A busy week of Cornish deliciousness & terror at the theatre

Sunday Roast at the Victoria Inn

I’ve been a busy girl this week and it’s been brilliant. On Sunday we went to the Victoria Inn at Perranuthnoe to try their Sunday roast for the first time. We go there more often than we should as there’s a lovely beach that’s perfect for dog walking at mid-low tide. We time our walks around the tides and the pub opening times as they’re one of the few places you can get the best cider (Cornish Orchards) on tap. I had the roast beef, the Peeb had confit duck leg with bubble and squeak. He said it was the best thing he’s ever eaten. My roast beef was beautifully pink and tender and the taste was delicate and totally delicious, having been roasted overnight for 12 hours at 52 degrees. 
The Yorkshire pud was crisp and truly tasty, the roast potatoes perfectly crisp on the outside and delicious and soft inside. They serve greens/cauliflower cheese and roasted carrots in a dish on the side – we ate all of it even though it was massive. A perfect roast with a perfect pint. No wonder the little pink pub has made it into this list of the top 10 places to eat in Cornwall…

Woman in Black at the Hall for Cornwall

But that’s not even it for a great week! Last night we went to see the Woman in Black at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro. Based on the 1983 novella by Susan Hill, this two man stage show is dramatic and goose-bump causing in the extreme. Being scared so much in a theatre has a comic element to it too, and I’ve never laughed with terror before. It’s a fantastically clever production, a play-within-a-play, and I loved every second of it. Go, see it, it’s on until Saturday in Truro then around the UK for the next few months. Visit the Hall for Cornwall site for tickets.

Dinner at Hooked, Truro

Before going to the theatre, we ate the ‘pre-theatre menu’ (a bargain £13.95 for two courses) at Hooked, just over the way from the theatre. We shared a snifter of fresh crab and mussel Bouillabaisse with a hunk of gorgeous olive-oily salty bread. Yum. Then I had fish of the day, which was  sea bass simply roasted with shredded greens, a creamy sauce flavoured with tarragon and teeny tiny clams, and some baked new potatoes which looked like they were wearing 80s shiny brown leather jackets and gave the whole thing a really delicious slightly sweet, smokey flavour. The Peeb at roasted pork belly which was the right combo of crisp and soft and I can’t remember what it came with because he ate it so fast I didn’t get to see it, let alone taste it. He said it’s the best pork belly he’s had in a long time because he’s recently had a lot of soft-fat pork belly when he prefers the crisper version where most of the fat between the layers of meat has rendered away… So he was very, very happy. We then shared the Chocolate and Orange mousse with shortbread biscuit. This looked a little pale and uninteresting but don’t be fooled, it was punchily chocolatey and had little bits of orange zest to tickle those greedy taste buds as we slurped it all up. Hooked is my new favourite restaurant in Truro town, that’s for sure.

So how lucky am I this week? Oh, and it also snowed! So pretty to see Carn Brea with a dusting of twinkling white… Hope you have a great rest of the week. x


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