We are delighted to announce our new partnership with The Lost Gardens of Heligan, home to the finest productive garden in Britain, to celebrate great Cornish food. This collaboration sees the best horticultural practices and heritage produce taken from the Heligan Kitchen Garden and showcased by head chef at The Idle Rocks, Guy Owen and his team.
Soil to Plate – The Idle Rocks & Lost Gardens of Heligan Story
Since joining the hotel, Guy has introduced a menu championing Cornish food, working with local fishermen, greengrocers and sourcing the best meat from the West Country. This exclusive partnership with The Lost Gardens of Heligan will further allow Guy to utilise the unique homegrown produce abundant on the Heligan estate.
The gardens were abandoned following World War 1, with an intensive restoration in the 1990s unearthing the treasures of the gardens past. Spring 2017 will see the 25th anniversary of the gardens being opened to the public.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan boasts over 300 different varieties of heritage fruit and vegetables as well as a raising a collection of rare breed livestock; many of which are sadly, seldom seen in restaurants today. These will be featured throughout the seasonal menus at The Idle Rocks, with a trophy ingredient showcased each month.
Guy Owen comments: “It was Cornish produce that fueled my passion for food and this partnership with The Lost Gardens of Heligan reflects both mine and the hotel’s ethos of using only the best ingredients. As a chef, the opportunity to work with the produce from the estate is truly a dream come true. Their attention to detail, the hard work and stunning array of heritage fruit and vegetables is second to none.”
The partnership is not set up with commercial gain in mind, the aim is to not only highlight locally sourced ingredients, but also acts as an example of how local businesses can work together to raise the profile of Cornish food and champion its producers.
George Elworthy, Managing Director at The Lost Gardens of Heligan, comments: “We are all extremely excited about joining forces with The Idle Rocks and the relationship going forward. The Idle Rock’s ethos for sustainability and locally sourcing produce mirrors our own beliefs and the modest manner in which their head chef Guy delivers this, is simply awe-inspiring.”
Due to The Idle Rocks’ dedication to Cornish food and committed service to guests, the hotel became a member of the world renowned Relais & Châteaux collection of hotels in January 2016. The restaurant’s culinary credentials have catapulted with the launch of its Chef Nights, seeing partnerships with Zuma (the first hotel collaboration in the UK), Mitch Tonks, Fifteen Cornwall, Simon Hulstone of Michelin starred The Elephant in Devon, Josh Eggleton from Michelin starred The Pony & Trap in Bristol, and Jude Kereama of 2 AA rosette Kota Restaurant in Cornwall.