Local Food Heros

Local Food Heros

Tregida Smoke House

North Cornish family run business producing traditional Cornish Oak smoked Fish, Meat and Game. Two gold awards from Taste of the West for smoked mackerel and kippers in 2007, a Gold for their Oak Roasted Duck Breast and 3 Silver for Smoked Fish in the 2008 awards a Gold in the 2009 awards for Oak Smoked Kipper Fillets with 2 Bronze for Salmon and Mackerel.


Sargies is a small family run business based in Bude, North Cornwall. Set up by established professional chef Dave Sargent to showcase his delicious creations, Sargies are proud of their growing reputation and following, having sold their products successfully through farmers markets for a number of years, small but impressive range of hot puddings, seasonal desserts and hand piped meringues, all made using free range eggs, with no added preservatives or colourings.

Deli Charcuterie

Deli Farm Charcuterie were ready to start selling their Cornish Charcuterie at the end of February 2006 and 4 months later won their first award; each year since then they have collected many more Great Taste and Taste of the West Awards, including Champion Product with our Coppa Ham.

Our main ethos is to be as fresh, local and natural as we can reliably and safely be, using traditional curing methods. We do NOT use any artificial colouring, flavourings, emulsifiers or phosphates.

All our pork comes from a family run farm 20 miles away from us, where the pigs are kept from start to finish, pre stress slaughter is at a minimum as they have their own modern slaughtering facility. They grow a lot of cereals on the farm, which in turn goes into the pigs food – try and beat that for provenance! The beef, lamb and duck we use comes from our local butcher who only uses local meat and the venison is wild and from the West Country.

Helsett ice cream Their happy herd of pedigree Ayrshire cows produce more than enough thick organic milk for their wonderful handmade ice cream which is famous throughout the country and is sold by the likes of Harrods and Selfridges.

Extra milk goes into Helsett Farm creme fraiche, smoothies, yoghurts and cream. All their products are jam packed full of wholesome natural ingredients – ‘stabilisers’ and ’emulsifier’ are swear words in this family.

Everything is made in tiny batches for their elite client base of restaurants and delicatessens – so the farm will never be a rich one – they struggle by from one challenge to the next. Their equipment is old but loved. Their backs are a little bent. Their ice cream is heavenly. They are what farming used to be about and always should be.

Camel Valley

At Camel Valley, they’ve been producing award-winning, world-class wines in a beautiful corner of Cornwall since 1989. What is it that makes our wines so good? It’s really quite simple – an idyllic setting on sun-drenched slopes near the famous Camel River; excellent grapes that perfectly suit the soil and climate; a respect for traditional vineyard practices combined with a modern approach to wine making and, most importantly, a passion for creating wines that provide pure pleasure…

Cornish Yarg

Our nettle wrapped Cornish Yarg, winner of the Best English Cheese at the 2012 International Cheese Show, is young, fresh and creamy under its natural rind and slightly crumbly in the core. Hand made in round open vats, it is a genuinely artisan British cheese.

They collect the milk from their herd of Ayrshire, Jersey and Friesian cross cows, and from other carefully selected local farms who share our commitment to happy animals and healthy pastures. The curd is pressed and brined before being wrapped in wild nettle leaves that we forage from the Cornish countryside between May and September

Tregothnan Tea Plantation

“Tea is liquid wisdom” ~ Author unknown

Tregothnan is one of the very best tea regions in the world. Its cool climate and inimitable uniqueness is essential for the best of teas.

Tregothnan was the first place to grow ornamental Camellia outdoors 200 years ago and it is this expertise along with the unique Cornish environment that helps our tea bushes, Camellia sinensis, to thrive here today. Hidden behind the iconic kitchen garden door, which dates back to Plantagenet times making it the oldest remaining part of the estate, you’ll find the Camellia sinensis from which we made our first tentative tea experiments back in 2000.

The flora at Tregothnan has been managed intensively for many centuries. >From the 1840s it became a global hotspot for new innovations, and “the most introduced plants anywhere in the world now flourish in Cornwall” according to horticulturalist Philip McMillan Browse. The equable climate is moderated by the vast Atlantic Ocean before it hits the ten mile ridge of Cornwall.

The humid air loses its damaging saltiness and perfectly mimics the high foothills of the Himalayas.