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We catch up with Head Chef of The Alverton, Simon George, about his life in Cornwall and his tips and tricks on what to do in our bustling city.
I moved from Wales to Cornwall eight years ago. I was headhunted for a head chef position and decided the quality of life and the beautiful beaches made for the perfect place to bring up my daughter. Whilst I still have lots of family in Wales, and visit regularly, I haven’t looked back and love my new Cornish life.
Very simply, it has to be the rich ingredients. It always amazes me the speed we can source the freshest local ingredients in Cornwall. One minute ingredients are in the ground or out to sea, and the next, they’re being prepped in our kitchen ready to be served to our guests. It’s a really exciting way of working and influences all our dishes at The Alverton. We want to showcase the quality of ingredients in all we do.
My ideal day off would involve exploring the coastline with my family and discovering new places to eat – I love finding new inspiration and it's always nice being cooked for!
I oversee the running of the kitchen and ensure that we deliver exceptional food for our guests every time. As well as having a popular restaurant, which is open to non-residents, we also cater for lots of functions including weddings and award ceremonies. I love experimenting with food and creating exciting menus. I head up a 13-strong team and my favorite part of the role is sharing knowledge and training the junior members of the brigade to create a well-rounded and highly-skilled team.
I'd highly recommend to look around the Cathedral – the architecture is phenomenal. The person who built the Cathedral, John Loughborough, also built The Alverton’s Great Hall in 1883. As well as this, a visit to Truro isn’t complete without exploring the city’s independent shops. There are lots of hidden gems to discover in small alleyways and back streets.
There’s a great walk that brings together everything I love about Cornwall – great views, beautiful countryside and real ale! Take a bus from Truro to Tresillian and kick-start the walk with a pint in the Wheel Inn. Then walk the path along the river to the Heron Inn in Malpas where you can stop for a swift-half before heading back to Truro. You walk through St Clements which is a really pretty village and there’s always lots to see, especially if it’s high tide.
Thanks Simon for your tips and tricks! Simon offers hearty celtic inspired cuisine that will want you coming back for more. Book your table now or have a look at our menus here.