Good Hotel Guide Review
With ‘a blissful location in a chocolate box village’ close to Bodmin Moor, the Camel Trail and the Padstow/Rock coast, this 17th-century inn turned gastropub-with-rooms is ‘in every sense charming’, writes a Guide inspector in 2019. It is owned by wine-producer Mark Hellyar and chef/director Emily Scott. Bedrooms, in a converted barn, are decorated in soft Farrow & Ball greys, with ‘carefully chosen fabrics’, a king-size bed. Extras include ‘lovely Bramley toiletries, a coffee machine, fresh milk, mini-meringues’. A shower room was snug but well designed. It is Ms Scott’s cooking, though, that is the big draw. ‘This is a smart pub, basically’, but the food, in bar and dining areas, is more ‘restaurant standard’, from a ‘nicely varied menu using local and foraged ingredients’. Maybe risotto, nettle, wild garlic, Parmesan, mustard frills; fish stew, haddock, gurnard, mussels, saffron aïoli. Portions were perfectly formed but small. Flavours on the night lacked a wow factor, but ‘the waiter took the time to talk us through each dish’. ‘Breakfast was lovely – avocado on sourdough, eggs and asparagus’, though the buffet was a bit sparse. ‘I would definitely go back.’
4. In converted barn annexe, 2 on ground floor.
bar and dining room closed Sun pm, Mon.
bar, dining room, terrace, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed.
allowed by arrangement in 1 bedroom, bar, not dining room.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £150–£165, D,B&B £210–£225. À la carte £30. 2-night min. stay at weekends.