Monthly Archives: August 2015

We’re Smoking at Bude For Food Festival


Our chefs are heading over to Bude for Food from September 18-20 to smoke you the freshest Cornish BBQ you’ve ever tasted.

We’ll be filling the ProQs with local meats and wood chips and smoking them nice and slow. Each mouthwatering dish will be ready when it’s ready – and when it’s gone, it’s gone.


It’s a great festival so make sure you get to Bude at some point over the weekend and check out some of the best local street food and Cornish producers.

Festival opening times:
Friday 4pm – 11pm
Saturday 10am – 11pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

The best burgers in Cornwall

It’s National Burger Day, so the Cornish Guardian has naturally jumped on board by featuring the very best burger joints in Cornwall on its website.

We’re pleased to see our gourmet burgers, made from local meat from Philip Warren Butchers, have made the list and the extremely popular Piggyback Burger gets special mention. It’s a 7oz cheeseburger loaded with pulled pork, bacon, slaw and pickles and accompanied by your choice of chips or sweet potato fries. If you haven’t tried one the when better than National Burger Day? It’s available to eat in or takeaway every day from 5pm.

Piggyback burger 2


Philip Warren Steak Nights

Flat iron steak

If you’ve been to Firebrand Bar & Restaurant or read anything about us you probably know we source our meat from the excellent Philip Warren Butchers, meaning our steaks are the same ones you’ll find in top London eateries.

Flat irons and sirloins are always on the menu but we like to mix things up a little on a Wednesday and offer a choice of four as part of our Steak Night. It’s a great opportunity to try a delicious cut you won’t find in most other restaurants. We’ve championed the Denver steak which you can read about by clicking the link, and the hanger which is known for its brilliant flavour. It’s so good it used to be known as the butcher’s steak because butchers would eat it themselves rather than selling it on. We tried it in our smoker during our National BBQ Week experiments and it really is something special.

Whether you like your steak blue or cooked right through, if you’d love to try something different make sure you book your table for a Wednesday. Not only are there four cuts to choose from, you can also pick from Diane, bordelaise and peppercorn sauces and top it all off with a free dessert.

Steak Night poster 1

Free entry to Launceston Beer Festival


The third Launceston Beer Festival takes over the town square next Saturday 22 August with more than 30 beers and ciders, plus wine from Clio’s Van du Vin.

Entry is free all day from 11am to 11pm, leaving you with more cash to sample the great variety of ales on offer. Pints are just £3, and halves £1.50.

Already confirmed are:
Skinner’s Brewery
Harbour Brewing Company
Black Flag Brewery
Bude Brewery
St Austell Brewery
Bristol Beer Factory
Cornish Crown
Rebel Brewing Co
Firebrand Brewing Co
Penpont Brewery
Padstow Brewing Company
Sharp’s Brewery
Blue Anchor
Oakham Ales
Holsworthy Ales
Milk Street Brewery
Cornwall Cider Co
Cornish Orchards
Countryman Cider
And lots more TBA!

Firebrand Bar & Restaurant will be cooking up some tasty Cornish BBQ to line your stomach, and there’s live music from Jeff Horsey at 3.30pm, Out to Grass at 5.30pm and the Becca Langsford Trio at 8pm. Don’t worry about the weather – we’ll have marquees so you can drink in the dry.

All of Launceston Beer Cellar’s deli products are half price from 10am-2pm so pop in to see them in Ching’s Alley (opposite Firebrand Bar & Restaurant) while visiting the festival and pick up some tasty snacks to enjoy with your beer.

Launceston Beer Festival

Firebrand Brewing Co rated ‘must drink’

21 best

ShortList Magazine has featured Firebrand Brewing Co in its list of 21 best British craft beers you need to drink before you die and singled out the flagship Graffiti IPA for special mention. The beer’s been making waves across the country, with FHM labelling it “near perfect”. To celebrate, you can get your hands on a pint for just £2.50 all week at Firebrand Bar & Restaurant and find out what all the fuss is about.


Head brewer Joe Thomson brews Graffiti IPA just outside Launceston on Stephen Medlicott’s farm. The pulled pork you eat in the restaurant comes direct from the rare breed pigs kept at the brewery and fed on waste mash from the brewing process.


Merry Christmas!

Yeah, we know, we hate ourselves a bit too, but needs must. You super-organised people have already started booking your office and club parties and requesting our Christmas menu. After much bullying, head chef Eddie Thomson has come up with a delicious three courses with not a turkey in sight. The dishes are made from the same quality local produce you expect at Firebrand, with meat from Philip Warren and fish from Matthew Stevens.

The menu is available throughout November, December and January for pre-booked groups only. Our standard menu will also be available if you prefer and we’re very happy to cater for dietary needs – just let us know in advance. Merry Christmas!


Firebrand shortlisted in the Great Cornish Food and Drink Awards


Firebrand Bar & Restaurant hasn’t even been open for nine months yet so we’re extremely proud to have been shortlisted for a second award.

We’ve been nominated in the Breakthrough category of the 2015 Great Cornish Food and Drink Awards which recognises businesses which have had the biggest impact on Cornwall’s foodie scene over the past 18 months. Considering Firebrand has only been open for half of that, we’re honoured to have been shortlisted.

It’s awesome to see our supplier and fellow Launceston company Philip Warren Butchers also in the running in the Great Cornish Food Retailer category. They spearheaded the town’s food renaissance to the point where Launceston is now being recognised as an essential place to visit for quality Cornish produce.

Firebrand was shortlisted in the What’s On Cornwall Awards Best Burger Joint category in our third month in recognition of the huge impact our Cornish BBQ concept was having. We came second to worthy winner Hubbox, so keep your fingers crossed for us and Warren’s this time round. We’ll find out the results on 21 September. Thank you to all our customers for your ongoing support!

Firebrand staff get Pretty Muddy for Cancer Research UK

CRUK before

After putting on Saturday’s Launceston Family Fun Day, five Firebrand Bar & Restaurant staff spent their Sunday tackling Plymouth’s Pretty Muddy obstacle race to raise hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research UK.

Waitresses Charlotte Hartnell, Kira Talbot, Riley Spear, Hollie Bickle and Tash Squires ran, crawled and climbed five kilometres through Central Park, pulling in around £400 for the charity.

Riley said: “We all thought it would be good fun to do, and for a good cause. We’re pleased with what we raised.”

Kira had previously taken part in a charity obstacle race several years ago, but only Charlotte is a regular runner.

“The rest of us are really feeling it now,” said Riley. “But we’ve already been saying we’ll do it again next year.”

The group crawled through the mud, jumped over hurdles and climbed up ropes to reach the end of the course.

“I would definitely do it again,” said Hollie. “It was really rewarding and it’s great raising money for such a deserving charity.”

Firebrand owner Joe Thomson congratulated them on completing the challenge.

He added: “Giving back to the community is really important to us which is why Firebrand is putting on so many events in the square. We’ve also raised money for Launceston Memory Café, Launceston Foodbank and Launceston Friends of Children’s Hospice South West, and it’s brilliant to see staff going the extra mile and raising funds outside of work too.”

CRUK after

Minion runs riot at the Launceston Family Fun Day

Firebrand had another great Saturday in the square this weekend at the Launceston Family Fun Day.

Our food fun day in February brought lots of parents and young children into the town so we decided to do it all again but with more focus on kids’ entertainment. Firebrand owner Joe Thomson has three young children so he wanted to create another festival which they would enjoy.

Our gingerbread man decorating stall was as popular as ever, with lots of kids covering their cookies with icing and sprinkles. If you’re a regular at Firebrand you probably know our pulled pork is made from pigs raised on the Penpont Brewery farm and fed on the waste mash from the brewing process. This time we turned them into delicious sausages which went down a treat.

Mr Showers kept kids enthralled with his different acts, and the giant bubble blowing had face-painted children chasing bubbles round the square. Chris Brown’s bouncy castle, candy floss and popcorn also proved a hit, as did toys and other food and gift stalls. Launceston Rugby Club did a good trade in raffle tickets for their ‘Win a Car’ fundraiser.

Mayor Brian Hogan valiantly volunteered to go in the stocks and was pelted with wet sponges by a Minion and excited children, before the Minion headed off to play on the bouncy castle.

Launceston is fast getting a reputation for its varied free festival scene. Launceston Family Food Fun Day kicked things off in February, followed by the Launceston Food and Drink Festival in June and the brand new Lanson Grill Fest in July.

We’re really lucky to have space right in the middle of the town where anyone can choose to put on an event for people to come and enjoy themselves. We’re keen to continue putting on the type of festivals that we and our families want to attend, and fortunately it seems the rest of Launceston wants to come along as well.

Our next is Launceston Beer Festival on Saturday, August 22 from 11am to 11pm where there will be more than 30 beers and ciders plus live music.

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