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Food Foraging Breaks

Something new for the truly adventurous gourmet.

Do you know your wood sorrel from your Cornish round leaf mint – how about wild borage from pennyworth? The Old Quay House has teamed up with the Wild Food School in Lostwithiel to introduce a quirky, but popular package of luxury accommodation and wild food foraging.

If you’ve never done this before then you’ll be amazed at just how much fun it can be learning about wild ingredients and gathering a selection for the pot. Thai hedge garlic fish curry, lentil & ramsons soup, borage sambal & rice, sloe gin, even dandelion coffee, the list is endless.

Foraging for wild food is the complete counter culture to supermarket homogeneity and uses new skills to find seasonal, nutritionally rich and interesting ingredients for free. It is a totally immersive experience exploring sheltered stretches of the River Fowey, nearby country lanes and the forest floor of our local deciduous and evergreen woodlands. As the seasons change so too does the wealth and availability of edible wild plants.

Trips are led by food historian and wild food aficionado Marcus Harrison whose interest in wild foods stretches nearly 40 years after he discovered the fascinating World War 1 book – ‘Wild Foods of Great Britain’ in 1971. Over the years Marcus has developed his natural intuition and knowledge with information gleamed from medieval manuscripts and rare 16th-19th century books.

Our Head Chef will then invite participants into his kitchen for some impromptu cooking. You might learn how to use wild greens, (think sweet violet leaves, ground ivy and wild strawberry), prepare nutty-flavoured acorn tagliatelle, create a Thai-style Oak Forest Curry or assemble salads from the young leaves of oxeye daisy, wild spinach and sorrel. Whatever you find (and then cook), a morning with Marcus will leave you smiling and inspired to go foraging whenever you can.

Package details:

Two nights accommodation with breakfast, dinner on one evening and half a day’s foraging starts from £445 per room (based on two people sharing). Please telephone 01726 833302 for more information on future dates.