July is all about the birthdays in our household, and this year there was a biggie. We planned to be in Cornwall for the birthday celebrations – we love it so much and is such a special place to my husband and his friends. Plus, for once, the weather was on our side for the clearest and warmest of July nights. Utterly magical.
We decided not to do the big bash thing, but invited 8 good friends to join us for dinner with a difference. Whilst both my husband and I enjoy cooking we wanted a night off to enjoy the company of those who had travelled to be with us, so on a recommendation, we contacted Canteen, based in St Agnes to do the cooking for us. It was more than just hiring a chef or two for the night. Prior to the big day, Canteen worked with us to design a menu around on our favourite foods, based on our budget and the number of people attending.
On the night they set up in the kitchen, lit the barbecue, laid the table, poured the gin and tonics and so much more. Ben and his team are super friendly, and talked us through all the food, sourced locally and seasonally. Their aim is not just to cook for you but to make life time memories. We may have had an amazing view, but the food was just as eye catching.
Canteen do more than just personal chef experiences, they will take you out fishing and foraging for your supper, cater for corporate dos and weddings, they run Taco Tuesdays, and they have a cafe in St Agnes. If you’re in Cornwall or the South West make sure you check them out.
After dinner they cleaned up, quietly packed up and left us to the night, the music and some very dodgy dancing. It was the perfect most relaxing birthday party we’ve ever had. As the sun set, the wine flowed and toasts were proposed to the birthday boy, ending with one of my favourites, one that just seems to fit being with friends by the sea:
There are tall ships
And small ships
And ships that sail the sea
But the best ships are friendships
And may they always be.