Our guide to Cornwall's favourite local producers
From artisan bread and creamy cheddar to fresh fruits and flaky pasties, there’s lots of local, home-grown produce to enjoy in Cornwall. We take a look at five of the region's best-loved producers, and find out what tasty treats they have to offer.
Dennis Knight Fish Merchants, Port Isaac, North Cornwall
Located in one of North Cornwall’s oldest fishing villages, Dennis Knight Fish Merchants have brought fresh fish to the people and visitors of Port Isaac for decades. Specialising in crab, lobster, scallops, mackerel and bass, the fishmonger buys its stock fresh each morning from day boat fishermen, who cast their line just off the Cornish coast. The proprietor, Dennis Knight, has now retired, but the shop remains in the capable hands of John Collins, who started working here when he was just a boy.
Produce: Fish, shellfish
Opening Times: Winter, Mon–Fri 9am–1pm, Sat 9am–3pm; Summer, Mon–Sat 9am–4pm
Address: Fish Cellars, 1 Fore Street, Port Isaac, Cornwall, PL29 3RB
Contact: 01208 880498: Dennis Knight Fish Merchant's Facebook page
Find out more about Dennis Knight Fish Merchants and discover some of the other wonderful local Cornish producers in our Food & Drink video and guide.
Roskilly’s Farm, St Keverne, West Cornwall
Roskilly’s Farm in St Keverne has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a dairy farm in the 1950s. Owners Joe & Rachel began their business selling clotted Cornish cream at farmers markets around Cornwall, before they began production on a new Cornish ice cream. Now, the company produce a multitude of different products, including jam, chutney and fudge, all of which are made fresh onsite using a mixture of home-grown and locally sourced ingredients. What's more, all of the milk Roskilly’s use in their products comes from their herd of Jersey cows, who graze on organic and sustainable grasslands.
Produce: Clotted cream, jam, chutneys, marmalade, ice cream, bottled milk
Opening Times: Spring & Summer, 10am–9pm
Address: Roskillys Tregellast Barton Farm, TR12 6NX Helston, Cornwall
Contact: 01326 280479; www.roskillys.co.uk
Sarah’s Pasty Shop, Looe, South Cornwall
No visit to Cornwall would be complete without indulging in a Cornish pasty, and there’s nowhere better to sample one than at Sarah’s Pasty Shop in Looe, South Cornwall. Sarah and her family have produced Cornish pasties in South Cornwall for generations, and still use the same locally sourced ingredients and traditional methods today. Visit the bakery, choose your flavour, and watch your pasty being prepared by hand on the premises. Then, take a walk along Looe’s pretty harbour, savouring every mouthful of this delicious Cornish staple.
Produce: Pasties, baked goods
Opening Times: Mon–Sat 9am–5.30pm
Address: 6 Buller St, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 1AS
Contact: 01503 263973
Cornish Mill & Bakehouse, Newquay, North Cornwall
Located on a small family farm in the peaceful north Cornish countryside, The Cornish Mill & Bakehouse specialises in producing delicious artisan breads and sweet, baked treats. Flour used in the Bakehouse’s bread and cakes is grown and milled on the farm, and there is an accompanying smallholding where beef, lamb and pork are reared. Produce made on the site is available to purchase from farmers markets across Cornwall, and the company is a regular attendee at the Royal Cornwall show which takes place in June each year. Contact the Cornish Mill & Bakehouse on your next visit to Cornwall to find out where you can pick up some of their delicious, homemade produce.
Produce: Bread, cakes and other baked goods
Address: Trescowthick Farm, St Newlyn East, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5NS
Contact: 01637 830958; www.cornishmillandbakehouse.com
Ninemaiden’s Mead, West Cornwall
From beehive to bottle, Ninemaiden’s Mead is produced to an exceptionally high-standard using only the finest local ingredients and traditional brewing techniques. The team behind Ninemaiden’s source their honey from hives across west Cornwall, and have perfected a vast roster of distinctive meads including Spiced, Gwire and Key Plum. For those not familiar with the beverage: mead is a sweet, aperitif style drink made from the fermentation of water and honey, and is delicious served at room temperature, chilled or mulled. Ninemaiden’s Mead has won several awards, and can be sampled at agricultural shows or purchased online.
Produce: A variety of meads
Contact: 01209 820939; www.cornwallsolar.co.uk/ninemaidens
If you can't wait to experience the delicious food from the wonderful local producers, get planning your trip to Cornwall today! Get the full Cornish experience and stay in one of our many beautiful holiday cottages in the area.