One of Cornwall’s best-loved chefs is embarked on an exciting journey this month, as her popular restaurant changed hands and a new venture took flight.
Several months ago Emily Scott decided to sell The Harbour Restaurant, which occupies the picturesque and historic building of No.1 Middle Street at the head of Port Isaac’s bustling slipway. “It’s been a labour of love for me, and it was a difficult decision to sell,” said Emily, whose elegant cooking has won her a loyal following amongst locals and visitors alike. “However we had other projects on the horizon, and it was the right time to look to these fresh challenges.”
Emily could not have found a better buyer in her fellow Cornish chef and restaurateur Nathan Outlaw. Nathan, whose eponymous restaurant at the St Enodoc Hotel in Rock has two Michelin Stars, has been keen to branch out in Cornwall for some time and believes he has found the perfect spot in this small village where life centres around the harbour. Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen will offer small plates of great seafood, simply prepared and designed for sharing.
Meanwhile Emily, who is thrilled that Nathan will take over as custodian of the iconic building, has already launched the sequel to her beloved restaurant. The Harbour Kitchen Supply Store at 18 New Road, Port Isaac, is a deli, coffee shop, wine bar and event venue, and is already on the map for food lovers in Cornwall. “The Supply Store is up and running and we’ve had a fantastic response so far. It’s a versatile space which gives us the potential to do fresh and exciting things” said Emily. “We are looking forward to running events here in the autumn.”
With this new venture, Emily hopes to inspire people to eat well every day. “We understand that as well as enjoying eating out in fantastic restaurants like Nathan’s, people also love to be around their own kitchen tables,” she explained, “it’s something that we love too!” Hence the Supply Store will sell freshly baked breaks and cakes, larder ingredients, charcuterie, cheeses and wine. “We will be hosting ‘pop-up’ events, including wine tastings and cooking demos,” she explained enthusiastically. “Lots of fresh and exciting projects are on the horizon, as we expand beyond the beautiful but bowing walls of No.1 Middle Street.”
So, despite the sale of the restaurant, Emily certainly won’t be resting on her laurels. As well as the Harbour Kitchen Supply Store, this sought-after chef will be lending her eye for detail to private functions. “We have done a lot of outside catering over the past few years as The Harbour Kitchen. Now we are looking forward to taking on more weddings and private functions of all sizes. Just like the Supply Store, our outside catering is a chance to experience a taste of The Harbour Kitchen in your own home, or individually designed for a special celebration.”
With these developments for ambitious and talented chefs Emily and Nathan, the future looks bright for food lovers in Cornwall in the years ahead.