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Nathan Outlaw: My West Country

Nathan Outlaw: My West Country


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.

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