driftwood hotel

Portscatho, Cornwall

Fiona and Paul Robinson’s New England-inspired hotel, with ‘magnificent views over Gerrans Bay’, ticked all the boxes for a reader this year, from the ‘wonderful people’ to ‘food that is too good to be true’. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Fiona and Paul Robinson’s New England-inspired hotel, with ‘magnificent views over Gerrans Bay’, ticked all the boxes for a reader this year, from the ‘wonderful people’ to ‘food that is too good to be true’. Superior courtyard rooms in creamy hues have the best sea views, with a Juliet balcony or decked terrace. Another reader’s main-house room was ‘beautifully furnished, but approached through the restaurant’. Soundproofing could have been better, and how much nicer if he could have opened the large picture windows. A four-person cabin with kitchenette on the path to the ‘gorgeous, secluded’ hotel beach would suit a family. A change of chef sees Olly Pierrepont (from La Trompette in Chiswick, London) using seasonal Cornish produce to create such dishes as Newlyn cod with smoked ox cheek, lentils, wild garlic and morels. Tasting menus for omnivores and vegetarians must be taken by the whole table. At breakfast there are freshly squeezed juices, kedgeree, St Ewe eggs and Driftwood honey. You can order a picnic for a day on the sands, light bites or a cream tea to eat in, or on the terrace.

Hotel details

Address

Rosevine
Porthscatho
Cornwall
TR2 5EW
England

Telephone

01872 580644

Bedrooms

15. 4 accessed via courtyard, plus 2-bedroom cabin.

Open

all year except 30 Nov–18 Dec, 2–29 Jan.

Facilities

bar, restaurant, drawing room, snug, children’s games room, in-room TV (Freeview), 7-acre grounds (terraced gardens, private beach, safe bathing), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

all day in restaurant and bar.

Children

all ages welcomed, kids' supper menu (no very young children at dinner).

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £170–£310, D,B&B £250–£320. Fixed-price dinner £55, tasting menu £75. 1-night bookings refused weekends.