Well, its hardly cold enough for that is it!

So, just a quick reminder that we are doing a late Burns Supper tonight at 7.30, with a simple menu of haggis and all the trimmings and a couple of sweets. This all helps Mike readjust to the rigours of working three nights a week, having been lounging around for the last month.

Nigel has been keeping warm in Australia and other points east, so will regale you at the bar with tales of derring do……or something similar.

We are nearly full on Friday night and are already full on Saturday night.

More news of happenings and events to follow soon!

Hope to catch up with you all soon too.

Mike, Nigel and the team

It seems we have been sabotaged at the club. The ansaphone system has been creaking, but our very own René Artois, no relation to Stella, has saved the day and he, Nigel, assures me it is now working properly again. So please accept our apologies should you have been trying to get through to us.

We are now operating our normal winter schedule of being open from 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Plenty of space this weekend, so if you missed out last week, now is your chance!

I have begun to tweak the winter menu with a couple of new dishes this week and we are experimenting with some new sweets tomorrow so watch out for changes there!

Nigel and I have put our thinking caps on and looked at the calendar to squeeze in a few events over the coming weeks: see details on this page.

Hope to catch up with you all soon too.

I promise no political comment, so the title of this email has nothing to do with yesterday’s election result. It is simply that the end of December now looms large and that becomes a turning point for us as we will be closed for the greater part of January. Tom and Ant are off to India this weekend with their family, so we won’t see them until the New Year and Nigel will be spending New Year’s Eve in a London airport hotel before jetting off to a smog filled Sydney to visit his daughter, Imogen.

No such foreign travel for me this winter. I just have to content myself with travels of a culinary nature, seeking out interesting food from all over the world. One such journey has led me to the cooking of Selim Kiazim, a Cypriot chef running two very sucessful restaurants in London. You may have seen her as both as an entrant and a judge on The Great British Menu. I have taken one of her dishes as inspiration for a ‘Cauliflower Platter’ on this month’s menu. Smothered in a Turkish chilli paste, roasted and served with a lemon and sumac dressing. I have added to this a cauli cheese croquette and a nutty roast cauliflower puree. I just hope the current wet spell does not ruin what is usually a fantastic Cornish winter crop.

I have been tweaking desserts for this month as well, so have a look at the menu below.

We have tables available both this evening and Saturday. Getting filled up towards the end of the month, so book soon to secure a place!

We will be opening on Thursday 30th January with a slightly belated Burns Supper of traditoinal haggis with all the trimmings, so please let me know by email if you would like a table.

Ant and Fran will be running a ‘Frantic Friday’ supper on the 10th, 17th and 24th of January.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel and the team.

Mike and Nigel will be away for most of January and will be opening again Thursday 30th, Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st Feb 2020.

HOWEVER

Frantic Fridays will be back with Fran and Ant in the kitchen and me behind the bar.  We plan to open on three consecutive Fridays in January 2020.  It will be cash or cheque only as we can’t use the card machine.
Friday 10th, Friday 17th and Friday 24th of January 2020, details to follow in the New Year.

I know, I know. It is only the 21st November, but it is eveywhere! Mince pies have been on sale since August, the street lighting is in place in Penryn and Falmouth and it won’t be long before I am wobbling on the top of a ladder trying to hang the lights on the ever-growing cherry tree in the front garden. Xmas is coming!

There is however, a good reason to mention the X Word at this point in time – planning. Many of you will be planning your Christmas breaks, family coming and going, friends turning up out of the blue and you might not want to spend all your time entertaining at home. So that is where we come in, stepping into the shoes of the Christmas elves for a few moments!

We will be open as usual on Thu 19th, Fri 20th and Sat 21st. During Christmas week, we are closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (Thu 26th), but open on Fri 27th, Sat 28th and, in addition, on Sunday 29th. We will also consider opening on Monday 23rd and Monday 30th if there is sufficient demand from you guys. So if any of these additional dates are of interest to you, please let us know and we will definitely open if we have 10 or more customers on each date. Also happy look at other dates in December for office parties of 10 to 28 people!

Next week’s wine tasting on Thursday is fully booked. Kick off at 7pm prompt, with beef ragu lasagne being served at the end of the tasting, around 8.30pm. Any non meat eaters please advise Mike in advance. Thanks.

Last week’s Curry & Quiz night was a great success, so many thanks to all for your participation. A couple of people have asked me for more information on the dishes I cooked. I will post a link to the recipes shortly (once I have looked into any copyright restrictions!)

We have a few tables available today and Friday, so please pop in or give us a ring. (Full on Saturday)

We will be closed for the month of January 2020, re-opening on Thursday 30th.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel and the team.

That can only mean one thing! It is Curry and Quiz Night next week. Actually it means a little more than that in terms of how I approach the food we offer in the restaurant. I am sure that some of you will have noticed that there are often dishes on the menu from the Middle East, the eastern end of the Mediterranean as well as from the diverse cuisines of the Far East. I am fascinated by the variety of styles of cooking, the amazing range of ingredients, and the constant flow of interesting writers and practitioners of culinary arts that we have access to in the UK. Within all of this I have to work out how to work with those cuisines in a practical way within the confines of a small kitchen with a comparatively low turnover of customers. It does not stop me from looking!

On a recent flight back from Boston with Helen’s aunt in tow, I spent a couple of hours perusing the new book, East, from Meera Sodha, born in Lincolnshire to Ugandan Indian parents (seen in the Guardian on a weekly basis with her column on vegan food, although she herself is not a vegan). It is a fascinating study of vegetarian dishes from all over the Far East, but principally from India. I am so taken by it that I am tempted to only present vegetarian dishes at next week’s Curry and Quiz Night………I am still thinking about it! If I do so, I can assure you that you will be pleasantly surprised.

On the menu at the moment, I have an adaptation of one of her dishes based on a South Indian tomato curry which is proving to be very popular. Cooked in a tamarind and coconut sauce, served on a freshly cooked puri, it gives a delicious sweet and sour finish to the last of the season’s tomatoes. I am working on a new lamb dish this week as well as an interesting dish from Marcus Wareing (he of Masterchef, the Professionals) which uses goyza wrappers to make ravioli. I managed to find some of these thin wrappers in an Asian supermarket on my way back from Heathrow. If anyone knows where to find them in Cornwall, I would love to know!

We are now open from Thursday to Saturday each week. We will also be open on Sunday 29th December and have a large party booked already on that date, so please bear that date in mind if you have family down for Christmas. We will be closed for the month of January 2020, re-opening on Thursday 30th.

We have a few tables available this weekend, so please pop in or give us a ring.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel and the team.

Definitely a little bit of autumn creeping up on us along with the earlier sunsets, giving a real feeling of something changing. And it is that time of year as we ease ourselves out of the summer routine and I look at changing the summer menu into more seasonal choices.
Although I love cooking and serving my version of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Lamb Shawarma, it is a grabber of time and space, so it will slip quietly away to be replaced with a dish I found last year. This spiced lamb and aubergine fatteh is a rich warming melange of Middle Eastern spices , lamb and aubergine with crispy chickpeas and flatbread, the latter giving its name to the dish.
We are still using produce from our own gardens, with the tail end of summer gluts of courgettes from Nigel, my ever abundant rhubarb and gifts of aubergine and cucumbers from kind customers making their way into various dishes. Look out for fresh Seworgan figs poached with Amaretto on a slice of banana loaf – yum!
We have struggled to maintain our usual supply of spider crab meat this summer so this is probably the last week to sup on a dish of crab linguine with garlic and chilli.  Other dishes will be changed or tweaked over the next couple of weeks and I will post changes as and when the yhappen to the website.
We are open this week from Wednesday to Saturday.
We have tables available all weekend, so please pop in or give us a ring.
Hope to see you all soon
Mike & Nigel and the team.

Well, that last week flew by! We made a flying visit to London for my lovely niece, Eva Rose’s wedding which was a great do. Just before we heard about the wedding plans we had booked a short break away in Bordeaux with Nigel, Debs and Helen. So back from London on Saturday, evening service, then off to Bristol airport early on Sunday morning, to arrive in sunny Bordeaux mid-afternoon. What a lovely city it is too! We walked our feet off, sometimes even knowing where we were going, and had a couple of interesting ‘deviations’ on the way.

As a result of all this travelling, I have barely changed anything on the menu this week, so will be looking at that more next week, at which point I will have decided on whether to go ahead with a brunch at mid-summer or not!

We have tables available all weekend, so please pop in or give us a ring.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel and the team.

When merry lads are playing………so goes the old folk song. It is almost tempting to draw parallels with the comings and goings in Westminster…….but no, the month of May is more important in the culinary calendar as we now have the asparagus season in full bloom, new potatoes are arriving and crab and other shellfish start to appear again.

So, shrugging off a few of the more wintry menu items, I have made a few menu changes this week. Asparagus from Splattenridden Farm in Lelant – you couldn’t make up that name if you tried! – is served with a toasted slice of Da Bara focaccia and wild garlic mayonnaise.

Crab from Kernowsashimi, on the other side of the Helford river is served in a classic and simple dish of garlic and chilli in olive oil. I believe this dish originated in the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, home of the famous Harry’s Bar. You can enjoy this as a starter or a main course.

A recent article in the Times featured recipes from Jeremy King’s Wolesley restaurant in Piccadilly in London, and I was particularly taken by the baked vanilla cheesecake, so you can now sample that in the slightly less elegant PNYC yacht club! If you are feeling even more indulgent, then you will have to go for my triple chocolate (gluten free) brownie served with salted caramel icecream from Moomaid of Zennor, dressed with a little salted caramel sauce.

Diary note: we will be open for dinner on the last two Wednesdays of this month, 22nd and 29th May, as well as normal openings between Thursday and Saturday.

There are no big events planned for this month, but I am looking to run another of our famous brunches around the time of mid-summer. More details to follow shortly.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel and the team.

Well, in my book, there is only one darling bud of May and that is English asparagus. It has been around for a couple of weeks from the sheltered Wye Valley, but this week has seen the arrival of the Cornish crops. A little thick at times for my liking, but I can live with that. Married to a vibrant green mayonnaise flavoured with wild garlic, I can think of nothing more spring like.

The weather is always a major factor in determining what produce is available and with fairly frequent storms off our coast, fush stocks have been very erratic recently, so we may see alterations to the menu on an almost daily basis.

Given the swing in the weather again this weekend to a cold northerly breeze, I am keeping the heart warming duck confit with shallot and pomegranate sauce and the pork belly and cannellini bean dishes on for at least this weekend

I have been doing work on new dishes for the summer menus, so watch this space…..but not quite ready yet.

There are tables available all weekend, so pleae drop me a line or call the club if you would like a table.

There are no big events planned for this month, but I am looking to run another of our famous brunches around the time of mid-summer. More details to follow shortly.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel and the team.

Well, what a week! With storms raging across the Atlantic and as the stormy scenes in Parliament continue to roll on, I feel that we need some stability in our lives. I am therefore voting for gradual change in order to not rock the boat. I had a conversation with one member last week where I suggested that I might remove a popular dish from the menu and was told, in no uncertain terms, that that would not be a popular move……..So, most of the current selection of winter warmers will keep their places, unlike some of our illustrious MPs.

I have made a couple of menu changes with the introduction last week of a slow cooked pork belly dish, served with cannellini beans and cavalo nero, and I have dropped the mushroom and walnut samosa this week, in favour of a traditional lamb and mint samosa. The vegetarian dishes in the starters selection were beginning to dominate the world, so I have redressed the balance a little!

Plenty of room on Friday and Saturday, so please give us a call if you would like a break from the Brexit debate!

Nigel is braving the weather to come in and help out this evening when we open, so if you want to say hello to him, this is your chance!

The inaugural PNYC Annual Quiz Night takes place next Thursday, 21st March. Tom Ellemann is co-ordinating this event and we have 5 or 6 teams already. Teams of 4 people will compete for the prestigious trophies at seven o’clock and will then have supper around eight o’clock. I have quite a lot to do for this event, so I must know before Monday please, if there are any non-meat eaters in your team. There will not be an option to change your mind on the night, and I will not be preparing any extras on the night!

The Port Navas Yacht Club Brunch on Sunday 31st March to celebrate the change to British Summer Time, and Mother’s Day is pretty chokka, but there are a couple of early (10.30 – 11.30) tables available. Please book early to avoid disappointment!

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & the team (&Nigel)

Ah, how that opening song from the Morcombe and Wise show resonates this week! Beautiful is not the word for Cornwall on a warm spring day. There were builders on the roof of a house in Port Navas today working in shorts, no shirts….Not something we are likely to see in February very often. Sadly, tomorrow is bringing memories of Gene Kelly and “Singing in the rain!”! Ah well…………..

We are open as usual from Thursday and I have decided to knock the One Pot Wonders on the head for this season. I will only do it if we have a special evening event, of which more later.

There will be a couple of menu changes this week. I found a really nice duck confit recipe in the Guardian last week which I will finish cooking tomorrow, so look out for ‘Duck leg confit with shallot and pomegrante sauce’ (courtesy of Mr Ottolenghi). I am also tweaking desserts this week, hoping to do a new season rhubarb fool, and something gluten free involving chocolate!

Plenty of room all weekend, so do pop down if you can…..no sun, just rain to complain about!

Future diary note: we are planning to run another famous Port Navas Yacht Club Brunch on Sunday 31st March to celebrate the change to British Summer Time. It also happens to be Mother’s Day in the UK!

Before then, Tom wants to do the PNYC Annual Quiz Night, date to be decided, which will revolve around a curry supper and teams of willing quizzers. Watch this space!

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & the team (& Nigel)

For all the romantics amongst our members and friends, the news is good. As Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, we will be open with a full menu on February 14th, so no tempting one pot wonder that evening. As tables are limited, and I assume most of them will be booked by couples, please let us know early if you wish to dine that night, thanks.

Nigel will not yet be wielding his bow and arrow in lieu of Cupid, but is now at home managing very well on crutches. If he has not responded to your kind messages directly it is because he does occasionally struggle with technology, so I am hoping he will spend his time at home fruitfully! No, seriously folks, many, many thanks for asking after him this last week or so. It is much appreciated!

The menu is slowly evolving in these quieter weeks, so there may be a couple more changes by the 14th.

Plenty of room all weekend, so do pop down if you can…..no snow, just rain to complain about!

Future diary note: we are planning to run another famous Port Navas Yacht Club Brunch on Sunday 31st March to celebrate the change to British Summer Time. It also happens to be Mother’s Day in the UK!

Hope to see you all soon
Mike & the team (&Nigel)

Not, sadly, a bit of a bop on the wharf, but rather where Nigel will find himself this week! He is due to go into hospital on Friday morning for his first knee replacement operation. I am sure you will all join me in wishing him well for the op and as comfortable and speedy a recovery as possible. He will be out of the frame for about six to eight weeks, but is threatening to come and plonk himself at the end of the bar in order to direct operations! Fat chance of that happening if Helen is in charge!

Thursday’s temptation this week will be a sweet potato and smoked haddock curry – Kerala style with a rich coconut sauce. Please book in the normal way!

The menu has been tweaked a little with a new plaice dish using pequillo peppers and artichokes (Jerusalem) replacing the hake. I am looking for a new lamb dish as well so watch this space!

Plenty of room all weekend, so do pop down if you can…..no snow, just rain to complain about!

Hope to see you all soon
Mike & the team (&Nigel)

The bar and restaurant is going strong.  Your support to keep it going all year round is much appreciated.  After years of cricket-abuse, Nigel is going to have a new knee fitted early February so you might see me behind the bar for a couple of nights over the first few weeks of February, filling in as a temporary replacement.  

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all members, customers and friends of Port Navas YC Bar and Restaurant. We thank you for your support and encouragement over the last 12 months ….and of course your patience when we’ve been fully booked in the busy months. We are open next week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 27th – 29th December and have  good availability for tables on all three days at the moment  – hope to see you then if only for a drink in our luxurious cocktail bar. 

January is actually looking quite good fun. On Friday January 18th we host the PNYC Racing supper with crews from the three PNYC affiliated boats, Black Dog, Rebecca and Juno. 

Friday January 25th is Burns Night and rest assured McSween’s haggis will feature on the menu, we recommend you book early.  

Nigel now has a date for his knee replacement operation in early February so we intend to stay open Friday and Saturdays, and will make a judgement call on Thursdays if the demand exists to be open.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel

As I sit writing this at home, the sparrows in the garden don’t know whether they are coming or going! In and out of my neighbours eaves, they seem to be nesting again in the warmer weather, presumably convinced that spring has arrived again. Oh well, they will need to start looking for an ark tomorrow!

This time of year is a great one for the kitchen, new products to think about as the seasons change, so I am beginning to read a lot more and look for new ideas for the menu. I was doing a series of recipes at home this week using a Crown Prince Squash that my brother had grown. One of the recipes had roasted squash and red onion atop a pasta, orzo, with leeks and chestnut mushrooms. I liked it so much, I have adapted it for a new hake dish which is now on the menu.

I have also been reading a book by the Lincolnshire based Indian cook, Meera Sodha, from which I have picked a couple of dishes: mushroom and walnut samosas and a Keralan vegetable curry dish which is light and bright! Sunshine on a plate for darker days.

The menu has been trimmed slightly to allow for quieter days and can be previewed on the website.

Christmas – we plan to open as normal (ie Thursday Friday Saturday evenings ) over the Christmas fortnight with one important exception – we will closed on Saturday 22nd but open on the following evening – Sunday 23rd. We suggest you book early for all sessions over the Christmas New Year holiday. We will be closed New Years Eve unless someone can convince us otherwise.  We are not promoting pre-Christmas party nights but are open to any private party ideas if you (and us!) think the Club is the right place to hold it.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel

The weekend just gone was very quiet, our quietest since we opened in January, so we are guessing everyone is saving for Christmas! Talking of Christmas, the entire Maguire family are decamping to Bristol next weekend for their annual “Christmas Shopping” trip, and we are generally short of staff, so we will be offering limited fayre on Friday and Saturday.

The wine tasting and lasagne supper on Wednesday 21st is now fully booked.

Thursday the 22nd is the only evening when we will be offering a full menu this week. On Friday and Saturday, 23rd and 24th, we will be opening the bar with a couple of hot dishes available – probably a curry and a beef bourgignon, with, hopefully, a couple of starters and sweets also on offer!

The following weekend will be back to normal. If it continues to be this quiet, however, we will reduce the menu choices a little to cut down on wastage.

Christmas – we plan to open as normal (ie Thursday Friday Saturday evenings ) over the Christmas fortnight with one important exception – we will closed on Saturday 22nd but open on the following evening – Sunday 23rd. We suggest you book early for all sessions over the Christmas New Year holiday. We will be closed New Years Eve unless someone can convince us otherwise.  We are not promoting pre-Christmas party nights but are open to any private party ideas if you (and us!) think the Club is the right place to hold it.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel

Having been basking in temperatures around the mid twenties in Rome, it was a bit of a shock coming back to Port Navas last week. Mind you, looking at the local reservoirs, we need the water. It is nice to get back into the swing of things. Having put my boat away last Monday in glorious sunshine, I do feel for those poor blighters whom I see pulling them out in this weather! No fun.

With the changes in the weather my thoughts turn to more warming and sustaining dishes on the menu at the club. As ever, I intend to change things slowly, so look out for such thiings as crab linguine with garlic, chilli and parsley. This simple classic that warms you gently, is already on the menu. Over the next couple of weeks I will be testing a steak and ale pudding, and will also redo the Thai dish of Gai Pad, chicken noodles in a rich and spicy tomato based sauce. Yum, yum!

This weekend, we have tables on Thursday and Friday, but are pretty much full on Saturday. Please, however call to check as we do sometimes have tables re-arranged at short notice.

There are still a few spaces left for the PNYC Wine Tasting evening on Wednesday 21st November at 7pm. Call 01326 340065 to book.

Christmas – we plan to open as normal (ie Thursday Friday Saturday evenings ) over the Christmas fortnight with one important exception – we will closed on Saturday 22nd but open on the following evening – Sunday 23rd. We suggest you book early for all sessions over the Christmas New Year holiday. We will be closed New Years Eve unless someone can convince us otherwise.  We are not promoting pre-Christmas party nights but are open to any private party ideas if you (and us!) think the Club is the right place to hold it.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel

Mike is away on leave for a couple of weeks so the team will be running the kitchen without him. There will a reduced and simplified menu during this period and we would ask for patience if things are a little slower than usual.

PNYC Wine Tasting evening:

Wednesday 21st November 7pm
Don’t miss it!

Christmas:

We plan to open as normal (ie Thursday Friday Saturday evenings ) over the Christmas fortnight with one important exception – we will be closed on Saturday 22nd but open on the following evening – Sunday 23rd. We suggest you book early for all sessions over the Christmas New Year holiday. We will be closed New Years Eve unless someone can convince us otherwise.  We are not promoting pre-Christmas party nights but are open to any private party ideas if you (and us!) think the Club is the right place to hold it.
Hope to see you all soon

Nigel (& Mike from Rome)

With the pressure of summer behind us, it is now easier to get a table at the yacht club, so not always necessary to book ages in advance. We have plenty of space on Friday evening (12th October) and a couple of tables free on Saturday (13th October)

On Sunday, we are pretty full for the brunch, but tables will become free as the morning progresses, so do pop in for a drink and we will get you a table as soon as we can. We are open from 10 until 2 (ish)

Looking forward to seeing you then.

Mike & Nigel

We have now reverted to off-season opening hours – open from 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Mike is still tweaking the menu with a couple of changes this week. Chicken liver parfait, a smooth pate flavoured with port. This is served with a soft black grape chutney. The grapes, muscat, were grown just up the creek by John Ford, who kindly donated them to us last week.

The lamb dish we featured all summer has been replaced with another middle eastern special; Lamb and aubergine fatteh. This is a mixture of lightly spiced lamb and aubergine served on toasted flatbread slices, topped with garlic yoghurt, pine nuts, fried chickpeas and pomegranate.

Upcoming dates to note!
Sunday 14th October – Sunday brunch to celebrate the new oyster season 10am till about 2pm.
Thursday 1st November – we will not be open this evening as we are involved in a Cornish tourism awards ceremony at Truro Cathedral.

Hope to see you soon.

Mike & Nigel

We have now reverted to off-season opening hours – open from 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

After 8 months of hard work, we are now priviledged to become unofficial tax collectors! We have reached the VAT tax threshold, so, unfortunately, from the beginning of November we will have to start charging VAT. With liquor purchases including VAT, we can reclaim a good proportion of this charge, but, food, being zero rated, does not generate any input tax to offset the tax we will have to pay. We will try to minimise the effect of this, but, inevitably, food costs will have to rise a little to cope. We will revise drink prices by 10% from January 2019.

Mike is also tweaking the menu a bit for the autumnal months. Serrano ham croquetas feature again from today, a vegan dish by Marcus Wareing, using freekeh, an ancient grain, and aubergines cooked slowly in a spiced sauce will help to warm you up!

There are a couple of diary dates to note:
Sunday 14th October – Sunday brunch to celebrate the new oyster season 10am till about 2pm.
Thursday 1st November – we will not be open this evening as we are involved in a Cornish tourism awards ceremony at Truro Cathedral.

Hope to see you soon.

Mike & Nigel

The autumnal feel to the weather coincided perfectly with the end of the school holidays and suddenly our roads and beaches are half empty; time to take stock and breathe more easily. We have now reverted to off-season opening hours – open from 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

With the season change there will be gradual tweaks to Mike’s menu as time goes on, so keep an eye on the website for the latest incarnation. For example, there will be a new hake dish on the menu this week with braised lentils and a black olive crust, plum bread and butter pudding which was introduced last week and a new beetroot starter are all moving into the warmer and richer autumnal flavours and styles.

Nigel is on his holliers for the next ten days, so Helen and my girls, Grace and Amelia,  will be looking after you out front along with Jess, Jake and Jules.

We are fullly booked on Saturday – sorry – but still have space on Thursday and Friday.

Hope to see you soon.

Mike & Nigel (in absentia!)

That’s no way to talk about Mike and Nigel! Well, really it is about a pair of tarts not about a couple of dodgy old boys running the club!

Mike has tried, with some degree of success, to present pastry dishes using the limited equipment at hand. But try as he might, he has hankered after some decent tartlet tins, and they arrived this week. Coincidentally, our friends Kevin and Carolle presented us with a batch of delicious fresh figs from their garden in Seworgan, so this has given Mike the opportunity to introduce a new starter to the menu and to revise the presentation of the cherry tart on the desserts section.

The fig and onion tart above is in a savoury pastry case, topped with Boy Laity cheese.

The restaurant is pretty busy for the rest of the month, so it is advisable to check by phone for availability.

The summer season is coming to a close and Mike is looking forward to a bit of sailing on a Tuesday evening. Managed to do three days in Falmouth Week, but seems to have been pretty happy to get out of the windy conditions for a few days too!

We will no longer be open on Tuesdays after next week (21st August)

Hope to see you soon.

Mike & Nigel

From Tuesday 3rd July until Saturday 25th August the bar and restaurant will be open from 3pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (closed Sundays and Mondays).  From 3pm you’ll be able to get drinks and teas and coffees and from 6pm food.  Tuesdays will have a shortened bar snacks menu, while Wednesday to Saturday will have the full menu.  Since there are only 7 tables inside, it’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment – 01326 340065  As the summer holidays get underway and the weather improves, Nigel and Mike will look to move from a one sitting policy to filling tables with a later booking if tables become free, as well as using the outside tables.

BAR & RESTAURANT

01326 340065

Open every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 5pm.

Outside tables can't be booked - just turn up - there is a bar snacks menu as well as drinks on offer. 

To book a table inside call 01326 340065 or email nigel@pnyc.co.uk.

Well, its hardly cold enough for that is it!

So, just a quick reminder that we are doing a late Burns Supper tonight at 7.30, with a simple menu of haggis and all the trimmings and a couple of sweets. This all helps Mike readjust to the rigours of working three nights a week, having been lounging around for the last month.

Nigel has been keeping warm in Australia and other points east, so will regale you at the bar with tales of derring do……or something similar.

We are nearly full on Friday night and are already full on Saturday night.

More news of happenings and events to follow soon!

Hope to catch up with you all soon too.

Mike, Nigel and the team

It seems we have been sabotaged at the club. The ansaphone system has been creaking, but our very own René Artois, no relation to Stella, has saved the day and he, Nigel, assures me it is now working properly again. So please accept our apologies should you have been trying to get through to us.

We are now operating our normal winter schedule of being open from 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Plenty of space this weekend, so if you missed out last week, now is your chance!

I have begun to tweak the winter menu with a couple of new dishes this week and we are experimenting with some new sweets tomorrow so watch out for changes there!

Nigel and I have put our thinking caps on and looked at the calendar to squeeze in a few events over the coming weeks: see details on this page.

Hope to catch up with you all soon too.

I promise no political comment, so the title of this email has nothing to do with yesterday’s election result. It is simply that the end of December now looms large and that becomes a turning point for us as we will be closed for the greater part of January. Tom and Ant are off to India this weekend with their family, so we won’t see them until the New Year and Nigel will be spending New Year’s Eve in a London airport hotel before jetting off to a smog filled Sydney to visit his daughter, Imogen.

No such foreign travel for me this winter. I just have to content myself with travels of a culinary nature, seeking out interesting food from all over the world. One such journey has led me to the cooking of Selim Kiazim, a Cypriot chef running two very sucessful restaurants in London. You may have seen her as both as an entrant and a judge on The Great British Menu. I have taken one of her dishes as inspiration for a ‘Cauliflower Platter’ on this month’s menu. Smothered in a Turkish chilli paste, roasted and served with a lemon and sumac dressing. I have added to this a cauli cheese croquette and a nutty roast cauliflower puree. I just hope the current wet spell does not ruin what is usually a fantastic Cornish winter crop.

I have been tweaking desserts for this month as well, so have a look at the menu below.

We have tables available both this evening and Saturday. Getting filled up towards the end of the month, so book soon to secure a place!

We will be opening on Thursday 30th January with a slightly belated Burns Supper of traditoinal haggis with all the trimmings, so please let me know by email if you would like a table.

Ant and Fran will be running a ‘Frantic Friday’ supper on the 10th, 17th and 24th of January.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel and the team.

Mike and Nigel will be away for most of January and will be opening again Thursday 30th, Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st Feb 2020.

HOWEVER

Frantic Fridays will be back with Fran and Ant in the kitchen and me behind the bar.  We plan to open on three consecutive Fridays in January 2020.  It will be cash or cheque only as we can’t use the card machine.
Friday 10th, Friday 17th and Friday 24th of January 2020, details to follow in the New Year.

I know, I know. It is only the 21st November, but it is eveywhere! Mince pies have been on sale since August, the street lighting is in place in Penryn and Falmouth and it won’t be long before I am wobbling on the top of a ladder trying to hang the lights on the ever-growing cherry tree in the front garden. Xmas is coming!

There is however, a good reason to mention the X Word at this point in time – planning. Many of you will be planning your Christmas breaks, family coming and going, friends turning up out of the blue and you might not want to spend all your time entertaining at home. So that is where we come in, stepping into the shoes of the Christmas elves for a few moments!

We will be open as usual on Thu 19th, Fri 20th and Sat 21st. During Christmas week, we are closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day (Thu 26th), but open on Fri 27th, Sat 28th and, in addition, on Sunday 29th. We will also consider opening on Monday 23rd and Monday 30th if there is sufficient demand from you guys. So if any of these additional dates are of interest to you, please let us know and we will definitely open if we have 10 or more customers on each date. Also happy look at other dates in December for office parties of 10 to 28 people!

Next week’s wine tasting on Thursday is fully booked. Kick off at 7pm prompt, with beef ragu lasagne being served at the end of the tasting, around 8.30pm. Any non meat eaters please advise Mike in advance. Thanks.

Last week’s Curry & Quiz night was a great success, so many thanks to all for your participation. A couple of people have asked me for more information on the dishes I cooked. I will post a link to the recipes shortly (once I have looked into any copyright restrictions!)

We have a few tables available today and Friday, so please pop in or give us a ring. (Full on Saturday)

We will be closed for the month of January 2020, re-opening on Thursday 30th.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel and the team.

That can only mean one thing! It is Curry and Quiz Night next week. Actually it means a little more than that in terms of how I approach the food we offer in the restaurant. I am sure that some of you will have noticed that there are often dishes on the menu from the Middle East, the eastern end of the Mediterranean as well as from the diverse cuisines of the Far East. I am fascinated by the variety of styles of cooking, the amazing range of ingredients, and the constant flow of interesting writers and practitioners of culinary arts that we have access to in the UK. Within all of this I have to work out how to work with those cuisines in a practical way within the confines of a small kitchen with a comparatively low turnover of customers. It does not stop me from looking!

On a recent flight back from Boston with Helen’s aunt in tow, I spent a couple of hours perusing the new book, East, from Meera Sodha, born in Lincolnshire to Ugandan Indian parents (seen in the Guardian on a weekly basis with her column on vegan food, although she herself is not a vegan). It is a fascinating study of vegetarian dishes from all over the Far East, but principally from India. I am so taken by it that I am tempted to only present vegetarian dishes at next week’s Curry and Quiz Night………I am still thinking about it! If I do so, I can assure you that you will be pleasantly surprised.

On the menu at the moment, I have an adaptation of one of her dishes based on a South Indian tomato curry which is proving to be very popular. Cooked in a tamarind and coconut sauce, served on a freshly cooked puri, it gives a delicious sweet and sour finish to the last of the season’s tomatoes. I am working on a new lamb dish this week as well as an interesting dish from Marcus Wareing (he of Masterchef, the Professionals) which uses goyza wrappers to make ravioli. I managed to find some of these thin wrappers in an Asian supermarket on my way back from Heathrow. If anyone knows where to find them in Cornwall, I would love to know!

We are now open from Thursday to Saturday each week. We will also be open on Sunday 29th December and have a large party booked already on that date, so please bear that date in mind if you have family down for Christmas. We will be closed for the month of January 2020, re-opening on Thursday 30th.

We have a few tables available this weekend, so please pop in or give us a ring.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel and the team.

Definitely a little bit of autumn creeping up on us along with the earlier sunsets, giving a real feeling of something changing. And it is that time of year as we ease ourselves out of the summer routine and I look at changing the summer menu into more seasonal choices.
Although I love cooking and serving my version of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Lamb Shawarma, it is a grabber of time and space, so it will slip quietly away to be replaced with a dish I found last year. This spiced lamb and aubergine fatteh is a rich warming melange of Middle Eastern spices , lamb and aubergine with crispy chickpeas and flatbread, the latter giving its name to the dish.
We are still using produce from our own gardens, with the tail end of summer gluts of courgettes from Nigel, my ever abundant rhubarb and gifts of aubergine and cucumbers from kind customers making their way into various dishes. Look out for fresh Seworgan figs poached with Amaretto on a slice of banana loaf – yum!
We have struggled to maintain our usual supply of spider crab meat this summer so this is probably the last week to sup on a dish of crab linguine with garlic and chilli.  Other dishes will be changed or tweaked over the next couple of weeks and I will post changes as and when the yhappen to the website.
We are open this week from Wednesday to Saturday.
We have tables available all weekend, so please pop in or give us a ring.
Hope to see you all soon
Mike & Nigel and the team.

Well, that last week flew by! We made a flying visit to London for my lovely niece, Eva Rose’s wedding which was a great do. Just before we heard about the wedding plans we had booked a short break away in Bordeaux with Nigel, Debs and Helen. So back from London on Saturday, evening service, then off to Bristol airport early on Sunday morning, to arrive in sunny Bordeaux mid-afternoon. What a lovely city it is too! We walked our feet off, sometimes even knowing where we were going, and had a couple of interesting ‘deviations’ on the way.

As a result of all this travelling, I have barely changed anything on the menu this week, so will be looking at that more next week, at which point I will have decided on whether to go ahead with a brunch at mid-summer or not!

We have tables available all weekend, so please pop in or give us a ring.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel and the team.

When merry lads are playing………so goes the old folk song. It is almost tempting to draw parallels with the comings and goings in Westminster…….but no, the month of May is more important in the culinary calendar as we now have the asparagus season in full bloom, new potatoes are arriving and crab and other shellfish start to appear again.

So, shrugging off a few of the more wintry menu items, I have made a few menu changes this week. Asparagus from Splattenridden Farm in Lelant – you couldn’t make up that name if you tried! – is served with a toasted slice of Da Bara focaccia and wild garlic mayonnaise.

Crab from Kernowsashimi, on the other side of the Helford river is served in a classic and simple dish of garlic and chilli in olive oil. I believe this dish originated in the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, home of the famous Harry’s Bar. You can enjoy this as a starter or a main course.

A recent article in the Times featured recipes from Jeremy King’s Wolesley restaurant in Piccadilly in London, and I was particularly taken by the baked vanilla cheesecake, so you can now sample that in the slightly less elegant PNYC yacht club! If you are feeling even more indulgent, then you will have to go for my triple chocolate (gluten free) brownie served with salted caramel icecream from Moomaid of Zennor, dressed with a little salted caramel sauce.

Diary note: we will be open for dinner on the last two Wednesdays of this month, 22nd and 29th May, as well as normal openings between Thursday and Saturday.

There are no big events planned for this month, but I am looking to run another of our famous brunches around the time of mid-summer. More details to follow shortly.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel and the team.

Well, in my book, there is only one darling bud of May and that is English asparagus. It has been around for a couple of weeks from the sheltered Wye Valley, but this week has seen the arrival of the Cornish crops. A little thick at times for my liking, but I can live with that. Married to a vibrant green mayonnaise flavoured with wild garlic, I can think of nothing more spring like.

The weather is always a major factor in determining what produce is available and with fairly frequent storms off our coast, fush stocks have been very erratic recently, so we may see alterations to the menu on an almost daily basis.

Given the swing in the weather again this weekend to a cold northerly breeze, I am keeping the heart warming duck confit with shallot and pomegranate sauce and the pork belly and cannellini bean dishes on for at least this weekend

I have been doing work on new dishes for the summer menus, so watch this space…..but not quite ready yet.

There are tables available all weekend, so pleae drop me a line or call the club if you would like a table.

There are no big events planned for this month, but I am looking to run another of our famous brunches around the time of mid-summer. More details to follow shortly.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel and the team.

Well, what a week! With storms raging across the Atlantic and as the stormy scenes in Parliament continue to roll on, I feel that we need some stability in our lives. I am therefore voting for gradual change in order to not rock the boat. I had a conversation with one member last week where I suggested that I might remove a popular dish from the menu and was told, in no uncertain terms, that that would not be a popular move……..So, most of the current selection of winter warmers will keep their places, unlike some of our illustrious MPs.

I have made a couple of menu changes with the introduction last week of a slow cooked pork belly dish, served with cannellini beans and cavalo nero, and I have dropped the mushroom and walnut samosa this week, in favour of a traditional lamb and mint samosa. The vegetarian dishes in the starters selection were beginning to dominate the world, so I have redressed the balance a little!

Plenty of room on Friday and Saturday, so please give us a call if you would like a break from the Brexit debate!

Nigel is braving the weather to come in and help out this evening when we open, so if you want to say hello to him, this is your chance!

The inaugural PNYC Annual Quiz Night takes place next Thursday, 21st March. Tom Ellemann is co-ordinating this event and we have 5 or 6 teams already. Teams of 4 people will compete for the prestigious trophies at seven o’clock and will then have supper around eight o’clock. I have quite a lot to do for this event, so I must know before Monday please, if there are any non-meat eaters in your team. There will not be an option to change your mind on the night, and I will not be preparing any extras on the night!

The Port Navas Yacht Club Brunch on Sunday 31st March to celebrate the change to British Summer Time, and Mother’s Day is pretty chokka, but there are a couple of early (10.30 – 11.30) tables available. Please book early to avoid disappointment!

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & the team (&Nigel)

Ah, how that opening song from the Morcombe and Wise show resonates this week! Beautiful is not the word for Cornwall on a warm spring day. There were builders on the roof of a house in Port Navas today working in shorts, no shirts….Not something we are likely to see in February very often. Sadly, tomorrow is bringing memories of Gene Kelly and “Singing in the rain!”! Ah well…………..

We are open as usual from Thursday and I have decided to knock the One Pot Wonders on the head for this season. I will only do it if we have a special evening event, of which more later.

There will be a couple of menu changes this week. I found a really nice duck confit recipe in the Guardian last week which I will finish cooking tomorrow, so look out for ‘Duck leg confit with shallot and pomegrante sauce’ (courtesy of Mr Ottolenghi). I am also tweaking desserts this week, hoping to do a new season rhubarb fool, and something gluten free involving chocolate!

Plenty of room all weekend, so do pop down if you can…..no sun, just rain to complain about!

Future diary note: we are planning to run another famous Port Navas Yacht Club Brunch on Sunday 31st March to celebrate the change to British Summer Time. It also happens to be Mother’s Day in the UK!

Before then, Tom wants to do the PNYC Annual Quiz Night, date to be decided, which will revolve around a curry supper and teams of willing quizzers. Watch this space!

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & the team (& Nigel)

For all the romantics amongst our members and friends, the news is good. As Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, we will be open with a full menu on February 14th, so no tempting one pot wonder that evening. As tables are limited, and I assume most of them will be booked by couples, please let us know early if you wish to dine that night, thanks.

Nigel will not yet be wielding his bow and arrow in lieu of Cupid, but is now at home managing very well on crutches. If he has not responded to your kind messages directly it is because he does occasionally struggle with technology, so I am hoping he will spend his time at home fruitfully! No, seriously folks, many, many thanks for asking after him this last week or so. It is much appreciated!

The menu is slowly evolving in these quieter weeks, so there may be a couple more changes by the 14th.

Plenty of room all weekend, so do pop down if you can…..no snow, just rain to complain about!

Future diary note: we are planning to run another famous Port Navas Yacht Club Brunch on Sunday 31st March to celebrate the change to British Summer Time. It also happens to be Mother’s Day in the UK!

Hope to see you all soon
Mike & the team (&Nigel)

Not, sadly, a bit of a bop on the wharf, but rather where Nigel will find himself this week! He is due to go into hospital on Friday morning for his first knee replacement operation. I am sure you will all join me in wishing him well for the op and as comfortable and speedy a recovery as possible. He will be out of the frame for about six to eight weeks, but is threatening to come and plonk himself at the end of the bar in order to direct operations! Fat chance of that happening if Helen is in charge!

Thursday’s temptation this week will be a sweet potato and smoked haddock curry – Kerala style with a rich coconut sauce. Please book in the normal way!

The menu has been tweaked a little with a new plaice dish using pequillo peppers and artichokes (Jerusalem) replacing the hake. I am looking for a new lamb dish as well so watch this space!

Plenty of room all weekend, so do pop down if you can…..no snow, just rain to complain about!

Hope to see you all soon
Mike & the team (&Nigel)

The bar and restaurant is going strong.  Your support to keep it going all year round is much appreciated.  After years of cricket-abuse, Nigel is going to have a new knee fitted early February so you might see me behind the bar for a couple of nights over the first few weeks of February, filling in as a temporary replacement.  

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all members, customers and friends of Port Navas YC Bar and Restaurant. We thank you for your support and encouragement over the last 12 months ….and of course your patience when we’ve been fully booked in the busy months. We are open next week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 27th – 29th December and have  good availability for tables on all three days at the moment  – hope to see you then if only for a drink in our luxurious cocktail bar. 

January is actually looking quite good fun. On Friday January 18th we host the PNYC Racing supper with crews from the three PNYC affiliated boats, Black Dog, Rebecca and Juno. 

Friday January 25th is Burns Night and rest assured McSween’s haggis will feature on the menu, we recommend you book early.  

Nigel now has a date for his knee replacement operation in early February so we intend to stay open Friday and Saturdays, and will make a judgement call on Thursdays if the demand exists to be open.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel

As I sit writing this at home, the sparrows in the garden don’t know whether they are coming or going! In and out of my neighbours eaves, they seem to be nesting again in the warmer weather, presumably convinced that spring has arrived again. Oh well, they will need to start looking for an ark tomorrow!

This time of year is a great one for the kitchen, new products to think about as the seasons change, so I am beginning to read a lot more and look for new ideas for the menu. I was doing a series of recipes at home this week using a Crown Prince Squash that my brother had grown. One of the recipes had roasted squash and red onion atop a pasta, orzo, with leeks and chestnut mushrooms. I liked it so much, I have adapted it for a new hake dish which is now on the menu.

I have also been reading a book by the Lincolnshire based Indian cook, Meera Sodha, from which I have picked a couple of dishes: mushroom and walnut samosas and a Keralan vegetable curry dish which is light and bright! Sunshine on a plate for darker days.

The menu has been trimmed slightly to allow for quieter days and can be previewed on the website.

Christmas – we plan to open as normal (ie Thursday Friday Saturday evenings ) over the Christmas fortnight with one important exception – we will closed on Saturday 22nd but open on the following evening – Sunday 23rd. We suggest you book early for all sessions over the Christmas New Year holiday. We will be closed New Years Eve unless someone can convince us otherwise.  We are not promoting pre-Christmas party nights but are open to any private party ideas if you (and us!) think the Club is the right place to hold it.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel

The weekend just gone was very quiet, our quietest since we opened in January, so we are guessing everyone is saving for Christmas! Talking of Christmas, the entire Maguire family are decamping to Bristol next weekend for their annual “Christmas Shopping” trip, and we are generally short of staff, so we will be offering limited fayre on Friday and Saturday.

The wine tasting and lasagne supper on Wednesday 21st is now fully booked.

Thursday the 22nd is the only evening when we will be offering a full menu this week. On Friday and Saturday, 23rd and 24th, we will be opening the bar with a couple of hot dishes available – probably a curry and a beef bourgignon, with, hopefully, a couple of starters and sweets also on offer!

The following weekend will be back to normal. If it continues to be this quiet, however, we will reduce the menu choices a little to cut down on wastage.

Christmas – we plan to open as normal (ie Thursday Friday Saturday evenings ) over the Christmas fortnight with one important exception – we will closed on Saturday 22nd but open on the following evening – Sunday 23rd. We suggest you book early for all sessions over the Christmas New Year holiday. We will be closed New Years Eve unless someone can convince us otherwise.  We are not promoting pre-Christmas party nights but are open to any private party ideas if you (and us!) think the Club is the right place to hold it.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel

Having been basking in temperatures around the mid twenties in Rome, it was a bit of a shock coming back to Port Navas last week. Mind you, looking at the local reservoirs, we need the water. It is nice to get back into the swing of things. Having put my boat away last Monday in glorious sunshine, I do feel for those poor blighters whom I see pulling them out in this weather! No fun.

With the changes in the weather my thoughts turn to more warming and sustaining dishes on the menu at the club. As ever, I intend to change things slowly, so look out for such thiings as crab linguine with garlic, chilli and parsley. This simple classic that warms you gently, is already on the menu. Over the next couple of weeks I will be testing a steak and ale pudding, and will also redo the Thai dish of Gai Pad, chicken noodles in a rich and spicy tomato based sauce. Yum, yum!

This weekend, we have tables on Thursday and Friday, but are pretty much full on Saturday. Please, however call to check as we do sometimes have tables re-arranged at short notice.

There are still a few spaces left for the PNYC Wine Tasting evening on Wednesday 21st November at 7pm. Call 01326 340065 to book.

Christmas – we plan to open as normal (ie Thursday Friday Saturday evenings ) over the Christmas fortnight with one important exception – we will closed on Saturday 22nd but open on the following evening – Sunday 23rd. We suggest you book early for all sessions over the Christmas New Year holiday. We will be closed New Years Eve unless someone can convince us otherwise.  We are not promoting pre-Christmas party nights but are open to any private party ideas if you (and us!) think the Club is the right place to hold it.

Hope to see you all soon

Mike & Nigel

Mike is away on leave for a couple of weeks so the team will be running the kitchen without him. There will a reduced and simplified menu during this period and we would ask for patience if things are a little slower than usual.

PNYC Wine Tasting evening:

Wednesday 21st November 7pm
Don’t miss it!

Christmas:

We plan to open as normal (ie Thursday Friday Saturday evenings ) over the Christmas fortnight with one important exception – we will be closed on Saturday 22nd but open on the following evening – Sunday 23rd. We suggest you book early for all sessions over the Christmas New Year holiday. We will be closed New Years Eve unless someone can convince us otherwise.  We are not promoting pre-Christmas party nights but are open to any private party ideas if you (and us!) think the Club is the right place to hold it.
Hope to see you all soon

Nigel (& Mike from Rome)

With the pressure of summer behind us, it is now easier to get a table at the yacht club, so not always necessary to book ages in advance. We have plenty of space on Friday evening (12th October) and a couple of tables free on Saturday (13th October)

On Sunday, we are pretty full for the brunch, but tables will become free as the morning progresses, so do pop in for a drink and we will get you a table as soon as we can. We are open from 10 until 2 (ish)

Looking forward to seeing you then.

Mike & Nigel

We have now reverted to off-season opening hours – open from 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Mike is still tweaking the menu with a couple of changes this week. Chicken liver parfait, a smooth pate flavoured with port. This is served with a soft black grape chutney. The grapes, muscat, were grown just up the creek by John Ford, who kindly donated them to us last week.

The lamb dish we featured all summer has been replaced with another middle eastern special; Lamb and aubergine fatteh. This is a mixture of lightly spiced lamb and aubergine served on toasted flatbread slices, topped with garlic yoghurt, pine nuts, fried chickpeas and pomegranate.

Upcoming dates to note!
Sunday 14th October – Sunday brunch to celebrate the new oyster season 10am till about 2pm.
Thursday 1st November – we will not be open this evening as we are involved in a Cornish tourism awards ceremony at Truro Cathedral.

Hope to see you soon.

Mike & Nigel

We have now reverted to off-season opening hours – open from 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

After 8 months of hard work, we are now priviledged to become unofficial tax collectors! We have reached the VAT tax threshold, so, unfortunately, from the beginning of November we will have to start charging VAT. With liquor purchases including VAT, we can reclaim a good proportion of this charge, but, food, being zero rated, does not generate any input tax to offset the tax we will have to pay. We will try to minimise the effect of this, but, inevitably, food costs will have to rise a little to cope. We will revise drink prices by 10% from January 2019.

Mike is also tweaking the menu a bit for the autumnal months. Serrano ham croquetas feature again from today, a vegan dish by Marcus Wareing, using freekeh, an ancient grain, and aubergines cooked slowly in a spiced sauce will help to warm you up!

There are a couple of diary dates to note:
Sunday 14th October – Sunday brunch to celebrate the new oyster season 10am till about 2pm.
Thursday 1st November – we will not be open this evening as we are involved in a Cornish tourism awards ceremony at Truro Cathedral.

Hope to see you soon.

Mike & Nigel

The autumnal feel to the weather coincided perfectly with the end of the school holidays and suddenly our roads and beaches are half empty; time to take stock and breathe more easily. We have now reverted to off-season opening hours – open from 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

With the season change there will be gradual tweaks to Mike’s menu as time goes on, so keep an eye on the website for the latest incarnation. For example, there will be a new hake dish on the menu this week with braised lentils and a black olive crust, plum bread and butter pudding which was introduced last week and a new beetroot starter are all moving into the warmer and richer autumnal flavours and styles.

Nigel is on his holliers for the next ten days, so Helen and my girls, Grace and Amelia,  will be looking after you out front along with Jess, Jake and Jules.

We are fullly booked on Saturday – sorry – but still have space on Thursday and Friday.

Hope to see you soon.

Mike & Nigel (in absentia!)

That’s no way to talk about Mike and Nigel! Well, really it is about a pair of tarts not about a couple of dodgy old boys running the club!

Mike has tried, with some degree of success, to present pastry dishes using the limited equipment at hand. But try as he might, he has hankered after some decent tartlet tins, and they arrived this week. Coincidentally, our friends Kevin and Carolle presented us with a batch of delicious fresh figs from their garden in Seworgan, so this has given Mike the opportunity to introduce a new starter to the menu and to revise the presentation of the cherry tart on the desserts section.

The fig and onion tart above is in a savoury pastry case, topped with Boy Laity cheese.

The restaurant is pretty busy for the rest of the month, so it is advisable to check by phone for availability.

The summer season is coming to a close and Mike is looking forward to a bit of sailing on a Tuesday evening. Managed to do three days in Falmouth Week, but seems to have been pretty happy to get out of the windy conditions for a few days too!

We will no longer be open on Tuesdays after next week (21st August)

Hope to see you soon.

Mike & Nigel

From Tuesday 3rd July until Saturday 25th August the bar and restaurant will be open from 3pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (closed Sundays and Mondays).  From 3pm you’ll be able to get drinks and teas and coffees and from 6pm food.  Tuesdays will have a shortened bar snacks menu, while Wednesday to Saturday will have the full menu.  Since there are only 7 tables inside, it’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment – 01326 340065  As the summer holidays get underway and the weather improves, Nigel and Mike will look to move from a one sitting policy to filling tables with a later booking if tables become free, as well as using the outside tables.

BAR & RESTAURANT

01326 340065

Open every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 5pm.

Outside tables can't be booked - just turn up - there is a bar snacks menu as well as drinks on offer. 

To book a table inside call 01326 340065 or email nigel@pnyc.co.uk.