The rain had been bucketing down all day and it was with some trepidation I headed down to Portloe wondering whether the tipis were still standing and if the field was a sea of mud? I needn’t have worried – the parking was accessible from a hard road and a rush matting carpet led across the field to the entrance, so I ditched my wellies and my raincoat as the skies cleared, the sun broke through and it turned out to be a glorious evening.
Sam and Tim run Wild Tipi from their home at Ladock and specialise in tipi hire for weddings, courses and events. They share a love of the outdoors and the wonderful environment on their doorstep here in Cornwall. Tonight was their first ever feast night and the lovely people at Camills Farm made it really special by allowing them to pitch the tipis in one of their fields with a spectacular sea view.
Pencoose Pantry provided the food and it was perfect in every way. Canapés and drinks were served outside in warm evening sunshine overlooking the sea, perfectly conducive to chatting with other guests whilst soaking up the view of sea and sky. Three large tipis were joined together to make a lovely indoor space, cleverly decorated with wild flowers, lampshades and twinkling lights. We were serenaded by Maquarrie and Toms, a talented duo who played lively Cornish Celtic folk music on violin and guitar which suited the evening perfectly.
Lovingly decorated tables welcomed us in and delicious slow roasted lamb was served with new potatoes and a spectacular salad and barbecued spiced halloumi kebabs. A cheeky little gin ice lolly followed which was surprisingly good, rounded off with a strawberry and rhubarb compote. Everything was scrumptious and there was plenty of it, no nouveau cuisine in sight, just good honest locally produced food, beautifully presented and full of flavour.
As the evening wore on it began to get a little chilly so a Tim lit the fire and it added not only warmth but a cosiness and made the whole interior even more magical with its flickering light.
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening, something very special..Sam and Tim have put love and dedication into this business and it shows. Nothing was left to chance, so much thought had gone into the detail and preparation. I wish them every success and can’t wait for the next one! Find out more at www.wildtipi.co.uk
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