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A round-up of Cornwall's best feast nights

There’s no doubt Cornwall’s quickly becoming one of the UK’s number one foodie destinations.  

With chefs like Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw making Cornwall the home of their flagship restaurants, it’s now the ‘it’ location for some of the nation’s best seafood and fine-dining venues – all set against an ocean backdrop. 

But what you might not know is that, away from the spotlight, Cornwall’s hospitality industry is booming, finding new and innovative ways to tempt the diners in without the need for big names.

And one of the ways they’re doing it? With feast nights! 

This growing trend is all about one-off foodie experiences, often involving communal dining or dedicated menus, at sites that aren’t always open for evening service. 

So, from historical gardens to iconic beach locations, here are the best feast nights happening across Cornwall in Summer 2022

Nancarrow Farm, Truro 

The courtyard at Nancarrow Farm becomes a bustling hive of laughter and activity during this special feast night, where guests are encouraged to mingle and sample the rustic menu from the wood-fired kitchen. 

With long rows of tables, meet new people and catch up with old friends over hearty plates of seasonal produce – all to the sound of live folk music as you feast. 

In fact, these events are held throughout the year, with guests able to warm up by the wood burner in the oak barn through the cooler months. In summer, though – and weather-permitting – furniture is hauled outside to the courtyard where food can be enjoyed in the evening light. 

Find out everything you need to know about the latest events here. 

Canteen at the Orchard, Newquay 

Feast nights held at Canteen at the Orchard encompass everything that’s special about being in the heart of the community, with events that celebrate field-to-fork in its purest and most honest form. 

Held outside (weather permitting) amongst the very produce that will be served on your plate, enjoy three courses of good, hearty food cooked by the Canteen team, often with a special guest in tow. 

Menus are revealed on the day but the chefs promise bold and exciting flavours, with drinks available from the bar. 

Tickets are limited, so keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page for all event updates.

Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of Cornwall’s most celebrated historic attractions – which makes their summer feast nights, dubbed ‘Lost Suppers’, all the more exciting. 

These evening events are all about celebrating the produce on our doorstep, encouraging guests to think about connections between people and land.

Whether it’s talking about the growing problem of food miles, or celebrating the rare breeds raised on Heligan’s own grounds, the hosts hope to spark conversation about food in a way that’s often overlooked. 

The menu is never published beforehand as it’s written after the gardeners have listed what’s available or what’s in season for the big night, which makes this event ingredient-led – but, don’t worry, for those who don’t eat meat, be safe in the know that five out of the seven courses will always be vegetarian. 

Book your feast night here. 

Held in the Heligan Kitchen Conservatory, doors open at 6:30pm and guests can enjoy a welcome drink upon arrival – with a touch of live music to keep the atmosphere flowing. 

A weekend getaway 

Whether you’re feasting from near or afar, make a weekend of your special night out with a stay at one of our idyllic Cornish venues. 

To start planning your getaway, click here for Lewinnick Lodge, Newquay, or click here for The Plume of Feathers, Mitchell.