summer sipping cocktails view the old quay house

Summer Sipping – Cocktails with a View

There’s nothing like enjoying a refreshing cocktail and watching the world go by in the sunshine.

The terrace here at The Old Quay House is one of our highlights, a perfect place to relax on a summer’s day. Stretching into the estuary, drink in the views, and a cocktail or two from our hand selected menu, order some snacks or nibbles before lunch or dinner, and you have the beginnings of a very special afternoon.

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Summer events near Fowey

There are some fantastic events happening in Cornwall this year, with a rich offering of cultural experiences just waiting to be discovered, and plenty of them are conveniently located very close to Fowey. We have rounded up our favourite summer occasions that must not be missed, with music, theatre, food and more drawing visitors from far and wide. If you’re attending an event and need somewhere to stay, call us on 01726 833302 and book a room.

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A refresh for our lounge area

With the help of the brilliant team at Brocante, we have just completed some lovely upgrades to our lounge area. The design was based on the feedback we receive from our guests, who wanted an area they could sit and read by the fire.

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Our highlights for Fowey Festival

Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature is celebrating its 21st anniversary from the 6-13 May with a huge range of events that are guaranteed to suit all tastes. The timetable is brimming with activities this year, including a brand new secret garden trail. Not forgetting the author that famously lived in Fowey and the surrounding area, there are plenty of Daphne du Maurier based talks and conversations too.

We’ve rounded up our highlights of the week, so read on to find out what mustn’t be missed… Read more

holiday guide - Rosevine Hotel - Fowey

A What’s On Guide to visiting in May

If you want to immerse yourself in a little Cornish culture on your next holiday in Fowey, then May is the perfect time. Whether through literature, art, food and drink or gardens, there’s no better opportunity than at some of the events listed here: Read more

Food Fight round one – a post-match report

Last month we hosted the first round of the Great British Food Fight – a culinary battle which sees our own head chef Richard Massey go head-to-head with Tim Pile, head chef at our sister hotel The Rosevine.

The second and final leg takes place at The Rosevine on Thursday 30 March, but before then we wanted to give you a blow-by-blow account of round one. Read more

Food Fight: The vital statistics

Our head chef Richard and Tim from our sister hotel The Rosevine will square up for culinary showdowns on 23 February and 30 March, cooking for packed restaurants across home and away legs at each hotel.

Each chef will prepare two courses at each hotel, before votes are cast and an ultimate champion declared.

With just under two weeks until the first bout, check out the vital statistics for each chef below.

Tickets for the events can be purchased by contacting The Old Quay House on 01726 833302 or The Rosevine on 01872 580206. Find out more here. Read more

The lowdown on Burns Night with our head chef Richard

On 25 January, our head chef Richard will be taking inspiration from his roots with a Scottish-themed menu in celebration of Burns Night.

Richard, who was born in Scotland and worked there for many years, has developed a seven course tasting menu of Scottish classics, with whisky pairings.

We had a chat with him about Burns Night and what guests can expect… Read more

Roast pumpkin velouté, poached duck egg

Our talented head chef Richard Massey has shared a delicious recipe with us, for roast pumpkin velouté with poached duck egg.

This meal is perfect for vegetarians who are looking to impress their friends or family with a simple yet tasty dish for a cosy winter evening. Read more

Christmas Markets

There is nothing quite like a good old Christmas market to get you in the festive spirit. With lots of local produce, crafts and drinks suppliers in Cornwall, there is plenty on offer all over the county. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite markets and fairs in or around Fowey for you to enjoy over the Christmas break.

1. Macmillan Christmas Fair, Eden Project, 17 November

Hosted in the sparkling Eden Project Kitchen, the Macmillan Christmas Fair will be kicking off the festive season in the biomes. Tickets will be available in the Eden Visitors Centre on the day from 10am at a price of £10, not including lunch. The fair will feature an abundance of stalls with plenty of gifts and home accessories, clothing and jewellery, and the finest produce in the county. Eden’s ice rink has now reappeared and will be available to enjoy until the 19 February.

2. The Cornish Winter Fair, Wadebridge, 19 November

For a slightly different take on a classic Christmas festival, head over to Wadebridge for their annual Cornish Winter Fair. The free event is hosted by the Royal Cornwall Events Centre and over the weekend families can experience Cornish farm life and learn about local agriculture. There are opportunities to milk a (mock) cow and groom a pony, as well as plenty of Cornish food and drink producers on hand to help you with any Christmas shopping and selling gifts from around the county.

3. Padstow Christmas Festival, 1 – 4 December

Cornwall’s largest food festival is going into its ninth year and is set to be better than ever with famous chefs visiting from all over the country to demo in the seaside town. Padstow will be hosting a traditional Christmas market throughout the weekend, as well as a a Santa fun run, lantern parade and impressive fireworks display. With big names like Tom Kerridge, Nathan Outlaw and Fern Britton making their way to Padstow this year, as well as our sister hotel’s head chef Tim Pile, from the Rosevine, it’s definitely not a weekend to be missed. Entrance is free and donations to local charities welcome. Find out how to make Tom’s chilli beef and flat bread crisps here, which he will demonstrating at the festival on Sunday 4 at 12.45pm.

5. Fowey Christmas Festival, 9 – 11 December

The second weekend of December is when Fowey becomes host to festive entertainment, food and drink and lots of stalls with unique Christmas gifts. The various festive activities can be found throughout the town and in Fowey Sports Hub, with a bus running between the two. From 5 ’til 8.30 on Friday 9 December there will be festive entertainment, including Santa himself sailing into town, along with a lantern parade.

6. The Lost Gardens Christmas fair, Heligan, 10 – 11 December

For an extra magical Christmas fair, soak up the festive atmosphere at the Lost Gardens of Heligan on Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 December, between 10am and 4pm for their annual fair. Heligan’s ethos for supporting and showcasing local businesses is strongly felt at their Christmas Festival, with over 70 stalls offering food, drink, crafts, jewellery and more. Plenty of mulled wine will be available for tired shoppers and you can even order your Christmas turkey for the big day. Entry for local pass holders is £1 and £2 for everyone else, including entrance to their gardens.

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