artisan cheesemakers, does not have a producer of traditional clothbound cheddars.   Every morning the Quicke’s herdspeople walk their grass-fed cows across the fields to the dairy, where the fresh milk i ..read more
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From South African succulents clinging to cliff faces to rose gardens at the tip of the county – Tim Hubbard talks to us about the Secret Gardens of Cornwall
Great Cornish Food
by Keren Cooksey
9M ago
Tim Hubbard’s first book ‘The Great Gardens of Cornwall’ focussed on the big estate and National Trust gardens that are famous in springtime when magnolias bloom and garden-loving visitors flock to Cornwall. His new book delves into the lesser known, ‘secret’ gardens in the county and the people behind them. “I wrote ‘The Great Gardens of Cornwall’ several years ago now and it was so popular it got redesigned and reprinted by Tormark. The Quarto/Frances Lincoln publishing house spotted the book and approached me about writing another book that celebrated smaller, ‘secret’, gardens which were n ..read more
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Let the Fun Be-Gin – blog from Mount Bay Distillery
Great Cornish Food
by Keren Cooksey
10M ago
Read on for a fun overview of all that is Gin, a blog post from one of our suppliers Mount Bay Distillery… Introduction… Gin, a timeless spirit that has captivated generations, continues to reign supreme in the world of mixology. This versatile and complex beverage, with its intriguing botanical profile, has delighted palates and become a cornerstone of classic cocktails. Join us as we embark on a journey through the rich history, production process, and diverse flavors that make gin a true liquid treasure. The Origins and Evolution of Gin… The story of gin traces back centuries, beginning in ..read more
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Celebrating Our Fantastic Fishmongers…
Great Cornish Food
by Keren Cooksey
10M ago
The importance of skilled fishmongers… THE IMPORTANCE OF SKILLED FISHMONGERS… Did you know that the first known use of the word ‘fishmonger’ was from the 15th Century? Meaning for centuries, fishmongers have been a central part of towns and villages around the country. Here in Cornwall, the early hunter gatherers would have found a diversity of fish and shellfish around our shores and, as time moved on, fishing became an enormous part of the Cornish way of life and economy. You can read more about the history of fishing in Cornwall here. Fishermen, fishing communities, markets and fishmongers ..read more
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St Ewe are attempting a world record and they need your help!
Great Cornish Food
by Keren Cooksey
1y ago
St Ewe Free Range Eggs are attempting a world record: The greatest distance to carry an egg in one week around the Cornish coastal path. To learn more or to get involved hop on over to the St Ewe social media accounts or visit their website HERE. For the week of the race, we will be donating £1 from every box of St Ewe eggs sold. So pop in store and grab your eggs if you can join the race itself ..read more
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Cheese of the Month – try something new!
Great Cornish Food
by Keren Cooksey
1y ago
Did you know we stock over 40 Cornish cheeses on our Deli counter? Each month we celebrate one of our amazing cheese suppliers as our in store Cheese of the Month and during the month we invite the cheese maker into the Great Cornish Food Store to offer a customer tasting session and we sample the cheese on our deli each weekend. The aim is to encourage our customers to maybe try a cheese they haven’t tasted before, learn a little bit more about the cheese making process and of course shout about our amazing suppliers. In April we are tasting Cornish Smuggler from Whalesborough Cheese. Cornish ..read more
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Valentine’s Tasting Day – 11th February – Loveday
Great Cornish Food
by Keren Cooksey
1y ago
Join us on Saturday 11th February from 11-2pm for a special Valentine’s tasting session with Loveday. We caught up with the wonderful women behind the brand and asked them a little about their thoughts on Valentine’s Day. Read on and then let us know what your favourite love song is in the comments! Why is Loveday called Loveday?  We chose the name Loveday for it’s rather gorgeous Cornish roots. In the Middle Ages, days of peacekeeping efforts between quarrelling regions came to be known as Love Days-  Leofdaeg in old English, so celebrated, often newborns were named after such ‘Love ..read more
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Christmas Tasting Days – week 1 Sunday – meet the suppliers
Great Cornish Food
by Keren Cooksey
1y ago
Our first Christmas tasting day was a great success with customers taking time to chat to our suppliers and tasting some delicious Cornish produce. Our next tasting day takes place on Sunday 27th November when we will be welcoming Chocolarder, Fowey Valley and Sarah and Finns. Let’s learn a little more about these wonderful Cornish businesses. CHOCOLARDER As Cornwall’s first bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Chocolarder have more than just one aspiration. They told us they want to focus on not only making incredible chocolate but also to do what they can for the planet. They do this by being&n ..read more
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