Tucked away on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall is Curgurrell Farm Shop, a well supported, highly regarded family run business.
Curgurrell Farm Shop has to be one of the prettiest outlets I’ve ever been to. Tucked down a small road near Trewithian, the farm shop sits just above Gerrans Bay. With beautiful flowers and foliage framing the doorway and signage giving a nod to its coastal location, I couldn’t wait to step inside and decide what I was going to have for tea.
A abundance of colour came from the shop, which stacks most of its locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables in an old boat! They stock lots of Cornish food and drink, such as Lars and Margo coffee and Camel Valley wine, as well as their own homemade jam and chutneys. While it’s famous for its fish and seafood, Curgurrell stocks an impressive range of food and some homeware.
The Family Business at Curgurrell Farm Shop
Run by the Taffinder family for 25 years, Curgurrell Farm Shop has an excellent reputation. It’s also voted by the the Telegraph as one of the Top 20 farm shops in the country. What started out as a small business selling freshly caught seafood and fish from window in the farm house, has grown considerably.
The owners, Charlotte and Simon Taffinder, run the shop along with their daughter-in-law, Robyn. Their sons help out too, catching fish and seafood for us all to enjoy.
Local Produce, Fish, Seafood and Meat At Curgurrell Farm Shop
While Curgurrell stocks an impressive selection of food, they’re particularly well known for their fresh fish and seafood. As you’d expect, all seafood and fish is caught locally, and goes straight to the shop. It seriously doesn’t get any fresher, what’s caught on the day, is sold on the day, and it tastes so good.
The Taffinder family have 4 boats in operation: Rosen, Rose, Iona and Agnes. They grow as much as their own produce as possible, and use other local Cornish suppliers when necessary. Meat is homegrown too, and includes Dorset sheep, Cornish black pigs and pedigree South Devon cattle.
When it came to visiting Curgurrell, I couldn’t resist leaving without picking up something for tea. While I was tempted with so many possibilities, I opted for some Cornish mussels, caught only a few hours before.
Quite frankly, I couldn’t wait to eat them. The mussels on offer were large, juicy and fat. When it comes to cooking fresh fish and seafood, I’m a believer that less is more. Therefore, I opted to make a classic mussel recipe.
It was so delicious, I thought I’d share it with you.
Recipe – Cornish Mussels with White Wine, Garlic and Cream
450g Mussels (yes, I ate the lot!)
2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely chopped
3/4 cup of white wine (& a little more, just in case 😃
1/2 cup double cream
Scrub and wash your mussels, getting rid of any beards on the shells. You don’t want that in your sauce.
Check for any mussels that have opened and remove these.
Sweat some onion and a couple of garlic cloves in some butter. Add some white white, I put in about 3/4 cup and boil for a few minutes. Add the mussels, cover with a lid and let them steam for about 7 minutes.
Removes mussels from the pan. Add cream to the sauce and let it heat with a bit of thyme and parsley.
Pour the sauce over the mussels and enjoy!
I’d recommend Curgurrell Farm Shop for its fresh, local produce and delicious fish and meat. There’s plenty of variety on offer.
It’s in a beautiful spot too. While you’re in the area, why not visit some of the Roseland’s beautiful villages, or have a sea swim at Portscatho.
Curgurrell is open from April to October, and during December for Christmas. If you’d like more information on Curgurrell Farm Shop, you can find their website here.