Head Chef Gregory Milne sources local and seasonal Cornish produce to create delicious dishes for the Sail Loft and Island Cafe
A taste of the Mount…
Licking ice-cream off sticky fingers. Spooning clotted cream onto freshly baked scones. Tucking into a flaky Cornish pasty. Whether it's a summer treat or a winter warmer, the Sail Loft and Island Cafe cater for all tastes and occasions.
From handpicked crab landed fresh across the bay, to local cheeses and homemade chutneys, we scour the county to bring you the best local, seasonal produce in both our island eateries.
Our Chef's Ethos
"My enthusiasm for the lofty goals of fine dining diminishes every year and thusly my approach has become more cosmic, more egalitarian. Cooking shouldn’t be a selfish endeavour, it's about making people happy in the purest form and in doing so offering them the decency of great ingredients. Cooking to me is instinctive, intuitive, something that chimes to the beat of great seasonal produce. This alone will dictate the path that these ingredients take, I cook with what’s in front me and use the tools of creation and training to elevate them, I don’t believe in streamlined, refined, fiddled menu’s nor do I over practise dishes, I believe that food and ingredients evolve every day. It is our duty to do the best we can for the ingredients and the diner will taste it."
Greg Milne, Head Chef
Most valued suppliers (to name a few)
Wild Harbour - sustainable day boat Cornish caught fish
Heather Lane Nursery – Organic vegetables, herbs, lettuces
Newlyn Fish – amazing smoked fish
Cotehele Mill – Heritage wheat mill – only working mill left in Cornwall
Vivian Olds – Cornish butcher – farmer
"This year the Sail Loft menu will change three times during the season to reflect seasonal changes but also to accommodate the various clientele we have across the season. It will read something like……..Spring / Summer / Autumn with the summer menu being the most economical and efficient. The food will focus more heavily on local producers with an emphasis on buying more Cornish produce where possible. Given our current climate crisis, I am eager to reduce our carbon footprint and will look into ways of doing this. The menus will be focused on delivering creative but honest ingredient-led British lunch food with influences from Europe." - Greg Milne
The Sail Loft serves a wide selection of light lunches, home-made breads and cakes, as well as daily specials, using the best local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Enjoy tucking into a dish of fresh, locally landed fish, seasoned with local herbs. Or treat yourself to our Cornish sharing platter and enjoy a variety of produce that our area has to offer, from home-baked ham, local cheese, mackerel pate, homemade chutney, salad and crusty bread.
And how could we forget – Cream Teas! It is not a proper visit to Cornwall without sampling the county’s delicacies. Our scones are baked fresh every day and are served with delicious clotted cream and locally made soft-set strawberry jam.
View the Sail Loft Menu
"Like the Sail Loft Kitchen we will be working on ways of reducing our carbon footprint. The menu will reflect the melding of honest British café fare and vibrant international flavours. A vibrant international but distinctly British café serving wholesome finger food with elevated vegetarian and vegan options." - Greg Milne
Located on the eastern side of the island, near to the garden entrance, is the Island Cafe, with an indoor dining area and the ever-popular outdoor area. With the outdoor seating offering expansive sea views towards Marazion, the interior of the café is now host to a refreshed look. Once the castle laundry, the building has since been transformed, with further renovations having taken place over the winter months.
Visitors can indulge in a variety of delicious options. Start your morning with a breakfast roll and pot of coffee – fuel for the day ahead. Or pop in at midday and enjoy a wholesome, traditional Cornish pasty. Treat the kids to our ‘Little ones’ menu, consisting of hearty, healthy meals, or enjoy a light lunch with our wonderful wraps.
View the Island Cafe Menu
Visitors are welcome to visit the Sail Loft or Island Cafe regardless of whether you pay to visit the castle.
"The sausage wagon will elevate and continue to work on the successes of last season. Expect great Cornish produce with toppings that compliment the beautiful sausages we created last year. I want to focus on hitting the 6 tastes of fulfilment (just designed that phrase LOL) per hotdog to complete the diner’s experience – Sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami and texture. Each hotdog will contain all 6 to ensure a winning experience and the flavours will span internationally." - Greg Milne
Brand new to the island for 2019 is a delicious new addition to our Food & Beverage offering on the island - Cornish Sausages. Located just near the checkpoint, our pop up serves a variety of sausages from The Kernow Sausage Company - including a vegan option. Accompanying sauces are made on the island.