New kitchen at Hell's Mouth
An already successful family-run business at Cornwall's Hell's
Mouth Café is expanding further to offer visitors a
greater range of local food and drink thanks to investment
of £4,000 from Objective One project Cornish Food and
Drink Partnership Scheme.
Adjacent to the local Hell's Mouth beauty spot on a dramatic
section of cliffs overlooking St Ives Bay and towards Godrevy
Lighthouse, a café was first set up on the site in
More recently in 1982, the café was revived and modernised
under a farm diversification project by owners Colin and Jennifer
Trezise to support their nearby Carlean Farm, but it now provides
them with one of their main sources of income.
The investment has now helped the Trezises to purchase several
new major items of kitchen equipment that will allow the café
to move from its current 'quick snack' image towards being
able to serve a wider menu with a good range of cooked meals.
Equipment worth some £9,000 includes a new fan assisted
oven, a refrigerated display unit, full extractor canopy,
various stainless steel tables, a table top fryer, water boiler,
griddle, and dishwasher.
Open from Easter to October each year and providing 30 covers
for customers, the café is already renowned for its
ice cream, drinks, cakes and biscuits, toasted sandwiches
and traditional cream teas, plus facilities for the disabled
including easy access and toilets.
Under the grant project coordinated by Cornish chartered
accountants Bishop Fleming, the café will now provide
more cooked 'sit-down' meals for visitors which will not only
help to build the café's reputation but will also safeguard
existing jobs and result in extra part time staff member being
required in the future.
The expansion is underpinned by a commitment to use locally
sourced supplies in all food served.
The investment in Hell's Mouth is one of a number of rural
business and farm diversification projects undertaken by Bishop
Fleming working closely with Business Link and their Objective
Business Link and Taste of the West jointly run a capital
grants scheme called the Cornish Food and Drink Partnership
Scheme to assist growing Cornwall food and drink businesses
via capital grants for development projects.
The key emphasis is on the sourcing of local food in Cornwall
and applicants have to demonstrate they do this rather than
just sourcing from the local cash and carry.
This ensures benefits to both the grant applicant and the
local farming community, plus food and drink producers, as
well as to customers who get better local services and products.
Colin Trezise comments: "This investment from the Cornish
Food and Drink Partnership Scheme, coupled with our own investment,
will make a world of difference to our business.
"Hell's Mouth café has been serving customers
since the 1930s and this project will not only allow us to
provide a far wider range of quality meals to our customers
but also safeguard new jobs and support local food and drink
Business Link's Graham Woolcock said: "The Cornwall
Food and Drink Partnership Scheme run by Business Link and
Taste of the West exists to help Cornwall's food and drink
businesses grow and become more competitive.
"This project is a good example of one that will help
both Hell's Mouth and the agricultural businesses from whom
they source their raw materials."
Mark Norton of Bishop Fleming comments: "We are really
pleased to have helped Colin and Jennifer realise their ambitions
with this project.
"In the right circumstances, Objective One funding can
be accessed and organisations such as Business Link and Taste
of the West are here in Cornwall to help businesses grow."
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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