After winning a new Michelin star for his latest restaurant Nathan's Fish Kitchen in Port Isaacs, Nathan Outlaw now has 3 Michelin stars in Cornwall. He shares his West Country address book with Country Calling.
When and how did your love of the West Country first begin?
I used to come here on holiday as a child and fell in love with the place then. We used to come with a couple of other families and camp for 2 weeks. It was sheer bliss, playing hide and seek in the sand dunes, trying to stay upright on a surfboard in the sea and finding things in rock pools. Just what being a kid should be about!
Where in Cornwall do you most like to be?
My kitchens – any of them. I just can’t stay away from cooking! Alternatively, in bed – sleep is a luxury!
Where would you eat your last meal?
On the beach. On a warm summer’s evening. It would have to be freshly caught fish barbecued whole and eaten with my fingers. Messy but oh so good! Oh, and a lovely cold pint of Doom Bar to wash it down.
Best place for a campfire beach party? R
ock beach, of course!
Most romantic memory of the West Country?
I met my wife when I was working at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow. She was front of house and I asked (or maybe told?) her to get me a coffee. Her answer was pretty colourful and basically meant get it yourself! That was it, I’d fallen in love!
How would you spend a perfect weekend?
In a secluded place with no phone, no internet and with no way of anyone finding me; just something good to eat, my collection of cookery books and my music (as loud as I want it!).
Favourite Cornish view? Trevose Head – stunning especially when the sea is rough.
And pub? The Mariners in Rock, of course!
Can you share a hidden gem with us?
The Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn. Ben Tunicliffe is doing great things there. It makes perfect sense to have a pub serving only fish on a working quayside. I like Ben’s style of food. No mucking around just good flavours.