If you’re planning a festive getaway to Cornwall and are looking for inspiration for that all-important Christmas dinner, then look no further…
Having scoured the county for some seriously special venues in which to tuck into some traditional turkey with a huge helping of stunning surrounds, we’ve compiled a list of some of the places to consider for your yuletide feast.
From seaside spectacular to country bolthole, there’s an array of welcoming spaces for everyone to enjoy one of the calendar’s most memorable dining moments in inimitable style.
The Gurnards Head, Zennor
The dramatic moorlands of west Cornwall dropping off into the Atlantic Ocean is the spectacular location of The Gurnard’s Head, whose warm and inviting interiors are equally as enticing as its sublime surrounds.
Their Christmas menu is another sense-stirring affair, where you can awaken your taste buds with curried butternut squash soup, seared Newlyn smoked salmon or wild game terrine.
Then there are the magnificent mains to drool over. Pick from pan roasted hake, Cornish pheasant breast and confit leg, or tarragon gnocchi and then indulge in dark chocolate and clementine mousse, lemon posset, Tonka bean parfait or the British cheese selection for an utterly fabulous finale.
The Idle Rocks, St Mawes
A chic harbourside haven described as one of the ’20 Best Places to Eat by the Sea’ by The Times 2014 – The Idle Rocks affords you the chance to dive into your Christmas dinner literally a stone’s throw from the ocean.
Coolly coastal interiors flanked by fabulous harbour views, the restaurant boasts both a beautiful ambience and location.
And with a menu that features the sumptuous likes of chicken and cranberry terrine, chestnut and Jerusalem artichoke soup, and Cornish crab and monkfish Mornay as starters alone, you can imagine how elated your senses will be with this particular experience.
Roast Cornish bronze turkey, grilled Lemon sole and baked Padstow squash complete the main line up, while Christmas pudding, gateaux opera and three English cheeses provide an exquisite endnote to your festive celebrations.
The Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth
Relish a gorgeous gastronomy with wonderful waterside surrounds at one of Falmouth’s most fantastic locations.
Presenting an enticing and eclectic Christmas menu, The Greenbank is renowned for its stellar service and atmosphere, as well as its utterly delicious dining scene.
From starters such as wild mushroom and parmesan arancini and roast vine and red pepper soup to mains of butter and thyme roasted turkey crown, confit and roast duck leg, and chestnut gnocchi – not to mention a divine selection of deserts including bitter chocolate truffle torte, lemon and lime meringue pie, and mulled figs and pears – a fabulous festive feed is most definitely guaranteed.
Trehellas House Hotel and Restaurant, Bodmin
The gorgeous country house hotel can be found in a brilliantly central location, offering an uber relaxing space courtesy of spellbinding rural views and first-rate facilities.
Boasting an AA rosette and tally of other awards as a result of their classical cooking, the candlelit restaurant is the ultimate in country cosy where beamed ceilings and Delabole slate flag floor greet diners ahead of the locally sourced feast that ensues.
Their pre-Christmas party menu serves up the lip smacking likes of their own recipe bread, prawn and salmon gravadlax and smoked Cornish duck to whet your appetite, followed by mains of roasted Norfolk farmhouse turkey, roasted Blable farm topside of beef, and oven baked fillet of salmon with all the trimmings. Round off with crème brûlée or some sticky toffee or traditional Christmas pudding. Delicious, indeed.
Other top Christmas dinner dining destinations in Cornwall:
The Llawnroc Hotel, St Austell
Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth
Golden Lion Inn and Restaurant, Stithians
Bay View, Mevagissey
The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate, St Austell
The Alverton Hotel, Truro
Mullion Cove Hotel, The Lizard
The Rosevine, Portscatho
The Old Coastguard, Mousehole