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Inside out - where we're eating this May

Published on May 5, 2015
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Join the Food team as we forage out some fabulous foodie finds from across the South West for you to explore this May

Beach Restaurant in Sennen, Cornwall

In the far reaches of Cornwall, chef Ben Tunnicliffe of the Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn is making a splash having taken over the Beach restaurant at Sennen. Expect family favourites and coastal classics at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove which has a stunning setting right on the sand (pictured).

Over near Helston, the Cadgwith Cove Inn has been quietly gathering a following since a fab refurb. Visit for simple food which makes the most of the day boat catch coming from Cadgwith’s fishermen.

Bravely taking on the established coffee and cafe culture around the Whiteladies Road area of Bristol, Brew Coffee Co makes food from scratch in its busy on-site kitchen and great coffee is taken seriously and served expertly. A favourite weekend brunch spot in the city, its homemade tomato relish served with the Brewfast breakfast is the best we’ve ever tasted.

Cathedral lounge at Abode Exeter

In the heart of Exeter city centre, Abode Exeter has re-launched with a fresh new look. We love the new style Cathedral Lounge with views across Cathedral Yard. It’s just the spot for afternoon tea.

The Roaring Twenties are brought to life in all their glam glory on June 13 at a fabulous summer ball at Saunton Sands Hotel in north Devon. Decadent dining from feasting tables, dancing to a live swing band and vintage cocktails are the order of the day. We’re especially looking forward to the Plymouth Gin gimlets and the champagne bar.

Steve Marsh and Max Savage of the Llawnroc Hotel in Gorran Haven

Making waves at the Llawnroc

There are exciting times ahead for The Llawnroc Hotel with new duo, general manager Steve Marsh and head chef Max Savage (pictured) on a mission to create something special at the boutique hotel in Gorran Haven on Cornwall’s south coast.

Bringing more than 15 years’ experience as chef and on front of house, Steve – who’s also one of the Cornish Chefs Club founding members – is working on glamorous plans for the hotel which he describes as ‘a little bit of luxury in the countryside’.

There’s also a genuine desire to involve the locals – the bar is being revamped and Steve is talking to people about what they‘d like to see at the hotel.

‘We’re in this for the long haul,’ he says.

His partner in crime – Max – (‘he’s got huge talent and is a really nice guy, so everyone will love him’) is already making waves with his Dine Your Way menu – a fabulously eclectic mix of childhood memories, modern gastronomy and amazing local produce.

The Llawnroc in Cornwall, photograph by David Griffen

Think vibrant colour, flavour and excitement. This is fine dining which has been refined right down to small dishes or sharing platters where, for example, you can pair a fine dining starter with the very best fish and chips, followed by eton mess for dessert.

‘If you do the classics they’ve got to be done right,’ says Max, so precision comes in the form of a Sunday roast cooked at exactly 54 degrees for three hours accompanied by perfectly cooked local veg.

As Max enthuses, this is genuinely about ‘breaking down the barriers and taking the seriousness away’. We fancy the scotch eggs and salad cream, and the jumbo prawns cooked in a hot pan with chilli, herbs and fennel. See you there!

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