This month Scarlet Wines, a quirky wine shop and deli on the fringes of St Ives, is re-launching it’s food offering as ‘The Vineyard Table’ in a bid to get back to its roots and contribute something unique to the inventive food scene in West Cornwall.
Owner Jon Keast explained the thinking behind the re-launch, saying: “We took a fresh look at our food and decided to renew our focus around the regional styles and flavours that parallel our other great passion, which is wine of course.”
Jon’s lovingly compiled list of over 300 wines reveals a fascination with maverick winemakers, off-beat regions and reinvented classics – all united by a common thread of quality, creativity and bold flavours.
It’s this bold use of flavour and strong regional character that Jon and his chefs are now re-injecting into The Vineyard Table menu.
The new, rustic style is inspired by sun-drenched Southern Europe and the colourful street cafes of Morocco and Lebanon; the approach is light and wholesome with plenty of fresh produce, healthy grains and distinctive flavours.
Dishes include vibrant and colourful salads, skewers of marinated meats and fish, rustic pasta dishes, hearty stews and platters of cheeses, cured meats and local seafood.
The menu was tested over the recent half term week and met with great success; the Cafe enjoyed some of its busiest days ever while Jon and the team received plenty of positive feedback on the menu from families and other visitors.
Reflecting on the new direction, Jon said: “Scarlet Wines is five years old and since we opened the food scene locally has become more adventurous and diverse – we feel there is an opportunity now to be a bit bolder and brighter, which is where our hearts really lie.”
The result of this honest reassessment is not only a new menu, but a new way of doing things, including an improved take-away offering and more events which make use of inside and outside space.
Scarlet Wines is open every day for breakfast and lunch, and dinner Thursday – Saturday (with plans to open every night in the summer). The shops sells a huge selection of wines and spirits as well as local ciders and craft beers. Takeaway coffee and picnic food is available all day.
Keep an eye on the website for the latest updates – www.scarlet-wines.co.uk. You can also follow Scarlet Wines on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/scarletwines and Twitter – https://twitter.com/scarletwines.