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Oktoberfest 2015 runs all week


Our first Oktoberfest celebration kicked off this evening with a week-long festival of German beer, food, music and fancy dress.

Pints start at £2.50 and there’s a range of German drinks alongside British beers and ciders:

Firebrand Brewing Co – Oktoberfest
Erdinger – Weissbrau
Erdinger – Oktoberfest
Hofbräuhaus München – Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier
Hofbräuhaus München – Dunkel
Dortmunder Union-Brauerei – Vier
Cornish Orchards – Cornish Gold
Penpont Brewery – Cornish Arvor
Countryman Cider – Farm Scrumpy Medium Cider
Great Heck Brewery – Citra

And of course there are loads of bottles to sample if you make your way through that lot.

Oktoberfest beers


The food’s looking great too, with tonight’s specials a mixture of German, American and British influences. The The German Drinking Plate of homemade pickles, smoked and pickled Hunter’s sausage, chutney and dark rye bread goes particularly well with German lagers.

German drinking plate

Our front of house team have got into the spirit of things so feel free to join in if you enjoy a bit of fancy dress! Oktoberfest is on until Sunday, October 4th.



Rockabilly party sends off the summer in style

We definitely made the most of the final days of summer with our Rockabilly End of Summer Party in the town square.

We wanted to do something a bit different to round things off so we settled on a 1950s rockabilly theme in recognition of the influence it’s had on the style of food Firebrand has grown from, resulting in Cornish BBQ.

As ever we wanted the event to bring whole families together. Toddlers and children played with giant Jenga and noughts and crosses as their parents enjoyed drinks from Firebrand Brewing Co, Penpont Brewery and Clio’s Van du Vin. Our own chefs cooked up a mouth-watering combination of 1950s food and Cornish BBQ made from quality local ingredients.


Bude Jive Club showed the crowds how to dance and live music from rockabilly bands Los Limpos and Delta 88 provided the opportunity to put their new knowledge into practice.


Although that’s the last of the summer festivals in the square, we’ve got loads more events coming throughout the rest of the year. You can subscribe to get Facebook notifications as they’re added. We’re screening free films for kids and adults on Sundays and our week-long Oktoberfest beer festival kicks off today in the restaurant.

Rockabilly end of summer party poster

Free film nights at Firebrand

Film nights launch poster

The weather’s getting cooler and the evenings darker so we’re moving our busy programme of events indoors.

Our free film nights kick off this Sunday with Lilo & Stitch at 5.15pm and Grease at 8pm. Our kids eat free offer is running as usual so it’s a great opportunity for a fun but low-cost family night out. If you’d like to eat then please email or call 01566 770722 to book a table, but if you just want drinks there’s no need.

We’re putting on a children’s film at 5.15pm every Sunday and one for adults at 8pm, as well as late night double bills for special events such as Halloween.

Halloween poster

You can keep up to date with what’s on when by subscribing to our events list here.

Firebrand’s new menu raises the bar for Cornish BBQ

Meat Plate 2

Cornish BBQ is a pretty new addition to the restaurant scene. It combines a style of cooking influenced by smokehouses in the southern United States with the British ideal of sourcing quality ingredients from local producers. It’s a style Cornwall is uniquely suited to. Surrounded by the freshest seafood, crops and livestock, Cornish restaurants have the best of all three at their fingertips. Combined with the local love of beach barbecues and doing things dreckly, smoking meat and fish low and slow is second nature.

Eddie Thomson has been pioneering the genre since opening Firebrand Bar & Restaurant in November last year. As head chef he’s constantly renewed the menu as he and his team have pushed the boundaries of what can be smoked reliably and consistently at a commercial restaurant.

Eddie has championed delicious but unusual cuts of beef which aren’t well known in this country. Smoked hanger and Denver steaks have made regular appearances on the ever-changing specials board, and the latter is now becoming a permanent fixture on the restaurant’s new meat plate. Evolving out of Mexican tapas, the Firebrand Meat Plate now includes a mouth-watering array of smoked meats. Southern fried wings sit along Firebrand’s trademark pulled pork, made from the rare breed pigs raised just down the road on the Penpont Brewery farm and fed on the waste mash from the brewing process. Complementing the beef, chicken and pork are slaw, house pickles, hot sauce and burnt end beans made with the tastiest offcuts of smoked brisket. And of course you get to choose between chips and sweet potato fries.

Eddie said: “The barbecue plate was already our best selling dish but we wanted to make it even better. Rather than just slow cooking everything we wanted to show more of the skill so some meat is smoked to rare and some on the bone to demonstrate more of the technique. Great barbecue isn’t purely about slow cooking stuff for 24 hours and then pulling it – though that tastes great too.


“Apart from the brewery pigs, the meat is all from Philip Warren. You can really tell with the rare Denver steak that it’s good quality, it’s not a cheap cut.”

We had to ask him – why is the meat plate not served on a, er, plate?

“It doesn’t look right and the tray is a bit more show stopping and grabs the attention,” explained Eddie. “We’re showing the quality of the meat on there.”

Hot sauce goes really well with all three meats but you can opt for one of Firebrand’s other sauces if you’re not keen on spicy food. All the pickles are made on a weekly basis so they’ll change depending on what’s in season.

“Mussels seemed to be really popular when they were on the specials board so we’ve added them to the starters, and all the starters are also available as mains which gives an extra four choices,” said Eddie.

“We’re going a lot more smokehouse rather than burger bar and trying to bring in a lot more dishes smoked to rare on the menu rather than just on the specials board. Everything’s authentically smoked in a ProQ.”

Eddie has plans to start running demos to show diners how to smoke their own meat to rare and finish it off on the barbecue, so look out for details.

The Firebrand Meat Plate is available from Monday 21 September for £15.95. Email to book your table.

Firebrand menu

Get ready for a week-long free beer fest right here in Launceston

Oktoberfest poster

We couldn’t let Oktoberfest pass without getting in on the action and hosting our own from 28 September to 4 October. German food, great beer, music and lederhosen – what’s not to like?

Firebrand Brewing Co‘s making another batch of its classic Oktoberfest German-style beer and it’s the perfect excuse for us to stock the bar with drinks straight from Bavaria. Eddie’s also busy in the kitchen discovering the best German dishes to pair with local Cornish produce.

If you’d like to eat at a particular time then please book via to be sure of a table. There’s no need to book if you just want to enjoy the music and beer.

Free Rockabilly End of Summer Party

Rockabilly end of summer party poster

We’ve enjoyed an awesome summer of free events in Launceston town square so we couldn’t resist planning one more to round off the season.

Our Rockabilly End of Summer Party features live music from Delta 88 and more. We’ll be getting in the rockabilly and psychobilly spirit with plenty of dancing, drinking and eating.

Dolly from the excellent Dolly Boo Boos clothing is judging the fancy dress so pop in and see her in the Market House Arcade if you’re looking for inspiration on what to wear.

It’s child friendly during the day and we’ll be fixing up some carnival games to keep them entertained while you party.

While it may be the end of summer, it’s not the end of our events. We’re just moving indoors!

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