Home made burgers and salad

With its unusually reliable weather, warm winds and spectacular sea views, a cottage holiday in Cornwall is the ideal time to break out the barbecue. 

Flame grilled chicken, anyone?

Flame grilled chicken, anyone?

Where…
Anywhere. Whether in the secluded garden of a traditional Cornish cottage, or on the beach or on cliffs overlooking a wild sea, Kernow has arguably the best barbecue locations in the land. There are of course beaches and grassy areas where, for obvious reasons, fires or barbecues are not allowed, but in the general the Ministry Of No Fun is much less in evidence in the Duchy of Cornwall than it is in neighbouring England, and you might be surprised how many wonderful alfresco locations are perfectly acceptable places to barbecue. And just look how many cottages we have with a garden or patio where you could set up the coals and crack open a tin of local beer, cider or even pop the cork on some Cornish bubbly!

What…

Locally sourced quality meats or veg!

Locally sourced quality meats or veg!

You could go to the supermarket and buy burgers, sausages and chops, but where’s the charm in that? Much better is to seek out a nearby butcher who can advise you on the best cuts for the barbecue, and probably supply locally outdoor reared, grass fed, unadulterated wonder-meats that taste so, so much better! Cornwall has quality butchers in many villages, or you could use a service like Warren’s that offers online sales and delivery to your cottage. Alternatively, why not have a micro-adventure, hunting for your own food around the coasts and woods of Cornwall? Check out our foraging article for prawns, crabs, mussels and the best accompanying vegetables here – simple, healthy and best of all, free. Or, find a fishmonger or just one of the boats in the harbour! Fresh caught fish like mackerel, baked on the barbecue, is one of the simple Cornish pleasures you’ll want to try, and come back for day after day…

Buy fresh Cornish scallops, or hand-pick some limpets!

Buy fresh Cornish scallops, or hand-pick some limpets!

How…

Disposable BBQ - burnt sausages

Disposable BBQ – burnt sausages

Disposable barbecues are all the rage, and are cheap and effective. But they do tend to burn the surface you place them on, so have a care. And it can be hard to control the cooking itself, since you can’t raise the food higher to reduce the heat. They also have a limited burn time, so be ready with a second one in case the pork or chicken’s not done!

Charcoal barbecue for flavour!

Charcoal barbecue for flavour!

The more cumbersome metal barbecue is a better option. But harder to take to the beach. Many cottages come equipped with one, or better yet a gas barbecue that doesn’t require black magic with charcoal or the clean-up afterwards. Or, check out all these cottages with an open fire or woodburner. Perfect for baked potatoes in tin-foil , or baked mussels from the beach!

Open fire at home or on the beach!

Open fire at home or on the beach!

When…
No time like the present. The weather is warm and the water too has lost its spring chill and will just carry on getting warmer, until the end of September at least! The evenings are light until 10pm in the county, as the sun reluctantly sinks into a golden sea. Just writing this is making me hungry…

If you’re thinking of visiting Cornwall anytime soon there are plenty of great cottages available through Cornish Traditional Cottages. Click here to see the latest special offers!

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