Launceston Chamber of Commerce has come up with the pretty cool idea of putting an ice skating rink in the town square and serving up some great local food and drink alongside it. We’re really pleased to be involved in Launceston’s newest festival, bringing you the best Cornish BBQ and Cornish craft beers from Firebrand Brewing Co and Penpont Brewery.
…hazard and Bek Design are taking bookings for the skating sessions and peak times are already filling up fast. It’s the first time this area has had an ice rink so people are already booking in from Holsworthy, Bude and further afield. Give them a ring on the numbers on the poster if you can’t get in to town. There’s no compulsion to skate though. If you’d rather get into the spirit by laughing into your pint and pulled pork as you watch people crash into each other and fall on their arses then we’ve got you covered.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
You can keep up to date with what’s on when by subscribing to our events list here.
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 email@example.com to be sure of a table. There’s no need to book if you just want to enjoy the music and beer.
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.
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!
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 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:
Harbour Brewing Company
Black Flag Brewery
St Austell Brewery
Bristol Beer Factory
Rebel Brewing Co
Firebrand Brewing Co
Padstow Brewing Company
Milk Street Brewery
Cornwall Cider Co
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.
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.