Chef Adam Handling MBE is excited to announce the opening of his brand-new pub, The Tartan Fox, in Cornwall on 4th June 2024. The Tartan Fox, located in the picturesque countryside between Newquay and Truro, is Adam’s second venture in Cornwall, joining his restaurant and bar Ugly Butterfly in nearby St. Ives. The Tartan Fox marks Adam’s second pub opening, following the launch of award-winning The Loch & the Tyne in Old Windsor in 2021.

In keeping with Adam Handling Group’s ethos, The Tartan Fox embodies Adam’s visionary approach to zero-waste, modern British food, underpinned by the philosophy of ‘Sustainable, local luxury’. Much like Ugly Butterfly, all produce used at the pub will be locally sourced from in and around Cornwall and Adam plans to cultivate homegrown ingredients from the pub’s vast garden space in the next growing season, to include vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

The name ‘The Tartan Fox’ is inspired by Adam’s Scottish roots and the location of the pub, which is nestled in the middle of a Cornish forest and, much like a fox’s home, is a den to escape in the countryside. A group of foxes is called an earth, which ties into his Group’s commitment to sustainability. This is going to be reflected in the pub’s interiors which will focus on earthy tones and natural materials including stone and wood. Adam is determined to celebrate the history of the 400-year-old Grade II listed building, which sits on 30 acres of land.

The food offering will be similar to that of sister pub, The Loch & the Tyne, which has a Michelin Bib Gourmand and 3 AA rosettes but using local ingredients from in and around Cornwall. Guests can expect delicious dining options, ranging from more casual snacks and pub classics to signature Adam Handling dishes, with a touch of Scottish influence.

Alongside a selection of sustainable cocktails and local beers, there will be an extensive wine list, showcasing wines from across the globe, as well as highlighting British excellence, covering the breadth of affordability to luxury.

Once known as Carvynick House, situated in the picturesque region of north-Cornwall, the building has a history steeped in elegance and charm. Originally constructed in the 1600s, this grand residence embodies the architectural style of its time, with features that reflect a blend of tradition and sophistication. Built by the Tanner family, it was said to be the marital home of Anthony Tanner and Grace Carthew, and this is what the “T” over “AC” is believed to represent before the year of construction stamp, which remains clearly carved over the entrance to the pub to this very day. Transitioning into a pub marked a new stage in Carvynick House’s history and Adam is looking forward to The Tartan Fox being the next chapter for the building.

The Tartan Fox will seat 90 covers across two floors, which will include the bar, wine room, restaurant and two private dining rooms, as well as additional restaurant seating upstairs. Adam is investing in refurbishing the pub ahead of its summer opening, with significant further investment scheduled within the first year. The Tartan Fox is being designed as a stunning, quintessentially British countryside pub, which will utilise the building’s existing exposed brickwork and stone walls and combine them with sintered stone and wood, roaring fireplaces, wall-mounted lanterns and cosy snug areas.

The pub also has an extensive garden area nestled in the Cornish woods. Featuring an abundance of outdoor seating space, Adam is also installing firepits to ensure year-round use, with enchanting sunset views.

The Barn at The Tartan Fox provides a beautiful external space for additional guest seating and can also be hired for weddings, parties, and events for 100+ guests.

Says Chef Owner Adam Handling MBE, “I’ve always loved Cornwall so, when this opportunity came up, it was one I just couldn’t refuse. The pub is completely stunning, steeped in history, set in the Cornish countryside with so much land. Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places in Britain and it produces some incredible ingredients. It’s amazing to have the chance to combine the history of this stunning building with sustainable British food, made from local Cornish ingredients. You might not know you’re in an Adam Handling restaurant when you walk in but you’ll know it by the time you walk out.

Cornwall is such a popular holiday destination, as well as a home to so many wonderful locals and it’s an absolute dream to be able to have two venues here. We’re expanding the Adam Handling experience for Cornish residents and for anyone further afield, you can fly into Newquay, visit us at The Tartan Fox in the countryside and then head over to Ugly Butterfly down by the coast. It’s the best of both worlds.”

The Tartan Fox

Carvynick Farm