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Unbelievably Stunning Walks In Cornwall | The Kitchen by the Beach Cornwall

Walking is one of the most popular things to do in Cornwall, and for good reason. There are so many gorgeous places in this corner of South-west England in which to immerse yourself, whether you want to wander by the waves and along clifftops or head deep into the countryside with its moorland and wooded valleys. Check out our guide to the best Cornwall walks, in spring, summer, autumn and winter alike.

 

 

Magwan Porth–St Magwan (circular path)

Starting from the former Saxon settlement of Mawgan Porth, home to The Park Cornwall and The Kitchen by the Beach, it’s an upriver walk towards Retorrick Mill, crossing into the Menalhyl Valley then taking woodland paths to Windsor Mill. Reaching St Mawgan, you’ll cross the River Menalhyl to reach a medieval church. Afterwards, return to Mawgan Porth via the Vale of Lanherne with its wildflower- and wildlife-rich meadows. In spring, this is a great place to pick wild garlic.

Watergate Bay–Porth (circular path), 4km from The Kitchen by the Beach

Glorious Atlantic views (and sunsets if you go later in the day) await those who follow the coastal path between the surfing beach of Watergate Bay north of Newquay and the charming seaside village and cove of Porth, once a small ship-building port.

 

Near by walks – drive up and park, discover the great walks around:

Luxulyan, 11km Drive away from The Kitchen by the Beach 

One of Cornwall’s most compelling former industrial sites, this tiny village of granite cottages tucked away in a wooded valley with moss-covered granite boulders and a rushing river is maintained by a local charity. There’s a viaduct over the Par dating from the era when trams and trains ferried minerals through this valley for export, plus overgrown gear wheels – remnants of the one-time water wheel.

Camel Trail (Wadebridge–Padstow section), 19km from The Kitchen by the Beach

Best known as a cycle route, this flat 9km path takes you along a former railway line along the River Camel and has gorgeous views over the estuary. Reward yourself with a fishy feast from Stein’s Fish & Chips on South Quay.

Lanhydrock Respryn Ramble (circular walk), 32km from The Kitchen by the Beach

The National Trust’s Lanhydrock estate with its ancient woodland and plentiful wildlife is the venue for this lovely walk from Respryn car park, taking in delightful scenery along the River Fowey. Don’t miss the cosy café with its log-burner – perfect for winter walks.

Cardinham Woods, 37km from The Kitchen by the Beach

With walking trails ranging from from easy routes for beginners to steep valley climbs rewarding you with fabulous views, this green spot is perfect for stretching your legs as well as for picnics.

Bodmin Moor, about 38km from The Kitchen by the Beach

The wildest and least-populated part of Cornwall is wonderful for rugged hikes, with marked routes taking you between granite tors and past moorland ponies. Don’t miss Golitha Falls with its spectacular cascades and waterfalls along a section of the River Fowey.

Kennall Vale Nature Reserve, 39km from The Kitchen by the Beach

This pretty woodland is of great importance both archaeologically and from a wildlife perspective. Once the site of a gunpowder factory, it’s now dotted with granite ruins swathed in moss that make a walk here feel like a proper adventure. Along the way you may spot dippers as well as unusual and rare species such as the greater horseshoe bat.

 

Tehidy Country Park, 39km from The Kitchen by the Beach

West Cornwall’s most extensive area of woodland has more than 14km of paths threaded through 250 acres, with lakes to explore en route and plenty of enticing picnic spots.

 

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When and How to Organise Your Office Party: Tips from the Experts

If you’re asking yourself when might be the best time to organise your Christmas office party, then know that there’s no better time than now, especially if you have a popular venue in mind.

Office parties can be the butt of jokes and, if we’re frank, the opportunity for a good cringe. But if they’re well organised, they can be a great opportunity for colleagues to get to know one another a bit better and to bond over Christmas jumpers in a relaxed atmosphere.

As experts in hosting Christmas parties, we’ve pooled our collective wisdom to offer you our tips on making your Christmas party memorable for all the right reasons.

• Fix the date
It’s imperative you do this as early as you can, or at least send out a ‘save the date’ notification while you get organised. Not only do the best venues book up way ahead – December is a very busy month for everybody, and unless you set the date long in advance, you risk many of your colleagues being booked up with school plays, other parties and festive commitments of all kinds. A shared calendar or online poll such as Doodle can help you fix on a date that suits the majority of people.

• Set your budget
It’s only when you’ve finalised how much you have to spend that you can make the decisions that follow.

• Choose a venue
While your office or workplace may seem like the path of least resistance, in reality it’s easier and far more pleasant to organise an event and socialise together outside of your work environment. Your colleagues are also far more likely to be themselves outside of the office, where they tend to remain ‘in role’.
As to the style of venue, avoid very unusual spaces in favour of classic environments such as restaurants and bars that make everyone feel comfortable and relaxed.


• Decide on food
Whether you hire a caterer or go to a restaurant offering a special Christmas menu, outsourcing food and drink takes a lot of the pressure off party organisers, not least when it comes to how much of each is required and the stress of potentially running out of either on the night.
Remember also that many people will face the prospect of eating several traditional Christmas roasts with all the trimmings several times over the festive season and will probably appreciate a more innovative approach. Check out The Kitchen’s 2018 Christmas menu.

Let the experts do it for you. Christmas party nights at The Kitchen by The Beach are a time to don the party frocks and/or the Christmas jumpers and sample delicious food in a festive atmosphere. Our festive parties include a two- or three-course meal (£22/£27pp), crackers, streamers, party hats and maybe even an appearance from our family of goats dressed up as reindeer…

For more information or to book your office party at one of the best restaurants in Cornwall, call 01637 860594.

Beach BBQ Ideas: Have the Best BBQ Ever

Nothing speaks of summer more than a barbecue on the beach, but as with all BBQs, advance preparation is needed if your al fresco experience is going to be a roaring – pun intended! – success.

If you’re gearing yourself up for your first barbecue of the summer holidays, read some of the best beach BBQ tips and ideas to kick off barbecue season with a swing, courtesy of one of the top restaurants in Cornwall.

• Think about your ‘menu’ in advance. Seafood works best by the sea: great fishy treats that turn out great on the barbie include grilled sardines and mackerels, salmon parcels, marinated cubed white fish on skewers (great in tacos) and prawns (perhaps on skewers, depending on size). If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could even barbecue mussels, wrapped in a foil package. Otherwise, burgers, sausages, steaks, lamb kofta and chicken ‘lollipops’ are all reliable bets, while for veggies easy things to prepare in advance include halloumi and vegetables (peppers, courgettes, aubergines and cherry tomatoes) on skewers

• Don’t forget about sides. Bring tupperware tubs with favourite dishes that can be served cold: some of our favourites are flatbreads, garlic bread, potato salad, corn on the cob, stuffed olives, dips and Greek salad. We also love baked mac and cheese, made at home and put into metallic takeaway-style containers to reheat on the grill. Having plenty of snacks and sides means there’ll be something for people to munch on while waiting for batches of food to come off the grill.

• On the other hand, don’t be overambitious – beach BBQs should be about simplicity and having fun by the sea and in the fresh air, not stressing out about pulling off an elaborate meal outside the kitchen.

• It sounds obvious, but making sure your chosen beach allows barbecues should be your first step, otherwise you run the risk of having to up-sticks in a hurry.

• Spend some time finding a barbecue grill that’s large enough for your family or party but compact enough to bring to the beach without hassle, as well as one that cooks evenly to avoid everyone having to eat in several stages. On the other hand, remember the cardinal rule of barbecues – to shuffle items around as needed by placing the coals on one side so you have a very hot area and one without direct heat.

• Decide whether you’re better off with a charcoal or gas grill. Many beach BBQers prefer gas for its consistent flames, especially when there’s a sea breeze and charcoal can be hard to get lit.

• Overcome the problem of bulky sauce bottles by decanting the likes of ketchup, mustards and mayonnaise into smaller tupperware containers or even bringing the kind of small sachets that you find in fast-food restaurants. This goes for salt and pepper too.

• Make sure to have an efficient coolbox in which to store food while you’re getting your barbecue to the right heat – as well as to keep the beer and home-made lemonade (a brilliant summery thirst-quencher) cold!

• Bring more water than you think you will need. Barbecuing itself is thirsty work, but even those just enjoying the beach need constant hydration and no one wants to have to go off in search of extra supplies.

• It’s easy to overlook the basics, so make a check-list in advance of essential tools and other items you will need, from oven gloves for holding tongs and fish slices/spatulas to napkins and olive oil to baste your grills. And always stay by your barbecue, both for safety reasons and for the best cooking results.

• Don’t forget about the entertainment – easily portable beach games such as bocce or petanque, volleyball, beach cricket, frisbees and kites can make an al fresco lunch or dinner into a day out. Other things you might want to bring are fold-up chairs, beach umbrellas and kids’ pop-up tent shelters. And don’t forget the beach towels.

• Make sure to clear up after yourselves, especially if you’ve used disposable plates, cutlery and napkins – bring a couple of rubbish bags to take away with you. If you’ve used charcoal and are leaving it in a bin, double-check that the coals are fully extinguished. If you want to be eco-friendly, bring proper plates and cutlery and rinse them under a beach shower.

 

Enjoy your beach barbecue – but don’t worry if you don’t pull it off this summer. Come to our restaurant and let us do all the work for you right by Magwan Porth, one of the best beaches in Cornwall!

A Taste of Summer at The Kitchen by the Beach

Long summer days are all about relaxed dining and making the most of fresh local produce, including seafood. Or at least that’s the ethos of The Kitchen by the Beach, where head chef Michael Corbin – of South African origin but now very much a local –insists on the freshest locally sourced and often hand-picked ingredients for his dishes. These range from classic fish and chips to green chicken curry.READ MORE

Cocktails by the beach

We love a cocktail here at The Kitchen by The Beach, so much so that we have our own cocktail menu for you to enjoy, wherever possible using Cornish ingredients and spirits.

If you’re struggling to decide between your mojito and your piña colada, we thought we’d share some interesting info about your drink of choice…

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The Kitchen strengthens its environmental commitment

Here at The Park we take our commitment to protecting our environment seriously. Here’s a press release of our latest initiatives…

 

The Park has recently signed up to The Final Straw, a local campaign in Cornwall encouraging people to stop using single use straws, and now provides biodegradable straws instead; but it hasn’t stopped there with a range of environmentally friendly measures.READ MORE

Michael gets a grilling

We were lucky enough to catch Michael between mealtimes to discover what makes him tick.
How long have you worked as a chef?
15 years
What’s your favourite thing to cook at home? BBQ.
I’m in a kitchen so much that it’s nice to cook outdoors.

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Head Chef Michael joins the Kitchen

A perfect opportunity to begin a new venture presented itself to our head chef at The Kitchen by The Beach, Michael Corbin, during a chance encounter in Mawgan Porth.
The experienced chef was in the village with family and decided to pay a visit to one of his favourite local venues – The Park.

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