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Meat, fire and music: Lanson Grill Fest

Well yesterday was pretty awesome! Who knew the people of Launceston loved meat, fire and music so much?

Lanson Grill Fest was absolutely rammed – so much so we actually had to cancel demos because there were too many people round the smokers! Meat and beer had to be restocked four times. We were gutted when the weather forced us to postpone it back in May but it turns out that was definitely the right thing to do.

A lot of people still think of barbecuing as being about charred sausages and undercooked chicken, so we wanted to show that it’s really about cooking over live fire using charcoal and wood, whether it’s smoking large joints of meat low and slow, or char grilling fresh seafood. Our chefs are always experimenting at the restaurant but it was even better to be able to bring it out into the town and make it accessible for everyone.

Just Pigs, No 8, Jericho’s, Bangers on the Go, Proper Pancakes, Sizzle Grills and Clio’s Van du Vin all joined in and the crowds clearly enjoyed it, resulting in an almost complete sell out.

Sizzle Grills deserve a special mention for the amazing spectacle of their Argentine barbecue. The beef tasted as great as it looked and we’ll definitely be trying out different ways of cooking inspired by them.

Saturday wasn’t just about big slabs of juicy meat though. There were art and craft stalls from Paige’s Paintings, Eccentric Ella, Diane Short and Karen Farrington, as well as lots of entertainment. Encore Kids did some quality face painting; McQueen’s Theatre School drew big crowds for their performances; local graffiti artist Dorian Weeks sprayed a piece to commemorate the event; the Big Dog Boogie Band played their great brand of blues; and Feral Fairy got the kids having a go at circus skills before putting on a fire display. The new Cornish Barbecue Company had their kit on display too. It was a busy day!

We’d also like to thank Launceston Voluntary First-Aid Service whose members supported the festival. It was awesome to be able to introduce them to our food.

People keep saying our events are exactly what Launceston needs more of, so we’re putting on Launceston Family Fun Day next Saturday, August 1 and the third Launceston Beer Festival on Saturday, August 22, both in the town square. See you there!

Firebrand crashes Wadebridge’s Popgallery

Firebrand Bar & Restaurant head chef Eddie Thomson is heading to Wadebridge next month, taking his trailblazing Cornish BBQ to the Popgallery on Goldsworthy Way.

b+w chargrill

On August 3 and 17 he’ll be dishing up treats fresh off the BBQ or out of the smoker from 5 to 9.30pm.

Pulled Pork Roll with Slaw & Pickles £5
Lamb Kofte Kebabs with Feta, Dill & Lemon Yoghurt £5
Falafel Wrap with Cucumber & Chipotle Slaw £5
Cornish Squid with Kimchi £6
Monkfish Kebabs with Harissa & Pickled Relish £8
Smoked Babyback Ribs with Pickled Red Chillies £7
Chips £2
Padstow Kitchen Farm Salad £3
Slaw £2
Kimchi £2
Sourdough Flatbreads £2

Before setting up Firebrand with his brother Joe, Eddie was head chef at Little Plates in Wadebridge where he steered the restaurant to a place in the Good Food Guide.

If you live on the north coast and haven’t had chance to get to Launceston to visit Firebrand and the town’s other foodie stops then this is the ideal way to get a taste of what’s waiting for you. Launceston is a trip worth making!

Launceston Family Fun Day

If you enjoyed Launceston Family Food Fun Day in the town square in February, get ready for round two.

Launceston Family Fun Day on August 1 is even more focused on entertainment for everyone – but there will still be food of course!

Launceston Family Fun Day

Mr Showers will be stilt walking, balloon modelling, giant bubble blowing and juggling his way round the square, and there’s a bouncy castle to keep your kids entertained.

Stalls include Selections Launceston toys, Encore Kids face painting, vegan and gluten free treats from Proper Pancakes, jewellery from Smallprint Plymouth and Cornwall and the popular pop up Firebrand Bar & Restaurant Burger Bar and gingerbread men decorating.

If you would like to run a stall (preferably with your own gazebo) please email for details.

Entry is free and the event runs from 10am to 4pm. For updates, go here and click ‘join’.

Try an award winning Firebrand beer for just £2.50

John Salter BreakOut IPA

Congratulations are due to Firebrand Bar & Restaurant chef and Firebrand Brewing Co brewer John Salter. After a few tweaks, his BreakOut IPA has picked up a silver in the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National South keg competition.

BreakOut IPA

You can try BreakOut in the bar right now for just £2.50 per pint as our beer of the week. Or why not pick two other craft beers, real ales or ciders and opt for a flight of three 1/3 pints?

Beer flights

Meet the people behind Cornwall and Devon’s best food

Cornish Food Hour poster

If you love local food and drink you’ll want to be at Firebrand on Sunday 9 August. We’re hosting the first ever Cornish Food Hour and Devon Food Hour meetup for everyone involved in the area’s food scene over some great craft beers and Cornish BBQ.

The two Twitter hours run on Sunday and Monday nights and they’re a great opportunity for restaurants and other businesses to share their latest news, and for dedicated foodies to find out what’s going on. This event in a chance to meet and chat with some of them, make new contacts and discover places and products you never knew existed.

Places are free but limited. Book yours by emailing or calling 01566 770722.


Firebrand summer menus launch

Our new menus are now available at Firebrand Bar & Restaurant and include a couple of new summer dishes. Chef Eddie’s Cornish Crab Linguine and Chargrilled Courgette, Pine Nut & Feta Salad are both extremely tasty and are ideal as starters or as a light meal accompanied by a side dish.

The delicious Eton Mess and Banana & Peanut Butter Sundae have been really popular on the specials board. They’re ideal for hot summer evenings and you can now enjoy them on the dessert menu whenever you eat in.

We’ve been getting more and more requests from children who want to join their parents at our Wednesday Steak Nights and tuck into their own, so Eddie’s added a kid-size rump steak, chips, burnt end beans and rocket to the children’s menu. Don’t forget you can claim a free child’s main when you buy one off our main menu or specials board.

Firebrand menu

Firebrand dessert menu

Firebrand kids menu

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