Coombeshead Farm in Cornwall is an exclusive new retreat for foodies on a working farm created by acclaimed chefs April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, New York) and Tom Adams (Pitt Cue Co, London). Set among 66 acres of meadows, woodland and oak-tree-lined streams near Launceston, Cornwall, the property consists of a farmhouse with six bedrooms, communal living room with open fire, whisky room and library, as well as a wine cellar, dining room and open kitchen. The aim, its founders say, is to provide an “all-encompassing culinary experience” that allows guests to dine, stay the night and familiarise themselves with the farm that provides much of the kitchen’s ingredients. Reservations are now being taken for Wednesday July 6 onwards.
Dinner is a communal affair, served at a single 12-seater table in the farmhouse dining room. Drawing on an ever-changing selection of ultra-seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, the menu of large and small sharing dishes might feature recipes such as whole pit-baked mangalitsa ham and creamed kraut; rabbit, cobnut and nettle sausage; and desserts such as blackcurrant leaf junket.
The result of a five-year search, Coombeshead Farm sees Bloomfield and Adams realise a long-held dream to set up a restaurant as near as possible to the farmers, growers, butchers and fisherman that they have come to know as top restaurateurs. Their aim, they say, is to create “the very best produce, and ultimately offer total control over the raw product”.
Later this autumn, the farm will also be launching a series of workshops, all based on the techniques and skills used daily in the kitchen. Guests can expect lessons in butchery, sausage-making, curing, pickling, preserving and breadmaking.
All six ensuite rooms are £160 per person, including dinner and breakfast, and the farm is also available for exclusive bookings, where groups will be served a bespoke menu and provided with an insight into the produce, farm and the producers in the area. For locals or visitors, there is also the option to have dinner only, for £50.