G7 Summit: World leaders will bond over a barbecue on a Cornish beach

A chef running a Cornish beach shack has been chosen to woo world leaders with a traditional British barbecue – without the sausages or the rain – and Joe Biden, Boris Johnson and others will bond around camp fires toasting marshmallows and listening to sea shanties.

Simon Stallard, who runs The Hidden Hut on the Roseland Peninsula with his wife Jemma Glass, will serve G7 dignitaries Curgurrell crab claws, Portscatho mackerel and Newlyn lobster on Saturday night. 

After ‘smokey’ steaks seared on the 50ft grill and an ice cream sundae washed down with Cornish sparkling wine and beers, the most powerful men and women on the planet will huddle around camp fires.

The politicians will be served hot buttered rum and toasted marshmallows on the beach at Carbis Bay near St Ives to help thrash out a plan for a post-pandemic world.

Du Hag Owr, Cornish for ‘black and gold’, will be singing shanties for guests and will end the show with a rousing rendition of Cornish anthem Cornwall My Home. 

And before the meal, today, the world leaders will enjoy that other great British tradition: an audience with the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have all headed down to Cornwall for a reception at the Eden Project.

Joe Biden, Boris Johnson and others will bond around camp fires toasting marshmallows and listening to sea shanties tomorrow night

Joe Biden, Boris Johnson and others will bond around camp fires toasting marshmallows and listening to sea shanties tomorrow night

Joe Biden, Boris Johnson and others will bond around camp fires toasting marshmallows and listening to sea shanties tomorrow night

Simon Stallard, who runs The Hidden Hut on the Roseland Peninsula with his wife Jemma Glass (pictured together), will serve G7 dignitaries Curgurrell crab claws, Portscatho mackerel and Newlyn lobster on Saturday night

Simon Stallard, who runs The Hidden Hut on the Roseland Peninsula with his wife Jemma Glass (pictured together), will serve G7 dignitaries Curgurrell crab claws, Portscatho mackerel and Newlyn lobster on Saturday night

Simon Stallard, who runs The Hidden Hut on the Roseland Peninsula with his wife Jemma Glass (pictured together), will serve G7 dignitaries Curgurrell crab claws, Portscatho mackerel and Newlyn lobster on Saturday night

The Cornish feasts awaiting the G7 leaders tonight and tomorrow 

Leaders will feast on Cornwall’s finest food and soak up some of the county’s culture during the G7 summit.

At a lavish dinner at the Eden Project on Friday night they will be served fish caught off the Cornish coast and cooked by Emily Scott, chef at the Watergate Bay hotel near Newquay.

The menu for Friday night is:

– Starter: spiced melon, gazpacho, coconut, high note herbs.

– Main: Turbot roasted on the bone with Cornish new potatoes and wild garlic pesto with greens from the local Padstow kitchen gardens.

– Cornish cheese course: Gouda, Cornish yarg, helford blue.

– Dessert: English strawberry pavlova.

– Petit fours: clotted cream fudge, mini clotted cream ice cream cone with chocolate earl grey truffles.

Saturday night’s dinner will be a less formal affair, with the leaders tucking into a barbecue on the beach in Carbis Bay cooked by Simon Stallard, from the Hidden Hut in Portscatho.

The visiting leaders will also be treated to a flypast by the Red Arrows.

They will be served:

– Canapes including: sparkling scallops, Curgurrell crab claws and Portscatho mackerel.

– Main: Seared and smokey Moorland sirloin, Newlyn lobster and scorched leeks served with sides of layered Cornish potato chips, St Just purple sprouting broccoli and salt-baked beetroot.

– Dessert: Beach Hut Sundae.

Afterwards the leaders will also be able to have baked brie, hot buttered rum and toasted marshmallows around fire pits on the beach.

Sea shanty group Du Hag Owr will provide the musical accompaniment to the event.

Should the leaders wish to toast a successful summit – or drown their sorrows – they will be offered Cornish sparkling wine, German Riesling, Australian Shiraz, Cornish beer and a hedgerow fizz cocktail.

 

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The Hidden Hut above Portscatho beach may have a humble name but it has become one of the most loved places to eat in southern Cornwall.

Chef Stallard and his wife are famed for their ‘feast nights’ of barbecued food he describes as ‘like a big family picnic’ where guests are served quality local produce on large tables on the sand – as long as they bring their own plates, cutlery and drinks.

The G7 leaders will be provided with the tableware on Saturday night, he said, adding: ‘I’m not sure I could have got away with asking them to do their own washing-up this time round’.

He admitted the G7 booking ‘came as a surprise’, adding: ‘But it’s so beautiful in the bay, and I think if you’re on the beach you want to make the most of it.’

On arrival Mr Biden, Mr Johnson, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel will be served canapes including: ‘sparkling scallops’, Curgurrell crab claws and Portscatho mackerel.

For their main they will be offered  ‘seared and smokey’ Moorland sirloin and Newlyn lobster and scorched leeks all served with sides of layered Cornish potato chips with St Just purple sprouting broccoli and salt-baked beetroot on the side.

The pudding is a ‘Beach Hut Sundae’ – and afterwards the leaders will also be able to have baked brie, hot buttered rum and toasted marshmallows around fire pits on the beach. 

Should the leaders wish to toast a successful summit – or drown their sorrows – they will be offered Cornish sparkling wine, German Riesling, Australian Shiraz, Cornish beer and a hedgerow fizz cocktail.

Tonight’s meal at the Eden Project near St Austell is a far more formal affair with local chef Emily Scott to cook the summit’s main meal.

She will be helped by her three children; Oscar, 20, and Finn, 18, in the kitchen and Evie, 16, serving guests at their tables.   

As a starter the dignitaries will be served spiced melon, gazpacho, coconut and ‘high note herbs’.

This will be followed by turbot roasted on the bone with Cornish new potatoes and wild garlic pesto with greens from the local Padstow kitchen gardens.

There will be a Cornish cheese course of local Gouda, Cornish yarg and Helford blue with a traditional British dessert of English strawberry pavlova. With coffee there will be petit fours of clotted cream fudge, mini clotted cream ice cream cone with chocolate earl grey truffles.

Describing her style Ms Scott, 45, said: ‘I am not fine dining. It is not about foam. It’s about simplicity and attention to detail and very feminine. This is the biggest thing I will do in my career’.

The Queen and other royals will not stay for dinner, but will be at the pre-dinner reception.  

The best of British will be rolled out to entertain the G7 leaders, from a flypast by the Red Arrows to menus packed with local Cornish treats.

There will even be a barbecue on the beach tomorrow, at which the international dignitaries will be serenaded by a sea shanty group.

And as a reminder that Britain still wields significant hard power, the Royal Navy’s giant new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales will sail past the summit venue.

The main role today will be taken by the Queen, 95, who will lead members of the Royal Family in welcoming the G7 chiefs.

The royals will be out in force at a reception at the Eden Project tonight, with the sovereign accompanied by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The menu for the event has been created by chef Emily Scott of the Watergate Bay Hotel in Newquay and will include Cornish turbot and new potatoes for the main course, and local cheeses.

Afterwards, Prince Charles with Prince William at his side will host a reception for the leaders and executives from some of the world’s largest companies to discuss how the private sector can work with governments to tackle climate change. 

The Queen, in a rare joint engagement with Camilla and Kate, will also attend an event at the Eden Project in celebration of The Big Lunch, which will form part of her platinum jubilee celebrations in 2022.

The three most senior royal women will meet Big Lunch volunteers, and thank them for their efforts supporting their communities through the challenges of the past year.

Earlier in the day Kate and US First Lady Dr Jill Biden will conduct a joint engagement, although details are being kept under wraps for now.

Tomorrow’s entertainment will include a barbecue on Carbis Bay beach that will feature the Red Arrows flypast and music from sea shanty group Du Hag Owr.

Chef Simon Stallard from the Hidden Hut restaurant in nearby Portscatho has put together a menu that will include local crab, mackerel, lobster and sirloin plus Cornish sparkling wine.

Away from the feasting and politics, pandemic precautions have meant all countries are sending smaller delegations than usual. All delegates, including leaders, will have to take a Covid test every day.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who was invited by Mr Johnson to attend the latter stages of the summit, will now take part virtually because of his country’s continuing Covid crisis.

‘Five old men, Alan and his dog’: Sea shanty group made up of a carpenter, IT technician and parish council clerk are set to take on their biggest gig yet serenading world leaders on the beach at G7 summit

A little-known sea shanty group will serenade the seven most powerful people in the world tomorrow as the G7 gets in full swing.

Du Hag Owr, Cornish for black and gold, will perform traditional songs for the likes of Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Angela Merkel besides a fire in Cornwall.

The group, based in Portscatho, an hour’s drive from where the summit is in Carbis Bay, will sing Blow The Man Down, The Corncrake and Cornwall My Home.

Despite it being the biggest gig in the band’s history, members were relaxed about their 20-minute rendition.

The ‘five old men and Alan and his dog’ were asked if they would play at a ‘special event’ two weeks ago by a chef from the local cafe.

Du Hag Owr will perform traditional songs for the the likes of Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel besides a fire in Cornwall

Du Hag Owr will perform traditional songs for the the likes of Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel besides a fire in Cornwall

Du Hag Owr will perform traditional songs for the the likes of Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel besides a fire in Cornwall

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Who is in Du Hag Owr and what do they do?

Du Hag Owr is made up of ‘five old men and Allan and his dog’.

The are:

  • Founder Allan Collins – IT technician
  • Ray Tyrrell – retired local businessman
  • Andy Lobb – musician
  • Graham Trudgeon – lighting technician
  • Steve Skull – Parish council clerk
  • Christopher Charles Pollard – Self-employed singer 
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Band founder Allan Collins told the Times: ‘It’s a privilege to be asked to be involved in an event like this. It’s a once in a lifetime chance.

‘When we found out, it was a ”pinch yourself” moment. We just thought, ”Is this really us and why?”’

He added: ‘Then we thought, ”Why not?” We’re equally as good as any other groups out there.’

Its spokesman Vernon Keen played down any nerves the members may be having, saying they would not get stage fright.

The 73-year-old said they were ‘not nervous’ and were ‘really looking forward’ to playing for the officials.

They said they would donate any money raised to a local children’s hospice. 

Du Hag Owr formed at a campsite in Portscatho in August 2009 when the owners were looking for people to sing sea shanties for tourists.

They proved popular and sang regularly across the village at events including the Portscatho Regatta.

The band would play weekly in the local pub the Royal Standard, which would see punters sing along. 

Du Hag Owr formed at a campsite in Portscatho in August 2009 when the owners were looking for people to sing sea shanties for tourists

Du Hag Owr formed at a campsite in Portscatho in August 2009 when the owners were looking for people to sing sea shanties for tourists

Du Hag Owr formed at a campsite in Portscatho in August 2009 when the owners were looking for people to sing sea shanties for tourists

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Boris Johnson and Joe Biden are pictured meeting yesterday ahead of the G7 Leaders' Summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Boris Johnson and Joe Biden are pictured meeting yesterday ahead of the G7 Leaders' Summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Boris Johnson and Joe Biden are pictured meeting yesterday ahead of the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall

Elsewhere this weekend the world leaders will eat at the Eden Project in St Austell, which was set up in 2001. Pictured: Mr Biden and Mr Johnson meeting yesterday

Elsewhere this weekend the world leaders will eat at the Eden Project in St Austell, which was set up in 2001. Pictured: Mr Biden and Mr Johnson meeting yesterday

Elsewhere this weekend the world leaders will eat at the Eden Project in St Austell, which was set up in 2001. Pictured: Mr Biden and Mr Johnson meeting yesterday

What are sea shanties?

Sea shanties were sung among sailors as they carried out manual tasks onboard their ships, such as walking around the capstan or hoisting the sails, and date to as far back as the 1400s.

The word shanty is derived from the French verb ‘chanter’, which means ‘to sing’. 

The folk songs are usually sung by a shantyman and his crew in a ‘call and response’ technique.

They were created to encourage a sense of community among the group and to help establish a rhythm to their work.

Among the most famous sea shanties are Spanish Ladies, which describes the voyage from Spain to The Downs, in the southern North Star near the English Channel, from the viewpoint of the Royal Navy and What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor? 

Drunken Sailor, which was was sung to accompany certain work tasks aboard sailing ships in the early 19th century, was revived as a popular song among non-sailors in the 20th century.  

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