We held the Launch Party for the West Country Cook Book in early December on Watergate Bay Beach. It was a chilly day, but we enjoyed some awesome food and even better company, as well as a giant bonfire, which definitely helped us to keep off the December chill!
Through the fantastic work of Barefoot Media and the promotion that they’ve done of the new West Country Cookbook, we’ve been asked to put an article together about the Launch Party for the Food Supplement of the Guardian Newspaper, in January. You can read the article here: it also includes some of the delicious recipes we used to feed everyone at the party: to read and cook up the rest, you can buy a copy of the cook book here.
Our good friends at Watergate Bay Hotel kindly agreed to host the West Country Cook Book Launch Party on Watergate Beach. Lots of the people involved in the cook book, including a bunch of the chefs who were featured, gathered with friends and family to enjoy a coastal cook up and a huge bonfire.
Of course, all the food we served at the Launch Party was from the cook book; for the main meal we had big bowlfuls of Neil Haydock’s venison stew, cooked over the campfire in a massive kulich, with big hunk of Nathan Outlaw’s Doom Bar Bread on the side, cooked by me personally in my studio the day before. For pudding we had to make Paul Ainsworth’s Sticky Cornish fudge pudding, which is topped with the BEST fudge sauce I have ever tasted, and we served it up with huge dollops of Cornish clotted cream. Sharp’s Brewery also kindly provided us with a couple of cases of the incredibly moreish Doom Bar Beer, which was the perfect drink to wash down our amazing meal. There weren’t any leftovers by the time we had finished!
On the beach we had a table full of books which all the chefs who came along kindly signed. I’m planning to make them available for auction later this year or maybe next year when I finally get them signed by all of the chefs.
We spent most of the afternoon on the beach, relaxing in deckchairs. Watching the sun set with great food and excellent company is the most amazing way to spend an evening. As the sun set we lit a huge bonfire, provided by the guys at Watergate Bay Hotel, and, let me tell you, it was an absolute monster of a bonfire. It kept us all toasty as the tide came in faster and faster. In the end we were left with very little beach, but we had enough time and just enough beach to finish off the party in style.
It took a lot of work to organize the party, even with the help from Watergate Bay Hotel, but it was a fantastic event that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The article in the Guardian was definitely what pushed us to host a get-together, but it was an excellent excuse to make a party of it and we all had a really good time!
Thanks to the Watergate Bay Hotel for hosting our Launch Party and also to all the people who came along on the day, you all made it a really special event and we couldn’t have had half as much fun without you!
The lovely people over at Porthminster Beach Café have also written a great blog post about the West Country Cook Book and our launch party.
They also sell the cook book, so if you’re visiting them you can treat yourself to a copy after eating some of their delicious food!