We have all enjoyed a lovely winter rest, with the economy of the Canary Islands raised considerably with a large majority of our staff enjoying a relaxing, sunny break.
Damon and Stephi immersed themselves in the Australian culture down under and had a truly brilliant experience, just ask them about the vineyards! Along their travels, vast expanses of the country were covered by road and on foot, certain very special restaurants visited and wineries (very thoroughly!) discovered. Damon’s commitment to his passion for wine means that now the sourcing is underway to bring a few of the stunning wines to the Restaurant here to tempt you.
Meanwhile, I fell in love with the tradition and geographical interest of Holland, touring historical villages and consuming multiple Oliebollens, the popular doughnut-like addictive pastries with the consequential danger of resembling one. I was also able to have my fix of my favourite hobby – being on the other side of the restaurant business – as I caught up with the city in a blissful week of dining out, at every possible mealtime, in London and soaking up the capital’s culture.
However, after weeks apart we are all delighted to be back in idyllic Cornwall as the snowdrops begin to blink in the glorious morning sun, breaking out and carpeting the woods, with the new lambs finding their feet in the nearby fields, clearly signalling spring is close.
We have already flown through our first couple of busy weeks, with our beautiful new menu receiving sensational feedback. With a few tweaks to the format with a delicious extra course, cheese now integrated into our tasting experience and with the release of Nathan’s Seafood Book in May, this year looks set to be incredibly exciting.
The kitchen is already reflecting this with everyone brimming over with passion. As Chris, our lovely and very talented Chef previously in Fowey with the team, rejoins Nathan, it seems a winning combination as they work with Tim and Dean to showcase the finest local ingredients. We are also delighted to welcome Char to our team this year, who has fitted in seamlessly with the restaurant, bringing elegance, intelligence and a beaming smile to our front of house family. With our ‘new’ additions and preparations for the year, a happy and fervent buzz is radiating from all corners.
We hope you have all had a great winter too and look forward to seeing you all bright and fresh this year, with the possibility of altering that with an irresistible glass of wine. The whole Outlaw team are all geared up and eager to welcome you!