MAKING THE MOVE TO CORNWALL: ST AGNES
PUBLISHED: 12:57 11 January 2015 | UPDATED: 13:13 30 August 2017
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Restaurateurs Adam Vasey and Nola Kinna made the move to Cornwall from London - and two years on they own one of Cornwall's favourite eateries in St Agnes
Restaurateurs Adam Vasey and Nola Kinna made the move to Cornwall from London - and two years on they own one of Cornwall's favourite eateries in St Agnes.
Adam Vasey and Nola Kinna returned home to St Agnes to fulfill their dream of setting up their own restaurant. Chef Adam is in charge of the food, while Nola works front of house. The restaurant, No.4 Peterville, was set up from scratch out of a former surf shop has become a foodie favourite. Adam was bought up in a kitchen - his parents are restaurateurs - but was at that time living in London, working in events management and Nola in music PR.
The self-styled Cornish Bistro favours a nose to tail style of cooking and makes the most of the fantastic local seasonal produce on its doorstep. Adam likes to mix fish and meat - 0ne of its signature dishes is Scallops & Pork Belly while their Panko egg and Cornish asparagus has become another winner.
'We moved back to set up our restaurant, No.4 Peterville,' explains Adam of their move back to St Agnes in early 2012. 'We took on the lease of our friends surf shop and built it into what we have now, pretty much from scratch. We looked at the possibility of setting up in London but it wouldn't have been feasible - plus we were ready to come back.'
They had always thought of St Agnes as home - but when it came to moving home - it happened fast.
'We'd been looking for somewhere to set up for about nine months but made the decision to take on the lease of the old Aggie Surfshop over that Christmas - by the end of January we'd moved back.'
The couple began by living with Adam's parents in St Agnes, escaping to Nola's mum's on days off - which allowed them to set up the restaurant without having to try and find rent. More than two years later and they are still there.
So what was the moment when they realised they had made their move to Cornwall work? 'When the restaurant's buzzing and full of happy people - that's a good feeling,' says Adam. But it wasn't easy - setting up the restaurant from scratch was a challenge, and having to move in with Adam's parents so=
they could afford to do it was also difficult. And advice to people thinking of moving to Cornwall? 'Shop locally and support the local community and most importantly remember your wellies!
No 4, Peterville Square, St Agnes TR5 0QU
no4peterville.co.uk / 01872 554245
Adam and Nola's Quick Kernow:
Favourite Taste of Cornwall: Can't beat a crocque monsieur from Chapel Porth cafe!
Favourite Beach: Chapel Porth / Nansidwell
Favourite Walk: From Durgan to The Ferry Boat Inn on the Helford River
Favourite restaurant: The Gurnards Head / Porthmeor Cafe