Who runs Kernow Eats?

 My name is Jules and I run this website. There is some input from others but I ultimately make the decision about what gets included. I am a huge foodie and love to share my experiences and recommendations with others. I have only been living in Cornwall since early 2014 so I’m still exploring the duchy’s foodie highlights. There are also new places popping up all the time and I work hard to keep Kernow Eats current. Throughout the site you will see that I have identified some of my current favourite Cornish foodie businesses.

 

What is the purpose of the website?

 Kernow Eats came primarily out of my frustration of seeing so many out-of-county street food stalls at Cornish events when I knew that there were loads of great local traders who would love the opportunity. I decided to bring together as comprehensive as possible directory of the street food traders operating in Cornwall to make it easy for events organisers to people planning their wedding to know what is available. The website has since expanded to include more general information about the ever expanding Cornish foodie scene, including upcoming foodie events and details of the best restaurants, cafes, farm shops and producers.

 

What is on the site?

 There are 5 main areas to the website:

Cornwall foodies map – Map of Cornwall showing the locations of foodie hotspots and which is constantly being updated and added to. The map shows the location of the best (in my opinion) restaurants, foodie pubs, cafes, food and drink producers and cookery schools.

Go to the foodies map

Cornwall farm shop map - Map of all of Cornwall's farm shops, all of which stock a great range of both very local and wider Cornish produce. The hope is that this will support you to #shoplocal whether you are a Cornwall resident or just visiting.

Go to the farm shop map

Cornwall farmers' market map - We are very lucky in Cornwall to have a large number of farmers' markets selling great local produce and giving an opportunity to meet some of the people in producing it. The frequency of these markets varies and details can be found on each listing on the map. As with the farm shop map the hope is that this enables people to both #shoplocal and #eatlocal which supports the Cornish economy and the great local producers.

Go to the farmers' market map 

Cornish street food traders’ directory – Details and contacts for over 40 providers of street food and pop-up bars. There is a broad range of cuisines and specialities available and most are available for hire for events and weddings.

Go to street food directory

Cornish foodie events calendar – This page brings together all of the foodie events going on across Cornwall. There are plenty happening throughout the year including food festivals and fairs, speciality dinners and feasts, pop-up restaurants, collaborations between chefs and street food meet-ups.

Go to the foodie events calendar

 

How is the site funded?

 Kernow Eats is a passion project for me rather than a business. I decided when bringing it together that I wanted to preserve my independence and objective viewpoint. As such none of the businesses on Kernow Eats have paid to be part of it. I also don’t accept money or freebies from the businesses concerned when deciding whether to include them on this site. Kernow Eats is therefore a genuine a reflection of my own opinions about the best places to eat, drink and buy great produce across Cornwall. There are adverts on the site but this is purely to cover the costs of the website.

 

What are the criteria for being added to the website?

 There is no set criteria for a business being added to the website but there are several key features that I am looking for in a foodie hotspot:

  • ·               It goes without saying that the primary factor is the taste and flavours of the food.
  • ·               Businesses using as much as is feasible local produce and evidence of the staff having good knowledge of where the food comes from.
  • ·               Businesses that adapt to the changing seasons within the food or produce that they provide.
  • ·               Excellent service and atmosphere are essential.
  • ·               Businesses that put on a range of high quality speciality / theme events.
  • ·               An innovative approach to food and dining so long as it doesn’t become gimmicky.
  • ·               Businesses that demonstrate a commitment to tackling environmental issues.
  • ·               Businesses that provide good value for money for the part of the market they are in

 

How can I get my restaurant, café, street food etc listed on the site?

 Apart from a tiny number of exceptions I have made it a rule that I will not put details of any business onto Kernow Eats unless I have experienced it myself. If you wish for your business to be included on Kernow Eats please contact me and I will endeavour to visit soon. If you are a street food trader or other mobile business please let me know where and when I can find you so that I can visit. Broadly speaking the schedule of visits will reflect the order in which I have received the request. As mentioned above this website is something that I do in my spare time and as such it can a while for me to be able to visit but I get there eventually.

 If you have a foodie event coming up and want it to be added to the diary then please e-mail the details to kernoweats@gmail.com.

I have a favourite Cornish foodie establishment but it doesn’t appear on the site?-

 I am always happy to receive recommendations from people about their favourite foodie hotspots in Cornwall. If you would like to recommend a Cornish foodie highlight then please contact me on kernoweats@gmail.com or on Facebook or Twitter.