Hotel review: The Gurnard’s Head is a gloriously unpretentious Cornish ‘dining pub with rooms’

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Great British boltholes: The gloriously unpretentious Cornish ‘dining pub with rooms’ in a distant and magical setting on the Atlantic shoreline

  • The Gurnard’s Head takes its identify from the close by Cornish headland
  • It has eight ‘characterful’ rooms and B&B doubles begin from £205 a evening
  • Menus within the restaurant change each day, serving ‘fabulous’ seasonal produce 

There are many the explanation why The Gurnard’s Head stands out – and never simply that it gives a vibrant splash of turmeric yellow on the wild moors enveloping it.

A big a part of The Gurnard’s enchantment is that, though it has been fantastically renovated, it stays a good previous unpretentious inn. Its heat environment embraces; the upbeat employees exude sunshine.

The inn, which takes its identify from a rocky headland on Cornwall’s Atlantic shoreline, feels fantastically distant.

Vicki Reeve first visited The Gurnard's Head (pictured) 14 years ago after a hike on the Cornish coast

Vicki Reeve first visited The Gurnard’s Head (pictured) 14 years in the past after a hike on the Cornish coast 

It’s a beacon for coastal-path walkers: my associate and I first popped in for drinks after a hike 14 years in the past – simply after Charles and Edmund Inkin had taken it on. We booked for dinner, which was a triumph. Now we go to typically.

The granite-walled ‘dining pub with rooms’ has three communal areas. In the normal, cheery yellow bar (Cornish beers, Duchy gins, a high-quality array of brandies and whiskies), locals drink by open fireplaces alongside DFLs (Down From London) who’ve caught on to this as a very good spot.

The bar leads into a comfortable, then to the daring pink and ultra-marine of the country, art-filled restaurant with views to the backyard and moors.

Farmhouse tables and the understated web site may play down menu expectations, but it surely’s class all the way in which.

We have supremely tasty starters: cuttlefish, peanut and sesame; asparagus, spiced butternut and dukka. A hake, baba ganoush and merguez predominant is delicious, whereas vada pav (deep-fried potato dumpling) with courgettes and chilli jam is divine. A rhubarb sorbet, honeycomb and yogurt dessert is mouthwatering.

Upstairs are seven visitor rooms, however we’re within the new ‘best’ quarters – an annexe accessed by way of a courtyard, which has had a first-rate facelift from high (opened-up roofspace) to toe (underfloor heating).

The massive room has a pleasant Tuscan air, with butter-yellow limewash partitions, a Vispring mattress and weighty Welsh blanket. There’s a Roberts radio, dainty country-cottage flowers, oil seascapes and monoprint landscapes. 

Vibrant: Pictured is The Gurnard’s Head's art-filled dining room, which has views of the garden and moors

Vibrant: Pictured is The Gurnard’s Head’s art-filled eating room, which has views of the backyard and moors

Vicki marvelled 'at the roiling sea below' while standing at Gurnard’s Head peninsula, pictured

Vicki marvelled ‘on the roiling sea under’ whereas standing at Gurnard’s Head peninsula, pictured


The Gurnard’s Head, close to Zennor, Cornwall.

Dinner, B&B doubles from £205 a evening ( 

The monumental toilet has rich-green, waxy tadelakt plaster characteristic partitions above the bathtub and within the roomy bathe.

In the sitting space is a couch made for 2, a commodious armchair for studying, plus weighty curtains and a woodburner – flagging this as a nice hidey-hole in winter too.

French doorways open on to a fairly terrace, resulting in the beer backyard. Beyond is the footpath to the breathtaking Gurnard’s Head peninsula, the place we marvel on the roiling sea under. Bliss.

The USP: A magical setting and a relaxed haven with fabulous meals.

The rooms: Eight completely different characterful and calming en suites. Some have sea views, others moorland. No TVs.

The meals: Daily-changing menus characteristic super-fresh seasonal meals, typically in intriguing combos.