Cornish tipples you need to try

PUBLISHED: 11:31 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:31 08 May 2018

Cornish tipples. Picture by Thomas Martinsen

Cornish tipples. Picture by Thomas Martinsen


The Duchy is packed with talented brewers, distillers and winemakers. Here are seven Cornish tipples you should try

1. Castle Brewery

Situated next to the River Fowey this Lostwithiel local brewery is in the heart of Cornwall. Established in 2007 but now owned by Theo Corfield, it has stayed small but brews beers with a big taste, using the latest technology. It’s SIBA member and Assured Independent British Craft Brewer. Cask beers like ‘Golden Gauntlet’, ‘Once A Knight’, ‘Cornish Best’, ‘Moat Mild’, ‘Stuggy Stout’ and ‘Lostwithiale’. Also, seasonal beers using elderflower, sloes, root ginger and Castle Brewery’s own fresh green hops. All cask and bottled beers are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

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2. Curio Spirits Company

Discover the curiously distilled, award-winning Rock Samphire Gin from Curio Spirits and dare to take a sip of the sublime. Made with Cornish Spring Water and quadruple distilled with natural botanicals including hand-foraged rock samphire from the Cornish cliffs this tantalising spirit is smooth enough to drink neat! Cornwall Life readers can enjoy an exclusive 10% off online orders using the offer code cornwall10

3. St Austell Brewery

When it comes to tipples, you can’t get any more Cornish than St Austell Brewery home of the South West’s favourite beer for over 165 years. Tribute, the brewery’s flagship pint, is deliciously balanced pale ale, synonymous with sport across the region but there’s a beer to suit every taste, brewed and bottled on site at the company HQ. Korev Cornish Lager, Proper Job IPA, Mena Dhu stout and a host of specials from the small batch make St Austell Brewery well worth a visit.

4. Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard

Polgoon is an award-winning vineyard and orchard in Penzance, Cornwall. Polgoon produces a range of artisan wines, ciders and soft drinks using traditional methods. Started by a husband and wife team John and Kim Coulson in 2004, this family business is producing wines and competing on a world stage. The wines have a distinctly fruity and contemporary taste to them with the range including a couple of sparkling’s whites, rose and a red wine.

5. Trevethan Gin

A smooth fragrant London dry gin made using traditional methods. The gin recipe was created by Norman Trevethan who was inspired by his visits to London in the roaring 20’s, at a time when craft was about rural people recreating city products. Norman invented a unique and truly Cornish gin from local hedgerow ingredients and family recipes. Norman epitomised rural ingenuity and creativity in a time before the word ‘craft’ was fashionable.

6. Skinner’s Brewery

Skinner’s Brewery have been brewing award-winning ales in Truro since 1997. From our best bitter Betty Stogs, to multi-award winning pales like Lushingtons and Porthleven. Why not visit the brewery, take a tour and the beers being made, and have a tutored tasting in the taproom?

7. Haywood Farm Cider

If it’s an authentic Cornish cider farm you are after, Haywood Farm is the place for you! Located in the beautiful Allen Valley, near the village of St Mabyn, the Bray family have farmed this idyllic spot since 1919, but it was Tom Bray who first propagated, and planted the 3,5000 apple trees that make up the 18 acres of orchard at Haywood Farm. There is a shop on the farm where you can sample and buy excellent quality, traditional cider straight from the barrel. They also stock local cheeses which you can take away or enjoy at Haywood with a glass of cider of their fantastic apple juice. Tom also hosts orchard tours which are followed by a seemingly never ending cider sampling session accompanied with local cheeses.

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