If you haven’t already guessed Gemma’s from Cornwall and a proud supporter of everything it offers. Top of the list of course is the county’s incredible food. It has really seen a boom in the past 10 years (pure coincidence that it as soon as Gemma moved to London) and the quality of food across the county is really amazing. One of Gemma’s top picks when in Cornwall is the Hidden Hut, which due to its rising popularity is becoming a lot less hidden. Tucked away on the coast, in an unbelievable setting, the team here are cooking up some of the best food to be found.
Finding The Hidden Hut
The Hidden Hut is based about a twenty minute walk along the coast from the village of Porthcatho. Gemma’s family is based in Wadebridge on the north coast and it’s about a 45 minute drive to it so it’s easily accessible from most of Cornwall but definitely one to visit if you are near Truro, Falmouth or St Austell. Driving is going to be your best bet unless you are in no hurry and fancy relying on the Cornish public transport!
It’s worth the journey. Parking up at the top of the hill the hut is about a 5-10 minute walk down towards the beach. Filled with huge wooden benches, but with plenty of places to put a picnic blanket down, on a sunny day it really is a beautiful sight.
What’s on the menu?
What isn’t? Every day the team unveil the latest set of specials, but they typically include things like stews, curries and soups. Gemma has tried the smoked haddock and bacon chowder (the perfect New Year’s Eve warming lunch) served with a huge chunk of bread, and then most recently squid and butterbean stew. Both were seriously delicious and full of flavour, and big portions! The prices might be slightly higher than the average beach cafe (the above costing £8 and £10 respectively) but you cannot beat the quality. Aside from the hot food they always have a wealth of beautiful looking cakes alongside the Cornish staple of the pasty.
What the Hidden Hut is most known for is its Feast Nights, which famously sell out of tickets almost immediately. But for good reason, with things like Cornish Lobster and chips, wood-fired paella and fire pit mussels all on the menu. Guests bring their own cutlery, drinks and plates and the Hidden Hut team provide the food. Tickets go on sale on the 1st of each month for the feasts planned that month. Set a reminder in your calendar to make sure you get on that list!