Emily Watkins, the chef proprietor at the hugely successful pub with rooms Kingham Plough in the Cotswolds, has announced plans for a new pub venture in Cornwall.
The project will see Watkins, winner of the South West region on BBC2’s Great British Menu, partner up with Tremayne Carew Pole, founder of the travel and restaurant guide book series, Hg2 | A Hedonist’s guide to…, to launch The Carew Arms in July 2016.
The pub, located near Torpoint, has been previously known as The Ring O’Bells and is currently undergoing a major refurbishment before reopening in a few months’ time.
Watkins will begin a role as consultant chef, overseeing the menus and working closely with head chef Jack Clayton to create a strong field-to-fork offering.
Clayton, who was most recently head chef at The Gurnard’s Head in West Cornwall, has a passion for fish and fresh produce, which will really influence the cooking.
Watkins said: “I am looking forward to working with Jack to create menus for The Carew Arms. It is a dream for many chefs to have such a fantastic array of local, seasonal ingredients at your fingertips.
“Cornwall really offers us the chance to put the freshest ingredients on our menus. Our ethos in the kitchen is to cook simple things beautifully and let the quality of the produce really speak for itself.”
Part of the building will be used as a general store, a hybrid farm and community shop, which will offer both local essentials and Cornish artisanal products, alongside a range of community services. The store will open from 8am and will include a café space.