Carn Brea Castle Restaurant
As you travel the A30 betweeen Redruth and Camborne you can't fail to notice the imposing Carn Brea Monument. Nearby lies the 14th Century Castle, a former hunting lodge built in 1331. It has for several years now has been in the ownership of the Sawalha family. Mounir having come to Britain as a young man to study at Cornwall College and subsequently falling in love with Cornwall and his local girl wife, he stayed.
They have established a Jordanian style restaurant in the castle, much of which is still without electricity, so you dine by candlelight. Cornwall in Focus were lucky enough to dine here recently and were delighted by the menu, the warm welcome and the the relaxed atmosphere generated by our host.
Pickled Baby Aubergines stuffed with Walnuts and chilies, popped into warm pitta to release the flavours and eaten with fingers. The olive oil dribbling down the chin - thank goodness for candle light! Soup, Menaeesh and Garlic Mushrooms were enjoyed by companions as other starters. The Main Course was Sayadeyeh, Tiger prawns cooked with onion, mushrooms, garlic and chillies on saffron rice; a steak and lamb kebabs from the '3 Course for £16.50' menu. Dessert was homemade Tiramisu - mmm! Red or white house wine - a quite acceptable French at the time of our visit - and spirits are available as is coffee to follow the meal.
The drive up to the Castle can take some finding and requires care. Extra time for your journey should be allowed. Booking is recommended. Mounir announced he was 'locking the door' after our arrival as he was full. All meals are cooked fresh to order and are taken in a leisurely fashion. Stay at your table for a pleasant relaxed evening. One of our party was afforded the permission to go up to the roof to watch the sunset, sadly too cloudy for any decent pictures to show here, but the view and the experience was well worth the effort. In short, does 'Cornwall in Focus' recommend Carn Brea Castle Restaurant? The answer is a resounding Yes!
Special Deals: Sunday to Thursday - 3 course set dinner for £16.50
You should book directly with Carn Brea Castle Restaurant on 01209 218358. Please mention Cornwall in Focus at the time of booking.
Carn Brea Castle is north of Carnkie, off Carn Lane. Best approached from the A30, Tolvaddon Interchange at Pool. Straight across the A3047 at the roundabouts, head up Dudnance Lane before taking right turn over railway bridge adjacent to South Tincroft Mine. At junction turn left then right to head up Whitecross Hill. Next take the left turn just after the 'Countryman Inn' at Piece. Drive slowly into Carnkie village looking for a small sign on the left pointing to Carn Brea Castle. Once in Carn Brea Lane take the left hand track at the fork and head carefully up the unmade road to the Castle. A small car park, for about five cars is available. See the map for more information.