Adam Handling goes to ground in Cornish pub

Scottish chef Adam Handling is to open a grand new pub-restaurant in Cornwall next month. Called the Tartan Fox, it is his second venue in the county and his second pub.

The Tartan Fox is set in woodland between Newquay and Truro, and is conceived by Adam as an escape from modern life. Formerly known as Carvynick House, the Grade II-listed 17th-century property has extensive grounds which are being planted to supply produce for the kitchen.

The theme of the menu is “sustainable local luxury”, on similar lines to his first pub, The Loch & The Tyne in Old Windsor, which opened in 2021 and wins strong ratings in the 2024 Harden’s guide.

Adam’s restaurants Ugly Butterfly in St Ives and Frog by Adam Handling in Covent Garden both feature in the top 40 on the Harden’s 100 list of the UK’s highest-rated restaurants. Only two other chefs, Cornwall’s Nathan Outlaw and North Yorkshire’s Tommy Banks, can match this achievement.

He said: “I’ve always loved Cornwall so, when this opportunity came up, it was one I just couldn’t refuse. The pub is completely stunning, steeped in history, set in the Cornish countryside with so much land. Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places in Britain and it produces some incredible ingredients. It’s amazing to have the chance to combine the history of this stunning building with sustainable British food, made from local Cornish ingredients. You might not know you’re in an Adam Handling restaurant when you walk in but you’ll know it by the time you walk out.

Cornwall is such a popular holiday destination, as well as a home to so many wonderful locals and it’s an absolute dream to be able to have two venues here. We’re expanding the Adam Handling experience for Cornish residents and for anyone further afield, you can fly into Newquay, visit us at The Tartan Fox in the countryside and then head over to Ugly Butterfly down by the coast. It’s the best of both worlds.”

The Tartan Fox is scheduled to open on 4 June.

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