Firebrand Bar

Crowdfunding 2016

February 2016 will see the launch of our Crowdfunding project with Crowdcube, to upgrade the brewing equipment of our brewery, meet demand and take the business forward to the next level. More information will be coming soon, but in the meantime for more information, brochure and dates please get in touch at joe@firebrandbar.co.uk.

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Happy birthday to us

The Firebrand Team L-R Alex Eddie Joe

Today marks a year since we opened our doors to the public. We were fully booked then and we’re fully booked tonight so we’d like to say a big thank you to all the people of Launceston and beyond who keep coming in for food, drinks and takeaway!

In our first year we’ve been nominated for two awards and continued to evolve from an American-industrial smokehouse into a trailblazing leader of the new Cornish BBQ scene. Our events and free festivals have helped turn Launceston into Cornwall’s newest foodie destination and we’ve secured rave reviews from top food bloggers. We’re attracting craft beer lovers from miles around too, offering the best selection in North Cornwall.

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We’re not resting on our laurels though. Our chefs love the food they cook and they’re always experimenting with new dishes for the specials board, with the most popular ending up as permanent fixtures on the main menu.

If you’ve got ideas for making Firebrand Bar & Restaurant even better then please get in touch. We always want to hear your feedback!

Win a £20 food and drink gift voucher for Firebrand Bar & Restaurant

If you’re looking for a Christmas present for someone who loves good food and drink then why not get them one of our gift vouchers? They come in multiples of £5 and can be spent on everything to eat in or take out throughout Firebrand Bar & Restaurant.

We’re running a competition on our Facebook page giving you the chance to win a £20 gift voucher to enjoy yourself or treat your friends or family this Christmas. All you need to do is share the post and like our page. The winner will be chosen and announced on December 1. Click here to share the post. Good luck!

Firebrand Brewing Co’s vegan Cornish craft beer bottles available now

If you’ve ever popped in for a drink, you’ll know we’ve always got Firebrand Brewing Co’s Cornish craft beers on keg or cask alongside a range of others from around the UK and beyond.

You’ve been asking us to get the vegan-friendly bottled versions in too, so we’ve done just that. You can now enjoy Graffiti IPA, Cross Pacific Pale Ale, Rye PA, Black Saison and Double IPA any night of the week at just £2.50 per bottle or five for £10.

If you’ve yet to try them, check out this independent review.

Our bar is open from 5pm to 11pm daily. It contains the largest selection of craft beers in North Cornwall, with eight keg lines, four cask and dozens of bottles.

Current range on pallets

Oktoberfest 2015 runs all week

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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

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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.

 

 

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 info@firebrandbar.co.uk 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.

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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

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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.

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“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 info@firebrandbar.co.uk 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 info@firebrandbar.co.uk to be sure of a table. There’s no need to book if you just want to enjoy the music and beer.

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.

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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.

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