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Gannets and Gluttons AKA Food and Drink contains Beer, Cider, Pub and Restaurants reviews. Plus recipes and other chat about nosh and slosh.

  I love Mackerel, it’s one of my biggest pleasures in life. A lonely mackerel made me fall in love with fishing and I’ve spent many a happy summer eve proudly cooking my mackerel catch of the day. Mackerel is a hugely delicious and versatile fish, making it great to experiment with when cooking. Fishcakes are one of my favourite ways to cook it and I’ve tried lots of different recipes; this is the best one I’ve found, albeit with…

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  I’m going on Holiday to the Spainish coast (purposeful typo) on Friday, for 10 days. Now this post isn’t a brag, as my holiday is bittersweet; for in the Cornish town of Falmouth on Friday the 25th and Saturday 26th of October, one of my favourite occasions of the year occurs. Kernow’s largest real ale festival. Organised by CAMRA and held at Princess Pavilions, the festival plays host to over 200 of the finest real ales, ciders and perries……

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  So, Sunday definitely turned out to be a gluttonous day! We popped down to the Oyster Festival on Events Square, Falmouth at about midday. We browsed the really good selection of high quality stalls and my girlfriend couldn’t resist and bought some jewellery. My eyes however, were set on a very different prize – Oysters and Stout. We made our way into the main marque and headed straight for the oyster bar. I purchased four oysters on a paper…

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  Here be another review for a beer I had at the 5 Degrees beer fest: Sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin with the brewery itself. Bristol Beer Factory have been brewing fine tasting beers for nearly a decade now (they started off in 2004), in that time their range has extended a lot. They now have several bottled ales and produce over 10 cask ales, including some seasonal specials! They like to be inventive and experiment with beer, not in…

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  Is Cornwall’s Pride from the Tintagel Brewery something for Cornwall to be proud of? The Tintagel Brewery uses pure Cornish spring water to brew Cornwall’s Pride; their spring is found in Tintagel, the birthplace of King Arthur. This beer is truly fit for a king and the taste is as pure and powerful as one too. It has a full bodied malt taste with delicate citrus undertones. To the eye it’s coloured a deep amber which is almost as…

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  Tonight we decided to venture through the rain to Beerwolf in town, our bravery in battling the rain was rewarded, upon reaching Beerwolf we bumped into friends and were greeted by a excellent selection of craft beers. With many to choose from, I spotted a beer which I had wanted to try at the 5 degrees beer fest, but unfortunately had been sold out. Using the logic of: ‘if it’s sold out, then it must be good’ I plumped…

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  For the last almost 100 years Falmouth has been lacking a brewery. Yes, there are some great breweries nearby, but Falmouth deserves its own. The good people at Black Rock Brewing have stepped up to the plate, or should that be pint? Putting the actual drink to a side for a moment, I love the Black Rock brand and how it reflects their hometown. Black Rock is a cluster of rocks hidden beneath the surface at the entrance of…

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  I spent Saturday afternoon down at 5 Degrees West in Falmouth, it’s normally one of the better pubs in the Town for a good pint, but this weekend, it was definitely the best.  There were over 25 beers and 20 ciders on offer and it was fantastic. A good beer festival is brilliant for several reasons: You get to try lots of new beers you probably wouldn’t already. A room is filled with people who drink too much beer,…

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  This is a cake that will bring a tear to the eye of any patriotic Cornish gentleman or lady. What’s more, it’s massive, delicious and easy to make. It’s basically one of those little crispy cakes you see at village fetes, but with the slight tweak of going supersize and using two types of crispyness to create the beautiful image of the Saint Piran’s Flag. Now strap yourself in, here we go: So basically for this recipe you are…

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  I met up with a friend today for a catch up. As we were in Falmouth we decided to pop down to The Front. When we arrived I scanned their every changing selection of beers. I plumped for Cornish Mutiny by Truro’s Wooden Hand Brewery as I’ve had a selection of their ales before and they’re always top notch. I had also just walked past a massive billboard advertising their brewery on Killigrew street (so subliminal advertising might have…

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