19 delicious new Cornish products created in lockdown
PUBLISHED: 08:36 12 October 2020
From ‘posh squash’ to gin, roasting salt and ale, here are just a few great new things to sample in your kitchen.
Reducing food miles, looking for something bespoke or artisan – or simply wanting to support makers and local companies at a time when they need it: whatever your reason Cornwall’s Food and Drink industry is beginning to blossom again.
While many local makers, shops and eateries were badly hit by the Covid-19 restrictions, many also used the time to develop their business – adding new services that reflect the needs of our new way of living, improving online shopping and even developing a host of new products. Entrepreneurs have also taken the leap to creating new businesses using their restricted time to fulfil lifelong dreams.
At home, people in lockdown initially got more creative in their kitchens – families discovering a renewed love for cooking from scratch, trying new recipes and finding interesting ingredients… now we’re seeing this diminish a little – the trend appears to be moving towards people seeking restaurant quality food, or as near as, to eat at home, something a bit different. Confidence is not yet high enough for some to eat out for dinner as they once did – and social distancing has cut numbers of tables available – so now they are looking to treat themselves to tasty food prepared by others.
Cornwall has always been at the forefront of local business, with residents and visitors embracing all the tastes and designs that reflect The Duchy’s unique way of life- and fellow local business Cornwall Life applauds their endeavours. Happy shopping!
“Covid 19 has certainly brought many challenges to the British food sector, as has been well documented already,” says Ruth Huxley from the Great Cornish Food Store. “Farmers and fishermen, wholesalers, restaurateurs and retailers have all felt the effects in supply and demand extremities and a return to any form of status quo – or the new normal – will take some time. Lockdown gave many businesses, us included, the time to evaluate stock and product lines that we’d not had the chance to do before, and for artisans and producers to experiment with new ideas and make some of their ideas a reality. So it’s been a time for much creativity and innovation from a product development perspective and for us being able to stock new lines and new Cornish suppliers, as well as create a few new lines of our own.”
“It remains to be seen how the next phase towards Christmas plays out: as we head into the autumn, the nights are drawing in and the weather is cooling down so alfresco dining and socialising in gardens will drop off,” says Ruth. “One thing’s for certain: we’re all having to think on our feet… the world keeps turning and business have got to be prepared to pivot again at any moment.”
Pick of lockdown creations
Infused hard pressed oils made by Hard Pressed Cornwall. These are hand-crafted, cold-pressed artisan oils made from eight seed varieties and lots of natural herbs and spices. Use as a condiment as well as a cleverly-refined cooking oil.
Rosemullion Seafarers Gin. A new gin from the Rosemullion Distillery on the Helford. Made using a blend of botanicals found along the coast, and seaweed from the shoreline.
Aval Dor Cornish Sea Berry Vodka (limited edition). This vodka is flavoured with the juice of sea buck berries, grown within two miles of the Colwith Farm Distillery. Sweet on the nose with intense tropical undertones.
Chorrito Sauce Co – small batch, hot sauces born in Cornwall, UK. Clean, versatile, natural – lots of fire and flavour! We stock Jalapeno Apple Tequila, Chipotle Pineapple garlic, Habanero Orange Coffee, Yellow habanero Mango turmeric, and their ketchup.
Heli Gin from the Wrecking Coast Distillery, raising money for Cornwall Air Ambulance.
New coffee capsules from Origin Coffee (compatible with Nespresso machines) – decaf and house expresso (in addition to the larger ground coffee bags we already stock)
Two new flavours of rum to add to our Coyaba Collection. Coyaba Tropical Mango Rum and Coyaba Salted Caramel Rum
Cornish Country Cordials – proper squash! We stock a range of their award-winning small batch cordials, including new to the store in lockdown – Strawberry & Elderflower cordial
Tarquin’s have added to its wide range a Cornish Sunshine Blood Orange Gin, designed to be served as a spritz with sparkling wine and sparkling elderflower.
Tink & Booch – a new, ready to drink, pre-mixed gin cocktail in a can from Tinkture: Rose Gin and Apple & Elderflower Kombucha
Cornish Sea Salt – two new varieties of pinching salts… Roasting Salt (salt flavoured with onion, garlic, rosemary and sage) and Lemon Pepper
Verdant Beer – Uber trendy pale ales from Falmouth, and we stock two varieties: Headband and Lightbulb
Padstow Brewing Co – Four new beers since lockdown – Shallow End, 1881, Pocket Rocket, and The Smoke (beer, lager, pale ale, stout) all cans displaying fantastic edgy artwork designed by local artists (in some cases Falmouth Uni)
Keltek Brewery – new flavours in 330ml bottles including Beheaded, Pilot Gig, Phoenix and Reaper, and Swifties is back in store!
Woodman’s Wild Ale is supplying us with three new beers – Prima Rosa, Falifornia and La Vie en Rose – that come in 750ml bottles Stuart Woodman is a new supplier to us… based in Mylor, he forages the hops, seasonal wild plants and botanicals to make the beers
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