I’ve stayed in a lot of self catering places over the years, from a farmhouse in Anglesey to a cottage in Thorpeness. Some are immaculately kitted out (hello Dreamcatchers house of wonder), others lack even salt & pepper. Being someone who would always prefer to cook breakfast rather than buy a croissant when on holiday, I always bring my kitchen essentials — knives, sea salt, bouillon powder etc (I feel a separate blog post on this coming on) so I can actually get busy in the kitchen, but often I travel by train so I can’t bring anything more than the basics in my luggage.
This is where clever-ness comes into play: If you are going to Cornwall on holiday Cornishfoodmarket.co.uk can deliver to your holiday cottage, caravan or even tent as long as you provide the correct address information.
It had honestly never occurred to me to book a grocery shop to be delivered in advance of my arrival at a holiday house, but last year a PR had organised for Cornishfoodmarket.co.uk to leave an unexpected box in our self-catering house (The Village at Watergate Bay).
It was an act of pure genius: there are no food shops in Watergate Bay, and we didn’t have a car for the first half of our stay. Without the welcome pack, we would have had to eat out three times a day (no hardship, but tough on the wallet — and the digestion).
I particularly liked that most of the produce in the box was local and Cornish: There were free range eggs from St Ewes, Tregothnan tea from the UK’s only tea plantation, Cornish Orchards apple juice, traditional Cornish Splits (traditionally used instead of scones in cream teas), Boddington’s Raspberry Jam, Trewithen Cornish Clotted Cream, and excellent bread.
Of course they sell all your regular groceries too, from wine to loo roll, detergent to bin bags.
(I made an epic French Toast with Clotted Cream & Raspberry Jam from the contents of the box.)
It makes sense to use Cornishfoodmarket.co.uk as much more of the money you spend with them stays within the Cornish community. It’s run by Westcountry Fruit Sales Ltd — a privately owned family business whose roots stretch back to 1856. They are one of the biggest purchasers and distributors of local produce in the area: their buyers source products from more than 50 specialist growers and over 30 small Cornish food manufacturers, and all of their meat, fish, and bakery goods and a large proportion of their dairy produce is from Cornwall. (Their wholesale customers include Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen.)
They don’t just deliver within Cornwall (where delivery is free over a minimum spend): their delivery area is anywhere in England and Wales subject to any delivery charges which may apply. (I just looked for North Devon, and the charge would have been £11: twice the supermarket, but less than a return cab to a supermarket, and certainly something to think about in terms of the convenience of having all your groceries ready and waiting.)
And, of course, if you live in Cornwall, then they are a great alternative to the major players…