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Where Do We Source Our Fresh Local Fruit & Veg?

It’s a question we are often asked by guests here at Sennen, perhaps after they have enjoyed a dish packed with seasonal greens, or one of our homemade ice creams laced with summer fruit. The answer is that we are very lucky to have great relationships with local growers within a short distance of Sennen Cove, and it’s thanks to these relationships that our menu packs a fresh punch all year round.

One such grower is Bosavern Community Farm, which is located just a few miles away near St Just. This not-for-profit social enterprise is a community initiative to produce and sell local food, and to encourage people to come together to use the land for educational, environmental and social purposes.

The Bosavern polytunnels, fruit cages, bee hives and hens are kept busy supplying a farm shop, a veg box scheme, local markets and businesses like ours. We talk to the team every week to find out what’s in abundance before placing an order, and our fresh veg is picked and transported the next day. It’s the epitome of field-fresh, low food miles sourcing and we love it!

Another fantastic local grower is Alsia Cross Market Garden, which is also just a short drive away in St Buryan. Ben has been working with these guys for many years – first at The Tolcarne and now at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove, and we really rate the produce and service.

Alsia Cross Market Garden is an organic family farm growing vegetables, salads and herbs. The team supply a shop in St Just as well as a small number of local restaurants – so we count ourselves very lucky!

We have huge respect for the people growing such fabulous produce, and we treat the fruits of their labours with the utmost respect. We are lucky to be able to offer an evolving menu of seasonal specials designed by Ben, which gives our chefs the opportunity to showcase these fresh ingredients as they arrive at the kitchen door – after the short journey from the field.

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Recipe – Whole Orange and Polenta Cake

Recipe – Whole Orange and Polenta Cake

Our delicious cakes, made fresh every day by Ben and the kitchen team, are always in high demand. However, the most requests for recipes we send to the kitchen are for this humble looking Polenta Cake – a moist and satisfying morning or afternoon treat, infused with the flavours of orange and almonds.

WHOLE ORANGE & POLENTA CAKE

Serves: 8-12

INGREDIENTS
1 LARGE ORANGE
6 EGGS
250 G SUGAR
125 G POLENTA
125 G FRESHLY GROUND ALMONDS
2 TBSP POPPYSEEDS
1 TBSP BAKING POWDER

METHOD

Wash the orange and place it in a pan. Cover with water, half cover the pan and cook the orange until it is tender: this will take about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a springf orm cake tin (or use a silicone mould).
Drain the orange well, then cut in half and remove any pips. Fit the food processor with the multipurpose blade and purée the orange, skin and all, on high speed. Mix in the eggs, one
by one, then add the sugar on the same speed. Add the remaining ingredients, except the crème fraîche, on low speed. Mix briefly to a smooth batter.
Spoon the batter into the prepared cake tin. Bake the cake for about 1 hour.
Leave the cake to cool on a wire rack, then slice into wedges and serve with generous spoonfulls of crème fraîche.
Now sit back and enjoy…

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Sennen Ladies Surf Club – First Hand!

Running the restaurant and having a young family is challenging enough, so
I never thought that I would be willing to jump into the sea on
Friday evening to join first ladies only surfing club! Dave (owner of
Sennen Surfing Centre and Sennen Surf Shop) says that this is the UK’s  ladies
only club. Gosh! This puts everything into perspective!
Usually family (certainly my family) going to the beach means: boys and
my husband in the water and I am on the beach trying to catch up with
reading and some peace and quiet. Its no surprise to me that ladies surfing clubs are
rare! And the wet suits! What a palava!
Anyway, despite many obstacles on the day I could not avoid the moment of truth so I bravely joined the rest of keen ladies.

We had a short session on the beach with a wonderful young teacher – part of Dave’s team and off we went into the water. I never thought I would have so much fun! It was great! The sun was shining, waves were just right (very small!) and
we all had a go. I struggled for most of the session – balancing whilst laying on the board was a problem for me for a start; but after a short while I stopped worrying
and just went for any and every small wave that came. It really was fun.
I even managed to almost stand on the board! My children would be very proud of me I thought and I felt great afterwards.
We finished the session with a glass of prosecco on the terrace of the
restaurant watching a wonderful Sennen sunset! What a fabulous evening!
But I think the biggest surprise for me was to wake up the next morning – my first thought of the day – how great it would be to go surfing today! Have I caught the surfing bug already?

Sennen Ladies Surf Club – every Friday 8 pounds including a a glass of prosecco on the restaurant terrace.

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#TasteOfSennen

We are on the hunt for intrepid foodies of all ages, who have tried something new here at our restaurant this summer. As a reward we are offering two families lunch on the house! See prize details below…

As parents of young children, Ben and Kinga know that it can be difficult to persuade little people to try new things, even when you know they are missing out on something really tasty. Even as adults, we often decide that we don’t like something before we’ve really given it a shot.

So this summer we are on a mission to encourage our lovely guests to try something for the first time. Anything from your very first taste of Cornish crab, to a freshly shucked oyster, marinated olives, even a particularly smelly cheese or smoked fish for breakfast…

You never know – your new food experience might even join surfing, kite flying, or sand castle building as one of the funniest and most memorable moments of your holiday, especially if all the family take part!

How To Take Part

1. Take a look at the menu here at Ben Tunnciffe Sennen Cove and order something you haven’t tried before.

2. Simply ask someone to take a photo of you (or you could draw a picture) tucking into this new food experience. You’ll also need to tell us what it was like in a few words, and provide some details (your age and the date you visited us).

3. Post your picture and info to our Facebook page, Tweet us @BenAtSennen using the hashtag #TasteOfSennen, or email competition@benatsennen.co.uk to be in with a chance of winning… If you’ve drawn a picture you can leave it at the restaurant with your details.

4. The competition is open from 8th June – 31st July.

There are two categories – one for ages 5 – 13, and one for anyone over the age of 13.

Prize Details

The winning entries in both age groups will be chosen by our expert judge, chef Ben Tunnicliffe.

The winners will be notified on 14th August 2016.

Each prize includes a meal for four people, to be taken before 31st December 2016. The prize includes up to three courses and soft drinks, to a maximum value of £150. No cash alternative is available and the prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Only one entry per person is allowed. If the selected winners are from the same family, the runner up from the +13 category will be awarded the other prize.

This competition is not being run in association with Facebook or any other social media platform, and is not being endorsed or sponsored in any way. We reserve the right to remove any unsuitable entries, or any posts not in the spirit of the competition.

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Ladies Surf Club Launched

We are excited to be involved with Sennen’s first Ladies Surf Club, which will take place every Friday for the next few months.

The restaurant has teamed up with our great friends at Sennen Surfing Centre to offer an irresistible package of surf tuition, laughs and Prosecco – all within the beautiful setting of Sennen Cove.

Every week ladies of all abilities are invited to come along, enjoy an hour or so in the water with Dave Muir and his team of expert tutors, followed by coffee or Prosecco on the terrace here at the restaurant.

If you prefer you can also grab yourself a SUP board and paddle – perfect for days when waves are in short supply…

Ladies Surf Club is a great opportunity to get in the water and give it a go, or hone your skills – as well as make new friends while getting some exercise in the fresh air. If you’re lucky, you’ll also experience a stunning sunset from our terrace overlooking the golden sands.

And why not stay for dinner? Our menu features hearty post-surf options (homemade burgers, delicious fish and chips) as well as healthy options and plenty of local fish fresh from market.

Ladies Surf Club starts at 6pm every Friday, with an hour and a half in the water followed by unrestricted socialising!

We hope to see you there soon.

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Restaurant Service 2016

I cannot believe how quickly the time flies – half way through 2016 and our second summer season just weeks away!
There is still so much to do before the season properly kicks in; I will share exciting news of our plans next time.
As for now – we have spent a long time focusing on service for the 2016 season. I hope you can appreciate that customers have different expectations and it is not easy to meet all of them. Expectations are not only focused on our delicious food but (or especially) around the service and managing a lot of staff to the same standard brings its own challenges.
It’s unfortunate that the UK hospitality market is rarely taken seriously – more of a stop gap. A great deal of knowledge is required to do the job well and we aim to have the best staff in-house who come back to us year after year.
Anyway, Service for 2016. The solution? I hope we found one.
Inside our restaurant – we operate full table service – we guide you to your table, you relax and we’ll take it from there and take your order.
On our terrace – we have moved away from on table numbers for this year. instead we ask you to come and order inside at the till.  You will be given a number and you can change your seating as much as you wish as long as you have your number to take with you. We will deliver your drinks and food to the number you have displayed.
We have trialled this system for past three months and it works well for our customers.
In the height of the summer season you will be welcomed by our terrace host to ensure you get seated where and when you want.
Hope to see you soon!
Kinga
Restaurant Manager