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Best Traditional Foods of Cornwall

Best Traditional Foods of Cornwall

The boutique hotels courtesy of Chic Retreats guarantee an unforgettable stay in one of Cornwall’s many idyllic villages and seaside towns. There is a lot to see and do before settling in for a luxury kip however, and a good place to start is by sampling the local food. A trip to St Ives or a tranquil picnic in the park is not complete without a taste of authentic Cornish fare. Here’s our pick of the time-honoured culinary treats in Cornwall that are not to be missed.

Saffron buns


These are an incredibly more-ish and simple treat in Cornwall, known for their delicate crumbly texture and vivid yellow colour. Saffron buns are typically a seasonal offering so if you don’t sample these treats on your trip, take the taste of Cornwall home and bake a delicious batch of souvenirs for the Christmas or Easter period. Saffron cakes and loafs provide the same great taste too using saffron strands and nutmeg.


Cornish yarg


Cornish yarg is a cheese with a unique flavour and is enjoyed by many people across the globe. Yarg’s distinctive flavour is down to its bizarre coating of nettle. The nettle leaf originally covered the cheese to prevent it from detoriatoring but it also lends to the unique, creamy texture and the flavour due to the nettle forming a harmless edible grey mould on the cheese. The unusual name given to this cheese is in fact the backwards spelling of ‘Gray’, the surname belonging to those who first introduced the recipe to Cornwall.


Stargazy pie


An iconic Cornish dish, the Stargazy pie is a quirky seafood offering, steeped in tradition. Folklore claims that fisherman in winter would bake a variety of fish into the pie to symbolise what they would hope to catch in the coming season and the fish heads that protrude from the top of the pie crust were supposedly proof of the fisherman’s catch. Today, Stargazy pie is enjoyed by locals in Mousehole on the 23rd December as part of the annual Mousehole feast.


Clotted cream


Clotted cream is the stuff of dreams for those with a sweet tooth (and even those without). Tea rooms and cafe’s up and down the country serve this up as part of afternoon tea and what better place to have it than in the place that made it famous. Whether you have it with tea and a freshly baked scone in a traditional Cornish tea room or in the form of a refreshing clotted cream ice cream on the beach, no holiday to the South West would be complete without it. 


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