Gurnards Head Hotel
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Good Pub Guide Recommended
The comfortable bedrooms here, with views of rugged moors or the sea, make a fine base from which to explore this wild coastline. It's a civilised but informal inn, just 500 metres from the Atlantic, and the bar rooms are painted in bold, strong colours; there are paintings by local artists, open fires and all manner of wooden dining chairs and tables on stripped boards. St Austell Tribute, Skinners Betty Stogs and a guest on handpump, ten wines by the glass and a couple of ciders; background music, darts and board games. The large back garden has plenty of seats. This is under the same ownership as the Griffin at Felinfach (see Wales) and Old Coastguard in Mousehole, also in Cornwall.
Good Pub Guide Food
From a sensibly short menu, the impressive food includes crab tartlet with sorrel hollandaise, duck liver parfait with pickled fig and hazelnut granola, herb gnocchi with courgettes, pine nuts, capers and tomato, chicken breast with cheese and potato mousseline and truffle jus, brill with spinach, mussel and dill cream, and puddings such as frozen calvados parfait with crumble and apple sorbet and brioche and butter pudding with marmalade ice-cream.