Vegging Out at Padstow Kitchen Garden 2017

After the huge success of last year’s summer event at Padstow Kitchen Garden, Ross Geachbig green egg and his team at Trerethern Farm are hosting BinTwo once again. This year Barry Horne will be at the helm of the Big Green Egg, creating a delicious, casual lunch which should be by no means underestimated! Barry will be using an abundance of the freshest ingredients from the farm and other local suppliers to which we’ll match some suitably summery wines from the BinTwo shelves for you to enjoy.

For those of you not familiar with Barry’s impressive resume, he has worked at some of the top restaurant in Cornwall including Fifteen, Rick Steins Seafood Restaurant & Seafood School and Paul Ainsworth’s Rojanos in the Square, as well as heading up Rafferty’s in St Merryn. Barry has also hosted  a number of Wildfire Banquets under his private chef alias, specialising in wild and foraged ingredients.

Before lunch, Ross will be giving a guided tour of the gardenBazza Horne and polytunnels offering gardening tips & advice and an insight into his brainchild which is Padstow Kitchen Garden. During a successful chef career, and whilst heading a Rick Stein restaurant in Padstow, Ross discovered the type of fresh, local produce a chef truly desired. He combined this with his experience of being a 6th generation farmer and everything his grandfather taught him on the farm and started to grow outstanding produce which can be seen on menus and tasted at a number of fine dining restaurant throughout Cornwall. Ross’ passion clearly hasn’t weaned as he is busier than ever at the farm, plus regular appearances on Radio Cornwall’s Gardenline and a monthly column in the Sunday Telegraph, the man’s got stamina!

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As if the idyllic location and just the promise of fine food and wine wasn’t enough to tempt you, the menu is shaping up to look something like this…

Canapés in the tunnel followed by a selection of breads with Big Green Egg smoked butter and accompanying summer radishes, the tastiest and prettiest Padstow Kitchen Garden Salad you ever did see and a fresh local fish dish with fennel puree and chargrilled baby leeks. All will be finished off with fresh, seasonal tartlets, smiley faces and full bellies all round. Bliss!

Saturday 17th June 2017
12noon – 4pm (ish)
Padstow Kitchen Garden, Trerethern Farm, PL28 8LE

Ticket price of £55pp to include welcome drink, Padstow Kitchen Garden tour, lunch, 5 accompanying wines and a PKG goodie bag to take away.

There’s only space for 16 lucky guests so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

You can see what we got up to last year here>>>

Thank you Padstow Kitchen Garden…. Vegging out Reviewed!

Padstow Kitchen Garden

It was predicted rain but upon arrival at Padstow Kitchen Garden, Trerethern Farm, Padstow, the sun was hot and high in the sky – the perfect indication of the day ahead…..

The ‘Shed’ (not to be underestimated!!) had been filled with beautiful fresh cut flowers and the Big Green Eggs were raring to go. As we busied ourselves with preparations at this great venue we realised Ross Geach and his team had created something really special. With incredible views of rolling countryside and the Camel Estuary, it has a certain magic about it, right on our doorstep too!


Welcome drink - Padstow Kitchen Garden

Guests were welcomed with a refreshingice cubes Tarquins Gin & Elderflower tipple with pretty little ice cubes made using fresh elderflowers, borage and lemon verbena, all from Padstow Kitchen Garden, of course! Once the introductions had been made and everybody had exclaimed their ‘Oohs’ and ‘Ahhs’ at the views, the tour of the garden and polytunnels began.

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Tomatoes - Padstow Kitchen GardenThere is no doubt that Ross isMike - Padstow Kitchen Garden passionate as he enthusiastically tells us all about what, why and how he plants, nurtures and harvests the produce grown on the farm. Handing out little tasters as we go round, encouraging guests to get involved by picking their own leaves to experience different tastes and textures. We got to see the very plants where the aforementioned lemon verbena leaves and borage flowers came and the sun gold tomatoes we tried were just exquisite – so sweet!

We learnt all about the history of Padstow Kitchen Garden as Ross fondly spoke of how his Grandfather taught him how to grow vegetables from an early age and how his experience as a Head Chef for Rick Stein has helped him to know exactly what chefs are looking for. All incredibly useful experience as you can imagine! All this talk about food and chefs was making us hungry, luckily it was time for lunch….

Ross’ friend, and talented chef, Lee Easdon along with the lovely Emma, lent a helping hand on the day. These guys were doing all the hard work in the background on the food side of things and all we had to do was (expertly!) pour the wine! Of course our wonderful Kate had worked her magic and selected some awesome wines to match each dish. (All wines detailed below are currently available in the BinTwo shop….)

At the end of the tour we were greeted with some of the infamous Courgette Flowers, deep fried in a light batter – the very ones that go to the fine dining restaurants down in the town….. this lunch was shaping up to be a real treat. The courgette flowers were matched with the light and fresh Domaine Les Grande Presbyteres Tradition Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur Lie, 2014, Loire, France. It had crisp acidity to cut through the batter and nice light finish to let the flavours of this simple dish shine.

To the shed….. built by Ross’s very own hands, this great entertaining space has two large picnic tables, very comfortably seating 16 of us and a great little kitchen work space. With the double doors opening out on to the two impressive Big Green Eggs and uninterrupted views of the idyllic landscape, we were all very happy indeed. Ross explained each course in turn alongside Mike’s knowledgeable verse about the wines (thanks again Kate!)

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A delicious (it was all delicious!!) White Fish Brandade with toasted Sourdough and bowls of fresh, fragrant salad along with the sweetest Edamame style Broad Beans cooked on the Big Green Egg. All washed down with: Sepp Moser Gruner Veltliner von den Terrassen, 2015, Kremstal, Austria Crisp with a fresh citrus acidity, light white pepper spice and herbal notes.

Fantastic juicy Beetroot cooked on the coals (in the Big Green Egg) with Oregano. Accompanied by: Poderi Colla Campo Romano Pinot Nero, 2012, Piemonte, ItalySilky & elegant with ripe red fruit, savoury characteristics and a hint of oak.

Succulent Hake Papillotte, with the freshest veg: Baby Turnip,Hake - Padstow Kitchen Garden Leek, Carrot & Fennel. Complimented by: Domaine Henry Pellé Beetroot - Padstow Kitchen GardenSancerre ‘La Croix as Garde’, 2014, Loire, FranceFresh, rounded & herbaceous with citrus & smoky notes and an intense and zingy finish

And to finish, a gorgeous Lemon Verbena Posset made by Ross (wow!) and of course we ended the day with bubbles: Billecart-Salmon Demi Sec NV. Champagne, France – Fine persistent mousse with delicate white flowers, butter & brioche



Posset - Padstow Kitchen GardenThe hard work and dedication that Ross and his team put into Padstow Kitchen Garden really does pay off. Not only is the produce incredible, they are a friendly and knowledgeable bunch who love to share what they know. Ross regularly hosts Kitchen Gardening Courses – tailored to suit, which also includes a lunch made with ingredients sourced from the farm (won’t be as good as ours though…. just saying!) Find out more at

A big THANK YOU to Ross, Lee and Emma and all that attended for making the event a big success. We’re even going as far as saying our best event yet!

If you loved it or couldn’t make it, fear not! We’re already in talks for a similar event in September and maybe more! In addition, watch this space as there’s talks of Lee and Emma setting up a pop up ‘street food café’ at Padstow Kitchen Garden this summer – you heard it here first!


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Thanks to Trevibban Mill!

The handsome chap in the photo is affectionately known as Fat Boy – a hard-working ram (with a borderline personality disorder) whom we met during our wine club tour of Trevibban Mill Vineyard.  What an impressive chap he was but not half as impressive as witnessing first-hand how much Liz and Engin Mumcuoglu have achieved in a relatively short timescale at Trevibban Mill!

olivesSo huge thanks to Liz and Engin for sharing the story of how a former medical physicist and a former economist (and university sweethearts) fell accidentally into the business of making organic wine (don’t be fooled by the romance – it seems like bleddy hard work!)

Thanks also to winemaker extraordinaire Manuel Kowalewski for giving some small insight into the craft that goes into turning organically grown grapes into wines of real purity and integrity – who knew how much science and instinct was involved in the seemingly simple process of pressing grapes!

The roll call goes on with thanks to the ever lovely Maggie looking after the tasting needs of our thirsty guests and, of course, to the newcomers at Trevibban Mill – Andy Appleton and Lyndsey Marshall!

Fresh from Fifteen Cornwall this dynamic duo (and their hard-working kitchen brigade) treated us to five fabulous courses – each of them utterly delicious and each paired beautifully with a wine from the Trevibban Mill range.

risottoAndy is a self-taught chef who fed 3/4 million guests in his 10 years as Head Chef at Fifteen Cornwall.  Appleton’s at the Vineyard opened in March and, on the strength of our lunch, is set to be a sure-fire hit on the Cornwall dining scene.  Andy’s style is inspired by rustic Italian food using the very best local ingredients combined with a bit of continental sparkle.

Lyndsey has an interesting and varied background which spans being a dental nurse, an air hostess and a fire-eating, juggling lion-tamer before heading up the apprentice and charitable schemes at Fifteen (OK – I might be joking about the fire-eating, juggling and lion-taming but she’s done pretty much everything else!)

All in all this lovely bunch of people with their unconventional backgrounds have created something really special and we wish them all the best.

So for those of you would couldn’t join us on the day, feast your eyes (sorry) on a few snapshots from the day (apologies for the absence of pictures of the crab on fennel crackers and the wild garlic gnocchetti – I’m afraid I dove in a bit too porkkeenly).

If you haven’t been there yet then get yourself booked in soon before you find yourself at the back end of a three month waiting list – yes it’s that good!


Vegging out…Wine Club lunch, 11th June.

We’re very excited that Ross Geach from Padstow Kitchen Garden will be hosting our next lunch event on Saturday 11th June!  A light, casual lunch featuring the hake cooked en papillote cooked on Ross’s brand new Big Green Eggs, the freshest of fresh vegetables, some suitably dainty summery wines all served in an idyllic setting with stunning views of the Camel Estuary AND a Padstow Kitchen Garden goodie bag…all for £45 per person.  What’s not to like?

Just 16 lucky guests will meet at noon for a welcome cocktail followed by a tour of the vegetable patches while drinking in the views.  I don’t know how Ross gets anything done – look at his happy little face…

Ross will pass on a few tips for budding gardeners before moving on to the poly tunnels where he’ll prepare a tray of fresh-picked vegetables for you to try with maybe a cucumber gazpacho taster in poly tunnel.  You’ve not tasted cucumber until you’ve tasted…you know where I’m going with this.

We’ll then move to Ross’s wooden cabin for lunch or eat outside if the weather is kind.  The menu will depend on what vegetables are at their peak but if you think in terms of a picnicky style lunch featuring hake or cod en papillote served with a range of different vegetable dishes (grilled, marinaded veg, chargrilled baby leeks and courgettes with mustard vinaigrette etc.) followed by a lemon and verbena posset or perhaps a cheesecake – then you won’t be far wide of the mark.

We’ll be selecting a line up of cracking summer whites for you to sample – either running a tasting table outside if the weather’s kind or matching the tasters to your courses inside if the weather lets us down.


For those who aren’t familiar with Padstow Kitchen Garden, it’s Ross’s brain child.  He was formerly a chef at Rick Stein’s for ten years – and is now Padstow’s very own rock ‘n’ roll gardener.  The Geach family has worked Trerethern Farm in Padstow for over 150 years and Ross has always been a keen budding farmer learning how to grow veg from his grandfather.

Uniquely Ross has blended his experience as a chef with years of study and experimentation to produce vegetables that are simply stunning quality.  With a TV appearance under his belt and a regular column in the Sunday Telegraph, Ross has clearly hit on a winning formula and we were delighted when he agreed to host a wine club event.

Whilst I’ve always been a fan of Ross’s work, the light bulb moment when I decided to ask him about hosting an event came to me in the Seafood Restaurant.  Mary and I were having a rare work-free and child-free lunch and my main came with a side order of Ross’s veg.  I can’t remember what that dish was but the carrots…Oh My Goodness the carrots!  They were so extraordinarily sweet that I asked how they’d been cooked.  “Just steamed” was the answer from the kitchen.  Look…I know what you’re thinking…”steady on Mike – it was just a carrot” and of course you’re right.  But I’ve never tasted one that was so good that it became the centrepiece of the meal.  Over the top?  Well you’ll just have to come along to our event and decide for yourself.

So, as we look forward to easing into the summer months with lighter foods, salads and outdoor eating in mind, we’ll be exploring what flavours can be achieved with fresh, high-quality, carefully grown vegetables and which wines will help take those flavours to the “next level” (I’ve clearly been watching too much Masterchef).

Spaces are limited to 16 so please email to book your spaces without delay!

Lazy Lunch at Prawn On The Lawn…18th October

Five courses…six wines…£45…insanely good value frankly!

We’re spoiling you with another spectacular Wine Club Lunch starting at 12.30 for 1.00pm on Sunday 18th October courtesy of Padstow’s newest eatery – Prawn On The Lawn.  We love the idea behind this restaurant – a fishmonger that doubles up as a restaurant… a natural partner for a wine merchant come wine bar!

The concept for the lunch is a five course taster menu comprising the freshest possible seafood – all sourced directly from local day boats by chef and owner Rick Toogood (great name I know) with his co-owner and brand new wife Katie heading up front of house.

We’ve be assumed our traditional role of sourcing some suitably lovely wines for a wine flight to do the food justice, and we’ll be on hand to tell you a wee bit about them (but not so much that you lynch us out of desperation to get stuck into your lovely grub!)

It’s not the regular lovely Prawn On The Lawn menu on show.  Oh no…Rick and Katie have pulled out all the stops and have prepared some special dishes for our wine club lunch and we’ve designed the wine flight to match.  Shall I spoil the surprise?

A cheeky glass of  Extra Brut Sparkling Piquepoul, Ormarine, France.

Oysters done three ways

with a glass of Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Petit Chablis 2013, Burgundy, France.

Clams in lemon grass broth

with a glass of Chateau Civrac Wild White Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Bergerac, France.

Scallop ceviche with chilli and passion fruit

with a glass of The Crossings Pinot Gris 2014, Malborough, New Zealand.

Chinese style grey mullet, szechuan potatoes & bean sprout pak choi salad                         

with a glass of Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2014, Washington State, USA.

Coconut panacotta

with a glass of Chateau de Cerons 2007, Cerons, France.

Sounds good huh?

Prawn On The Lawn is located in the old home of our favourite (and much loved) wine club lunch venue Margot’s Bistro.  So the Prawnies have got some big boots to fill!  In the interest of thorough research I’ve visited both their original restaurant in Islington and their new Padstow branch (so conscientious) and I’m confident that we’re in good hands!

We can only fit in 18 lucky people and half the tickets have been sold already so don’t delay…book your place by emailing