There’s something special brewing at Driftwood Spars in St Agnes, so we spoke to owner Louise Treseder to find out what
Earlier this year, Driftwood Spars’ landlady Louise Treseder (pictured) travelled with her executive chef Terry Adamson and chief brewer Pete Martin to Belgium to check out this season’s trends in beer and food matching and cooking with beer. The research trip has paid dividends with a number of enticing new initiatives being launched at this a family- and dog-friendly bed and breakfast near Trevaunance Cove beach.
Join the club
Firstly, there’s the new Driftwood Spars Beer Club, which will have its inaugural meeting on August 5. (There’ll be no agenda because the idea for the first meeting is to find out which beer and food activities the club’s new members want to learn more about.)
Earlier that same day, Lou and her team will host their first-ever Cooking With Beer workshop, where the boutique brewers will introduce participants to some of the creative and innovative cooking with beer techniques they’ve been perfecting since their trip to Belgium.
‘We’re showcasing is the real versatility of beer,’ she says. ‘But you have to know what you’re doing. If you cook with, say, a really strong bitter, that bitter taste will transfer to the food, and that’s not what you want. We’ve worked out which beers to cook with plus which dishes they work best with, and we’re looking forward to sharing that knowledge with our customers.’
Although Lou doesn’t use the term “craft beer” for her own cask and bottle brews, she does accept the pub is gaining a reputation as a really good boutique brewery – and the whole team is enthused about building on that foundation.
Cooking with beer
The kitchen makes a number of beer inspired foods, including a Driftwood Spars apple and ale chutney and a breakfast spread play on marmalade called ‘marm-ale-ade’. New beer and food dishes on the Driftwood Spars menu includes mussels cooked in beer with fennel and finished with cream and Lou’s own favourite, the new trio of beer ice creams.
Driftwood Spars, Trevaunance Rd, St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0RT