The Coldstreamer Inn is set to become one of West Cornwall’s top dining destinations this year, under the newly installed management team of Tom and Hollie Frankin Pryce.
The traditional pub is located in the heart of the village of Gulval on the edge of Penzance, and enjoys an idyllic setting overlooking the church.
The husband and wife team took on the lease at the end of 2015; Tom had been working as Head Chef at The Coldstreamer since last March and the couple jumped at the opportunity to make it their own.
After a brief closure for refurbishment, Tom and Hollie are now welcoming their first guests, with the promise of a relaxed atmosphere, great food and an extensive selection of local ales and ciders.
The couple have also worked with local expert Jon Keast of Scarlet Wines in Lelant to create a well-priced list of wines designed to match the food offering.
Foodies are already beating a path to the door, having heard of Tom’s reputation for modern British cooking – often using Asian flavours to enliven his inventive dishes.
The focus is on fresh Cornish fish, cooked with creative flair; however Tom is also making the most of local relationships with butchers and small vegetable growers to bring a rich seasonal feel to his menus.
Tom is from St Ives originally; he began his cooking career in Cardiff before returning to his home town to work at the highly regarded Porthminster Beach Café – eventually holding the position of Head Chef there for several years.
He has also worked with acclaimed chefs Paul Ainsworth, Simon Rogan and Marco Pierre White; a CV which has West Cornwall salivating in anticipation.
It has always been his dream to run his own business, as he says: “We know it will be a challenge, especially to begin with, but we’re really looking forward to it. We have lots of plans to make The Coldstreamer a special food destination in its own right.”
Tom is keen to introduce a calendar of events, including wine dinners and seasonal tasting menus, but most importantly the couple are determined to grow the pub’s reputation for consistently good food served in a welcoming atmosphere.
The Coldstreamer is divided into a bar and restaurant area, making it perfect for casual drinkers, family dinners and dog walkers alike.
There are also three bedrooms which have been given a make-over, allowing Tom and Hollie to offer bed and breakfast accommodation in a great location.
Hollie explained: “We have ambitions for The Coldstreamer to become a real boutique, foodie bolthole, where guests can come and spend a few days enjoying our food whilst exploring West Cornwall.”
For the latest menus and events, follow /coldstreamer.penzance on Facebook, or to book call 01736 362072.
The bar is open every day from 11am, and food is served 12.30 – 2.30 (12 – 3 on Sunday) and 6.00 – 9.00. Dogs are welcome in the bar area and a children’s menu is available.