West Cornwall’s food shines again as two restaurants given further accolades
WEST Cornwall's food prominence has continued with two of its restaurants given more leading culinary accolades.
The Black Rock in St Ives and the Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn have been recognised by the Michelin Guide by way of a Bib Gourmand Award.
After both being listed in the Good Food Guide 2014, released last month, the two eateries saw further praise last week.
Open five years, Black Rock owner and head chef David Symons has earned the coveted award four times and said he was very pleased to see continued success.
"It's great - I'm really happy. It's a good thing to have again this year," he said.
Mr Symons said local suppliers deserve to be noted and added they play a big role in west Cornwall's cuisine.
"It's good that the Cornish produce is shining through.
"The county has got such good produce - some of the best seafood in the world. It's absolutely fantastic."
The chef, who has been cooking for over 15 years and who grew up in the town, said everything on his menu is local and seasonal.
He added his crab goes from St Ives boat to restaurant plate in less than 24 hours.
"We have lots of seafood on the menu - at the moment we have venison on, which is really popular."
The Black Rock boss added while recognition is brilliant, his main aim is to "put smiles of peoples' faces."
"I don't really go for awards," he said. "We are just looking to make delicious food. We just want to make people happy."
On the south coast the Tolcarne Inn, Newlyn, was also given a Bib Gourmand.
At just a year old it has already achieved high praise from locals and food experts alike.
Landlady Anne Tunnicliffe said it would "really put the pub on the map" and also talked about the area's great produce and fish travelling a matter of metres from boat to table.
"It's very good," she said. "Supporting local suppliers is very important."
The proprietor also stressed the emphasis on quality and affordability, which is the focus of the award.
"Ben wants to do food people can afford - doing it this way he can reach more people."