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West Briton mention

Nice piece in the West Briton today about our Christmas offering:


The Cornishman article 01.11.12

The article reads:
‘The team at The Queen’s Hotel in St Ives is celebrating two achievements this month: firstly a prestigious rosette from the AA for its restaurant, awarded for the second year running. Secondly, the Queen’s will feature for the second year running in the popular Alastair Sawdays accommodation guidebooks, one of only three pubs in Penwith to be included, alongside The Gurnard’s Head in Zennor and The Coldstreamer, Gulval.
Chef Matt Perry has been running the kitchen at the Queens since it re-opened under landlord Neythan Hayes at Easter last year. Matt is a keen supporter of local suppliers, for example Harvey Brothers butchers in St Ives – who raise their own cattle in Pendeen – hang beef for him at his request for 30 days. Matt trained under Stewart Eddy at The Victoria in Perranuthnoe, who trained under superchef Raymond Blanc.
‘An AA spokesperson said: ”These restaurants achieve standards that stand out in their local area. They serve food prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good quality ingredients. Guests can eat in with confidence and a sense of anticipation.”
Matt’s Christmas menu is now ready and the pub is taking bookings for parties and groups of up to 30.
Local ingredients on the menu include Newlyn crab, Cornish duck breast, baked turbot and local cheeses. ‘We are looking forward to a busy season at Christmas. Plenty of fun events are planned in St Ives such as carol singing on the beach, Santa on the St Erth train and late night shopping,’ said Neythan Hayes. ‘And we’ve just booked a brilliant DJ from Brighton, Big Bad Singha, for New Year’s Eve.’
Earlier this month, Neythan Hayes and his team presented a cheque for £486 to the St Ives RNLI. He initiated a scheme this summer where £1 was handed over for every fish and chips dish that was served. The charity was very grateful for the handsome amount and Neythan said: ‘We are big fans of this charity and the local work they do. Only last week they were out searching for a lost sailor. It’s important and brave work.”