This week we were invited to Scarlet Wines to try lunch in their snug Mediterranean restaurant, The Vineyard Table.
Scarlet Wines is a local wine shop and delicatessen selling Cornish and speciality products as well as 300 hundred wines from around the world. Quietly situated in Lelant, just outside of St Ives, their restaurant The Vineyard Table is one of West Cornwall’s best hidden gems.
It’s been very cold in Cornwall this week with temperatures dropping as low as -3℃, almost unheard of on this side of the Tamar. After our chilly, albeit short walk from Lelant Saltings, the roaring fire and cosy interior was a welcome sight. Drinking Felicite Pinot Noir in front of the fire, whilst watching the snow fall is not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
As expected, the wine selection is great and everything served by the glass is very reasonably priced. You can also buy any bottle of wine that’s sold in the shop for just a £6 table charge. Their gins are top notch and they serve Origin coffee, which is roasted just 10 miles away, in Helston.
Duck Arancinis with Spiced Red Currants.
Their Mediterranean menu takes inspiration from France, Spain, Italy, Morocco and Lebanon but still manages to stay cohesive and simple. We chose to share some small plates, but they do have main meals and sharing platters. Everything was fresh, home-cooked and flavourful especially the duck arancinis which were crispy, sweet and delicious. The food is reasonably priced; small plates cost £7 with larger meals costing around £10-15 per person.
L:R Flatbread, trio of dips and Dukkah. Heritage tomato, shallot, basil and toasted walnut salad. Halloumi chips, pomegranate syrup, mint yoghurt and pickled chillies.
Vegetarian options are aplenty at The Vineyard Table and my veggie partner was spoilt for choice. The falafel flatbreads and cheesy sharing platters were tempting but in the end he choose the halloumi chips and heritage tomato salad and we shared some hand-cut chips and flatbreads.
The homemade flatbreads we’re a highlight with an accompaniment of three unusual but delicious dips. Everything was beautifully presented and in the end, we demolished it all.
Warm Chocolate and Amaretto pot, almond & cherry ice cream and orange candy with a glass of Limoncello.
For dessert we shared a Limoncello and the chocolate and amaretto pot. We’ve possibly stumbled upon a perfect combination here. The chocolate pot melts in the mouth and because it’s so rich this small pot is the perfect amount. If you’re vegan or lactose intolerant you’ll be glad to hear they serve Coconuts dairy-free ice cream and their menu clearly labels all dairy-free and gluten-free options.
Getting there is easier than you might think… There’s a small car park in front of the restaurant, and if that’s full Lelant Saltings station has ample parking and is only a 5 minute walk away. The station is a 10 minute train ride from St Ives, on one of the most picturesque lines in the country and Penzance is a 15 minute drive.
Thank you Scarlet Wines for inviting us to lunch, we can’t wait to come again in the summertime when it’s warm enough to sit outside. If you’re interested in visiting Scarlet Wines I’d recommend booking as every table was full during our visit.