Head Chef's Blog

Off the menu

From locally sourced food to mastery in the kitchen, Head Chef Hylton is here to take you through his favourite recipes, top local produce picks, and life in the kitchens at Merchants Manor.

TOG

For a chef, knives are the tools of their craft.  They allow the imagination to run wild in curating a dish and through mastering their skill …

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Westcountry Farm Visit

On a lovely sunny Cornish day, of which we have had quite a few lately, myself and two senior members of the kitchen team took a trip into the …

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On the water

Living in Falmouth it is hard not to get into Sailing, the town has such a rich sailing heritage with near perfect conditions for the novice and …

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Chef Patron – The Journey

After being seduced by the Manors devotion to using the finest, fresh local ingredients -Discover South African born and raised Chef Patron …

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Lady Killigrew

In April 2016 we took a foraging walk down to Swanpool beach and returned with an abundance of sea weeds. After playing around with them in …

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Story of Lamb

One day on instagram an image popped up of a young farmer tending his flock near Porthleven. I  contacted Steve (The Cornish Lamb Co) directly …

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Vinaigrette – Bramble

Last year’s blackberry season began unusually early which leads us to believe that given the recent hot spell we are likely to see the first …

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A Top Tip to Explore

Words by Chef Hylton Espey. The coastal path walk or paddle to Maenporth from Falmouth is a must for any traveller. You have the option …

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Tony Bourdain

Words by Chef Hylton Espey In December 2002 I walked into a restaurant and asked for a job as a Commis chef. The owner offered me the position …

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Food Philosophy

‘Nature inspired cuisine with a focus on the landscapes, flora and fauna’ – Hylton Espey From local foragers, butchers and garden marketers …

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Seasons

Words by Chef Hylton Espey. Every dish starts with an inspiration, it may be an experience, the season, a nostalgic memory, farm visit or an …

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Foraging

We have a foraging loop which takes us from the Manor on the hill down to Gyllyngvase beach, around to Swanpool and through a forest back to the …

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Seize the moment

Fill your senses with the spirit of Cornwall and indulge in one of our specially tailored breaks and offers. We look forward to seeing you soon.

House Parties at Rastella

Eat, drink and be merry this festive season and enjoy a restaurant experience with us in Rastella at Merchants Manor. Our Seasonal menu  is available for lunches & dinners, with crackers to …

Christmas Getaway

Step into Christmas with this three night festive break. Crackling logs, mountains of board games, live laidback jazz and stockings full of festive cheer – our Christmas Getaway has …

Sunday Sleepover

Make Sundays that bit more special, with dinner, bed & breakfast . We think Sundays should be about slowing down, and carving out some time to reflect and relax. Our Sunday Sleepover is the …