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.

London Calling

On a misty Cornish evening we set off for the bright lights of London via the A30 as our flight was cancelled due to the North Coast fog. …

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Festive Recipe

Spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the family with Chef Hylton Espey’s 4 step recipe for Spiced Clementine Glaze.   …

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A Proper Cornish Scone

Try Chef Hylton’s Cornish gem of a recipe. Spread with a thick layer strawberry jam, lashings of Clotted Cream and a pot of tea.  …

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Slow Food

We are proud to be members of Slow Food, an organisation that I have known of since I first started cooking. For me there has always been a …

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Lowen

  Early on in this balmy Cornish summer we set sail on Lowen, our 1978 Westerly Centaur, navigating in the direction of the Helford river. …

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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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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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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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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.

New Year’s Eve

Toast the new year with a one night Champagne fuelled gala break. Break out your finery and let the Champagne flow, as the clock counts down to a whole new year. Our one night gala break will see …

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 …

Winter Warmer

Warm your cockles with two nights of dinner, bed & breakfast and two spa treatments. Check in for a cosy two night break this winter. Both evenings, tuck into a three course dinner in our …