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Spotlight on Tre Pol and Pen Farm Shop
Three miles from Primrose Cottage B&B, on the A388, Tre Pol and Pen opened its doors in January 2019.
This is the brainchild of local couple Tom and Lizzie Malcolm, this amazing place is so much more than a farm shop.
The attention-grabbing name of their farm shop comes from the phrase written by Richard Carew in 1602 – “By Tre, Pol and Pen shall ye know all Cornishmen” – alluding to the common place and surnames in Cornwall.
Tre Pol and Pen is a popular haunt for tourists, foodies, arts and crafts people, as well as the local community, and with good reason - it has much to offer!
They offer a diverse and different range of workshops with wide appeal from ukulele playing, to making hand-tied bouquets or barista training – ahh the BEST cup of coffee!
You will enjoy wandering through the stalls at the Native Makers monthly pop up stalls when local producers and craftspeople display their wares.
We recommend it to our friends and guests as a ‘really should see’ place before you leave our area.
Their tag line to which they are true –
“Cornish farm shop & kitchen rooted in the Tamar Valley. Bringing people together to celebrate fresh food, craft & flavour”
The farm shop includes locally sourced produce from the butchery, deli, and green grocers along with home wares, baked goods, and all sorts of supplies for your larder.
There is also an innovative refill your own container section for pulses, cereals and dried fruits – such an important way of shopping in the’ plastic strewn world of today.
The cafe is open every day serving delicious food. Evening food celebration functions are held too.
In May I enjoyed an afternoon of making hand-tied bouquets there, the afternoon class was hosted by a talented local flower grower and florist, Hannah Wilcock. I will be blogging more about this relaxing, fun and different way to spend an afternoon, and will pass on her tips on what is best to grow for cut flowers during these summer months.
Whilst at Tre Pol and Pen I had chance to ask Tom a few questions about Cornwall, abut their lives here and their inspiration for Tre Pol & Pen, and the things which are important to them. Their answers were honest, insightful and passionate -
Q: What do you love about living in Cornwall?
A: The wealth of things to do, right on our doorstep is breath-taking. Situated on the Cornish side of the Tamar Valley it's brilliant to be side by side two beautiful moors and only half an hour from the sea on either side of the peninsular.
Q: What was your inspiration for opening Tre Pol and Pen?
A: Lizzie and I have always been foodies flitting from one farm shop and deli to another so when the opportunity came up to run a place of our own down here, we leapt at the chance. The farm shop is centred around the beef we produce here on the farm but there are so many fantastic producers right here in Tamar Valley that we are proud to represent on our shelves.
Q: What do you enjoy about your job?
A: Being part of the hum and buzz of the local community. Lezant is not only a beautiful place to work but is built on a community that has genuine heart and the support we've had from local residents since we opened has been fantastic.
Q: Do you have a mantra or phrase that you like to live by?
A: Be humbly hopeful
Q: Why do you think it is important to stock locally sourced produce and reduce waste?
A: Since opening Tre Pol and Pen in January of this year, our focus has been to enable our customers to shop locally and sustainably. For us, the two go hand in hand and we are fortunate to have so much fantastic produce grown right on our doorstep by some truly innovative farmers.
It’s often the simple things that make a difference. For instance, we were the first retailer in the area to stock Gemma Smale Rowland’s Cornish Moo milk. It’s a great example of where the delicious, local and sustainable all come together. By paying a small deposit on their returnable glass bottles, customers can reduce their use of single use plastic while also tasting delicious non-homogenized full fat milk straight from Gemma’s dairy in North Petherwin.
In our view, sustainable shopping relies on another simple principle of giving customers the chance to have the choice to only buy what they need. Whether it’s rhubarb from Trevozah Farm perched on the hills above Lezant or the ever popular pudding rice, available amongst other things from our wall of gravity dispensers, we’re told again and again by customers that they “love the opportunity to pick up however much they want, whenever they want."
Q: What is your favourite dish on your menu?
A: Without doubt the Chicken & Chorizo Pizza cooked up fresh in our stonebaked oven.
Q: Can you recommend a gem of Cornwall for our guests to visit?
A: The great thing about Cornwall is that there are so many places where you can embrace the rainy days. My tip is to head to Golitha Falls on Bodmin Moor, sit between the beech trees and watch the River Fowey tumble down through the granite. Rain or shine, there is no place I'd rather be.
Tom and Lizzie, we wish you every success, may your hard work and passion be rewarded!
Look at www.trepolandpen.co.uk for more information