By day the Old Market at Chacewater is an abundance of organic produce, offering anything from exotic fruit and veg to local cheeses and artisan teas and coffees. Family run and loved by locals, the market is open 7 days a week, and is a treat to wander around- especially if you’re after something special for supper that you know has come from a great place.
On special occasions, however, the market is transformed into a unique dining experience- Tony and his family put together communal-eating-inspired feast evenings that draw upon the best that the market, and Cornwall, have to offer.
Seated outside in the pretty gardens that are at the centre of the market, or in the picturesque greenhouse lined with trellis tables, guests are invited to sit, talk, and feast- the perfect way to spend a summer evening.
Lobster and Chips may sound like a simple idea for a ‘feast’ evening- but done properly, as Tony ensured it was, these simple treats were a delight to enjoy in this family-supper-style dining experience. With a whole lobster per person, half stuffed with dressed prawns, the other with a tomato salsa, and served with a generous portion of (proper) homemade chips and salad, we were satisfied and grinning with greedy contentment as we drained our BYO bottle of wine and chatted easily to the people sat on the opposite side of the table.
Like a huge (very posh) picnic, we brought our own plates, glasses and ‘tools’ for eating with, and were served with a huge smile from Tony. In true Cornish style, dessert was strawberries and clotted cream- the perfect indulgence after a no-fuss lobster feast.
For only £30 per person, including the BYO corkage charge (although very reasonably priced wines, paired with the food, are also on offer), this was a steal of an evening out, and surpassed our expectations by a mile.
For more information about The Old Market and to find out about upcoming Feast evenings check out their Facebook page.