The Hidden Hut was a big part of my childhood growing up. Many summers were spent on Porthcurnick Beach on the Roseland, Cornwall building sandcastles and eating ice cream. The Hidden Hut was then, just that, a hut serving ice lollies and cold drinks. Fast forward 30 years. The Hut is now owned by Simon Stallard and Jemma Glass and has been transformed into a gorgeous spot where you can while away time eating freshly cooked soup and feasting on homemade cakes. The Hidden Hut is tucked away along the National Trust coastal path near Portscatho and St Mawes and offers tranquil views where you can’t help but switch off. It is one of my favourite spots made even more special as Portscatho is where my Mum grew up and visits to my Grandparents equalled fish and chips, rock pool exploring and spending days barefoot. The Hidden Hut caters for gluten free diets – hoorah! Many of their soups are gluten free and can be served with gluten free bread. They also have gluten free cake. The team at the Hidden Hut recently brought out a book featuring lots of their recipes.
I received a copy on Christmas Day and within a couple of days I had made one of their soups. Sweet potato and chilli. Super simple, incredibly tasty and it was so bloody good to get some veg back in my system after the Christmas overload!
Next up is the chowder which I plan to do this weekend! Even the recipes that are not gluten free can be easily adapted. Most cookbooks I own often sit on the shelves gathering dust but I am sure this won’t be one of them.
I was craving a simple toasted sandwich whilst shopping in Truro on Saturday. Nothing fancy, perhaps just ham and cheese. A sandwich that most people that can ingest gluten will maybe take for granted. Since being diagnosed with coeliac disease believe me I never take a humble toastie for granted! 🙂
More cafes that ever stock g/f bread now and Emily’s is no exception. Emily’s is a gorgeous little cafe with lovely outdoor seating for warmer days. We were lucky to grab a table as town was teaming with Christmas shoppers and the weather was miserable. I ordered a cheese and chorizo toasted sandwich and I was very happy when it arrived. Now, this was a proper toastie. Not limp and cheese properly melted.
Saturday lunchtime fix complete!
Plus, I also completed my Christmas shopping – winning!
Yesterday Portscatho hosted its annual regatta. It happens every year on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday weekend. Each year it seems to get busier. When I was a kid it was more of a locals event when holidaymakers to the tiny village were not as prevalent. This was, however, many years ago and the village is packed each year with holidaymakers flocking in to experience the day.
The day starts early with stand up paddleboarding races (SUP) followed by children’s races on the beach and the very competitive sandcastle competition (we didn’t win – boo!). On the lugger you have a few stalls, a band playing and people milling around soaking up the sun and simply enjoying the atmosphere. I particularly loved the Sea Shanty singers, Du Hug Owr, who sang a few shanties during the afternoon. The day wraps up with the Flora dance followed by a band playing into the evening outside the local pub, The Plume of Feathers.
We had to head back to Truro early evening and thought we would grab some food before heading off. I had heard word that Tatums Taverna could do g/f pizza. We popped in to check this out, the word in the village was right. Very happily perched on a long communal table (loved the decor) I chomped my way through an amazing g/f pizza. Think thin and crispy, perfectly topped and full of flavour. The crusts were perfect dunked into aioli. To top it off you have a picture perfect view. Now, bad blogger, that I am I failed on the photo front so you will simply have to take my word for it and go check them out. I have, however, included a few photos from the village which is a perfect pitstop with or without pizza – let’s face it though, cheese makes everything better.
Happy Bank Holiday peeps.
Hubbox has taken gluten-free eating to a new level. It is pretty easy to grab a g/f pizza these days and even a burger (yay, no breadcrumbs) but deep fried chicken? Now you can, if you live near a Hubbox that is. Hubbox is a buzzy, friendly restaurant with lots of options for those dodging the gluten train. Think fries (dirty fries at that), onion rings and fried chicken. Their fried chicken is coated in a gluten-free flour mix, which makes life so much easier. They do g/f wraps rather than buns, which I much prefer as it makes the dish a little lighter. It is a little tricky not to go completely overboard when you arrive but after a few visits, I have learnt to reign myself in as my eyes are generally always bigger than my belly.
The staff here are always friendly, laid back and happy to answer any questions making the whole thing so much easier. There are a few Hubbox’s dotted around although I love my local one in Truro as it is based in an old church so a little different.
I must apologise for the photos as they really don’t do the food justice. Just take my word for it and go grab a table.
Now, if they could just make their nachos gluten free…
I realise I have blogged previously about Kynance Cove back in my Cornwall blogs a few years ago but if one place deserves more stuff shouted about it it’s this place. I love Kynance Cove. I had a friend visiting from London a couple of weekends ago and while pondering over what sights to show her Kynance was easily top of the list. Kynance is located on the west side of the Lizard peninsula and when you see it you will soon understand why it is a designated Area of Natural Beauty. It takes your breath away. Parking is in a National Trust car park (currently £4 but about to go up to £5 any day if you are not a member) and there are two ways to get down to the beach; one for the less able or for those with buggies.
Perched above the beach is a gorgeous little cafe which has outdoor seating with the most amazing views. Take a pew here and you will feel a million miles away from everything and any stresses you might have I promise won’t stick around. If things couldn’t get any better they always have g/f cake and it is never the normal ones you find. One time I went they had the most amazing apple crumble cake. On this occasion I went for avocado and courgette cake – odd it may seem but it was amazing!! Sat outside chatting away with my friend I felt incredibly lucky to be able to live in such a stunning county where people return time after time for their annual holiday.
If you find yourself in Cornwall make sure Kynance is top of your list.
Fig cafe is a lovely space in Lemon Street market and considering it is steps away from where I live I had never investigated what their gluten free offerings if any, might be. An overdue catch up with a friend changed all this last week. We grabbed a seat and I checked out the menu to see if I was going to be able to have anything other than a good old jacket potato. The sandwiches looked awesome and I discovered they had gluten free bread! I am finding out that more and more places are stocking gluten free bread, which is brilliant news. A few years ago it was nigh on impossible to sit and have a gluten free sandwich in cafes. Fig cafe was a beautiful spot to sit and have a catch-up, the space was airy, bright and fresh. The staff were super friendly and the place felt really chilled. I think I have found my local hangout. I didn’t check out if there were any gluten free sweet options but will make it my mission next time.
Awesome cheese, tomato and ham toastie.
After several weather warnings, snow arrived in Cornwall yesterday. Historically Cornwall really doesn’t see much snow so you can imagine the chaos that ensued. Roads were gridlocked, schools were closed and it felt like the city of Truro went into shutdown. Ok, snowmageddon it might not have been and exaggerate a little I might but you get the drift. One thing is for certain, the coast in the snow is beautiful. The photos of the Minack Theatre and Sennen Cove emerging online were stunning.
Being self-employed I am lucky enough to be able to work from home so I decamped to the sofa and watched the snow fall from the warm. By the time the afternoon came around I was craving something sweet so whipped up a batch of Deliciously Ella cookies. I found this recipe online after I listened to a podcast of Ella chatting to Yoga Girl. I can’t envisage moving to a plant-based diet although a recent tummy bug and the general feeling of wanting to feel healthier is drawing me towards purely vegetable-based meals even if just once or twice a week.
These cookies were the easiest things to make, I don’t own a food processor but found them easy enough to whip up in a big bowl with a wooden spoon. After no more than 10 mins prep and 20 mins in the oven, this was the result.
I don’t imagine these will last long 🙂
I have lived in Cornwall for almost seven months and have so much to explore. Despite visiting this stunning county countless times since I was a baby there is still so much to see – I have now made a list and am working through it slowly but surely. My list seems to be growing too, especially when I stumble across bloggers based in Cornwall giving me new ideas. St Nectan’s Glen is one of those places. I had never heard about this little gem until I read Kernow Surfgirl’s blog, which is amazing incidentally. St Nectan’s Glen is about an hour’s drive away from my home in Truro and we decided to head out there last weekend. For once the weather was kind to us and the sun decided to come out (the rain has been relentless over the past few months) which felt awesome. We parked at the little car park and walked the mile up to the waterfalls. It was a stomp that I would highly recommend, just make sure you take your wellies. St Nectan’s Glen really is breathtaking, it was incredibly tranquil and you felt a real sense of escapism from the world.
Above the waterfalls is a beautiful cafe that only opened last year. Big windows, a comfy sofa by a wood burner and g/f carrot cake. What an amazing way to end a Sunday.
Friday night we hopped on the train to Falmouth for an impromptu dinner and date night. It had been a long week and a spot of wine and some comfort food was called for. We looked at our options and decided on the Chain Locker, largely because the boy fancied a burger and it had gf and gfo plastered all over the menu – fine by me! Chain Locker is situated on the quayside and had it not already been dark it would have been a great view. In the summer you can eat on the balcony – mussels and chips al fresco when the sun ventures out – sounds good to me. The Chain Locker is part of the St Austell Brewery and has recently undergone a refurb and it looks great. You have a bar downstairs and a restaurant above. At the very top, there is accommodation.
There was loads on the menu that I could have and it was tough to make a decision. I wanted to opt for the classic burger but unfortunately there was a mistake on the menu and the burger contained breadcrumbs. Darn it. I went instead for the Cajun Burger which turned out to be a good choice. The portions were huge and I struggled to devour all of my chips – generally never a problem for me so that tells you how big the portion sizes were. Thick cut chips, perfectly seasoned chicken with a nice dollop of coleslaw on the side. The burger came with a g/f bun which was a nice touch as you often don’t get this. It was bustling in the restaurant so it seems that this place is a popular option.
I am thinking it could be a good shout to re-visit for lunch one day, keen to see what the g/f option is for a ploughman’s.
Let’s hope the sun shines a little more over the summer than it did last year in Cornwall and with any luck we can bag ourselves a sweet sunny spot on the balcony.