Porthleven restaurant unveils winter events
Perched on the harbourside, Amélies at the Smokehouse will hold a series of fun themed nights and weekly specials – including regular stew and curry nights – and parties inspired by the cuisine and culture of Italy and Latin America.
Owner Sam Sheffield-Dunstan says: “As it gets colder and darker, we want Amélies to be like a beacon of light and warmth. Our head chef Bruno’s stews, curries and pies are so good they’ll warm the cockles of the most cold-hearted curmudgeon.”
The refurbished Smokehouse opened in March this year and has already put itself in the heart of the community raising money for local charity ShelterBox and taking part in events such as the Porthleven raft race, and the Porthleven pram race.
She says: “We’ve had a brilliant first summer and we really want to keep that momentum going into the party season. Our special nights are all about escaping the winter gloom, getting dressed up with a group of friends and having a great time.”
The food at Amélies is as delicious as it is simple. The ingredients are sourced locally where possible, and is always fresh: the seafood comes straight off the boat into the kitchen. Amélies holds an environmentally friendly focus: the wood that fires the oven comes from sustainable sources and food is served on tables made from reclaimed timber.
Amélies is open all year round from 10am to midnight Monday to Saturday.
Pie & Ale night – every Tuesday
Tuesday nights at Amélies are homemade pie and ale nights. Priced at £12.50, you get a homemade pie with seasonal vegetables, hand cut chips and a bottle of your favourite ale.
£10 Curry and stew night – every Thursday (except dates below)
Choose between chef Marcus Houghton’s incredible curries served with rice, naan bead and chutneys, or a wholesome stew with oven-baked bread. All meals are served with a bottle of beer and are priced at £10.00.
70s night – Saturday 20th November
Take yourself back to a brighter era, with a funky disco, and retro buffet of classic 1970s dishes: prawn cocktails, Waldorf salad, and cheese and pineapple on stick as well as a glass of punch on arrival. From 7pm till late, tickets are £15.
La Dolce Vita – Thursday 25th November
For one night Amélies becomes Amalfi. Serving a four course set menu comprising antipasti, primi piatti, secondi piatti, and a contorni, all paired with a great bottle of Italian wine for two to share. Tickets are priced at £35.00.
Salsa Spectacular – Thursday 2nd December
Amélies really turns the heat up with a salsa night. Complete with professional salsa dance teachers, authentic music, and a Latin American buffet featuring favourites such as tortillas, tacos and homemade guacamole. Tickets are £15.00.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve
Amélies are also taking bookings throughout December for Christmas parties. Perfect for work colleagues and friends and family get togethers with a choice of traditional courses and Amélies speciality Christmas pudding. Two courses are priced at £19.95 with three courses available at £22.95.
Amélies will also be open on Christmas Day from 12.30pm for a six course Christmas Day menu. Prices begin at £35.00 for children with adults priced at £68.50. Interested parties are advised to reserve a table soon as spaces are limited.
The series of winter event comes to an end on New Years Eve with a Mad Hatters Party. For one night only hares and hatters will join Alice at Amélies as the Smokehouse transforms into Wonderland. From 8 ‘til very late, guests will be treated to prosecco on arrival and as the clock strikes twelve.
A gourmet buffet will also be available and entertainment will be provided by jazz blues player Gerry Gillard. Tickets are priced at £45.
For more information on any of the events Amélies are running or to reserve a table, please call 01326 554000.
More information can be found on the Amélies at the Smokehouse website http://www.ameliesporthleven.co.uk/