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lets talk rubbish!

We have recently delighted to have partnered up with contract waste to boast ‘zero to landfill’ from now on. Woohoo!

Although talking bins sound a bit rubbish its really import that we keep doing everything we can to protect the wonderful environment we live in, for future generations.

We won.

On the 7th March 2019 Cantina got all dressed up and head to the imperial in Torquay for a fancy awards ceremony.

We had been nominated in South Devon College’s Apprenticeship awards as Best small employer ambassador.

but even better than us being nominated our fabulous apprentices Beth Gerrish and Milly Wakeham had been nominate in the hospitality and catering apprentice of the year.

As it turns out we were not just nominated but we were Winners, and we are so proud of how much hard work Beth and Milly put in and they are so valuable asset to our business and a massive part of the Cantina Family.

Don’t we scrub up well.

Its starting to feel like summer- ish!!!

I maybe getting ahead of myself but here goes…

I Hope you are enjoying this lovely bit of sunshine we have been having, You will be excited to know that our summer opening hours will be starting from the beginning of April and running straight through to September.

Monday-Saturday 9.30am til 9pm (last food orders)

Sunday 9.30am til 4pm (last food orders)

Bring on Sunshine , live music in the garden, sea swimming ,flip flops and generally good time spent with friends aver a cold beverage and some great food at cantina.

We cant wait to spend our summer with you.

Lots of love Cantina Family

Christmas is coming!

Fancy coming to cantina for your Christmas party.

Give us a call if you want to make a booking.

Have a look at our Christmas party menu.

 

Small Print

Deposits

In order to secure your booking we require a £5 deposit per person. the deposit will be redeemed against your final bill. You can pay over the phone with a credit or debit card or pop in a speak to a cantiniweenie.

Cancellation policy

Should you wish to cancel your booking, please notify us a s soon as posible. deposits will be returned if we have a minimum of 14 days’ notice prior to the date of the booking.

Pre-orders

We welcome pre-orders of food and drinks. We will require a food pre-order for all parties of six or more.

 

 

All about the fish!

Today we attended the press launch of Englands seafood feast a series of event which will run in Saturday 22 September and Saturday 7 October.

During this time there will be a an opportunity to indulge yourself on all manner of Seafood related activites.

We were treated to a wonderful tour on the historical Brixham Trawler The Vigilance, we learned all about the history of fishing in the port. (did you know that ice used to be towed in massive blocks from Norway to be used in the hold of fishing trawlers to keep the fish fresh during the trip back to shore – how mad is that). Peter who showed us around was a real character and his enthusiasm for the boat was infectious.

The team at Rockfish then spoiled us with a delicious feast, we had curried sprats, cured herring, brixham squid, hake ceviche and crab croquettes it just kept on coming and really showed the natural resources we have to be proud of in Torbay. – (did you know that the fish is so juicy and delicious because the English Channel has deep cold waters).

The Seafood Feast is going to be amazing, it’ll you a chance for everyone to try a whole range of activities, here are some of the ones that we are hoping to try out

 

Fish market tours in Brixham

Penguins and Prosecco at Living Coast

Sailing on the trawler Leander

Quiz at Torre Abbey

Oyster at Simply fish

Art Exhibition at Cockington

I may need to take a week of work and I’m certainly going to need to diet afterwards.

At Cantina we are fully embracing the whole 2 weeks, we’ll be foraging, swimming, boating, prepping mussels and crab, bbqing and of course cooking tonnes of delicious local seafood.

We can’t wait for the Seafood Feast.

We had a refit hopefully you noticed.

There have been lots of changes around Cantina. The first thing you will notice is the bar has been expanded so hopefully there will be less queuing and we have given the place a fresh coat of paint. At the back the two toilets have been transformed into a massive five toilets so hopefully less queuing. alongside that we have knocked through the archway into our new are with beautiful big windows to let in the light, from here you can see into our new kitchen. This is our favourite place to sit as a family, we like to watch all the yummy food go out.

 

It was a lot of hard work and we are so happy that we are back open and getting used to the new layout. Thanks so much to all the teams that help us bring it all together, we love it and hope you do too.

We love Gin

We love Gin

On Saturday 17th July we made some gin of our own. The wonderful stuff is called Mermaids Ruin and its quite delicious.

Devon distillery bought along their beautiful mobile copper still “still on the move”, they parked it up on the grass in front of Cantina and set about making magic. In the side of the trailer is a fantastic drawer containing all the botanicals which are used to give each gin it’s distinctive flavour. Barry sniffed and nibbled and in the end decided on lemon zest, pink peppercorns and our own special addition dulse seaweed. These are all flavours which compliment our most popular dish the great seaside favourite Fish and Chips.
The flavourings along with the traditional juniper berries were added to the mystical elixir, the still was cranked up and 6 hour later out poured GIN!

The first liquid produced is called the heads, this along with the tails, can not be drunk, they are separated off and kept back to be added to the next batch. Between the heads and tails is the main distillation. It comes out of the still at a whopping 86% proof. Kate, Barry and Charlie all had a little sip and it went straight to their heads.
Cosmo from Devon Distillery then diluted our mix to a more drinker friendly 40%. This was then decanted in to our 114 bottles, labels and the duty stickers were added and we gave away our first bottle.
The proud recipient of the first bottle was the fantastic Aaron Kitts, not only did he win the competition to name our Gin he is also the designer of our beautiful labels. We loved the labels so much we turned them into t-shirt designs too.

We love our gin, we hope you’ll love it to, it’s available to buy from here or from Cantina for £30

 

Food inspired by our holidays

Kate has just returned from a well-deserved break in Ischia an island in the Bay of Naples while Queenie has been swimming in Mallorca. They both had a lovely time and have been raving about the food, lots of lovely seafood, delicious fresh fruit and veg, yummy puddings and bubbly Prosecco and cava.

We have decided to bring a bit of the Mediterranean inspiration to our next vegan night menu.

Gazpacho
Pickled Mushrooms
Artichokes
Focaccia

Fritto misto with salsa verde vinaigrette
Gnocchi with broad beans, peas, mint and watercress
Panzanella
Flower and Herb Salad
Flageolet bean salad

Tiramisu
Peach and Prosecco jelly
Red wine poached pears with biscotti

Best of all is that you don’t decide between all of these lovely dishes we’ll give you a bit of each to try. Our vegan nights are ticket only and cost £20 per head. This time we’ll be seating you on long tables so the food will be real sharing style. We hope you’ll enjoy the evening as much as we’ve enjoyed planning it.

And what’s more we’ll have musical entertainment for you too. This month it’ll be provided by the quirky and unique TVR, The Valley Road. Come along and check them out

Showing off a bit

 

We are so proud of our lovely mural which was produced by one of our very talented staff Ellie.

This gives us an opportunity to tell you of some of the other things we do which we very pleased about.

– we source lots of our products locally

  • our coffee is roasted in Torquay
  • our beer is brewed in Paignton
  • our cider is produced in Stoke Gabriel
  • our hake comes from Brixham
  • our mussels come from Elberry

–  we makes most of our food fresh and to order

  • our chips are had cut each day from real spuds

–  we have lots of entertainment (check our our whats on spot)

  • 18 June if Vegan night with entertainment from Rob Hunt
  • 19 June is Music night with both Bo James and Harbottle & Jonas playing for your entertainment
  • 21 June we have our favourites New Daze will be playing over lunch time
  • and in the past we have had burleque, poetry, cooking demos, childrens nature workshops, who knows what we’ll do next

–  we love our local area

  • we tell you what the weather forecast is
  • because we love to swim, kayak  and walk our dogs on the beachwe’ll tell you when high tide is

–  we love our customers

  • especially the four legged ones
  • and we let them share their words of wisdom with you

 

 

Locally sourced produce, I’ll drink to that!!

 

We are so lucky in Torbay, we have a wealth of wonderful local produce. We talk a lot about our locally sourced food. Elberry Mussels, Brixham Hake, Eggs from Stoke Gabriel. But we don’t often talk about our wonderful local drinks. There really is a superb range with something for all ages and tastes.

Beers & lager – we are proud to have Bays Devon Rock craft lager on draft and a range of their beers in bottles. Devon Dumpling is a strong golden beer with a fresh hop character. This ale has a smooth taste with a balanced sweetness and weighs in at 5.1%. Topsail is more of a session ale at 4%, it’s a well balanced beer, deep amber in colour with a subtle sweetness throughout.

Cider – we are delighted to be the first bar to have Hunts draft cider installed, it’s wonderful cider, really delicious with a great apple flavour. We spend a fantastic afternoon over at the Farm a couple of weeks ago where we undertook extensive testing of the products on offer, just for your benefit!!! If something a little fruitier is what you are after then give the lovely strawberry cider a try.

Wine – Sharpham winery is located on the banks of the meandering river dart, it’s excellent location and climate are paired with exceptional winemaking skills to produce some stunning wines. We stock the Sharpham Sparkling 2013 which is a blend of  Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier & Chardonnay prepared using the Champagne method, it’s a really treat if you are celebrating or just feeling a little bit decedent.

Soft drinks – Luscombes are based in Buckfastleigh their ethos is “to go to very great lengths to make drinks that will be a real pleasure to taste” and we think they have been very successful in achieving that. Their Sicilian lemonade is so bursting with lemons it’s hard to imagine anything more lemony, except perhaps a lemon. Elderflower bubbly is a delightful treat that just sings of spring, and for something a little “spicier” how about the hot ginger beer. On a warm summers days there is little better for quenching your thirst.

 

Cocktails

Orchard fizz

75ml orchard pig apple juice

75ml Sharpham Sparkling

Dash Luscombe hot ginger beer

Serve in a champagne fruit

Garnish with a very thin slice of apple and a sprig of mint

 

Devonshire Kir

150ml Hunts draft cider

25ml Lyme Bay apricot brandy liqueur (try any fruit liqueur as an alternative)

Serve in a champagne flute

Garnish with a wedge of apricot on the side of the glass

Whilst on holiday in Normandy recently I was offered kir made with cider instead of the usual sparkling wine, it’s a lighter (lower alcohol) alternative and great as an aperitif.