Posted tagged ‘Rock’

Archaeologists discover 100-year-old St Austell Brewery beer at St Piran site in Cornwall

March 22, 2014

Archaeologists unearthing the secrets of St Piran’s Oratory in the shifting sands at Perranporth, Cornwall have discovered a bootle of local beer more than 100 years old.


The green bottle of Walter Hicks ale from St Austell Brewery is thought to date from around the time of the encasement of the oratory in 1910.



Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw to open Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in Port Isaac in Cornwall

August 6, 2013

Nathan Outlaw has announced plans to open a new restaurant, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen in the heart of Port Isaac in Cornwall later this month.

With two popular restaurants at the St Enodoc Hotel in Rock, including his eponymous two Michelin star restaurant, as well as another in London which opened last year, Outlaw promises a different offering within the popular fishing village.


The restaurant is due to open at No 1 Middle Street, replacing the Harbour restaurant, run by chef Emily Scott and partner Jason Brain for the past five years.


Rock Oyster Festival in Cornwall announces 2013 dates

January 10, 2013

Organisers have announced that the fourth Rock Oyster Festival will return over the mid-summer weekend of Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June 2013.
Early bird tickets are now on sale for the family-friendly event which attracts thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the unique blend of food, music and arts.


Dates announced for Rock Oyster Festival

January 24, 2012

It is only January but the people behind the Rock Oyster Festival are already hard at work on this year’s summer event.

Get that down yer Gregory luv

Now in its third year, the festival on the Camel Estuary outside the recession-proof playground Rock boasts some of the most top-quality local seafood around.

I first went in 2010 when it was at its previous home, see what I wrote, or rather didn’t because I was enjoying myself and what I did with the razor clams I was given by a very nice man.

Anyway, the Rock Oyster festival 2012 takes place at last year’s venue, in the grounds of Dinham House, from Friday June 22 to Sunday June 24.

Discarding chaff about how the festival will “showcase some of the county’s best food and chefs, acclaimed headline music acts and a full programme of kids’ activities” here’s the lowdown.

Chefs: Stephane Delourme and David Sharland from Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant; James O’Connor from St Moritz Hotel; Tom Scade from Tides at The Mariners, Rock; Andy Appleton, head chef at Fifteen Cornwall; and star of BBC2’s Great British Menu, Paul Ainsworth.

Music: half a dozen alternative music acts from around the world, including Friday night headliners the Dub Pistols, who were voted the best live act of 2011 by DJ Mag, and the Mercury Prize-nominated band The Bees.

Ticket info: A limited number of discounted weekend early bird tickets are now available from the festival website, at the rate of £40 per adult, with under 17s weekend tickets priced at £10.


New home for Rock Oyster Festival

March 26, 2011

A boutique food and music festival is to move to a new venue on Cornwall’s north coast this summer.

Taking place from 17th to 19th June, the Rock Oyster Festival will bring together the best of Cornish food and produce, quirky music acts and family entertainment – and raise thousands of pounds for charity.

20110326-114210.jpgLast year’s festival

Event organiser Charlie Anderson said: “Last year the event was a great success, and we’re thrilled to announce that the 2011 festival will be held at a stunning new venue, Dinham House, right on the banks of the Camel Estuary near Rock.

“We’re a not-for-profit festival, and we raised over £4,000 last year for our nominated charities the RNLI and St Minver School. This year we’re delighted to be supporting Cornwall Hospice Care and The Army Benevolent Fund and really want to raise as much money as possible.”

The move to Dinham House affords organisers more space, and for the first time on-site camping will be available within the grounds.

The three day family-orientated festival begins on Friday evening with Circus Berzercus and Bentley Rhythm Ace Live.

Saturday and Sunday showcase oysters and seafood from top chefs including Nathan Outlaw (chef and owner at Cornwall’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant) alongside food stalls selling affordable local produce, and a hotly-anticipated oyster shucking competition between the chefs present.

The festival features some cult musical acts such as The Destroyers. Described by Q Magazine as a “15-piece polka orchestra led by a short grandad in a fez who talks like a pirate,” the gypsy jazz band will return to play the event on the Saturday night.

Said Mr Anderson: “We’ve also lined up an internationally renowned band who are jetting in all the way from New York for the Saturday evening headline slot. New musical acts, chefs and entertainment are being added to the website all the time so make sure you keep checking for the latest information.”

Helen Vincent from The Army Benevolent Fund said the money raised at the festival will make a real difference to the lives of ex-serviceman.

She said: “We are extremely grateful to the Rock Oyster Festival for choosing ABF The Soldiers’ Charity as one of its charities this year. The money raised from the event will be used to help soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need.

“This could be for adapting a house for a wheelchair or a walk-in shower, education bursaries, care home fees or respite breaks. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has seen a 30% rise in cases over the past two years and that need continues to rise.”

Tickets are on sale now from with a limited number of early bird weekend tickets available at £28. On site camping is also available priced £10 with spaces limited to the first 100 tents.


Razor clams, fresh from the sea

June 20, 2010

Apparently, the contents of this post has left me disinherited. Which is a bit of a shit.

Here’s why:

After spending a day guzzling oysters at the excellent Rock Oyster Festival and feeling rather bloated and good, I headed for home. In my bag, alongside beer and a notebook was nestled a bundle of razor clams. Locally hand-caught razor clams.

You don’t come across razors often – the chap I spoke to at Rock Shellfish said they are a bugger to catch in the local waters – a fact reflected in their price of £9 per kilo.

You’ll know them from your childhood – they’re what leave the tiny little holes in the sand – breathing holes while they lie safe(ish) under the surface.

And they’re great to eat – a good meaty flesh and plenty of it in each clam. So I decided to keep it simple eating them.

The squeamish might want to look away now: I know mussels are alive when you cook them but they don’t move -when I washed the razors under the tap they were moving in my hand. Luckily I am a cold-blooded killer and they were soon washed and laid out on a baking tray.

They went under a hot grill for a minute, which is enough to kill them and open their shells. If you have caught the razors yourself, once they are open you can clean them of any sand inside. Mine were already purified so I just flattened the lot out and added some garlic butter.

Two more minutes under the grill and they were ready. I served them up with some crusty bread but I suspect they’d be better with pomme frites, like mussels. And of course, a bottle of white wine.

Why has this simple dish left me disinherited? Well my mother is something of a seafood lover and she’s very jealous I got to go to the Festival and then have these when I came back. Tough break.


Not a bad place for a festival

June 19, 2010

As I write this I am prostrate on a small hillock, overlooking the Camel Estuary. Before me is the tents and stage of the Rock Oyster Festival. Copious of said bivalves are fighting for space in my stomach and in my bag is some slightly mental Cornish nettle beer, which I shall review another day.

I’m not going to say much now, the sun is shining and you’re probably all out now anyway. But take a look at the following photos – is this the best location for a festival anywhere?