Located in south-east Cornwall on your way through to the Lizard peninsula, New Yard Restaurant can be found in Helston on the grand and very tranquil Trelowarren Estate.

Placed in the historic stable yard, owners Caroline and Jeffrey Robinson have created a farm to table paradise that has garnered much attention since opening and recently received a Green Michelin Star, highlighting their industry-leading sustainable practices. This makes it a perfect candidate for the BMW i3 Dining Guide.

Setting out from Surrey we took the A3 all the way through Exeter in the all-electric BMW i3, on to Helston at a distance of about 260 miles. A great drive cutting through Wiltshire, Somerset and even past Stonehenge before reaching the border of Cornwall.

En route we found the perfect charging spot in the form of Heron Farm in Honiton. Newly built, it’s a brilliant farm shop that has the quickest rapid charger I’ve experienced to date. What’s more their restaurant serves a superb breakfast with high quality ingredients and there are plenty of delicious provisions available from the shop for the road.

On arrival at The New Yard Restaurant, you can take a walk around the walled garden where the majority of the produce for the restaurant is grown. The team also forage for ingredients on the estate, such as wild garlic and Alexanders.

You’ll also find the restaurant's two pigs, Hebe and Basil, who take a quarter of the garden for their home and are periodically rotated around the land with the crop year to ensure areas can be left fallow to recover its fertility. A great idea that shows the level of detail the team have gone to when cultivating delicious ingredients for the table.

Dinners run Wednesday to Sunday with guests enjoying a welcome drink before Chef Jeffrey talks everyone through the menu, which changes every night. Guests can then enjoy delicious bread and butter, made in-house with canapés before indulging in the first course of the night. Another lovely touch is that the table is yours for the night, so there is no pressure to eat in a certain time and it just adds to the relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

We enjoyed fantastic dishes of grey mullet with cuttlefish ragu, nduja, smoked leeks with red wine vinaigrette; pork rack and faggot, beetroot, Alexanders, mustard, madeira and finished with a sea buckthorn marshmallow sorbet with gin and tarragon!

It feels like a real hidden treasure and well worth paying a visit too. They also have a brilliant deli next door that serves coffee, cakes, freshly baked pastries, wood fired pizzas and they even sell their own cider, which I bought and tried when I returned home and it’s extremely good!

Sustainable foods from Orwells Retaurant

“The quickest rapid charger I’ve experienced to date.”

We The Food Snobs.


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Fuel economy and CO2 results for the BMW i3 range: Mpg (l/100km) not applicable. CO2 emissions: 0 g/km. Electric energy consumption (combined) 3.8 - 4.1 miles/kWh. Electric range 173.4 -190.8 miles. These figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. The BMW i3 and i3s 120Ah is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. These figures were achieved using the WLTP test procedure. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2, electric energy consumption and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load.