COOMBESHEAD FARM

Set in Cornwall in blissful surroundings of sheep meadow and woods, the new farmhouse

brought by chefs Tom Adams and April Bloomfield is the perfect getaway for food lovers 

and those looking for authenticity and personal enlightenment.

Located in the north of Cornwall in Launceston, a stay at the farm is the perfect start to a road trip down to Watergate Bay, St Ives, Penzance and St Mawe. 

 

Intrigued by this new retreat created by talented Brit chefs Tom Adams from Pitt Cue in London and star chef April Bloomfield from The Spotted Pig, The Breslin and The John Dory Oyster Bar in New York, I decided to stay for one night between Christmas and the New Year. The experience was rejoicing and enriching, the kind of experiences you look for and only come across rarely. 

 

The bedrooms are comfortable, elegant and offer some nice touches such as the homemade sweet treats and a soothing view over the meadow and bunch of trees you see on their logo.

 

I went for a run at sunset and enjoyed the quietness of the countryside, the beautiful light and the company of sheep.

 

Come downstairs to the lounges (you have the choice of 2) around 6pm. I chose the more spacious lounge with white sofas and a big fireplace. I noticed chestnuts in a pan but forgot to ask if I could roast them. Relax, pick a bottle of wine from the wine list or go help yourself from the honesty bar - I noticed there was a bottle of the Black Cow vodka, the first spirit made from milk!

The chef and his team are cooking in the next door kitchen where you are welcome to hang out and chat with them. 

Freshly made nibbles are served in the lounge (we had pork cracklings and cured meats) whilst you're sippingwine, reading a magazine, playing cards or socialising with the other guests. 

Dinner is served in the dedicated cosy room on a wooden communal table. A feast of unique homemade starters awaits and come with totally moreish bread. There is  only one main course on offer, in our case, the most tender and delicious beef I have tasted in years - from Dexter cows, a breed of miniature cows from Ireland, accompanied by indulgent crispy skin potatoes and garden greens. 

Dessert was almost light and tasty and came in the shape of warm madeleines. 

Don't think that this is the end of your food journey. Breakfast is as tasty and interesting as dinner. It just got voted one of the 50 best breakfasts in the UK by The Guardian. Homemade honey, granola, bread again, yogurt, cream cheese and savoury dishes will get you started for an active day.

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