35 Cornish food and drink gifts for foodies
PUBLISHED: 13:19 02 December 2020 | UPDATED: 13:23 02 December 2020
Great Cornish Food Store
Get the foodie in your life the perfect gift - a hamper of goodies from the best makers in Cornwall
Gift Box 1: Ultimate love and luxury £55
A truly scrumptious treat for those you love; this is no ordinary gift of sparkles and chocolates.
This is, in fact, a rare Blanc de Noir Brut from the Camel Valley Vineyard, made exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes harvested from barn field plot, next to the winery. Light, elegant and seductive, with a long finish, you’ll be hard pushed to find it in the shops. Great Cornish Food Store has matched this with 12 equally special, exquisite and individually-crafted Hand-made Truffles by I Should Coco from St Ives – each one very much a work of art. To share of course, but only if you must!
Gift Box 2: Gin lovers’ delight £70
For gin lovers everywhere, an exceptional trio of lively Cornish gins guaranteed to create some Christmas zing.
First up from the Great Cornish Food Store is Tarquin’s Cornish Dry: the original Cornish multi-award-winning gin, a contemporary take on a classic London Dry. Never leave home without it! This has been teamed up with a couple of lesser known, but equally impressive, Cornish beauties: Seafarer’s Gin, imbued with coastal botanicals in an etched bottle – a keeper, for sure – from the fledgling Rosemullion Distillery on Cornwall’s south coast; and the delicately-spiced Stafford’s Christmas Gin from Colwith Farm, Cornwall’s first plough to bottle distillery. Distilled with festive botanicals including fresh orange zest and using the farm’s Aval Dor potato vodka as its base, this is Christmas in a bottle.
Gift Box 3: Tasty Cornish Nibbles £35
This collection of tasty morsels is beautifully-balanced, and presented in a stunning black gift box. Slices of delicious air dried Beef Bresaola from Deli Farm Charcuterie, dry cured in a blend of salts, spices and herbs partnered with a jar of French-style Pork Rillettes from Cornish Charcuterie make the perfect match for the greenest of juicy Nocellara Olives marinated to perfection by the Cornish Olive Stall. Add moreish Mature Cheddar Snaps from Popti Cornish Bakehouse and the all-natural Hot Chilli Relish, hand-made in West Cornwall by Sarah & Finn’s and this collection becomes an easy throw together weekend grazing lunch or a platter of impressive appetisers for a get-together around a fire pit in the garden. None of the products requires refrigeration.
Gift Box 4 Classy Cornish Classics £35
Specially selected from some of our favourite finds, we bring you a flavour of Cornwall like no other. Tregothnan’s Kea Plum jam, for example, made with damsons found only in a single valley of about 20 acres on the banks of the Fal Estuary. Or Chocolarder luxury chocolate, made from cocoa beans brought to our shores under sail and delicately flavoured with gorse flowers from Cornwall’s wild headlands. Made in small batches just a couple of miles from Land’s End using local natural ingredients, Sarah & Finn’s Apple and Cider Relish is packed with favour, while Popti’s Cornish Bakehouse handmade Cornish Sea Salt Thins are an addictive taste of the ocean. Decadent organic Clotted Cream Fudge from Roskilly’s, and iconic Cornish Clotted Cream Shortbreads from Furniss put the finishing touches on a sensational Cornish Classic.
Gift Box 5: Spirits of the Sea £50
Get Christmas off to a hearty start with this fabulous Great Cornish gift box of rum. Morvenna Spiced Rum is a fresh, clear rum that’s made, start to finish, on the north coast of Cornwall. Only natural botanicals are used to deliver its warm flavour profile with hints of lemongrass, apricot and saffron. Rosemullion Gold Rum, in its distinctive decanter (one to keep!), is made on the south coast. Distilled from molasses and rested in charred American white oak barrels, you’ll find the sweeter notes from the spirit balance perfectly with slightly smoky notes from the oak. Both work spectacularly well with the all-natural, clean flavours of Cornish Country Lime and Ginger Cordial. Perfect for Christmassy cocktails or longer refreshing pick-me-ups!
Gift Box 6 Shaken, not stirred £55
James Bond, maybe not, but a suave Great Cornish gift set nonetheless. You’ll find delicious Dry Vermouth, created by combining the finest grapes from Knightor Winery with carefully-crafted herbs and spices for a classic aperitif, together with the multi-award-winning original Cornish Dry Gin from Tarquin’s. Put them together for a spectacularly clean dry martini or add the pure, natural flavours of the Strawberry and Elderflower Cornish Country Cordial for a cracking cocktail. Made for experimentation, on their own or in any combination, this drinks collection will deliver potent pick-me-ups, long refreshing drinks and fruity natural mocktails.
Gift Box 7 Keen Cooks’ Pantry £50
Central to this wonderful Great Cornish pantry collection is the small pot of exotic and perfectly formed Cornish Saffron from the Roseland Peninsula. The stamens in this pot of gold are grown, handpicked, plucked and dried on the family farm – a true labour of love, but the resulting intense flavour simply can’t be beaten. A tiny pinch goes a very long way.
You’ll also find not one but two pots from the range of signature Cornish Sea Salt. Renowned for its mellow coastal undertones, one comes spiced with four peppers, ready for pinching, the other is seasoned with wild seaweed for an umami hit, rubbed, stirred or sprinkled.
The small-batch Hot Chorrito Sauce delivers on fire and flavour. Its vibrant colour comes from the blend of fresh oranges with red hot Cornish-grown habaneros and Chorrito’s own coffee infused vinegar. Enjoy the bittersweet earthy flavour and mouth-watering long burn of the sauce in a magical harissa, or in dressings and marinades.
Fowey Valley’s Vintage Cider Vinegar is made from vintage Fowey Valley cider and aged for no less than three years. Unpasteurised, unfiltered and with no additives, this is a keen cook’s must-have – a splash will lift a multitude of dishes, hot or cold, savoury and even sweet.
Finally, the sensational Smoked Liquid Chorizo Oil from Hardpressed Cornwall – a classic, cold-pressed, multi-seed cooking oil that’s gently infused with paprika, garlic, and spices and then traditionally smoked over sustainably sourced wood to create a wonderfully realistic chorizo flavour (without the meat). Dip, drizzle and cook!
Order from greatcornishfood.co.uk
Ltd edition Aval Dor Christmas Pudding Vodka - £25 for 35cl, £39 for 70cl
Combining two of the best things, Christmas pudding and vodka. This limited edition bottle brings together award-winning Aval Dor Vodka with raisins, sultanas, fresh citrus twists, cinnamon spice and sloes. Better still, 10% of all sales will go to Cancer Research.
Ltd edition Stafford’s Christmas Gin - £25 for 35cl, £39 for 70cl
Award-winning Stafford’s Gin with a festive twist! Taking cinnamon spice, cloves, nutmeg, star anise and a generous helping of fresh orange peel, the festive flavours in this full-bodied gin are bought to the fore.
Gin Making Kit - £49 / £99
Give the gin enthusiast in your life their own Gin Making Kit from Cornwall’s first plough to bottle distillery. The Colwith Farm Distillery hamper comes complete with a 35cl bottle of their award-winning Aval Dor Vodka and seven botanicals to choose from, along with full instructions to help you craft your own perfect blend of gin. The kit costs £49 or pull out all the stops with the Deluxe version for £99, including a 70cl bottle of vodka and cocktail kit with shaker, stirrer and measure.
Order from colwithfarmdistillery.co.uk/shop