Here at Barnwell Cottage we know how important a holiday with the whole family is, including our beloved canine companions.
Christmas is just around the corner and we’ve been dressing Barnwell Cottage for the season’s festivities. The Village of Cubert, where our coastal cottage is located comes life at this time of year, our favourite country walks are laden with crisp, frosty leaves, from the mild morning frost that crunch under foot and the coastal paths are peppered with holly leaves and cheery red berries- you may even find a sneaky sprig of mistletoe!
This week at Barnwell Cottage the owner of the independent Barista; The Jam Jar cafe’s talented baker Jess, visited Barnwell as part of her “Kitchen Tour” series for her up and coming blog. Jess is passionate about Kitchen interiors and bakes fresh homemade cakes to serve in her bustling Newquay cafe everyday. Her Kitchen tour is a celebration of inspirational kitchen interiors and to share her top recipes with her readers.
We were so pleased Jess chose to bake her twist on the traditional mince pie recipe during her stay at Barnwell Cottage and are thrilled to share the photos with you. Her Bakewell Tart Mince Pie recipe is available on her blog Jam Jar Cafe, this was perfectly timed with our festive decorations that were just being dressed for our Christmas guests, this year our decorations were from Bon Bon Fistral - an independent clothing and homeware boutique on Fistral Beach one of the top surfing beaches in the UK and just a 5 minute drive from Barnwell.
In her blog Jess explains her love of open plan living and kitchen areas, “As a huge amount of my time is spent each day in the kitchen, baking for The Jam Jar, there is something extra special about feeling part of the social areas within the house. My stay at Barnwell Cottage meant I could be part of the social antics whilst still baking, I loved that Barnwell is a dog-friendly homestay as even my puppy Mack could be part of the fun!"
A big thanks to Jam Jar Jess for sharing her photos and delicious recipe.
We look forward to greeting our Christmas 2017 guests and to meeting more visitors to Barnwell Cottage in 2018!
To begin the Barnwell Cottage blog, we had to start with a recommends post on one of our top places to dine, as keen foodies ourselves, theres nothing we love more than spending an evening with good food in an idyllic setting.
The Fish House in Newquay has a picturesque outlook over Fistral Beach, from this panoramic viewpoint you can let your mind wonder as the hustle of beach life happens all around you. When the swell is working watch endless wave riders enjoy catching sliders at the pinnacle surf sport North Fistral, this is the furthest point up the beach and where the wave creates its best shape - encouraging the top riders of this challenging sport.
As you browse the menu and sip on crisp white wine or local Cornish ales the friendly staff are happy to offer recommendations and advise on their specials board. The fish is locally caught and fresh from the days catch, the open plan kitchen invites you to meet chef and owner Paul Harwood who is inspired by this exceptional location and this is evident in the exceptional flavours he creates in every dish. My personal favourite on the menu has to be the Indian fish curry, Paul cooks this dish to suite your spice levels and the fish of the day varies based on the local market.
Across the horizon is Pentire Headland which is famous for watching sunsets and overlooking Crantock Beach, during Spring and Summer the sun sets right in front of The Fish House and on a clear evening you might even spot the green flash lighting up the horizon as the last dot of light illuminates the ocean.
We recommend booking in advance as this popular restaurant gets booked up fast throughout the summer and weekends. You can call The Fish House on 01637 872085 or visit their website: https://www.thefishhousefistral.com.
Do let us know how your time at The Fish House goes and your recommended dish.