Gurnards Head Hotel
Interesting inn with lots of wines by the glass, good inventive food and wild surrounding walks; comfortable bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This informally civilised inn is under the same ownership as the Old Coastguard in Mousehole (also in Cornwall) and the Griffin at Felinfach (Wales). The bars and dining areas are painted in bold, strong colours with work by local artists on the walls, open fires, books on shelves, fresh flowers and all manner of wooden dining chairs and tables and sofas on stripped boards or rugs. They always have three hand-pulled Cornish ales, currently from the likes of Skinners, St Austell and new favourites Cornish Crown, Harbour Brewing and Rebel Brewing. Also, about 20 wines by the glass or carafe and a couple of farm ciders; background music. The large, enclosed back garden has plenty of seats. Disabled access on ground floor only. If you stay in the comfortable, well appointed bedrooms, you'll have fine views of the rugged moors or the Atlantic Ocean just 500 metres away.
The good pub guide food review
Impressive seasonal food includes starters such as gazpacho soup, St Austell Bay mussels with white wine, garlic and parsley, ploughman's with Westcombe cheddar, pickles and soda bread; mains such as duck leg with mash and gooseberry chutney, red gurnard with katsu curry and courgette chutney, featherblade steak with fries and rocket, lemon sole with samphire and caper and brown shrimp butter; and puddings such as carrot cake with mascarpone, and strawberry parfait with yoghurt and lime sorbet.