“Charming, characterful pub with comfy rooms, delicious food and a knockout location on Cornwall's World-Heritage north coast”
The 7 first-floor bedrooms are simply decorated with pastel shades (in Cornish lime-based paints) and local artwork. Only Rooms 1 and 7 have sea views, but the road is so quiet its proximity isn’t an issue.
We loved Room 5 (the biggest) with its kingsize bed and cosy window seats overlooking the moorland. Room 7 has a large bathroom and the widest sea view - albeit across past a nearby farm and a power pole located just in the wrong place. Cosy Room 4 has a lovely grey slate bathroom with a shower over the tub. Room 1 is the smallest and cheapest, but this is compensated for by lovely views across fields to the Atlantic.
All beds are either kingsize doubles or "zip & link" twins; they’re also Vi-Spring, making them supremely comfy, with soft sheets, feather pillows and Welsh blankets. Extra details like Cornish spring water, Bramley products and fresh flowers add charm.
Most bathrooms lack natural light and showers are electric so don’t expect thunderous pressure. A note in the room directory suggests showers may be reduced to a luke-warm trickle, but not on our visit. If this becomes an issue you’re invited to enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco whilst waiting for others to finish showering.
Head chef Jack Clayton upholds the highest culinary standards in this award-winning pub-restaurant; expect beautifully presented and generous portions. We grabbed a table in the cosy bar (though the relaxed dining room is equally welcoming) and set about choosing from the appetising dinner menu. Luckily the staff were more than happy to advise.
Locally caught fish featured heavily and a beautiful skate wing ended up being our highlight. We also enjoyed a scrummy celeriac, parsnip and Scrumpy cider soup, stunning fresh crab and a delightful asparagus and poached egg creation. Puddings didn't disappoint either: delicious cappuccino mousse and a sticky toffee pudding.
The extensive wine list also reflects Charles and Edmund's core principles of value, interest and simplicity - they were even awarded "UK Wine Pub of the Year" in 2013. Cornish beers are available alongside alternative treats such as a 10-year-old Boal Madeira before supper, or a Chilton Damson Gin with pudding.
The bar also offers simple lunches such as country pork terrine with tomato chutney, or chilli salt squid. It’s essential to book ahead for Sunday lunch and families are very welcome.
In the morning, a hearty full English breakfast set us up for the day admirably, along with fresh apple juice and an awesome flat white. In summer, the homemade bread and knockout jams and lemon curd are taken on a shared table, (one eye on the paper, the other on the great sea view).
Children of all ages are welcome; the pubs relaxed atmosphere is perfect for families, as is the stunning coastal setting.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)
Room 5 can hold a rollaway bed or baby cot; Room 7 has a sofabed instead. Room 4 can hold a baby cot only. There are no interconnecting rooms but older kids could also use these rooms when the beds are made up as twins.
Baby cots available free of charge, on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Smaller portions of adult mains are available and can be served from 5.30pm, plus there are 2 kids menus: 'Tiny Tots’ or ‘Bigger Bites’, each created for children of varying age and appetite. Breakfast is from 8am and they're happy to warm up baby food.
Babysitting is not available, and due to the thickness of the walls you may find a problem with your baby-listening device. No fridges in the bedrooms so ask if you need milk.