Gurnards Head Hotel

Pub Details

Gurnards Head
TR26 3DE
(01736) 796928
Opening Times
11 - 11

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Gurnards Head Hotel, Gurnards Head, Cornwall, TR26 3DE – The Good Pub Guide

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Interesting, well run inn close to the sea, with real ales, lots of wines by the glass and very good inventive food; fine surrounding walks and comfortable bedrooms
An oasis in the middle of old engine houses and ruins' as one reader put it, is really rather apt. This is a civilised but informal inn just 500 metres from the Atlantic with glorious walks all around in the outstanding bleak National Trust scenery. Inside, the bar rooms are painted in bold, strong colours, there are paintings by local artists, open fires and a happy mix of wooden dining chairs and tables on stripped boards. Skinners Betty Stogs and guests like Harbour IPA, Rebel Penryn Pale Ale and a beer named for the pub from Cornish Crown on handpump, 10 wines by the glass and a couple of ciders; background music, darts and board games. There are seats in the large back garden, and the comfortable bedrooms have views of the rugged moors or of the sea. This is under the same ownership as the civilised Griffin at Felinfach (see our Wales chapter) and Old Coastguard in Mousehole, also in Cornwall.

Good Pub Guide Food

Using local, seasonal produce, the impressive food includes carpaccio of local beef, white crab salad with pear and avocado, beetroot risotto with walnuts and blue cheese, line-caught cod with leek, apricot, cashew, lime and coriander curry, pork with creamy mash, faggot and onion, lamb rump with parsley risotto, confit garlic and oyster mushrooms, ray wing with spinach, cockles and a vermouth cream and puddings such as vanilla rice pudding with rhubarb and honeycomb and passion-fruit crème brûlée with orange shortbread; they also offer a set two- and three-course set lunch.

Bar food times: 12 - 2.30, 6 (6.30 in winter) - 9.30


Good Pub Information

Dogs allowed in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms


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Rating: 3/5 (588 votes cast)

Reader Comments

We had two meals here whilst on holiday in July/August this year. Both were superb. The beer was well-kept and there was a good choice of nice ales. The service could have been a little more attentive, especially on first arrival but there was nothing else to fault. This pub is clearly a 'main entry'!

We have stayed here four times over the last twelve months and are still impressed by the delicious food and excellent, friendly service every time we go. The Gurnards Head deserves to be 'reinstated' as a main entry.

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