On Tuesday 13th June we welcomed 50 extremely well dressed ladies, most of whom like to join us bi-monthly at our Ladies luncheon event. The weather was exceptional, and to the ladies delight arrival drinks were enjoyed outside on the South terrace whilst taking in the breathtaking view of the river.
Our very own High Sherrif of Cornwall, Sarah Coryton, started the proceedings of lunch with a loud blow of her horn which certainly grabbed everyone’s attention and within minutes they were seated in the dining room! Next up a two course lunch was served, usually in keeping with the seasonal, local produce available. This month’s menu saw Pork tenderloin, herb roasted potatoes, green beans, smoked lardons and wild mushroom Marsala sauce, our vegetarian option was a cumin & garlic spiced chickpea fritter with green beans, courgette and crème fraiche . For dessert there was a mouthwatering choice of elderflower and gooseberry jelly with ginger sorbet or earl grey Crème brulèe served with lemon shortbread.
As with every ladies lunch event, we invite a guest speaker to talk for 30 minutes or so. On this occasion we welcomed Rachel Hobbs proprietor of Cornish Wild Goose at Gooseford Farm and Founder of award winning Hobbs House Jams. Rachel gave a interesting talk about starting up her businesses and the different directions it has lead her. Rachel now lovingly restores old furniture and was kind enough to bring a re-upholstered and restored foot stall for our raffle, other prizes included a passion flower and Fowey Valley Vintage Cider. We hold a raffle at each event, the money raised goes to the guest speakers chosen charity. On this occasion we raised £192 which was donated to the British Heart Foundation. We had photographer Charlotte Dart to hand on the day, she has taken some wonderful photos which we have added to this post.
Our next ladies lunch event is to be held on Tuesday 8th August when we will welcome Dan Cox, Former executive chef at Simon Rogan’s Fera at Claridges, and L’Enclume in Cumbria. Dan has recently taken on Crocadon Farm, St Mellion where he plans to open an exciting new restaurant ‘like no other’ with interactions and food experiences, as well as a microbrewery. The farm will be run in partnership with Sean O’Neill of the Modern Salad Grower and Good Earth Growers. Together they plan for the 120 acre organic farm to grow the best organic produce possible, alongside this they will be rearing exceptional livestock. Dan will be preparing lunch, followed by a talk about his future plans.
To book yourself onto the next ladies lunch, please call 01579 350044. The price is £24.50pp for a two course lunch with a glass of wine on arrival. 12.30pm arrival for 1pm lunch. Menu to be confirmed.