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Newsletter Number 7/11 July & August 2011

August 30th, 2011

Stop Press

The Cook Book will be closing daily at 4.00pm from Monday 5th September.

1. This summer

A mixed bag of weather, with some brilliant days and others with cloud as thick as a bag and down to about 200 feet, which isn’t so good for people on holiday – St Just is over 300 feet above sea level. But it’s great for cafe-bookshops, so is rain and we’ve had several damp and dreary days outside, while inside there’s been a terrific atmosphere, lots of people, conversation flowing, laughter echoing and our lovely staff keeping the food and drinks flowing smoothly, at the same time there’s been a steady stream of people up and down the stairs for books. Read the rest of this entry »


June 23rd, 2011

Walking South from the Cook Book – what a wonderful place to live and work

Photo of the cove at Penanwell


Walking down to Cot Valley

Walking down to Cot Valley

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May 12th, 2011

The Royal Wedding

It just has to be first!!

The Cook Book 'dressed overall'

The Cook Book 'dressed overall'

We hadn’t really thought about Friday 29th until Bronwen Rowland asked us what we were doing to celebrate, about three days before the happy event. Unimpressed with, ‘Nothing,’ she then suggested that we host a ‘street party’ and set about organising people, food and drink, and told me in no uncertain terms to make sure that we had the bunting out … Read the rest of this entry »


April 14th, 2011

1. Happy Birthday, Cook Book

It was in November 2002 that Philippa said, ‘Let’s run a book-café,’ and changed our lives dramatically.

We opened The Cook Book on Saturday 5th April 2003. Eight years on and we are still enjoying ourselves, still welcoming old friends, still meeting new ones. Many of our guests come back year after year. Many newcomers are surprised and delighted to find a café-bookshop in the most Westerly town in England.

A huge thank you, one and all, for your wonderful support over the years. Read the rest of this entry »

NEWSLETTER NUMBER 3/11 February 2011

March 12th, 2011

1. The Cook Book achieves the prestigious Gold CHEFS Award

Newsletter 2/11 has the press release from Cornwall Council. As you can imagine, we are absolutely delighted to have been given this award. It is very much a tribute to Becca Vosper’s management of the café and to her sourcing of local suppliers. We really appreciate all her hard work. Read the rest of this entry »

The Cook Book Awarded Prestigious Award – Newsletter 2/11

March 12th, 2011

Cook Book in St Just is awarded prestigious Gold CHEFS Award

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NEWSLETTER NUMBER 1/11 – January 2011

February 10th, 2011

1. The start of our ninth year

It’s good to be open again after a 10 day break with our Canadian family at the beginning of January, and then slogging hard to refit during the remaining three weeks.

We are, as always, delighted to see so many old friends back, to see The Cook Book full, hear the buzz of conversation, to answer queries about books, to know that it’s the start of another year, our ninth since we bought the place in January 2003. Read the rest of this entry »

NEWSLETTER NUMBER 9/10 – November 2010

December 9th, 2010

1. Winter is here…..

Ah, bitter chill it was!
The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;
The hare limp’d trembling through the frozen grass,
And silent was the flock in woolly fold

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NEWSLETTER NUMBER 8/10 – October 2010

November 25th, 2010

1. Down-under

Our big news is our long overdue visit to stay with Ellie in Australia.

She has been there since travelling overland from London in the first Ozbus, arriving in Sydney in December 2007. Having explored around the coast for a few months, she settled in Brisbane and soon found a job.

Ellie really wanted us to go out to see why she is so happy and settled in her new life. Read the rest of this entry »


October 15th, 2010

1. Early Autumn

After the murk and mists of August, September days seemed only to be filled with light, hot sun beating down out of brilliant blue skies. Read the rest of this entry »