CELEBRITY chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is expanding his River Cottage brand to the heart of Truro. River Cottage chefs have teamed up with Skinner’s Brewery to devise an especially designed menu for the landmark Old Ale House pub. The partnership is part of a £100,000 investment which will see the pub’s upstairs dining area renovated in time for the launch of the new menu on September 27. The launch will coincide with the Great Cornish Food Festival being held on Lemon Quay on the same weekend. Hopes are that Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall, who is behind the move, will be able to attend the launch. Last year, River Cottage and Skinner’s Brewery collaborated to produce a new English Pale Ale – River Cottage EPA. So River Cottage decided to return the favour by helping Skinner’s to revamp its menu. Gary Richmond, River Cottage chef tutor, said: “It’s great working with people who are equally passionate about supporting local and small producers. “The new menus embrace our Slow philosophy: seasonal, local, organic and wild produce. The fish will be from sustainable sources, and the meat is from higher welfare Cornish farms.” Food campaigner Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage brand is already well known at its main base in Dorset and through the canteen at Royal William Yard, Plymouth, and outlets in Axminster and Bristol. Steve Skinner, from the brewery, said: “We’ve tried and tested the recipes for the past few months and we are all impressed by the results. “The menu includes mouth-watering, succulent meat which is cooked low and slow for hours. “We can’t wait to offer the menu to our customers and really hope they’re as excited about the food as much as we are.” For the past year the pub’s staff have been travelling back and forth to River Cottage HQ to learn about the cooking process. As part of the changes, the Old Ale House, will also have new management, with Jacqui and Robin Lawson, taking over at the helm from September. The couple have been running the New Inn, at Tresco, on the Isles of Scilly for the past 26 years.
Elaine Skinner, director of Hops and Camellias, the firm behind the renovation, said: “This renovation was close to both heart and home so we loved being involved and playing our part in the relaunch.”
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