Tamar Valley

Farmers Market

THE latest in the ever growing number of farmers' markets springing up in South East Cornwall is the first ever Tamar Valley market, to be held on December 8 at Delaware Primary School, Drakewalls, from 10am to 1.30pm.

The pre-Christmas market will offer a range of foods including meat, fish, honey, organic wholefoods, herbs, preserves and speciality oils. There will also be country crafts, refreshments, a raffle and lucky dip.

Another new farmers' market, this time in Looe Indoor Market at West Looe, will be opening on the same day, selling similar produce.

Meanwhile, Lowertown Farm at Trewidland, near Liskeard, will be among the exhibitors at a Grand Farmers' Market at Saltram House, Plymouth on December 2.

Inn is best in

the west again

THE best pub in the South West is The Blisland Inn on Bodmin Moor, an accolade it has received two years in a row.

Landlords Gary and Margaret Marshall were officially presented with their award on Sunday by Peter Bridle, regional director of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).

Last year the pub went on to win the Best Pub in Britain award, and could do so again went it competes once more in the national finals against other regional winners. Gary and Margaret will have to wait until the spring to find out if they have pulled the double award.


on ice

WHAT is thought to have been the first barracuda caught in Britain was landed by the netter Regina Maris near the Lizard this week, and taken to fish auctions in Newlyn.

Barracudas are usually found in tropical waters, and the Bay of Biscay is usually the closest they get to Britain.

Fishmonger John Strike, who bought it for £14.80 to display on ice in his Porthleven shop, is considering offering the four foot long 9lb fish to the National History Museum.