December 20, 2017
Top award from Michelin Guide for Carew Arms
Who would have known that in a little over a year of trading, The Carew Arms in Antony would have been included in the Michelin Guide 2018 as a Regional Standout, as well as being recommended in the Good Pub Guide and hold their Award for both food and wine.
Since July 2016 the Carew Arms has worked extremely hard to help put heart and soul, as well as footfall, into the village of Antony, and is now a focal point for the community hosting regular quiz nights and cocktail tasting for locals, employing six full-time staff with numerous opportunities for part-time seasonal work.
The pub is owned by Tremayne Carew Pole whose family has lived in the area since the 15th century. Keeping the family connection, Tremayne asked his sister-in-law, Emily Watkins of the Great British Menu fame, to help design the menu, which serves up affordable, seasonal food with an emphasis on local produce and exceptional quality.
The menu is completely changed every three months, meaning if you have been lucky enough to visit already, you can treat yourself repeatedly to sampling new twists on traditional British cuisine with a modern edge.
Head Chef Jack Clayton, formerly heading up the kitchen at The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor makes the best use of seasonal produce, including pigeon and fresh produce from the Antony Estate. He can also be found foraging along the Lynher Estuary on his rare days off.
Christmas is a great time to sample the delights on offer, with Christmas Party Menu’s starting from just £22 for three courses, and an attractive loft private dining area seating up to 20, or 35 for a drinks party.
There is also a midweek set menu with two courses for £12 and three for just £16. Booking is advisable, but the friendly staff are happy to accommodate most impromptu calls and visits.
The pub is a great place to sit and relax waiting for a table, or just to have a great bar meal. And cocktails, created by experienced bartender Harriet, are a visual as well as liquid delight. Who could refuse a Cornish Salted Caramel Espresso Martini or a Tregothnan Tea Berry Cooler!
All of this comes with a good dose of informality and unpretentiousness – children are welcome, as are dogs in the pub, and the adjoining café and farm shop provides an excellent space for breakfast, or just great coffee and homemade cake.
And whilst you are there you can pre-order a normal or needle-fast Christmas tree from the Antony Estate at the same no nonsense affordable prices that you’ll pay for your food.
Carew Arms’ Field to fork and living room policy saves you and the environment pounds on reduced transport, packaging, and middle man mark ups. It’s a great ethos to live by.
First published in the Torpoint Advertiser – December 2017