A Guest Chef Tasting Evening at The Longstore in Charlestown Cornwall.
We were recently invited to The Longstore restaurant in Charlestown for a special guest chef tasting evening. Chefs Ben Ambridge from The Longstore and Joe Simmonds from The Beach at Bude both created half of the dishes on the tasting menu each.
The Longstore restaurant is very modern looking, with its exposed ceilings. With a log burner in the corner, candles on every table and warm but subtle lighting, the whole place seems very cosy in the evening despite its modern look. There’s also the added bonus that from some seats in the restaurant, there is a view of the sea and the masts of the tall ships.
We grabbed some drinks at the bar when we first arrived, I was impressed to see several locally sourced choices and went for a Tarquin’s gin with tonic for myself and Si had a local lager. Both were very good. The only slightly annoying thing about getting our drinks, was that The Longstore was busy when we arrived since everyone was eating at the same time that evening and this made it hard to get to the bar.
Completely understandable on a busy night, but they could definitely help this by having less bar stools at the bar. That’s literally the only tiny negative thing that I have to say about our evening. Not long after we had gotten our drinks and been shown to our table, they brought around a few hors d’oeuvres including steak tartare.
The first course was one created by Joe – Confit duck ravioli, wild garlic and potato puree, girolles. The duck was delicious and it was such a beautiful looking dish as well. Definitely one of my favourites of the evening, so it was a great way to start.
From Ben there was then Smoked ham hock, clams, cockles, peas. The ham was incredibly succulent and full of flavour, in fact the whole dish definitely had a strong taste. Definitely one for seafood fans despite the ham, as the clams and cockles definitely held their own in the flavour stakes.
Then came Cod loin, charred gypsy pepper, courgette, smoked mussels, romesco sauce, almonds, tarragon butter crust from Joe. This was definitely a pretty dish to look at with the pops of red. Full of flavour.
Ben’s second course was Beef fillet wrapped in prosciutto, rainbow chard, bone marrow jus, crispy sage. This was my favourite dish of the evening, the beef was just so tender and cooked to perfection.
Joe’s dessert was Lemon cream cheese, brandy snap, raspberry sorbet, macerated raspberries, basil. The raspberry sorbet was pretty sour or rather sharp tasting, but in a really mouth pleasing and refreshing way. It went perfectly with the rest of the dish, which was a real mix of very sweet tastes and also very tangy tastes. The mix really worked so well.
Ben’s choice was Chocolate and clotted cream panna cotta, honeycomb, salt caramel sauce. It was absolutely delicious and definitely one of my favourites on the evening. It had such a rich taste to it and the crunch of the honeycomb worked perfectly with the rest of the dish.
Both Ben Ambridge’s and Joe Simmonds’ dishes worked well together and we really enjoyed our meal. All of the staff there were so helpful and friendly. We’ll definitely be going back to The Longstore for dinner at some point in the near future and I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for future special tasting menu evenings there in the future.