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Locals secrets: Cornish Produce

This month in our Locals Secrets series we’re discussing the finest of Cornish produce. Forget the hype, the marketing and the masses, we’re talking about the incredible Cornish produce that only the locals know about…

For a bit of fizz…

Obviously everyone talks about Camel Valley and don’t get us wrong, it’s delicious! But we’re partial to a bit of Cornish fizz from the Penzance region: Polgoon! Polgoon produce award winning Cornish wines and ciders with a fair amount of choice when it comes to a tasty tipple! But our favourites include the original Sparkling Aval (a delicious dry sparkling apple wine), the Sparkling Aval Raspberry wine (so nice on a summer evening) and our ultimate favourite, the light and refreshing Sparkling Elderflower Wine!

For a bit of cheese…

So much choice when it comes to Cornish cheese but we’re fans of Collier’s Cornish Cheese. Handmade Cornish artisan cheese made from Cornish milk, Sue who makes the cheeses has earned awards at every farm she has worked, and they are well deserved! We love the Culow, a soft cows milk pasteurised cheese with a light fresh flavour!

For the meat lovers…

Well, we have to recommend Etherington’s, they’re the best butchers for miles! The Etherington Farm Shop in Wheal Rose, Scorrier is the last word in Cornish Meat and they also stock fruit and vegetables, jams, chutneys, wines, ciders and more! If you happen to be passing, try one of their pasties, they’re bleddy andsome!

For those who love a good cuppa…

We love a nice brew at Merchant House but we aren’t a teacup and a saucer kind of place! So although everyone loves Tregothnan (and it is mighty fine tea), we’ve been looking for something a bit less delicate! We discovered Smugglers Brew from the Cornish Tea Company and we love it! Not only can you purchase online, you can buy 3 months, 6 months or even a years worth – Add. To. Cart!

For those who want to go proper Cornish…

If you’re looking for the ultimate Cornish treat you’re going to want some delicious homemade scones. Now, not all scones are created equal (some are better than others). Our personal favourite are from a small bakery in Falmouth called Stones Bakery (that’s right, scones from Stones!) so if you’re visiting us this summer for 3 nights or more, we strongly recommend you make the most of your complimentary tickets on the Enterprise Boat and hop off at Falmouth Pier where it’s a short stroll to Stones for Operation Scone Stockpile. However, if you’re reading this at home and have no trips planned to Cornwall for the next few weeks (well, first of all check out our offers page because with offers as good as ours you should be booking a trip – you can stay Sunday with us for just £30 and be enjoying afternoon tea in Cornwall next weekend!) But if you really can’t then we suggest you check out The Cornish Scone Company for handmade Cornish scones delivered straight to your door!

For your best friend…

Because we care about dogs as much as people, we’re sure Fido would like a Cornish treat as well! We (Murphy) can highly recommend Paws for Cake dog biscuits. Hand baked in Cornwall with all natural ingredients, there are flavours such as Banapple, Cheesy Bones, Honey, Mackerel, Liver and Chicken. Of course, there’s Gluten Free too! Don’t worry if you’re not local, you can order them in the post and if you spend over £25 it’s free delivery too. Our favourite biscuits? The after-dinner doggy mints, they’re a must-buy!

So there you have it, our thoughts on the best Cornish produce from a locals perspective! What have you enjoyed on trips to Cornwall? Let us know and we’ll check it out!

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