Beach restaurant

Punk chef teams up with Cornwall beach restaurant for something new and exciting

A renowned chef, who is shaking up restaurants in Cornwall with a ‘punk attitude’, has teamed up with a beachside restaurant to create something new and exciting for the Duchy.

Ben Quinn – who runs Canteen Cornwall – has teamed up with Jamie-Lee Job, who runs the Summerhouse on Perranporth beach, to deliver a new twist on surf and turf, which will support local farming families and is “more fair than fair trade”.

Ben told CornwallLive earlier this week that he wanted to end expensive dining in Cornwall and prove that good food doesn’t have to be expensive. His Canteen diners in St Agnes and Newquay have already gone some way to proving that.

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He now wants to go mainstream and hopes the new Summerhouse venture will lead to a new kind of Cornish restaurant chain.

Ben, who moved to Perranporth in December, explained the philosophy behind the connection: “Jamie-Lee owns the Summerhouse and his family has run the Watering Hole for 45 years. She contacted me and asked how I would add value to the Summerhouse. I’ve been looking for a long time for a great location to show people what “good food” looks like. We want to bring our canteen dining culture to this area where multi-generational families visit and have a great time. time. time.

“The product for the demographic visiting Perranporth will be a Land, Surf and Turf approach. The burgers will hopefully be the best burgers you will find and the steak will be phenomenal, with lobster and chips on the beach. will be a reduced menu – we will do the burgers, steak, lobster and a vegan feast and sides.

“All the products, like the burger hash, come from a specific farm where it’s rare breed and heathland cattle. That buying power of 300 burgers a day is enough to send a cow every day to the slaughterhouse. Then all the cuts of choice go on our steak menu. So what we have is a popularizing menu, which does not drop its values ​​and uses its purchasing power to do good .

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Ben added: “If this style of restaurant works on a beach, why don’t we have three or four? Then we can use a range of local farms. People may ask, who is your supplier? It won’t be not a supplier, it will be a Cornish farming family.It’s fairer than fair trade.

“Hopefully this could lead to a chain – it will take some time. We need to find a variety of farms that trust us and raise animals in a particular way.”

The new-style Summerhouse, which opened in 2018, is set to launch soon.

Jamie-Lee said on social media: “I’m really excited to start this adventure again with my new business partner Ben Quinn from Canteen. I love the culture and the spirit around these spaces and can’t wait. to channel that into the summer house, a space that is so special to me.”